Haley Barbour Goes Birther Adjacent

Haley Barbour has lost all dignity
Haley Barbour has lost all dignity

Haley Barbour Goes Birther Adjacent

Gov. Haley Barbour (MS), Chairman of the Republican Governors Association- you know, the guy with the confederate flag signed by Jefferson Davis in his office who wants to run for President — was at a breakfast meeting with reporters this morning, where he advised Republicans to stay on message with economic issues (no, he wasn’t kidding! Don’t be cruel).

But then, that lame stream media stepped in with a question that veered off topic. The reporter asked why Barbour thought so many Americans (translate, Republicans who despite appearances are still claiming to be Americans) questioned Obama’s birthplace and his religion.

Barbour took refuge in the honorable “this is what I’m supposed to say but I don’t believe it and neither should you” stock GOP reply:

“This is a president that we know less about than any other president in history…But I have no idea why. I accept just totally at face value, you know, that he is a Christian. He’s said so throughout the time he has been in public life. That is good enough for me.” And all was well for the cofounder of one of the nation’s largest lobbying firms and possibly next Grand Old Party great white hope.

For a moment. But after breakfast, reporters were still chomping at the bit to nail Barbour’s beliefs about his President down. Sadly, Barbour managed to stumble past a fleeting nod to sanity and that’s when all hell broke loose.

The Hotline Reports:

“After the breakfast was over, reporters sought out Barbour to clarify and expand on his remarks. Asked what more he would like to know about Obama’s past and what the American should know, Barbour haltingly replied, “There’s not much known about his, in college, growing up. We don’t know any chopped down the cherry tree, we don’t know any of the childhood things we know about Ronald Reagan. I don’t say it as an insult, or as anything other than just an observation. Somebody says why would be people question things, we just don’t know.”

Barbour was reminded by another reporter that Obama has written a biography of his childhood and young adult years, Dreams From My Father and asked if he thought that account was inaccurate or incomplete. Barbour responded, “I have no idea.” He also said he had not read the book.”

Yes, the darn cherry tree also, too the things in the book no Republican will bother to read! Why doesn’t Obama implant a chip in their brains with his birth certificate? Hello! It’s almost as if Obama is trying to keep it all a secret, putting it down in words and books and such.

Having inadvertently outed himself as birther adjacent, Barbour was apparently befuddled by the dogged perseverance of the press and offered up suggestions to Obama such as “You know, you have situations where for most people their, heaven forbid, my college records are public, is in public, you know, for worse or worse. But that’s just different things where we know a whole lot more -” Oh, dear. This isn’t going well.

Yes, darn President Bush for his hidden college records! Er, I mean Obama. We get it, Haley. We so get it! If at first you don’t succeed, duck dodge and no matter what, do not read.

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16 Replies to “Haley Barbour Goes Birther Adjacent”

  1. In case Gov. Barbour would like to veer away from the same low information reading list that half-term quitter chick in Alaska likes to sample from her back porch while gazing into her foreign policy exeperience, I’m pretty sure Amazon could set him up with a copy of Obama’s “Dreams From My Father.” The darn book is filled with all sorts of biographical tidbits including a birth announcement! Probably even have used copies so he doesn’t have to blow the whole literary budget in one place. Save some room for fright wing comic books like “The Overton Window” and “The Obama Diaries.” But he probably read those already.

  2. I am at a loss for how to handle those who believe that President Obama was born in Kenya. Just today I received an e-mail about Kagan using her influence as Solicitor General to cover up this conspiracy. The woman who sent it to me knows my politics, as I told her after receiving an e-mail with right-wing idiocy (actually that is the one and only word I used when I hit reply today.) That a man of Barbour’s stature is resulting to such political attack/innuendo, is beyond the pale.

    Reading comments on websites such as Mediatite angers me and I want to engage them but know it will just more likely be an ad hominem attacks. How do those with liberal political leanings deal with these types without resulting to insults? I’m tired of the right-wing controlling the message. If anyone has some suggestions, please advise.

  3. Unfortunately, no matter what you say or how you present it, you will be attacked. Though, from my personal standpoint, I do enjoy it when lefties don’t take the bait and just keep cooly presenting facts and logic while the righties fall all over themselves trying to come up with witty mockeries of your screen name, invent fantasy personality profiles of you, and try to change the subject.

  4. I find it effective when I accuse them in a round about way of being unamerican, like saying oh, gosh, no I don’t read stuff like that about the President, it’s unamerican no matter what side you’re on.

    But Boscoe is right. They’re nuts and you can’t win with nuts, so don’t try. The best you try for is to silence them and keep them too embarrassed to darken your inbox with their garbage.

  5. Haley Barbour is a potential presidential candidate for 2012, and this giving credence to the nutty birthers diminishes him. Anyone who would continue this wild goose chase in pursuit of evidence that simply doesn’t exist to support such a ridiculous argument is detached from reality. It seems that being fined, having requests for the president’s birth certificate denied by the current Republican governor of Hawaii, or having such appeals thrown out of numerous courts would convince any rational person to cease and desist. Obviously, the birthers are not rational, and their hatred of Obama clouds their judgment. For Barbour to say that little is known about this president, he is either being dishonest or he has truly been living in a self-imposed cave. I believe he is simply being dishonest and pandering to the deranged birthers.

  6. They’re like lemmings, almost eager to expose their almost complete lack of knowledge or even intelligence and reasoning ability. It’s a badge of honor, not a mark of shame, to these people, to be morons. I wonder how many people sitting at home thought, “I gotta remember to give this guy my vote!”

  7. This is the eternal question…my own father is now a Faux news robot. Let’s talk about how to do communicate with the winger when they are in your OWN family! I have left more than once from my parent’s house pissed off red in the face angry. Still don’t know how to deal with them since they are allergic to facts.

  8. that’s the way it is here in the South. I worked with a very smart young woman who happens to be a Southern Baptist and is not allowed to think in any manner at except in which she is taught.

    she maintained from the beginning of Obama’s campaign to become president and right up to today that he is still in Moslem. She watches no news except Fox news and there is absolutely nothing you can say to her that will change her mind or cause her to think in a manner that would change her opinion. When you bring up the fact that Fox news also complained about Obama going to Rev. Wright’s church for 20 years she has no comment. Except that Obama is a Muslim

  9. I think I’d suggest what I do. I don’t take the bait. I consider the source. Even if it is family, I don’t get drawn in nor do I try to change their minds.

    Face it, we have all made up our minds … long ago. THEY couldn’t turn us so how could we expect us to turn their ideas topside?

    I have stated on more than one occasion that “we are not having this discussion”. I have lost 2 friends but then again, it’s been a quietly pleasant time to not try to deal with them. And it showed me the innate racism present and I wanted NO part of it, nor do I have or tolerate racist friends. Politics is politics but when the racist/birther crap comes out, WE are history.

    I just find that I cannot take THAT road to ugly.

  10. But Shiva, you wouldn’t change your mind either would you? NOTHING they can say will change your mind about this (just like me).

    It’s a wasted argument but when it goes to the DEEP of the person – if I’m not comfortable – I will walk away. No one can make you have “that” discussion. You just have to look at the person with pity. They are being used and it is making their “ugly” inside come out.

    Propaganda is nasty and it is ugly. It separates families and friends. But some of us are immune to it for some reason. We can differentiate between right and wrong – good and bad – and we don’t fall prey to FEAR.


  11. I can admit when I’m wrong, and have before. That’s the difference between a gorilla and a human

  12. The problem is you want to engage them honestly based on what you know. The second you do that you are fair game. And trust me, to them its a game. When you have no platform all you have left is one of the little icons from Monopoly. Dont engage them, let them engage you and then ignore them. That kills them quicker than anything

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