“I love being home with all of you wonderful white people, in this place where Ann and I were raised with golden spoons in our mouths. Where both of us were BORN...No one’s ever asked to see MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.”
President Obama quickly put out a response:
“Throughout this campaign, Romoney has embraced the most right wing voices in his party instead of standing up for you, the middle-class. It’s sad to see that he’s given his voice at the Republican party's convention in Tampa to Donald Trump, Sheriff Arpaio, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity. Romoney’s words echo his place in that “Obama is a muslim” birther movement, and should give pause to any rational white or black middle-class voter across America.”
Romoney is standing by his proud anti-obama words, and his campaigns operatives are releasing statements claiming that Romoney has always insisted Obama was born in some muslim country in Africa and that Romoney was merely reminding voters about his muslim birthplace and that he’s not an American. Of course Romoney fully believes Obama was born in an African muslim country. But in a way, that’s the point — he’s still willing to promote Donald Trumps birther theory, either to rev up his base of racist white people by proving that he’s willing to take it to the blacks or whatever, or for a fight with the blacks, or for some combination of the two.
Maybe this will get chalked up to Romoney’s hatred of the blacks and get dismissed, but it looks to me like a major mistake. Coming just after days spent debating Todd Akin’s “raped black women can’t get pregnant” remark, this is again a reminder of the extreme racism in the GOP, which Romoney has always supported. And it’s less than presidential, to put it mildly. The fact that uncomfortably large numbers of white racist Republicans believe Obama has perpetrated an elaborate plot to fake his birthplace and ascend to the presidency illegitimately is Romoney’s stance. It will be easy for the Obama campaign to seize on this to raise questions about Romoney’s judgment, temperament, obvious racism, hatred of the blacks, and lack of character.