Quotes of the day are intended to represent what is being said by people on both sides of the birther question. They do not necessarily represent the views of this web site.
Birthers believe that a sinister cabal created a false identity for Obama that would enable him to be elected president despite his foreign birth, one that was sophisticated enough to pass muster at the highest levels yet so shoddy that anyone with a modem and a few minutes to spare could crack it.
Goldwag, Arthur (2012). The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right (Kindle Locations 62-64). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
This is not the Spanish Inquisition.
— Dan Dumezich, Chairman Indiana Election Panel
— Spoken to Orly Taitz
It is the position of the RLCCA that President Obama is a natural born citizen of the United States of America.
— Parke Bostrom
— Secretary, Republican Liberty Caucus of California
Oh my goodness! Will we at long last, and for only the 374th time, know the truth? What, oh what, could Sheriff Joe and his crack team of volunteer wingnut investigators have found? Did they find out Barack Obama was never born? Did they find out that his birth certificate was, in fact, printed on beef jerky? Did they found out that dumbass racists all across the country will pay you fistfuls of money for as many trips to Hawaii as you want, so long as you use the right buzzwords and promise to “report your findings” afterwards?
— Hunter at the Daily KOS
Arpaio’s press conference puts him in league with the “birthers,” the conspiracy theorists who claim – against overwhelming evidence – that Mr. Obama was not born in the United States and thus is not eligible to be president.
— CBS News
“Based on all of the evidence, I cannot in good faith report to you these documents are authentic,”
Based on all evidence Arpaio is a racist bigot, a birther, and someone who would have made a good member of the Gestapo. Why doesn’t this delusional fossil retire before he makes himself all the more buffoonish and irrelevant
— Comment at CBS news
“When has a president ever been asked to prove his citizenship?”
— Andrew Breitbart
letting Jerome Corsi help in the actual investigatory work involving third party records is kind of like letting a possum count the eggs in a hen house.
— Squeeky Fromm
— Girl Reporter
“America’s Toughest Sheriff” stressed that he is not going after Obama nor accusing the Commander-in-Chief of a crime.
That’s what Orly’s for.
— Matt Coker
— OC Weekly
About this birth-certificate business, though: You are looking like more of a fool than usual. If you expect us to believe that there was a conspiracy — originating before the birth of Barack Obama — involving the Honolulu newspaper, local and state governments, the White House, foreign regimes, and National Review, and that said conspiracy remained undocumented until Sheriff Joe’s Maricopa County Irregulars sleuthed it out, you are asking a lot. There are many famous characters to whom you might be compared; Sherlock Holmes is not one of them….Go back to abusing felons. Stick to your core competencies.
— Kevin D. Williamson
— National Review Online
Exactly what I have said from the start – Arpaio and the people who [were] used as the “experts” have absolutely no credibility. Notice how nobody is doing anything about these apparent “FRAUDULENT FINDINGS” anywhere in the media??? Not even Fox News!! Arpaio is a joke and it’s time to replace him. With all due respect, in an era of rapidly advancing technology that has proven to be hugely beneficial for law enforcement we have a Sheriff who boasts about not even owning a computer! I rest my case …. Mike Stauffer gets my vote in November.
– Linda Gallie
– AZ Central blogs
The commercial relationship between Jerome Corsi and the Arizona Cold Case Posse chief stinks to high heaven.
– Dr. Conspiracy
For the latest dive into the loony bin from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “Birther” posse, they’ve concluded that President Obama — get this — “might be Kenyan.”
— Phoenix New Times Blogs
What we learned from Oklahoma City is not that we should gag each other or reduce our passion from the positions we hold, but that the words we use really do matter, because there’s this vast echo chamber and they go across space and they fall on the serious and the delirious alike. They fall on the connected and the unhinged alike. And I am not trying to muzzle anybody. But … the more power you have and the more influence you have, the more responsibility you have.
— Bill Clinton
The country where one is born, how accidental soever his birth in that place may have been, and although his parents belong to another country, is that to which he owes allegiance. Hence the expression natural born subject or citizen, & all the relations thereout growing.
–Leake v. Gilchrist, 2 Dev. 73, 1829 WL 211, *2 (N.C. 1829)
The Congress is corrupt. The SC is corrupt. The Justice Department is corrupt. The [Washington Post] is corrupt. maybe its time we ask Putin to save our Constitution.
The Founders sought the assistance of Holland and France. Why cant we seek the assistance from Russia, the UK and France.
America is under the peril of the far left. Help us before Obama cuts our throats. We are in distress. .
— comment at the Washington Post
… the birther question was never really about citizenship; it was simply a proxy for those who never accepted the president’s legitimacy, for a toxic mix of reasons involving ideology, deep political anger and, most insidious of all, race. It was originally promulgated by fringe figures of the radical right, but mainstream Republican leaders allowed it to simmer to satisfy those who are inflamed by Mr. Obama’s presence in the White House.
— New York Times editorial
I think that I’ve learned over the years that in order to be effective both professionally and personally, it’s important to be passionate or angry — whatever the emotion is — at the right time, in the right way, for the right reasons. And that being that way indiscriminately is usually counterproductive.
— Don Verrilli
— Solicitor General of the United States
SCOTUS in “Wong Kim Ark” and “Minor v. Happersett” rightfully punted on “natural born citizen”
How can we account for our present situation unless we believe that men high in this government are concerting to deliver us to disaster? This must be the product of a great conspiracy on a scale so immense as to dwarf any previous such venture in the history of man. A conspiracy of infamy so black that, which it is finally exposed, its principals shall be forever deserving of the maledictions of all honest men.…What can be made of this unbroken series of decisions and acts contributing to the strategy of defeat? They cannot be attributed to incompetence.…The laws of probability would dictate that part of…[the] decisions would serve the country’s interest.
— Senator Joe McCarthy (1951)
It’s not necessarily a waste of time to listen to what birthers have to say; it’s just a waste of time to try to tell them anything.
— Dr. Conspiracy
Who wants to hear to the truth, when they can hear that they’re right?
— Clay Johnson
— Author of The Information Diet
As part of her Sisyphean quest to prove that President Barack Obama is using a fake Social Security number and a forged birth certificate, plaintiff filed the instant Complaint.
— Royce C. Lamberth
— Dismissing Taitz v. Reummler
ignoring Orly Taitz is not among the crimes listed in 18 U.S.C. § 1962
— Memorandum in Taitz v. Democrat Party of Mississippi
There are seasons in every country when noise and impudence pass current for worth; and in popular commotions especially, the clamors of interested and factious men are often mistaken for patriotism.
My friend, you have seen this incident, based on sworn testimony. Can you prove that it didn’t happen?
— The Amazing Criswell
— Plan 9 from Outer Space
This notion that Sheriff Joe Arpaio is one of the United States pre-eminent sheriffs is like saying Chef Boyardee is one of the nation’s pre-eminent cooks.