Ever since AOL bought the Huffington Post, it does seem that the internet company has been using its homepage to flak for the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party. Its “latest headlines” column regularly features stories favorable to the president and critical of the GOP. Today, they’re leading with a story about the latest product of the Obama campaign:
The Obama campaign is selling T-shirts on its website that show Obama’s face on the front along with the words “Made in the USA.”
On the back is an image of the president’s long-form birth certificate from Hawaii — the one the White House finally produced in April in an attempt to squelch the “birthers” who claim Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen, and therefore ineligible to be president.
Yet, this latest ploy may well backfire on the Obama team — and the Huffington Post.
Calling this appeal “shameless,” the Blaze blogger Stu Burguiere, who “never doubted” that “the president was born in Hawaii”, contends that “Obama LOVES birthers“:
Why? Every time it is addressed, he wins. He even has people like me siding with him on it. He loves talking about it. He loves when the media talks about it. And now, he loves raising money off of it.
No wonder the president refused for so long to release the certificate. He wanted it to appear that his adversaries were focusing not on his policies, but his person. Seems the Obama camp is still trying to remind people of its most extreme (and conspiracy-minded) critics. In the end though, this may make Obama and his team appear as the ones most obsessed with the issue.
He would have done well to release the birth certificate without fanfare and just move on. That said, this latest gimmick gives us a hint of the kind of campaign the president intends to run, one focused not on the president’s policies, but on his critics.