Entries in Pat Boone (2)


Pat Boone and Sheriff Joe’s Arizona ‘Birther’ Party Scrapped

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- The Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots group has pulled the plug on Pat Boone and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, canceling their Sept. 22 “Birther” bash at the city’s Celebrity Theatre “due to inadequate ticket sales.”

The venue’s website touts an “intimate atmosphere of this 2,650-seat theater in the round” with an “extremely rare revolving stage.”

Prices of entry ranged from $10, for tickets purchased in advance, to $25 if you wanted a “Meet and Greet” with the Maricopa County sheriff, who is pushing for a “Congressional investigation into the fraudulent documents produced by the [Obama] administration.”

The group’s website has posted a blog entry confirming the decision to nix the show.

“We apologize for any inconivienience [sic],” organizer Chris Rossiter wrote, promising that further probes into the validity of President Obama’s birth certificate “will be pursued in earnest.”

When contacted by ABC News, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin said she had no idea that Arpaio, Boone, or Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, a doctor who spent five months in prison after he refused deployment to Afghanistan, were scheduled to headline the affiliate’s gathering.

“I didn’t know about it about until you told me 120 seconds ago,” Martin, who, along with Sarah Palin, was named to Time magazine’s 2010 “Most Influential” leaders list, told ABC News Tuesday. Tea Party Patriots Group leaders in Arizona did not respond to requests for comment.

It’s been an eventful summer for Arpaio, “America’s Toughest Sheriff.” On July 19, the same day he first appeared in court to face accusations he engaged in a systematic campaign of racial profiling, Arpaio convened a press conference in Phoenix, promising to unveil a big break in his “independent investigation” into the validity of the president’s birth certificate.

But supporters were to be disappointed. With no substantial revelations to report, he launched into a tirade against the White House.

“Show us the microfilm,” he said, dismissing the electronic birth certificate released last year by President Obama. "I said it a while back. Show us the microfilm and we’ll all go back home and forget this."

“We wanted to clear the President of the United States. That was my mission, but it hasn’t happened that way.”

Since then, the racial profiling suit has been dismissed and the feds have dropped a separate abuse-of-power investigation. But Arpaio still faces damaging charges that his office failed to pursue more than 400 sex crimes cases between 2004 and 2007.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Pat Boone’s Not Convinced, Still a Birther

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Singer Pat Boone, a lifelong conservative Republican who once compared liberals to cancer, says he remains unconvinced that President Obama was born in the United States.

Boone told the San Francisco Chronicle that he believes the long-form birth certificate that Obama released in April to quell birthers is a “Photoshopped fraud.”

“I was in Kenya…about a year and a half ago and everybody there says, you know, your president was born here,” Boone told the San Francisco Chronicle.  “He’s spending millions of dollars so that we do not have his records and experts have already looked at and been able to verify that this long-form document is a fraud.”

Boone gave the interview after he introduced Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann at California’s GOP Convention over the weekend.

Boone, once a wholesome singer who produced several hits in the 1950s, is now a proud member of the Beverly Hills Tea Party. He has had a history of taking controversial stands, including calling the theory of evolution “nonsensical” and comparing gay rights protests to the Mumbai terror attacks.

In August, the 77-year-old singer helped kick off the Tea Party Express’s “Reclaiming America Tour.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio