One set of conspiracy theories may have finally been put to rest last week, when President Obama released his long-form birth certificate, putting the lie to the contention that he was actually born in Kenya. A poll conducted this month found that 47 percent of Republicans believe that Obama wasn’t born in the United States. On Tuesday, however, former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin raised another theory popular with the far right when she questioned if former Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers was the true author of Obama’s best-selling memoir, Dreams from My Father. The day before Obama released his long-form birth certificate in an effort to move beyond what the president called “silliness,” Palin appeared on Greta Van Susteren’s Fox News program and defended those who questioned Obama’s “consistency with what he says today versus what he said in both the memoirs that he wrote or Bill Ayers or whomever wrote.” The real villain, Palin says, is the media that make Americans who raise questions about the president “sound kinda crazy.”
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