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.

soundoff (1,022 Responses)
  1. frank

    'Birthers' are accused of being closet racists when many (like myself) were more concerned that this is the first president in 150 years who only had one American parent.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • bugsy

      Frank, does that make Barak less American?

      April 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tom

    Can we get W's national guard records now? See a copy of his driver's license maybe? Perhaps see who was on the Bush administration's energy commission?

    April 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ram

    Donald, You are Fired! You are free to go hang your head in shame ... along with your "birther" buddies. Go!

    "Birthers" are infinitely entertaining and amusing. They are known by the company they keep ... Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Donald Trump ... What an illuminating crowd!

    April 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • So-it-is

      Ihave it on very good authority-can't saynow-its not appropriate at this time,but in the proper time it will be revealed
      Donald Trump has had crazieslike Meat loaf and GARY bUSSEY–(bottom of the barrel ) as guest; His next crazies are Charles Mansion and crew. Right up Trumps intelligence

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      April 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Peter S

    The *only* reason this matter even became an issue was because Obama was black. If Obama had been white (say with a white father from Kenya), none of this nonsense would have even been started. There is still a large core of the Republican party that is inherently racist.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aerin

      They just won't own up to it.

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

    My sister and brother both were born at home and given live certificates of birth. This racial issue will back fire and is simply just another racial divide ploy. Obama, is a dirty politician with only two years experience as a senator. This is another case of media malpractice. Why did Obama wait so long? Obama wants to get re-elected so bad that he took us into war with Libya, just to insure himself a re-election. Thank You! Mr. Trump and I would be proud to see you as president...maybe, you and Newt could team up!!

    April 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sanity

    We have larger problems that birth certificates in our country to deal with. As for the birthers, there is nothing that Obama can produce that will satisfy them, and nobody can deny that if he was a white man, nobody would question that he is american. For example, nobody asked to see Guiliani, McCain, Trump, etc., birth certificates, their word was good enough.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jack from Canada

    From an outside perspective, we can hardly believe how much the U.S. prestige, authority, power and average I.Q. are being pulled down by an incredibly stupid 20% of the population that gobble up anything and everything the extreme right will throw at them. Trump: you have lost my respect and you're fired!

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

    The President acquiesced and surrendered to a tiny minority of ignorant fools.

    Obama clearly doesn't understand the instruments of power. He has demonstrated that he should not be President of the United States twice.

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

      The president did not give in to demands. He took a ridiculous discussion point out of the public media in order to get the country thinking about what is important. He showed strength and leadership.

      April 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Desmond, Citizen of Canada

    When Obama was elected, we thought that the USA might finally be getting over its sick and stupid racism. This year has proved that the Republican Party is rife with a culture of racism. Even those members who might not be, are so by feeding the frenzy and riding on it. We thought Failin' Palin was stupid and now comes.....this Trump who has to be the biggest JOKER in a pack "jack"asses. As a result, US citizens, you ARE the laughing stock of the world. So sorry for you.

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

    When you talk about spending money lavishly, you are speaking directly of what Mr Trump does.

    I want to know where he gets his hair piece. Lets have honesty in our politicians and I think Mr Trump should let his head shine.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ram

    Donald You are Fired!

    Birther buddies are Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin ... what is that saying about "A man is known by the company he keeps"?

    April 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    Never had a problem with where he was born only have a problem where he lives right now. 2012 can't get here soon enough

    April 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. middleoftheroad

    Donald "McCarthy" Trump will somehow keep it alive.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Randy

    no Birther in their short mind will admit that this long form is the true and excact copy of the original ,they never acceptedthi short form that everyone else gets when they are born.but he had to use the power of the president of the united states to get the long form. another point is that the vice president takes over the presidency and then goes to Senator Reid and then it goes to the Speaker of the house. If you are going to lie at least get your stories straight.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muggsy3

      hey RANDY ... sorry but that GREEN form is the short, state-issued Cert of Live Birth ..NOT the hospital issued, physician signed LONG form. and, just for giggles take a good look at the bottom signatue - U K L Lee .. and say it out loud, fast. another blogger picked up on that, i'm just passin' it along.
      for the record: I am reasonably intelligent, was productively employed for 36 years and even got "outstanding" performance reviews for the 10 yrs the company rated my work group, I am not never have been RACIST, and unlike mnost of pro-BHO bloggers, I dont resort to name calling and insults when I cant make my point any other way. Can you say the same/ hmm?

      April 27, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Muggsy3

    rhetorical question: WHY do BHO supporters call BHO opposers names (idiot, nutjob and of course the old stand by RACIST when nothing else comes to mind) and clam the opposer refuse to recognize facts?
    The FACTS are: BHO sealed all records as soon as he took office. NO other Prez in history did that. The first BC published was fuzzy and out of focus, thus fueling the controversy. Accordng to wiikipedia, the hospital AS NAMED on the Live BC issued today by the WH WAS NOT IN EXISTENCE until 1978 .. 17 years after his birth.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kirts

      Well if it's on Wikipedia, then it MUST be true! Nobody makes information up on Wikipedia! Wikipedia is a terrible source for getting factual information. How can you possibly site Wikipedia as a valid source?

      April 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
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