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April 11th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Is Pres. Obama's birth certificate still a legitimate issue?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The so-called "birther" movement has been back in the news ever since Donald Trump has started talking about running for president in 2012.

Trump says he's not convinced President Obama was born in this country and, therefore, is constitutionally ineligible to serve as Commander-in-Chief. Last week Trump told NBC's Today Show that he's sent his own investigators to Hawaii to dig a little deeper on the Obama-birth issue. Trump wants more proof than what the Administration and State of Hawaii has already provided.

On ABC's "This Week," a chief adviser to President Obama mocked Trump's birther focus and possible run for president in 2012 saying, quote, "That's not leadership. That's kind of sideshow behavior."

But Trump fired back today saying that if he ran for president, he'd be the Obama campaign's worst nightmare.

Former Alaska governor and 2008 candidate for vice president Sarah Palin defended Trump for hiring investigators. She says she believes the president was born here but that, because his real birth certificate is not available, the president may be hiding something.

Trump's been climbing in the polls lately, second only to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. And the birther issue certainly makes Trump stand out in a field of possible Republican presidential candidates that include Romney, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and Congresswoman and Tea Party leader Michele Bachmann.

And whether he ultimately decides to run or not, it's also a great way to get a lot of free publicity for his television show. Which may be what this has been about all along.

But that's not the question. This is: Is President Obama's birth certificate still a legitimate issue?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Leo:
It never was a legitimate issue. It's an issue brought up to pander to a specific crowd that wishes they could reverse the 2008 election by any means possible. But legitimate? Not a chance.

Sylvia in San Diego, California:
Absolutely. Obama can put this question to rest if he wanted to by simply showing his birth certificate. Why he has not complied yet makes no sense.

Donald in California:
Only to the media and the right-wing haters. Donald Trump got a lot of free air time by lowering himself to this non-debate. But the media couldn’t wait to jump on it.

Eric:
Still? When was it ever a legitimate issue? The economy is terrible, we have no budget, wars raging in three nations, skyrocketing healthcare costs, crumbling schools and infrastructure, and an all around general malaise about the country. And yet a crackpot theory regarding the President's birth certificate from 1961 is all the 2012 candidates seem to talk about.

Sean:
It is, only in so much as the president refuses to release his actual birth certificate. Many do feel that if you have nothing to hide, then you don't hide it. Obama must know this, so you have to wonder whether he wants the birther debate to continue or if he does truly have something to hide.

Kimberly:
The only legitimate point to be made about the birther issue is that these people have a problem with a legitimately elected president because he is "other"; he is not "one of them." In short, it is racially coded language that is disgusting.

Paul in Parry Sound, Ontario:
If it was ever a legitimate issue, Hillary Clinton's researchers would have uncovered it in 2008. Donald Trump and others are flogging a horse that is so beyond dead, it's glue.


Filed under: President Barack Obama
soundoff (257 Responses)
  1. Sean

    When was it a legitimate issue? I must of missed that.

    April 11, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  2. Edward Owen

    It is ONLY an issue to those who would put political aspirations above the truth and the welfare of our country.
    Donald Trump never ranked as an important figure in this country, but he's shown his true colors by adopting this issue to further his own goals.
    NO way is it a 'legitimate' issue.

    April 11, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  3. Matthew

    It's never been a legitimate issue. Ever. Barack's mother was an American citizen. Where he was born is ultimately immaterial. Sen. McCain wasn't born on American soil but his citizenship is never questioned. The entire debate is a transparent and embarrassingly racist obsession.

    April 11, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  4. Stacy S.

    Still???
    Obama's birth certificate was NEVER a legitimate issue, and news outlets should have never allowed this racist dog-whistle of an issue to grow through its reporting and semi-passive stance when guests bring it up.
    People have been trying to de-legitimize President Obama since he became a front-running candidate, and the percentage of wing-nuts who believe this birther mess does not reflect the percentage of news coverage that it receives.

    April 11, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  5. Steve Newman

    Only to blowhards like Donald Trump. Even Sarah Palin said she thinks he was born in Hawaii.

    Steve Newman
    Washington, DC

    April 11, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  6. Mary Krause - Philadelphia

    It is absolutely not a legitimate issue. It has been thoroughly debunked by the media and government officials in Hawaii. It is thinly-veiled racism and a sideshow. I would hope that any potential presidential challenger would admit that. If they can't, they are illustrating that they are more interested in playing games than in addressing the REAL issues challenging our country.

    April 11, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  7. Brian

    Ah, No, the economy, jobs, housing crisis and our spending are issues that need his attention.

    April 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  8. Matt Evans

    Jack,

    Its definetly still a ligitimate issue, and i think its unfair how many people marginalize anyone who brings it up. The fact is if Obama has nothing to hide why not end the speculation and show his REAL birthcirtificate and not a certificate of live birth which is totally different. The fact is obama has spent millions in legal fees blocking investigation into his college records and birth information, something doesnt seem right about that...

    April 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  9. Jerry Nairn

    Still? It was never a legitimate issue. It still isn't. Only numb-skulls and racists ever thought it was a legitimate issue. Only a complete chuckle-head would ask if it is "still" an issue.
    Let's ask a better question.
    Is racism the only reason people are still talking about Obama's birth certificate?

    April 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  10. pat jeanes

    Well yes, the entire country would like to see a real orginal, and not some reprinted copy that does not match most B/C They also show father and mother on them in 1960 and religeon, Why wont he just end it all and show us the truth, is their something to hide

    April 11, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  11. Myra Moore

    Is Obama's birth certificate still a legitimate issue? No, it is not and I am so ashamed of Donald Trump. Although I never thought of him as superiorly intelligent, I did think he had more on the ball than this. It grieves me that a man who has been rated as having great class could demote himself to such a simple minded level. To be a real competitor and possible a winner on any level, one should have more meaningful topics about issues in which concern us all. I am sure the government and the Clintons tried to uncover everything they could during the 2008 election. The birth certificate is legitimate and let's move on.

    Grow up Donald. I must admit I do not think you are serious, but hey if it gives your show the Apprentice more ratings, I guess you will try it.

    April 11, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  12. Margie from Massachusetts

    C'mon let's get real! This is not comedy hour! We need to get serious.The issue of Obama's birth certificate is a proven non-issue,total waste of the people's time, especially when there are so many unemployed and so many troops fighting and in danger! The economy, health care costs and stopping the wars is what are the interest to the people, not publicity stunts!

    April 11, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  13. J.K.

    It was never a legitimate issue. If he weren't black and his middle name wasn't Hussein this would have never come up. Period. It also doesn't help that somewhere between 6% – 10% of Americans either don't know or are "unsure" Hawaii is a state. This issue is about race and ignorance.
    – Las Vegas, NV

    April 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  14. guylainmoke

    I would not read too much into that infertile debate over Obama birth certificate issue, it's a tasteless distraction, born from evil intentions of discrediting Obama.

    To me, this phantom debate is more like questioning rather Justin Timberlake is a man or woman, for the simple reasons that He wore high heels, dancing with Beyoncé.

    Gus Moke
    London

    April 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  15. Greg in Arkansas

    In U.S. politics, the definition of a "legitimate issue" is:

    Something, anything or everything that can be talked about, debated, deliberated or exploited to distract, sidetrack, entertain or amuse voters in order to ignore, disregard or discount “genuine issues” that influence our daily lives, improve our government efficiency or elevate the creditability of our Nation.

    April 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  16. AnitaNYC

    No it is not! It never has been and people like Donald Trump are now leading the birthers to keep their silliness going.

    Too bad the doctor or nurse who was in the room when the President were born can't come forward. They would just be called liberal liars so what would it matter?

    New York, NY

    April 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  17. Chip Vogel

    A legitimate issue in politics? Good luck coming up with a consensus on the definition of legitimate in politics.

    Legitimate or not...its still an issue. An issue thats been going on for 4 years now.

    I wish there was something that would end the discussion on it. Didn't somebody take a picture in the hospital? Is there a hospital or insurance bill out there somewhere?

    Think of all the bandwidth on the internet that could be saved if this was resolved, not to mention your on-air time saved.

    History Detectives on PBS should do an episode on the subject.

    Eudora, KS

    April 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  18. pat keefer

    As much as I dislike him-he wouldn't be president if his birth certificate wasn't legitimate. I don't believe our government has gone that far, yet.

    April 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  19. Jim, Citrus Springs, Fl

    Jack,

    Two million dollars to cover it up and we should not be courious??

    PUT UP OR SHUT UP, how the hell did he get a passport, drivers liscense or any kind of clearance to be elected anything?

    This sure shows how intelligent the voters really are.

    Independant voter

    Jim

    April 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  20. Barbara Leavitt

    No Jack, it isn't and it's getting old. Had he not been born here I have no doubt what so ever that Clinton's people would have found it. People need to get a grip.

    Henderson Nevada

    April 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  21. Conor in Chicago

    You have to have a pretty serious lack of confidence in this nation's institutions if you think Obama could get to the Presidency having not been born in this country. I think it tells you just how completely divorced from reality a good half of all Republicans are in this country. Divorced from reality. We need to stop being nice about this.

    April 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  22. Mark

    No. Every government official in HI and serious journalists involved in this issue conclude the facts are what Obama claims, and that the Birthers are wrong. The question is why Birthers continue this conspiracy rant allowing every patronizing Pol to exploit Birther emotions to self-promote the Pol's financial agenda. The answer is that Obama is an African-American which in itself is real change ("Yes We Can") and I take the Birthers at their word when they say "We want our country back". Even I can hear the dog whistle of Racism in that...

    April 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  23. Jon

    It's ridiculous. President Obama is the one making this an issue. The Constitution mandates that all Presidents must be born in the United States as citizens. It should be the President's privilege and honor to demonstrate to the world that he complies with that Constitutional regulation. His refusal to produce his birth certificate coupled with the questionable circumstances surrounding his birth are what makes it legitimate. One simple piece of paper could stop it all...if that paper exists.

    Jon
    Lima, Ohio

    April 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  24. Keith McCallum

    No, it never was an issue... Why people don't realize that both parties vetted him when running I will never understand... The whole thing is more smoke and mirrors generated by the GOP and idiots like Palin & Trump... Unfortunely so-called "smart" people believe anything printed on paper or posted on the internet... Our time could be better spent correcting problems we as Americans have because of the FOOLS we have elected into the House & Senate. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

    April 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  25. evinia bruce

    only with the nutters , the racist tea-partiers and extreme right wing Republicans who STILL can't accept a black president ...does ANYONE think the Democratic committee would not investigate thouroughly where Obama was born? before running him for the highest position in the land?? ...those who continue down this path of lunacy are using it as a diversion to the very real problens the country faces . and appealing to the ignorant and gullible segment of the population .[.which seems to be growing every day ]......WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE PUTTING IN THE WATER DOWN THERE ????
    we in the sane world can only shake our heads and wonder what has happened to what was once the most admired country in the world ..and now not only a laughing stock but broke as well!!!.......beene ..B C Canada

    April 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  26. Kevin - Annapolis

    "still"? It never was a legitimate issue.

    Unless of course, he's got mad time traveling Warlock skills that would put Charlie Sheen to the test

    April 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  27. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    Jack–
    No, and it never was. Because you and other big-time media give this issue air time it keeps living. Let it go already–it's a non-starter.

    April 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  28. Richard, in Kansas

    Only to Donald Trump and people who wear tin hats and arn't allowed to sign legal documents.

    April 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  29. Ray Kutens

    Absolutely. It is not just to see if he was born in Hawaii, but the status of his parents and religions. In addition, too many questions have come up regarding his history. the most powerful position in the world is at stake and many Americans know very little of his history. The bottom line s why are people lying and spending big money to cover it up? WHY!? Just today the Hawaii AG lied about it as well..

    April 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  30. Scott in Bellingham

    Yes. Donald Trump has legitimized the issue, it's not just UFO kooks anymore. If the President has misplaced or never had an original copy of his birth certificate, he can mail in $5 and get one, then present it, and spare us the grief. Each state should demand proof, and if the President remains defiant leave him off the ballot. If the American people have been defrauded, jail those responsible.

    April 11, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  31. Phyllis G Williams

    Is Obama's birth certificate still a legitimate issue?

    He is now the President of America, which makes it
    too late to be a legitimate issue, but a spiteful attack.
    No human being is responsible for where we were
    born. It could have been in a stable like the Creator of
    heaven and earth. We all had better make certain and
    see to our own selves as we MUST BE BORN AGAIN.

    April 11, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  32. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    As long as Donald Trump's Apprentice Show is airing. Obama's birth certificate will be an issue, it helps to keep the show in the news. When the show stops running for the season Trump will stop running for president and Obama's birth certificate will stop being talked about by the news media. You can count on it every year as long as the show is running. Just like you can count on the monsoon rains to start. Trump's mouth will start flapping about something to get publicity for his show.

    April 11, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  33. Eric

    Absolutely Jack, It is a very effective "lack of intelligence" test which is always a legitimate issue.

    April 11, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  34. Donald in CA

    Only to the media and the right wing haters. Donald trump got a lot of free air time by lowering himself to this non debate. But the media couldnt wait to jum on it.

    April 11, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  35. Johnny C (from Los Angeles)

    Hi Jack –

    It has always been a legitimate issue. Just because he is a popular person is no reason to not see the facts. Obviously there are some interesting facts behind his proff that are being hidden from the populace ... but why?

    April 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  36. Bill

    Obama, where is your birth certificate?

    Obama was born in Kenya according to his Grandmother

    Is she lying?

    April 11, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  37. Loren, Chicago

    You're going to get a lot of no's, but, as much as I dislike Donald Trump, he was right in stating that the President's failure to release his birth certificate suggests something is wrong. It is truly sad that the President is not savvy enough to release his original birth certificate, or so venal to continue to hide it, depending, of course, on the truth of his birth.

    April 11, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  38. dennis north carolina

    the birther situation is a joke and those that use this are jokers. Obama has been Investgated in every direction by every source to including the media
    so we should put this to rest as far as media coverage.

    April 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  39. Harvey Masef

    What part of Certificate of Live Birth don't you understand. It's there (on the internet) for anyone to see.

    April 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  40. moe thompson

    I have my original birth certificate with raised seal and signatures..I want to be President, but I'm not–who do I sue ??

    April 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  41. Harvey Masef

    What part of Certificate of Live Birth don't you understand. It's there on the internet for anyone to see.

    Harvey in Deerfield Beach

    April 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  42. JENNA IN ROSEVILLE CA

    Is Obama's birth certificate still a legitimate issue?

    Only to "Birthers" Jack.

    Think about it, would the Clinton's have allowed Obama to run if he wasn't certified a US Citizen?

    The fact that people are still talking about this only shows the amount of ignorance that we have in this nation. Enter Donald Trump..

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    April 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  43. Independent Joe

    Jack,

    Yes! Say for instance you were to run for president Jack and, you were asked to show your birth certificate. How tough would it be for you to provide the document? I am willing to bet it would be easy.
    Apparently, it's not easy for Obama. His reluctance to provide his birth certificate motivates me to question the man's honesty. He could have put this in his rear-view mirror years ago but instead he seems to be hiding something. VERY DISHONEST! I no longer trust the man.

    Joe (Mn)

    April 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  44. HJ

    No. It never was. Just because some nut-job demands to personally see his birth certificate doesn't mean he has to show it.

    April 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  45. Bob

    Define legitimate. If your definition is "phony", then yes.

    April 11, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  46. Rick McDaniel

    While it is common knowledge that there is a Hawaiian birth certificate for Obama, there is still, given the nature of his mother, to live in other countries, a question as to how valid that birth certificate really is, or whether that was issued, after his actual birth, in another country.

    I don't think it will be easy to convince anyone of that possibility, but I consider that it is certainly a questionable issue.

    The issue is, did his mother bring him to Hawaii as an infant, and arrange a US birth certificate, after the fact, rather than actually being in Hawaii, when he was born.

    I still believe that is, a valid issue, which has not been adequately addressed, by having any independent verification of his birth in the US, by any other source, than the birth certificate issued.

    In other words, can any witnesses, verify he was actually born where the birth certificate says he was? After all, we all know how easy it can be to get someone to issue a birth certificate, if you can command a favor, or have resources to pay money under the table. Corruption is a fact of life, in this country.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  47. david -seattle

    its not really the birth certificate but the fact he spent his child hood in a 3rd world country and comes to our country blaming white people for what he was taught as a history lesson educated by hate..

    April 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  48. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    Very legitimate, only to those who dislike him. Race, religion, language, gender, and, culture are issues that many in our country draw their anger from. Are we not concerned about our neighbors birth certificate? The President is a good target for them.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  49. Jane in CA

    It hasn't been a legitimate issue since he first showed it. It is, however, a very good litmus test for racism, fanaticism, deceitfulness and deliberate stupidity.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  50. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    If it was ever a legitimate issue, Hilary Clinton's researchers would have uncovered it in 2008. Donald Trump and others are flogging a horse that is so beyond dead, it's glue.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  51. Carl

    Jack,

    Obama just blends in with the other 23 million illegal aliens that are in the United States, using us, you know, the ones he cares not to enforce our immigration laws on. Mr. 1 term president.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  52. Lisa in Ga

    Yes, Jack it is...... but only to the right wing Nutcases that keep bring it up. If they focused on coming up with ideas and solving problems as hard as they have been riding the Birth Certificate issue.... they might actually stand a chance..... they are so keen on trying to overthrow Obama, its sad they don't realize not only are they making themselves seem petty... but they are digging themselves in a hole that will be impossible to climb out of....if the FBI, CIA etc etc havent found and issue with then oh freaking well

    April 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  53. dan mcnally

    Dear Jack,

    Obama's mother was an American citizen. He could have been born on the moon and he would still have been born an American citizen. This has all been much ado about less than nothing.

    Dan NY

    April 11, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  54. Tina Tx

    No typical Republican bull pucky tatic. They are like a dog chasing his tail and do not have any concrete solutions on fixing the mess we are in so they keep drudging up his birth certificate. Didn't the people who handle this when he was running as a candiate see the certifcate? The matter is closed. Move on please. Fix America.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  55. Steve, NY

    It is a serious issue because there is no birth certificate for Obama in Hawaii. Nobody has seen it. There is no birth certificate in Kenya either being a backward country back then.. Obama's mother wanted him to be born in USA. Maybe she couldn't get back in time and had the baby in Kenya. A few days later she arrived in Hawaii and anouced the birth of her baby in Hawaii. Simple logic?? The old phrase I'm from Missouri, show me. That always works.
    I don't know what the problem is. If there is a birth certificate in Hawaii than show it. It's a simple solution once and for all.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  56. Aaron

    No. It's been settled. The only people peddling this issue are loons and goons.

    Aaron
    Urbana, Illinois

    April 11, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  57. Matthew

    It's never been a legitimate issue. Ever. Barack's mother was an American citizen. Where he was born is ultimately immaterial. Sen. McCain wasn't born on American soil but his citizenship is never questioned. The entire debate is a transparent and embarrassingly racist obsession

    Chicago, IL

    April 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  58. Kimberly Davis

    Jack, I've spent many minutes yesterday debating this issue on Facebook. The claims that President Obama were not born in the United States fly in the face of all factual, legal and anecdotal evidence. Point-by-point, these claims have been rejected. The birth certificate posted on the campaign website? Legit. The claim that his step grandmother said she was "present" at his birth? Debunked by listening to the entire recorded conversation (if it is even his step-grandmother). I could go on.

    The only legitimate point to be made about the "birther" issue is that these people have a problem with a legitimately elected president because he is "other"; he is not "one of them." In short, it is racially coded language that is disgusting and flies in the face of American progress.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  59. Suzy

    It is for the Rethuglicon party. They will continue their crazy talk, as long as they get publicity.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  60. Leo S.

    Jack –

    It NEVER was a legitimate issue. It's an issue brought up to pander to a specific crowd that wishes they could reverse the 2008 election by any means possible. But legitimate? Not a chance.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  61. Eric Turner

    Still? When was it ever a legitimate issue? The economy is terrible, we have no budget, wars raging in three nations, skyrocketing healthcare costs, crumbling schools and infrastructure, and an all around general malaise about the country. And yet a crackpot theory regarding the President's birth certificate from 1961 is all the 2012 candidates seem to talk about. Are they so far removed from reality where this is the biggest issue? And is the media so far removed from reality that it considers it a legitimate issue?

    April 11, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  62. Ambimom

    No! emphatically no!

    I just got my Social Security based partially on a faded certificate of live birth from New York City.....because I was born in the Bronx, New York City, United States, as was Barack Obama born in Hawaii, United States. And I didn't have two newspaper birth announcements to back up that certificate as he has.

    This whole "controversy" is just made up by people who don't think a child born of a Kenyan father and a white American woman should be president.

    It's a distraction from the real issues in America. Get over it. He's the legitimate president.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  63. charles moore

    I don't believe there are still people that think the president was not born here!I do believe that people like donald trump say this to get the racist vote!

    April 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  64. Ryan

    Absolutely not. There's overwhelming proof, the only value that it brings to the table is that it makes it easier to identify some of the loons that have no place in public office.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  65. charles moore

    I don't believe there are still people that think the president was not born here!I do believe that people like donald trump say this to get the racist vote!myrtle beach s.c.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  66. Pete from Georgia

    Look...................even Obama probably doesn't know where he was born. I don't care where he was born.
    His actions, instincts, theology, and history are ALL NON- AMERICAN.
    He reminds me of some sort of Alien from the 1997 movie Men in Black.
    We've got bigger problems with this "Alien" at the helm than the address of his birth...............................or landing.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  67. Mark from Voorhees, NJ

    It is only legitimate to people who would think that if you comb your hair over, people will think you are not balding. They are stupid, and they think you are stupid, too. Remember, money doesn't know who has it.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  68. Kathie

    you are kidding right? Obama's birth certificate has been produced. put this issue to bed.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  69. Sean "Armanus" Heimbuch

    It is only in so much as the president refuses to release his actual birth certificate. Many do feel that if you have nothing to hide then you don't hide it, and having the certificate sealed and spending a fortune to keep it that way adds fuel to the birther fire.
    Obama must know this, so you have to wonder whether he wants the birther debate to continue or if he does truly have something to hide.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  70. Dariel, Santa Rosa, CA.

    NO. Until his birth records are proven false, there is no legitimacy. You would have to prove that the State of Hawaii did indeed falsify the birth records. And only then can it stop being considered slander.

    Those who call the President of the USA a lier without proof that he lied, should be sued for Defamation of character, and prosecuted for Civil Unrest or some such law that's not enforced anymore.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  71. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl it is very relevant if only to hold our politicians accountable for all future elections. as for our current president's dodging the $2 mil question, (how much he has spent to hide his birth certificate, along with putting his lawyer in charge of this on the supreme court) if he was declared not eligible to be our president, all of the stuff he has signed into law would be null and void. those that hate obamacare should take note on this.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  72. Paul, New Port Richey, Fl.

    Until I see a certified copy of the birth certificate: Yes. Two million to cover up stinks.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  73. Kim

    When was it ever a legitimate issue? There was never any serious question that he was born in America.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  74. Jayne

    What do you mean "still?" It never was a legitimate issue among the thinking segment of the population.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  75. mike herring- atlanta, ga

    Jack: It is for me, since there has been so much that is suspicious encircling this man. Some of my Liberal friends on FB (I'm staunch Conservative) are fulminating over the questions that have been raised about this man's credentials, background, etc. Where there's smoke and all that. I would like to see the matter settled once and for all, so we can move on to other inconsequential blather.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  76. Paul Austin, Texas

    Not anymore than the importance that McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone. So I guess we had two non american born running for President in 2008. It is time they get off the birth certificate deal. Many people in this nation have no offical birth certificate if born at home or not in a hospital or medical clinic. It is time to put a stop to this hoopla.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  77. Bobby Libby

    It's legitimate in that as long as the Tea Party and extreme Right keeps hammering on it, it exposes the latent racism inherent in their movements. Make no mistake: If Barack Obama was a white man named Bill Smith his citizenship would never be called into question. Anytime someone brings up race being a motivating factor in this debate, they're accused of playing the Race Card, but the bottom line is these people will never be totally convinced that he is an American citizen; even coming from Hawaii seems foreign to them, and he will just always come across as "other" to many of the folks Sarah Palin might describe as "Real Americans."

    April 11, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  78. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    It was never a legitimate issue. If anyone honestly questioned it, they could have Googled the proof. A bunch of KKK, and John Birch Society nonsense.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  79. Donna

    Obama should have showed his BC along time ago, and yes he needs to show the BC but I don't think thats happening , he does not have ONE. I can not believe the news MEDIA, of this great country the USA has stooped to, the worst cover up in the history of this country. Obama needs to brought up on treason, he is a phony doesn't even have a SOCIAL SECURITY card or a legal one.
    Sad times when the media lets a muslim sit in the White House and does nothing about it. All the media should pay attention, when Obama and his thugs get thier way you all will do as he says.
    WARNING WARNING

    April 11, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  80. Thom Richer

    The calculated falsehood that Obama is not a U.S. citizen is not only untrue it is racist propaganda at its worst. Conceived and promoted by those who cannot and will not accept that all men are created equal. Believed by those who are unable to think for themselves or share the same hatred as those that continue to spread untruths for political and personal gain.

    To ask that it is, a "LEGITIMATE" issue implies it was legitimate at one time. It has never been a "legitimate" issue. The question is disturbing coming from a world news organization. It rankles the hell out of the Far Right that a "Black" man is in the "White" House and it really rubs them raw that he is intelligent to boot. Legitimate...right.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    April 11, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  81. David of Alexandria VA

    If he isn't a natural-born American then it is. But, the bigger question is, who actually verifies the citizenship of any candidate? Shouldn't there be some unempeachable authority who must be able to say, with equivocation, that some one is qualified to run for President before they actually run? Why do we even have to make such a big deal about this hearsay? - heck we have a czar in the country for about everything else - why not a Czar of Birthrights?

    April 11, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  82. Ed'sKate

    Not for anyone with an ounce of common sense in their head. Hawaii is one of the 50 states of the United States and that government has shown that President Obama was born there. END OF STORY!!!

    April 11, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  83. Nora, C.C.Texas

    It is only a legitimate issue to the Man with the great hairdo Donald Trump. Obama has been President for 2 years and almost 3 months. After all this time DT decides he needs some shock value to enter into the Presidents race in 2012. So what better way then to stir the pot again!!! DT must not think much of the GOP if he thinks they would of let Obama become President if he was not born in the USA. I am sure they would of left no stone unturned to find this out. So in answer to your question, NO, it is not a legitimate issue!!!

    April 11, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  84. Jeff in Minnesota

    NO! Trump is barking up the wrong tree. But what do you expect from someone that's all show?

    April 11, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  85. Phil, Georgia

    R U kiddin me. after all of the catastrophies our country has gone through and big accomplishments that President Obama has achieved and thats all as a challenger you can talk about is his Birth, then there must not be too many holes in his accomplishments.

    And by the way, I like Candy Crowley but she looked real weak interviewing Trump. He just bullied her all around, spewed all of his nonsense and she couldn't give her rebuttals. A job as a reporter is told hold someones feet to the fire.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  86. Docb

    When was it ever an issue after he produced his Cert in 200?! It is only an issue for those with salacious intent or a need for attention.

    If you have a no defence or credentials attack the person to change the subject! Just like the Plaza was overgilded by trump–so is his opinion of himself and his credibility as very wealthy is laughable.Buffet and Gates –Soros etc have given away more $$$ in a year a piece than trump has cheated people out of!

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    April 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  87. Bradley, Portland, OR

    The Obama birth certificate conspiracies have been debunked over and over again.

    The only people still harping on this are somewhat unbalanced mentally, and nothing would convince them.

    Besides, in the last election, Obama was running against McCain, who without a doubt was born in Panama and not a US state, and therefore was not a natural-born citizen and was technically ineligible to run for President.

    So the Birthers didn't really have any valid choices for president at all if they don't believe Obama was born in Hawaii.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  88. Rod Mannion

    Yes it is. I dont care about conspiracy thoeries, but it is interesting the smear that takes place whenever this is brought up. At this point, I think many people have to conclude that he does not have a regular legal long form birth certificate. If he did, he would have shown the thing for Pete's sake. It is also interesting the steps that have been taken to hide this guy's past. Whatever he is hiding, it must be a doosey. It must be so big that if it became public information, it would ruin him. Shred the evidence!

    April 11, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  89. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    Obama's first term is almost over. Don't know, yet, if he'll win in 2012. Given that this issue was already resolved, and given that there are far more important things to be concerned about, this issue needs to be dropped.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  90. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Across the country there is all of this talk about "State's Rights". A residual debate birthed just prior to the civil war. The State of Hawaii has stated that President Obama was birthed in that state and has produced documents that it deems as legal and acceptable for "all" of it's citizens to establish citizenship. But some particular folks refuse to recognize that State's rights to define what it considers legal and proof of births in that State. The same people who now want to challenge the State of Hawaii's certificate of live birth also preach states rights's . Is this the double standard in play yet again? Are these folks saying that there is no possible way that a Black man legitimately born in this country could be equipped with the cerebral intellect; calmness; articulation; analytics; and leadership skills?

    I would like to see every member of Congress and their family members as well as the birthers to produce birth certificates and then we can discuss.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  91. Tom Huntington, NY

    NO!

    This was never about any birth certificate was it?

    You can always tell a birther but you can't tell them much. Nothing but nothing will ever satisfy them.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  92. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Of course not, Jack. Unless Trump can show proof that Barack Obama is actually an extraterrestrial or a stripper named Oddysey Dawn, he'll find this "birther" nonsense will fire up the base but will not get him elected dogcatcher.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  93. Rob in Brooklyn

    I'm getting so sick and tired of hearing this. If the GOP had anything worth saying they would stop talking about this

    April 11, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  94. Michael Gonzales

    What if this question was raised when President Bush was president and it was Bush that was suspected of being born in Europe and not Texas. What if Bush spent 2 million fighting anybody from seeing his original long form birth certificate and only showed a certificate of live birth would the media and left have treated him in the same light as they are Obama? Its a nonsense discussion but it does warrent a second look by the fact that he's spending huge amounts of real money fighting this.
    Michael,
    Edgewood NM

    April 11, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  95. Sylvia from San Diego

    Absolutely.... Obama can put this question to rest if he wanted to by simply showing his birth certificate. Why he has not complied yet makes no sense.....

    April 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  96. andy in Gaithersburg

    I don't care if the President was born in Russia during the Cold War IF he can do a good job, whatever "a good job" means...No matter what ANY President does, some people are gonna be dissatisfied...

    April 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  97. Lou P.

    Birth certificate an issue?
    Really?
    Economy, jobs, federal deficits, budget battles.... and a birth certificate is an issue???? Sheesh!!!!!

    Lou
    Roanoke, VA

    April 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  98. Darlene Williams

    At first it was an issue that was addressed and concluded with the fact that his birth certificate was legitimate. Now for those who just simply can't get over that proven fact I would question where did you come from because something is wrong with your intellect!

    If Donald Trump was so intelligent and business savvy why would he stoop this low to get attention? If he chooses to run for president then let the people decide if he is president material based upon his knowledge of the economy and world affairs, but not something as stupid as this. He's only exposing his true motive which is not about the people!

    April 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  99. Valerie in Raleigh

    It is not. This is a road for members of the Republican party to be heard and noticed by the far-right Tea Party nut cases who eat-up this sort of thing. The Donald, who I once respected, has jumped on this bandwagon and, by Republican surveys, it is working in his favor. This tells us more about the currect Republicans than any words could possible say. And, by the way, I will now make a donation to the President's re-election campaign.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  100. Chan

    Yes it is. It is required when my son signs up for Pop Warner. They didn't want a copy, they wanted the original....why not for our President?
    Have it show it.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  101. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    Not at all, Jack. The Bush-appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court swore him in, (Twice!) he lives in the White House and gets to fly in Air Force One! What more do you want? Besides, if they try to impeach President Obama as illegitimate, they will also have to impeach Chief Justice Roberts for aiding and abetting the alleged fraud.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  102. AzRose

    I think that most people would say no to your question about Obama's birth issue, however, I would have to say that with so many people raising the issue, it is still a legimate question. What I find interesting is why on earth would any sitting President spend two millions dollars to seal records. If there is nothing to hide, why not expose the records and clear up the matter once and for all. The fact that these records are sealed is reason to question in my opinion. There has to be something that Obama does not want the public to know about his past.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  103. Joe

    No, but idiots (specifically racist ones) feel that it is. The entire thing reeks of people too afraid to admit that a black man is president of the United States. I doubt Trump really believes this nonsense, but he's playing a game, and he knows it.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  104. Joe Tyrrell

    This was a question for 2008. Political burlesque to bring it up now.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  105. Norma Jeane

    Jack,
    If this is still a legitimate issue, America has definitely lost its mind. There are so many bigger issues going on. America's economy has gone down the toliet. It is 2011,people are still fighting for equal rights, and the list of legitimate issues goes on. Obama's birth certificate is not a valid and admissible issue that effect the way America runs.
    -Norma Jeane
    Las Vegas, Nv

    April 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  106. Jim in Alabama

    Jack, it's only an issue with the Republicans, the Tea Party and the less informed and bias people in this country. It's going nowhere!

    April 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  107. Bud Rupert

    As long as you have that 5% of the population being certifiably insane probably so. The bible thumping, constitutional waving, gun toting bigots are just a large enough demographic to get air time. Unfortunately.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  108. Kea from Honolulu

    This was only an issue 2 years ago. Since then, Obama released a legit copy of his birth certificate for media to see (with State seal pressed into the form and a signature), and a digital copy on his website.

    Give credit to Trump though. He's a media genius. I'm sure that, privately, he knows he'll never be president, but all this attention will help increase attention to his reality star status.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  109. james in greenville nc

    What is a "legitimate issue" in a campaign? I guess the birth certificate issue is about as legitimate as all the other fluffy issues that both parties use. Neither side really addresses the "real" legitimate issues anyway. At least the birther issue is entertaining.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  110. Overby from Melbourne

    At first I thought the whole thing was absurd. All he has to do is show a birth certificate to make the whole thing go away. Now, even I want to see one, and the longer it takes for him to show it, the more I'm believing it's a legitimate issue....

    April 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  111. Phil, Georgia

    President Obama is the Greatest leader of our time. Its alot of criticism about how he led during the health care and a couple of other things. But he clearly set the guidelines or parameters of the policy and then allowed congress to do their job and then he sumed it all up, made necessary compromises and accomplished one of the greatest fetes in Americas history.
    Even with the budget debate, the president already had several blue prints, he allowed republicacs to have their time in the spot light since election and then came in and made sure both sides got agreement. You can't say the President is not leading, he just has a versatile way of leading, a democratic-sports style, that everyone has a job to contribute but the president will bring it all together.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  112. Tom Mytoocents Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Jack

    Obama's birth certificate should be important in 2012. The 2008 election is over and the President has been sworn to oath....

    April 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  113. Jeff in Bishop, Georgia

    I've never been a fan of Trump until now... why?... because he is what no other politician is... FEARLESS

    April 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  114. Sandstone.

    "You don't even know the real Barack Obama! He could have been a child who died slightly after his birth to a black family, and then used on this guy! Who is this guy in your White-House?? You have no idea!! He was chosen by the black community, and the rest is pure corruption!"

    April 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  115. Maria

    "STILL?" Still??? Was it EVER a "legitimate" issue? Really??

    April 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  116. Julie from Louisiana

    I wish this would go away. Why doesn't he just show it (not the certificate of live birth) and that would put it to rest. I think the Dems want it to continue so that's why he doesn't show it. It would be so easy to end this.

    April 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  117. Mike Beemer

    We ask our politicians to be completely transparent about everything from their sex life to their finances.

    So, unless and until Mr. Obama is willing to be transparent about a legitimate birth certificate–it will remain a legitimate issue.

    Mike
    Belton, TX

    April 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  118. fran

    Yes, But even if he was born here, he seems to favor foreign countries (like drilling rights for Brazil!) and wants to change America's policies and values to be like other countries. Maybe this is what his idea of CHANGE was all about.

    Virginia

    April 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  119. Stephanie

    President Obama's birth seems only an issue to the birthers who refuse to accept what the courts, Hawaii and documents prove that Pres. Obama was born in Hawaii...as well as to CNN who keep this debunked myth on the front burner with constant coverage, and questions such as this.

    Surely you can find a more respectful way of earning revenue and covering the PRESIDENT than this nonsense.

    April 11, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  120. David

    No Jack,

    This question is insulting, offensive, and embarrassing for non-whites like me. It speaks to the Race issue all over again. Anything negative can easily be propagated against the Black President. Donald Trump is believable among most Republicans despite the fact that we all know that he is psychotic narcissist. How do you think this makes us look to the rest of the World.

    David, Las Vegas.

    April 11, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  121. Scott Stodden

    Anything To Tear Down President Obama That Is What This Is About! Don't You Think That If This Was An Issue Back During The 2008 Campaign That The Hillary Camp Would've Trounced All Over This? I Think This Is Just A Nasty Smear Attack So That Donald Trump Who Is A Great Business Man But Let's Not Forget The Companies That Went Bankrupt Under His Leadership, It Needs To Stop! I'll Clear The Air Right Now President Obama Was Born In Hawaii And His Father Is From Kenya And Candy Crowley Showed Legal Documents Of His Birth Certificate This Weekend On "State Of The Union" What More Do We Need, How Do We Know Donald Trump Wasn't Legally Born Here? Let's Start Nasty Rumors About The Donald And See What He Has To Say!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    April 11, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  122. Frankie

    Still????? Has it ever been legitimate for the some of the Republicans particularly Tea Party to stir up racism against our President in order to attract followers?

    April 11, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  123. Jack B in Chicago

    Absolutely not. The people who needed to see the birth certificate got the presidents birth certificate went to Hawaii and saw it. According to Hawaiian law, birth certficates are private. The only reason to bring this up again is to kick start one man's quest for the presdency. If this is the best Trump can put on the table his candicy is dead in the water. Get real and discuss something rele vant or shut up.

    April 11, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  124. Iona Meyer

    Not an Trumped up issue at all. No one would be stupid enough to try quackery in this age of information overload.

    Pretty tough stuff from a man who carried on a media frenzied affair with a woman while still married to Ivana. I think there was a story once about people who live in glass houses. Sure glad I'm not one of his children and have to live with the embarrasement he has become!

    April 11, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  125. Joyce H

    It's only an issue for those who are looking to create an issue. Hawaiian health officials confirm he was born in Hawaii, and the news papers in 1961 reported his birth at that time.

    Donald Trump is a joke, who wants to keep this alive to suit his own purposes. Enough already.

    April 11, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  126. honest John in Vermont

    No, not an issue at all. It's a Republican cheap-shot when they have better ammo to use.

    April 11, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  127. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    The birth certificate issue is as a legitimate issue as the issue of Trump's hair being plugs, a toupee, or real. But then Sarah probably knows the answer to that also.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  128. Parasbros

    This is ridiculous Give it up. The man is President. Let him do his job!.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  129. Pat in Michigan

    only to political hacks who aren't smart enough to make an educated arguement to a black presidents policies.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  130. David - Madison, WI

    No, Obama's birth certificate is not a legitimate issue. Sadly, it will still make republicans a lot of money in the form of campaign donations from right-wing nut-cases – um – I mean their base, so unfortunately we are likely to continue hearing about it until the next election.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  131. Pierre Angiel

    No, it;s not an issue. Even if it were true, his mother was an American Citizen making him one too regardless where he was born...even Jupitor.

    Miami, Fl

    April 11, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  132. Kirsten Nelson

    No it isn't and issue.
    People just enjoy a good conspiracy theory and Trump is feeding into it for the publicity.
    Anyone who is serious about this issue is a joke to anyone with common sense.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  133. Ed

    Yes it's still an issue.............his whole life is an issue becuse there's just too many un-answered questions about him.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  134. rich

    Its an issue.. the guy is in violation to the constitution, and should be impreached.. he cannot be president.. Trump will expose this... thank God!

    rich in NY

    April 11, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  135. Dennis

    You know, when I first heard about this issue, 2008ish, I wondered if there was something to it. But....do you think the Clintons would have let this go if they could have knocked Barrack out so easily. NEVER

    April 11, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  136. Dustin

    Absolutely not. At least, not until we start investigating anyone who has ever submitted a birth certificate from the state of Hawaii. It's senseless, distasteful, and a waste of our time. How can we have this discussion still, after so narrowly avoiding a government shutdown?

    Dustin,
    Columbia, MD

    April 11, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  137. Tomasz Zaborowski

    If this is a legitimate issue, then we probably need to seriously take into account that it is possible that Donald Trump is an illegal alien from another dimension.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  138. George Bryan Shelby

    Absolutely not. It is just for the crazies. Jobs, Economy and the deficit, those are the issues. Get jobs going, the economy will rebound, and with more revenue the deficit will begin to drop.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  139. Fabian

    Not at all. I just took a look at my 1 year old sons "birth certificate." It states clearly that it is a CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH. The term is quite typical of various state agencies in calling a Birth Certificate a Certificate of Live Birth.

    Maybe Trump wants to watch the video of my son being born in order to have proof he is eligible to be president in the future.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  140. vicky

    Trump and the Tea Party need to stop making a fools of themselves and read the Constitution. It's not a birth certificate that Obama needs.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  141. Brian

    It shouldn't be an issue at all!!! This has never been done with any other President. When the name is a little funny and his skin is of another shade and he's running America, I guess someone has to find something wrong. I guess that's what makes America what it is.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  142. greg lancaster,tx

    apparently. i can not however understand why. President Obama's mother was an American citizen and that makes him a natural born American regardless of where he was born. This is just like John Mccain who was born outside of the United States but because his parents were American he is a natural born American. Some will say that a military base is American soil but it is not. It is just an american base on foreign soil. They are describing the status of an American embassy not a military post.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  143. BJ

    Not a big deal if he's got one.....why is it such another hidden void in his background???????

    April 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  144. Teh Puma, Richmond VA

    No. It was hardly ever a problem anyway. Honestly though, what would people do? Kick him out and let Biden take over? I am willing to bet half of the people in this country don't even know who the Vice pres. is.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  145. Roble

    That's is sign of weakness and desperation, And was never a issue.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  146. Tom Masty

    Jack,

    Sure it is a legitimate issue... just like the alien conspiracy at Area 51,
    the shooter from the grassy knoll, and the Lincoln conspiracy.

    In the mind of people like Trump they are all valid.... but then I guess it indicates his inability to differentiate the credibility of any real issue.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  147. Susan Mohler

    ABSOLUTELY! NO one spends millions of dollars trying to prevent their birth certificate from being seen as President Obama has. Outrageous that he feels he is above the law! What is it that he doesn't want us to see? Why is his social securtiy # issued in Connecticut when he lived in Hawaii and had his first job there? Obama promised his administration would have "Transparancy". I think it needs to start with him!

    April 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  148. Larry

    Yes, Why isn't Pres. Obama putting this issue to bed? As a Dem, I wish he would step up and get this behind him. There is no legitimate reason to with hold it. If it states he is Muslim so what, we are the land of the free.. But I am tired of him not dealing with issues straight forward. I voted from him twice, and starting to regret it. Hilary please run.... Or Obama start leading....

    April 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  149. Kriss Perras Running Waters Idaho/California

    Absolutely not! What a bummer we are even talking about this anymore. The so-called issue of Obama's birth certificate is just a political ruse from the right, and right of right mostly, to try and discredit a legitimate populist democratic candidate/incumbent. It is intolerable to even hear the discussion anymore! If we stayed on issue as a country, then we wouldn't even be on this subject. We;d be debating how to improve health care for everyone, keeping us out of Iraq and getting our troops back home and trying to find a real solution to the deficit. Stop giving this non-issue time on the news.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  150. Becky Whitman

    Mister Obama has gone to great lengths to make sure that the general public cannot see his birth certificate. If he has nothing to hide why not show it? A certificate of live birth without a serial number can easily be created in Photoshop. A real birth certificate is a state document.

    Becky Whitman
    Arizona

    April 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  151. Jace

    Yes, of course. This is the grandest conspiracy of all time. Back in the sixties, they planted all of this because they said a black man with a Muslim name was exactly what the country would be hungry for in 2008. But they were Keystone Cops, because if his mother is a US citizen, he is a US citizen regardless of place of birth. Why'd they go to all that trouble? I wonder....

    April 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  152. Dr. Edward D. Viner

    I do not believe that Obama's birth was ever a significant issue, and certainly is not now that he has already served half a term and is really doing a very good job, considering all the unfair obstructionism.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  153. Mark

    Yes it is. Facts are facts... if Obama was born in the USA or not, the American people need to know that fact.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  154. Kevin - Veteran in Illinois

    President Barack Obama has a Certificate of Live Birth, which is what Donald Trump possesses. The State of Hawaii confirms his birth in that state, as well as local newspapers reported his birth two days after his birth. A Certificate of Live Birth is what is required to obtain a U.S. Passport. If Barack Obama was white, Donald Trump would not be asking this question. Not one white U.S. President has ever been harassed nor questioned like President Obama. It's offensive and ridiculous.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  155. Tom

    I'm confident that no matter what else President Obama might do to proove that he was truly born in the US, the birthers would disclaim any evidence, no matter how concrete it was. They'd deny the world was round if suited their agenda.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  156. John-Ryan

    Wheres his birth certificate! We must know! its much more important than wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Soaring energy costs, a budget shortfall, an economy struggling to stay out of the recession it has clawed its way out of, Radiation leaks in japan, the death of unions in some of the states, But yea, Where is that birth certificate? That's whats REALLY important...

    April 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  157. InChicago

    It never was an issue. Funny how it was unpatriotic to question W's service (or Cheney for that matter) during Viet Nam, and now it's ok to say the president isn't legally the president. A true sign of the Rep party going for the lowest, meanest and most racist common denominator. I used to vote republican, but there are no Republicans left.It will be very scary in 2012 when the hatred really hits the light of day.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  158. jay b. felt

    Jack;
    Obama's birth certificate is still an issue for all the racists and bigots who persist in their inability to accept a black man as president. It's unfortunate but they simply can't present their true argument.
    Jay

    April 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  159. Sharon LoMonaco

    It's totally absurd! It never was "an issue" ... simply an attempt to create a side show to avoid the real issues that plague our nation ... the main virus carrier of that plague is the Republican Obstructionist Party!

    April 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  160. Dee

    So, if he is legit... what is the problem? Just produce the birth certificate!!!!!!! Just the fact that he doesn't raises the issue

    April 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  161. Nancy

    It is not an issue. They are trying to cause voters to have doubt and therefore not vote for Pres. Obama.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  162. Tad

    No. If there were a hint that Obama wasn't born on US soil the Clinton's would have dug it up in the primary. No one can sniff out a scandal like the Clinton's.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  163. Randy of New Mexico

    No Jack, it is no longer important issue about Obama’s birth. However, after seeing so much about how Palin and Trump acts I think it should be an issue with them, I do not even think they were born on earth.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  164. Tharms

    Yes, of course it is still an issue. It doesn't matter if it is Barack Obama, or George Bush, or John McCain, or Ron Paul - the Constitution mandates that the president be born in the United States and in order to prove that, anyone on the ballot, or in the line of the ascension, should have to prove categorically, without question, that they are eligible for the office.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  165. Ronnie

    If Obama thinks that his birth certificate should not be a big issue then just let him show it to the public. Then everybody will know for sure. I have to show my birth certificate to get a drivers license, he should have to show his to be president.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  166. Lindsay

    Obama was up against Hillary and Bill Clinton in the primaries. If there was any scandal Bill and Hillary would have found it and used it.

    It's not a real issue anymore (if it ever was). The focus on it is just racism and makes US look foolish around the world.

    But the media needs to take some of the blame. If you didn't cover it, Trump,etc couldn't make a issue of it.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  167. Jared

    Jack,

    Why are we talking about this non-issue? The President was quite obviously born an American Citizen; and anyone who says otherwise is either a complete fool who shouldn't be allowed to speak, or a right-wing talking head trying to talk smack about Barack. Aren't there people dying in the middle-east that we should be worrying about? Wasn't there just a tsunami that killed some 13,000 people in Japan? Aren't there more productive ways the ignoramus right-wing talking heads can spend their time? How about banding together to raise awareness for an issue that's actually important like, oh I don't know, UNEMPLOYMENT? Gah!

    April 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  168. James A Curwen

    Weather or not the Presidents birth certificate is still an issue or not, I would feel even worse if he had to leave office, and thus, leaving us with Joe Biden in charge...Where does one draw the line on the less of 2 evils??

    April 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  169. Dan from NC

    Aren't there more important issues we should be dealing with?

    April 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  170. Ann-------------Indianapolis

    Obama's place of birth is no longer-and never was-an issue. He was born in Hawaii.

    But, no matter where he was born, being the child of an American mother, doesn't that automatically give him American citizenship?

    April 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  171. Jennifer

    Absolutely relevant – we are a nation of laws not men. The President should have cleared this issue up a long time ago, and the media should have demanded full disclosure .

    April 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  172. Dr. Joe deeb

    At this time, I care less if The Presidentwas born in Korea, if he can fix the Economy, let me save mu House,My car and provide for my family. he is my President. Shame on you Trump, I thought you are smarter than this!

    April 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  173. Mike

    Good lord, do these people not have anything else to do? It no more legitimate than the claim Iraq had WMD's. Move on to more important topics like....the economy

    April 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  174. Thomas Jamison

    There is no reason to dispute Obama's birth certificate to prove he is not qualified to be president. His performance alone proves that.

    As for Trump being Obama's worst nightmare, that my well be true, but when Obama wakes up in the morning, his dreams, good or bad, turn out to be nothing in the real world.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  175. Chris

    Seems it's legitimate to you.
    Why bother giving airtime to this? You rail on Trump or Palin, but you condescend to give them airtime for some absurd crap issue. You too are jumping through their hoops.

    ~Chris
    D.C.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  176. Susan from Idaho

    No, it never was an issue, The Donald needs to stick with what he knows, bankruptcies and new wives, He and the tea party need to take a coffee break. I'll buy.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  177. bill winfield

    of course it is.....obama is no more american than you are conservative jack....he is the mouth piece for the world bank and with his latest moves in the financial world how can he be called american.....he doesn't have our interests in mind but he does have his banker friends in mind...George bush barrack obama whats the difference

    April 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  178. Susan Denise

    Yes. I have only a "Certificate of Life Birth" as an adoptee. I have petitioned the State Court to unseal the "Original Birth" Documents. Could The President do the same and end this debate?

    April 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  179. Ken in NC

    It is a legitimate issue but only in the realm of The Wicked Witch and Warlock of the West. Names need not be called.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  180. Fran from Rockville

    No...It's 2011...We have 2 1/2 wars, a soaring deficit, a slow growing economy, trash and radiation coming from Japan and revolutions taking place in the Middle East to watch out for. Right now I don't care if he was born on mars. I'm tired of this stupid story..let's let it die..

    April 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  181. Donna Savage

    No, the birth question is NOT a legitimate issue. Trump simply does
    not have the political background to address anything weightier.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  182. Nathanial

    of course it's a legitimate issue.
    you have to show an ID to get a fishing licence
    he should just man up
    You can NOT ask to be in the most powerful office in the
    world and not show your entire history, medical records,
    school records, birth cert, every licence they've ever had, every ticket etc

    April 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  183. Ubah

    Donald trump is just trying to get attention and sarah palin is a sore loser from the election. President Obama's birth certificate is legitamite why cant they just let it go he already won and his term is almost over. Its crazy why he would waste his time and money just for attention and even if he ran for president im 100% sure he wouldnt win.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  184. April Andrews

    Absolutely not – it isn a disingenuous ploy on Mr Trump's part calculated to garner media attention and pander to conservative extremists. He isn't that stupid to really believe there is problem with President Obama's place of birth.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  185. Renee Peoria,Ill

    If this had ever been a legitimate issue it would have come up before the first black president was elected to the W.H. And Chump – I mean Trump – is just doing his usual three-ring-circus grandstanding look at me thing. He's like a child demanding attention. If he runs it'll be the country's worst nightmare not Obama's.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  186. Rhommy

    Definitely not a legitimate issue. Trump is expressing among other goals, his feelings of hate like many people of his kind. Simple as that, If Obama didn't qualify to be a president, Obama wouldn't be where he is. Doubting his place of birth at this point means trump thinks is the most intelligent american, any other person is stupid. Shame on him!!!

    April 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  187. Sheryl Black

    Obama's birth place is not an issue to me. I believe he was born in the US. I have never watched Trumps show and I think he is a bit of a kook., sort of a Ross Perot! I hope Trump runs. He will be easy to beat, and will split the GOP.
    Sheryl Black

    April 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  188. Bob in Texas

    No Jack, and it never was a legitimate issue. The fact of the matter is this, at the time of his birth, President Obama's mother was an American Citizen, whether she was in Hawaii or Timbuktu. A child born to an American citizen, even if that child is born abroad, is an American citizen unless that citizenship is specifically renounced. This has been the law for nearly two hundred years. Each year hundreds of new American citizens are born in foreign places. These are often the children of diplomats, US government workers, Americans employed by foreign or American companies, etc. Each of these children are considered American citizens. This whole issue is now, as it always has been, completely bogus.

    Maybe instead of hiring investigators, the clown millionaire should simply check with his lawyer.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  189. roy....Eau Claire WI

    Yes and No

    What did the hospitals in Hawaii give that year, the birth certificate or the certificate of live birth.

    Isnt this a simple question...with a simple answer

    April 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  190. janet taylor

    No, it is not a legitimate issue. I am so sick of hearing "largest ego in the world Donald" dummy up the people. Not only is he extremely rude, I find him not very bright. His inability to be mature and communicate on an adult level is very disturbing. His banter indicates his inability to communicate and/or compromise.
    Thank you for listening.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  191. becky - Las Vegas

    It's as legitimate as any other issue as long as there are people who continue to talk about it and those who continue to believe it. Also, it keeps the simple public (i.e. Simple Sarah & The Donald) from tackling REAL issues like the economy, foreign affairs and health care.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  192. connie davis

    Jack,
    The Obama birth certificate is a "non issue" period.....I ordered my birth certificate from the state of Texas for a passport....Texas sent me the same exact certificate as President Obama has, and it was mailed to me 04-01-07. They look identical except for the information, of course. I know I wasn't born in Kenya.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  193. Fyne, Chicago

    No, it isn't! And you (all of you in serious news business) should be ashamed of yourselves for giving this sham any publicity at all. It is simply not newsworthy. Donald Trump's publicity crazed life is indicative of a deeper malady, and illustrative of the limits of money. Poor soul.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  194. Meghan

    This is absolutely an issue and the President is making it one. Why is he spending millions of dollars blocking the investigation into his birth records.

    It is very simple, just show the document – and all is over, yet, the president cannot seem to do that

    Americans should demand this kind of documentation from their commander-in-chief – After all, the rest of us need to evidence our birth records for everything from voting, to insurance to a driver's license.

    Voters who do not feel this is an issue should question themselves on the very process that allows them to vote in the first place – proving your nationality!

    Good for you, Mr, Trump for demanding simple, plain accountability. No more, no less – as how it should be.

    There is too little of that right now in this country.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  195. Robert

    Yes it is! A Certificate of Live Birth does not have a signature, address or doctor's name on it. I have my birth certificate AND a COB and my birth certificate has all that information as well as both of my foot prints on the back. If President Obama has a birth certificate why is he not presenting it? Where there is smoke there is usually fire... or at least something smoldering and about to turn in to a raging inferno.

    The real issue though is that fact that President Obama was legally adopted by an Indonesian citizen and is then legally an Indonesian citizen. Just as when an American family adopts a foreign child they forfeit their native citizenship and take on US citizenship. That is the issue we all need to look at.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  196. Louisa Jagoe

    I think the president's birth certificate is totally a non issue. Mr. Trump needs to find a legitimate issue to bring up. We have many issues to discuss. Mr. Trump makes himself look really stupid to keep harping on this.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  197. Randy S. Mire

    This has never been a legitimate issue . If there was anything to this Hillary Clinton would have found it dureing the campaign . I've always been a fan of Donald Trump but he's picked politics over reality and I will NEVER watch the apprentice again .

    April 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  198. Charlene W. Allen

    With all of the unemployment, and the millionaires not paying their fair share (Trump included) and leaving our states in financial ruins, donald Trump can only come up with a dead horse to run. It is a publicity stunt and he knows full well that every politician before him has reseached this issue until there is nothing left to find out that is new. that money that he wasted on sending folks to Hawaii to try to dig up something that is not there could be used to campaign against all the tax loopholes that he and his croonies benefit from and the expense of the poor and working class citizens.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  199. bruce rochester hills mi

    of course its a legitimate issue jack. it says so in the constitution. and last time i checked, we're a nation of laws! and if he was not born here as his grandma says he wasn't. she said kenya. then he is an ilegitimate president and commited the biggest con ever! and jack, why did he spend 2 million dollars trying to make this thing go away. if he's legit, then show a real birth cirtificate. that will settle it for me and i presume everyone else. but they won't cause maybe just maybe...as his grandma says, he was born in kenya.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  200. Jim

    How many times does this question have to be asked? My guess when we run out of people who believe in the tooth fairy, easter bunny and fairy tails.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  201. Laura Johnson

    This is not a legitmate issue, and never will be. As long as a certified copy of Obama's birth certificate was acquired from Vital Statistics within Hawaii's Department of Health, his birth in that state is required to be fully and legally recognized in that state, and in the rest of the country.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  202. Greg

    Absolutely. The press and the Obama campaign made it one. To the extent the left are "above" the issue is telling. Any dirt is fair game and any investigation is worthwhile ... for anyone but a democrat.

    It is racists to insist this isn't a fair issue. It's like arguing that blacks can't be racist. The racism of low expectations. If the President wasn't half black, he never would have made it this far. The Presdient is hiding something; if just to hide, but he's brought this on himself. No one is above the public's right to know. Why no school records or any records from Obama pre-Chicago? Why is it not fair to ask?

    April 11, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  203. Stephen Charchuk

    It is totally irrelevant where Obama was born since his mother was still an American citizen. At the very least he would have dual-citizenship.... Anyone who still tries to make an issue of this is a fool.

    Stephen
    NS, Canada

    April 11, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  204. Jay

    No, but with such a huge portion of the American voting public dumb/bigoted enough to still buy into such conspiratorial nonsense after all this time, the folks looking to get their votes will latch onto this tomfoolery as well. If a poll showed that half of Republican primary voters thought the Earth was flat, you can bet that Trump would send his investigators into space to dig a little deeper into the ‘Globe’issue.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  205. Patrick Gray

    I truly don't believe that it is an issue. If in fact he wasn't born here it still does not help the rampant political polarization and lack of bipartisan effort to help stem the budget crisis and the conflicts in Libya, Afghanistan, or Iraq. The United States is consistently falling behind other nations, developed and developing, in education. The country's infrastructure is failing and we are not doing much to decrease our dependence on individual automobile use through the development of other transportation methods, ie. a interconnected network of high speed rail. It seems to me that there are much bigger problems than attacking the President and creating a fictional dialog aimed at the 2012 elections. There are much more important issues than this to be discussing in the national news and it is a shame that news coverage has fell to this level.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  206. Nancy, Tennessee

    The people of the United States who have heard rumors of our Constitution being violated deserve to see the real deal. The original birth certificate should be produced and when we are through looking at it President Obama can frame it for his Presidential Library.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  207. Manuel Aguirre

    President's Obama birth certificate was never a "legitimate" issue. It was and is a stupid racist issue being thrown about as an "issue" by cheap stupid hucksters and political opportunists wanting to see personal gains with morons just like them. For the rest of us, it is a blatant attempt to distract the public from our real problems-no jobs and our country going lock stock and barrel to the rich and corporate while the rest of us suffer.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  208. Jack Dempsey

    Jack, No! This is an attempt by weak minded cand-idiots to get the most ignorant segment of the american population to support them. Jack from Nice,Ca.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  209. JoAnn Coggin

    The only reason I question Obama's U.S. Citizenship is due to the fact that the state of Hawaii could not produce his Birth Certificate at the time it was requested. One was "manufactured", but the "ORIGINAL" has never been shown. If he is a true citizen, why is there such a problem with this issue? I do not agree with the way Trump is handling his questions to this. He is a well followed individual and like you said, may be trying to get more attention drawn to his show.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  210. Roscoe Smith

    If you've got an elected official, of the highest office and every imaginable stand that official takes must be adamantly opposed only because those in opposition cannot publicly state the substance of their true opposition: it's not his birthplace, but his parentage, then yes, anything imaginable can be put forth as a "legitimate" issue.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  211. Tim Callahan

    Of course Obama's birth certificate is a non issue. I was born in Philadelphia, Pa and never received a birth certificate. The only paperwork I had was a certificate of live birth issued by the County of Philadelphia. It seems when I was born the State House in Harrisburg had just burned to the ground destroying all state issued birth certificates and making it impossible to issue new ones for more than a year. I was almost denied a government job because I had no birth certificate. I did get the job when the clerk realized Pa. was unable to issue them at the time. I was denied a passport. I then got online and Pennsylvania issued me a birth certificate dated 2005. Maybe the birthers should address the real issue - they hate Obama because he is black.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  212. Jay in Kentucky

    Not the most pressing issue BUT I do wonder why he doesn't show us his actual birth certificate. I wasn't allowed to use my hospital certificate to get a passport but I'm not part of the political elite.

    I'd write more but I need to go ask my boss for a raise to cover what I overspent this weekend.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  213. Phil

    Yes it is still a ligitamate issue! Just show it and be finished with it! The scary thing is if he does not have one, the government knows this and is hiding it. You think they would just print one up.
    phil
    Benicia ca

    April 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  214. Dave

    Of course it is ! And I wish Mr. Trump would investigate whether there really is an Easter Bunny. That's bothered me for years. Aren't these the kind of issues presidential candidates should be tackling ?

    April 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  215. Bruce in Colorado

    It is a legitimate issue! Would you want an imposter and a fraud as POTUS? If's he's legit, fine, but why has Obama spent over $2MM blocking ALL his records (e.g. real birth certificate-not the phoney certificate of birth; school records, adoption records, passport, medical history, law school publications, Connecticut SS number,....and the list goes on!!)???? Only if he has something to hide. The MSM never vetted the guy and neither did the Democrats or Republicans.....Obama has no past history other than what he chooses to write about, and which is full of holes. It seems that the Emperor really is wearing clothes to those of you that don't choose to see that he is metaphorically "naked". As this continues, more and more people with join with Trump and demand answers.....the genie is out of the bottle and Obama and handlers are running scared. Eventually Obama will have to turn his cards over or they will be turned over by others joining the fray.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  216. Dave in CT

    Hi Jack,
    I think where he was born is the LEAST of my issues with him. While we're at it why don't we dig deeper into the Exxon Valdez spill. It's just as relevant.
    Dave in rural CT

    April 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  217. Ray Elman

    The only reason this ridiculous issue stays alive is that the media continues to give it air time. The state of Hawaii has made it clear that Obama was born there. Giving air time to "Birthers" in face of facts to the contrary is like giving air time to Creationists who believe that man and dinosaurs co-existed. Obama's mother was born was a US citizen and so were her parents. That should be enough not matter where the President was born.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  218. Robert Jr.from kensington MD

    Of course not- I'm only 12 and I can tell who's an American better then Palin. Mr. Trump should stop wasting his time and hard earned money.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  219. Karl in Flint

    The birthers sticking point has always been the Hawaiian “Certificate of Live Birth”. Reality check folks: I searched to see exactly what states issue this certificate. No list was available since most states issue a “Certificates of Live Birth”. Remember you can only get a certified copy of the information on the original document not the original document itself. The old “Birth Certificate” used to be issued only for live births but nothing was recorded for stillborn in most places. Parents began asking for a record of their stillborn children and the “Live” was added to a new form to designate the difference. You would think The Donald could find the real answer, as I did in five minutes, but maybe The Donald isn’t really interested in the truth, you think?

    April 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  220. Carl W.

    Yes it is legitimate....since we going with this fairy tale, we need to investigate which drawf Snowwhite was dating; why did Cinderella step sisters dislike her.

    Mr. Obama was born in America and this matter been investigated by the authorities in Hawaii. I am disappointed that CNN is giving a voice to crazy people.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  221. Peter

    The questions surrounding President Obama's birth certificate are meant to distract the public and voters. It's just as absurd as issues surrounding his religion - again, meant as a distraction. More important are tax breaks the guilded elites received in the tax deal with Congress. Donald Trump, hedge fund managers and investment bankers benefit from distracting the public.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  222. Roni Antenucci

    I might have taken Donald Trump seriously until the birth certificate issue. I have a similar birth cirtificate for reasons I do not wish to share from the state of New York. Get a life! There are people who will believe anything as long as it is in print. I really thought THE Donald had more on the ball. OR Has he gotten the bug that seems to bite politicians on a regular basis? I am from Sarasota FL – a Republican, Conservative, Tea Party Enclave. Yet, I have to question. Is this what people really believe? Or is it what they tell pollsters? Roni

    April 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  223. Steven Bowman

    No, this is not a legitimate issue nor has it ever been. I am sick and tired of the GOP using this and other empty rhetoric in a very lame attempt to hide what they really feel. They don't like President Obama because he's African-American and he's a democrat. I wish everyone would stop ignoring the elephant in the middle of the room. Of course, acknowledging it would be committing political suicide. He's going to get my vote again regardless of what trumped up conspiracies the right comes up with. Trump is noting more than a joke candidate looking for publicity. Like Bill Cosby said, "Run or shut up!"

    April 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  224. Oracle

    We deserve to know the facts... whether he was born in the USA or not.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  225. Ms. Williams

    Why is this such an issue? What other past president had is birth questioned this many times? I feel think America is going backward in a way because where is was born is not the real issue its because he is a African American. President Obama does not fit the white over 50 stereotype so he must not be American. I work for the government and I had to undergo several background checks and provide plenty of documents before I was hired. Do Americans really think our government would have allowed Obama to become president if he was not born here? Seriously people use some commons sense!!!

    April 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  226. kathy from peoria az

    Only if your name is Donald Trump, Sarah Palin and most Republicans. Anyone with any brains or common sense knows this is just another tactic by all of them. Maybe if all of them would spend as much time on figuring out how to balance the federal budget instead of all this nonsense but I forgot they have so much money that they can waste it on trying to prove that President Obama wasn't born in Hawaii. The rich need to be poor for awhile to see what is really important in this world.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  227. John

    The issue was never legitimate from the beginning , people like trump use the issue to get a % of people to not vote for Obama and to question the issue. Its amazing what people will believe and say about our own president.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  228. Lee

    I find it a bore. I saw a picture of his birth certificate. It looks like mine – right down to the stamped signature and the old-fashioned seal of certification. I don't expect anything else from Trump, though. He'd have to mature enough to behave like an adult. So sad.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  229. Todd

    Mr. Trump is a little late. Lets talk about things that matter, like maybe the economy. Is this really the best that Republicans can do? With Palen and Trump as potential candidates "President" Obama has nothing to worry about.

    Todd
    Phoenix, AZ

    April 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  230. Randy

    Yes. It will be a smoke and mirrors issue until the republican savior jeb bush comes out and squashes it while announcing his candidacy for president. At least that's what i think the military,media industrial complex has in mind.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  231. Alex in SD Ca

    Obama's birth certificate issue has long been settled. It is only the fringe wack jobs who don't think so. What we need from all potential presidential candidates is real solutions to the very real problem facing the country. What we do not need is more of these non-sensical distractions.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  232. Robert D.

    It certainly is if the president cannot give positive proof that he was born in the USA. We are talking about constitutional issues here.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  233. David Tanner

    The birth certificate issue was, and is, a foolish conversation, by fools and for fools. The state of Hawaii has released a copy of the certificate. Good enough for me, move on.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  234. Christopher Alksnis

    This is not a legitimate issue! Yes, I'm a lifelong Democrat, but the media has been re- re- re-fueling this issue. Trump and other extremist, out-of-touch Republican/Tea Party politicians continue to stir this up either because they have no platform of their own or they are flat-out racists, but in the end the media keeps reporting on it!

    April 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  235. Nicki

    Absolutely Not! It's only an issue to those who hope to delegitimize President Obama's presidency. Racists, conspiracy theorists, Nativists and Millionaires who wear very bad toupees have all latched onto this "birther" issue because they are too cowardly to say what they really want to say: "We do not think an African American has a legitimate right to be the president of this country." Since they cannot say that, they go around it by pushing this birther idea as a way to remove Obama. It is a red herring. Instead of celebrating his election as a sign of progress in this country and letting it serve as an example of change and inspiration to other countries around the world, birthers are proving themselves to be ridiculous, if not pitiful!
    As for Donald Trump, I am somewhat giddy that he is taking the lead here. While he MIGHT have been a viable and formidable contender for the 2012 elections–especially given the economic stress the country is in– taking the megaphone on this one will seal the end of his campaign road...

    April 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  236. lynnej in north carolina

    No it is not a legitimate issue. Never was. Hawaii become a state in 1959. President Obama was born there in 1961. Regardless of that, he would still be an American citizen because his mother was American Stanley Ann Dunham whom was born in Witchita, Kansas.

    The only people trying to make this a legitimate issue are those that are still disillusioned over the fact that there is a black man who sits in the Oval Office at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    It is the 21st century people. We can do more than play sports, sing and clean up. For crying out loud, the man is President Of the United States. Just get over it.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  237. Fatima M

    No, it's not a legitimate issue... people just can't let it go. They are holding on the whatever they can to try to kick President Obama out of office. One... we shouldn't be giving the real estate agent, hmm what's his name? Oh yeah Donald Trump, hahaha. We shouldn't be giving him the time of day. Whatever he says is for hollywood. The problem with the media is that they keep giving people like Trump and Palin the time of day that the crazy Republicans think, oh we should vote them in because we are so desperate to take over we don't care who our puppet is, so long as he/she wins the presidency for us. Come on people... we can't act stupidly, we need real intelligent people running. We need to continue to lead in this world and it wont progress by fighting against each other with political genres, (Democrats, Republicans, Liberals, etc.) whatever.

    UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL!!!!

    April 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  238. Luis

    Jack

    The "Birther" syndrome is a legitimate issue for more Honesty and better Education.
    Using the scientific approach, one states a hypothesis and gathers data to either prove or disprove the hypothesis.
    Using the superstition approach, one states their belief and gathers data to prove it.
    That's the method of "Birthers", "Truthers", people who believe we have not been on the moon, people that believe he Earth is flat, and other superstitious conspiracies do.
    I mention Eucation, because if we undestood the data, we would reach the correct conclusion and realize we are being scammed.
    I mention Honesty because the reason many of these superstitions grow is to enrich someone's pocket at the expense of the many.
    In my work as a Consultant to solve significant problems fast, I have met many people deserving of an MBS degree. (Managing By Superstition)
    Regards,
    Luis

    April 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  239. John Traver

    Only if you do not believe in States Rights. Why is it the people of the party of States Rights never want to let them have them? The typical hospital stay was 7 days in Hawaii then, and the mother and baby had their coming out party on the 8 day.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  240. Dave McFarland

    Absolutely, it's an issue. While not required by the constitution,(providing a birth certificate, that is) The President has made it an issue by not letting the inquisitive nature of our country see it. It really raises the question........What does he have to hide??? It's a human nature issue and he started it by being so .....non-transparent!! It has become an issue because it should'nt have been an issue!

    April 11, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  241. James Sachtjen

    I can't believe that this is still an issue four years later.I would think that the FBI investigation into this would be enough.But consider the source THE DONALD.While he may be a real estate wiz his grasp on the real issues seen to be absent.He is not as big a joke as Palin,but I still can't take him seriously as a candidate.But then the voters in this country have surprised me more than once with their stupidity.I think it's time to move on to the real problems that face us now and Donald as far as I am concerned "YOU'RE FIRED".

    April 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  242. Carl in San Diego

    No, Trump is a one note trumpeter. He has gone on these talk shows, succeeding in stirring up controversy. It is all self-promotion. He is a plutocrat and plutocratical, and has no resolutions for anything facing this country or the world. He goes on these talk shows and all they ask him about is the birther issue. He is like Sarah Palin, getting noticed by everyone, appealing to the right-wing, without saying anything!

    April 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  243. rick macklin

    Yes - it is a credible issue. The Consutition states the President must be a citizen, and if he is not it's treason. Why hasn't Obama spent millions on finding his birth certificate in lieu spending millions in Court attempting to block access to it? Go Trump, and keep digging into the issue. Maybe you can put and end to the question hanging over Obama.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  244. michael

    This is crazy, of coarse this is an issue . This is in no way a racist question and i cant believe we are allowing it to go this far . something is wrong if he wont just show us the real documents.Mr trump is the only one with the guts to push the issue . and all the people who say its not an issue also at the same time bash anyone who , in thier opinion, belives it is . its a huge, huge issue.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  245. Jonathen

    It has never been a legitmate issue. If there had been something wrong or out of place, we would have heard about it back in 2007 when Obama filed his paperwork with the Federal Election Commission.

    I believe that this is a result of the 24-hour news cycle that has come with cable and the internet news. In order to constantly have something to discuss at all hours, media outlets give attention to stories that never should have been covered more than once.

    Rather than discussing this, the media should be asking politicians how they intend to cut the deficit and reduce the unemployment rate that is crippling the economy. With gas prices rising and infrastructure crumbling, now is not the time to allow ourselves to be distracted by such ridiculous issues like this.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  246. maggieb

    Yes it is, and every one who is put on the ballot 2012 should have to produce a birthcertificate.
    Why has Obama spent millions to Hide his records? I have mine

    April 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  247. David N

    I don't believe it was ever an issue...........................however, if this is the Trump card in this dealt hand............................perhaps a bid of one, no trump would be in order??

    April 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  248. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    I don't know Mr. Trump personally, but I believe the man is a self made billionaire and he is not that stupid to get involve in an issue as Obama's birth place or citizenship unless he knows or feels that something is definitely wrong. So it is a legitimate issue.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  249. Doug

    Absolutely NOT!! This "issue" is a dead horse and the only thing the GOP has to run on for 2012. The don't have one single legimate plan to help this nation that doesn't reward the filthy rich and penalize the middle-class and seniors. What else are they gonna talk about? That sad truth is none of them understand the Constitution. Pres. Obama is AMERICAN by BIRTH, even if he was born on Mars, because his mother is American! Stop giving the idiotic GOP free press. You're being used!

    April 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  250. davegeorgia

    What's the big deal about showing the long form birth certificate, that is, if it exists? Trump is a US citizen, he has the right to question and investigate. Shouldn't the US have a "trust and VERIFY" policy? If the Hawaii Governor who said that he was going to prove the BO birth was a valid Hawaii birth but was unable to do so, I think that raises even more questions.

    Those that say it's a non issue, I think are afraid or do not want to consider the possibility that they were duped by the "annointed one", the State of Hawaii records department needs to quit stonewalling and release the real thing if it exists. What most don't remember or haven't heard are claims from Hawaii State employees that state the birth certificate does not exist for BO

    April 11, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  251. Mustafa

    I don't thing so. I important is whether one of his parents is American Citizen or not ? If his mom is an American, it does not matter where he was born. He is by birth American.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  252. Jane - WI

    Yes, it's a legitimate question. It's a question that the media should have looked into during the 2008 election. If the President wants to put this to rest, all he has to do is produce the original birth certificate. While he's at it, he might want to also release his school records, which for some odd reason he also will not produce.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  253. William

    Hilarious...all this rancor over a $10 Birth Certificate that Mr Obama /Soetoro. The right wants to know and the left doesn't care. Surely somebody checked it....right...somebody....? Many have seen "it"
    but no one wants to produce "it"....hmmmm what's up Barry why you angry about this $10 piece of paper? It just won't go away....By the way just why did the Obama's surrender their Licenses to practice law? I'm sure they have a very good reason....Where's the puppet press?

    April 11, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  254. jim b

    re; birth certificate
    while the issue should be settled, i would hope Trump has some fresh perspectives and address' the issues. obama pledged to end the war-he is the commander-in-chief. "you're fired" might be a valid response. Bring the troops home to guard our borders and lets stop cutting funds for schools,the needy, and our infrastructure projects.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  255. Derek

    Yes, why should he be treated any different from any other candidate. As the democrats and the talking heads at CNN made senator McCain show his certificate. You have not yet applied the same standards to Presidant Obama who may very well be the first illegitimate president we have had.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  256. Conor in Chicago

    I think it makes total sense that the party who hates government would think that somehow Obama has been able to hide something all of this time. It should really inform you about who these people are, how they think, and why you should NEVER vote for them again.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  257. Elva Keaton

    I know there are people out there who don't like that President Obama is the President. They all have their reasons. Some are racist, some don't like his policies, and some are just greedy and ambitious and they want to put themselves forwards at the expense of others. President Obama is in the White House. That is the reality of the situation. People should just accept that. As for where President Obama was born, I am satisfied that this issue has been dealt with sufficiently. We all need to move on. I think frankly there are more pressing issues that this country needs to deal with right now. Mr. Trump's putting the focus on Obama's birth certificate seems very ill-advised particularly at a time when there are such serious economic problems in this country and many other problems that need to be addressed.

    April 11, 2011 at 6:56 pm |