Comment of the day: "I don't care if he was born on Mars. I think he's a great man and a great president." – oldjovian
Late Monday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer squashed the so-called “birther bill” that would have required President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates to prove they were born in the United States before their names could have been placed on the state ballot. The bill got approval in the Arizona state House last week, but with Brewer’s veto the bill will not become law unless legislators vote to override it.
CNN.com readers condemned the "birther bill," but many others simply supported Brewer’s decision. whiteraven said, "Good call, Gov Brewer." jw456 said, "Wow. Good for her." Irrawadi said, “As crazy as this woman is, her stock just went up; a statesman-like decision confronting hidden racist agenda guised as constitutional protections. Kudos to you Ms. Brewer!" msacks said, "Wow, Brewer made a rational, reasoned decision, based on forethought over future consequences of a law. It's .... surreal."
Many commenters believe that the "birther" issue is race-related. CEL1 said, "Interesting that after more than 200 years, we elect a black man as president and suddenly people want candidates to prove where they were born." CdnJim said, "This is only an issue because of the President's skin color. It's that simple." Retired3 said, "If there was anything at all [wrong] about Obama's birth certificate, don't you think the Republicans would have found out during the 2008 campaign! This argument is so racist." But RazirRiely said, "Nevermind that he has a very NON-AMERICAN sounding name, right?"
Readers also commented on how the "birther" issue could affect the Republican Party: Bgrngod said, "The GOP has got to do everything they can to cast aside this whole Birther thing. It will only drag them down for the election. Kind of like all those 'Hang 'em!' comments did in 2008. Either distance yourselves from this nonsense, or suffer the consequences." Spidey13 said, "As a Republican, I am sickened by what the party has become: It has reduced itself to a racist-tinged knee-jerk reactionary institution whose sole bent is discrediting President Obama, without offering any solutions to any of the SERIOUS economic problems facing the nation."
America has a new hero today – and so does his sister. Tristin Saghin, 9, performed CPR on his two-year-old sister starting her breathing again after she was found unconscious in their grandmother’s pool. He told Mesa, Arizona affiliate KNXV that he learned how to do CPR on television.
EYETCHFRNCH said, "Fantastic! It is good to hear something good for a change. Kudos for such a smart young man!" TinaK said, "Way to go, Tristin! A virtual high-five to you!"greeneyedgrl said, "What a truly inspiring little boy. I love the part where he said his little sister was beautiful and how he 'loved her really much.'" sfrancisco27 said, "Tristin, you are AMAZING!!! You brought tears to my eyes as you can tell just how much you love that little sister of yours! Way to go!!" JewelMama said, "You totally rock Tristin!! What an awesome brother you are!!" iPwn said, "Tristin, now would be a good time to ask mom to bring you to Disney Land this summer." joxer said, "Your sister is very blessed to have such a great brother. Good job buddy!"
midwestmatt said, "In a time when so few find so little good in this world, remember Tristan. And thanks to my brother Mark who knocked four ice cubes out of my throat all those years ago while we were all watching Laugh In. I'm around because of you." Poupon said, "Brings back memories, but in my case it was tortilla chips and an Elvis movie, and my two best friends."
As destructive fires continue to rage across Texas, some CNN.com readers brought up comments made by Texas Governor Rick Perry at a 2009 Tea Party event about seceding from the United Sates. Most CNN.com readers, however, agreed that it was the wrong time to bring up those sentiments now.
5diamond said, "So Governor Perry once said something to effect of Texas seceding from the U.S. Maybe from now on each politician should be judged by his/her dumbest quote. From now on, I choose to remember President Obama by his 'clinging to guns and religion' statement. How fair does that sound?" markbenton said, "Most Texans, while very proud to be Texan, are as equally proud to be Americans. It’s the kind of people who say things like ‘burn baby burn’ who give America a bad name." AtheiPatriot said, "I'm as far left as it gets, I live in Texas....please don't generalize and use stereotypes. We as Democrats have a responsibility to allow the Right to name call and judge, and for us to rise above."
But AZLetsGetRea said, "Right now we should be raising money to send to Japan. At least they appreciate and like the U.S. Federal Government! Texans are foul weather friends. They hate the fact they are part of America, they hate, hate, hate... until they need something and then, like little children, [they] demand attention right away."
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