Despite the fact that all evidence points to President Obama being a U.S.-born citizen (including his birth certificate, which shows he was born in Hawaii), there are still some Republicans who doubt he is an American. Like U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, who thinks that the birth certificate the president released last year might not be real.
When pressed on the issue during a town hall meeting last week, Hartzler said: “He [a questioner at the meeting] asked what I think about Obama’s birth certificate being a forgery. ... I don’t know, I haven’t seen it. I’m just at the same place you are on that. You read this, you read that. But I don’t understand why he didn’t show that right away. I mean, if someone asked for my birth certificate, I’d get my baby book and hand it out and say ‘Here it is,’ so I don’t know.”
Hartzler later reiterated the birther claim: “I have doubts that it is really his real birth certificate, and I think a lot of Americans do, but they [White House officials] claim it is, so we are just going to go with that.” —TEB
Watch Hartzler’s initial response at the meeting, which was filmed by a group called Show Me Progress: