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. Susan

    This issue should not be laid to rest. For last 2 years, republicans has been making hue and cry over the birth certificate of "Kenyan Muslim" president even after so many definite statements and proofs. Now since it splattered over their face, they don't want to discuss this issue. How convenient.

    I am going to buy this T-Shirt and piss off some of my friends. Yeah, I do have idiotic friends.

    May 18, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. realitybites

    Awesome!!!!! Gotta have it.

    May 18, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. Lynn

    "stoking the fire".....really?! You obviously have no sense of humor.

    May 18, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. blaqmajik

    LMFAO, take lemons and make lemonade. Gotta love this guy

    May 18, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. Justsaying2U

    It's clear by the class of GOP Presidential contenders, NONE of them have the political skills of Pres. Obama.

    May 18, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. dwayne

    Great Deal

    May 18, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. mrkusn

    Made in the USA? I knew it! The United States of Antarctica!

    May 18, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Marry

    Great idea! I want one:-)!!!! You go President Obama!

    May 18, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. catcrazy

    Now the question is, the inside label on the t-shirt does it say "made in USA" or "made in ??"

    May 18, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. Dave

    What a great idea! Are there still people who don't think Obama is an American? How sad if so, let's hope they don't breed!

    May 18, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Made in the USA and yes President Obama did answer the red phone at 3:00 am and killed OBL while the Republicans turned off their phones while vacationing.

    May 18, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. Doug

    A Birth Certificate doesn't make you qualified.

    How about that slogan?

    Or how about "Made in the U.S.A. by illegal aliens, financed by the Chinese"

    May 18, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Steve in Denver

    I'd love to see the President beat the republicans over the head with the birther issue. The joy of seeing one of their disgusting lie campaigns turned against them would be sweet!

    May 18, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. Joshua Ludd

    Oh, see.. this isn't birtherism. This is mocking birtherism, which was always an unsubstantiated belief whose origins were the fact that Obama has brown skin and a funny name as there was no indication anywhere to suggest he was not born in the US.

    May 18, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Sharon

    I love this brilliant idea!!!!

    May 18, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. whodathunkit?

    May I purchase one for the donald?

    May 18, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Jess C

    I have to have one!

    May 18, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. hcx

    This is actually a brilliant strategy. Rub their noses in it and at the same time show that Obama can roll with the punches with a sense of humor all while taking in contributions. A perfect day.

    May 18, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. Tina

    Love the shirt 🙂

    May 18, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. Sam

    Well GOP asked for it! They made the bed and now let them sleep in it!

    May 18, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. mesamick

    To quote RAlph Cramden..."How sweet it is!"

    You have to admit fellow liberals and progressives, there is something satisfying not to mention wickely gleeful to see the bad Karma of the birthers commin' back to haunt and mock them...

    May 18, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    I will purchase one.

    May 18, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. Dean

    I don't care where Obama was born. I still think he's a jerk-off.

    May 18, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Bill

    wont matter in 2012 when the economy sends him back to Illinois.

    May 18, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. gliblib

    wonder where the t-shirt was made

    May 18, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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