Yes…we’re here again.

Apparently, Rick Perry will do just about anything to stay relavant these days. After dismal debate performances and tanking poll numbers, the Texas governor is trying his hardest to pander to the far Right by once again questioning the President’s place of birth.

Recently, Perry had dinner with Donald Trump, who is STILL obsessed with President Obama’s birth certificate. Earlier this year, Trump flirted with the idea of running for the Republican presidential nomination and made birtherism his platform. After allegedly dispatching detectives to Hawaii (which, many feel he never did), Trump took credit for making the President release his long-form birth certificate.

Although many thought birtherism was finally dead, Perry is apparently trying to use it to snatch a bit of current GOP front-runner Herman Cain’s spotlight.

In an interview with Parade magazine, Perry inferred that President Obama’s birthplace is still in doubt.

Here’s Gov. Perry’s Parade magazine exchange:

Governor, do you believe that President Barack Obama was born in the United States?
I have no reason to think otherwise.

That’s not a definitive, “Yes, I believe he”—
Well, I don’t have a definitive answer, because he’s never seen my birth certificate.

But you’ve seen his.
I don’t know. Have I?

You don’t believe what’s been released?
I don’t know. I had dinner with Donald Trump the other night.

That came up.

And he said?
He doesn’t think it’s real.

And you said?
I don’t have any idea. It doesn’t matter. He’s the President of the United States. He’s elected. It’s a distractive issue.

So, despite calling it a “distractive issue,” Gov. Perry has no problem throwing JUST enough shade at President Obama’s birth certificate to keep him relavant with those on the fringes of the Right. How convenient.

Does Rick Perry have a chance at the presidency or is this the beginning of the end? 


*Photo courtesy of Parade magazine

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  • secret ninja

    this is the same guy whose grandfather owns “nigger ranch”.

    it’s funny to me that he had dinner with pseudo-politico wanna be presidential front runner Donald Trump.

    interviewer: If Donald Trump jumped off a bridge would you?

    Rick Perry: he doesn’t think the bridge is real, it’s a distractive issue, i think i will.

    • I got sense!

      Ha, good one.

    • Nadell

      @ secret ninja

  • thinkpink

    So glad I’m in philosophy and learning the origins of rhetoric…all of this political foolishness finally makes sense to me. Blame Aristotle…

  • entro

    This man is just looking to appeal to the lowest common denominator (tea party) hate mongers. Right now he’s trailing in the polls, it’s all about winning at any cost.

    • joceeco

      In this political climate, anyone who shows some kind of dislike or racial discourse for Obama and Black people have a good chance of winning the republican nomination for President, and possibly the Presidency. Many Whites feel that they have given Obama a chance and he failed to prove that the Black man could do the job, and they just will not vote for him again. They overlook the fact that Bush and his republican thugs had eight years to put the country in the mess and it will take any one (Black or White) many years to get us out of this mess. As much as we would like to think differently about race in America, Obama’s Presidency has been about race and the negative aspects of how most Whites, especially those in the GOP see Blacks in this country.

  • LKJ

    Guess this question answered itself. Good riddance to the man who made G W Bush look like Albert Einstein.