It was July of 2009. The economy was on the edge of collapse, with 467,000 jobs lost the previous month. The unemployment rate was 9.5 percent. But for thousands of Americans, the real crisis was a dark secret that the government was supposedly hiding: President Obama wasn’t born in the United States. “Will you keep the Republic, or will you allow it to be stolen from us because of apathy?” asked one “birther” brochure. “Demand that Barak [sp] Obama prove he is a Natural Born American. The burden is on him to prove, but the burden is on you to demand the proof.” This was nonsense, of course. Obama was born on August 1, 1961 in the State of Hawaii. HIs campaign even released his certificate of live birth, and announcements of the event appeared in local newspapers at the time. But that didn’t matter. “Nothing will assuage them,” an exasperated White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters in a press conference that month, saying that Obama’s citizenship had been “proven ad nauseum.” “Why does this keep coming up?” a reporter asked. “Because for 15 dollars you can get an Internet address and say whatever you want,” Gibbs shot back…. Read full this story
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