There were those, our own readers and commenters among 'em, who simply would accept no proof or argument that Barack Obama was a natural-born citizen and therefore ineligible for the presidency he'd won in 2008. That story ended rather abruptly when this and this happened). Remember Donald Trump and Orly Taitz?
On her Thursday show, Rachel Maddow used 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.
The family then, of course, returned to Hawaii. Rachel drew the birther conclusion: "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."
It's so prosaic, and thrilling (as a plotline, that is) we just wish it could have had the added advantage of being true. Woulda made that silly little debt ceiling story seem like a dachshund chewing on a postman. But alas...
With clips, Rachel showed the whole thrilling, but fake narrative that led to the president to ending the beautiful hoax and right-wing cottage industry by submitting his birth certificate to the public. (At one point in 2010, 45% of self-identified Republicans said they didn't believe or didn't know if Obama was really naturally born).
"It's now just the dead enders and the profiteers at this point," she said.
Huffington Post quickly asserted: "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! Maddow put her head in her hands."