This morning I opened my browser to read the news online and found this headline: Obama Birth Certificate Released by the White House. My heart sunk. “Damnit . . . he gave in,” I thought to myself. I can understand why he would do it. After a while, I am sure that Obama and the White House were sick of all of the discussion of where he was born. This might be able to keep things focused on the issues rather than on Obama’s citizenship. Wrong.
To help us understand this absurdity, we need to recognize that a majority of people in the United States have at least some doubt as to whether Obama was born in the United States. Only 38% of Americans completely believe Obama when he says that he was born in Hawaii to an American mother and Kenyan father. Most recently, this charge has been led by Donald Trump, corporate clown/potential Republican presidential candidate/reality TV star, but it is a charge that has been echoed by both the left and right since Obama announced his candidacy for president (after all, Hillary Clinton called for his birth certificate to be released as well).
For those of you reading this who still question his citizenship, here’s his birth certificate:
“Well, why didn’t he release it a long time ago? Why wasn’t he willing to be completely forthcoming?” I’ve heard those questions a thousand times, and I’ve been hearing them in all of the political chatter today. Well, I don’t know Obama’s motivations, but I didn’t want him to release his birth certificate. I didn’t want him to because the calls for him to do so are based in nothing but blatant racism.