Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Obama debunks the birthers

Obama released his long form birth certificate today. Lot of speculation on the internets about his motives, but here's what President Obama said:
In a statement to the news media Wednesday morning, Mr. Obama said he decided to release the document in an effort to end the “silliness” about his birth that threatened to distract from the serious issues facing the country.

“Over the last two and a half years, I have watched with bemusement,” he said in brief remarks. “I’ve been puzzled by the degree to which this thing just kept on going.”
You can see a pdf of the long form certificate here along with copies of the correspondence with the state of Hawaii. The official White House statement optimistically suggests:
At a time of great consequence for this country – when we should be debating how we win the future, reduce our deficit, deal with high gas prices, and bring stability to the Middle East, Washington, DC, was once again distracted by a fake issue. The President’s hope is that with this step, we can move on to debating the bigger issues that matter to the American people and the future of the country.
Seems somewhat unlikely considering the new self-appointed King of the Birthers, after taking credit for forcing the release, had this to say. Mark Knoller reports on Twitter:
"I am really happy that this has finally taken place," Trump added about birth certificate release. Says he'll now talk about other issues.

Trump now asking why Pres Obama doesn't release his transcript of his college grades.
It's always going to be something. Adam Serwer sums it up best:
Sadly, those who fostered doubts about the president’s citizenship are unlikely to relent in the face of factual proof, because birtherism was never about the facts. For its most ardent proponents, it was and is about the inability to accept the legitimacy of a black man in the White House. Nothing about the decision to release the president’s birth certificate can change that.
The hard core 27%ers won't buy it. Not ever. But I suppose one can hope that the media, at least outside of Fox, will be too embarrassed to continue their credulous "some say" coverage of the conspiracy theorists.

Adding, start at Memeorandum if you want to follow the deluge of reactions.

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Blogger TDC said...

Libby Spencer wrote in part "The hard core 27%ers won't buy it. Not ever. "

In a nation of over 300 million you get some folks on the fringe. There are still konspiracy folks believing 9/11 was a inside job

On the opposite side of the "birthers" are those that still believe that Bush was AWOL from the TANG, even after the Dan Rather "expose"

Gas at $4.16/gallon this am..maybe the konspiracy folks can explain that now that Bush isn't President?

9:18:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Nice try. Actually it's a transparent try, and a sad one too, but that's OK, no one expected better from you.

There's a lot more evidence of Bush's unauthorized absence than there is that the kind of tax cuts your party has been selling for 30 years produce job growth and prosperity.

Yes, it's odd that you would think the case was closed because the letter Rather showed was fake. You know that the personal secretary of Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, Bush's commanding officer said it was a word for word copy of what she originally typed. You don't address the entire case, only selected cutlets. Well maybe it's not odd, you being a propagandist and all.

10:31:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Fogg, your patience in answering silly comments is admirable. And lovely to see you.

5:34:00 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

It would be invigorating to see anyone insisting Trump release his tax records, but of course the left continues interested in actual government rather than continual obfuscation of facts.

I join you, Libby, in having a limit on tolerance of reportage that ignores actual issues of any importance. But am enjoying watching citizen revolt against lowering taxes on the rich while raising the cost of basic government functions on the poor.

9:00:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I'm enjoying the little bit of karmic kickback as well Ruth. And thinking Trump is just the early novelty candidate anyway. While I'd love to see him forced to disclose his financials, I don't really care all that much.

8:35:00 PM  

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