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. robert

    Has anyone noticed that the portion where it indicates Dr. it was scratched off. In addition the portion on the bottom where you are supposed to show any alterations nothing was done even though it was scratched off.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bunky

    I absolutely LOVE these morons who say this was not a real issue. If there was question as to whether this guy could be the President of the USA then everything in his power should have been done. If he wanted this to stop WHY DID IT TAKE HIM ALL THIS TIME TO SHOW IT?????? It took Donald Trump to persist and obama knew he would not stop and has the money to pursue it. a question that was raised earlier why di oama pay over 2 million dollrs to prevent it from being released . What would you do if it were proven to be fake?

    April 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bible Clown

    Why wasn't the birth certificate written on parchment with a sharpened feather? They didn't have typewriters back in 1961. And why couldn't he have just taken it out of his wallet and handed it to us?

    April 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. vickie smith

    SILLINESS? How can the president of the United States Possibly say that proving his birth record is a silly matter? As American citizens, we want and legally deserve an American born President! B Hussain Obama has been stalling everone with proof for the last 2 year. Why? Why doesn't CNN question him about this timely delay? CNN please keep your personal opinions to yourself. Just report the news and let the public decide on their own what and how to think about B Hussain Obama. Why don't you call him by his full muslum name?

    April 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaywing

      vickie, dear, where have you been? has your brain has been on holiday? you are wrong - face it - grow up and act like an adult instead of a whiney 13 year old.

      April 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Miss Anthrope

    Yes!!! Let Trump run! That will ensure that Obama gets a second term!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brian, IN

    Trump got it done. No longer will a rambling answer or avoidance techniques be acceptable. The President is going to have to answer all questions in detail.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaywing

      Brian, U R A fool. the one who must now put up is Trump. where are those tax forms you promised, Donny-baby?

      April 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. David

    Who cares! How about focusing on bringing American men and women home from the Middle East, strengthening our Southern and Northern borders with tanks and bases, taking care of the starving and homeless in this country, scrubbing politicians that have done nothing but taken advantage of their position, bring God back into schools and every where else that He's been evicted from because He "offends" some people (give me a break), stop giving tax breaks to immigrants and the rich...if you live in America you should be paying the same taxes eveyone else does, reform welfare (close all loop-holes in the system and drug test), reform health care, and give our children a fighting chance against other countries by reforming the school system. These are just a few of the things on my mind...not a stinkin' birth certificate.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • DP44022

      Great point!

      April 28, 2011 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. Barbara

    Okay, here is the real deal here: ALL of the news media and CONGRESS, the TEA Party,closet racists and yes, The Donald are stuck on STUPID!!!! This country is in deep doo-doo and this is what they are focusing on?

    April 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bob a lob

    hey bob, it's bill i love scoooooters

    April 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. I Like the Guy But,

    This really opened more questions for me. I did some checking and found out the president's mom and dad were married in Feb. 1961, but the marrage would have been invalid because in 1961 interacial marrage in Hawaii was illegal. (White House claims they can't find a marrage certificate). Also the marrage was illegal because his dad was already married. Election laws are pretty strict about listing the correct name on a ballot. It's no big deal to me, but I think his last name isn't legally Obama and that might be a problem.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • MIkeMazzla

      Your quite the detective there Sherlock...you did some investigating lol thats priceless

      April 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      You, sir, are hilarious. You can give your child any last name you please to give them at the time of their birth. His last name is Obama because they wrote Obama on his birth certificate, whether or not his parents were married at the time of his birth has nothing to do with his legal name.

      April 27, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Really?

    My brother was born in Hawaii and is unable to get a long form birth certificate. Why? Because Hawaii only sends out short form. THAT is why Obama didn't release it sooner....because he couldn't! What don't you people get about that? Anyone born in Hawaii would be given a short form BC....

    Bottom line. It's over! Move on! Shouldn't you be trying to ban gay marriage or warning us all that the world is about to end? You have many other crazy things to focus on. Let this one go.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. General Eisenhower

    The sleaziest of sleazy cheap demagogues commanding an army of blind, stumbling buffoons, nose-picking basement-dwelling "libertarians" and illiterate snake-handling yokels. For God's sake, what has happened to my party? If there are any actual Republicans alive today, they certainly aren't posting here.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Your Homeroom Teacher

    Donald Trump, for wasting the time and energy of a sitting President of the United States, and the American People with your ridiculous, schoolboy "birther" nonsense, you must now be punished. You must write the following statement 100 times on the side of the Trump Tower: "I promise I will not waste America's time with birther claims, or I will fire myself."

    April 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fed up

    Get him Donald Trump!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dennis

    The only issue I have is why not as a transparent Administration, deal with this when it was first brought up by the Clinton's. I just think it is inexperience in dealing with a political mine field. It is always better to answer every question up front and completely. But that is not the way of a politician. I was expecting transparency and all we are getting is the SOS. Politicians just tell a different story never the truth. I don't trust either party. Lining their pockets is the only thing they care about.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Dennis I agree with that. Obama talked this BS about being transparent and this administration has been anything but transparent and not just with this birth certificate issue which to me I think is a waste of time. We have real problems and a President who is way over his head in how to deal with the problems we face.

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