In what is possibly the most interesting interview published in Parade in the last twenty-five years, Rick Perry seems to be outing himself as a birther. And—I don't really understand this bit—part of his reasoning is that President Obama has never seen Rick Perry's birth certificate.


Governor, do you believe that President Barack Obama was born in the United States?
I have no reason to think otherwise.

That’s not a definitive, “Yes, I believe he”—
Well, I don’t have a definitive answer, because he’s never seen my birth certificate.

But you’ve seen his.
I don’t know. Have I?

You don’t believe what’s been released?
I don’t know. I had dinner with Donald Trump the other night.

And?
That came up.

And he said?
He doesn’t think it’s real.

And you said?
I don’t have any idea. It doesn’t matter. He’s the President of the United States. He’s elected. It’s a distractive issue.

Does anyone have an Idjit-to-English dictionary?