Obama Birth Certificate Release Is Just a Waste of Time

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obama long-form birth certificateToday, the White House released President Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate in an attempt to silence not only Donald Trump's ridiculous, at times Islamaphobic cries about the President's place of birth and background, but also to squash a wingnut conversation that has somehow been buzzing about in the national conversation now for far too long.

Given how much of a distraction the birth certificate issue has been, particularly in recent weeks when the main focus should have been on passing a national budget, I understand why the President felt he had to present proof of his birth, which occurred on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. But that doesn't make it any less sad and pathetic that being required to address this cockamamie garbage was at the top of the President's to-do list this morning.

Addressing the release of the birth certificate to the press earlier today, President Obama said:

Normally I would not comment on something like this ... I've got other things to do. But two weeks ago, in the middle of the drawn-out debate over the budget ... the top story was about my birth certificate.

He went on to list the "enormous challenges" we face as a country -- people still out of work, high gas prices, and the fact that we have to make a series of difficult decisions about investing in our country's future and getting a hold of the debt.

He's completely right -- we do not have time for this "silliness," and we cannot be distracted by "side shows and carnival barkers." That's all this birth certificate conversation has been. And that's why it's particularly disheartening that Obama felt like he had to dignify this ridiculous fable, this runaway inflated lie with any kind of response. Not to mention ... the President truly, desperately does have bigger fish to fry!

But the pros of releasing the certificate outweighed the cons. I also appreciate that it seems like the President has been able to maintain a somewhat sunny (well, as sunny as you can be when you're the President) outlook:

I am confident that the American people and America's political leaders can come together in a bipartisan way and solve these problems. We always have. But we're not going to be able to do it if we are distracted.

Sadly, I'm not confident. It feels as if our country is more divided than ever, and all we do is point fingers and, as the President said, "vilify each other" and "make stuff up" (cough Jon Kyl cough). I would hope that the release of the birth certificate could actually serve to clear the air and allow us to move onward and upward to slay actual, imperative, and time-sensitive issues. But when the country and its government look and sound like a kindergarten classroom filled with bullies and big babies, I'm increasingly unsure that we'll be able to do it.

Are you pleased that President Obama released his birth certificate? Do you think we can hopefully move on and deal with all of those bigger fish we have to fry now?

 

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Ashley Post

I'm so frustrated by this entire conversation. I kind of wish he would have continued to ignore it. They released a short form Certificate of Live Birth a long time ago. It's been available on line for quite some time now. It's sad and frustrating that people don't have more faith in our election process. Trust that the people who's job it is to check these "little" facts, did their jobs correctly.

miche... micheledo

I was VERY disappointed by his speech.  True, we have more important matters.  But if you want the birth certificate people to respect you and allow the country to move on, then don't call them carnival barkers, side show freaks, and silly.  You just lost the respect of the very audience that you wanted to gain.  Nobody else cares - so show some respect in your words even if you really don't respect the people making the accusations.

MaggieCC MaggieCC

NOT a birther here, but why did it take him so long to this???? and to Ashley - trust in the government? Glad you still have some!

Truel... Truelove77

next subject *sigh*.....

nmmama09 nmmama09

He didn't say side show freaks, he said this is a side show. And it was. Now let's move on.

mustb... mustbeGRACE

Van Jones.


He is an avowed Communist.


Van Jones was let go, but how was he hired by the Obama  the administration to begin with?


Was Obama not paying attention?


Yeah, make him show the long form certificate and then some.


Enjoy the Communist flavored poop Obama rubs in your face.


THAT is really the bigger issue.


Along with a hundred other issues  Obama's got for ya.

angev... angevil53

finally people will STFU about it! they sound like little children! "oh, yeah, well you're not Am-eri-can"

karen... karen40b42day

I guess Obama is intimidated by Trump

Shanin22 Shanin22

Yeah not a "birther" either, but why did it take so long to produce his long form birth certificate? I'm required to show my birth certificate at least once or twice a year. Mine actually ripped at one point but I was able to go get a new birth certificate in an afternoon so I could use it to enroll into college. He knew it was a controversy (which makes sense considering that being a natural born US citizen is a requirement of the job) and yet he sat on it for years. Who was wasting time.... the guys asking for it? Or the guy holding it who wouldn't let anyone see? That seems pretty damn childish to me. 

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