Obama's Birth Certificate... Can We Get Past This Now? (And is This The End of Trump?)

-By Warner Todd Huston

After a poll that came out that showed that only 38% of Americans thought the president was actually born in the USA, the Obama administration has finally released Obama’s long form birth certificate.

There are several reasons that Obama finally did this and the biggest is that this issue was starting to hurt him politically as the poll above showed. Obama himself was irritated to note that talk of his birth certificate was everywhere in the Old Media detracting from the actual issues of the day. You’ll notice that I’ve never written about this birth certificate issue. The reason was that even if he was born in another country, even if he was illicitly made president, the fact is Obama is president. That being true, there is only one way to get rid of him if he has done something wrong (well, one way besides voting him out): impeachment.

You see, even if we all discovered he really wasn’t an American born citizen, even if he was not eligible to be president, the fact that he got there anyway means that there would have been ONLY one way to get him out. There is no provision in the law to simply vacate or kick out a president except via impeachment. And this is a thing I saw no hope of doing.

No Democrat would have voted for it regardless of the Constitution because no Democrat cares about the Constitution in the first place. And you can bet there’d have been more than a handful of Republicans that would not have voted to remove him simply because they would have felt it would be bad for the country.

I never thought there was any way to get him removed even if he was foreign born. It would have been a giant mess for no ultimate reason.

So, here is the birth certificate as released by the White House:

Long form birth certificate released by White House, click image to see larger version

No doubt many conspiracy theorists will still persist in this nonsense, but can we get past this now? Pretty please?

Upside: Perhaps we can be rid of Trump now, too? Pretty please?

Final question: OK, some people are wondering what country this guy was born in, but I wonder what PLANET he’s from!?


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  • Most people were "past this" long, long ago. Most of us were mostly amused (and admittedly a little annoyed) at the blather from people like Trump and birther websites like World Net Daily.

    If you want to move "past this now" you should talk to your conservative friends and look in the mirror.

    When Fox News uses the breaking news headline "White House Releases What it Says is Obama's Long Form Birth Certificate" they're not "past this now". When the comments section of their website include accusations that the document is a forgery, then Fox News consumers are not "past this now."

    When World Net Daily puts the words birth certificate in quotation marks and says that even "if the document proves valid" there are still "dozens of other questions" about Obama's eligibility to be President, they're not "past this now"

    And when you can't make a simple, unequivocal statement that Obama was born in the United States, then despite your headline, you are not "past this now" either.

    Have a nice day.

  • Good thing McCain didn't win the presidential election. The fact he was born in the Panama Canal raises way more residency issues than Obama. But, Republicans like to forget about that since he is old and of the proper skin tone.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Your point, such as it is, is completely idiotic. McCain had NO residency issues. He was the child of a US soldier on duty and his American citizen wife. On the other hand, Obama's family was thought murky (and there was some reason for it) whereas there simply was no legitimate question on McCain's.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    The 14th Amendment doesn't provide for people born in US territory in other countries to be citizens of the US under the law of the land. A territory is not deemed the United States under the law. If Panama was a state, things would be different. However, Panama is a soverign country.

    If the Constitution was interpreted the way you suggest, we would have to allow all children born in the on US territories to be naturalized citizens.
    Under your theory, if an Iraqi woman has an American service man's baby in a hospital in Iraq that happens to be a US Military base, the the child would be considered born in US territory and be fit to run for President.

    Do you think this is what the Founders intended?

    This is an unprecedented legal issue that has never been addressed by the Supreme Ct, but thankfully we have you to hash out these grey areas in the law.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    You are completely incorrect. Originally, members of foreign military or foreign dignitaries did not have their children given US citizenship if they were born here while their parents were assigned to the USA on duty. THAT means the same is true vice versa. If American couples are assigned official US duty in a foreign country their children are not assumed to be foreigners when they bring them back here. So, in truth, it doesn't matter where McCain was born. He was a US citizen.

    On the other hand, Obama was born to a foreign father (and if in a foreign nation) making his citizenship murky. McCain's was not in the least a legitimate question.

    You haven;t a clue what you are talking about.

    Still, I am NOT even arguing that Obama IS a foreigner. I am saying that at least some murkiness is legitimate in his situation.

    I always said he was a citizen and never questioned it, unlike YOU who is trying to argue that McCain was not an American.

    Who's the "birther" here? It ain't me, it's YOU.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    Prove you're not a birther, Publius. Just copy and paste this into a comment:

    "Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, which is part of the United States of America. He met all the Constitutional requirements to be President of the United States."

    I'm just trying to help you "get past this now". Your headline says you want to do that, but your post and comments say otherwise.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    Uh, I wouldn't have written a post hoping to get past the birther stuff if I was a birther! Duh!

    I never claimed Obama wasn't a citizen. This release should end the issue.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    I never claimed you were a birther. I asked you to prove you weren't one with a simple statement affirming Obama's citizenship so that we could "get past this now."

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    Your baggerish vitriol and anger emphasized by your use of capital letters to emphasize your points are quite powerful. However, your contention that the residency law can be applied in a vice versa fashion is simply incorrect. McCain

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Using the term "imaginative" in reference to this buffoon would require that he have the use of his cerebrum.
    It is obvious that his typing is pure brain-stem reflexivity.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Thank you.

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