Romney Says ‘Birth Certificate’ Joke Not Swipe at Obama
Mitt Romney says his joke that "No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate" wasn't a swipe at the president and once again declared "There's no question about where [Obama] was born."
Mitt Romney says his joke that “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate” wasn’t a swipe at the president and once again declared “There’s no question about where [Obama] was born.”
CBS (“Romney says “birther” joke wasn’t a swipe at Obama“):
In an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley on Friday, Mitt Romney played down the remarks he made about President Obama’s origins, arguing that they amounted to a joke and not a “swipe” at the president.
“No, no, not a swipe,” Romney said. “I’ve said throughout the campaign and before, there’s no question about where he was born. He was born in the U.S. This was fun about us, and coming home. And humor, you know — we’ve got to have a little humor in a campaign.”
Romney was on the campaign trail in his home state of Michigan Friday when he made a crack at the “birther” suspicions that ultimately drove Mr. Obama to release his long-form birth certificate to prove he was born in the United States.
“I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born. Ann was born in Henry Ford Hospital. I was born in Harper Hospital,” Romney said in Commerce, Michigan earlier Friday. “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.”
Romney told Pelley that taking the stage in Michigan Friday was an emotional moment for him and his wife Ann.
“You just felt, you know, you felt sort of everything that happened to us here – how we grew up, how we met here, the sacrifices that our families made – coming to Michigan, you know, it all sort of just washed over me as we got up on that stage,” he said. “It was a very emotional feeling. It’s a feeling of coming home.”
This is a perfectly plausible explanation. Still, if he’s going to tell lame jokes, he should stick to ones about the height of the trees.