Um . . . that was weird. While I was busy with real life this morning, the president called a surprise press conference to announce the belated release of his birth certificate. In a chiding tone, he announced that neither we nor he have time for such "silliness." Then he declined to answer substantive questions about changes in leadership at the CIA, dashing off to hop on Air Force One for a jaunt to Chicago and New York. Apparently taping an interview with Oprah and attending a political fundraiser are weighty presidential matters worthy of his time and atttention (and our tax dollars).
I've never been much of a birther but I have always wondered why Obama refused to release his birth certificate. I figured it must contain some bit of inconvenient truth that might embarrass our thin-skinned president. I guess not. You can view it here.
But you don't have to be a birther to wonder, why now? Wouldn't it have been more appropriate to release it sometime before November, 2008? Were Trump's incessant proddings more than Obama's fifth-rate temperament could bear? So it seems.
From the Corner, some interesting reactions from various members of the GOP:
Sarah Palin:Heh -- Trump gloats that he is "proud and honored" that the president has finally been compelled to release the document, and now he wants Obama to release his college transcripts, too. Just to be clear, I'm no fan of Donald Trump, but this is becoming amusing. Score: Trump 1, Obama 0. The president had better add The Art of the Deal to his summer reading list.
Media: admit it, Trump forced the issue. Now, don’t let the WH distract you w/the birth crt from what Bernanke says today. Stay focused, eh?
House speaker John Boehner’s spokesman Kevin Smith:
This has long been a settled issue. The Speaker’s focus is on cutting spending, lowering gas prices, and creating American jobs.
Newt Gingrich to Talking Points Memo:
All I would say is, why did it take so long? The whole thing is strange.
House majority leader Eric Cantor to Fox News:
I have criticized members of my own party for making this some kind of an issue and so I am really surprised that the White House is actually doing the same. … If the White House press secretary says that this is a sideshow, why aren’t we treating it as such and dealing with the bigger issues? … This is an issue that does not belong in the debate. There are much more important issues for us to be dealing with.
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