GOP: The birther craze was Obama’s fault

You know, the shamelessness required to utter things like this is just mind-boggling.

“We’re borrowing four and a half billion dollars a day and this president is more worried about birth certificates, Oprah Winfrey and fundraisers at the Waldorf Astoria,” (RNC Chairman Reince) Priebus complained on “CNN Newsroom” Thursday, a day after the president released his long-form Hawaii birth certificate and then jetted to Chicago for a long-scheduled interview with the daytime queen of talk.

“It’s maddening and I just wish the president would engage in the real issues that are affecting America.”

After years in which members of Preibus’ party and its right-wing media remora complain bitterly that Obama has refused to release his “long-form” birth certificate, spinning absurd fantasies in which a large portion of the GOP base eagerly swallows, the president finally relents and forces release of documents that any rational person already knew existed.

And suddenly it’s the president who is making this an issue and a distraction?

It’s pitiful. Just pitiful. Do they actually expect people to believe such nonsense? Unbelievable.

Then again, given that so many were willing to believe the birther craziness in the first place, it’s not too far-fetched to believe they’ll buy this too.

– Jay Bookman

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Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 29th, 2011
11:20 am

And the faithful will wallow in it like a pig in mud….

And the fathful shall gorge on the GOP message until they’re pooping fruit loops…

So it is written, so shall it be done!

getalife

April 29th, 2011
11:20 am

They will not man up and apologize to our President .

Disgusting.

Peadawg

April 29th, 2011
11:24 am

“They will not man up and apologize to our President .”

Did the Clinton’s ever apologize seeing as they are the ones who started this mess? This stupid issue has dragged on for waaay too long. Obama should be the one for apologizing for not releasing the damn thing 2 years ago.

Birther

April 29th, 2011
11:24 am

The DNC and RNC chairs always seem to be way out there. Maybe by virtue of the process to get to those seats.

By the way. What birth certificate?

Haywood Jablome

April 29th, 2011
11:24 am

Also Obama fault:

Global warming That is, if it actually existed, which if it does it is Obama’s fault.

getalife

April 29th, 2011
11:25 am

Attention Seniors:

The gop will steal your Medicare.

TaxPayer

April 29th, 2011
11:26 am

If Obama had not been elected President, the Republicans would not have to powder their asses daily so they would look good in front of the cameras. So, you see, it IS Obama’s fault.

jm

April 29th, 2011
11:27 am

getalife 11:25 – fear mongerer. give it a rest.

Jay

April 29th, 2011
11:27 am

Peadawg, that “Clinton started it” lie is yet another attempt to get the fools to believe nonsense. It is a blatant attempt to evade putting the responsibility where it belongs, and you know it.

jm

April 29th, 2011
11:28 am

getalife 11:25 – BTW, FYI, the GOP can’t steal something away from you that you don’t own in the first place.

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 29th, 2011
11:28 am

Obama should be the one for apologizing for not releasing the damn thing 2 years ago.

And the message has been well received… Every last Congressman/woman knows they have to produce documents to get vetted for security clearances. They all know Obama had to do the same thing. Those very Congressmen/women who did nothing to squelch that crap years ago are responsible for it dragging out for 2+ years. If I were Obama’s speechwriter, I would have had a cache of stock “Kiss my Ass” speeches for anytime someone brought up the birth certificate issue. He shouldn’t have had to show a damned thing to the American public.

George P. Burdell

April 29th, 2011
11:28 am

Peadawg, you are correct. I agree it was crazy nonsense from the start, but all Obama had to do was exactly what he did this week and it all would have been done and settled. It comes with the territory as a public official that you have to deal with some things you’d rather not waste your time with but they all have to deal with it. You have to think that there was at least some political calculating going on at the White House to determine how best to use this to their advantage.

jm

April 29th, 2011
11:29 am

I blame the HI Gov for incompetence that really fueled the fire. But some crackpots on the Right definitely started the fire.

Peadawg

April 29th, 2011
11:29 am

I’m sorry, Jay…it was the supporters of Hillary during the primaries. My bad.

jm

April 29th, 2011
11:32 am

this really is one of the more fantastic reads over the last few years.——–

As I see it, the two sides in the current dispute have each got hold of one half of the truth. which they proclaim to be the whole truth. It was the hard right that took the initiative by arguing that the government is the cause of all our difficulties; and the so-called left, in so far as it exists, has been forced to defend the need for regulating the private sector and providing government services.

Though I am often painted as the representative of the far left — and I am certainly not free of political bias — I recognize that the other side is half right in claiming that the government is wasteful and inefficient and ought to function better.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/53885_Page3.html#ixzz1KvVqKKuH

getalife

April 29th, 2011
11:33 am

The vast rw birther smear on the President was proven a lie.

The first document he produced was the truth.

The gop are not adult enough to apologize for their vicious smear.

We need to keep the adults in charge that will not end your Medicare.

Jay

April 29th, 2011
11:34 am

No Peadawg, it was not the supporters of Hillary in the primary.

It was the conservative movement, period.

Peadawg

April 29th, 2011
11:35 am

getalife, you’re getting as bad as Scout. Can we put the comment limit on getalife too, Jay?

Message from Matti

April 29th, 2011
11:35 am

“Personal Responsibility” indeed! That’s not a motto by which supporters of the GOP live (as they claim). It’s a catch phrase they puke all over someone else’s shoes.

REAL men apologize when they’re wrong.

jm

April 29th, 2011
11:35 am

“We need to keep the adults in charge that will not end your Medicare.”

All those older than 55 fully protected under existing system. Those younger than 55, gradual adjustments that do change, but don’t end Medicare.

Your complaints about the younger generation being willing to take action to save our country, to carry your generation’s burden and to not put our burden on the backs of another later generation, seem seriously misplaced.

getalife

April 29th, 2011
11:36 am

pea,

Clinton supporters let it go after they saw the his first document.

You cons would not and the President proved you to be liars.

Now, apologize.

getalife's foil

April 29th, 2011
11:38 am

Republicans are trying to save Medicare.

Don't Tread

April 29th, 2011
11:39 am

It’s all Bush’s fault.

Peadawg

April 29th, 2011
11:39 am

“No Peadawg, it was not the supporters of Hillary in the primary.

It was the conservative movement, period.”

Everything I’ve read on Google by simply typing “obama birther timeline” says is started during the Democratic Primaries in Spring 2008. Please let me know if you find anything different.

Peadawg

April 29th, 2011
11:40 am

“Clinton supporters let it go after they saw the his first document.”

Ah so you’re saying they did start it. Thanks.

getalife

April 29th, 2011
11:40 am

“Republicans are trying to save Medicare.”

Blatant lie.

Never, ever let the corrupt gop get their filthy hands on Medicare. Period.

Peadawg

April 29th, 2011
11:41 am

“and the President proved you to be liars.” – took him long enough. I’m glad he finally released it so we can hopefully move onto more important things now.

AmVet

April 29th, 2011
11:41 am

According to the grab-at-any-straw Thulsa, the brainless birther movement was caused by BHO’s lack of transparency.

And Matti said it perfectly at 11:35…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nGVaLkCQAg

getalife's foil

April 29th, 2011
11:42 am

“Never, ever let the corrupt gop get their filthy hands on Medicare. Period.”

Because letting Medicare (as it currently works) bankrupt is the best solution. Selfishness perfectly defined.

getalife

April 29th, 2011
11:42 am

pea,

The Clinton machine nor the vast rw conspiracy could stop President Obama.

That will not change.

Four more years.

USMC

April 29th, 2011
11:43 am

Well even Oprah asked the logical question that Liberals like to brush under the rug:

“But Why did you wait so long, though?”-Oprah Winfrey
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GvnpGruS6k

Tamika

April 29th, 2011
11:44 am

I did not buy the birther craze.From the beginning it seemed too easy for Obama to release the docs and end the controversy. But as the President refused to release the birth certificate and spend millions in legal fees enforcing that decision, it became strange that he would be so reluctant to show something so trivial.

For him to be on Ophra taking about how he does not have time for such silliness is beyond ironic.

Hello?

April 29th, 2011
11:44 am

It is not incumbent upon the POTUS to debunk every lunatic conspiracy theory about him. So the “it tok him long enough” argument is beyond pathetic. If you all had a beef with what he showed to get himself nominated originally, you should all have been complaining about the processes and procedures in place to qualify one to run for POTUS.

He doesn’t make the rules, he just followed them like evry other candidate.

AmVet

April 29th, 2011
11:45 am

Now here’s a piece of paperwork that should have been examined before the damage was done.

http://www.iuptown.com/YaleProtest/bushs_yale_transcript.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzLky4U-xCg

True Observer

April 29th, 2011
11:45 am

Obama decided to be cute by posting the short form instead of the real birth certificate with signatures.

He intentionally did this to create concern and consternation.

The media aided and abetted the charade by labeling the short form as “the birth certificate”.

Obama ate humble pie and so did the media.

Even in deciding to come clean, Obama didn’t do what everyone else does, namely, take a picture of the negative (the birth certificates are on microfiche) and instead has his Hawaii government accomplices print it up on modern day paper.

In all the other 49 states you can go get a copy of your original birth certificate for the asking. You could do the same in Hawaii until last year when they changed the law to give Obama cover. Birth certificates are generated at the time of birth to settle future disputes about paternity and inheritance. That’s why they make a family member, the Doctor and a governmental official sign it. Moreover, these documents are kept forever. Hawaii has kept them since 1852. They don’t keep them so that they don’t have to show them.

Under the current rules Obama didn’t have to post anything because there is no requirement to do so. Until this matter came up, no one realized how asinine the rules were about being placed on the ballot. Apparently, the only rules in place had to do with signature requirements that Nader knows about only too well.

Obama came under scrutiny because in American History no other candidate’s grandmother ever said that she was at the candidates birth in a foreign country.

Aquagirl

April 29th, 2011
11:45 am

Don’t ya just know Peadawg was the kid on the playground always crying that lil’ Bobby started it! It wan’t hiz fault, waaaaaahhhhh!

Michael Steele

April 29th, 2011
11:45 am

We’ve got him going to Jonas Brothers, golfing, doing everything except figuring out a way to save Medicare that’s going to go bankrupt in nine years”

And y’all called ME a flake. Go figure.

TaxPayer

April 29th, 2011
11:47 am

Attn. Seniors,

The GOP is sponsoring a dutch treat “Throw Yourself Under their Bus” day where you can save the GOP the expense, which can then be passed on as yet another tax cut for the billionaires, of throwing you under the bus themselves. They also request that you pay for your meal in advance and throw yourself under the bus before it is served since the meal would only go to waste otherwise.

AmVet

April 29th, 2011
11:47 am

For the punked GOP and their kissing cousins in the Tea Party…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqZUzXKDVx8

Peadawg

April 29th, 2011
11:47 am

“Don’t ya just know Peadawg was the kid on the playground always crying that lil’ Bobby started it! It wan’t hiz fault, waaaaaahhhhh!”

Just pointing out the fact that it wasn’t Conservatives that started this mess to begin with.

getalife

April 29th, 2011
11:48 am

I remember when the gop would call out the liars and make them apologize.

There are no gop leaders to man up.

Just children failing to govern.

Left wing management

April 29th, 2011
11:48 am

Jay: No Peadawg, it was not the supporters of Hillary in the primary. / It was the conservative movement, period.

It occurs to me, Jay, that no one has pointed out the simple fact that there is simple proof of the purely partisan nature of the birther hysteria.

And that is that were there a single shred of legitimacy to it, if there was the slightest reason to think that it doesn’t issue from the deepest recesses of paranoid delusion, there would be at least a handful of Democrats who would joint there Republican counterparts in supporting the claims of the doubters of Obama’s legitimacy. Just as there are plenty of Democrats who join in with Republicans over various other issues, for example accepting that the deficit and debt are urgent matters, if there were anything to this we would see at least one or two Democrats join the birthers in asking questions. Don’t you think?

This in my mind PROVES the purely delusional nature of the phenomenon.

Jay

April 29th, 2011
11:49 am

Tamika, the “spent millions” to hide it is yet another fantastical piece of this absolutely ridiculous farce. It too is just as fabricated as the larger craziness.

John

April 29th, 2011
11:49 am

Peadawg,

“Did the Clinton’s ever apologize seeing as they are the ones who started this mess?”

Can you provide anything to back up this claim? The right keeps throwing this out.

USMC

April 29th, 2011
11:50 am

Trump Demands (Leads)

Obama Obeys (Follows)

The Donald, bad wig and all, single-handedly marginalized Obama at a time when our economy is in the dumps and Obama is leading THREE wars, etc.

Unbelievable!

Hello?

April 29th, 2011
11:50 am

So Obama posted the COLB, as True Observer says, “intentionally did this to create concern and consternation”. Gotcha. A US citizen, born in the US, thought it would be a sound plan to create confusion about where he was born.

It’s getting deep in here….

Jay

April 29th, 2011
11:51 am

Face it, this was a piece of lunacy created by, fed by, sold by and believed by conservatives. Obama didn’t do it. Hillary didn’t do it. The media didn’t do it.

You did it to yourselves. Take responsibility.

TaxPayer

April 29th, 2011
11:52 am

A voucher to go out in the free market and try to buy comparable coverage constitutes no change in the mind of a con artist. Fortunately, the current and future Medicare recipients are not buying into the Kansas field trip offered up by the GOP via Ryan’s yellowbrick road map.

Peadawg

April 29th, 2011
11:52 am

“Can you provide anything to back up this claim? The right keeps throwing this out.”

I misquoted what I read, sorry. It was Clinton supporters during the primaries. All you need to do is Google “obama birther timeline” to see. Unless Jay can find something different, I think he’s owes me an apology.

Hello?

April 29th, 2011
11:53 am

What did Obama spend millions on to keep the BC hidden?? I don’t remember a trial….?

getalife

April 29th, 2011
11:53 am

trump will not even shake hands with the cons.

He is not running usmc.

You are so gullible.

AmVet

April 29th, 2011
11:53 am

OK, have a great FNM friends and cons.

For you birther bozos…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXGa__ECvnM

Aquagirl

April 29th, 2011
11:54 am

Pea, asking a question doesn’t create a mess. Someone asked if John McCain is a natural-born citizen, the answer was generally “yes.” Everyone moved on. See, wasn’t that easy?

Birthers have clung to this like Lindsey Lohan grasping her last hit of Valium.

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 29th, 2011
11:54 am

Obama decided to be cute by posting the short form instead of the real birth certificate with signatures.

Nope. Obama posted the legally accepted form. The fact that it did not meet the stringent requirements of the fringe element has no bearing on it. The Hawaiian long form that everybody wanted him to post is not the legal document that proves he’s a US citizen. He gave legal proof long ago when people asked for it.

jm

April 29th, 2011
11:54 am

oh lord. the end must really be near

http://money.msn.com/investing/earnings-are-not-as-good-as-they-seem-jubak.aspx

Tax breaks are lifting profits

But I’d argue that a boost to earnings from taxes isn’t as valuable to investors as an increase in operating profit. The boost from taxes is dependent on the hard work of lobbyists and the vagaries of Washington politics — and to the ups and downs of the business cycle. (Taxes go down when companies apply the losses from a recession to the profits made during the early part of a recovery.)

Peadawg

April 29th, 2011
11:54 am

“Face it, this was a piece of lunacy created by, fed by, sold by and believed by conservatives.”

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

GOP lunatics may have fed it, sold it and believed it, but Hillary supporters created it, big guy. Unless you find something that says otherwise…….

getalife

April 29th, 2011
11:55 am

Just apologize cons.

John

April 29th, 2011
11:55 am

““and the President proved you to be liars.” – took him long enough. I’m glad he finally released it so we can hopefully move onto more important things now.”

Wouldn’t that be great if we could move onto more important things…except the right will not allow that. Now they claim it’s a forged document and they’re starting other conspiracy theories. Perhaps is the Republican had solutions, they wouldn’t be making things up to distract from the important things.

Peadawg

April 29th, 2011
11:56 am

“Birthers have clung to this like Lindsey Lohan grasping her last hit of Valium.” – Or like a fat kid on a cupcake, I totally agree. And just to think it could had all been avoided 2 years ago….

stands for decibels

April 29th, 2011
11:56 am

the “spent millions” to hide it is yet another fantastical piece of this absolutely ridiculous farce.

It did, however, cost real taxpayer dollars to have White House counsel fly to Hawaii to perform this ridiculous bit of political theater.

Obama simply saying “Kiss my black ass” would’ve been so much cheaper.

Peadawg

April 29th, 2011
11:57 am

“Now they claim it’s a forged document and they’re starting other conspiracy theories.”

Which is sad….

Guy Incognito

April 29th, 2011
11:57 am

Oblahblah –
“We do not have time for this silliness. Hey Oprah, have heard the one about the priest and the prostitute? Because if not, then we do have time for that silliness.”

Peadawg

April 29th, 2011
11:58 am

“Obama simply saying “Kiss my black ass” would’ve been so much cheaper.”

:lol: Agreed.

Left wing management

April 29th, 2011
11:58 am

Tamika: “But as the President refused to release the birth certificate and spend millions in legal fees enforcing that decision, it became strange that he would be so reluctant to show something so trivial.”

Idiocy, pure and simple. And furthermore, it shows that you don’t understand the nature of slander and accusation.

If someone walks up to you on the street and says they suspect that you beat your wife (or, say, your children) but that they’ll consider thinking otherwise if only you supply them some kind of proof, what is the rational thing to do? In one sense, there’s no way out of the dilemma because the slightest gesture to accommodate the threat (which amounts to extortion) will merely fuel additional demands. That’s simply the logic that human communication follows. The only somewhat desirable way out is to simply refuse the extortion from the get-go by telling the person making the demands to take a hike or ignoring them. What do you not get about that?

John Birch

April 29th, 2011
11:58 am

Why can’t people focue on and be disgusted by the real issues, the huge failures of this addministration? Not much press on how Obama in 2 1/3 years has wasted 1 and 1/2 times the American lives in the quagmire of Afghanistan than Bush did in 7+ years. Extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, giving a 2% SS reduction as a vote buying handout when SS’s financial outlook is pretty dim, keeping Gitmo open, bombing a formerly sovereign nation that didn’t attack us, etc. Where is the outrage? All you libe should just carve big fat H’s for hypocrisy into your foreheads and be done with it!

Guy Incognito

April 29th, 2011
12:00 pm

“Obama simply saying “Kiss my black ass” would’ve been so much cheaper.”

As well as much coler, and funnier

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 29th, 2011
12:00 pm

Peadawg

Obama posted his birth certificate a long time ago. What he posted, fringe righties didn’t want to accept, even though it was the “real” legal document provided for by the State of Hawaii. Just admit there’s a jackass element on the right that refuses to accept Obama regardless of what he does. He could sh*t Tiffany cuff links, and people would still find something inadequate about that. If that were not the case, there would not have been accusations about forgery, fakes, or even grades.

Guy Incognito

April 29th, 2011
12:00 pm

Oops

“cooler”

Mick

April 29th, 2011
12:01 pm

usmc

Give it a rest, trump won nothing but more publicity for his outsized ego. The afterbirthers bet the farm on this canard and – LOST! The first birth certificate was issued by the state of hawaii, that should have been the end. You’re trying to build up trump as a winner in this? Please stop the spin…

Peadawg

April 29th, 2011
12:02 pm

“Just admit there’s a jackass element on the right that refuses to accept Obama regardless of what he does.” – Sure. There’s always a jackass element on BOTH SIDES when the other is in office. Absolutely.

Left wing management

April 29th, 2011
12:02 pm

By the way, Jay, it does your paper no favors that you have a colleague who in these very pages is making the same idiotic insinuation:

Release of a birth certificate, like school records, is a reasonable expectation of one who wishes to be president of the United States. This silliness might have been arrested 900 days ago had he simply produced them when running.

Purely asinine. I’d be embarrassed for a colleague to reveal ignorance on that level. You have my sympathies.

Mick

April 29th, 2011
12:04 pm

soco

I guess I owe you a drink for the like minded post @ 12:00, ever have an alabama slammer?

JKL2

April 29th, 2011
12:05 pm

-the president finally relents and forces release of documents

Love the transparency…

Dave R.

April 29th, 2011
12:07 pm

“The birther craze was Obama’s fault”

As usual, Jay, you’re dealing fast and loose with the truth here.

First, it was Hillary supporters who began this issue. Politico had a very good article on this just a couple of days ago. Next, it was a 9/11 “truther” who extended this issue. THEN and only then, did some in the GOP take up this nonsense.

But some culpability should be heaped on Hope & Change ™ for allowing this farce to expand as well. A simple release of the document in question years ago would have shut down 95% of the jerks out there. He was just as bad as a 6-year old who doesn’t stop poking someone when they tell him to stop.

jm

April 29th, 2011
12:08 pm

“The birther craze”

Is that related to the story that came out a couple years ago about all those high school girls getting knocked up at the same time?

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 29th, 2011
12:08 pm

Mick

Probably not by that name. Not too many different drinks that I haven’t at least tried. As long as it doesn’t involve coconut, I’m game!!

Granny Godzilla

April 29th, 2011
12:08 pm

Would you GOP’ers be interested in a little bacon to go with the egg on your face?

Or maybe spam, spam, egg on your face and spam?

Oh and…..

“And just to think it could had all been avoided 2 years ago….”

yep, if the fanatical right had accepted that which has been the standard for every President but President Obama? Pray tell us why you required more of him than the previous 43? What exactly was different about President Obama that made the requirements suddenly change? Was it….Could it be…..SATAN?

jm

April 29th, 2011
12:09 pm

What? No Royal Wedding commentary?

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 29th, 2011
12:10 pm

Dave

I have to disagree with your last paragraph. I don’t think Obama should have released anything beyond the first certificate. That is the legally recognized version that Hawaii issues to everyone. If that’s not proof enough for him, then it’s not proof enough for any citizen born in Hawaii. Are we now going to request the long form for every candidate from Hawaii?

Ray

April 29th, 2011
12:10 pm

You Americans are crazy . . .
You have an amazing president, work with him and support him for the good of your country

Mick

April 29th, 2011
12:11 pm

soco

It’s actually a drink with your three favorite alcohols. Back in the day we used to go to bars and order that, the bartenders didn’t want to be embarassed by not knowing it, so usually you get the first drink free. It doesn’t take too many to pack a wallop…

USMC

April 29th, 2011
12:11 pm

“You’re trying to build up trump as a winner in this? Please stop the spin…”–Mick

I’m not even a Trump supporter, but he completely “punked” Obama and everyone knows it.

USMC

April 29th, 2011
12:13 pm

“What? No Royal Wedding commentary?”-jm

I don’t know about the Bolsheviks on this blog, but that wedding ceremony was Spectacular.

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 29th, 2011
12:13 pm

Mick

Hell yeah!!! I’m definitely down for that!!

Dave R.

April 29th, 2011
12:13 pm

“Are we now going to request the long form for every candidate from Hawaii?”

No, but whether he chose to release the long form was in HIS hands. Whether none before was asked to do so is irrelevant. He was. And he chose to ignore those requests, thereby exacerbating the issue even further. He owns about 1/3rd of this issue due to his inaction.

Mick

April 29th, 2011
12:13 pm

usmc

**I’m not even a Trump supporter, but he completely “punked” Obama and everyone knows it.**

Sorry mister but that is a minority of a minority view, if it makes you feel good, go with it..

Charlie

April 29th, 2011
12:15 pm

Trump. Winning!

JKL2

April 29th, 2011
12:15 pm

granny- What exactly was different about President Obama that made the requirements suddenly change?

I had to show my birth certificate and SS card to get a government job. Why can’t the man we are electing to be OUR leader be forced to do the same?

jm

April 29th, 2011
12:15 pm

USMC, yeah, pretty wild…. I mean holy crow

USMC

April 29th, 2011
12:15 pm

“You Americans are crazy . . . You have an amazing president, work with him and support him for the good of your country”–Ray

Welcome to our country…. Can we see you papers please:-)

USMC

April 29th, 2011
12:17 pm

“Sorry mister but that is a minority of a minority view, if it makes you feel good, go with it..”–Mick

If you say so, Mick. And I already went with it:-)

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 29th, 2011
12:17 pm

And he chose to ignore those requests, thereby exacerbating the issue even further.

And had I been his advisor/speechwriter, he would still ignore those requests followed by the short but poignant phrase, “Kiss my naturally Black ass!” As I’ve said before, nobody that high up in government is going to take office without being thoroughly vetted for security clearances. If there was an issue with his citizenship, that would have came out before he laid his hand on the Bible and took the Oath of Office. I had classmates who couldn’t clear background checks and were booted from the academy before we were sworn in, and my clearance level is nowhere near the POTUS. By the time they finished my investigation, they probably knew more about me than I did.

Mick

April 29th, 2011
12:18 pm

**He owns about 1/3rd of this issue due to his inaction.**

I nominate that as the absurd quote of the day. There are rules for you and I but there are extended rules for this duly elected president. Onward to the college transcripts, maybe that will only end up 1/2 his fault…

Granny Godzilla

April 29th, 2011
12:20 pm

JKL2

April 29th, 2011
12:15 pm
granny- What exactly was different about President Obama that made the requirements suddenly change?

I had to show my birth certificate and SS card to get a government job. Why can’t the man we are electing to be OUR leader be forced to do the same?

except, he did provide exactly what was required – what part of that do you not understand? or is that you still cannot get over your childish, venomous, purile hatred of this fine man? why is that? is it because he’s smarter than you? taller than you? better looking than you? has more melanin than you? silly “babbit”

Moderate Line

April 29th, 2011
12:21 pm

And suddenly it’s the president who is making this an issue and a distraction?

It’s pitiful. Just pitiful. Do they actually expect people to believe such nonsense? Unbelievable.

Then again, given that so many were willing to believe the birther craziness in the first place, it’s not too far-fetched to believe they’ll buy this too.
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The main cause of the birther issue is that each side will believe anything negative against the other side. Look at the percentage of people who believe Bush had prior knowledge of the 911 attacks among Democrats. The big difference between the two is Obama could have easily have disproved this along time ago. Obama’s mother was American and any looking into the facts would seem to suggest that in all likely hood he was born in the United States. There was never any evidence that he was born outside of the United States other than his father was not American and his upbringing seem to be rather unclear because of his family situation.

I have been amazed how Democrats were willing to believe Bush would let the 911 attacks occur and Republicans would believe this malarky.

Paul

April 29th, 2011
12:21 pm

This from the party of taking responsibility and holding people accountable for their actions?

All righty, then……

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 29th, 2011
12:21 pm

I had to show my birth certificate and SS card to get a government job. Why can’t the man we are electing to be OUR leader be forced to do the same?

Did you have to release your birth certificate and SS card to the American public? He showed his documents to whomever needed to vet them. He’s not required to release those documents to the American public. I showed a certified copy of my birth certificate when I applied for my government job that was not the long form. The people doing my security clearance investigation accepted that same certified copy without reservation. If I go back to Alabama and request a copy of my birth certificate, they will issue me a copy of that same form again.

RB from Gwinnett

April 29th, 2011
12:22 pm

“documents that any rational person already knew existed”

Jay, a rational person would also wonder why the man has spent the money he’s spent and allow a man to go to jail while keeping a document hidden if he had nothing to hide. I’ve asked you countless times how much you would spend to keep your BC hidden if you had nothing to hide and you never answer the question because for rational people the answer is NOTHING.

The funny thing here is the people you call rational actually think this idiot is doing a great job.

JKL2

April 29th, 2011
12:22 pm

SoCo- nobody that high up in government is going to take office without being thoroughly vetted for security clearances

Wish that was true but it just isn’t so. Being an elected official lets them bypass the credentialing part. Many people working for obama would not have even been given access to the White House in previous years.

Dave R.

April 29th, 2011
12:22 pm

SoCo, I’m not making any case regarding whether the certificate was valid or not, nor have I ever (as you know) disputed his being an American citizen. He should have released it for the very simple to shut down all the noise on the issue.

His releasing it now shows that it was, is, and always would have been a political issue.