Secretary of State wannabe Susan Rice had a private, hour-long meeting with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), a moderate, that left Collins complaining that Rice had played a “political role” in her five Sunday talk show appearances about Benghazi in the midst of the presidential election.
Collins also called Benghazi an “eerie echo” of the 1998 Al Qaeda bombings of our embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, when Rice was Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.
We don’t need the Empty Barn Jacket back in the Senate. But, Mr. President, there are plenty of excellent choices for State besides Rice and John Kerry.
Offer the country an accurate, coherent explanation for Benghazi before investigations do it for you, choose someone else for State, and get on with your second term.
Donald Trump continues his birther ravings. He’s now latched on to the 1991 pamphlet from President Obama’s literary agency that said he was born in Kenya. Trump’s take — “He didn’t know he was running for president , so he told the truth.”
Mitt has scheduled two high-profile events with Trump, one in Las Vegas and one in New York. Mitt either needs to dump Trump or Trump needs to back off the birther garbage. I don’t see either happening, so Mitt will go through this campaign as a birther by association.
I also have a question for the birthers that I’ve never seen addressed. They rely on a statute that applied to those born outside the U. S. before 1986. That statute says that if your parents are married and one parent is foreign and you were born outside the U. S., the American parent must have lived in the U. S. for at least five years since he or she was 14.
The birther argument is that Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, was 18 when Obama was born, so she hadn’t lived anywhere for five years since she was 14. But Obama’s father was already married to a woman in Kenya when he married Ann Dunham, so he was guilty of bigamy, and Obama’s parents were never legally married, the marriage was void. Therefore, I would argue that wherever Obama was born (and I believe it was Hawaii), he was born to a single mother who was American and therefore he was American.
The Crazies are having a field day. The late Andrew Breitbart’s website discovered a promotional brochure from President Obama’s literary agency published in 1991 that says he was born in Kenya. Apparently, this biographical detail remained unchanged until 2007. As Rick Perry would say — Oops! Of course, it became a huge Drudge headline.
The Breitbart people said they were publishing it not because they believe it’s true (they’ll leave that to the Birthers), but because it shows that Obama has changed the way he wants to present himself at different points in his life. Of course, if you’re running for president, you’d damn well better present yourself as born in the United States.
One of the literary agents involved is describing it as a “fact-checking error,” but to the Birthers, it’s the Holy Grail.