Can you imagine, if, in 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama refused to release 8 years of tax returns? They would have called him a "foreigner", "hiding something", "not born in this country" or worse.
Imagine, if, in 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama acknowledged he had Swiss bank accounts. They would have called him a "foreigner", "hiding something", "not born in this country" or even worse.
So why does Mitt Romney get a pass? Because the Republican Party has been hijacked by Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and their friends, who dedicate every second of their "news" programs in destroying the character of our President.
This election for those on the far right, "the birthers", is not about the policies of our President. Reasonable people can agree or disagree on debt, the stimulus, healthcare reform etc. That is not what the Republican Party is arguing. This is a party that has called the leader of the free world every name out there, an analyst most recently on Fox News, calling the president "a parasite" - These are people with such hatred and vitriol in them that they would rather see the country fail so the president is defeated in re-election.
They want the American public to have amnesia for the 8 years of policies from 2001 to 2009 under a right-wing Republican Administration. What did President Obama inherit in January of 2009 when he took office? A country on the brink of a great depression losing millions of jobs, manufacturing about die, wars with Americans getting killed overseas, Bin Laden at large, environmental regulations rolled back and more.
Four years later, Americans are better off. We have a long way to go but thanks to President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton and their entire team, the country is headed forward - the Iraq War over, Bin Laden dead, General Motors alive, and months upon months of economic job growth.
Don't let the Hannity and his friends fool you. This is not about policy - its about hatred for one man for their own personal reasons.