What Obama did here is a really important thing. Not him validating that whole birth certificate drama. Instead, he separated what he’s trying to do from the spectacle around what he’s trying to do. And as a result, he should be able to get beyond the stupid drama and do what he’s been trying to do for over two years — improve our economy. For too long, Obama’s become less about his own goals and efforts and more about the people looking for any way possible to cut them down. And by making his statement today, he drew a line in the sand. If you jerks are going to continue to talk about this, you’re doing so at the peril of the American people. And that’s what we needed to hear as a country and as a media. Thank God someone said it. source
Leo Berman, a TX Republican in the state legislature, has made a crusade of the “birther” issue. Yep, he’s a redwhiteandblue American who just knows in his heart that our first black president cannot possibly be legitimate.
Well, yesterday, in what must surely be one of the lowest, saddest moments in U.S. political history, the President of the United States felt it necessary to release a long form birth certificate to prove he is actually an American citizen.
The news media headlines all said that Obama “put the issue to bed” by producing the document.
So is Patriot Berman satisfied? Of course not! Now he wants to know why the Hawaiian hospital where Obama was born hasn’t put a plaque on the wall commemorating the historic event.
Memo to clueless news media: facts don’t drive the birthers and facts won’t assuage them. This is racism, paranoia, xenophobia and hate. Their issue never was about a piece of paper, and they aren’t going away.
Like political kudzu, no matter how many times they have been destroyed, birthers keep coming back. The last week has seen a sudden reemergence of the once-marginalized racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic notion that President Obama was not born in Hawaii. And the Republican presidential nominee is cozying up to leading birthers such as Donald Trump.
Obama’s natural born American citizenship has been amply documented by the release of both his short and long form birth certificates. Researchers have also found historical evidence such as birth announcements in Hawaiian newspapers. When Obama released his long form birth certificate in April 2011,a Gallup poll showed the percentage of Americans who said he was “definitely” or “probably” born in another country dropped from a shockingly high 24 percent to a merely disturbing 13 percent.
But now the birthers are back. One of their man hubs is World Net Daily, a popular website on the conspiracy-minded far right. Through WND Books they have recently published a compendium of discredited and newly invented birther assertions called Where’s The Birth Certificate: The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President by leading birther Jerome Corsi. On May 17 WND reported that Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, who has become famous for his mistreatment of prisoners and his distaste for immigrants, is investigating the president’s citizenship but being met with “stonewalling” from federal authorities. “Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse says Selective Service System officials apparently are trying to dissuade the Arizona investigative team from attempting to obtain original documentation to determine whether Barack Obama’s draft registration form is authentic,” wrote WND’s Art Moore.
On the same day Breitbart.com produced the dramatic revelation that a promotional material from 1991 from Obama’s book said he was born in Kenya. The Breitbart editors claimed that they believe Obama was born in Honolulu but that this bizarre little factoid tells us something about Obama’s ideological past.
This interpretation conflicts with some basic facts and logic, including the birthers own imaginings. For one thing, Obama’s memoir itself is clear that he was born in Hawaii. For another, the ludicrous birther conspiracy theory holds that Obama’s family was busy creating the false impression that he was born in Hawaii at the time he was born, hence the public birth announcement. That can’t be true while it simultaneously is the case that Obama was openly admitting to his publisher’s publicists that he was born in Kenya back in 1991 because he had not yet decided to run for president. On May 21 WND reported that Arpaio’s “cold case posse” is going to Hawaii to investigate.
Even Romney’s nominal disavowals of birtherism contain a cowardly dodge with a wink towards the extremists. Romney’s spokeswoman, Andrea Saul, wrote in an emailed statement to CNN, “Governor Romney has said repeatedly that he believes President Obama was born in the United States.” The key word in that sentence is “believes.” Obama’s birthplace is not a matter of belief; it is a matter of fact. A true disavowal would be, “Romney has said repeatedly that President Obama was born in the United States.” Adding the unnecessary “he believes” qualification is a way of hinting to birthers that this is still a valid question to examine. It is the same trick played by congressional Republicans who always say they believe Obama is a Christian, not a Muslim, or that Obama has said he is a Christian and they take him at his word.
Of course, some Republicans in Congress are happy to indulge birther fantasies as well. Colorado Representative Mike Coffman recently said at a fundraiser, “I don’t know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don’t know that. But I do know this, that in his heart, he’s not an American. He’s just not an American.”
Recently there have been alot of coverage on the finding of President Obama’s birth certificate due to the statement that was made by Donald Trump, “Well I’ve been told very recently, Anderson, that the birth certificate is missing. I’ve been told that it’s not there or it doesn’t exist. And if that’s the case it’s a big problem.” Since then, people have gone on a goose chase trying to locate Obama’s birth certificate. Some have even speculated that he’s not a natural born citizen because he was born in Kenya therefore he shouldn’t have been elected president. Now that the birth certificate has been located in Hawaii, Trump has taken props for the fact it has been found.
In my opinion, even if he was born in Kenya, there are rules that explicitly state what the logistics are for him to become president. Second, why the hell are the media focusing on finding his birth certificate all because of Donald Trump’s accusations? There are much bigger issues to deal with and cover than the location of a birth certificate of someone who’s already been in office for years. This just goes to show that our society focuses on the most frivalous things which reminds of me Lupe Fiasco’s song “Words I Never Said” when he says, “If you turn on TV, all you see’s a bunch of what the fucks Dude is dating so and so, blabbering about such and such and that ain’t Jersey Shore, homie that’s the news and these the same people supposedly telling us the truth.” That basically sums up what the hell goes on in the news coverage daily which is ridiculous, no wonder our society isn’t educated as Europeans.