By Rachel Maddow's Illogic, Oprah Winfrey is Birther

Brace yourself for a shock ... Oprah Winfrey, of all people .... she's one of them ...

At least if judged by the same jaundiced standard that Rachel Maddow applies to Newt Gingrich.

On her MSNBC show last night, Maddow criticized Gingrich for asking why Obama waited as long he did before releasing his birth certificate (video after page break) --

MADDOW: Newt Gingrich, potential presidential candidate responding to this incident today by saying of the president's decision to release his long-form birth certificate, Mr. Gingrich's response was, what took him so long? As if to say, the conspiracy continues, why did it take so long?!

Sadly for Maddow, Winfrey displayed a similar tendency toward elephant-in-the-room inquiry when the president and first lady were in Chicago yesterday to tape an appearance on Winfrey's television show --

WINFREY: Before you came today you had a press conference. By the time this airs it will be all over the world that you outed the birth certificate, you let us see the birth certificate. (laughter and applause from audience).

MRS. OBAMA: He was born here!

WINFREY: Yes, and that, it's confirmed again that you were born ...


WINFREY: ... once again in the United States. Why did you, why did you wait so long though?

To hear Obama's response, follow this link to a story at The Huffington Post. Its headline on the HuffPo home page (with a different headline used over the story itself) -- "Oprah Asks About Birth Certificate -- 'Why Did You Wait So Long?' ".

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