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How desperate is Romneyland to not talk about Bain? So desperate that they trotted out former George H. W. Bush chief of staff John Sununu to attack the president as a pothead foreigner who doesn't have a clue about creating jobs and needs to "learn how to be an American."

According to Sununu, Obama "spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something" before moving to Indonesia before finally "he came to the U.S." to be "a community organizer, which is a socialized structure." And to make it even worse: he did it in a Chicago, home of the thugs.

Watch it here:

SUNUNU: This guy doesn’t understand how to create jobs. So there is no surprise — there should be because of that statement no surprise on why he failed so miserably over the last four years, in terms of job creation. He has no idea how the American system functions, and we shouldn’t be surprised about that, because he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something, spent the next set of years in Indonesia, another set of years in Indonesia, and, frankly, when he came to the U.S. he worked as a community organizer, which is a socialized structure, and then got into politics in Chicago.
I'll spare you the details of how Obama actually has created more private sector jobs in the last two and a half years than George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush in their 12 combined years (data here) because this really doesn't have anything to do with substance. Instead, it has everything to do with Romneyland doing everything in its power to distract from the Bain and tax return questions swirling around their candidate.

Thus, you have the Romney campaign not just putting Sununu on Fox, but also organizing a conference call explicitly designed to attack the president's patriotism. As NBC's Mark Murray said of that call, during which Sununu said, "I wish this president would learn how to be an American":

You know you've had a bad few weeks when... RT @mpoindc: "...I wish this president would learn how to be an American," says Sununu.
@mmurraypolitics via TweetDeck
With these sort of clumsy rhetorical bombs, it's not going to get better anytime soon.

And as for whether or not President Obama is a real American, maybe John Sununu and Mitt Romney should ask Osama bin Laden what he thinks.

8:58 AM PT: Classic nopology from Sununu:

Sununu clarifies: "The president has to learn the American formula for creating business...if I didn't give all that detail, I apologize."

@mpoindc via Seesmic twhirl
Even if he actually meant that, which I doubt, it still doesn't explain why he thinks Hawaii isn't part of the United States.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 08:57 AM PDT.

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