What Rick Perry told Parade, exactly, about Obama birth certificate(Read article summary)
What did Rick Perry mean by his comments to Parade Magazine about President Obama's birth certificate? Read what he said and decide for yourself.
Texas Gov. Rick Perryâ€™s comments to Parade Magazine involving President Obamaâ€™s birth certificate have caused quite a stir and revived, yet again, the whole â€śbirtherâ€ť issue. Itâ€™s far from clear that he really doubts that the president was born in the United States. In general, his remarks are a bit odd.
In the interest of letting readers decide for themselves, we present the entirety of that portion of the interview, which Governor Perry gave to Parade contributing writer Lynn Sherr:
Governor, do you believe that President Barack Obama was born in the United States?
I have no reason to think otherwise.
Thatâ€™s not a definitive, â€śYes, I believe heâ€ťâ€”
Well, I donâ€™t have a definitive answer, because heâ€™s never seen my birth certificate.
But youâ€™ve seen his.
I donâ€™t know. Have I?
You donâ€™t believe whatâ€™s been released?
I donâ€™t know. I had dinner with Donald Trump the other night.
That came up.
And he said?
He doesnâ€™t think itâ€™s real.
And you said?
I donâ€™t have any idea. It doesnâ€™t matter. Heâ€™s the President of the United States. Heâ€™s elected. Itâ€™s a distractive issue.