Just when you think the birther nonsense is gone for good, it rears its ugly head once more.
But this time, instead of Donald Trump or Sarah Palin beating a dead horse, it's President Obama himself who's refusing to let the issue die. His 2012 reelection campaign is hawking "Made in the USA" t-shirts and coffee mugs, which picture his long form birth certificate released last month.
Do we really have time for this silliness?
The irony, of course, is that back in April, Obama attempted to silence birthers like Trump and Palin -- who alleged he is not a natural born citizen of the United States and therefore ineligible to be president -- with the release of the certificate. Some of his supporters thought it was a waste of time for him to "stoop" to their level and acknowledge their ridiculous accusations, but he felt the need to prove his eligibility, and he did.
So why didn't it end there?
You can't fault the President for getting some mileage out of the whole incident with jokes at the White House Correspondents' Dinner at Trump's expense -- admittedly, they were pretty funny. But these t-shirts and coffee mugs are shameless. It's one thing to make a point; it's quite another to gloat. And President Obama seems to be crossing the line.
Not to mention the fact he's also opening himself up to criticism that he's more focused on faux issues like birtherism than he is about more important things -- the economy, health care, the budget, etc. Hawking this ridiculous swag is exactly the sort of "side show" and "carnival barking" he warned was distracting us from the real issues. Frankly, I'd rather see something else at the top of his to-do-list.
What do you think of the "Made in the USA" t-shirts?
Image via BarackObama.com