After "silliness" stemming from a bizarre movement, Donald Trump, and balls out racism, President Barack Obama revealed a copy of his birth certificate today during a press conference. Which is to say, the party's over, Birthers. "By going on national TV from the White House, Obama portrayed himself as a voice of reason amid a loud, lingering debate on his birth status. Though his personal attention to the issue elevated it as never before, Obama said to Republican detractors and the media, it is time to move on to bigger issues," reports Associated Press.
The official form states that Barack Hussein Obama II was born at 7:24 p.m., Aug. 4, 1961, at Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital, "within the city limits of Honolulu."
"Over the last two and a half years I have watched with bemusement, I've been puzzled at the degree to which this thing just kept on going," Obama said during Wednesday's press conference. "I'm confident the American people and America's political leaders can come together in a bipartisan way and solve these problems...We're not gonna be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers."
New York Times explains why the Obama administration decided to make the issue public: "The president said he decided to release the 'long form' birth certificate two weeks ago, after news reports about the controversy dominated a week in which Republicans released their 2012 budget and Mr. Obama gave a speech on the nation’s debt."
Will this stop naysayers from still claiming that the President of the United States is a Muslim terrorist cell born in a cave somewhere in the MIddle East? Or whatever. Of course not. The willfully ignorant are a tenacious bunch. They can't stop the search for something that's not real. This is their Maltese Falcon.
"Look, I applaud this release. I think it's a step in the right direction," horrible birther queen Orly Taitz told TPM this morning in one of her many interviews. "I credit Donald Trump in pushing this issue."
In an effort cull more notoriety for his impending presidential bid, Trump also claimed to have doubts about Obama's birth certificate. After this morning's announcement, The New Yorker summed up everything you need to know about The Apprentice host thusly:
Not long after the White House released the President’s birth certificate this morning, Donald Trump stepped off a helicopter, ambled up to a bank of microphones, and declared, “Today, I’m very proud of myself.” (One assumes this is a daily ritual for Trump, but today there were more cameras than usual.) Trump also declared himself relieved that “the press can stop asking me questions” about the birther issue and we can now move on to more important ones, such as “China ripping off this country.” What is there to say anymore about Donald Trump? That he is an irrepressible jackass who thinks of himself as a sly fox? That he is a buffoon with bathroom fixtures of gold? Why bother, after so many decades? There is no insulting someone who lives in a self-reinforcing fantasy world.