Paterson's 'Birther' Comment May Reveal Misgivings, Says Queens GOPer

'Even if he wasn’t born in the United States, at this point, it’s kind of like he got away with it,' Governor Paterson reportedly said of President Obama.

In an unartful defense of President Obama, Gov. David Paterson seemingly posed the possibility that birther claims are true, according to the Daily News.

“Even if he wasn’t born in the United States, at this point, it’s kind of like he got away with it," the paper quoted Paterson as saying on his radio program. “A lot of people get away with a lot of things,” he reportedly added.

The term 'Birther' is an unaffectionate nickname for Obama detractors who believe the President was born in Kenya, and his long form Hawaiian birth certificate is a falsification.

"I think some might view Former Gov. David Paterson's apparently half-hearted defense of President Obama as an indication of personal animus," said Queens GOP Vice Chair Vince Tabone, adding, "I would wager that the Governor in many respects has every reason to be miffed at his party and this President."

Paterson was on record as not supporting ObamaCare for New York, according to the Daily News. While tangling with teachers unions, and attempting to make unpopular budget cuts in 2009, Paterson received attention for what Tabone called "extremely coincidental public relations episodes," one of which implicated his top aid in drug related charges.

"His appeals for help from the White House did not just fall on deaf ears [and in] 2009 in a stinging rebuke Obama urged Paterson not to seek re-election," said Tabone.

In addressing the birther controversy, Paterson reportedly compared Obama to Richard Nixon’s having won his presidential election in 1968, saying Nixon may have perpetrated "treason" in allegedly sabotaging President Lyndon Johnson’s Vietnam peace talks, but that  Nixon “got away with it.”

But Tabone sees contrast between Nixon and Obama, saying, "Obama is no Nixon in the sense that he seems more than willing to throw any former ally under the bus who becomes an impediment."

Tabone's assessment of Paterson's comments is that he was trying to defend the president from birther charges, but the former governor "inadvertently betrayed his misgivings about Obama's general honesty and loyalty."

Patch asked Tabone if he believes Gov. Paterson has shifted to the political right. You can read his full .

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ehancock June 03, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Continuing: The notion of Obama’s mother, late in pregnancy, traveling alone (WND has shown that Obama senior was in Hawaii on August 4, 1961) from Hawaii where there are good hospitals, to Kenya, where there was Yellow Fever and bad hospitals, and doing so without any INS record of her leaving the USA or any record of her arriving in Kenya—is absurd. And the fact that there is a birth certificate showing that she gave birth in Kapiolani Hospital in Honolulu makes it even more absurd. So it boils down to this: (1) It was highly unlikely that Obama's mother traveled overseas while late in pregnancy; (2) There is no proof that she traveled overseas, arrived in Kenya, gave birth in Kenya, returned to the USA or got a US passport, US visa, or had Obama added to her US passport in 1961---so there is no proof that either of them traveled; (3) There IS a birth certificate for Obama in Hawaii in 1961, and it says that he was born in Hawaii, and the chances of Hawaii officials forging that document in 1961 are absurdly low.
David Farrar June 03, 2012 at 03:55 PM
From the almost complete lack of evidence tying Ann Dunham to Hawaii six months before giving birth, she could have had Barack anywhere, including Canada. ex animo davidfarrar
David Farrar June 03, 2012 at 03:59 PM
So, for the record: you don't have any other independent, collaborative evidence that Barack Obama was born when and where he states other than DOH records; do you? Secondly, I don't KNOW what the Hawaiian Department of Health (HDOH) did or didn't do. We will only KNOW that when we can examine the "prima facie" documentary evidence the Hawaiian registrar used to issue the birth certificate. Once we know what evidence they used, then and only then can we ascertain the veracity of the registrar's findings. This is not complicated. It's done in probate courts all over the land thousands of time a day. It's just a question of "proving" the information contained in the Hawaiian Health Department records is accurate as much as possible. Nobody has a monopoly on the truth, not even Hawaiian Health Department officials. ex animo davidfarrar
Cosmo June 04, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Not exactly our brightest Gov. Considering Patterson was handed everything by the party, he is best being quiet.
EllenGHancock June 05, 2012 at 05:23 PM
If she had given birth to Obama in Canada, there would be a birth record in Canada. No such record has been found. THE fundamental facts remain. (1) It was extremely unlikely for Obama's mother to have traveled thousands of miles late in pregnancy; (2) There is no evidence that she traveled outside of the USA in 1961; (2) There is a birth certificate, whose existence is confirmed by multiple officials, Index Data and the notices in the Health Bureau Statistics section of the newspapers (which were sent to the papers by the DOH) that Obama was born in Hawaii. Only if the DOH had deliberately lied about Obama's birth in 1961, and there is no evidence for this and no motive for it, could Obama have been born anywhere else than in Hawaii. And factors (1) and (2) make this almost as unlikely as his being born on the moon.


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