GOP Rep: At Heart, Obama's 'Not an American'
Mike Coffman already backpedaling after bringing up birther issue
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 17, 2012 1:28 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado is already backpedaling furiously after being caught on tape bringing up President Obama's citizenship and questioning his patriotism. "I don't know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don't know that," Coffman said at a fundraiser last week, according to NBC 9 News. "But I do know this, that in his heart, he's not an American. He's just not an American."

The statement was met with "deafening silence," recalls a Republican county chairman who was present, followed by tentative applause. Audio of the statements was later posted online by a Coffman supporter. "I'm glad the congressman said it. Not enough have. More should," the supporter says. But Coffman issued an apology last night. "I misspoke," he said. "I have confidence in President Obama's citizenship." But, he added, "I don't believe the president shares my belief in American exceptionalism."

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Nocturno
May 19, 2012 6:07 AM CDT
I think those conservatives watch scifi way too much. If President is not American than he is definitely first non-American who loves America and is doing good for America way more than all those conservative "Americans" combined.
Antone123
May 18, 2012 7:09 AM CDT
Mike, from where I stand you are the one who is Anti American, unpatriotic, and a discredit to your Flag and Country.You are not fit to serve your country when you know dam well President Obama has done more good for this country in the past three and a half years fixing what his Republican predecessor screwed up in this country. You, if any one is a fascista who's sputum is ment to divide Americans and suppress the opposition. Where a brown shirt from now on.
lostmtnman
May 17, 2012 9:32 PM CDT
The entire basis for believing in American Exceptionalism is the basis from which racism springs. Think about it for just a second. If you think you are better than the other guy because of where you were born and live, that is no different than thinking you are better than a (fill in the blank) because you were born a (fill in the blank). Touting American Exceptionalism is nothing more than denigrating your fellow man. For most of you who believe in it, you didn't do a damn thing to create it except being spawned in the lucky back seat. Your arrogance is appalling.