Yup, true dat, says our man, though you’d think the INS would be all over that one like stink on a monkey. Still, in a recent interview with CBC host George Stroumboulopoulos, Mustaine said, "I have a lot of questions about [President Obama], but certainly not where he was born. I know he was born somewhere else than America."
Which, as Britain’s Guardian notes, makes Mustaine a card-carrying member of America's “birther” movement which doubts Obama’s provenance and whose allegations provoked the president to release his Hawaiian-issued birth certificate in 2011.
But that document is still not enough for our man Mustaine. "How come [Obama] was invisible until he became, uh, whatever he was in Illinois?" he asked. (Obama was previously a senator.) "They don't have any record of him."
Well, actually they kind of do… there’s even been some, you know, photographs of Obama doing stuff like attending Harvard University and working as a civil rights lawyer in Chicago (and directing an Illinois voter registration drive and serving as chairman of the Senate's Health and Human Services Committee). But we digress.
What’s really interesting about Mustaine’s outlook, IMHO, is that he also said that Republican hopeful Rick Santorum, whom Mustaine supports, looks "like he could be a really cool president, kind of like a JFK kind of guy."
Oh really? As in charming, smart, young and progressive… the kind of guy who would likely back same-sex marriage because it’s fair and not really any of government’s business who falls in love with who? Just asking.
Seriously though, we just want to thank Mustaine for being Mustaine. The world would be duller without him, that’s for sure. And Metallica – who booted Mustaine as its guitarist in its fledgling years – might not be the lean machine it is today.
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