A week ago (March 10, 2011), New York Daily News ran a hit piece by Michael Sheridan deriding birthers as wild-eyed “conspiracy theorists” and sycophantically defending Obama. Sheridan wrote:
President Obama is laughing off lingering doubts about his birth certificate. The commander-in-chief cracked wise at a fund-raiser in Boston, poking fun at the so-called “birther” movement, which insists he is not a natural-born citizen. “There’s no weakness in us trying to reach out and seeing if we can find common ground,” he said Tuesday. “Now, there are going to be times where we can’t. I was born in Hawaii. What can I say? I mean, I just … I can’t change those facts.”…
The birthers have called into question whether Obama was actually born on U.S. soil. In 2008, Obama’s campaign made public a “certification of live birth” that showed he was born in Hawaii. Birthers insist it’s not good enough.
Obama has kept his response to the conspiracy theories jocular. In May 2010, he even joked at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner that “there are few things in life that are harder to find, and more important to keep, than love… Well, love and a birth certificate.” At a prayer breakfast in February 2010, he quipped: “Surely you can question my policies without questioning my faith. Or for that matter my citizenship.”
The conspiracy theorists continue to press their cause and hope their minor movement will impact the 2012 elections.
Republicans in about half a dozen states have pushed for legislation dubbed “birther bills.” None have advanced far. The proposals would generally require presidential candidtates to provide proof of citizenship to get on a state’s ballot. In New Hampshire, a similar bill was killed in committee Wednesday by a unanimous vote.
The birthers have had some success in convincing some Americans that their claims about the commander-in-chief are true. A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll in August 2010 indicated nearly a quarter of Americans either did not believe Obama was born in the United States or was “probably not.” Another poll in February conducted by Public Policy Polling suggested that the majority of Republicans do not believe he was born in America.
Not all Republicans, however, have bought into the birther beliefs. “I don’t believe Obama was born overseas. I believe he was born in Hawaii,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told Aaron Klein on his WABC 770 AM radio show last week. “I have no doubts about his Hawaiian birth.”….
To which I have this to say to Sheridan:
There is an old saying: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” You are displaying your abysmal ignorance on this matter when you naively accept the online image of Obama’s alleged Certificate of Live Birth (COLB) as definitive proof of his purported Hawaian birth. There are at least two problems with this COLB:
- First, the COLB is a secondary document that is generated from the primary document of a long-form birth certificate, which Obama has refused to produce.
- Then, there is the matter of there being FOUR online versions of Obama’s COLB, which cast doubt on the authenticity of even this secondary document.
There’s a simple and really quick way to shut up us birthers’ mouths once and for all. Just ask Obama to produce his original long-form birth certificate — an elusive document that both Hawaii’s new governor Neil Abercrombie and Hawaii’s chief elections clerk in 2008 Tim Adams cannot find.
In the meantime, the joke’s on you because on the very same page of your NYDN article, “Obama jokes about birthers at fundraiser; ‘birther bill’ gets killed in New Hampshire,” is a poll asking NYDN readers if they think “Obama should take ‘birthers’ more seriously.” The poll results, as of 7:05 am, west coast, March 18, 2011 are:
Thank you for voting.
Do you think President Obama should take ‘birthers’ more seriously?
Yes, they have a legitimate concern. 69%
No, they are just angry he’s President. 30%
I don’t know 0%
To vote, go HERE.
In other words, despite its reporter’s derision of birthers, a huge majority of the readers of New York Daily News actually support the position of the Birthers. And there is no longer any fence sitters on the issue of Obama’s (In)Eligibility.