The release of President Obama’s so-called “long form” birth certificate may convince a lot of straddlers on the issue that indeed, the president is eligible to be, well, president. But the surprise release by the White House of a document that conclusively proves that the president of the United States was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961, at 7:24 PM local time isn’t satisfying those whose standards of proof lie in the ethereal world of religious revelation rather than the more mundane plane of existence where facts and logic dominate.
For the true-blue, dyed-in-the-wool, never-say-never birthers, the only thing that will apparently convince them of the provenance of Obama’s birth is a document that tells them exactly what they believe — that the president wasn’t born here and is therefore ineligible to hold office. Any evidence to the contrary is dismissed as fake or forged, or is simply ignored as not worthy of their attention.
To wit: When confronted with irrefutable proof that you have been wrong all along, concentrate on minutiae that, at least in your own mind, can keep the theory alive. Here’s a comment from Roger L. Simon’s “Teachable Moment” post on the Tatler:
A color copy, and everyone uses black ink to sign their name? 90% of pens in the world are blue.
This is an obvious forgery.
It is sad and pathetic, yes. After having gone through several hundred comments on sites ranging from Hot Air to Newsbusters, the only conclusion I can draw is the astonishing fact that not one single birther admits to error. I would hope that there are some birthers who have seen the light and are too embarrassed or depressed to comment about it. But those that took the trouble either searched valiantly for the kind of detail our friend above found, or speculated about ways the certificate of live birth could have been forged:
Witness Protection forges documents all the time. Whose [sic] to day [sic] this is not one? Same for CIA. BUT – the big question is why hide it?
The answer to that question was given by White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer:
Earlier Wednesday, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said the debate has been “really bad for the Republican Party.”
The so-called “birther” debate is “good politics” but “bad for the country,” said Pfeiffer.
With 75% of the country believing that President Obama was either definitely or probably born in America, and 45% of Republicans believing the opposite, the White House didn’t have to lift a finger to “prove” anything. The GOP was doing a bang-up job of making themselves look like paranoid nutcases without any help. The old political adage that states “Never get in the way of your opponent when they are self-destructing” applied here.
No doubt it was Donald Trump who forced the issue. Trump, with his genius for self-promotion, was sucking all of the oxygen out of the room with his birther challenges, pushing Obama’s demagoging the Ryan budget off the front pages and making it harder to demonize the GOP as killers of your gramma. Now that the cat is out of the bag, Trump has become a mouse. He pointedly told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that what the White House released was “missing.” No doubt there were a few smiles in the White House when the news hit the nets about the “missing” birth certificate being “found.”
Trump tried to make the best of an embarrassing situation. He told a New Hampshire crowd he was “very proud of myself, because I’ve accomplished something that nobody else was able to accomplish.” Oh, I don’t know, Donald. Lots of people are perfectly capable of making spectacular asses of themselves.