At a campaign rally in Commerce, Michigan, Mitt Romney couldn’t resist taking a jab at President Obama:
“Ann was born in Henry Ford Hospital, I was born in Harper Hospital. No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate; they know that this is the place where both of us were born and raised.”
While Romney was most likely just making a joke, Barack Obama’s birth certificate is still a very volatile subject, and the birther crack set off a firestorm. The media immediately launched into a feeding frenzy:
Liberals are foaming at the mouth at the prospect of Romney flirting with birtherism:
And, lest you thought Romney and Obama’s races wouldn’t come into play, think again:
Some people have managed to keep clear heads and are offering an explanation for Romney’s remark, one that’s much more plausible than that he’s a closet birther:
Given Obama’s penchant for obsessively bringing up the Romney family dog, we’re inclined to agree.
Romney spokesmen are downplaying the remarks:
“The governor has always said, and has repeatedly said, he believes the president was born here in the United States,” Romney adviser Kevin Madden said. “He was only referencing that Michigan, where he is campaigning today, is the state where he himself was born and raised.”
Spokesman Rick Gorka also downplayed the remarks in a gaggle with reporters after the event. ”It’s settled,” he said. “He’s illustrating that he was born and raised here in Michigan.”
While Team Obama is milking them for all they’re worth:
Ben Howe deftly uses Team Obama’s own words to smack them for their phony indignation. You see, Obama and friends asked for it — literally:
Oh. Snap. That’s pure gold, right there.
“Real journalists” are madly clutching their pearls. Oh, lawdy.