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Obama Releases Birth Certificate

The release of President Barack Obama's birth certificate amid claims that he was not born in the United States.

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A Quick Tip by Sharrie

  • Apr 29, 2011
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It's long overdue and it should have been done back then and not under the pressure from Donald! Now, Trump is feeling smug and taking credit for it! Oh no!
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April 29, 2011
There were two times when Obama showed his birth certificate BEFORE now, though.  There was when he announced his candidacy (you have to show proof you are a US Citizen to run to begin with) and the FIRST time the birthers asked for it.  When he showed it their response was simply to ask for the long form certificate.  Now that he's shown that what will they ask for now?  I think that's why the whole thing is so pathetic.  It's one thing to not like the President.  People will do that ALL the goddamn time, but it's another to sort of play this game of, "Prove to us that you're an American!" thing.  He had to prove his citizenship so that he could run to begin with.  In short, it's not like he hadn't presented it or proven himself BEFORE this thing happened.

My point is that no matter what happens there are going to be those who will try to discredit his presidency.  And watch as many many people will claim this is not legitimate enough.

I'm not going after the race card on this one, though.  I'm actually guessing a lot of this came from the fact that Obama doesn't have an American enough sounding name.  I assure you that if he didn't have what many considered a funny name most people wouldn't bat an eye at it.  If his name had been say... William Smith or something like that the birth certificate wouldn't have been trumped up (see what I did there?) because William Smith sounds American enough where as Barrack Obama sounds particularly foreign to most Americans (not that William or any other name given to a child in America is actually really an "American" name).
 
April 29, 2011
I think Obama is a shrewd cookie. It could well be that over the last 18 or so months the birthers have made themselves increasingly look crazed, ridiculous and irrelevant (and that includes a good number of the Republican leadership who carefully hedged their bets and catered to the fringe). Now, when public opinion among independents and the middle-of-the-road people of both parties was showing impatience with the excesses of the birthers, we learn there's no issue...just as there has been no similar issue with any president. Why this one? He's black. I'm not talking typical racism but the great discomfort of some at the changing and immutable demographics of the country. Was the nation hurt by the delay in releasing the long form? I don't think so. The statements in response from The Trump, Bachmann, etc, etc make them look petulant. I'm enjoying the squirming immensely, even if Obama and his staff didn't plan it this way.
 
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  Mr. Donald Trump, your actions have been very well noticed. With the exception of your personal followers, I, along with the rest of the world believe that the harassment that was launched against the most powerful citizen in the United States of America was an unnecessary distraction that could have destroyed our country. This harassment was further insulated with a statement of yours that entertained the thought that you could run this great union of states better than the current leader.   …
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Clearly I know nothing about Politics or the systematic structures and legalities surrounding the governmental workings and offices. Having said that, I do know when a police officer ask for my ID, I'd have to show it (at least in this part of the world, I have to, after checking if he/she is indeed the real police! One can't be too careful these days!). I also know that when I travel, I'd have to take my passport along and everywhere I go. Yes, one will have to produce a passport too …
Quick Tip by . April 29, 2011
I'm a little confused. Wasn't The Donald attacking the fact that he showed proof of a live birth and not the actual birth certificate? What's the difference between the two? I think this is the most ridiculous waste of time. What other President has ever had to show their Birth Certificate to the American public?     I happen to think that there is much more important matters for the President to attend to than contacting Hawaii to produce proof of his American birth and citizenship, …
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On April 22, 2011, Obama asked Loretta Fuddy, director of the Hawaii Department of Health, for certified copies of his original Certificate of Live Birth ("long-form birth certificate"). Accompanying the letter was a written request from Judith Corley, Obama's personal counsel, requesting a waiver of the department's policy on computer-generated certificates. Corley stated that granting the waiver would relieve the department of the burden of repeated inquiries into the President's birth records.

On April 25, 2011, Fuddy approved the request and witnessed the copying process as the health department's registrar issued the certified copies. The same day, Corley personally visited the department headquarters in Honolulu to pay the required fee on Obama's behalf, and received the two requested certified copies of the original birth certificate, an accompanying letter from Fuddy attesting to the authenticity of same, and a receipt for the processing fee. Fuddy said that she had granted the exception to its normal policy of issuing only computer-generated copies by virtue of Obama's status, in an effort to avoid ongoing requests for the birth certificate.

On April 27, White House staff gave reporters a copy of Obama's Certificate of Live Birth and also posted it on the White House website. This document confirms the details of the official short-form certificate released in 2008.
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