Overheard on CNN.com: Readers respond to birth certificate
President Barack Obama says the country does not "have time for this kind of silliness."
April 27th, 2011
01:36 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Readers respond to birth certificate

Comment of the morning: "(President Barack) Obama just pulled out his Trump card." - Cavemullah

Obama releases original long-form birth certificate

Doubters that President Barack Obama was born in the United States, led recently by possible Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, got their answer Wednesday when the White House released Obama's original birth certificate. "Birthers" have insisted that Obama was born overseas - possibly in his father's home country of Kenya - and therefore may be constitutionally ineligible to serve as president. Obama said Wednesday that he released his original birth certificate because the country does not "have time for this kind of silliness."

Many CNN.com readers expressed frustration that the president was put in the position of having to show his birth certificate at all.

CrunkSwaggaG said, "I think Donald Trump and about half of the Republican Party owe President Obama a sincere apology." flatbushfred said, "Obama shouldn't have had to do this. It's blatant racism." LPLove said, "No president in history has ever been treated this way. The birthers are nothing more than racists wrapping themselves in the flag. Disgusting." harryball said, "I feel bad for this guy. When was the last time a president was forced to show his birth certificate two years into his presidency? Oh that's right, never. Even as president, black people are still being treated as second-class citizens."

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About Trump’s role in the controversy, CNN.com readers had plenty to say:

icecold12 said, "Now Trump has to live up to his end of the deal and deliver his income tax information and net worth. Obama called his bluff and I bet he folds." BobSacamano said, "I'd like to know how much debt Trump has discharged throughout his life by claiming bankruptcy. How many millions has he stiffed his investors and creditors for?"

USAlegend said, OBAMA: "On Your Face Sucker, Here is my Birth Certificate.’ TRUMP: "Well......huh.....hmmmm....But this doesn't prove that you are not a Muslim."

And now that the original certificate has been released, many CNN.com readers said it still won’t be enough for birthers.

W2ATL said, "This really won't matter. These clowns will have some new madness to cry about in three hours." livingston1 responded, “Really, do you think it will take that long? That kind of hate blinds them to any sense of reason.” Nagaina said, “Countdown to someone claiming the long form birth certificate is an 'obvious forgery'...3...2...1.” BubbaSponge said, “Now hopefully the birthers will give it a rest once and for all!!” TikiGawd said, “Nah, they'll start a movement saying Hawaii isn't really part of the United States because it's 'overseas.' " iroshi said, “It's a shame the ‘birthers’ can't focus on an issue that is actually important. For instance, the national debt, unemployment, taxes, etc. What an incredible waste of time and money this has been.”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video. 

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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  1. MdawgMike

    Some real dumb.a.s.s. comments out there. The President produced in 2008 what every other President has produced as far as proof of a U.S. birth. Unfortunately, that wasn't good enough for those angry with his election. Bush caught a lot of flack from Liberals that the Conservatives decried as unfair, ridiculous, hate-fueled, etc. Now that the proverbial kettle is black, they feel motivated to do the same thing. The hate from the radicals on either side of the fence will always overcome logic. They're born with it. Just check their birth certificates.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ed

    IT PROVES HE IS NOT THE MESSIAH THAT DESCENDED FROM HEAVEN TO SAVE US ALL.

    By the way I am still waiting for the endeless rainbow and unicorns I was promissed!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Wendy

    President Obama, I am so glad you can finally put this nonsense behind you. Whether or not you agree with our President's politics or decisions, he is still our President and, as such, deserves our RESPECT.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. butternut

    Day of the Whacko. Donald, please, please, get the help you need. I'm worried for your wife and child, please, before your delusions overwhelm you, get professional help. PLEASE, do it for those you love......

    April 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Del

    Great move by Obama, he got Trump to fully commit to Birther issue and dive into the issue "Face 1st" before he slammed the the door in that knuckleheads face!!!!

    Bye Bye President Trump......and people would still vote for this guy?

    April 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jason

    Don't you morons think that there is a very lengthy, drawn out vetting process when you are about to become the president (with the birth certificate being the least of their worries). Why even question this poor guy's credentials.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Roslyn Bienenstock

    Donald Trump is a shameless liar and egomaniacal enough to claim he did something good. There is no way in the world that he is fit to be president, he should stick to his gambling, real estate and boring reality shows. He is nothing but a rich celebrity whose moment of fame will hopefully end soon. And shame on the media for making a big deal of his rantings. Maybe he will show us his birth certificate (in addition to tax returns) so that we can be reassured that he was not born on another planet, just is a greedy rich man hoping to get enough control of the country to prevent taxation of his own wealth.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jennifer

    No one would be asking for his birth certificate if he was a white guy named Smith. But a bi-racial guy with the name Barack Hussein Obama can't possibly have been born in the US and must be a Muslim terrorist trying to take down the country.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Darryl Johns

    Donald Trump is a blow-hard. When are you folks in the news media going to fact check this man and do
    your jobs? This democracy functions best when the fourth estate exercises due skepticism and investigates
    claims against government officials.

    You folks could have debunked Trump days ago. Instead you gave him air time, reported on polls about him,
    invited him to interviews, and in general pandered to his outrageous demagoguery because it bought ratings.

    Now that the President has obtained this so-called long form birth certificate you go into great detail to
    describe and decipher its components. Sorry, but you are very, very, late. This type of investigation
    could have been done the day Trump made such outrageous statements.

    Should we expect this same type of lazy journalism as we enter the presidential campaign season?

    April 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DAVID PAGET

    Don't underestimate Trump. It wasn't until Trump got involved that Obama produced his birth certificate. Why did Obama waste everyone's time with this? I used to despise Trump. Then I saw him speak in person. Everything he says is making sense. He could truly bring back CONFIDENCE in the US. The majority is SICK of politicians and nothing getting done. Give us someone who will make good business decisions and negotiate a good deal. Obama has NOT lived up to his promises...and things are rapidly deteriorating......why would over a MILLION millionaires leave this country with their wealth in just the last three years? What do they know that you don't?

    April 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Goldenchic

      How will someone that has declared bankruptcy 3 times be able to straighten out our budget and finances.He can't even manage his own money.I do Trump runs,though. Great news for Obama!

      April 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. willow

    It is digusting how Donald Trump has treated the President. Don't we have any respect for anything? No wonder people overseas can't understand how some don't treat the President with respect. He was elected President fair and square. He has been trying to right the wrong of George Bush and the President is submitted to this kind of crazy stuff. People, teach your children to respect those in authority like the police, the teachers and most of all the President. Donald I hope you are ashamed of yourself. I am sure your children are ashamed of you. The president has too much on his plate to be sidelined by the likes of Donald Trump.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Realistic

    This proves nothing because its a forgery, right birthers? See, they will claim because his father was not an american Obama is not an america and they will say his mother was not actually his mother but an imposter in her place. Or they will say that.............Who really cares what they say anymore...

    April 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Betty

    I do hope that going forward any white person who decide to run for president will be ask to show his or her birth certificate for the world to see and prove they were born in the US. They will also be ask to prove that they too apply and were accepted at the college or university they stated they graduated from and how well they did as a student.
    I also believe that this is crazy that the president of the US had to publish his birth certificate on line to prove that he was born in the US. This is done only because he is a black man and the citizen of the US refuses to accept a black man as the president of the US. It's time for the people of the US to put this race issue to bed.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. D. Isgusted

    And "Idiocracy - The Road Show" continues. I weep for my country.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deepthy Varma

      Hahahaha.. I cannot stop laughing! I cannot believe this is happening in America. "Only in America"

      April 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chance

    No doubt that some of the birthers will now start an investigation to determine if Hawaii joined the union legally. After all, is Hawaii didn't join the union legally then it isn't really a state and Obama couldn't be a U.S. citizen could he? Watch, wait and see. The silly people will try something else instead of dealing with realtiy.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Val

      Sounds like the claims against Barry Goldwater. He was born in Arizona before it became a state, so he wasn't a "citizen" even though the government provided citizenship to those born in Arizona when it was a territory of the US. Lame back then, lame now.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
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