Today’s release of President Obama’s long form birth certificate is hugely helpful to the White House on several fronts. And damaging to Republicans.
The optics are just great for him, and for once the communications team at the White House has scored a touchdown.
Obama looks like a man of reason, rectitude, and magnanimity, finally going the extra mile to dispense with “silliness” so that all those lunatic Republicans will have their frivolous wishes granted.
It makes Donald Trump look like the carnaval barker that he is. Yes, carnival barker, just like Obama said. Trump is running for president without a single sensible idea in his head about how to solve the nation’s problems, and so he conveniently focused on the birther issue. He said his investigators in Hawaii have uncovered shocking stuff. Sure they have.
Trump said he is proud of himself, and to the extent carnival barker is an honorable profession, he should be.
Today’s release will not lead to the granting of completely justifiable requests for Obama’s health and school records, as some believe. It will have the opposite effect. Obama will now be able to say – “What? You guys again? We gave you the birth certificate. Now you maniacs want more? Let’s talk about serious things.”
Today’s action will help cement the notion in the minds of many independents that Republicans should not be put in control of both Congress and the presidency. And it will galvanize those in Obama’s liberal base who start with the proposition that the right wing is nuts.
I’ve never believed Obama was born in Kenya. The short form certificate is generated off the long form. The notices in TWO Hawaiian newspapers announcing Obama’s birth are produced from official sources, not by Obama’s mother. There’s an alphabetical list of births for the year that includes Barack Hussein Obama. There are no reliable records of or witnesses to his birth in Kenya. His Kenyan grandmother’s statements on this are contradictory. A perfectly reasonable sounding Republican official with no apparent incentive to lie said she had seen his original birth certificate.
Talk about an elaborate hoax.
I have always thought it was legitimate to question why Obama had not gone to the trouble to get his long form certificate. I figured maybe, though he was born in Hawaii, there was something on it he didn’t want us to know about. That does not appear to be the case.
I don’t know why the White House delayed releasing it. The official explanation offered today by Obama aides – that it was not much of an issue and there were not questions by the White House press corps about it – doesn’t hold water, unless there is a White House annex on Mars where Obama aides are working.
But I know why they released it now. First of all, for the political benefits I describe above.
But more than anything, there was growing concern among Obama advisers that Trump’s contentions on the questionability of Obama’s birthplace were gaining traction.
A New York Times poll released April 21 showed the number of people who either think Obama was born overseas or who are not sure where exactly he popped out of his mother had risen to 43 percent.
Obama’s request for his long form birth certificate was initiated the very next day.