NBC’s Carrie Dann reports that Rick Perry has now taken to claiming that the United States should have a President who is “in love with America.” This will not be deemed outrageous or even noteworthy.
That comes after Perry’s announcement speech over the weekend in which he repeated this falsehood:
“We don’t need a president who apologizes for America. We need a president who protects and projects those values.”
To my knowledge, the Post’s Glenn Kessler is the only reporter who pointed out that the claim that Obama apologized for America is, well, a falsehood.
As I’ve written before, I don’t really care too much about these kinds of attacks unless they stray into outright falsehoods. Politics is a tough business; people attack each other. But it really remains remarkable that the same media figures who spent days and says chattering about anonymous Dem aides calling Mitt Romney “weird” treat this kind of wink-wink-nudge-nudge questioning of Obama’s cultural identity, alien values, and commitment to America as just part of the game.
I tend to think accusations of media “double standards” are overstated, and the indifference to this kind of thing is probably the result of the fact that the right has been repeating variations of it incessantly for years now, devaluing the currency of these attacks to almost nothing. But the result is that this sort of stuff is now accepted as par for the course, which contrasts rather sharply with the roar of discussion that greeted the suggestion — one not even made by any Democrats, even anonymously — that Mitt Romney’s Mormonism might be made an issue.
UPDATE: Obviously the claim on the right that Obama wasn’t born in the United States received a huge amount of attention and scrutiny. I’m talking about the more “subtle” questioning of Obama’s identity, which has taken a countless variety of forms in the past two years and now largely passes unremarked upon.
I’m still looking for the full context.