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‘Where’s the Birth Certificate?’ The Lunatic Right Gets an Answer

By Ryan Lenz on April 27, 2011 - 11:57 am, Posted in Anti-Black

Over the past month, New York City real estate mogul and TV reality show host Donald Trump has turned himself into the nation’s biggest promoter of the alleged “controversy” over President Obama’s nationality. He claims to have ordered investigators to scour the globe in search of records of the president’s birth and, for good measure, now even questions how Obama, who he called “a terrible student,” got into Harvard or if he ever attended.

Just this Monday, Trump appeared on CNN, the latest in a series of self-promoting public appearances, to insist that the president’s birth certificate does not exist. He said to host Anderson Cooper: “I’ve been told very recently, Anderson, that the birth certificate is missing. I’ve been told that it’s not there, and it doesn’t exist.” Pressed by Cooper to identify his sources — or even some of the officials his investigators have supposedly talked to — Trump refused to provide a single name.

But Trump’s little game may have been checkmated today.

This morning, the Obama Administration released what has long been described as the missing puzzle piece by the so-called “birther” movement – his “long-form” birth certificate. The certificate notes that Barack Hussein Obama was born on Aug. 4, 1961, at Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961. His parents are identified on the certificate as Stanley Ann Dunham, born in Wichita, Kan., and Barack Hussein Obama, born in Kenya — precisely what the president has said clearly for his entire life. During his news conference, Obama referred to Trump, although not by name, as a “carnival barker.”

But that didn’t slow down The Donald. Ever an adorer of the limelight, Trump held a news conference this morning in New Hampshire to congratulate himself for ending the supposed controversy that actually had been repeatedly debunked by news organizations — not to mention the fact that Obama’s birth in Hawaii was announced in the Honolulu Advertiser in 1961. “Today,” a boastful Trump intoned, “I’m very proud of myself, because I’ve accomplished something that no one else has been able to accomplish.” Still, the man who has led several companies into bankruptcy while claiming to be a genius businessman wasn’t 100% convinced. “I want to look at it,” Trump said of the certificate, “but I hope it’s true.”

Conspiracy theories surrounding Obama’s birth certificate have painted the president a “Manchurian candidate” of sorts, some kind of sleeper agent placed years ago by foreign, often “Islamic,” interests that now have finally managed to seize control of the nation’s highest office. Major political figures including conspiracy theory-mongering U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-Minn.) have questioned the president’s nationality (although even she backed off slightly in recent days). Right-wing attack dog Jerome Corsi — best known for his “Swift Boat” twisting of the Vietnam war record of then-presidential candidate John Kerry — wrote two books questioning the Obama story, one of them going on sale this May 17. (No word yet on whether the title — Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President — is facing any changes.) In his first book, Corsi claims without any evidence that the president’s autobiography was “most likely written by Bill Ayers,” a one-time member of the extreme-left Weather Underground.

Polls have shown huge numbers of Americans have been taken in by these fairy tales. This March, a Harris poll found that 25% of respondents believed Obama was not born in the U.S. Last July, a CNN poll found that 27% doubted Obama was born in the U.S. or were certain that he was not. All polls have shown that these beliefs are far higher among Republicans than Democrats.

The release today of the certificate presumably will change some of these people’s minds, and make clear that many of the president’s critics are simply lying.

In a public statement this morning, Obama said he hopes the nation can now finally move beyond this issue. “Over the last two and a half years, I have watched with bemusement,” he said in brief remarks. “I’ve been puzzled by the degree to which this thing just kept on going.” Obama acknowledged there would be a “segment of the people for which, no matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest,” and ended with a blunt chastisement of those who continue to press the issue. “We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” he said.

  • A.D.M.

    Well, Joe, it’s posted, and it shows how stupid you are.

  • joe barney

    I find the comments on this website amazing. And I don’t mean that in a positive way. It shows how absolutely unintelligent the responders here are. Use your brains. Do some research on your own. USE YOUR BRAINS. Take the “released” long form birth certificate and deconstruct it with Adobe Illustrator. Come to your own conclusions, as to the validity of this piece of “work”. Alas, most won’t because they WANT to believe O, and the liberal press. If you don’t have the capability, then google “faked birth certificate” and see EXPERTS that have done this. It really IS a fake. EASILY seen, easily understood IF you look. Our “prez” is a fake; not properly vetted. It’s the biggest fraud ever crapped on the US public. You really need to wake up as to what is going on, and quit calling people “racist” who do NOT support this inexperienced person from Illinois. By the way, can you explain why and how he spent $2M to cover up all his records; can you explain why he’s using a Connecticutt SS number that belonged to a dead person, when O never lived there?? Use your own intelligence and do your own research; come to your own conclusions. Sadly, I’m doubtful you ever will (“blind allegiance”; lemmings) and probably this will never even make it posted.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Ruslan Amirkhanov the intensity is increasing and lasting longer.”

    No, actually it is not. For one thing, the Great Depression lasted pretty much until the war. This crises has lasted roughly 4 years now, give or take. Yes, it will get worse for some countries, but at a time of crisis those firms and investors who survive will consolidate their power by buying up property on the cheap.

  • ruth

    Why the heck do they call him “The” Donald anyway? Is it to differentiate him from Donald “The” Duck?
    Most of us who live between the Appalacian and Rocky Mountain ranges have no idea why this guy gets any press at all, at least until he got a TV show.

  • Snorlax

    “the man who has led several companies into bankruptcy while claiming to be a genius businessman”

    Why does Trump always get a free pass from the media?

    He really is not the business success story that the media continually suggests he is. Trump has failed repeatedly.

    I bet Trump wouldn’t get his free pass if he was George Soros.

  • GVP

    Ruslan Amirkhanov the intensity is increasing and lasting longer. Look at what has happended over the last couple weatherwise and economically wise. Our redeption draweth nigh. Wake up all yea that slumber “Terrible Day of THE LORD” is approaching.

    And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp [is] very great: for [he is] strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD [is] great and very terrible; and who can abide it? Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye [even] to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he [is] gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Joel 2:11-13

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Uh, GVP, do you realize that economic crises and financial meltdowns are a normal side-effect of capitalism? This is not the first time something like this has happened. Don’t take my word for it, ask God.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Let’s hope this doesn’t affect Obama’s chances of being on the ballot in all 50 state. In 1948. Harry Truman was excluded on the Alabama balott. Luckily Truman defeat Thomas E. Dewey in a recount. The Chicago Tribune have to eat it words, by issuing a retraction of the 1948 presidental election, by the headline Truman defeats Dewey. I would hate history to repeat itself.

  • GVP

    First the storms of the collapse of the Financial Institutions “For the love of money”. Now The Whirlwind (Wrath) of God, storms and pestilences “For the love of hate”…AMERICA WAKE UP!

  • Sandra Carter

    If being a natural born citizen means so much to the birthers why haven’t they endorsed an American Indian as a Presidential candidate.

  • K.Y.

    I’m surprised that The Donald has never spent more time with Tareq & Michaele Salahi. They have so much in common.

  • Karen

    It makes me very sad and embarassed that Obama is the first President of the United States who has be badgered to this length.
    To say this is NOT racism is delusional.

  • Rebecca

    I have a great respect for our President. The Donald is, and always has been, an attention-whoring idiot. if the American people cannot or will not think for themselves and just settle for being spoonfed political vitriol, let them all choke on it. Intelligent, educated people who agree that there are too many REAL problems and issues for the President to deal with, also know that human lemmings who believe rumors only hinder progress. Pausing to papercut The Donald with a piece of paper SHOULD shut them up. If it were ME, I’d photocopy it 10 million times and send it to every household in the country—at the expense of The Donald. That man truly has no soul.

  • skinnyminny

    I will never vote for Trump. I have no respect for Trump – I lost respect for Trump when I saw how he got into a public spat with actress Rosie O’Donnell. In fact, I will never vote republican again – it’s sad how the republicans have made racial differences a big deal for the past decade, they have created anger among some of the population, which, has caused people to become victims of crimes. **A Sikh Indian was mistaken for a Muslim in Northern Califas about a month ago. This month, in Costa Mesa, Califas, a marine was beaten. The attacker yelled, ‘effing Mexican.’ Another incident in Orange County Califas, a Jewish guy was beaten, and racist graffiti was scribbled next to where his blood was spilled.

    Then you have the O.C. republican Davenport that never personally apologized to the prez about the racist email about the birth certificate. Another republican, Tim Whitacre says she’s just a little sweet old lady! Ha! I don’t think these people realize that the public have seen some very disturbing behavior from these so-called sweet ‘old’ people that won’t hurt a fly – the Geezer Bandit, the attendees at town hall meetings/tea party events, Bernie Madoff, the mall bomber- Columbine recently arrested, the 61 year old arrested in New Jersey for sending threatening emails to Latino organizations in reference to immigrants.

  • Ian

    You cannot see me now, but I am literally on my knees begging any registered Republicans reading this to vote for Trump in the presidential primary. He would be the funniest nominee since the Rent is 2 Damn High Party.

  • mary

    The trouble with America is its delusions.

    Now if we could just see the world with a clear mind; the clear truth prevails.

    Thanks to the law center for keeping us on the right track.

  • Christopher Wisdom

    No matter what is produced, there will always be these morons who insist that, even with proof before them, something is faked/false. As Leslie stated above, all Presidential candidates are REQUIRED to vet themselves. Um, hello? Hawaii has been part of the USA for a few DECADES now! I feel sorry for these poor dumb schmucks who put more importance on a damned birth certificate than on the more important issues, like the unnecessary war going on in a country that obviously doesn’t want us there!

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Don’t worry, this won’t stop the birthers. They’ll just claim it was forged.

  • Leslie

    I wonder why Hillary and/or the McCain/Palin campaign advisors did not discover the lack of proof of a valid birth certificate for Obama during the 08 campaign. This was not brought up as an issue that I remember. I cannot believe that these advisors who were paid over 6 figures for their campaign strategies some how missed the fact that Obama was not a natural born citizen. This birth certificate long form b.s. is simply a red herring and a way to discredit the first African American President. All presidential candidates are vetted when they file officially as candidates. Basically, the old white guys can’t deal with the fact that the leader of the free world is black.