“I wish this president would learn how to be an American.”
– Top Romney surrogate John Sununu, in a media call this morning arranged by the Romney campaign.
Sununu, the former governor of New Hampshire and White House chief of staff under the first President Bush, has since tried to apologize for the statement. Perhaps he’s trying to unsay it retroactively. Perhaps he’s got his Etch-a-Sketch out, shaking it furiously.
But really, there’s no cause for an apology or retraction. Sununu simply said what he meant to say. For example, is the statement above any different from what Sununu told Fox News this morning, for which he has not apologized?
“He has no idea how the American system functions. And we shouldn’t be surprised about that, because he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something, spent … another set of years in Indonesia.”
We get it: “Barack HUSSEIN Obama isn’t a real American. He’s not one of US, he’s one of THEM. I mean, just look at him. Where’s his birth certificate? No, not that one, the long form.”
We all understand the message quite well.
On the other hand, as someone on Twitter just put it, “I don’t know … being a pot-smoker is a hell of a lot more #American than hiding money offshore.”
– Jay Bookman