I reject the term “Obot” to describe birther debunkers because it implies that birther debunkers do what they do in support of Barack Obama. In fact, many who wish the birthers would go away are Obama opponents, for example:
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, an advisor to John McCain in the 2008 election, said in a letter to constituents: “Every child born in the United States is a natural-born United States citizen except for the children of diplomats.” And what does Graham think about those who claim Obama was born overseas?
The people who are doing unfair and unkind things to the President, it says more about them than it does the Republican Party. What the Republican Party has to do … We have to say “that’s crazy.” So I’m here to tell you that those who think that the President was born somewhere other than Hawaii are crazy.
How about staunch conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly?
O’Reilly further speculated this year (February, 2011);
In a new [pre long-form release] poll by a Democratic organization, 51% of Republican primary voters believe that President Obama was not born in the USA. I do not believe that poll. … There is no question that Democrats are trying to marginalize Republican opposition in 2012 by painting them as nuts. This, the birther polling.
Karl Rove, in reply to O’Reilly in the same Fox News segment:
This is the White House strategy. … The President can come out and say “here are the documents.” But they’re happy to have this controversy continue because every moment the Conservatives talk about this, they marginalize themselves and diminish themselves in the minds of independent voters. … Look, he was born in Hawaii.
Rove also said on Fox News:
Within our party, we’ve got to be very careful about allowing these people who are the birthers and the 9/11-deniers to get too high a profile and say too much without setting the record straight,
2012 Republican candidate Mitt Romney told CNBC:
I think the [Obama] citizenship test has been passed. I believe the President was born the United States.
So you see, it’s not Obama supporters, but prominent opponents who think the birthers are wrong and a distraction.