Meet the Birthers in Congress

Salon calls out lawmakers reluctant to admit Obama's a citizen
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2009 11:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – The “birther” movement isn’t relegated to backwoods crazies—many members of Congress are perfectly willing to throw fuel on the fire. Salon calls out the Hill’s known birthers:

  • Rep. Bill Posey: Congress’ first birther, the Florida Republican is the sponsor of a bill requiring presidents to submit a birth certificate. Says he can’t “swear on a stack of bibles,” that Obama’s a citizen.

  • Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.: Says birthers “have a point,” and “I don’t discourage it.”
  • Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.: “Well, his father was Kenyan, and they said he was born in Hawaii, but I haven’t seen any birth certificate,” he once declared. A spokesman later said Shelby didn’t doubt Obama’s eligibility.
  • Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind.: The guy who once shot a pumpkin to demonstrate how Bill Clinton could have killed Vince Foster is now co-sponsoring Posey’s bill.
For more, see the source, and the videos. (Read more birther stories.)