publishing Mitt Romney's birth certificate to make the point that his father, George, a former Michigan governor and one-time Republican presidential candidate, was born in Mexico, but that was fair game. News media hounding of his father's natural born status, egged on by leading Democratic politicians at the time, led his father to drop his 1968 race for the Republican presidential nomination rather than defend against a legal challenge to his eligibility. MSNBC talking heads immediately denounced Romney as a "racist" and "birther" for joking about the birth certificate issue, even as the Obama campaign hocks coffee mugs on its campaign website emblazoned with Obama's birth certificate with the slogan, "Made In The USA." The Obama campaign released this statement:
"Throughout this campaign, Governor Romney has embraced the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them. It’s one thing to give the stage in Tampa to Donald Trump, Sheriff Arpaio, and Kris Kobach. But Governor Romney’s decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America.”Yeah, I'd say Obama and his defenders in the media are a bit thin-skinned. They better toughen up real quick because it's only going to get worse in the coming weeks as the American people are finally educated on who this mystery man really is, the media be damned.