Michele Bachmann proved today that you can admit you’re wrong while still keeping your racist undertones squarely intact.
Michele Bachmann appeared on Good Morning America this morning and finally conceded, once and for all that the birther movement is baseless. Confronted with a copy of Obama’s certified, authorized birth certificate by George Stephanopoulos, she admitted, “Well that should settle it.”
But thanks to subtle but brilliant word play, she was able to hang onto the subtle racism that underlies the birther movement, all while admitting that it has no merit whatsoever. Looking at the birth certificate, she said, “That should settle it. I take the president at his word.”
The point of Stephanopoulos displaying the birth certificate, however, is that there is no need for the president’s word on anything. That’s what the certified, official birth certificate is for. You need to take some one on their word when a pall of doubt clouds a situation. There is no doubt about Obama’s citizenship whatsoever, except for those who, looking at his certified birth certificate, still find a reason to doubt. And the deep, dark, unspoken reasons for this doubt are what the birther movement is really all about.
Bachmann needs to take Obama’s word that he is an American as much as she needs to take the sky’s word that it is blue. But that likely won’t change her tune anytime soon.