This morning, in a belated effort to quiet the nation’s “birthers,” Pres. Obama finally released a copy of his original long-form birth certificate. This after spending taxpayers’ money to have an aide fly round trip to Hawaii to pick it up. The certified and perfectly legal short form was released during the 2008 presidential campaign, but a vociferous minority of Americans, led most recently by businessman Donald Trump, continued to demand proof of Obama’s citizenship. Well, now they have what they’ve been demanding.
I predict, however, that releasing the long form will do nothing to silence the doubters and may actually backfire, prompting still more questions. Why didn’t Obama release this document before, especially if he had nothing to hide? Why did he finally acquiesce, and why now?
I’ve never doubted Obama’s citizenship, but I do think his actions this morning are just going to fuel the fire. The birthers will keep asking the same questions and now will be asking, if this is only a copy of the original long form, how do we know there’s really an original document in that vault in Honolulu?
I hate how Obama has handled this and I hate Donald Trump’s crowing about how proud he is to have brought this about. I also have no doubt that as long as there’s a black Democrat in the White House, the birthers will keep at it.
Finally, for the desperately, insatiably curious, here’s a large form of the long form: Obama birth certificate, long form. Knock yourselves out, birthers.
Note: The above .pdf was downloaded from an ABC News link. It is also available on the White House website. The White House version has already spawned a new conspiracy theory about the document having been doctored. Gawd, it’s going to be a long campaign.
Correction: According to the Huffington Post, it was Obama’s legal counsel Judith Corley, not an aide, who flew to Honolulu, and the trip was paid for out of Obama’s personal account.