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.
Let's put aside the part where Rick Perry is so confused about how this birther thing works, that he apparently think it requires him to show his birth certificate to the president. Huh?
But is The Donald really the best guy to be giving Perry birther advice? After all, even the birthers turned on Trump months ago:
In a recent on-air conversation, [Jerome] Corsi and conspiracy theorist/talk show host Alex Jones suggested that Trump was now scheming with the White House—and perhaps had been plotting with the Obama crowd all along. They speculated that Trump had been bought off, pointing out that his retreat from birthersm and his attacks on GOP 2012 contenders suspiciously coincided with NBC's renewal of his reality show, Celebrity Apprentice. Somehow, the pair said, the government had given money to NBC that ended up with Trump. (They didn't provide details.)
And what a nifty sleight of hand by Perry. Sure, he thinks it's "distractive" to talk about how President Obama is part of a decades-long secret plot by the Kenyan socialists to infiltrate the United States government, but, well, he's never seen the proof that Obama isn't part of that plot, and besides The Donald said.
So, in other words, Perry won't disgrace himself by questioning the authenticity of the president's birth certificate, but he'll gladly toss a few crumbs to those wingers who need a little extra somethin' somethin' to ease their concerns that Rick "Niggerhead" Perry meets the Republican Party racist asshole litmus test.