Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday denied he was a “birther,” but found it “odd” that President Barack Obama took so long to release his birth certificate.
“You know, I’ve never been a birther,” the Fox News host declared. “You know, it was odd that they didn’t release the birth certificate to me. I’m like, you ask me for my birth certificate, it’s pretty easy to get.”
“Absolutely,” Fox News “Medical A Team” member Dr. Marc Siegel agreed. “And it’s very suspicious, at least, that he’s not coming forward — the president is not coming forward with his college records.”
During his 2008 bid for the White House then-Sen. Obama did release his short-form birth certificate. FactCheck.org concluded at the time that “it meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship. … Obama was born in the U.S.A. just as he has always said.”
After billionaire Donald Trump and other prominent birthers refused to drop the issue, the White House released the president’s long-form birth certificate in April 2011.
Even with the overwhelming evidence of the president’s citizenship, Trump recently told The Daily Beast that Obama’s former literary agent had erroneously said the president was born in Kenya because it was the “truth.”
“He didn’t know he was running for president, so he told the truth,” the billionaire mogul insisted. “He said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia… Now they’re saying it was a mistake. Just like his Kenyan grandmother said he was born in Kenya, and she pointed down the road to the hospital, and after people started screaming at her she said, ‘Oh, I mean Hawaii.’ Give me a break.”
Only hours before attending a fundraiser with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Tuesday night, Trump continued to insist to CNN that “a lot of people don’t think it’s authentic.”
Watch this video from Fox News’ Hannity, broadcast May 29, 2012.
(h/t: Media Matters)