In an interview with President Barack Obama today, ABC's George Stephanopoulos had the chance to discuss the birther controversy with the president.
Here is how Stephanopoulos described the interview:
I thought the president would take a pass when I asked him about Donald Trump’s rise to the top of the Republican field in my exclusive interview today.
Far from it.
He grabbed at the chance with a big smile – saying he thinks the whole issue will be a problem for Republicans.
“I think that over the last two and a half years there's been an effort to go at me in a way that is politically expedient in the short-term for Republicans. But [it] creates, I think a problem for them when they want to actually run in a general election where most people feel pretty confident the President was born where he says he was, in Hawaii. He-- he doesn't have horns…we're not really worrying about conspiracy theories or-- or birth certificates,” President Obama told me.
And in all my talks with Obama I think it was the first time he was one the same page as Karl Rove who thinks the “birther” controversy is hurting the GOP.
Glenn Beck weighed in on the birther controversy as well today. Enough is enough, Beck said, "stop with the damn birth certificate!"
The Obama-Stephanopoulos interview clip, via Mediaite, appears below: