Obama Campaign Sells Birth Certificate Merch

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May 18 2011 1:33 PM

Obama Campaign Sells Birth Certificate Merch

AKRON, NY -- I think the debate over whether the White House liked having this out there, baiting kooks, is pretty much settled.

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The pitch comes from an e-mail from the Obama campaign:

Let me introduce you to Jerome Corsi.

This week he released a new book that the publisher says will be a bestseller "of historic proportions."

The title is "Where's the Birth Certificate?" -- yes, really.

Corsi's work is a greatest-hits reel of delusions, ranging from 9/11 conspiracies to claiming that there is an infinite supply of oil in the Earth's core. In 2008, he published a book about Barack Obama claiming, among other things, that he (a) is a secret Muslim; (b) is secretly anti-military; (c) secretly dealt drugs; and (d) secretly supported terrorist actions when he was eight years old. So many secrets!

FactCheck.org called Corsi's work "a mishmash of unsupported conjecture, half-truths, logical fallacies and outright falsehoods."

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 other people as possible are in on the joke.

So let's just do this -- get your Obama birth certificate mug here:

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.

If the facts can't make these ridiculous smears go away, we can at least have a little fun with it.

The last targeted pitch like this that I remember was the "Health Care Reform is a B.F.D." shirt that Organizing for America sold after Joe Biden said... you know, that stuff he said. That may have been less cynical than this.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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