Until President Obama authorized the release of his birth certificate, politicians and pundits could legitimately ask why he was withholding the document. To be sure, there was abundant evidence that he was indeed born in Hawai’i and thus met the constitutional requirements to serve as the nation’s chief executive, but it did seem strange that his team had spent so much money (and effort) to keep the deed under wraps.
Now that we’ve seen the certificate, the issue should be behind us, yet some reporters seem intent in asking Republican candidates about the issue. And those candidates, well, just don’t answer as directly as they should, saying bluntly that the issue is behind us. Barack Obama may meet the constitutional requirements to serve, but has not demonstrated the political mettle and personal demeanor necessary to lead this nation, particularly at a time of economic uncertainty.
Yesterday, in what she calls, “a rare intervention into electoral politics since his departure from the Florida governorship,” blogress Jennifer Rubin shows elucidates how a Republican leader handles the issue:
In an exclusive statement to Right Turn, [Jeb Bush] e-mailed me: “Republican candidates should categorically reject the notion that President Obama was not born in the United States. It is a complete distraction from the failed economic policies of the President.” And that was it.
In two short, declarative sentences he told his party that this way lies madness. The country, the party and the conservative movement are at a crossroads. Our economic future and the viability of a Republican Party that is both responsible and forward looking are at stake. This is not the time for foolishness. That is the essence of the message.
UPDATE: Via NRO, Charles Krauthammer offers advice similar to that offered by the successful former governor of the nation’s third largest state: “The answer is: The case is closed. It’s a quick, short answer. You don’t say: I’m not sure, I don’t know, and you start up on this issue.“