Thursday, December 9, 2010
The Baltimore Orioles’ DH Luke Scott is a birther. In a wide-ranging interview on Yahoo Sports baseball blog Tuesday, Scott said President Obama “does not represent America” and said he believes Obama wasn’t born in the United States.
“That’s my belief,” Scott told the website.
“I was born here. If someone accuses me of not being born here, I can go within 10 minutes to my filing cabinet and I can pick up my real birth certificate and I can go, “See? Look! Here it is. Here it is.” The man has dodged everything. He dodges questions, he doesn’t answer anything. And why? Because he’s hiding something.”
Orioles team spokesman Greg Bader distanced the organization from Scott saying:
“Luke Scott’s comments do not reflect the opinion of the Baltimore Orioles organization. The fact is that Barack Obama is our President, duly elected by the people of the United States. End of story.”
So-called “birthers” contend President Obama is ineligible to be president because, they argue, he was actually born in Kenya, his father’s homeland. The Constitution says that a person must be a “natural-born citizen” to be eligible for the presidency.
Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed Obama’s citizenship, and his Hawaiian birth certificate was been made public, along with birth notices from two Honolulu newspapers published within days of his birth in August 1961 but the birthers soldier on.