Gov. Patrick: Racism in birther movement
April 12th, 2011
06:56 PM ET
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Gov. Patrick: Racism in birther movement

New York (CNN) – In an interview with CNN's "In the Arena" host Eliot Spitzer, Democratic Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick admitted racism may be playing into the birther movement.

Patrick, a close friend and political ally of the president, campaigned for him in 2008 and plans to appear with Obama during the 2012 presidential campaign.


When asked whether questioning the president's birth certificate can be linked to racism, Patrick said, "Well, there might be."

"I think there are people who are organizing around their anger rather than around particular issues." Patrick said. "Anger and fear has been a tool used politically for a long time in the world and is being used I think by the national republican party today.


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  1. scott

    of course it does, no doubt in this white guys mind....the birthers are racist. there is no way that anybody in this lifetime can convince me there is a percentage of the u.s. population who can stand president obama simply for the fact that he is black. when candidate obama went to meet with world leaders before the presidential election, there were americans who were like who does he think he is visiting world leaders as a candidate, when that has been standard practice forever. how about the hilliary voters who were p/o'd she didnt get the nomination and a certain amount of her supporters said they were going to vote mccain, when hilary's politics and president obamas politics are mirror images of eachother. the conservative talkies said that black america voted for obama, because he was black....i am like what?? how about white america who voted for mccain simply because they would never vote for a black man?? then finally where i live in suburban philadelphia, in a pocket of democrats, this white lady was asked who she was voting for and she said i have voted democrat my entire life, but now i am voting for mccain....dont tell me there isnt racism, we have come so far, only to go backwards.

    April 12, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. BeanerECMO

    Whip that card out. It's really getting frayed around the edges. Are the numbers and the suit fading? It doesn't work Patrick. The racism is that the black community will vote hook, line and sinker for BHO even though he is the current leader for suppressing self-actualization in the black community; i.e., he's holding you back because he is trumpeting the old saw, " You can't succeed without government (interference)."

    April 12, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. Bill

    Here we go. The race card rears its ugly head.

    April 12, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. Republican Robber Baron

    Yes well it's no secret that even before Obama became President, the Republican Party had an extremely large segment of racists and bigots. Now that Obama is President...they are on steroids. Even Republicans I know admit this is problem within the Party.

    April 12, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. nancy

    First and foremost, I am tired of CNN being a democratic news station. Secondly, How could you possibly say that its about race wanting to see the President's birth certificate. I think CNN is forgetting he is 50% white 42% arabic and 6% african american. Last time I checked the president works for we the people and we have a right to see the birth certificate. I have to show mine when getting my passport, I cant say no I dont want to.. Grow up GOP and Democrats and work for WE THE PEOPLE and not for your POLTICAL PARTY!!! Tired Tax paying AMerican

    April 12, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. hairhofla

    Prejudice is what fools use for reason.......Voltaire

    April 12, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  7. rjc116

    This is the kind of defense by insult that doesn't convince me. So condescending! What would convince me is an explanation why Pres. Obama has spent $2 million to withhold his personal information. Better yet, provide an actual birth certificate.

    April 12, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  8. Donald in CA

    Half of white america will never look at blacks as their equal, so they will never accept a black president. This is what created the tea party and birther/muslum movement against this president. Then they dare you to mention RACISM. The world is watching.

    April 12, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. PacificView

    I tend to agree. The birthers seem unable to accept Obama as a president. Since no fact can convince them that he was born in Hawaii, there must be somethinig else going on.

    April 12, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  10. John

    I am shocked, shocked to hear about racism in the birther movement.

    April 12, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. xschild

    Patrick Duval "I think there are people who are organizing around their anger rather than around particular issues." Patrick said. "Anger and fear has been a tool used politically for a long time in the world and is being used I think by the national republican party today." Put up or shut up Patrick. Verify, verify, verify. That is all that is asked. Where is your birth certificate?
    I know where mine is.

    April 12, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Gov. Patrick is right...and I'm a middle aged white man!

    April 12, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  13. Albo58

    Race-baiting Idiot! The Dimwits have spent our tax dollars like drunken sailors, bailed out Union trash, and weakened our country, economically, diplomatically, and militarily. Yet, somehow all these treasonous activities pale to the foolish theories of racism by an inept governor of a heavily-taxed state?

    April 12, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  14. they call me "tater salad"

    Naw,..........can't be true!

    April 12, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  15. mike

    Why does he have to bring race into it? Maybe people are legitemetly wondering what the truth is. I could care less if he was black, yellow, green, or blue in the end if he doesnt keep the promises he ran on.

    April 12, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. Frustrated Independent Voter !

    You know I have to agree with Gov. Patrick here ! I have never In my life seen a president that has been subjected to the utter nonsense that the GOP has tried to pull ! There have been lawsuit's filed , investigations , inquiries and etc. and all have come to the same conclusion that President Obama was born in Hawaii ! People that live in the state say that their children have the exact same birth certificate as the President ! The fact that certain people still willfully try to remain clueless about this even with all the evidence before them , does give validity to Gov. Patrick's statement !

    April 12, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  17. ITALIAN NONNO

    This man Patrick he's ok,.. he recognize the problema right away,.. and he have the courage to say it,.. i like this fella.

    April 12, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  18. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    As Gomer would say, "Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!"

    April 12, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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