Jon Stewart had a segment last night which neatly wove around two of the most fallacious arguments of the conservative GOP.
Here’s the video link. The interesting part starts around the 3 minute mark in the video.
If you don’t want to see the video, here’s the interlude between Stewart and Reagan OS 911 (à la IBM Watson), the Republican presidential ‘front-runner’.
Stewart lays the trap by asking, “Why, in 2008 when the Obama campaign produced a certificate of live birth, wasn’t that good enough?”
The computer goes ballistic about never accepting that.
Starts the luring in process. “You are pro-life, I assume”.
“Affirmative”, answers the computer.
Stewart continues, “Obama’s parents were married on February 2, 1961 in Hawaii.” Shows the marriage certificate. Computer agrees that they were married in Hawaii, but still denies that Obama was born in Hawaii, and hence not an American citizen. (The computer doesn’t deny the fact that Hawaii is part of America).
Stewart goes in for the kill. “But he was born. August 4, 1961 to be exact. That means Obama’s mom was a few months pregnant when she got married. In the United States. That means Obama was in the US, when he was a fetus. So, either Obama is an American citizen or fetuses don’t count as people!”