Scott Brown Implies The President Was Born Out Of Wedlock

January 17, 2010 12:03 pm ET — Chris Harris

During a 2008 television interview, Massachusetts state senator Scott Brown seemed to say he believed President Obama's mother was unmarried when she gave birth to him.

Brown: Barack's mom had him when she was, what, 18 years old?

Guest: And married!

Brown: Well, I don't know about that.

As Brian Beutler at Talking Points Memo reported:

Now the factual record on this is clear. Obama's parents were married February, 1961, and Obama was born in early August of the same year. So his mother was certainly married when he was born.

Complicating matters for Brown is the fact that, around the time the video was taped, the fringier elements of the conservative movement were advancing this theory--that Obama's mother wasn't married when he was born--as a related matter to the more important "Obama was born in Kenya" theory.

Outlandish claims about political opponents are all-to-common in this day and age, but baselessly implying the President is a bastard is taking it way too far.