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Our Response to George Stephanopoulos' Interview with Obama
Obama Exclusive: I Was Born in Hawaii and I Don't 'Have Horns'
I thought the president would take a pass when I asked him about Donald Trump's rise to the top of the Republican field in my exclusive interview today.
Far from it.
He grabbed at the chance with a big smile – saying he thinks the whole issue will be a problem for Republicans.
"I think that over the last two and a half years there's been an effort to go at me in a way that is politically expedient in the short-term for Republicans. But [it] creates, I think a problem for them when they want to actually run in a general election where most people feel pretty confident the President was born where he says he was, in Hawaii. He-- he doesn't have horns...we're not really worrying about conspiracy theories or-- or birth certificates," President Obama told me.
And in all my talks with Obama I think it was the first time he was one the same page as Karl Rove who thinks the "birther" controversy is hurting the GOP.
"The truth of the matter is that I think that the vast majority of Americans across the country – Democratic or Republican – really want this election to be about growing the economy, getting control of the deficit, preparing the future for our kids. And my suspicion is that anybody who is not addressing those questions...Is going to be in trouble. I think they may get a quick pop in the news. They may get a lot of attention. But ultimately, the American people understand this is a serious, sober time," he told me.
And as the interview wound down the president got ready to his hometown this afternoon for the first fundraising rallies of his last campaign.
"I think the 2012 election is going to be important. I said in my speech yesterday that we are-- there-- there's clarity that is emerging about where we go as a country. We are at a-- at a fork in the road here," he told me.
This is an official response from the Terry Lakin Action Fund:
We find it hard to believe that the president, who has sworn to uphold and defend the constitution, will so readily minimize, mock, and ignore clarion calls for him to simply prove his compliance with a key provision of our supreme law. On this basis alone he should be called to account for his actions.
As for the birth certificate, we could care less. It would not matter if the information was written on an old tissue. Just as long the information can be verified by standard forensic means and normal processes of investigative law. It just so happens that a long form birth certificate is the most common and frequently requested form of absolute identification. It is needed to register a child for football, for a young person to get a driver's license, and a dozen other life changing events. Why Mr. Obama won't simply provide the basic documents of personal identification information is simply beyond comprehension.
He thinks the nation isn't concerned about this because he isn't. And his lack of interest in Constitutional integrity should be a concern to every citizen of every political ilk.
America, be brave. Be bold. Be principled like LTC Terry Lakin. You may not agree with his method, but you cannot fault is passion. He took his officer's oath seriously. It is too bad Obama cannot, or rather will not, do the same. This is a significant issue. America, make it so.