“What bothers me is that some people who should know better are trying to use this for political reasons,” Abercrombie told the Tribune Company‘s Mike Memoli. “Maybe I’m the only one in the country that could look you right in the eye right now and tell you: ‘I was here when that baby was born.'”
But while Abercrombie’s moves should, once and for all, put an end to the ridiculous birther movement, the sad fact is that it won’t because those who question Obama’s citizenship have no interest in the truth. It will remain a centerpiece of a group of right-wing extremists driven by outright racism.
The birther movement began during the 2008 Presidential campaign when critics claimed Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii, and said the state refused to release documents that clearly verified the President’s proof of citizenship.
Abercrombie, however, says he is ready to take on the birthers.
He admits the birthers are a tough bunch where truth is irrelevant.
“I’m going to take care of that,” the web site Politico quoted him as telling the New York Times.
- Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie: ‘I Was Here When That Baby Was Born’ (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- The Anti-Birther (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Dear birther movement: Hawaii’s governor knew Obama’s parents (shortformblog.com)
- Hawaii gov. seeks to combat birthers (politico.com)