President Obama will benefit from finally releasing his birth certificate, but he’s done it in the usual Obama style that portends ill for his reelection.
His statement this morning was a showcase for the kind of unmitigated disingenuousness we are due for during the upcoming campaign. People will see through it.
The reason the White House released the long form birth certificate, as I mention below, is that polls are showing the issue is becoming a problem for him, with Donald Trumps ravings resulting in nearly half of America thinking either Obama was born in Kenya or just not sure where he was born.
But Obama said he released it because he has not time for silliness.
AND THEN HE FLEW OFF THE TAPE THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW. Afterwards, he flew to New York City for THREE fundraisers, a year and half before Election Day. Here’s what he said this morning . . .
And so I just want to make a larger point here. We’ve got some enormous challenges out there. There are a lot of folks out there who are still looking for work. Everybody is still suffering under high gas prices. We’re going to have to make a series of very difficult decisions about how we invest in our future but also get a hold of our deficit and our debt — how do we do that in a balanced way . . . .
But we’re not going to be able to do it if we are distracted. We’re not going to be able to do it if we spend time vilifying each other. We’re not going to be able to do it if we just make stuff up and pretend that facts are not facts. We’re not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers.
His whole day today is a distraction. And this after spending three days out West last week basically campaigning. And golfing last weekend for the fourth time in four weeks.
He said he finally decided to release the long form certificate after his wrangling with Republicans over $3 billion in the 2011 budget was pushed out of the news by the birther issue. Really?? I paid pretty close attention, and I remember plenty of coverage of this largely trivial and symbolic struggle.
It’s arguable that the president should be reelected for his heroic ability to keep a straight face other times while saying the kinds of things he said this morning. Sometimes I think he believes himself when he says these things, in which case he needs to be put on anti-psychotics.
Obama helped launch the birther movement by failing for three years to just release his long form birth certificate. He got it out because it was no longer convenient to hold it back. It’s disconcerting he pretends otherwise.