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. Fred

    Patrick is a Dr. Doolittle experiment gone awry. Just look at his background

    April 12, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. S.positive

    Thats why they are called the crazy bunch. Good for nothing noisy FOOLs who spend their God given time alive believing in a sticky lie.

    April 12, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. S.positive

    Ignore them, they are not worth the breath...

    April 12, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. soren

    I believe 100% that Obama was born in the US, but it is absurd that we can't see the original document.

    April 12, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. Hotdog

    Racism is associated with just about every issue with President Obama. Let's face it, racism is based on ignorance. Racism is going to be the demise of this country.

    April 12, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  6. Mikey

    According to the article, he said "there might be." Nice headline – makes it look like he made an accusation, which he did not.

    April 12, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    Liberal philosophy is not a race. But it is the reason there's so much interest in Obama's birth certificate. Of all of the people I associate with who can't wait for another chance to vote against Obama, race has never ever entered the discussion. It is entirely based on the poor decisions based on his liberal philosophy of governing. They aren't working for America.

    April 12, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. vince86

    It's pretty obvious.

    April 12, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  9. Larry L

    Every "birther" starts their comment with "I'm not a racist but...".

    April 12, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. Paul Ernest Show

    It's unfortunate that the election of the first black president has stirred so much hate and prejudice. And it's most profound among older white males, who have been trying to indoctrinate the younger ones, insensitively. I have had to challenge an ex-girlfriend, who happens to be white, and her response was that, it's something my grandpa and his friends talk all the time. That explains why the old faces in the Tea party and GOP gatherings.

    April 12, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    No one made a fuss about proving whether John McCain, who was born in the Panama Canal Zone, was an American!

    BTW, the Zone at the time, was American territory, so if John McCain was indeed born there, then he is an American.

    But who can say definitively that McCain was born in the Zone and not in a Panamanian Hospital on Panamanian soil?

    Has McCain shown us all the records documenting that he was indeed born in Coco Solo Hospital (which is in the Zone)?

    And if he did produce those documents, how do we know they aren't fakes? I'm sure his parents would have done everything in their power to falsify this information, so that Baby John would have all the benefits of U.S. citizenship.

    Why wasn't this thoroughly investigated and pursued? Where were the birthers on this? Why isn’t Trump’s investigators down there in Panama getting to the bottom of this?!?

    You know, I'm really beginning to think that McCain, what with his Senate career and all the perks – not to mention his desire to be President – aren't possibly the biggest hoax ever perpetuated on our country!!!!

    See how ridiculous this sounds, folks?

    And the only reason we never heard it is because JOHN MCCAIN IS WHITE.

    April 12, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. Sean in DC

    Patrick is 100% correct. To parse it up even further, there are two kinds of birthers: The ground level, ignorant, racist ones who's every action is dictated by fear, and the politicians who are (seemingly) much smarter, and use the birther message to spread that fear, gain favor with, and manipulate the ground-level faction. Why someone would want morons supporting them I can only guess at, but there's some folks (ahem... Trump) who may feel like ignorant voters = loyal voters and he wants their support. *shudder*

    Btw, how funny that Obama has a masterful grasp on the English language and the birthers question whether he's an American- Meanwhile, George W. Bush mangled the English language left and right as if he learned it later in life, and yet no one questioned whether *he* was born here. Heh heh...

    April 12, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. AB

    Governor Patrick knows all too well that racism is driving the Birther movement. Right wing bigots cannot stand the fact that a black man is President of the U.S. (POTUS) and are leaving no stone unturned in attempting to disrupt, subvert, and discredit President Obama's Administration. The Tea Party movement is also motivated by racism and fear and also have the same agenda as the Birther movement.

    April 12, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. Tony in Maine

    No "may" about it Governor. The hatred for President Obama has nothing to do with policy or politics, it's anger born of fear that the white place atop American society is threatened. Were Barack Obama named Barry O'Brian and his skin white, he could have been born atop Everest and be recognized by all as American if one of his parents were a United States citizen. Were Barack Obama Barry O'Brian's man servant, there would be no fear or anger because he would be in his correct place in American society.

    I DO not believe the above is right or proper. In fact it is an abomination. But, in my opinion it is an accurate explanation of why oterwise rational humans are acting irrationally.

    April 12, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. usualone

    The governor is sadly mostly correct in this assumption. These "birthers" attack others who say that as they most likely don't recognize themselves as being racist. They use the argument that he would not have been elected if that were the case. With less people voting in mid-year elections than the big ones, it is easy to see why the balance for the President is off. The angry losers are the ones who primarily voted in 2010 and they believe the majority think like they do at this time. One only has to read the comments on many blogs to know they cannot believe the actual articles that are out there to justify where the President was born. They have to ask if they would do this with any other President. Of course bigots don't want to admit to themselves that they have this characteristic.

    April 12, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Yanni

    Will there be any other reason? I wonder. Questioning the legitimacy of the presidential candidate was a right thing to during the 2008 campaign. However, denying all the mounting evidence presented since then and continuing to argue against all the truth might come from deep seeded contempt to the man.

    April 12, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. Charles W. Skinner

    Of COURSE a Democrat is going to scream "racism." Its because they want to deflect from the debate that they don't want to have because they might LOSE it. The "racism" card is the last, desperate attempt of the Democrat to avoid talking about an issue.

    April 12, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  18. Henry Miller

    Obviously any criticism, express or implied, of The One must be racism! What else could it be?

    April 12, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  19. Henry

    Duh, and we did not know that birthers are racist and that tea partiers are birthers, and that Republicans are all tea partiers. Bottom line: Republicans are mostly white and mostly racist. End of the story.

    April 12, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  20. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    Duh...ya think so Governor. The Tea Party folks, which many are birthers to some extent, have just traded in their hoods for those stupid "tri-corner hats".

    April 12, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  21. George

    Go figure, what other excuse could it be.

    April 12, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. rob

    All the major republican leaders and candidates have refused to get into the birth issue, even though the media attacks them with it every chance they get. If it was such a redicules issue then I think no one would comment on idiots like Trump. Instead, we see what will become a major theme foe the Dems in the elections next year...RACE. They will bring it up every chance they get. With help from the liberal media the Dems will resort to name calling and demonizing their opponents.

    April 12, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  23. Name

    How frustrating it must be for gov. Patrick to have to hold back. Racism is the CORE of the birther movement. They just create a new definition of racism that excludes them.

    April 12, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  24. Voice of Reason

    What? 'Birther's dont like the President??

    Yeah. Captain Obvious strikes again.

    April 12, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  25. mac316

    when will they stop trying to play the race card for obama I disagree with my wife does that make a sexist? oh yea another thing does it also make me racist since she is black and I am white? everytime there has been a question or disagreement about Obama it has been tagged as racist that is almost as old as the right calling him socialist or non US born. DAMN I do hope these politicians and haters grow up and start running the country & for those that are looking for re election ?? remember only after 2 yrs in office Americans went on to elect Bush for his second term think long and hard before casting your vote this time

    April 12, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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