Ahhhh, the birthers. Remember them? The folks who just couldn't be convinced that President Obama was a natural-born citizen and who basically hijacked the first half of 2011 (well, until this happened and this happened)? Remember Donald Trump and Orly Taitz?
Well, Rachel Maddow remembers them, and she also remembers all those Republicans who persisted in raising doubts about Obama's birthplace. On her Thursday show, Maddow used the occasion of the president's 50th birthday to hilariously tell the story of his life from the birther perspective—starting with his mother's travels to Kenya to give birth to him. It was like an episode of "I Love 2008-May 1, 2011."
"Why give birth to him in Kenya instead of just staying in Hawaii? I don't know and you don't either!" she said. "...Knowing that he would be president is also presumably why they named him Barack Hussein Obama."
The clan then, of course, returned to Hawaii. Or, as Maddow put it, "now we have a foreign-born, innocuously named president-to-be terror baby presumably being indoctrinated for his eventual covert ascendance to secret illegitimate leader of the free world."
Since Obama is now president, Maddow congratulated him and his family on pulling off such a dastardly plan. She even gave a little scream of joy at how dastardly and successful the plan was. She then turned more serious, and noted that, with the release of Obama's long-form birth certificate, the issue has largely been put to rest.
"It is now just the dead enders and the profiteers at this point," she said. But wait! What about that clip of Rush Limbaugh saying there was "no proof" that Obama was actually born on August 4th, 1961? That came from Wednesday, she said, and put her head in her hands. (UPDATE: Maddow apologized on her Friday show, saying that the Limbaugh clip was actually from a year ago.)