Thursday, April 28, 2011

Birthers Fuss and Lose

President Obama released his birth certificate yesterday.

He was trying to hope the fuss would draw down and that no one would be unduly embarassed. But the fanatics wouldn't back down even in view of all of the evidence against their position.

They should have.

I like this quote for why he released the copy of the birth certificate:

"The president believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn't good for the country," Pfeiffer said. "It may have been good politics and good (television), but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country," according to CNN.

It was an issue with no possible happuy ending--except if the challengers has politely withdrawn before having the hard evidence used against them like a sludge hammer.

But alas--people will believe almost anything if they want it to be true.

I'm told some people believe the world is flat--because they clearly cannot see the curve on the horizon.

And the moon is made of green cheese, too.

And donkey's fly.

And Donald Trump has a chance of being president after making the following assertion: "Donald Trump recently seized on the issue, saying he had doubts about Obama's background." again according to CNN.

What a great way to invite the opponent in for a meal--

said the spider to the fly!


Mike said...

He should have released it years ago when questions were first raised (by Hilary Clinton's campaign, if memory serves). The appearance of secrecy created fertile ground for this to take off.

The fact is that it is a constitutional requirement. It's not much of a requirement if people aren't allowed to ask if a candidate meets it. I'm somewhat surprised all president-elects aren't required to prove this before being sworn in.

Bob Doan said...

A, but you miss the point. He did release the document that Hawaii gave him to prove his legal birth. The one released yesterday required an exception to Hawaii state law to even be given to Obama. There was no question about the legality of his birth before the election--this was a red herring issue which the Birthers pursued believing that JHawaii would not make an exception to law to allow Obama to refute.

Mike said...

My understanding is that what he released during the campaign was essentially a summary of the original birth certificate prepared by a state government clerk. For most people (myself included) that was enough. It is the document Hawaii ordinarily provides as proof of birth.

What has been misrepresented, though, is this idea that it was "against the law" to get a copy of the original birth certificate. I've seen this reported in several places. It is incorrect. The law prevents THIRD PARTIES from getting a copy of the original, but not the party named on the birth certificate. It's his record and he always had access to it. No exceptions required. If people wanted to see the original, I don't see what the big deal was. Now it looks like he's caved in when he could have prevented the story from getting legs in the first place.

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