The Devilish Obama
by Charles Lemos, Thu Apr 14, 2011 at 09:43:54 PM EDT
This is just brilliant on the part of the President. When asked by George Stephanopoulos of ABC News about the rise of Donald Trump and the persistent birtherism that marks much of the GOP, President Obama "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
The President may not have horns but he sure is devilishly clever to let this issue persist. The more it does, the more it discredits the GOP.