• Paul Ryan Has a Shock for Birthers

    Hey, Tea Partiers! I know that you all lurve Rep. Paul "One Day Will Serve Reagan's Third Term" Ryan. I know you think he's a Randian dreamboat with conservative ideals harder and more well-defined than his sculpted-from-granite abs. I know that you treasure the fact that he's one of you. A man cut from the same camo-patterned cloth. But, in at least one key way, he is not one of you.

    Some of you may have discovered Ryan's dark secret whilst reading through his office's response to your perfume-scented mash-note asking him to prosecute President Obama for being a secret Kenyan terror baby. For, you see, Paul Ryan accepts that Barack Obama was born in the United States of America

    "Since President Obama was elected, many individuals have expressed concerns regarding his citizenship and eligibility to serve as the President of the United States given the requirements delineated in the Constitution," one of the letters says. "On April 27, 2011, in response to these criticisms, President Obama released the long form of his birth certificate, which was issued by the Hawaii State Department of Health."

    The office attaches a copy of the birth certificate to its response. The certificate shows Obama was born Aug. 4, 1961 at a hospital in Honolulu.

    "I certainly understand the importance of this issue," the letter says, "and I hope you find the information useful."

    I don't know. I just find it odd that, considering all the different unsubstantiated versions of reality Paul Ryan chooses to live in, he couldn't have added just one more.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Birthers, Paul Ryan


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