Reality Check: Bachmann And Birther Movement

By Pat Kessler, WCCO-TV

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann appears to be backing off previous statements questioning whether President Obama is actually a United States citizen.

As recent as Tuesday, Bachmann was raising questions about the president’s citizenship on FOX News.

“All the president has to do is show it,” said Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican. “All the Republicans are being asked to attest to the authenticity and all I’m saying is there’s only one person who can attest to the authenticity and that’s the clerk of court.”

But IN FACT…

Twenty-four hours later, Bachmann backed off the birthers.

On ABC’s Good Morning America, she flip-flopped after GMA host George Stephanopolous showed her a copy of the president’s birth certificate.

“I have the president’s certificate right here,” said Stephanopolous. “It’s certified; it’s got a certification number. It’s got the registrar of the state signed. It’s got a seal on it. And it says ‘this copy serves as prima facie evidence of the fact of birth in any court proceeding.'”

“Well, then that should settle it,” said Bachmann.

“I take the president at his word and I think I would have no problem and apparently the president wouldn’t either,” she said. “Move on.”

Here’s the political REALITY.

Possible Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump jumped to the top of public opinion polls questioning the president’s birth certificate.

But other Republicans are distancing themselves from the “birther” movement, including former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

“I, for one, do not believe that we should be raising that issue,” said Pawlenty on MSNBC. “I think President Obama was born in the United States.”

Here’s what you NEED TO KNOW.

Numerous independent sources (FactCheck, Politifact, Snopes) confirm that the president was born in the United States and he has a birth certificate to prove it.

No matter how many times a politician tries to say otherwise.

That’s Reality Check.

To check the resources for this Reality Check, click on the links below.

Fox News: Michele Bachmann on the ‘Birther’ Debate
ABC News: Bachmann Says Obama’s Certificate ‘Settles’ Birther Issue
NBC/WSJ poll: Trump tied for 2nd in 2012 GOP field
FactCheck.org: Born in the U.S.A.
FactCheck.org: Trump repeats false claims about Obama’s birthplace
FactCheck.org: Does Barack Obama have Kenyan citizenship?
Obama’s birth certificate: Final chapter
Barack Obama Birth Certificate

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One Comment

  1. Murph says:

    Don’t worry that moment of sanity will disolve from her head pretty quickly.The ding dongs of the world do desrve to hava a candidate too,I guess.

  2. david says:

    Ms. Bachman got cornered and had to fess up. She’ll tell her birthers when she is with them wha they want to hear. She is a farce.

  3. Zed says:

    Reality and Bachmann…Now THAT’S a funny headline

  4. shirley says:

    I’ve never seen so much hedging with these future politician’s part when they come up against a question they don’t want to answer.Between trump,bachman,palin,pawlenty,romney, huckabee,,,,did they have a class on hedging? And I’m not talking about the landscape.

    1. Rusty Shackelford says:

      Never heard of the term. I live in America, not some political box like yourself. I think for myself toots.

      1. Smarter_than_Rusty says:

        Apparently you live with your head stuck in the sand Rusty – a little rusty between the ears, are ya now?

        1. Irish4Obama says:

          Head in the sand or up his arse!

        2. Rusty Shackelford says:

          Bob Sagat would be jealous of your humor.

  5. jack says:

    He got away with it. Now, get over it.

  6. jack says:

    You might think for yourself, but she doesn’t.

  7. Crusty Rusty on OT again says:

    Yo Crusty ….. twas wondering how long before yer sleazy words showed up here. Ya been busy all around the board again today I see. First posts were at the crack of dawn the times indicate.
    Dang it dude – does the Bachmann camp have so much money that they can pay you OT. You’ve logged 14 plus hours already I see. Or do ya all do the keyboard shuffle and just use the same name.
    BTW – she be quite a name there Crusty Rusty. Bet that took you all of 10 minutes to fabricate …. or shall I say remember. Have a great night you clown (s) of the Bachmann camp

  8. KracktUp Kooky Bachmann says:

    Another MB flip flop.
    Goodness – that expression was first commonly coined by her partial party. I suspect the GOP would prefer her to just flop flop into a manhole somewhere but she won’t. She’s got a book to push 😉

  9. enough of MB says:

    HTG – stop covering this nut. She’s crazy and frankly an embarrassement to the party. Maybe the Tea Party likes her foolishness at that. Please just call her a member of the Tea Party and NOT a Republican

  10. kj says:

    Im not from the show me state,but Show me

    Even if this slug was born in the USA, He is a national emberasment.

    1. noRepubsIn2012 says:

      Not!

    2. TG-no_more_cheney says:

      You must be thinking of Bush/Cheney – we’re still recovering from that fiasco where we lost most of our credibility with the rest of the world. If you know anyone who lives in a foreign country, just ask them what they thought of us during the CHeney years and now. MUCH better off now than before – not even close!!!!

    3. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste says:

      @kj I feel the same way. He is a one term President just like Carter

  11. Bryson Powers says:

    What’s the point in showing these birthers a birth certificate. Most of these idiots probably can’t read. They won’t believe it until the head of NASCAR or Pat Robertson says Obama was born here.

    1. NoMoreBush says:

      You WIN – best response of the night!! I LOVE that!

    2. Richard says:

      Bryson,

      You just hit the nail on the head!! They know but they just have to create confusion in people’s minds.

  12. Richard says:

    Rusty,

    Tell me what a republican knows other than one and only one thing: TAX CUT

    Anyone who promises a tax cut will be your presedant, even dummies like palin and Backman.

    1. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste says:

      @Richard, You want to pay more, pull out your wallet and give more. People are sick of paying unfair taxes. I’m am sick of paying for healthcare for illegals but you can pick up my share.

      1. William K says:

        I’d prefer not to fund a war or give GE my taxes for the next 20 years.
        just saying …………………….

        we all got are peeves now don’t we lil’ Marky😉

  13. Byron Bird Jr says:

    I have been a loyal fan of WCCO for many years. I am however, very disappointed with all of Pat Kessler’s obviosly biased opinions. Enough so, that I am seeking out a different news channel that is more fair and balanced.
    It’s sad because I think everybody else there is great.

    1. Quentin says:

      Your choice, but why over this? Who but the media to hold any elected official to be responsible for their words. The Republican party states they want people to be responsible for themselves. Hold them to their word, and responsibility for being in error.

      1. Quentin says:

        Being a bully again., Rusty. Cannot come out with a point so you name call. Not a liberal. Not a fan of bull poop, which the birther argument and your comment is.

    2. Citizen says:

      @Byron. You forget Esme Murphy. Her bias shows all the time. I’ll never forget her interview with Senator Franken–she literally cut him off to allow much more time to a right-wing opinion.

  14. Nigel says:

    And what you usually speak Rusty is mean spirited or name calling. In your sarcasm there is bitter but not irony. It is used to bully. For that you are proud? All from what I can gather you know is hatred.

    1. Nigel says:

      Read what you write

  15. tune-free dolphin says:

    I prefer to let Barack’s wife answer the question.

  16. TOM says:

    ANY ONE WHO VOTES FOR BACHMANN NEEDS TO GET A REALITY CHECK. I HAVE SEEN A BOX OF ROCKS WITH MORE COMMON SENSE. I CANNOT BELIEVE SHE ACTUALLY HAS BEEN WHINING ABOUT THIS FOR SOMETIME NOW. WHY DOESN’T SHE FOCUS ON GAS PRICES, FOOD PRICES, NO JOBS, TAXES OR SOMETHING THAT IS IMPORTANT. AS STATED ANY ONE WHO VOTES FOR THIS WOMEN NEEDS TO HAVE A REALITY CHECK TO SEE IF THEY ARE SANE. AND YES BACHMANN YOU CAN EMAIL ME IF YOU CAN READ.

  17. Nancy Aleshire says:

    Barack Obama is as much an American being born in Hawaii as Michele Bachmann being born in Iowa. By the time Obama was born in Aug. 1961, Hawaii was already a U.S. State. If anyone disagrees with this they should take a class in American history.

  18. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste says:

    Pat, Nice spin, as a political writer I would think you would write about what is important, jobs, taxes, etc. Who cares about this story? Yes I know Liberals like you who just want to push your views on the public to make the party who dislike look bad. You are an embarrassment to WCCO who claim to be fair in reporting. All your stories are pro left leaning. Change the name of your column to Left Check or The Left View, but please don’t think that your readers don’t see what you are doing. We were born yesterday, but not last night.

  19. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste says:

    @Rusty, well said Sir. It amazes me how these Liberals blame but have no ideas to solve the problems

  20. Quentin says:

    Again Rusty, you can not say something civil.

  21. kevin says:

    Tom’s point would be that there should be more jobs and steady prices. Your point? How is it a crime to say that a an elected representative has not done any work in increasing jobs and keeping prices of food and fuel low?

  22. Our apologies to all says:

    To All ;

    Please be advised of the following:
    We do not have any affiliation with Rusty Shackelford nor Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste nor do we share their expressed opinions or hatred for our fellow Americans.
    While we acknowledge that Americans have a right to free speech and to express an opinion we also believe that such hate and vile comments are better left unspoken if one truly believes in them. More often than not comments such as those showing up here are made by the uneducated and indigent members of the American society who spawn hatred and violence. We find it ironic that they have escalted their vile comments to new heights during the week of the anniversary of Columbine High deaths and the recent discovery of the pipe bomb in that city. Individuals such as Rusty and Mark reflect the fringe element that exists in America today that are attempting to undermine everything this country stands for. They are truly un-Americans and should be disregarded as meaningless individuals.
    TomTeerest

  23. Our apologies says:

    To All ;

    Please be advised of the following:
    We do not have any affiliation with Rusty Shackelford nor Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste nor do we share their expressed opinions or hatred for our fellow Americans.
    While we acknowledge that Americans have a right to free speech and to express an opinion we also believe that such hate and vile comments are better left unspoken if one truly believes in them. More often than not comments such as those showing up here are made by the uneducated and indigent members of the American society who spawn hatred and violence. We find it ironic that they have escalted their vile comments to new heights during the week of the anniversary of Columbine High deaths and the recent discovery of the pipe bomb in that city. Individuals such as Rusty and Mark reflect the fringe element that exists in America today that are attempting to undermine everything this country stands for. They are truly un-Americans and should be disregarded as meaningless individuals.
    TomTeerest

  24. Germany is back and Bachmannitis is alive and well says:

    Toxic Waste gets another headline huh

    WCCO might just be getting this oinker more press than anyone out there
    What a waste of bandwidth

  25. K. Sigtermans says:

    Why are they dealing with gay marriage now when the budget must be balanced? Their scheduling is off the track. Are they deliberately trying to mess up the financial affairs of the state, or don’t they know how to deal with it, so they avoid making decisions? Why are they there?

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