It looks like the issue of Barack Obama’s birth certificate being real has hit the mainstream again. This time, current Texas Governor Rick Perry said in a new interview that he isn’t sure that President Barack Obama’s birth certificate is real.
That was the answer he gave Parade Magazine when they asked him the touchy question whether he believed that Obama was born in the United States. His answer:
“I have no reason to think otherwise.”
But after being pressed more on the issue, this is where the rest of his statements ended up going.
“Well, I don’t have a definitive answer, because he’s never seen my birth certificate.”
“But you’ve seen his,” the interviewer replied.
“I don’t know. Have I?” Perry said.
The story of Obama’s birth certificate has been in the media for quite a while now, and it appears with the upcoming elections that the issue is going to be front and center yet again.
Obama released a certificate of live birth during his 2008 campaign, showing that he was born in Hawaii. But that failed to stem accusations from opponents who insisted that the document was not real, and that Obama had been born in Africa, like his father.
After businessman Donald Trump flirted with a presidential bid while questioning Obama’s birthplace, the White House released the long-form version of his Hawaii birth certificate. Government officials, both Democratic and Republican, have attested to his birth in the state, as have newspaper announcements placed in Hawaiian newspapers in the days after his birth.
But some in the “birther” movement, including Trump, still aren’t convinced. Perry said the two discussed the issue and that Trump told him he doesn’t trust Obama’s documents.
“I don’t know,” Perry said when asked if he believed the birth certificate was real. “I had dinner with Donald Trump the other night. … He doesn’t think it’s real. … I don’t have any idea. It doesn’t matter. (Obama is) the President of the United States. He’s elected. It’s a distractive issue.”
In the interview, Perry also took aim at Al Gore, whose presidential campaign the Texan aided in 1988, when he was still a Democrat. Asked whether he had seen the film “An Inconvenient Truth,” or Gore’s book on global warming, on which the film was based, Perry replied: “No, I generally don’t watch or read a lot of fiction.”
He added that he did not blame global warming for the spate of fires that have erupted in Texas this year.
“I truly believe the science is not settled on the issue of man-made global warming,” he said.
So is Obama’s birth certificate real or is it not? No matter what side of the political fence you sit on, one thing that we can all agree on is this; with election year coming up, you can expect to see more and more questions being raised about Obama and his birth certificate.
Excerpts of this story were taken from another piece written by Kim Geiger of the Tribune Washington Bureau.