While Stephen Colbert the person may find the birther movement morally reprehensible, Stephen Colbert the character embraces it wholeheartedly. That's why, despite his obvious distaste for guest Orly Taitz, he spent the better part of last night's show "defending" the conspiracy theorists.
Orly, and many others like her including several members of Congress, believe Barack Obama is not our rightful president because he was not born on U.S. soil. Even if he was, they argue, it would not be legitimate for him to take office because his father was not a U.S. citizen. Granted, neither was Chester A. Arthur's nor Orly's but the irony and historical comparison is lost on these folks. Despite overwhelming evidence that Obama was in fact born in Hawaii the birthers continue to dominate the news cycle for lack of a more intriguing topic in mid-summer.
Colbert broke down last night and gave this group the acknowledgment they deserve by allowing his viewers into the Colbert birthing chamber (segment 1) and talking to Ms. Taitz about her bat-shit crazy theories (segment 2). Not only did she compare Obama to Stalin and Hitler but made a "joke" about digging up his father's remains. It was all bonkers, but what do you expect from a woman who is equal parts lawyer, dentist and real estate agent?
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