In the large Republican presidential primary field, there aren't many prospective candidates talking about President Obama's birthplace.
Two of them, however, are Donald Trump and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).
In a recent Fox News interview this week with "Justice with Judge Jeanine," Bachmann suggested Obama has "neglected" to confront questions about his birthplace:
It's an interesting issue that has gone on for so long, and it's one that the president could have solved very early on. All he had to do was just answer some questions and show his document, and then people do an attestation that this in fact is a legal document, and it's over, it's done. And I think the president has neglected to focus on answering that question for people, and that's why a lot of people still have it lingering on their minds.
I could be mistaken, but Bachmann, Trump, and Sarah Palin seem to be the only prospective 2012 candidates questioning the president's birthplace. During a live interview, Mike Huckabee suggested Obama grew up in Kenya, but a spokesman quickly walked that back, saying the former governor had misspoken while referring to Obama's childhood time in Indonesia and believes Obama was born in Hawaii. Herman Cain says he doesn't know whether Obama was born in the U.S., but he hasn't studied it and doesn't have an opinion.
There is a difference between the birtheristic perspectives of Bachmann and Trump.
While Trump has aggressively called on Obama to prove he was born in the U.S., and has constructed a media campaign on doubts over Obama's birthplace, Bachmann was critiquing birtherism and Obama's response to it, analyzing why it persists, and offering a suggestion, however implausible, that Obama should do something to address it.