Carville on Obama Muslim Myth: Don’t Pander to ‘Stupid People’

By Kate McCarthy

Aug 30, 2010 9:31am

I asked "GMA" contributor James Carville if President Obama should do more to address the fact that an increasing number of Americans say he is a Muslim and some believe that he was not born in the United States.

"I think Abraham Lincoln said something to the effect that 'We know the Lord loves poor people because he made so many of them.'  I think the president should have said 'We know the Lord loves stupid people because he made so many of them,'" Carville told me.

A survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that 18% say Obama is a Muslim — up from 11% in March 2009 — and only 34% say he is a Christian — that's down from 48%.

In an interview with NBC News over the weekend Obama dismissed the myths about his faith and place of birth.

"I can't spend all my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead. The facts are the facts. And so, it's not something that I can– I think– spend all my time worrying about," Obama said.

Carville said there is nothing Obama can do to convince people if they want to believe these rumors. 

"What can you do if somebody, like contrary to every piece of evidence known to man, doesn’t think that he was born in the United States or contrary to all evidence known that he is not a Christian," the Democratic strategist told me.

"People that are willing to go out and promote this kind of thing, it’s unfortunate. But the most unfortunate thing is that people are stupid enough to believe that," Carville said.

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