20 comments on “For Your Viewing: Obama’s Birth Certificate

  1. In typical fashion, President Obama has proven he’s the only grownup in the room.

  2. Waaaaait a second! How do I know this is the REAL Barack Hussein Obama, II? This official, sealed, birth certificate doesn’t prove one damn thing.

  3. So I guess Trump really got his money’s worth on his imaginary birth certificate investigators swarming all over Hawaii…?

  4. I’m not a huge birther fan, and I think they have SOME misplaced priorities. But why can’t they demand proof that Obama is who he says he is? People scrutinized President Bush the same way. Have you all quickly forgotten how the media went after McCain because he wasn’t born in this country but on a military base – which, according to the law, has always been afforded the same status as being on native soil? Now that the supposed birth cerfiticate for Obama has been released after TWO YEARS of questioning, I hope he’ll release the rest of his records that he’s hidden UNLIKE every other president before him. Let’s see his grades at his various schools, his passport, his adoption records. The media demanded these of Bush and he released them. So why not Obama?

    • Concerned,

      I still think that while Obama damaged himself by not producing this earlier and washed his hands of this nonsense, this birther nonsense was simply politically and racially motivated. But I also think you’re correct in one sense: conspiracy theories are abound on both sides of the coin. If McCain had been elected, the left undoubtedly would’ve had their own “birther” klan.

      All this crap is unsubstantial and irrelevant to the issues most of our fellow countrymen are facing.

      • CC: “I’m not a huge birther fan.”

        If not “huge,” what then? A small one? A medium one? If you’re a Birther, you’re Birther. It’s kinda hard to be a little bit pregnant.

        CC: “But why can’t they demand proof that Obama is who he says he is?”

        Why “demand” what you already have? Hawaii’s certification of live birth seemed to satisfy everyone, but those on the Right still disgruntled that McCain lost to a black man.

        If they had been there for Obama’s birth, they would have denied it still–not being there, that is, just his birth.

        CC: “People scrutinized President Bush the same way.”

        The “same way”? Aren’t you indulging in a little too much hyperbole. That stuff is stronger than Wild Turkey.

        What Bush scrutiny developed an entire movement, and a mythology around him as did the T(2)Party, and the Birther insanity?

        CC: “Have you all quickly forgotten how the media went after McCain because he wasn’t born in this country but on a military base – which, according to the law, has always been afforded the same status as being on native soil?”

        What media? And if so, to what extent, duration, or intensity? Obama, himself, informed McCain that he wouldn’t raise his birthplace as an issue in the campaign. Until the U.S. Constitution weighs in on the law, we can’t say for certain if McCain becoming president would have passed constitutional muster, had his birthplace been legally challenged.

        “In 2008, when Arizona Senator John McCain ran for president on the Republican ticket, some theorized that because McCain was born in the Canal Zone, he was not actually qualified to be president. However, it should be noted that section 1403 was written to apply to a small group of people to whom section 1401 did not apply. McCain is a natural-born citizen under 8 USC 1401(c): ‘a person born outside of the United States and its outlying possessions of parents both of whom are citizens of the United States and one of whom has had a residence in the United States or one of its outlying possessions, prior to the birth of such person.’ Not everyone agrees that this section includes McCain — but absent a court ruling either way, we must presume citizenship.” http://www.usconstitution.net/consttop_citi.html

        “Now that the supposed birth cerfiticate for Obama has been released after TWO YEARS of questioning, I hope he’ll release the rest of his records that he’s hidden UNLIKE every other president before him.”

        “Supposed birth certificate”? What proof would satisfy you? You sound like a Birther’s Birther. As much as I disapproved of Bush’s policies, I wouldn’t have had him subjected to the kind of scrutiny that you seem willing to subject Obama to.

        Your bitterness exposes you, as do the following:

        “I hope he’ll release the rest of his records that he’s hidden UNLIKE every other president before him. Let’s see his grades at his various schools, his passport, his adoption records. The media demanded these of Bush and he released them. So why not Obama?”

        “Hidden”? “Unlike every other president before him”? You have proof of this, right?

        Have you heard of “swift boat,” and the term “swift boating”? John Kerry lost his bid for the presidency in part because of the media fascination with a book that was written about him and some unsubstantiated claims.

        It’s very likely that Bush didn’t serve in the Viet Nam war as claimed. Check here for laughs, http://www.lewrockwell.com/rogers/rogers71.html, and here for facts, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Bush_military_service_controversy.

        It’s unfortunate that Bush’s possible bogus claim didn’t spawn an 8-year pursuit of the undeniable facts of his service, something like the Birther nonsense, let’s say, the “Servers,” those who insist that Bush didn’t serve as he’s stated.

        If you can show me a comparable or equivalent focus on Bush as on Obama in the media, blogs, and protests around the country, then I’ll support your outrage. If not, chill!

  5. I woke up to breaking news that President Obama was, in fact, born in Hawaii. Wow. I literally don’t know what else to type.

  6. Hey Dre,
    My quote from two days ago,
    “Why not release everything that Hawaii has? The name of the attending physician? The long form if it still exists. I’m not buying into the whole “birther” idea, simply because no one has PROVEN to me yet that Obama wasn’t born here.”
    Well, today I think he’s proven that he was born here.
    Your quote today,
    “I still think that Obama damaged himself by not producing this earlier”
    Exactly.
    Why didn’t he release it earlier? And why isn’t the press asking? The standing answer we’ve gotten has been that if he released this it would only encourage more demands-Well, how has that changed?
    Also, let’s remember it was the Grand Wazoo of Birthers, Hillary, who originally brought this up.
    Some of Barack’s supporters who have been saying, “There IS no damn long form in Hawaii.” have got to be feeling a little stupid right now along with their counterparts who claimed there was no birth certificate. For the conspiracy theorists who will not except this proof, I have a quote from the great Paul Simon, “A man hears what he wants to hear, and disregards the rest.”

    • HipCon,

      Obama was his own worst enemy with this nonsense. People tend to be overly suspicious, especially when it comes to politicians. Just like I have my suspicions as it relates to the motivation behind this birther nonsense. So when he withheld this information (or, if it REALLY about circumventing legislative issues preventing his documents from being released), people’s imaginations began to run wild. Whatever he did to release these documents today should have been done in 2008 when the question first surfaced. Whether it was Hill, Palin, Bachmann, or Trump who pushed the issue the hardest, it should’ve been thwarted at the outset. He’s lost too much political currency on the most pointless type of B.S.

      I hope he learns from this. Silence noise whenever and where ever possible.

    • “Obama was his own worst enemy with this nonsense. People tend to be overly suspicious, especially when it comes to politicians.”

      No one can be more suspicious of politicians than me. Yet, we both know that this was never about Obama’s birth certificate, but his race. Had it not been that, it would have been something else. The Right was dead set on sticking something to Obama in some way or tutter. So let them focus on his birth certificate. He always knew that he could disprove their bogus claims. Better this than some other nonsense. As it is, they’re off to the races on other foolish demands.

      I say Obama was clever.

  7. The birthers can’t take this as evidence they need this issue to hide what their real issue is. An African man got a white woman from Kansas pregnant and that child grew up to be President. They can’t let it go.

  8. I don’t see what the big issue was about anyway. Of all the presidents that have been elected in the US, why is this the first time that I’ve known that a someone’s birth certificate has ever been a issue. SMH! I guess now that Obama has shown them he was indeed born in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, now the nay-sayers will find something else to complain and bicker about.

  9. The President NAILED it:

    “But two weeks ago, when the Republican House had put forward a budget that will have huge consequences potentially to the country, and when I gave a speech about my budget and how I felt that we needed to invest in education and infrastructure and making sure that we had a strong safety net for our seniors even as we were closing the deficit, during that entire week the dominant news story wasn’t about these huge, monumental choices that we’re going to have to make as a nation. It was about my birth certificate. And that was true on most of the news outlets that were represented here.”

    • It’s a shame President Obama had to even address this shit. One of the main reasons why he had to provide that statement is because of how the media has screwed up royally. They routinely dignified this birther crap with airtime and attention. Folks in the media (and not just Fox News, but CNN, MSNBC, ABC, etc.) have repeatedly given platform after platform to every fringe element of society who is all too willing to go on television and preach hate and spew ignorance. Instead of focusing on things that affect us all as Americans, we’re left dealing with this racist, distracting nonsense.

  10. The birth certificate controversy is such an American peculiarity. No other developed country has such an aversion to effective identification and proof of citizenship on the part of the national government. I understand and sympathize with the arguments against things like national I.D., but it does lead to situations where you are digging through manila folders looking for old pieces of paper in order to “prove” your identity.

  11. Say what you want, but it’s a sad day of affairs when the first black (or partially black) President in the history of this country has to go through this mess.

    • Yeah. The first POTUS with a Muslim sounding name and foreigner for a father.

    • Are you kidding me, you igno-piece of shit? There were six other presidents BEFORE Obama with at least one foreign parent. Hell, Andrew Jackson had two. Please get your facts straight.

      As for his name, have you ever asked a person named “O’Malley” for a birth certificate? How about “Bartkowicz”?

      I don’t even know why I’m dignifying your racist ass shit with a response.

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