President Obama yesterday signalled the White House strategy for dealing with foes like Donald Trump who question where he was born: You are crazy people.
In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, asked about mentioned that he doesn’t “have horns” and labeling as conspiracy theorists those who thing he was born in Kenya.
Obama’s political advisers clearly believe they can use the issue against Republicans.
I don’t think they feel threatened by it. Two thirds of Americans believe Obama was born in Hawaii. Democrats overwhelmingly think so, and Obama probably believes the attacks by Trump will help energize his lethargic base – the first task of the campaign. Obama operatives could have left things alone, but have instead chose to put Obama out there to stoke the issue further.
Here, he clearly is prepared for the question from Stephanopoulos.
Later in the day, at a Chicago fundraiser, Obama returned to the topic unprompted, flicking it away with studied nonchalance.