The nation took a giant leap towards the Ni-CLANG! Event Horizon yesterday:

ELBERT COUNTY - Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) is backpedaling after 9NEWS was first to report on an audio recording of his comments at a recent fundraiser where he raised the issue of President Barack Obama's birthplace and said the president, "in his heart, he's not an American."

At a May 12 fundraiser at the Elbert County Fairgrounds, Coffman wrapped up a 12-minute speech to donors with an unprompted discussion of President Obama's citizenship and national identification.

Listen to the full audio from the event.

"I don't know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don't know that," Coffman said. "But I do know this, that in his heart, he's not an American. He's just not an American."

After a short pause, which Elbert County Republican Chairman Scott Wills recalled as "deafening silence," Coffman was met with applause, tentative at first.


Coffman issued a written apology Wednesday evening.

"I misspoke and I apologize," the statement began. "I have confidence in President Obama's citizenship and legitimacy as President of the United States."

Coffman went on to offer a defense of his intent.

"I don't believe the president shares my belief in American Exceptionalism. His policies reflect a philosophy that America is but one nation among many equals," the statement read. "As a Marine, I believe America is unique and based on a core set of principles that make it superior to other nations."

First of all, if you're going to spew bullshit, at least have the dignity to stand behind your bullshit.  You don't have confidence in President Obama's citizenship, bro. Quit lyin'.

Second of all, I'm thrilled! This is exciting news, isn't it?  Who is going to be the first to say it?   It could happen at any moment and one never knows what could happen when we hit the Ni-CLANG! event horizon.  Will the world implode on itself?  Will all Birthers simply vanish like some Racist Rapture?  I don't know, but I can't wait to find out.

Stay vigilant, people.