Hawaii Dem says resolution designed to put birthers 'on the spot'

Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) said on Tuesday that a portion of a House resolution commemorating Hawaii's 50th anniversary as a state was designed to put "birthers" who question President Barack Obama's citizenship "on the spot."

The resolution included a passage that listed Obama's birthday and birthplace within Hawaii. "We were able to put them on the spot," Abercrombie said in reference to the "birthers."

The Hawaii Democrat called the "birther" movement "part of the pathology that is now operating based of course on race and deep seated animosity toward the fact that a progressive African-American could be elected president."

Abercrombie added that he was glad respond to questions about Obama's citizenship "as part of the celebration of the 50 years of statehood."

Abercrombie used Twitter to publicize his remarks on the resolution:
[Utterli] http://bit.ly/7EXCM Aloha! It's Neil, I just posted an Utter. Please click this link:

"We're gonna be dealing with this phenomenon," added Abercrombie.

Cross-posted to the Twitter Room.