After state officials in Hawaii once again verified President Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen, Birther Nation needed a new far-fetched reason to hate Obama.

Leave it to FOX News Channel commentator Glenn Beck to fill the void.

With tomorrow’s beer summit between Obama, Harvard professor Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. and Cambridge police Sgt. James Crowley looming, Beck made the following statement Tuesday on the “FOX & Friends” morning show:

“This president, I think, has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seeded hatred for white people or the white culture, I don’t know what it is,” Beck said. “I’m not saying that he doesn’t like white people. I’m saying he has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist.”

Um, sure he is. Obama is half-white, was raised by white people he loves and respects, and has a Cabinet that is mostly white, so naturally, the president must be a racist. You know, like Beck is.

All this because Obama stupidly addressed the Gates controversy during a primetime press conference — and because Beck is a blustery buffoon with an audience.

Beck’s charge of presidential racism is so out there, it was decried by Bill Shine, FOX News senior vice president of programming. Beck “expressed a personal opinion which represented his own views, not those of the FOX News Channel,” Shine said. “And as with all commentators in the cable news arena, he is given the freedom to express his opinions.”

I usually ignore Beck, whose venom-spewing typically is over-the-top, but after seeing how the birthers carried on for so long, I fear Beck has given the anti-Obama crowd a new messed-up message to spread.

The Beck episode gave me an epiphany, though. Beck once fake-wept on camera and told viewers, “I just love my country, and I fear for it.” Yes, Beck fears for America — because deep down, he knows he’s helping ruin it by poisoning the political discourse.

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Earlier this week, the White House revealed what the three “beer summit” attendees will drink. Gates ordered Red Stripe and Crowley will drink Blue Moon — both good choices. Obama, however, will not live up to his billing by some as “the most interesting man in the world” by drinking Dos Equis. Instead, Obama will drink his favorite brew, that bland beer from St. Louis, Bud Light.

Note none of them will be drinking Beck’s.

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