Too bad it had to come to this: The White House, "in response to media inquiries" (right), has released the president's birth certificate.
Obama himself ducked into the White House press room to deliver a few calmly devastating lines:
"We're not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers We've got some enormous challenges out there. There are a lot of folks out there still looking for work... We do not have time for this kind of silliness."
And here's this, from the White House blog:
The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn’t good for the country. It may have been good politics and good TV, but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country. Therefore, the President directed his counsel to review the legal authority for seeking access to the long form certificate and to request on that basis that the Hawaii State Department of Health make an exception to release a copy of his long form birth certificate. They granted that exception in part because of the tremendous volume of requests they had been getting.
At a time of great consequence for this country – when we should be debating how we win the future, reduce our deficit, deal with high gas prices, and bring stability to the Middle East, Washington, DC, was once again distracted by a fake issue. The President’s hope is that with this step, we can move on to debating the bigger issues that matter to the American people and the future of the country.
Carnival barker in chief Donald Trump is claiming credt for having brought the document to light; but seriously, this should finish him off, no?
So: the right-wing noise machine is now accepting entries for the next insane, race-inflected conspiracy theory.