The White House released President Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate Wednesday, forever silencing once and for all the ridiculous birther claims that he wasn't born in the United States and therefore is ineligible to be president. In the face of such irrefutable evidence, some members of the GOP -- particularly those who had made the birth certificate such a big issue in the first place -- had some carefully worded reactions.
The response from Donald Trump, who has repeatedly questioned Obama's origin, was legendary. Essentially, he took credit for it, saying:
Today, I'm very proud of myself, because I've accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish ... Why he didn't do it when everybody else was asking for it, I don't know. But I am really honored, frankly, to have played such a big role in hopefully, hopefully getting rid of this issue.
But other GOPers had some choice reactions as well ...
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who had previously said she didn't have a problem making the birth certificate controversy an issue if she were to run in 2012, tweeted this morning:
Media: admit it, Trump forced the issue. Now, don't let the WH distract you w/the birth crt from what Bernanke says today. Stay focused, eh?
If you're keeping track, she first taunted the President to release it in the first place but is now complaining that he is distracting the country when he actually does it.
Newt Gingrich had a more neutral reaction, telling the Talking Points Memo: "All I would say is, why did it take so long ... The whole thing is strange."
But several Republicans seemed to be on the same page as Obama himself, who told the country Wednesday we do not have time for silliness because "we've got bigger stuff to do." House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told Fox News, "I have criticized members of my own party for making this some kind of an issue and so I am really surprised that the White House is doing the same."
And, Speaker of the House John Boehner's spokesman echoed this sentiment: "This has long been a settled issue. The Speaker’s focus is on cutting spending, lowering gas prices, and creating American jobs.”
Of course, by far the most hilarious reaction of the GOP bunch was this tweet from strategist Mike Murphy:
Now... Do I get to see Trump's income tax returns? Say, last ten years?
So far, no one is claiming the birth certificate is a fake or that the 1959 legislation annexing Hawaii was unconstitutional, but, hey, it's still early: Prominent birthers like Lou Dobbs, Pat Boone, Rush Limbaugh, Mike Huckabee, and Michele Bachmann have yet to weigh in ...
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