Who says birthers aren't still a campaign issue? Buy the t-shirt
May 18th, 2011
01:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Who says birthers aren't still a campaign issue? Buy the t-shirt

(CNN) – Just when you thought the so-called "birther" controversy had trailed off, the president's re-election campaign is stoking the fire.

The campaign sent an email to supporters Wednesday selling t-shirts and mugs with a picture of President Obama above the words "Made in the USA" and a copy of his birth certificate.

"There's really no way to make this stuff completely go away. The only thing we can do is laugh at it – and make sure as many people as possible are in on the joke," the email from Deputy Campaign Manager Julianna Smoot said. "Last year, the President said, 'I can't spend all of my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead.' This is about as close as we can get."

Obama, who released his certificate of live birth during the 2008 presidential campaign, produced the long-form version of the certificate last month after the issue became a topic of national conversation, partially prompted by real estate mogul Donald Trump, who raised the issue while exploring a run for president.

According to the email, the campaign reaction was in response to a book, "Where's the Birth Certificate" set to release later this week.

Filed under: 2012 • Birthers • President Obama
soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. bill

    I wouldn't waste my money.

    May 18, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. chris

    I got to have one!!!

    May 18, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Liz in Texas

    That's not stoking the fire. That's turning lemons into lemonade.

    May 18, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Brian DC

    that's pretty g@y.

    May 18, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Soul

    This is hilarious...keep it up!

    May 18, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Shawn

    Ha Ha! So those deranged, racist Birther loons will be raising money for Obama's reelection in the end. I love this president! He really has a knack for making complete fools of his very morally, culturally and intellectually inferior detractors.

    May 18, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. darryl

    Why not release something like this and make fun of those nut jobs who for whatever reason (racism, stupidity, or ?) can't let go of the birth certificate issue.

    May 18, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. bill

    It should read: This man caused 9% unemployment, a 14 trillion deficit and $4.00 a gallon gas and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.

    May 18, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    I'm no fan of Obama, but the "birthers" were foolish.

    On the other hand, for the Obama campaign attempting to profit off of it is just downright pathetic.

    May 18, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Ray E. (Georgia)

    They could add Reduce the National Debt, or, Damn the Torpedoes, full speed ahead, Fill in the Moat, take a Mexican to lunch.

    May 18, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Grundoon

    Even though I wouldn't be caught dead in any t-shirt I think I'll buy one of these.

    May 18, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Tulsa

    I'm getting one.... and I am still laughing at the T-tards and their stupidity.
    Hey Four and the Door, any word on that "Jobs Bill" from the Republicans? I see they defended the oil company tax subsidies though...... must be tough to only make 144BILLION in PROFIT.... good thing the REPUBLICANS are protecting those guys.

    May 18, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Njfinest2009

    That is too funny, that will not shut those Tea Partier/birther/hater/racists up! Now we should come up with a shirt for John Boehner crying and a slogan that says where are the jobs! I want that obama t-shirt... Obama/Biden 2012!

    May 18, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Liberal4Obama

    Brilliant. I'm sure Donald Trump won't be purchasing any, the "long form" BC was his downfail.

    May 18, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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