Chris Matthews waded into the birther controversy on his Monday show, wondering why President Obama has not demanded a copy of his full birth certificate to put the conspiracy theories about his birth to rest.
Speaking to Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page and Mother Jones reporter David Corn, Matthews addressed the recent efforts by Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie to release more information about Obama's birth.
"I am not a birther, I am an enemy of the birthers," Matthews assured Page and Corn, before comparing a so-called "long form" birth certificate to the more abridged copy that Obama has released. "Why has the president himself not demanded that they put out the initial documents?" he asked.
Page said there was no point in Obama engaging birthers, because they were not interested in evidence showing that he is a natural-born citizen. Matthews responded that, no matter what, it will be interesting to see if Abercrombie's quest for the full document is successful.
"Don't we want to know if he can find it?" he said. "I don't know why the Governor doesn't say, 'snap it up, whoever is there in the Department of Records, send me a copy right now.' And why doesn't the president just say, 'send me a copy right now'?"