Someone let the birthers out of their cages again. I thought we were done with this ridiculousness, but not according to Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado. Coffman is under fire for a speech he delivered at a recent fundraiser, in which he insisted the president isn’t an American. After speaking about the floundering economy, Coffman declared to a crowd in Elbert County
I don’t know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don’t know that. But I do know this, that in his heart, he’s not an American. He’s just not an American.
The former Secretary of State of Colorado and lawmaker — who has been serving in Congress since 2009 — did release a statement saying he was sorry:
I misspoke and I apologize, I have confidence in President Obama’s citizenship and legitimacy as President of the United States.
However, that being said he tried to offer a defense for his original statement:
I don’t believe the president shares my belief in American Exceptionalism. His policies reflect a philosophy that America is but one nation among many equals, as a Marine, I believe America is unique and based on a core set of principles that make it superior to other nations.
The notion that Obama does not meet constitutional qualifications to be president has dogged him since the early stages of the 2008 race, despite the fact that his campaign posted his certificate of live birth in the state of Hawaii online for all the doubters to see. It’s one thing to disagree with the presidents policies, but to flat out accuse our commander in chief of being un-American is truly disgraceful. Since Republicans like Mike Coffman have no real solutions to the problems at hand, they attempt to reach into their bag of tricks to distract the American people. People that have little in the way of positive ideas or solutions are generally the ones that continue to create or cause the problems.
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