Behind the scenes: Obama's birth certificate bombshell
April 27th, 2011
03:34 PM ET

Behind the scenes: Obama's birth certificate bombshell

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama pulled the pin from the birther hand grenade, lobbed it into the White House briefing room, and bolted for Chicago to chat things up with the queen of talk Oprah Winfrey.

“We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” the president said, less than an hour after top aides dropped a bombshell by releasing the long-form birth certificate proving once and for all Obama was born in the U.S.A.

It was completely unexpected. “I’m just stunned,” exclaimed one reporter.

Wednesday morning promised to be busy but not dramatic. Sources were beginning to confirm a Washington Post report that President Obama would soon be announcing a reshuffling of his national security team.

The 8:45am off-camera briefing was running a few minutes late when out walked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, White House counsel Bob Bauer, and other aides.

That large entourage raised suspicions that something was up, and even more puzzling was a stack of documents an aide began handing out.

Were they about to announce that CIA Director Leon Panetta was headed to the Pentagon? Or that General David Petraeus, U.S. Commander in Afghanistan, would be nominated to take Panetta's place? Maybe those documents were background information on why the president was launching his national security makeover.

But in a matter of seconds, the truth was sitting in the laps of every reporter in the room.

There on the front page of the handout was a copy of Barack Hussein Obama the second’s Hawaii long-form birth certificate. Birth date: August 4, 1961. Hour: 7:24pm. Place of birth: Honolulu. Island: Oahu.

“You can read the paperwork we just handed out in a minute. Let me just get started,” said Carney to a group of stunned reporters.

He soon handed off to Pfeiffer, who asked reporters to “indulge me a second to walk through a little of the history here.”

“What you have in front of you now is a packet of papers that includes the president’s long-form birth certificate from the state of Hawaii, the original birth certificate that the president requested and we posted in 2008, and then the correspondence between the president’s counsel and the Hawaii State Department of Health.”

Video: Dan Lothian breaking the news on CNN's American Morning.

As the briefing was underway, the White House sent around an email updating the president’s schedule. He was now going to enter the briefing room at 9:45am to explain why he had finally decided to request and release the controversial document.

The so-called "birther" issue Mr. Obama said, “just keeps on going,” and that it was taking attention away from the real problems facing the country. “We're not gonna be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers,” he said.

That appeared to be a shot at billionaire developer and Republican presidential tease Donald Trump, who had not missed an opportunity to question the president’s birthplace.

A senior administration official defended the roll out and the decision for the president to make public remarks on what they’ve called a “fake controversy.”

“We knew there would be a lot of questions,” the official said, so it was decided to have the president explain the why.

It was a dramatic and surreal moment. More than two years into his administration, there was the president standing behind a podium with the presidential seal telling the nation that his aides had just provided information “about the site of my birth.”

“Now normally I would not comment on something like this," Obama said. But the president suggested he had no choice, given the now mainstream focus on this controversy.

Questions may persist about timing, and even the president has admitted that the birth certificate may still not be enough to convince doubters. But it was a dramatic turn, the kind of revelation that would draw huge ratings on Oprah Winfrey. Oh wait…

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  1. Obama broke the law...

    Here the distinctions for people who have yet to get it:

    Whether Obama was born in America or not - this issue was a sandstone pebble; it was tiny issue, but it was an issue, nonetheless.

    Whether the details on the birth certificate prove Obama is a Natural Born Citizen or not - this is a granite mountain; it is an enormous issue, __THEE ISSUE__ Obama cannot bypass/ignore.

    Obama is NOT a Natural Born Citizen, so Obama was NOT eligible to become President: the details from his *birth certificate* have proven it.

    Those who've claimed Hawaii has accepted Obama as a citizen are ignoring how Hawaii does not have that authority; Hawaii cannot tell other states to ignore how Obama is not a Natural Born Citizen, Hawaii cannot break the law and ignore the fact Obama is not a Natural Born Citizen.

    The people who passed-off Obama as a legitimate candidate should be prosecuted under the full extent of the law; what they did was treason, they subverted the US Constitution.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • BobbyRay

      How can a person born in the USA not be a natural born citizen? You are wrong!

      April 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
      • Mtnjim

        Careful, don't want to confuse him with FACTS.

        April 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
      • Schnorkies

        In order to be a "Naturalized Citizen", BOTH parents must be AMERICAN CITIZENS!

        April 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • jay in cali

      lol, but seriously you should seek out therapy or perhaps medication.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • Bryan

      What the hell are you talking about? What in the long form shows him to be illegitimate? What in the long form was missing in the official form that the President provided in 2008.

      April 27, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • MN combat vet

      When you find that Alien they are hiding in area 51, then I will believe your logic-until then, go back to watching that Jesses Ventura show

      April 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • openmind49

      What did I miss here? What law was broken by either the President or the state of Hawaii? I see no mention of any law or wrongdoing. If you're born in Hawaii does that mean you were born on foreign territory? Did you miss the message that Hawaii is a state in the United States of America? Or is it that you are one of the RepubliCrackers whose parents stayed in the shallow end of the gene pool?

      April 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
    • Donald L McDaniel

      Sir (or Madam),

      Even after seeing his LONG-FORM Birth Certificate, you STILL say these things?

      Your argument is simple: Omaba is not a natural-born citizen of the United States (which includes Hawaii, the 50th State). Yet you have only ONE PIECE of what YOU think is TRUTH as your argument.

      Your reasoning goes like this:
      Major Premise: Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the United States.
      Minor Premise: Everyone around you says he is not a natural-born citizen of the United States
      Conclusion: Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the United States.

      That, sir, is called "CIRCULAR" Reasoning (because it actually goes around in an uninterrupted circle).

      You're actually just saying "I have no proof, but Obama is STILL not a natural born citizen, because he is NOT a natural-born citizen.

      Going around in circles is gonna cause you to get dizzy (as in, "confused and crazy").
      Get off the "merry-go-round", and save your sanity while you still can.


      April 27, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
      • joebanana

        If one has the mind of a idiot your argument is valid, but a preponderance of evidence suggests fraud.
        1) It doesn't matter where he was born, because
        2) his father was a British citizen, both parents must be US citizens.
        3) He uses the social security number of a dead guy, a felony.
        4) the B/C posted on the white house web site is a bad forgery, proven.
        5) An "original" document isn't a digitized, photocopied, scanned, or, Photoshopped.
        6) "Original" documents show him being enrolled in an Indonesian school, only citizens of Indonesia can attend.
        And the evidence that he is eligible? A scanned, photocopied, Photoshopped, poor forgery.

        June 15, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • doug

      What on Earth is this idiot talking about? Treason? Not Natural born? Not even a pompous @#$ like Trump can top you for sheer stupidity.

      April 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • Mark

      idiots like you are the reason why America is on the way down 🙁

      April 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • Paul Masters

      Clearly your doctor does not have your medication adjusted correctly for the level of symptoms displayed.

      April 27, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
    • steve

      Congratulations for the strangest post of the day, 'Obama broke the law... ' You can't be serious?

      April 27, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
      • Save us all!

        Here's the proof! His birth certificate is a complete FAKE! WATCH THIS!!! You can even do this for yourself if you have Illustrator. If no, watch the video...

        April 28, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
    • Bert in UT

      Nice troll! Either that, or you really need to have your med's checked.

      April 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
    • Dumbstruck

      Do you even understand what a natural born citizen IS? Yup – strangest post of 4/27/11, and that includes all the Ticker articles, which cumulatively carry a heck of a lot of LOT of crazy posts.!

      April 27, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • Gen


      April 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • CashJr

      ...people just cannot deal with the President of the United States being black...that is the bottom with...when we go to the judgement in the future...could Jesus also be black...uh ohhhh.

      April 27, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
    • John

      You are an idiot! A flat out TEA PARTY RACIST! Nothing is good enough for you Trump is crying School Records...ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! OBAMA WILL BE RE-ELECTED IN 2012 because the GOP has nothing to offer...they didnt in 2008 and still dont in 2012! The GOP Congress lied thier way into office and are complete failures...GOP Govenors have decclared WAR ON THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE! Break Unions, stop abortion and cram every single bible verse down our throat! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

      April 27, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
    • Ian

      Hmm...., I guess Hawaii is not a part of The United States of America? Did he have to be born in Texas for him to be a natural born citizen?

      April 27, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
    • yobo

      AHHH HA HA HA HA!!!! this guy could inspect his own colon

      April 27, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
    • sarah

      Write to the state you were born in and request copy of your own birth document. I did, and I received a smaller copy because the original documents are preserved by placing them in book-form, as in a ledger. A certified clerk transfers the info. and applies a seal. This copy is not inferior and with it one can get a license, passport. and other documents. This "birther" fiasco has one purpose; to undermine our President Obama. No sitting President has ever had to present this sort of ridiculous distraction, ever. I am embarrassed for my Country. Pure hatred is seething out of every pore of some people. And the likes of a stuffed shirt named Trump is not deserving of America's support. He is a dishonest, phoney excuse for a man. Yes, we have improved as a Country under Obama"s term. I am a white Independent voter. I voted for Obama and will vote for him again.

      April 27, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
    • John

      Not a "Natural Born Citizen" as he says means: He is not white, it wouldn't matter if God confirmed his Birth Certificate, these TP/Birther nuts will just step up the game to their next imaginary level.

      From the Article: "There on the front page of the handout was a copy of Barack Hussein Obama the second’s Hawaii long-form birth certificate. Birth date: August 4, 1961. Hour: 7:24pm. Place of birth: Honolulu. Island: Oahu."

      It does not get any more clear than that. Now either Shut Up and try to do something positive for this country, or continue your course and be the laughingstock of America.

      April 28, 2011 at 9:20 am |
    • Che-3

      Didn't know people who live in a trailer park have an IQ the shoe size of a Texas PIG. Wow; American Education at all time low. Seek some education, GOP impotent midget.

      April 28, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • American American

      Obama broke the law?...You must be kidding and so dull that you do not derserve to be an American! This is so crazy...."carnival barkers". People no longer reason or put on thier common sense. America is being deceived by money hungry people like Donald "Trash" Trump. Wake up America!

      April 28, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • RR

      Exactly what rock do you live under?

      April 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      OMG, you are nuts! Hawaii is a state; President Obama was born there; ergo and therefore, President Obama is a natural born citizen!

      If you REALLY want to sink teeth into something, research the law on this:

      John McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone, at Coco Solo Hospital (or, as we used to call it, Coco Loco, when I lived in the Zone).

      Please cite the appropriate U.S. statute that proves/disproves that "Zonians" are natural-born U.S. citizens ....

      April 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm |

      You just don't like the facts.

      April 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Guest

      Natural born means, born on US soil. he provided the same cert that the board of elections asks every candidate for. burden of proof is on the person asking for said cert, not the person supplying their cert. the certificate is proof. the board of elections will investigate, he would not have been allowed on the ballot if it was not real. if the mob can trace your roots to the old country, you think the CIA/FBI cant and doesn't do the same?

      April 29, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • Michelle

      Ignorant people have to want to not be ignorant. Unfortunately there are just too many ignornat people who enjoy their status.

      May 2, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  2. williefloyd

    I understand why he did it, but I wish he hadn't. No other president has ever had to do this and there is no reason whatsoever he should have had to. If he was white, AS I AM, none of this garbage would have ever come up.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    April 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • Viv

      That is a complete lie. On the contrary – it is because he *isn't* white, and because he is the left-wing media's "darling" that he has been allowed to get away with this. Sen. McCain had to go through Congressional hearings to determine whether he was Constitutionally eligible to assume presidency if elected. And Obama?? As several have already stated: he STILL has not released his BIRTH CERTIFICATE – only the Certification of Live Birth – which you DON'T have to be born in the U.S. to get! You can't even get a passport with the document he has provided (such a "transparent administration" – he has spent $2 million and 2 years to hide his personal records??). Obama would not pass a basic security clearance – and the majority of the TV media outlets, and a good portion of the population is letting him get away with it.

      And how unbelievably arrogant that he wants to blame everyone else for "making a big deal of it". All he had(still has) to stinkin' do, is release the long for Birth Certificate when it was first brought up. He should have been bending over backwards to get it and delighted to present it 2 years ago.

      And when you question his arrogance, his lack of qualifications, his manipulative, underhanded tactics, or his lack of interest in what the American majority wants & needs in order to serve special interest minorities, what happens? You get dismissed as "racist" by people who are trying to avoid dealing with the real issues.

      For the first time in my life, I am ashamed of my country for being willing to put an improperly vetted joker in our White House. Now we suffer his Machiavellian politics and ineptitude. Hope is 2012.

      April 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
    • steve

      I'll bet they are laughing in the White House about how they took the kooks for a ride.

      April 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • Mike Waters

      Can you say "racist code words"?

      I KNEW you could!

      Racists and their "fellow travelers" – child molesters – have been running for cover for many years> They may be subtle, but they are no less nasty!

      April 27, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
    • Charles W. Skinner

      Um, you're just WRONG about your assertiion. There have been at least half-a-dozen Presidents who have had their citizenship (and thus their eligilibility for the presidency) questioned. These include FD Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, and John McCain as a presidential candidate in 2008.

      Stop attempting to play the 'Race' card. It' won't work. The American people are on to the sad, pathetic attempt to derail serious conversations by claiming the questioning party is a racist. We don't care anymore if you call us names, because its been used so often that it no longer shocks-and-appalls. It merely makes the person screaming "racist" look like an idiot when the facts do come out.

      April 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • 2cupsofjoe

      McCain showed his birth certificate during the presidential election. It stopped all the controversy then. There wouldn't even be a birther movement if Obama released his birth certificate earlier. It became a conspiracy when he refused to release it. Why would anyone who has nothing to hide not do it? I am happy he is a citizen. I am happy that we can put this nonsense behind us. Let's focus on the real issues.

      April 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      And now that's done! No more of this silliness. The White House needs to go back on the offensive of working for the country, regardless of what the yahoos on the right say or do.

      And BTW, when's Trump going to release his financial records and tax returns? He said he would when the President released his "long-form" birth certificate ...

      April 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  3. ptown

    Its nice to have a smart president in office.

    obama/biden 2012

    April 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • george

      Wouldn't it be nice to have one instead of Obozo?

      April 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
      • Americans4Obama

        You republitards are good at calling people names... Who would think such stupidity could breed such good marketing. LOL!

        April 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
      • steve

        george, "Wouldn't it be nice to have one instead of Obozo?" Your post says it all about you. LOL

        April 27, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
      • Jimmyjam

        George,EVERY POST I see that calls our President A name Is ALWAYS written by soneone lends educated, less intelligent and much,much,much less qualified than our President.

        April 27, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
      • Jimmyjam

        George,EVERY POST I see that calls our President A name Is ALWAYS written by someone lends educated, less intelligent and much,much,much less qualified than our President. These types of insults come from the bitter and ignorant.
        Your name calling only reminds me of how true this observation is.

        April 28, 2011 at 7:50 am |
      • Che-3

        Wouldn't be nice to have George, the Rapist of his own nieces as trailer park Rapist? How many of your own nieces have you raped that we don't know of?

        April 28, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • jay in cali

      agreed. he could have stood by and said nothing while the wingnuts made fools of themselves.

      April 27, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
    • Dan

      You are right, but it has been over 10 years since we had a competent president (cracking jokes with the liberal media is "playing smart", for president you need much more than that!)

      April 27, 2011 at 6:57 pm |

        Oh, you mean, like a law degree from Harvard in constitutional law? You and I, and everybody else who is not ever going to be POTUS have no clue what it takes to be POTUS. Your self-righteous comments and sarcasm do nothing to bring people together. Divisiveness is the GOPs favorite strategy. You've been taught well.

        April 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • phil a

      Smart yes...very smart but very underhanded also. He could have easily produced the same document years ago, but instead waits until it will best serve HIS interest not those of the American people. It only makes sense that there would be a question as to his origin if he refused to produce a birth certificate, regardless of color. That very reason is why Arnold Schwarzenegger could never run for president, and he arguably may have lived in the U.S. longer than our current president. What Obama did, holding out the proof, may have been brilliant and may not be illegal but on many levels was wrong and proves a total lack of consideration of what may important to American people (not all but why should someone's interests not count just because they are not the same as his) and a single goal of maintaining power at any cost to the integrity of our electoral system. Why does no one see this? Why do you all say "yeah...he sure got those kooks"....well he sure got you too, congratulations ... you've been punk' have been suckered into the bi-partisan competition so you won't examine the actual issues or performance of the government. Everything you elected him for...what has he accomplished? Nothing but make more bi-partisan separation. I'm not saying he didn't have help with that from both parties (probably the only thing that they actually accomplished together ), but the real question is why do YOU want that ?

      April 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
  4. ChristoInferno

    I cannot wait to hear how the conspiracy nuts will spin this one. Go ahead, knee-jerkers, tell us all about how this birth certificate is phony and how Obama is really a shapeshifting alien with mind-control powers.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • Mike Waters

      At least that could be more entertaining than the present idiocy!

      April 27, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • phil a

      How about just plain he didn't lie but he did make a mockery of the electoral system and showed complete disregard for the integrity of our constitution, playing a game with the whole country for several years until it would benefit him. I never believed he wasn't a citizen but also never believed he was qualified for the job as president, my opinion aside the fact is that the people who you poke fun at had a justified reason to question his eligibility and he was the one that gave them that reason. Go ahead and laugh it up and feel like your team won something, like you have achieved some sort of a personal victory, but as long as we let our politicians put on such horse and pony shows filled with false hope and false promises to win elections, all while evading the real issues, none of US win...just them.

      April 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
  5. annie s

    "Sideshows and carnival barkers" – petty much sums up the entire field of Republican Presidential hopefuls.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • Dan

      Ah, I see so a Romney-Huckabee ticket, say, will be a side show... hhmmmm....

      April 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
      • Z.

        A Mormon and an ordained Southern Baptist minister on the same ticket? Never gonna happen. Besides, neither would accept the VP slot under the other.

        April 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
      • eh


        April 28, 2011 at 7:56 am |
      • Charles W. Skinner

        I would LOVE to see a Romney-Huckabee ticket, or preferably a Gingrich-Huckabee ticket. Either way, we would get REAL fiscal reform and real tax reform in the way of the FairTAX proposal. Then we would actually become an EXPORTING country again and a HUGE amount of the jobs shipped overseas would return here due to the economic benefits from the FairTAX (which acts as a WTO legal trade subsidy by taxing items sold in the US, but not exported out OF the US).

        April 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • phil a

      Um what about withholding required documentation to be able to hold office until you have a potential opponent that actually has some support. That's the whole circus, and we....all of us you included are nothing more than the audience at this point...all we can do is watch as our ringmaster, who is supposed to be a servant to the People and Constitution of the United States of America, just used the rules set forth by the Constitution to further his own agenda while spending several years avoiding answering to the people. Yeah you may think the birthers are nuts but they think all Liberals are nuts and that doesn't make either less worthy of respect from our elected officials. The president needs to answer to and most importantly show respect to ALL of the people not just the ones that agree with him, as was intended when our government was designed.

      April 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
    • Carla Hurst-Chandler

      LOL...or maybe a Trump/Palin ticket "Dumb and Dumber" aka "Your Fired/I Quit" ticket!

      April 28, 2011 at 8:14 am |
      • BigMike

        I'm looking for the Bachmann/Palin "I'm with stupid" campaign.

        April 28, 2011 at 8:55 am |
  6. AngieS

    Mr. President: I'm so sorry that you and your family have had to suffer through such nonsense! This entire waste of precious time has been nothing more than a degrading insult to you, to people of color everywhere, and to the intelligence of the American people. None of this is your fault; none of it is really about *you*. It's about the racism that continues to permeate the fabric of our society – a quality that often makes me reluctant to admit to my American citizenship. On behalf of all who support your policies, believe in your agenda and have faith in your ability to navigate the storms that our country is now enduring in a thoughtful and noble manner, I beg you would accept the deepest apologies that you so richly deserve.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • Mark


      April 27, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • phil a

      I take it you are black and have a problem dealing with your personal racism towards white people? I mean he is not black. This whole discussion is about a document that says so. Why would any one think race is an issue unless they are coping with their own suppressed racism? The guy is not black. He is at leas 50% white...his birth certificate says so unless you don't want to read his mothers name. He should apologize to us for letting such a stupid issue that he could have resolved as easily 4 years ago as he did today divide a country, strip creditability from anyone who has a differing opinion from himself, and distract the people from the real issues, of course unless that's what he meant to do.

      April 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
    • carolyn

      Wonderful words and unfortunately so true! If he was White this would have never been an issue (BTW – I'm white). I am sad for all Americans. Mr. President continue to keep your head held high. You are a true American! More than the comb-over billionaire. Can we fire him?1

      April 27, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
    • Brian

      Ugh, I hope this was meant as a joke?
      I agree that the birth, and upcoming grades is a non-starter. But if you seriously think the best way out of the situation we have been put into over the last 2 years, is to spend even more of our childrens money, you are a very sick individual. Nothing good has come out of our country in the last 2 years (unless you live in another country perhaps and can take advantage of our nonsense policies), and the debt we have taken on in the last 2 years with no fiscal responsibility, thought of how to reverse, nor place any accountability on bail-outs, will outlast us all at this pace.

      How are you going to tell your children that everything that has been done was for THEIR best interest?
      Sickining that you can blindly believe? What motivates you? This is what I don't understand. After 2 years, you still want more "Change We Can Believe In"?

      I voted for Obama (Is there a return policy? I want my money back!), because I didn't like the direction we were going. I would not say I am Left or Right. I vote for the person who says they can change things for the better for all of us. I want someone who can actually change the direction our country is taking, Black, White, even Chinese, so long as they have the priorities in the right place..If your ONLY republican, your already pretty short minded, and that's the problem with the politics in washington already. They should remove this barrier that is crucifying our country in the name of "politics".

      I have no idea what Trump is up to, but take the birth/grades out of it, and everything else that he said today in his press conference was so on the money I couldn't believe it. Everything else just made common sense. Hard to achieve? Sure. Hard to swallow for the softies in america? Sure. Need to happen? Absolutely!

      Trump may not be "The One", but whoever comes after Obama should take the realistic/important topics he covered. That's what America should be concerned about. Not appologizing and saying sorry for something that he could have rectified in the first week of office, but appologizing for voting for this mess we have on our hands at the moment.

      Seriously, no one is up in arms about plans being layed out that start out spending more money, to start "saving" money in XX years from now. ALL of which are outside of the current adminstrations time in office. It truly reminds me of "I'll gladly pay you tuesday, for a hamburger today". I appologize... For my rant... it's just sickining..

      April 27, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
    • Steve

      No apology needed. If he simply produced the document two years ago this foolishness would have been avoided. Also with all his vacations and now campaigning kicking into high gear, don't preach about wasting time

      April 28, 2011 at 7:12 am |
    • Cou77

      I would like to extend my apology too Mr. President.

      April 28, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • Save us all!

      If you really think his birth certificate is real...

      April 28, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  7. 2cents4free

    Now the birthers want to see his grades... No, seriously the same ones that voted for Dubyah now want to compare grades LMFAO!!!!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • Liam Burke

      Good Point!

      April 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • Juana

      Well maybe we will find out that Obama was in college experimenting with drugs and prostitution and the republican will accept him as one of their own and something will acutally happen with this government.

      April 27, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
  8. thatsthefactjack


    April 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    There is no victory here for Donald Trump unless he wanted to make sure his daddy wasn't President Obama's daddy.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • snickelberry

      now this a good one.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  10. ds2cents

    Next up... Hawaii will have to prove to the birthers that it really is a U.S. state.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  11. Padraig

    I enjoyed his comment about his no time for silliness. If he wanted to put it at rest he should have done this in the beginning instead of playing the spoiled child who does not want to share their toy. The only reason he finally showed this was that there was no way he could have been involved in the New Hampshire primaries. Because now by law a birth certificate must be shown.

    I want to know when is he going to handle and addresse the real issues we "Americans" are facing – which he hasn't done anything about. They are –
    – Address the unemployment issue. We never have been under his target that he promised with the second stimulus bill.
    – Address the national debt of over 14 trillion which he expodentially increased.
    – Getting out of two wars which was one of his campaign pledges.
    – Why are we involved in Libya? We have spent in excess of 5 billion dollars already on and growing by each day.
    – Our border issues with Mexico.
    – Soaring fuel costs that impact the consumers in not only how much we pay in gas but the increase in the stores.
    – Inadequate schools.
    – Healthcare Reform

    These are just a few items. Take care of this "silliness" .

    April 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  12. Sickofhisarrogance

    Let me get this straight. Wed on't have time for "silliness" then he jetted off to Chicago to chat it up with Oprah! Then a fundraiser in NY. WTF Mr President. Serious work or hobnobbing with the wealthy people you regularly demonize. Some serious President we haved here. How does it feel to have a President that wants only the celebrity America?

    April 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • dirkK

      Sickofhisarrogance, you are embarrassing yourself. I used to consider myself conservative. Voted for Dubya. Voted for McCain (reluctantly because of Sarah Palin) but this kind of nonsense makes Republicans and conservatives look shrill, unintelligent and incapable of progress. I'm embarrassed by the whole Republican party at this point.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
      • Bert in UT

        Ditto here. I got off the Republican train at Palin. Sad. The GOP has had a proud past, but it seems to be vanishing completely.

        April 27, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
      • Dumbstruck

        Dirk and Bert, you give me hope! Thank you, because my hope was on life support! 🙂

        April 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
      • Sickofhisarrogance

        If the Pres is so concerned about facts then he has to face these truths. You cannot say that you need to get serious about the problems facing America then jet off with your wife to appear on Oprah then to 3 fundraisers in NY. What is serious about that? Face it, he is tone deaf, He is a masterful campaigner and speech deliverer, but he is WAY out of his element as President

        April 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
      • Neil

        I havent been able to respectfully call myself a republican since this whole new republican movement began, since the moment McCain unveiled Palin as a running mate, since the tea party movement became anything other than a blanketed veil of racism, since the GOP decided good government was to vote No on everything, just because we were not happy with the President chosen by the people. we decided to be the kids that took the ball home because we didnt want to play anymore, we stopped progress.

        April 28, 2011 at 8:16 am |
      • BigMike

        Oprah and fundraisers are part of the President's job. He's a politician, and campaigning is a requirement. In '08 ('06 really) and now the Republicans decided they needed to start the election cycle nearly 2 years in advance. It would be nice if we could save the politicking for the actual election year and let everyone show us their governing chops for a year in the meantime, but the GOP won't let that happen. While I disagree with Paul Ryan's budget, he IS the only Republican out there showing a willingness to govern. Even if it's badly.

        April 28, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • george

      I totally agree with you. The sad part here is that the liberal democRATS can't see beyond the end of their snouts! Nobama hobnobs with the richest and then stabs them in the back! The wealthiest Americans now pay 98% of the tax burden but the democRATS want more. We need to have the 45% of Americans that pay NO tax, share the burden with the rest of us!

      April 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
      • BobbyRay

        The wealthiest Americans don't pay taxes, that is for the "little people".

        April 27, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
      • jay in cali


        April 27, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
      • Juana

        Where the heck do you clowns get your "facts" from. Things you make up are not facts, before you go all crazy with facts you should actually research and use your brain.

        April 27, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
      • eh

        Wow, you really need to do your research. The Top 2% do NOT, in fact, pay 98% of taxes. Where are you getting that from? Taxes are the lowest they have been since the 50's! And that is part of the reason we are in such dire straits!

        April 28, 2011 at 7:58 am |
      • Charles W. Skinner

        BobbyRay, you're a MORON. The top 10% of taxpayers fund over 72% of ALL FEDERAL INCOME TAXES, and over 25% of FICA (Social security, Medicare, Medicaid) taxes. The top 1% fund over HALF of the above total. The statistics are RIGHT THERE at the IRS website. So, now that you've proven that you're an unintelligent, uninformed MORON, perhaps you would like to go back to playing in the sandbox, and let the adults have a conversation about how the Government is GOING to be reformed in order to save the country.

        April 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm |

        Cite your sources; otherwise, your figures are pure mumbo jumbo.

        April 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • pete

      boy, didn't take you long to find something else to whine about – grow up!

      April 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
      • Sickofhisarrogance

        Not whining....just pointing out how tone deaf this President is. He is more interested in the celebrity of being President than he is at doing the job. Gas proces, high unemployment (don;t give me the Bush argument, unemp had worsened under your guy), out of control debt, getting into Libya then ignoring Syria genocide.

        April 27, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
      • phil a

        Um are you doing now? How were you doing six years ago?
        Nuff said.

        April 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • Christopher

      Compared to the idiot we had before... I forgot how many times MR. G.W. Bush made us look stupid with his limited vocabulary, falling from a segway face on the floor, among many other stupid things.
      I tell you one thing I rather have Obama as president then that clown.
      Also Obama is not responsible for all the mess he inherited, guess who started this whole mess? Yes you guessed right...G. W. Bush.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • Oy Vey Az

      Get your head out of your ... and clean the hair out of your ears. You old guys never quit.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
      • Sickofhisarrogance

        not flexible enough to put head uo my a** and I have an ear and nose hair trimmer. I would suggest you look beyond the liberal blogs and writers and try to be objective. You will be amazed at what yoiu learn, then you won't have to resort to lkame insults in an attemot to make a point,. Have a thought before you post.

        April 27, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
      • phil a

        Not old and not all GOP 4 LIF tattooed on my stomach or anything nor did I ever believe Obama was born in Kenya but weather you are a righty or a lefty you have to open your eyes and your mind for a second......this guy led a wild goose hunt for 4 years that was not just limited to a bunch of Republicans (Hillary Clinton started asking in the primaries...but everyone forgot that). Rewind 4 years... It is plausible that if he does not have a birth certificate, he may not be eligible to be president. Fast forward some to the court case being brought up on the matter.....still he pays legal fees and tries to ignore the issue. At this point there is a growing number of people have doubts. Present day....a formidable opponent for presidency arises (Trump), approval ratings are down, the country is evolved in a hand full of military actions (as opposed to the one he started with and vowed to finish in what was it 18 months). The birther movement has now grown to the point that it even has a name. Now he whips it out. Thru all that time he ignored the concerns of U.S. citizens because it was not on his priority list and he didn't have to play his hole card yet. You may say birthers don't count because they are nuts but that is just an opinion and does not make them any less pertinent to the operation of the government. They pay taxes, they vote, they need to be answered to also. It was that easy that he could hit CNN and still have time to campaign the whole rest of the day....why not have just given EVERY ONE (not just those who believed him) closure when they asked for it the first, second, or thirty third hundredth time? What about we the people? Every president has gotten more brazen with their actions and disregard of OUR rights. Regan re-wires the entire system almost (although we did prosper), Bush gets us evolved directly in the Middle East which is something that will never end (rather than our previous indirect involvement), Clinton straight lies on stand in court, the next Bush has the Patriot act, now Obama not only ignores the concerns of citizens but refuses to give in to the ideals of the latest group of OUR representatives (congress) whom were elected into office specifically because of those ideals.

        April 27, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
    • JeremyNABQ

      Hey, hey! Focus! You need to concentrate your bigotry and misplaced anger into laser of unconceivable ignorance and stupidity if you hope to keep the conspiracy alive! Focus!

      April 27, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
      • phil a

        You don't have to be a bigot to not like how all of this unfolded or want to verify that Obama was indeed qualified to be president as outlined in the Constitution, which he always has been, but the fact that he used the whole birth issue as a publicity stunt is just as sickening as (if not more so) than the whole birther thing. It is very important that he was a U.S. born citizen and the fact that he would not simply produce a birth certificate only made it all the more suspicious. Obama has always run a great campaign and has never stopped. He purposefully has withheld the document just to pull it out now because now there are more important things to worry about than before? Like what? The lack of a budget plan? The decision tho engage in yet another foreign front of military action? A pending financial collapse? All of those things had already occurred and he had time for the "silliness". Why does he not have time now? He is just that smart and held his high card to maximize the benefit to himself. I respect the man for being brilliant with campaign strategy but cannot respect the fact that this whole time he has withheld the document from the American people and made a mockery of our system by doing so until he is looking at an upcoming election. No matter how liberal or conservative they may be, people have to see that right now there is nothing more important going on right now than there was four weeks ago. This is a campaign stunt and the fact that he is and always has been documented as a natural born citizen and has withheld the evidence until it most benefits him just proves that. I know all the Obama supporters will not be happy with this response and will say that many other politicians are just as bad....and I AGREE. So what are we going to do about it? Isn't it time we take a stand against the campaign games they play? Do we really want to award the highest office to someone who has proven themselves to fit that type time and time again (don't forget that not one campaign promise he made has been kept...I know I know because he can't because he has to get everything thru that damn Congress and they won't let him....WELL if he really thought he could accomplish all he promised he is stupid and doesn't know how our government works...just like every other president before him he knew that the president does NOT have the power to make all those things he lied to get a almost every other politician) . Also look at his income tax statements....far cry from the 30% I pay and I make less than 10% of what he does a year, my wife is a stay at home mom, and I have the same amount of kids. Research him before you support him, don't just get on the band wagon because birthers aren't cool, Republicans want your money (although the Democrats want to eliminate the Bush tax cuts which almost specifically apply to middle class and if you don't think so obviously you don't make enough to know the truth), war sucks (although the current administration has INCREASED the number of troops deployed), nobody liked G.W. Bush because he wasn't a very good president (both proven facts, no argument here), and most importantly because he is black (after all bigotry and racism works both ways....right?)

        April 27, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
      • Sickofhisarrogance

        I'm not a bigot. I'm not ignorant, not am i angry. But thanks for resorting to petty name calling. I guess in your world this constitutes intelligent conversation

        April 27, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
    • Sandy

      You're kidding right? This is the same man who is trying to help the middle class by taxing the wealthy and stopping oil subsidies among other are kidding, right?

      April 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
    • MikeB

      Presidents have the right to take their message to the public. Oprah has millions of viewers. Presidents have the right to run for a second term. That takes money, particularly since the Supreme Court struck down much of the campaign finance laws.

      April 27, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
    • Inthesouth

      Oprah show ?? You see they stick together ... He is a joke

      April 28, 2011 at 8:47 am |
  13. Fred

    From Donald Trump
    Glenn Beck
    Sarah Palin
    Mike Huckabee
    Jonah Goldberg
    Brian Kilmeade
    Jonathan Strong
    Pamella Geller
    Sean Hannity
    Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA)
    Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)
    Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
    Rep Bill Posey (R-FL)
    Rep John Carter (R-TX)
    Newt Gingrich
    Rep. John Culberson (R-TX)
    Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TX)
    Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH)
    Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
    Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)
    Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC)
    Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)
    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R)

    They are ALL SILENT today.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • george

      There's enough noise from the dumbocrats!

      April 27, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
      • jay in cali

        every post that you make with the same "dumbocRATS" insult and no context of reality whatsoever just goes to show how marginalized you have made yourself.

        April 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
      • Dthomas


        April 27, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
    • Sickofhisarrogance

      Fred....I won't comment on every name on your list, but I will comment on a few to illustrate how uninformed you are. Bachmann said a week or so ago that she felt this issue was settled with the Cert of Live Birth. Trump was answering reporters questions about this prior to Obama's statement. He also said he hoped that ended this issue. Hannity has spent much of the past week or so saying that this issue is not important given the other problems the country is facing. Beck did the same yesterday. But why let facts get in the way of a blog post?

      April 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
      • Neil

        Sick, you named three people out of a long list of people, some of them like Trump also had access to the Hawaii released cert of birth. you cant stop the message this tea party has really infused into GOP politics which is hate and lies.And please step off the soapboax about hobnobbing, every politician does it. I respect the president more for doing it and then telling them how its going to be, than the ones that hobnob and then bend over for the bourgeois in public as well.

        April 28, 2011 at 8:21 am |
      • John

        They all said this because they got tipped of to Obama sending his lawyers to procure the Birth Certificate for release. That was their idea of damage control... It doesn't matter that they have questioned it from the beginning, so long as they declare it a non issue a week before it actually is... Nobody is fooled except the other republicans wearing their blinders.

        April 28, 2011 at 9:31 am |
    • phil a

      They would have been silent a long time ago on the issue if Obama actually cared about America and not just the portion of America that supports him. Who cares if you, me, him or anyone else thinks the birther movement was dumb, smart, crazy, sane, good, bad, or indifferent. They are a part of we the people and as an elected official of the highest office president Obamas first and foremost priority should be to answer to or at least address the demands and concerns of we the people (not just his people). By simply just withholding the paper for the past 4 years (oh yeah...put Hillary Clinton on your list since she was the first to demand he produce his birth certificate in the democratic primary) he has shown that the questions, concerns, and demands of we the people are not very high on his priority list, in fact they have a 4 year waiting list that they are on the last page of. This is what makes him not qualified to be our president, unless of course we the people let him get away with this and re-elect him. In which case the precedent we have set for the next candidate will be simply to ignore US.

      April 27, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • Carla Hurst-Chandler

      Thankfully! It is about time.

      April 28, 2011 at 8:15 am |
    • Mr. Terrone

      Had the "birthers" show their birth certificates to everybody to prove they are citizens? of course not, they are whites, everybody assumes they are Americans and they will fill very offended if somebody do so... But, if you are any other color or race (doesn´t matter if you are an illegal Russian or German).. then you have to prove it. That is RACIAL PROFILING.

      April 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
      • fvw50

        Mr. Terrone, I had to show my birth certificate to serve in the military and again when I applied for my first passport. Should not the President of the United States be held to the same or a higher standard than those required for the US military? And, please correct me if I'm wrong, does not the Constitution require that the President be a natural born citizen of the US? The birth certificate is the best evidence to prove this and I, as an American citizen, am entitled to know the the President fulfills all Constitutional requirements for that office. Please tell me where I'm wrong?!

        April 29, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  14. Pat

    These Teapublicans surely still believe the earth is flat and the moon is made of green cheese. 2011: The dumbing down of the American electorate is fact not fiction.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  15. they call me "tater salad"

    I guess that kills Trump's entire political platform, and about 98% of the Tea Party douche-baggers corporate funded, bulls**t argument!.............That was easy!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • fvw50

      There were Tea Party folks that wanted to see proof, since it still is a Constitutional requirement that the President be a natural born citizen of this country.

      However, the birth certificate is a distraction at this point in time. Most Tea Party individuals want to see government returned back to its Constitutional basis. The federal government has grown far too big and has assumed ownership of many policy areas that Constitutionally belong to the states. We all understand this is 2011 and not 1776, but (in my opinion) the pendulum has swung way too far in the direction of excessive federal power and this is has been promulgated by both Democrats and Republicans. The Tea Party has formed because of the current direction of this country to include: out of control federal spending, unchecked power of unelected czars, belief in the need for term limits, belief in the need for responsible fiscal policy (to include a balanced federal budget amendment), and the need to remove duplication in fed and state government agencies (typically axing fed agencies in favor of state control) among other things.

      I have no idea where you get the idea that the tea party is corporate funded, but I'd like to see credible sources.

      April 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  16. sheila

    Now its time for the Trump to show the record of his hatching.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • Mtnjim

      Nah, his tax records. Trump said he wouldn't show his tax records until Mr. Obama showed his LF birth certificate, well....

      April 27, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
      • phil a

        Would love to see that. Trumps taxes are probably a 5%
        Obamas taxes were pretty interesting also though....he came no where near the 30% or so I get stuck with and I made like 10% of what he did and have the same dependents. Wonder who does his taxes? I want to dodge AMT also.

        April 28, 2011 at 12:24 am |
  17. CEE

    The Birth Certificate proves one thing, Trump is an idiot!!!!!!!!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
    • phil a

      Proves 2 more things....
      1. He is a citizen, U.S. born if the document is real. Which it most likely is but is a poorly photo shopped copy but with the correct information, done intentionally while the real real one is being reserved for a later debunking as a campaign strategy.
      2. He is to blame for this whole fiasco. If it was so easy he could throw it out there on CNN and then spend the rest of the day campaigning, why not do it 4 years ago when Hillary Clinton first asked? Why not give the people (maybe not his supporters but American citizens just like him anyway) some closure? HE PERPETUATED THE CONSPIRACY! Then just whips out documentation when it will improve his public rating and make his competition look like a fool. What about us though? Why does he say he doesn't have time for this silliness now when he is campaign fund raising but when he was working on our country's budget, dealing with a financial crisis, making plans to permanently change the face of the nation with socialized health care, receiving a Nobel peace prize (which was a joke...for real a president actively increasing military force in 2 wars in 2 countries), or deciding to begin engagement in yet another war none of those things were important enough to merit the disposal of the silliness but an appointment with Oprah was ?

      -independent so don't start

      April 28, 2011 at 12:19 am |
    • Save us all!

      No, the "Birth Certificate" proves yet a more important fact... OBAMA IS A LIAR AND A FRAUD! Watch this video... it is absolute PROOF it's a fake!

      April 28, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  18. Henry Miller

    So someone "found" the missing birth certificate, waited for the ink to dry, and then started waving it around.

    You know that's what the birthers are going to say. And with the resources of the federal government at Obama's disposal, they're going to be believed–does anyone doubt that the people who print nearly counterfeit-proof currency could create a fake birth certificate indistinguishable from a real one?

    Obama has, for a couple of years, given every appearance of cover-up, and the more he appeared to cover-up, the more certain people became that there was something to cover up. Obama has no one to blame but himself.

    And there's not the slightest doubt that, under similar circumstances, if a Republican were in the White House, the Left would be making the same accusations.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • rob

      All the Republican leadership in Congress and other than Trump, the leading Republican candidates were regularly grilled by the media aboit this issue and they all said that they thought he was definately born in the USA and that it was a distraction from the real issues. It was the media who constantly brought it up.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
      • Dumbstruck

        Not entirely true from the start. While most republicans did reject the birther thing, Palin and Bachmann both embraced it at one time.

        April 27, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
    • Nunya

      "Obama has, for a couple of years, given every appearance of cover-up, and the more he appeared to cover-up, the more certain people became that there was something to cover up. Obama has no one to blame but himself."

      Complete BS. You want to imagine coverup, then feel free. What he and his administration have done for the last couple of years is give what is sufficient legal proof to anyone who isn't bound and determined to disbelieve regardless of what evidence is given to them. The same legal proof that would be sufficient to obtain a job or a passport or whatever legal document or status you want to name. Exactly how is that coverup? For the ones still screaming about it, you could put those people in a time machine so that they could witness first-hand when and where he was born and still they wouldn't believe.

      I agree with you 100% that the birthers won't be convinced by this and simply will contort their theories and/or claim that it is newly manufactured. But the actions of Obama and his associates in this matter have been upstanding from day one.

      (And no, for all you people already thinking it... I am not an Obama apologist who approves of anything and everything he does. I have quite a number of vehement disagreements with his policies. But I still can recognize and acknowledge that he is not the antiChrist or next Stalin...)

      April 27, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • jay in cali

      well that could be becouse it was flushing out the wingnuts. the conspiracy will never end.

      April 27, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
    • Donald L McDaniel

      Actually, Sir, his "Birth Certificate" was never lost. It was safe in Hawaii's birth files, like every other citizen's files, who was born in the State of Hawaii. As may or may not be true in every other State of the United States of America.

      The fact is, you probably have no justification for being a poor/middle-class person voting for those whose PUBLICALLY STATED goal is REMOVING PRESIDENT OBAMA, sooner, rather than later.

      Republican "budget-cutting" has failed time and time again, and ALWAYS diverts from their promises to reduce the budget to conservative Social issues, like hatred of homosexuals, lesbians, transsexuals, the Poor and other minority classes, as well as hatred for "foreigners"(xenophobia).

      Thank God they are only a minority themselves. It won't be so hard for the rest of us to shove them off the floor in 2012.


      April 27, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
  19. Jay in NC

    CNN, the .pdf you distributed has been doctored. It looks like an image 'knocked out' with photo shop. Take a look, and ask these questions.

    1) Why does the text have white space around it?
    2) Why why does the signature loops and O's have white white inside?
    3) Green bar safety paper was not used on original Hawaii birth certificates.
    4) Why does the .pdf file have multiple layers?
    5) With such an important document, why is it not hand signed?

    CNN please do not be like CBS. Remember Dan Rather and the fake president Bush papers?

    April 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • Henry

      @Jay in NC, rob

      Geez guys, you are truly a bunch of fruitcakes. Give it a break, pppllleeeaaassseee!!!

      April 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • Joe

      Exactly the reason he didn't feel the need to release it. People like you will never be satisfied. Tomorrow it will be about how the state of Hawaii conspired to create a fake birth certificate.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
      • phil a

        Why did he feel the need to release it now then? Why did he feel $2 million in legal fees worth of need to not release it before? I don't think it's fake but it doesn't take much to see this was timed for his benefit (read re-election campaign strategy) and not the benefit of American people. As brilliant of a strategy as it may have been, it still makes a mockery of our Constitution and electoral system, which makes him as much self serving and manipulative as it does a natural born American citizen. As he has been thoroughly both for his whole political career.

        April 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
    • alex

      OMG are you for real? Wow, I guess when you're a deluded, racist idiot, no amount of legitimate proof will ever be enough. Sad, truly sad that Jay in NC is allowed to vote, let alone walk around unsupervised. Does the asylum know you've escaped Jay?

      April 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • pete

      listen, can you hear that sound. that's the sound of all the mature, sane people in the world laughin' at you idiots. you guys are awesome humor.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • Felonious Mone

      it begins in 1...2...3

      April 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • Henry Miller

      I've never taken the birther stuff seriously, but I have to admit that Jay in NC has a point. Or several of them.

      And look at the upper left of the text, just above where it says "STATE OF HAWAII." It seems to show the curvature you'd expect if a bound book were put face-down on a copier or a scanner. The shadowing along the left reinforces that suggestion. But why, then, is the entire background, including above the "STATE OF HAWAII" and "CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH" of the same green-hash texturing as the putative certificate itself?

      April 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
      • jay in cali

        perhaps some prozac might help you read it better.

        April 27, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
      • Dumbstruck

        Well, for one thing, it probably IS a copy. The other story said they gave out copies of the original long form birth cert to all the members of congress. It is probably a pic of one of those copies.

        April 27, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
    • phil a

      Why doesn"t anyone ask the real question...."Why wait until now?"
      I believe he was born a citizen, but I also believe he has made a game out of the whole thing even more so than the birthers....he had the proof the whole time and sat on it, just to make them look like nuts...very smart but makes a mockery out of the Constitution and the system. Publicity stunt.

      April 27, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Here is the original url from CNN.

      Zoom in on the document about 300%, you can clearly see the white behind the text. Also notice that when the .pdf is redrawn after each zoom in/out the text and the back ground are two parts. This image may have been knocked out by photo shop. To those that call me crazy give it a try, prove me wrong.

      April 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
      • Dumbstruck

        I had no double redraw thingy going on. I can't speak to the white halo, but it would seem to me that 1) photoshopped documents don't show white halos as photoshoppiong has become very sophisticated, and 2) if it were, they would have been sure to have done a better job knowing you were out there ready to pounce on anything even remotely suspicious. And 3), even the question numbers have that same halo, and there is no reason why they would have needed to change those.

        April 27, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
      • Debin Denver

        Jay- I took you at your word and blew the pdf up to 300%....From that I saw, that you are a liar.

        April 28, 2011 at 12:50 am |
      • John

        Your don't even know that Photoshop is one word, and you have probably never used it in your life either. So why should i listen to you about what you "think" is a doctored image? Are you a forensic investigator? Do you think that all the PROFESSIONALS who are PAID to look into the authenticity of these documents wouldn't be right here with you if that were true? Keep flailing blindly though, you will just knock out all those that stand with you.

        April 28, 2011 at 9:43 am |
      • Charles W. Skinner

        Actually I've seen this type of issue before. It's probably printed on a type of paper that appears white in normal light, but if you expose it to the harsh light of a copy machine, it appears to have green hash marks. It was originally designed to prevent tampering with the document, because if you got one that was green, you knew it was a copy, and NOT the original document. The white around the text would be where the ink 'seeped' into the paper and changed the chemistry of the paper, but not sufficiently to actually leave an image in copying.

        As for Hawaii not using green-bar safety paper, I can't comment on that. Like I said above, normally the original document would appear white in normal light, so people may not be thinking about it.

        April 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
      • ThinkAgain

        It's a photocopy, you dip! CNN doesn't have the original ...

        April 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • Schnorkies

      The green safety paper was not used for long form birth certificates in 1961.

      Dead give away that this is a fraud.

      The first so call birth certificate shown a few years ago was also proven to be a fraud.

      Like it or not....this continues to be a BIG issue.

      April 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm |

      Dude, are you paranoid a lot?

      April 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  20. Aaron

    The republican and Donald Trump don't have substance to talk about and they're the major destruction to the nation. As independent voter, the republican will pay a price for wasting the American people time instead of solving the country's problem.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  21. Visiopher

    Donald Trump is plain and simply a racist, as are all the birthers.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  22. Henry

    There ya go. All settled. But probably not. Got to have something to try to pin on the "black man" in the White House, you know the White House that our black slaves built. Republicans, you are morally and ethically bankrupt.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • george

      You are a racist pig! How dare you put race as the issue here, AGAIN! Any time things don't go the way of democrats, they scream racism. I've got news for your idiocy – IF THE BLACKS DIDN'T PLAY THE RACE CARD ALL THE TIME, there would be no racism! They get what they want by doing it and they won't stop until we stop cowtowing to them!

      April 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
      • sam

        wait, so if nobody talks about racism, it won't exist anymore? awesome.

        Alright everybody! No more talking about the KKK. If we stop bringing them up, they'll disappear!

        April 27, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
      • demetrius

        If you really think this is the only reason racism still exists, then you are truly dilusional. I will agree that there are some blacks that place the race card unneccessarily but there are just as many "others" in our society that...wait for it...are racist!

        April 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
      • Dthomas

        Ladies and gentleman of the jury... please note the defendant used the phrase "THE BLACKS", and then blamed racism against said group ON said group. This is the the typical tactic of an abusive offender. In this case, a racist.

        April 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
      • Dumbstruck

        Uhm, I think this went VERY well for the democrats, don't you? BTW, are these the same "The Blacks" that Trump claims to have such a good relationship with?

        April 27, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
      • EricinOH

        You have at your disposal exactly one way to prove that this isn't racism. YTou (and every other teabagger loser that is demanding Obama prove he is eligible to be President) must demand that every white Republican candidate in every election for the rest of your life has to prove that they are natural-born US citizens.

        April 27, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
      • skarphace

        " IF THE BLACKS DIDN'T PLAY THE RACE CARD ALL THE TIME, there would be no racism!"

        You are very ignorant if you believe that. So before the 'race card' there was no racism. That is your claim. Racism is the fault of blacks, not of racists. If you can't see the hypocracy in that statement, then I feel sorry for you.

        And by the way, I am white and I call 'birthers' racists all the time. If the shoe (or in this case white hood) fits...

        April 28, 2011 at 3:06 am |
      • Jimmyjam

        George, did you take your pill today?

        April 28, 2011 at 7:55 am |
      • Phoebs

        Well, if you would stop calling us "THE BLACKS" then maybe we would see you for the racist you really are.

        April 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • phil a

      Uh...what black man are you talking about.....the secret service dude....that's probably the only black man in the White House, not unless there are a couple on the staff still working now.....guess you didn't actually read the birth certificate did you? if you did you would know...... Obama ain't black. Once again I find ignorant people trying to make it into a race issue, due to their own underlying racism issues, because racism work both ways. FACT: Obama is NOT an Afro-American, Negro, or Black.....mulatto maybe. He is of mixed race being 50% white as stated on his birth certificate by maternity. If he had been albino, with blonde hair and blue eyes you would probably disapprove of the job he is doing as president and the fact that he has used the whole birth issue as a publicity stunt for 4 years now, but instead his fathers genetics predetermined his complexion. Instead of trying to draw similarities to yourself by judging the cover why don't you read the book? Sure his skin tone may be easy to relate to as an everyman, but what aspect of his life can any of us actually relate how can he relate to us? If you have led an international life (that doesn't mean not born American it just means he has stepped on more foreign soil than most Americans have seen travel brochures for), are a career politician, have had the entire world fall into your lap your whole life, and have never had to answer to anyone then he is your brother, otherwise don't try to say you are the same. That is why he hangs with Oprah and not just some loud slightly heavy set outspoken woman that works as the greater at Walmart. He is not black, he is not an every man, and he doesn't care about the people he has been elected to serve.

      April 27, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  23. rob

    In other words it was starting to hurt him in the polls so he did what he could have done anytime.

    The question CNN should have asked is: Why would you drop this "Bomb" now when we at CNN and the other liberal media were doing such a good job calling anyone questioning you as " Ludicrous" and running interference. Now we look know....... ...why did you do it?

    April 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • John

      Because him releasing it cements their criticisms against them, you dense log.

      April 28, 2011 at 9:45 am |
  24. Randy, San Francisco

    Conservative political talk shows and FOX news pushed the birther lies for so long that a large number of GOP/Tea Party wingnuts will never be convinced that Obama was born in Hawaii, no matter what evidence is presented.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  25. DENNA

    @Jay in NC – are you serious? What is wrong with you people? President Obama has now released TWO birth certificates – one in the long form and one in the short form – you idiots are now trying to blow holes in that. It must be really cool to live in a fantasy world of complete stupidity.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Denna, open the original document distributed by CNN.

      Zoom in to 300%, notice that the green safety paper is not visible behind the words? This .pdf is made up of layers, not one image, therefor it has to have been altered. Why?

      You think this is a fantasy world of complete stupidity, humor me, open the document, take a look, then post your comment.

      April 27, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
      • Danju

        I guess for the same reason that all the text in the document has white space around it, when zoomed to 300%.

        April 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
      • John

        This is just like every other conspiracy theories out there. We couldn't have landed on the moon, because the flag was seen waving around even there is no air on the moon; JFK couldn't have been assassinated by Oswald because there's no way he could've used an old rifle with off centered aim; 9/11 was an inside job, because the collapse of the building is more consistent with internal explosion.

        You'd think that with the amount of political power the White House wields, they could've just ask the state government of Hawaii to print a new one for him? After all, both Democrat and Republican governors of Hawaii swore President Obama was born in HI, they would've gone the extra miles to make sure the certificate is in fact, genuine? You'd think that if the White House couldn't get the state government of Hawaii to cooperate, and they were to resort to doctoring the photo, they would've made it at least as close to the real one so nobody would ask questions?

        You can argue that those are just circumstantial arguments, but again, you're also lacking real evidence as well. How would you know the genuine certificate does not, in fact, print like that? I'd love to see an actual comparison between the two, and done by professionals. But before that, I'll just treat this just like every theory out there, just a conspiracy.

        April 27, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
      • John

        Shut up. Your not a forensic investigator, your a bumpkin from NC.

        April 28, 2011 at 9:47 am |
  26. OneMoreTime

    @sickofhisarrogance – So: The truth is under President Obama the stock market has reached a 3 year high,
    taxes in 2009 were lowest in 50 years, and only slightly higher in 2010, unemployment is slowly coming
    down, American automobile companies are making a comeback (jobs), progress is beginning to show after
    a disastrous 8 year Bush fiasco.
    What have the Republicans offered? No jobs bill, a budget that in the health care part along would cost seniors
    61 cents more vs. the 27 cents they now pay "because private plans always cost more". Not only that,
    the block grants to States would require them to either cut services or raise revenues. So, you are
    sick alright!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Sickofhisarrogance

      You can spout all of the dem talking points you want. Can you seriously say we are better off now tthan we were when your guy took office. Foreclosures up, bankruptcies up, unemplyment up {yes its a little better now, but marginally despite all of the "stimulus" money we wasted) Why did we go into Libya? To protect peopke the Pres said, well if that's true, what about Syria? Thbis admoin called that butcher a reformer just recently. Not to mention that he is ruining the drilling industry in the gulf, what about those jobs? Again, you needto look beyond CNN and liberal blogs read both sides of the issue and you might learn something. You can do it. I believe in you!

      April 27, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
      • Debin Denver

        I am better off now, and I know, for a fact, that a number of my friends are also better off. SO?

        April 28, 2011 at 12:47 am |
      • Pryme

        @Sickofhisarrogance, r u Sarah Palin, She gave almost the same point in her response to a question on fox news....great minds think alike...NOT

        April 28, 2011 at 2:07 am |
    • phil a

      Why are you going to brag about the Bush tax cuts like Obama has anything to do with that? 2009 budget was made in 2008. 2010 budget was made in 2009, so maybe he had a little bit to do with that......oh yeah you said 2010 was higher so guess that proves your point....the Obama administration IS raising said it not me I just quoted and used logic. As for the 2011 budget....well that was just whipped up a couple weeks ago which proves my point that he can't do his job. What's that? Congress is to blame for that? The president does not have that much power? Oh.....but if it's an improvement it's all him, but when Bush was president somehow the rules were different and Bush had the power to take the country and real quick run it into the ground before handing the keys over.

      April 27, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
  27. M-AZ

    Birthers are RACISTS!!!!!!Period.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • rob

      Thats hillarious, this is exactly the platform the Democrats will run on for 2012.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • george

      another DA with the race crap!

      April 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • Donald L McDaniel

      Friend M-AZ,

      You're right. However, you forget that some of those on the Right are actually true Christians, but ensnared by the rich in their own faith communities. They hear the lies of their "pastors" (shepherds/ministers/priests) and the false Gospel of Wealth they breath out like dragons/serpents who seek to devour their own sheep.

      Hopefully, our brothers, sisters, and elders will turn from their ways and start listening to the world around them in matters of the world. After all, even Jesus tells us that those who live in the World are wise in the ways of the World, while we who believe are wise in the ways of love, forgiveness, and understanding.


      April 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • phil a

      What does race have to do with it? He is half white and just put a paper out there saying so. So if you are black and don't like him it's just because he is white? As a white man who disapproves of Obama for who he is rather than what he is, I must say that I dislike his white half as much as his black half. This whole withholding of his birth certificate as a campaign strategy thing just proves to me even more that he has no respect for the American people or the ideals this country was founded on. Can't anyone concentrate on real the fact that although W kind of sucked as a president we are worse off now than 4 years ago.....higher debt, higher unemployment, higher foreclosure rate, higher fuel prices, more pollution, more troops overseas, more fronts added to our military actions, more political grid lock (did you forget hasn't even been a month), and less respect in the global community. Who cares where he was born or who his parents were or what he named the dog or what the voices of his daughters sound like....his policy sucks. Even the first lady initiatives are totally out of touch with what really matters in this country, come on childhood obesity? Won't have to worry about childhood obesity if no one can afford the rising prices of food because it cost so much to deliver it to the grocery store because the fuel prices are so high because we keep poking the Middle Eastern hornets nest with a stick. Nope that's not why it's because he is black....or if you are black it's because he is wait it's because he was born in Hawaii ....... that's the conspiracy..... racism against Hawaiians because mainlanders are still bitter about their Toyotas being overpriced because the Japanese are still bitter about WW2 which was all Hawaii's fault, because of that damn Pearl Harbor. That's it Toyota lovers are the racists! You are right., maybe I should trade my Dodge in on a Tundra now.

      April 27, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
    • Sickofhisarrogance

      So any criticism of a black man is racism? You're better than that M-AZ

      April 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
      • EricinOH

        OK, I dare you. Demand the same things of all white, Republican candidates that you demand of Obama. You don't have the guts.

        April 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
      • supprimer

        But Obama is not black – He's 1/2 white or does that not count. I wonder why he's considered black.

        April 28, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  28. Allen Little

    "Serious issues", important things to handle, no time for silliness,After all I ahhhhhhhhhhh.......... I've got basketball games to play, golf clubs to ahhhhhhhhhhh........ swing, vacations to take (after advising corporate heads to knock off the conventions), a big uuuhhhhhhh time corporate donor to suck up to (Mr GE, the head of the company where its OK to make billions in profit and not pay taxes, unlike oil companies where profit is bad bad bad!) Ive aaahhhhhhh got things to do, like being interviewed by Oprah.
    Unemployments low, not! Just like Gas prices, LOL. Inflation is low, really, how could Obama afford to jet around the country if it wasnt.
    Yeah, hes got important non silly things to do!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  29. Steve

    And Today the lunitics who doubted will continue to doubt. What a bunch of losers.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • phil a

      Did you know the origin of the birther movement? It was Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary who first demanded he produce a birth certificate. So Steve, if all who follow the birther mindset are inherently losers and, next to Kennedy, Clinton is the most cherished and revered last name in the left and Hillary Clinton was the mother of the birther movement......
      Rather than flaming you and calling you a loser I will just leave it to the powers of deduction.
      By the way, I did not actually believe he was not a natural citizen, just highly disappointed that he played this out for so long. At some point I actually felt sorry for him thinking the document had just plain been lost...but now we all know the truth....he was just holding his high card for the right campaign moment. He probably would have pulled it out as soon as Trump had started gaining momentum if it weren't for the fact that the birther issue was stealing press time from the real issues like the fact that his administration was almost 8 months late on building a budget plan and still isn't even coming close to the next one which will be due in about 5 months, or that we are doing something in or around or above Libya, but we th people don't really need to know what type of military action we are paying for or why we are doing it.

      April 27, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  30. GOP = Greed Over People

    Carville's opinion piece on the reason the WH released the birth cert was to boost Trump in the polls and to the front of the GOP line, is definitely one of those things that make you wanna say hhhmmmmm.

    Never underestimate President Obama.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  31. w l jones

    After the president been throwing the birther curve ball for a year or two ,today he threw them a fast ball on the outside corner and caught all of them looking. Way to go Mr. president.!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • phil a

      Yeah way to go president Obama....yet again you have fleeced America for your own gain...waiting until you had a formidable opponent to prove you meet the criteria for being eligible to be president instead of putting to rest any concerns as soon as they arose.

      April 27, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
  32. scott f

    Obama just shit all over the BIRTHERS, and they don't even know it. Niceley played sir. Now what are the Monday morning quarterbacks going to do?. My guess is what they always do: ignore the facts and just make things up. These people need to get a life.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  33. Debby

    A fast ball that he had to be strong armed into throwing by Trump. Why not just do this back in 2008 when Hillary Clinton and her campaign asked the same thing, and then Obama wouldn't have to rant On Oprah how now we can get back to the issues. This is his doing not producing the original in the first place.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
    • HPNIII

      So now we are going to blame Obama for making an issue of this, ignorance is indeed bliss.

      April 28, 2011 at 9:13 am |
    • America Shrugged

      @ Debby, where were you when he first released the legal copy of his BC? I have the same kind of BC that Obama submitted when he was a candidate...Does that make me less of an american? You people are just too much..

      April 28, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  34. raja

    Donalds's Trump is such a dumb guy I never have seen in my entire life. I don't know how he earned such a huge money there should be inquiry about this. I hope he definitely will be behind the bar withonly a pant and a shirt.Because such a dumb guy can earn this much big money there is some thing wrong.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  35. Bruce Eder

    I'd have waited another year or so, till right in the middle of the campaign - throw that bomb into the midst of the Republican morass and then watch them scrambling to regroup and not look like a bunch of nuts, with the clock running out.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • phil a

      Of course....because being honest and forthcoming (not that I am saying he is the only snake on the hill.....not by far) is so much less important than the competition. Way to perpetuate the bi-partisan gridlock. Because we the people need a campaigner in chief not a leader. To hell with what the people deserve or the ideals this country was founded on. Everyone knows that they are only voting for the lesser of two evils so that would be the perfect campaign strategy...who cares what effect it has on America.

      April 27, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  36. Nessy

    Why should he release his birth certificate or his school records? No one else has, nor have they been asked too.
    This is very sad. I know you hate it when people say racism but please hold him to the same standards you held everyone else too.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  37. Jazzy4321

    Wow Debby.. he's been a little busy cleaning up Bush's mess. By the way, you sound like an alien... let's see YOUR birth certificate. NOT amazing to me that only the most intelligent on here seem to get it... Obama is doing a great job and doing it with tact and class n spite of the morons he has to put up with.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  38. shame on you

    now We The People are going to look into your education, but Article 2 Section 5 says Natural Born Citizen, meaning both parents are Citizens of United States, hmmmm, obama can you spell Impeachment.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  39. toochie

    What do you mean – "look like a bunch of nuts"? They already ARE and DO look like a bunch of nuts!
    Mr. president, i am so sorry you had to bow to the crazy's level today – you did not deserve that! But i know you did it for the good of the country and to get back to business.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  40. Virginia

    Even if he had been an "F" student, what does grades have to do with being eligible to run for, and serve as, President. If that were the case, I'm sure we would not have had some of the presidents of the past. Mr. Obama is the only President who has had such "silliness" thrown after him which speaks volumes about the question of a birth certificate - and now "grades." There's little wonder why this Country is in such a mess.

    April 27, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
  41. Call it a "Rope a Dope"

    President Obama, Mr. President, Commander-In-Chief, of the United States of America, Leader of the most powerful country in the world. That manuever was a political "ROPE a DOPE" and Trump, the dope was KOed!. BO12

    4 more to you!!


    April 27, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  42. DocinPA

    This president is far, far more politically astute than way too many people fail to give him credit as. He chose the moment and showed impeccable timing. Trump and all birthers are now just afterthoughts. The “birthers” are showing such incredible stupidity that a voter would need to be in a coma to align with those that still tap dance around just accepting his validity as a citizen and move on.

    April 27, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  43. Love my Yaris

    Just a little curious.....this has gone on for several years. It could have been solved before the last election. He could have done then what he did today? Is this a campaign ploy to gain the sympathy of undecided voters? Timing? Thank You.

    April 27, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • Leemon

      It was solved 3 years ago for anyone who reviewed the certification of live birth produced then and the law of Hawaii

      April 27, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • phil a

      Thank you for someone else stating the obvious. I was starting to think I was the only one feeling a little abused by the system.....I mean seriously there isn't ANYONE except those hiding the documents waiting for the right time who didn't have just a tiny doubt that he could produce a birth certificate beings how he had not produced one since Hillary Clinton first asked for it in the primary.

      April 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  44. No-old-chap-its-not-quite-over-yet

    Donald is 100% right! This issue has something fishy about it. Now it's finally FINALLY been revealed, Donald is entitled to examine it- to authenticate it. 2nd, Why did Obama delay, redirect, spin, dodge for so long? All hints that contribute toward a LESS than Forthright conduct. What Obie shoulda dunn, right up front, statement to Birthers should been like: "i got it- i misplaced it-i will get it-Please Backoff". Now he looks like he deliberate delayed this to embarrass his opponents. Not so clever!

    April 27, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  45. GeminiGirl

    Sorry, DEBBY,
    Anderson Cooper on his show today said that was absolutely not true that Hillary had requested the birth certificate when she was running for president! Try sticking your head out of the FOX-hole once in a while, you just might learn something...

    April 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • phil a

      Sorry GeminiGirl, you are wrong and as usual Anderson Cooper has selective memory. Google was her platform...didn't you watch any debates? They are probably still archived on youtube. Oh maybe the videos are hiding in the foxhole.
      Where were you in 2008? Did you vote last election? If so who did you vote for and why? If you think you made an informed choice you are wrong. Hillary Clinton did not request....she a televised debate. Blame FOX, watch Anderson Cooper, and use your trendy terms to hate on conservatives all you want but that does not change the fact that you just made yourself look like a main stream media educated voter rather than a truly knowledgeable one. I watched the debates for the Democratic primary, because I cared. Stop believing trendy excuses for news and you might be able to think for yourself instead of being a sheep.
      -Independent so don't believe any of em

      April 28, 2011 at 12:42 am |
    • fvw50

      Yes, Anderson Cooper is the ultimate source of truth. Ok, technically he's correct – Hillary didn't file a lawsuit; a prominent supporter of her's, Phillip Berg did.

      April 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  46. T in FL

    " IF THE BLACKS DIDN'T PLAY THE RACE CARD ALL THE TIME, there would be no racism!"
    You are either so stupid you don't recognize racism or to stupid too know you're a racist, Either way you're too stupid.

    April 28, 2011 at 12:30 am |
  47. whatajoke

    Is everyone serious here come on ppl. As for my self the majority voted for him so let's let the man try to do his job. And by this I mean balance the budget, somehow save social security, and the biggest get our troops home to their families. As far as I'm concerned the president of the greatest country in the world has better things to do with his time

    April 28, 2011 at 12:49 am |
  48. will

    ChristoInferno LMAO That was money.

    April 28, 2011 at 3:05 am |
  49. Nikki

    So, since some people are now crying 'photoshop' (ridiculous!), I have a question: did CNN produce the pdf file or did the white house. I got the impression the white house produced hard copies of the 'long form' birth certificate. Who knows how CNN scanned it in... all that matters is what the white house released, not what CNN passed around.

    Anyway, it's all ridiculous anyway because the REAL

    April 28, 2011 at 6:33 am |
  50. Nikki

    sorry... I meant to say the REAL, legal birth certificate has long been distributed. This latest 'long form' is only a response to the hecklers. It won't satisfy them and it's not the 'official' one anyway.

    April 28, 2011 at 6:34 am |
  51. ronvan

    And while the country goes down the toilet, with so many MAJOR problems affecting all of us, we have IDIOTS who devote their lives to dwelling on President Obama's birth certificate! How many other presidents have had to show, to the world, their birth certificate? None that I know of. His LEGAL birth certificate was shown 3yrs. ago! The one he just produced, according to the news, is not even recognized as "the official & legal" birth certificate. And now that "The Donald", DUCK, has egg on his face he brings up the education issue, which everyone that I have watched and listened to says is just stupid! Lets get real people. The answer for me is simple, even though they do not have the guts to admit it, and that is the President is BLACK!!

    April 28, 2011 at 7:05 am |
  52. submiked

    @Jay in NC
    I will listen to your comments only after you provide me with a PDF of your full birth certificate. 😛
    But seriously, your ignorance is astounding. You have not actually seen the document yourself. A digital scan of the birth certificate is not the same as the actual certificate, it is an approximation and does not contain the full detail that the analog true document does. Therefore, zooming in to 300% will only show you that the digital copy you are looking at is imperfect. Try this with a digital photograph. It becomes pixilated, "proving" that the image was not real, there for what was photographed was fake? That is the logic you used in dissecting the pdf. Stop spouting inane arguements and start using the gray matter between your ears.

    April 28, 2011 at 8:48 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Again, the .pdf is in three parts, official stamp, text of certificate and green safety paper. Anyone that has ever edited a picture or document with Adobe software can see this. This is paramount to three separate sheets of paper. If it was one image there would not be a problem. Load the .pdf and look it for your self. I wish you Liberals would just drop your hate, turn on your Apple computers, load the document and see for your self.

      April 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
      • submiked

        OK, Jay, I've looked at it again. And all I see is a scanned document. I cannot tell you how many documents I scan daily, but many of them have strange appearances that do not match the real document. I'll admit, my work does not involve computer forensics, as yours clearly does, so I cannot state with the accuracy that you can how authentic the document is. But from where I stand, it looks like you are LOOKING for something to justify your claim. And I'm still waiting for your birth certificate Jay....

        April 29, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  53. HPNIII

    Well, I guess that just about settles it, this puts Trump in the same I.Q. grouping with Palin and Limbaugh.

    April 28, 2011 at 9:10 am |
  54. Claudia, Indpls. In

    Where was all the hell raising before Obama became our President when the country was going to hell in a hand basket. People say the race card is being played, it's not being played it's a fact. Trump takes the credit for the President showing the long form of his b/c,right. Trump is a loud mouth arrogant bully. Mr. President don't waste anymore of your time proving your birth, your have far more pressing issues. We all know with you being the first black president. people have been investigating you from conception until now and they will continue. You can't change peoples minds when they want you to fail.

    April 28, 2011 at 9:34 am |
  55. Ernie

    This is Obama's pattern, when the heat is getting to hot on him he "bolt" out of town, he made sure that he had to do a taping on Oparh. I kind of doubt that Oparh will discuss the "birher" issue with Obama. Obama can't take the heat he would rather have someone else take all the heat for him, than take it himself. This is an example that he is setting for his childern, let someone else take the heat for you. What Obama hasn't understood yet that when he comes back to Washington all the problems are still there and haven't gone away. He's going to ask his staff why haven't these problems been resolved. All Obama wants to do is fly around the country and the world and sign a few bills go on talk shows even go on Oprah. His rah, rah, rah speeches don't do anything anymore. So what does he do all day, world leader don't want to talk to him because he doesn't have any money to give them. He shuffles he staff around to make it look he's doing something but he's only making things worse. Obama is a guy who will always run away when the heat is getting to hot. This is call a "Coward".

    April 28, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • America Shrugged

      What's that Ernie? Coward? Hahaha... If you were President and had to put up with the lousy mess bush left, the tea party poopers, and re-elections, you'd have folded like a cheap suit. You had better get use to the " Coward" as you call him. He's going to be your president for the next 5.5 yrs. Hey, where are all the jobs the GOP planned to make their priority? That's right, they are only interested in repealing HCR LAW and passing a budget that gives a frightening new meaning to the phrase "death panel "..

      April 28, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • ThinkAgain

      President Obama campaigned for over 20 months to get elected, putting up with people yelling "Kill him!" at Sarah Palin's rallies and all sorts of other hateful nonsense. Ever since he's been sworn in, he's had to put up with more nonsense, lies and hate lobbed at him and his family than probably any other president in our nation's history. He has faced the challenges our country inherited from the failed policies of the Republicans and specifically GW Bush. He works tirelessly for our benefit, even though idiots like you continue to spew the Fox talking points of fear, lies, anger and division.

      He is NOT a coward; those (the GOP and their corporate and idiot supporters) who don't have the stones to admit that they want to turn our country into a third-world nation are the ones who should be ashamed.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
      • phil a

        Are you kidding...he has put up with more ridicule than "dubya" who is still relentlessly poked fun at and even had movies made about him and not in a good way? What about Clinton who was impeached (not removed from office but was put thru an impeachment hearing) over his personal affairs? What about Regan, Kennedy, and Lincoln....they all got shot and two died. Seriously don't try to make the man a martyr. To say he as suffered more hate towards him than any other president is just ignorance of history and disrespectful especially to those whom gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives.

        April 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  56. Bob

    Dont have time for this sillyness but i have time to be on Oprah. What a fake!!!

    April 28, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • fvw50

      Ditto, nothing more needs to be said.

      April 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  57. America Shrugged

    Actually for the poster who continues to bash Obama for going on Oprah and 3 fundraisers in one evening, Congress is on a 2 week spring break. President Obama can take the time out to do a little fundraising and be interviewed by Oprah if he feels like it. No one seemed to mind when Bush and Laura were out on the TV circuit being interviewed. Get over yourselves, your just not that important.

    April 28, 2011 at 10:39 am |
  58. supprimer

    @Ernie – man! you are soooooooooooo delusional. Look into getting some medication for your psychosis.

    April 28, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  59. ThinkAgain

    Palin quit mid-term; McCain knuckled under to Karl Rove in picking Palin in the first place. These are your cowards, sweetheart.

    April 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  60. fvw50

    I think the first two lines just about sum up the entire story: President Obama pulled the pin from the birther hand grenade, lobbed it into the White House briefing room, and bolted for Chicago to chat things up with the queen of talk Oprah Winfrey.

    “We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” the president said, less than an hour after top aides dropped a bombshell by releasing the long-form birth certificate proving once and for all Obama was born in the U.S.A.

    But, Obama apparently has time to talk about it on Oprah and later that day during a fund raiser in New York. Hmmm, Obama's line, 'We do not have time for this kind of silliness' as he jets off to Chicago and later on to New York. It sure would be nice if the President had a plan for fixing the economy, besides his proposed FY2012 budget with $1.6T more debt. Or maybe he could make the case for the not-yet-approved by Congress "war" in Libya. Nah, let's take care of the birther thing that Hillary Clinton first brought up 3+ years ago during the democrat primaries; you know, the issue that he could have put to bed several years ago but allowed to fester all this time. The only hand grenade Obama pulled was that he let Donald Trump yank his chain and finally produced something he should have shown over 3 years ago.

    April 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  61. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @ThinkAgain, that's right! Good comments; my sentiments exactly! Hey, you clowns need to come out from hiding behind your computers, you cowardice lunatics, put your cards (ideas) on the table or shut your racist, bigotted, blasphemous mouths for ONCE! Honestly, you all need to 'think again' alright! You are a pathetic bunch of trolls!

    April 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  62. Leftyincali

    You can call people kooks or crazies all you want over the birth certificate. The reality is "its fake" and anyone who can use Adobe can easily prove it in minutes. it's obviously been manipulated in several areas.

    I have no idea if it means he was born in Hawaii or Kenya, but why post an obvious fake certificate that a 15 year old can prove is fake.

    Call me stupid or an idiot, but i would suggest you look for yourself so you know rather than resort to name calling.

    April 29, 2011 at 1:02 am |