Today President Obama released his long form birth certificate. Go here to view the video. This should convince all but the deeply conspiratorial among us, although since I include most of the Birther movement in that category, I doubt if the release of the birth certicate will slow them down one iota. I have long thought that Obama did not release his long form birth certificate because he secretly loved the Birthers, who allowed his allies to tar all Obama critics as being delusional nutcases. What I find interesting is why did he decide to release his birth certificate now?
Donald Trump, the man with perhaps the worst toupe in the history of the world, has claimed credit for this release. I doubt it. I think it more likely that Obama was alarmed by plummeting approval polls. Once the American people have turned on a President, a large segment of the public will tend to believe any bad thing claimed about him, no matter how irrational the claim is. The release of the birth certificate with a news conference strikes me as a tad panicky. I suspect the Obama administration did this now because they expect that Obama is going to take a real popularity hit due to skyrocketing prices at the pump, and they wanted to act to prevent angry voters from latching on to the “Obama is a Kenyan” meme.
I believe that this probably was a mistake by Obama. Him addressing it on a news conference, rather than simply releasing the birth certificate, will only increase the mania of the true believing Birthers, and I think sane Americans will probably be puzzled as to why he thought he had to take time now to refute this nonsense at all. The whole thing strikes me as odd.