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#52 Apr 27 2011 at 3:42 PM Rating: Good
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To me, it's like the jerk who is asked for ID at a bar, and presents a library card, then a temporary license paper, then says that he's got a friend who can vouch for him, and then after an hour of this he finally pulls out his wallet and shows his ID and wonders why the bartender made such a big deal out of it.
Except the bar accepts those forms of ID, so the bartender is just being a dick.
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Gbaji and the rest of the Birthers are still retards.

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Edit: LOLFreepers. "But... but... if you ONLY released this then EVERYONE would just stop asking!!" :D


What I have said consistently on this subject is that with said release, the only people who will care are the fringe crazies, who can safely be ignored (well, except by liberals who go seeking them out in order to make it seem like they speak for the rest of us). My issue, and the issue most people had with this, was the lack of any sort of legal process for making the determination. That process still hasn't been ironed out, but at least he finally did the right thing.

I found it amusing though that Obama pretended like he didn't understand why people ever made such a big deal out of this in the first place. To me, it's like the jerk who is asked for ID at a bar, and presents a library card, then a temporary license paper, then says that he's got a friend who can vouch for him, and then after an hour of this he finally pulls out his wallet and shows his ID and wonders why the bartender made such a big deal out of it. Um... Because you're being a jerk and no one else thought it was funny? Sigh...

It was all handled by the processes in place for vetting presidential candidates back in '08. Your analogy would make more sense if he was ID'd at the front door to a club, got a stamp on his hand, then asked for ID again by the bartender even though he was already checked. Unnecessary.
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It was all handled by the processes in place for vetting presidential candidates back in '08. Your analogy would make more sense if he was ID'd at the front door to a club, got a stamp on his hand, then asked for ID again by the bartender even though he was already checked. Unnecessary.


Not even the Bartender. Just random people at the bar who saw him with a drink and demanded to see his ID to make sure he really should have that drink.
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What I have said consistently on this subject is that with said release, the only people who will care are the fringe crazies, who can safely be ignored (well, except by liberals who go seeking them out in order to make it seem like they speak for the rest of us). My issue, and the issue most people had with this, was the lack of any sort of legal process for making the determination. That process still hasn't been ironed out, but at least he finally did the right thing.

I found it amusing though that Obama pretended like he didn't understand why people ever made such a big deal out of this in the first place.

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If only fringe crazies would draw it this far, wouldn't it make sense that he "pretended" that he didn't understand?

Sorry if I misread that somehow. Part of me wants to point out the stats that 1/4 Americans aren't mostly sure he was born in the good ol' US of A (and, what was it, 40% of Republicans and the majority of the Tea Party?). But that would disrupt my mocking of you for attributing this behavior to "fringe crazies."

Fact is, what Obama showed was what Hawaii gives. As per the correspondence (also shown in all these topics), Obama needed to have his position as President used to get the full version - because the short version is what Hawaii gives. If that + testimony from officials + no evidence to the contrary doesn't convince you, you are part of the fringe crazies.

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Going to go slightly off-topic, because we're a deeply off-topic forum. Two things annoy me about the birther dealio.

1. It started with a Hillary Clinton aide. Linda Starr, a fervent Hillary Clinton supporter, was the one who started the entire thing according to John Avlon. She was hoping it would create a nice cloud of smog and get Obama booed out so Hillary could win the nomination. Instead, it laid relatively low until right-winger conspiracy theorists snatched it, and then it became huge. Huger than even...

2. Truthers. As gbaji (and others, but him more eloquently than most) will point out, "the other side is just as bad!" And that's true in some ways. Birthers really feel like the "truthers" after 9/11, saying the Bush administration was in on the whole thing. Some people cannot see reality. I would love to know the statistics of how many Americans "think 9/11 was known about, or planned by, the Bush administration." I highly doubt it's as large as the birther movement, but damned if they had just as much evidence!

Ok, derail off. I've had a terrible day that started with me being in the ER with my girl for 4 hours, and I'm cranky. gbaji is at least a step above a lot of other conservatives I've heard from, who say this proves nothing, but it's just one mouthful of bull too much for me to not get antsy Smiley: bah
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I found it amusing though that Obama pretended like he didn't understand why people ever made such a big deal out of this in the first place. To me, it's like the jerk who is asked for ID at a bar, and presents a library card, then a temporary license paper, then says that he's got a friend who can vouch for him, and then after an hour of this he finally pulls out his wallet and shows his ID and wonders why the bartender made such a big deal out of it. Um... Because you're being a jerk and no one else thought it was funny? Sigh...

Edited, Apr 27th 2011 2:37pm by gbaji


And there are those of us who live in the US, but come from more civilised places that wonder why we still get carded in bars at the age of 35. The neccesity to constantly validate one's identity with a piece of paper is very trying. Especially, I'd imagine, when one is trying to run 'the world's only superpower'.
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I saw that Trump is now claiming that Obama was a bad student and wants to know how he got into an ivy league school. I think is thinking about W.
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What I have said consistently on this subject is that with said release, the only people who will care are the fringe crazies

And you who went out of your way time and time and time again to defend them and say "Oh, I don't agree but they really have a point!"

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This puts a hard clock on that though, doesn't it? Either he has to do something absurd (like use a proxy), or he has to provide the documents. The birthers get what they want and the GOP gets the issue put behind them and the Dems lose the free jokes on cable TV.

Yeah, the Birthers TOTALLY got what they wanted. So much so that now they howl and scream "NO NO NO!!! THIS IS FAKE AND WRONG AND HE'S LYING AND HIS SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER IS WRONG AND HIS SCHOOL RECORDS WHAT ABOUT HIS SCHOOL RECORDS?!!!!?????!?!?!?!"

As I said at the time, it's adorable that you thought this would appease people who are mentally ill. But you'll keep defending them (even though you're not really a Birther, right?), I know.

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2. Truthers. As gbaji (and others, but him more eloquently than most) will point out, "the other side is just as bad!" And that's true in some ways.

The primary difference being that, at least as far as this forum goes, Truthers have been mocked and derided on a fully bipartisan basis each time they pop up. I can't think of anyone here who ever tried to defend them, it was always fly-in posters who tried spreading that crap. When it comes to Birthers, they always have their steadfast core of defenders here.
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It was all handled by the processes in place for vetting presidential candidates back in '08.


There is no process in place though. That's the point. It simply doesn't exist. There is no process for verifying someone's status as a natural born citizen prior to being put on the ballot in the state (if there was, then why the uproar about the recently proposed AZ bill?). There is no process in place to verify that the person who won the election meets that criteria. There is no process in place to verify that the person the Electoral College votes on meets the criteria. There is no process to verify that person prior to him taking the oath of office. And there is apparently no legal process for doing so even once the person has taken office either.

You're imagining things if you think this. It's just plain not true. And that's the real issue here.


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Your analogy would make more sense if he was ID'd at the front door to a club, got a stamp on his hand, then asked for ID again by the bartender even though he was already checked. Unnecessary.


Except that no one actually checked IDs at the door. Someone just said "he's ok", and waved him through. You do realize that the only remotely "official" process involved was when the Democratic party filed to have his name included on ballots as their nominated representative, right? That's it. Do you think that the Democrats, having just nominated him would at that point stop and check his ID? Or do you think they'd just wave him through and hope nothing comes of it? More to the point, that's not independent verification. There's a guy in AZ who runs for president every year. He's a member of some fringe party (can't remember which one). He's also not only not a natural born citizen, but he's not even a US citizen at all. Yet his name appears on the ballot because he's the chosen nominee of a political party who paid the dues to be able to put a name on that ballot in that state.


That's obviously not a process for actual verification. There is nothing preventing his party from paying to put his name on the ballot in every state. And if he won? What then? My concern has never been about Obama. In fact, I've stated numerous times that I hope to god that there is nothing strange with his birth certificate because that would be more problematic than the alternative (and bob-forbid we'd end out with President Biden if even the worst claims ended out being true and no one actually wants that). You do understand that while there are some loonies for whom this is just about some brainless need to attack Obama, "the right" doesn't gain anything politically even if every single claim they're making is correct. It has never been about that. It's been about how this whole thing has shown how utterly unprepared we are for managing even a question about someone's qualification as a natural born citizen.
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It seems the argument has shifted from "Not born in the US!" to "Father wasn't a US citizen, doesn't count as natural born!"

Pathological need, man. Pathological need.


It's like it's a sudden revelation that his father was Kenyan. Did we not already know that?

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Except that no one actually checked IDs at the door.
No, he showed his military identification card instead of his driver's license to get into the bar.
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Fact is, what Obama showed was what Hawaii gives. As per the correspondence (also shown in all these topics), Obama needed to have his position as President used to get the full version - because the short version is what Hawaii gives.


That's simply not true either. Hawaii has provided the full long form on request all along (well, up until just a couple months ago, oddly enough), and in fact it specifically requested that people use the long form for some of its own uses. Anyone could request their own documentation at any time. There was no reason to present the certification and not the full long form ever.


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If that + testimony from officials + no evidence to the contrary doesn't convince you, you are part of the fringe crazies.


How many times have I said that I believe he does have a birth certificate and it does say exactly what he claims? Every single time this subject has come up. WTF?


My issue has always been that I thought it odd to work so hard to avoid providing said long form when it was trivially available to him all along. Why do that except to do it purely to make people wonder why you're doing that? The obvious second point is why we don't have any process in place to make that determination and are instead relying on whatever the candidate and his party (and random public opinion) deems to be enough. We don't do that in any other area of our legal system, do we? More bizarre was the dismissals on lack of standing in the courts, when it was obvious that the judges were actually pre-judging on merit, but didn't want to go through the trouble of performing a relatively common procedure like subpoenaing a set of documents and reading them. Dunno, that one seemed strange to.

Why do that? Why work 10 times harder to not provide a piece of paper? It's great that he's finally come forward with it. But we shouldn't have to rely on the individual finally deciding to do so. Some set of standards about what is needed to qualify for that criteria ought to be established so that we avoid this mess the next time. Don't you agree?
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My issue has always been that I thought it odd to work so hard to avoid providing said long form when it was trivially available to him all along. Why do that except to do it purely to make people wonder why you're doing that?
Presidents have a right to do things for the lulz.
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Not that I ever really doubted Obama's citizenship, but why pick now to release it? Was Donald Trump really pestering him that badly?
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What I have said consistently on this subject is that with said release, the only people who will care are the fringe crazies

And you who went out of your way time and time and time again to defend them and say "Oh, I don't agree but they really have a point!"


No. I said I don't agree with them, but we really should have a process for making the determination instead of just sweeping it under the rug because we don't agree with them. There's a world of difference between those.


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This puts a hard clock on that though, doesn't it? Either he has to do something absurd (like use a proxy), or he has to provide the documents. The birthers get what they want and the GOP gets the issue put behind them and the Dems lose the free jokes on cable TV.

Yeah, the Birthers TOTALLY got what they wanted. So much so that now they howl and scream "NO NO NO!!! THIS IS FAKE AND WRONG AND HE'S LYING AND HIS SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER IS WRONG AND HIS SCHOOL RECORDS WHAT ABOUT HIS SCHOOL RECORDS?!!!!?????!?!?!?!"



Who cares if there's an incredibly tiny number of people out there who'll continue to cling to some reason to attack Obama? We can safely ignore them, and the GOP can move on (which is the more relevant issue here). You act like there aren't just as many nutjobs on the left Joph. Yet you don't see me quoting crazy left-wingers on Daily KOS and arguing that they are typical examples of what people on the left think.

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As I said at the time, it's adorable that you thought this would appease people who are mentally ill.


Not at all. I meant that it would appease the vast majority of people (like myself) who get labeled as "birthers" by people like you because we didn't automatically dismiss the issue out of hand and attack anyone who wanted to see the long form as crazies. You have used (in this thread in fact) the label of birther on people who are now completely satisfied that the matter is behind us with regard to Obama's birth (although I'd still like to see an actual official process put in place instead of relying on the individual to do the right thing).

You're conveniently after the fact choosing to apply that label only to those who are still convinced that Obama wasn't born in Hawaii (or that his qualifications are invalid for some other bizarre reason). You've never used it that way in the past though, have you?
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To make anyone that runs for President look like a 'tard for bringing it up.
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Except that no one actually checked IDs at the door.
No, he showed his military identification card instead of his driver's license to get into the bar.


No. The best analogy is that a friend vouched for him to the doorman, who they paid to get them in. I'll restated my point that the only actual "official" method for meeting the qualification is to have the party sign a form attesting that their candidate meets the requirements for the office when they're filing to be included on the ballot in a state. That's it. That's the only method we use right now.


If we get nothing out of this, it's that said method is not sufficient.
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Except that no one actually checked IDs at the door.
No, he showed his military identification card instead of his driver's license to get into the bar.
No. The best analogy is that a friend vouched for him to the doorman,
No, I was right. Unless you're saying both the Republicans and Democrats were inept and didn't do security checks, at which point I would laugh my balls off.
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Except that no one actually checked IDs at the door.
No, he showed his military identification card instead of his driver's license to get into the bar.
No. The best analogy is that a friend vouched for him to the doorman,
No, I was right. Unless you're saying both the Republicans and Democrats were inept and didn't do security checks, at which point I would laugh my balls off.

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Not that I ever really doubted Obama's citizenship, but why pick now to release it? Was Donald Trump really pestering him that badly?


At the risk of speculating too hard, I suspect it had to do with questions about whether the same "He already proved this, so stop asking" bit might not work so well a second time around. His popularity is lower than it was in 2008, and the momentum politically has definitely shifted. While I doubt the GOP candidates would have made too much of an issue with it, they wouldn't have to. Just show up at any event with a copy of their full birth certificate in their pockets and flash it to the crowd anytime someone asks. They don't have to argue that Obama isn't a citizen, but just show how easy it is to do and let the public wonder why Obama hasn't yet.


That's probably what was going on. They got the political mileage they were going to get out of this, and I suspect that they saw polling numbers that told them that public opinion was shifting from "he doesn't have to show this so why are you bothering him" to "geez already, just show them the damn thing and move on". I mean, I've got two sealed copies of my full form sitting in my desk drawer 2 feet away from where I'm writing this. I suspect that most people have one handy or could get one quickly if they needed to. I suspect that they weren't so much obsessing on the "do you think Obama is a US citizen" polling questions, but the "do you think Obama should show his full birth certificate" numbers and seeing that the issue wasn't helping them as much as the folks on this forum might think.
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Huh - I gotta concede that one to gbaji. Apparently the vetting process only applies to VP candidates, which seems a bit odd. I guess it should be done, but if there is no process then there is no problem. Just a bunch of racist assholes horrified that a black man can be President. Oh well.
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Except that no one actually checked IDs at the door.
No, he showed his military identification card instead of his driver's license to get into the bar.
No. The best analogy is that a friend vouched for him to the doorman,
No, I was right. Unless you're saying both the Republicans and Democrats were inept and didn't do security checks, at which point I would laugh my balls off.


Only the party who's putting their nominee on the ballot vouches for them. What vested interest would they have in checking his ID *after* they've nominated him? Think about it. Also recall that the earliest questions about his birth weren't from the GOP but were from the Clinton campaign. They were the first "birthers", a fact which many people tend to forget. Once he won the nomination they'd look pretty darn stupid if it turned out he wasn't qualified, so it doesn't matter what they thought or believed, they'd have every vested interest in making sure no one investigated the issue at all. It's very much like the doorman who let a friend of a friend in, trusting that he was of age, but not having actually checked to make sure, who will now have to swear up and down to the bartender that he knows "for sure" that the guy he let is in old enough to drink and that there's no need to check his ID.


Do you think the DNC actually checked his full form birth certificate either?

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Do you think the DNC actually checked his full form birth certificate either?
I think both parties have been getting the required identification for the past two hundred plus years, and its a very disturbing coincidence that when its not a white guy running that its suddenly become such a huge issue.
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No. I said I don't agree with them

But gave them your full-throated defense again and again and again. No, really, we all believe you.

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Who cares if there's an incredibly tiny number of people out there who'll continue to cling to some reason to attack Obama? We can safely ignore them, and the GOP can move on (which is the more relevant issue here).

The whole Birther thing started as a lunatic fringe element. Cute that now you'd say "Oh, they don't matter because it's just a lunatic fringe..."

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You could. I'd actually say they're retards if they're acting retarded though instead of playing some "Well, I don't AGREE with them, of course, but here's fifteen paragraphs saying why they're totally correct..." Kind of like I've never gotten on the Truther wagon or called for Bush to be impeached or imprisoned for war crimes any of that other nonsense.

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You're conveniently after the fact choosing to apply that label only to those who are still convinced that Obama wasn't born in Hawaii (or that his qualifications are invalid for some other bizarre reason). You've never used it that way in the past though, have you?

I would apply the Birther label to any of you who had the pathological need to scream "Where's the REAL certificate?!" after Obama had presented a perfectly legal one, accepted in all 50 states, back in 2008. Watching you spin in circles in this thread, still insisting that that birth certificate didn't count only reinforces my belief that it's accurate.
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Do you think the DNC actually checked his full form birth certificate either?

I do. Do you really think the DNC would be dumb enough not to do their own background check on the first black Presidential nominee? Major party, that is.

Edit: Let me rephrase that, I'm sure the DNC checked all necessary forms to ensure legitimacy.

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I smirked at the New Yorker's characterization of Trump as "Birther of a Nation".

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I'm pretty sure this is the real one around..
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lulz, but im curious, what is Trumps campaign going to be now?
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Trump was already making noise today about Obama's grades. Perhaps he'll demand to see his third grade report card.
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lulz, but im curious, what is Trumps campaign going to be now?


Obama faked his way through college. By either pretending to be a foreign exchange student, or by actually not going to school and faking it all. He was a horrible student, so there is no way it actually got in...

The big question now:
Why hasn't he released his school records!!?!


(Don't you read the thread?)
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lulz, but im curious, what is Trumps campaign going to be now?
"Obama is driving the country into debt! I'm very experienced with bankruptcy!"
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Not that I ever really doubted Obama's citizenship, but why pick now to release it? Was Donald Trump really pestering him that badly?

Timing. The point of the presentation, whether it was targeted at Trump or republican candidates in general, was the neuter the line of attack where they merely question his citizenship to keep the issue fresh in the minds of voters. For Republicans candidates to hurt Obama they need to only keep doubt alive. If people are talking about it, then they have scored some point. For Obama to come out optimally he doesn't need to prove anything, rather he needs to prevent it from being discussed. By doing this now he has forced the debate early. People will be focused on this subject now and interest will die down once the actual campaign is in full gear. Those questioning his birth are forced to either let the issue of "where's the birth certificate" die or to critique his presentation more specifically--risking appearing like paranoid fanatics.
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A SurveyUSA nationwide poll, including cell-phone and landline respondents, conducted after the White House 04/27/11 released a more detailed certificate showing the President's birth, shows that 71% of Americans who have seen the newly public "long-form" now are satisfied that the President was born in the United States. 18% of those who have seen the certificate still have doubts about where the President was born. Another 10% say the document released by the White House is a forgery.
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* 18% say they still have doubts about where the President was born (including 40% of Tea Party, 33% of Republicans, 27% of Conservatives.)
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9% of Americans consider themselves to be part of the "Birther" movement.

Yeah, the Birther position is just a few wackos and doesn't represent any significant portion of the GOP at all and it's sooooo unfair to try to connect them.

To follow up on what Allegory said (and almost the reverse of Gbaji's claim), a not-insignificant portion of people will continue to harp on this and declare it a forgery or say there's still "real big" questions. By releasing the certificate now, those people will be seen as increasingly irrational and it'll be up to the GOP how they want to handle the 20-30% of their voter base who still clings to the Birther mindset.

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Trump would have totally won the next presidential election if Obama didn't release the long form birth certificate.
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The point of the presentation, whether it was targeted at Trump or republican candidates in general, was the neuter the line of attack where they merely question his citizenship to keep the issue fresh in the minds of voters.


bs...the point of the presentation was the polls were starting to turn against Obama and he realized this was no longer a winning issue for him. The second it became a political liability, that's when he decided to release it.

Obama the great divider.


They're all great dividers. At least now we know for sure (again) he was born in America.
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Trump would have totally won the next presidential election if Obama didn't release the long form birth certificate.


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Trump would have totally won the next presidential election if Obama didn't release the long form birth certificate.
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To me, it's like the jerk who is asked for ID at a bar, and presents a library card, then a temporary license paper, then says that he's got a friend who can vouch for him, and then after an hour of this he finally pulls out his wallet and shows his ID and wonders why the bartender made such a big deal out of it. Um... Because you're being a jerk and no one else thought it was funny? Sigh...


What its more like would be the jerk at the bar asking for the patron's Drivers License, which the patron promptly produces, but the jerk at the bar looks at it but doesn't want to let him in and says "No... this says its a License to Drive, what we need is a Drivers License". THAT's what its like.
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bs...the point of the presentation was the polls were starting to turn against Obama and he realized this was no longer a winning issue for him. The second it became a political liability, that's when he decided to release it.

No, and you're pretty much saying this only to be contary. Having people question his citizenship while he is campaigning was a liability, regardless of your delusions of his citizenship surely you can agree to that. By doing this now rather than later he forces the discussion now. People will talk about it and say the bulk of what they have to say now rather than later, leaving the issue largely forgotten by the majority of people in the year preceding the election.

If he waited, he would just have given the issue prominence while he was campaigning, a losing move for him. If he did it any sooner, then too much time would have passed, people would have forgotten about the long form, and republicans would have had too much time to revamp their method of attack in this area.
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71/28 is a bit of a one-sided divider.

Divider between uneducated lunatics and sanity, maybe. I'm quite content with that division.
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Someone needs to release an anonymous video showing the process to photoshop that birth certificate into Donald Trumps birth certificate. That would be hilarious.
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I don't think Donald Trump's hairpiece is a natural born citizen, and I'm against his nomination until I see it's birth certificate.
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#98varusword75, Posted: Apr 28 2011 at 2:40 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) It's a fake!!!
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Also do any of you liberals know what it takes to be a "natural born citizen"?

Seems I read somewhere that BOTH your parents had to be american citizens for you to qualify to be president. Is that not true?


It is not true. I already linked the SCotUS case (either here or in the other thread where I derailed into judicial review). It's been acknowledged in a 1898 decision that since the Constitution doesn't have a definition, the SCotUS recognizes "natural born" as being born in the US or its territories. The citizenship of the parents has no bearing whatsoever.

Edit: This is actually one of the big issues people have with the 14th amendment. Just think! An anchor baby could become President!

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Do you think the DNC actually checked his full form birth certificate either?

I do. Do you really think the DNC would be dumb enough not to do their own background check on the first black Presidential nominee? Major party, that is.


Yes, I absolutely do. And remember, it's not about being "dumb". Let me ask you a question: At what point in the primary process do you think a political party will go dig up documentation in order to verify a candidates credentials? And if Obama handed them the same certification he put online, would they demand that he give them the full certificate? Of course they wouldn't.

Let me remind you that the birther movement started with the Clinton campaign. They were the first ones to question Obama on this. That's what prompted the original release of the certification. If the DNC had already checked Obama's full long form vital records prior to that point, why would Clinton's campaign have asked the question? The answer is obviously that they hadn't checked those records at that point.

Do you think they'd go check them once he won the nomination? There's no result except political disaster by doing that. If the documentation is fine, you gain nothing. But if there are any issues or irregularities with it, you just give ammunition to the other side. And that's even barring the possibility that there are major problems with it and you've just blown your own candidate out of the race. It's a lose/lose to check at that point.

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Edit: Let me rephrase that, I'm sure the DNC checked all necessary forms to ensure legitimacy.


I'm sure you are wrong. I suspect that they did what they do with every candidate. They accept an affidavit from said candidate attesting that he meets the requirements. They then continue as though that's true, signing affidavits themselves attesting to the same fact. Unless something comes up to make one question the candidate's word, you'd never actually demand documentation. I'd be shocked if any party does. Yet you assume they did? Why?

The question only came up mid way through the primaries. And Obama showed the certification and that was good enough for the Democrats. I'll say again: Why would there have been any question among Democrats if they had already checked and verified the full records prior to him even entering the primary race? They didn't check then, and they didn't check when Clinton asked, and they certainly didn't check after he won the nomination.
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