Obama: I Was Born in Hawaii, Don't 'Have Horns'

President thinks birthers will end up hurting GOP
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2011 6:59 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama doesn't generally address the birther movement, but he took a rare shot at it today in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC. Upshot: The whole issue is ridiculous, and because most Americans realize that, it's going to backfire on Republicans in the long run. Asked about it in regard to Donald Trump's rise in the polls, he expounded:

“I think that over the last two and a half years there's been an effort to go at me in a way that is politically expedient in the short-term for Republicans," said Obama. "But [it] creates, I think a problem for them when they want to actually run in a general election where most people feel pretty confident the president was born where he says he was, in Hawaii. He doesn't have horns. We may disagree with him on some issues ... but we're not really worrying about conspiracy theories or birth certificates.” (Video from Mediaite in the gallery.)

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