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

    Does the back of the shirt say "And educated in a third-world muslim country"?

    May 18, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. Bubba

    Meanwhile, John McCain was still born in Panama, and Osama bin Laden and Newt's career are still dead.

    May 18, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Geoffrey

    I do believe the president was born here ... I am just sick of the "Birther" discussion. It went on far too long.

    May 18, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Ubama

    God Bless Donald Trump for ending the issue. Most of us accept now that Obama is a crooked liar that has bought his way out of the 'birther' issue.

    May 18, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Yes Mr. President!!!!!! You deserve to have the stupidity of the Birthers pay off in huge dividend$ for you!!

    Hey Donald Chump, how you like him now??!!!! BWAHAHAHAHA!!
    The President is getting the last laugh on this one AND his campaign is gonna rake in the ca$h!!!
    THANK YOU BIRTHERS!!!!!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!
    I'm ordering mine today!!!

    Obama 2012 Made in the U ole S of A Baby!

    May 18, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Dale

    How are we independents supposed to take the Republican party seriously when a full 43% of Republicans supported the birther conspiracy theory? That's not a political party, that is The Flat Earth Society.

    May 18, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. katahdin

    Good for President Obama. Nothings more fun than poking the nutty, reality-free, humorless birthers. And the tee shirts are made in the USA.

    May 18, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Expat American

    Hahaha…that’s great. What a slap in the face of the racist white trash birther bigots. Those t-shirts and mugs are a much better item than the free hotdogs and KuKluxKlan sheets that Palin and McCain handed out during their campaign.

    May 18, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country (the brutally honest real deal)

    Just when you thought the so-called "birther" controversy had trailed off, the president's re-election campaign is stoking the fire.
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    I've said all along it was the left and Obama that kept this ridiculousness going. I have now been proven right, yet again. I guess when your policies are a complete failure, this provides distraction from the real issues.

    May 18, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. CBR

    Once people decide that an issue is true they will support that issue forever. I still hear people attempting to prove issues/statements about past presidents They just do not disappear.

    The fact that politicians and other high profile people like Donald Trump use the issues to gain support for their political races is another reason these issues are accepted as the hidden truth. The so-called "birther" issue has very little basis and has been proven to be false. If you were not for Obama for President you can be in this movement to try to prove he was not born in the USA. Unfortunately, this is a poor use of peoples energy when their are so many issues that need our attention.

    May 18, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. New Age Independant

    I'm not so sure that celebrating the fact that Obama took three years to prove that he is a US born citizen is something to campaign on. It should have been handled before he was sworn in. A complete failure for Obama all around.

    May 18, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Peter

    Why not? I have seen plenty of junk marketed on the internet by whack jobs which says quite the opposite.

    May 18, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Tony

    Okay, now he's just trolling – but it's still funny. Go Mr. President!

    May 18, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. me

    That's just too funny. I think I need a new T-shirt.

    May 18, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. rufusclyde

    Why not, "Born in the USA?" Would the Boss mind?

    May 18, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Raffly

    very catchy and selling t shirt, I may buy one...it is cute

    May 18, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. Jon

    Hee. I like the birth certificate on the back. That's a nice touch.

    May 18, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. shackdelrio

    I think it is hilarious.

    May 18, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Bill in VA

    Clever. I just hope the shirt is made in the USA.

    May 18, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Laurie in Spokane

    Hey, sounds like a good idea to me. Make some campaign money off if the birthers boondoggle.

    May 18, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Becky Cassel

    Just to be clear....Obama was also conceived in the United States? According to the t-shirt.

    May 18, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Robert

    The ultimate in cool for our wonderful president to turn the tables on the birther wing-nuts. How ironic to think that their dilusional movement will contribute to his re-election. So far, watching the right wing trip all over itself has been great fun. And now, with the entry of our favorite class clown – Newt Gingrich – the show promises to get even better. Stay tuned America!

    May 18, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Debbi

    Oh Snap!!

    May 18, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Scott F

    Bigotry, hate, and ignorance are alive and well. Unfortunately the " paid " hate assassins like Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, and Levin to name a few will still spew their venomous lies' hate, and bullshit.. SAD!! SAD!! SAD!!

    May 18, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. indydave

    Hiiiiii-larious. Also, full of win.

    May 18, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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