Barack Obama has unloaded a blast of criticism at a sheriff who authorized a team of volunteer officers to investigate whether the birth documentation released by the White House as proof of Obama’s eligibility to hold the office is valid or forged.

But the law enforcement officer, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, simply turned Obama’s words into a promotion for his own record of law enforcement for his campaign for the office of sheriff.

“I took an oath to defend the Constitution of both the United States and the state of Arizona,” says a new promotion for Arpaio’s campaign. “So, no ‘investigation,’ no president, no protesters, and no death threats will keep me from doing the job I was elected to do.”

The attack from Obama came during a round-table discussion where Latino beat reporters asked him a variety of questions.

Gabriel Lerner, of AOL Latino and HuffPost Latino Voice, reading a question from a listener, asked, “What happened to the investigation of the many violations and challenges to the federal government by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.”

Obama responded that his Justice Department challenged Arizona’s immigration law “backed by Arpaio,” because “we thought that there was a danger that naturalized citizens – individuals with Latino surnames – potentially could be vulnerable to questioning.”

He warned that, “The laws could be potentially abused in ways that were not fair to Latino citizens.”


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