Speaking about his Michigan roots, he said, "No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised." The joke was received with hearty applause by the audience. . . . ~ Mitt Romney, speaking in Michigan
"Throughout this campaign, Governor Romney has embraced the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them. It's one thing to give the stage in Tampa to Donald Trump, Sheriff Arpaio, and Kris Kobach. But Governor Romney's decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America.
~ Obama spokesman, Ben LaBolt
Romney was "only referencing that Michigan, where he is campaigning today, is the state where he himself was born and raised.
~ Romney spokesman, Kevin Madden
LIMBAUGH: Right on, right on, right on.
~ Rush Limbaugh on his Radio Show, via Media Matters
Our take: Gov. Romney’s decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 24, 2012
Song of the day: Born in the U.S.A. OFA.BO/irL3ZV
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 24, 2012
7 birthers speaking at the Republican convention thkpr.gs/Of6Ywy— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) August 24, 2012
Romney just dropped a birther line. Note: His dad was born in Mexico, ran for President of the United States.
— Eric Kleefeld (@EricKleefeld) August 24, 2012
To be clear: Mitt Romney's Birther line was NOT a joke. He was saying he's more of an American than President Obama.
— Don Millard (@OTOOLEFAN) August 24, 2012
Rush Limbaugh loved Mitt Romney's birther joke. That's like John Wayne Gacy raving about one of your clown paintings.
— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) August 24, 2012
Pro tip for the equivalency crowd: The difference bt the Seamus story and birther stories is that birther stories are false.
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) August 24, 2012
Frankly I'm surprised Mitt made a birther joke yesterday; I thought he already had the racist idiot vote sewn up.
— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) August 25, 2012
Dana Loesch wants "you people" to "stop being all uptight" about a presidential candidate making birther jokes bit.ly/QaBZDq
— Media Matters (@mmfa) August 25, 2012
Romney's Birther Joke Explained in One Number: He Needs 61% of the White Vote theatln.tc/OdDfAx
— The Atlantic Wire (@TheAtlanticWire) August 24, 2012
A man born of Mexican polygamists should not throw stones.
~ comment by Mitzymoon on Politico
Myth Dumbney, we know that you're white. We also know that you're a Racist and a Birther. 'Congratulations' for representing hate and evil. Now, let's see how that wins you this election.
~ comment by kishman on Politico
"No one asked to see my birth certificate" That is precisely the point now isn't it? No one ever asked to see your birth certificate, but 3 1/2 years later, long form, short form birth certificate later. Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, Joe Arpaio and the rest of the Ku Klux Klan is still hounding President Obama about his. Nice One Mitt.
~ comment by D. Shy on Politico
This wasn't a surrogate, or a SUPERPAC, this was Romney doing this. His party has become the party of uneducated, racist, the earth is flat believers and he can't seem to rise above. The guy lacks character and a spine. The media and the black caucus need to stand up to this nonsense. There is a big difference between surrogates and superpacs and the candidate himself. All Romney has done is whine and ask for apologies this entire campaign and yet he is playing up to the most racist side of his party. It begs the question..WHY hasn't Romney been dogged about HIS birth certificate since his father was born in Mexico, his ancestors polygamists?? Because he's not black.
~ comment by SallyC2 on Politico
“Ha ha,” this joke says. “The President is an exotic specimen! I am not! I was born at Harper Hospital! I am like you! You don’t ask a white man in a button-down with a name like Willard where he was born! Ha ha!”
~ Alexandra Petri in Washington Post
Team Romney has a list of code words/phrases that get the base excited. 'Birth certificate' is one of them. Others include 'Chicago,' 'Muslim,' 'welfare,' 'Europe,' 'socialism,' 'community organizer,' and 'regulations.' Both Romney and Ryan are scripted to use at least one per campaign appearance.
~ comment by MsJS on Washington Post
Born and raised in Michigan yet soon to be summarily rejected by its voters. That must hurt.
~ comment by Poindexter718 on Wonkette
All the black person in Romney's audience walked out in protest.
~ comment by ChernobylSoup on Wonkette
Should read: "Romney Births Cracker Joke."
~ comment by dmnolan on Wonkette
Michigan: Where the trees are the right height and the whites are privileged!
~ comment by Maman on Wonkette
Now we know what the trees are the right height for.
~ comment by Mittens Howell III on Wonkette
Hurricane Issac threatens the Republican National Convention in Tampa. You can't burn crosses in the rain.
~ comment by Ralph B. on Huffington Post
Mitt went on to say that he won't reveal whether he is the actual Antichrist until after the election...
~ comment by catboycolo on Huffington Post
One of the worst presidential campaigns I have ever seen! And can you imagine what is going to come out during the circus next week with the likes of Trump and Arpaio!
~ comment by bdwife81 on Huff Post
The crowd loved it when the lions ate the Christians, too. I don't think that's a very reasonable rejoinder, do you, Mitt?
Do you want a list of all the things "the crowd loved" that were immoral and_horrific?
~ comment by NickRofilia on Huff Post
While Mr. Romney appeases the fringe elements of his base with sub-textural r_@ci-zum...
He's loosing the Black vote...
The Hispanic vote..
The Jewish vote...
The Female vote..
The LGBT vote..
~ comment by 2 far-gone on Huff Post
Just wait until he says he admired early 1940s German efficiency.
~ comment by The Mask on Huff Post
Trump: "Watch me pull a birth certificate out of my hat".
"There's nothing in here! Where was this hat made? Kenya?"
(Wild applause as the hurricane collapses the ceiling.)
~ comment by Nazztea on Huff Post
Dear Mitt Romney, if you run racist ads & tell birther jokes you do NOT get to accuse anyone else of running a negative campaign.— Path2Enlightenment (@Path2Enlighten) August 24, 2012
Question of the Day: Was Mitt Romney ALWAYS such a racist?— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) August 25, 2012
Shorter Mitt strategy: You white people might hate me for my vulture outsourcing of jobs & tax avoidance, but I'm a racist...so vote for me!— Steve Weinstein (@steveweinstein) August 25, 2012
Don't worry about the birther line, Mitt Romney is no more racist than any other post-middle age Mormon. Mwahahahaha!— Ƒɩƪţħƴ Ƿɑɀųɀų (@FilthyPazuzu) August 25, 2012
A week before the RNC and Mitt Romney is spending his time still making birtherjokes, appealing to his fearmongering, racist base. Cool— Kenny Ng (@kennethjng) August 25, 2012
Somewhere the professional train wreck known as Orly Taitz just danced a twisted little jig. bit.ly/PhcQCN— Arik Hesseldahl (@ahess247) August 24, 2012