So, a woman said the following at a Santorum town hall:
“I never refer to Obama as ‘President Obama’ because legally he is not,” the unidentified woman told Santorum. “He constantly says that our Constitution is passe and he totally ignores it, as you know. He does what he darn well pleases. He is an avowed Muslim. And my question is, why isn’t something being done to get him out of our government? He has no legal right to be calling himself President.”
Aside from showing glowing ignorance (“avowed Muslim” comment aside) at no point has President Obama said anything resembling “The constitution is Passe”…and as far as doing whatever he pleases, this is a change from George Bush… how? I would dispute that he has simply done whatever he pleases… but I think this woman shows she is beyond logical discussion. And it is pretty obvious she is a birther with her opening statement that he is not legally president.
Being the decent and honorable Christian he is, Rick Santorum responded:
“No, ma’am. I have to tell you. President Obama is a decent person and a person you don’t have to be scared of as president of the United States. He’s a decent family man [and] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that’s what this campaign’s all about. And while it should not be a problem if he was, he’s not a Muslim.”
Oh wait…sorry… Rick just got one of his patented smug smirks, smiled uneasily, chuckled and said he was trying to get Obama removed from office. When called out for not correcting the woman’s wealth of misinformation, Santorum apologized profusely, stating he felt a strong conviction for allowing a falsehood to go unchallenged and just making a joke. He then offered a public apology to Presid-oh who am I kidding? Rick started whining.
Rick Santorum states it is not his job to correct the facts.
“It’s not my responsibility as a candidate to correct everybody who makes a statement that I disagree with,” Santorum said. “There are lots of people who get up and say stuff in a town hall meeting and say things that I don’t agree with, but I don’t think it’s my obligation, nor should it be your feeling that it’s my obligation to correct somebody who says something that I don’t agree with.”
He explained this Monday night and again on Morning Joe on Tuesday morning . I bet if someone misquoted him and was critical he would see it as important to correct their misinformation. When your supporters are saying things that you know are factually wrong…do you not want to make sure they are properly informed, Rick? Do you not care if your supporters look uneducated? Do you not care if it looks like you are okay with having a pool of uninformed fools as your base?
Santorum has claimed he is the Jesus candidate. I have a hard time seeing Jesus as whining for being held accountable. I have a hard time seeing Jesus saying “Hey, it is not my job to inform the misinformed!”