Interesting moment from Obama’s speech this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast, per the White House transcript:
Civility also requires relearning how to disagree without being disagreeable; understanding, as President [Kennedy] said, that “civility is not a sign of weakness.” Now, I am the first to confess I am not always right. Michelle will testify to that. [Laughter.]
But surely you can question my policies without questioning my faith, or, for that matter, my citizenship. [Laughter and applause.]
The Obama team has been generally reluctant for him to directly engage the most visceral conspiracy-mongering about him, perhaps out of a reluctance to elevate it. The comfort level with poking fun at the “birthers” suggests the White House may see birtherism as permanently marginalized and discredited.