Remember When President Obama Released His Birth Certificate? Rep. Walberg Doesn't

August 16, 2011 3:22 pm ET — Kate Conway

Rep. Tim Walberg

There's never really been a question as to whether or not President Obama was born in the United States, but after the White House released the president's long-form birth certificate even many of the fringiest birth certificate conspiracy theorists gave up on pestering the public with their doubts.

So it's rather unexpected to see one of the most tenacious birthers turn out to be no less than a member of the United States House of Representatives. Asked at a recent meeting with a Tea Party group in his home state about Obama's birthplace, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) was still complaining that he "would like to have that question finally answered."

Responding to two questioners who brought up the issue of Obama's birth place, Walberg did not tell the questioners that the issue had been settled by Obama when he released his birth certificate in April.

"Regardless of whether the license that he showed is true or fake, I've not seen it other than what was portrayed in the news. The House is controlled by the majority party being the Republicans, the Senate by the Democrats, the attorney general by the Democrats. That's the answer. One and a half years. One and a half years. That's when we do the do-over," Walberg said.

He also said, "though I would like to have that question finally answered as much as anybody else, yet it takes my eye off the ball of all that I have to do." Walberg said he had made a "priority decision" to concentrate on the budget and policy to "make a long-term difference for this country in a positive way."

A number of other Republicans, including presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), have refused to denounce birtherism in order to avoid alienating a base that clings to suspicion about Obama's eligibility for office. But even Bachmann, despite her quest to discredit and unseat the president, has been silent on the topic since the long-form birth certificate was released. That leaves Rep. Walberg looking like he's among either the most woefully uninformed or the most willfully dishonest members of the federal government.

(h/t: American Independent)