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. Big Game James

    @Muggsy3 what are your thoughts on Rush and Beck?

    April 27, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muggsy3

      I shudder. eewwww

      April 27, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Marlene

    I really liked the lady in NH that John King talked to who said that Trump really cared about the middle class. Large corporate businesses don't care about the middle class and Trump is no different. The Trumpmeister only cares about what is good for Donald ie all the comments about how proud he is of himself as if he says it enough times we will all start to believe him. The wealthy just play the game better than the middle class. Hey maybe I should run for president I sure can't do any worse.

    April 27, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Muggsy3

    hey QUINTIN in answer to yur comment re: Hillary.. GET REAL!!! she closed her eyes to Bill's philandering as far back as when he was gov of Arkansas, because she wanted the WH ... her focus has always been HER political career regardless of what she had to swallow to get there. IMHO, she was offered the Sec of State as a means of shutting her mouth... and she did.

    April 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pete

    Trump claims a victory . . . what victory, all has been in reality settled eons ago with the certificate of live birth as is the requirement in hawaii. I would be more impressed if Trump would tackle something significant, stop the fractionalisation of government (petty politics) stop these petty distractions....

    April 27, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Historian

    Ok, per the Birth Certificate, Obama was a US Citizen. However, per the link below, he was the product of a marriage without being divorced to his first wife, therefore he was a son of a multiple wife relationship, even though the previous wife was still in africa.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama,_Sr
    University of Hawaii

    April 27, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. milton

    let's rewrite the movie 2012 in this horror movie we have sarah "the bimbo" palin as president of the usa and donald "the clown" as vice president. readers feel free to "duck and cover".

    April 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mark

    Someone should start a youtube channel dedicated to figuring out where Trump's hair line starts and ends. I think he should be ridiculed for his serious comb over fur. Let's make it viral tonight! Let's have him prove to the public that he is not bald underneath. If Obama could respond back in kind to the loser Trump, I'm sure he would ask him to show the public his true hair line. I think someone should show Trump that there are consequences for disrespecting the 1st US black president. ....u try to make a fool of others...we will make a fool of u....

    April 27, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mark

    Someone should start a youtube channel dedicated to figuring out where Trump's hair line starts and ends. I think he should be ridiculed for his serious comb over fur. Let's make it viral tonight! Let's have him prove to the public that he is not bald underneath. If Obama could respond back in kind to the loser Trump, I'm sure he would ask him to show the public his true hair line. I think someone should show Trump that there are consequences for disrespecting the 1st US black president. ....u try to make a fool of others...we will make a fool of u....

    April 27, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NewRadical

    These are the affairs of the new racist who understands the consequence of calling a Black man a ni55er. Lame.

    April 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. J kaiser

    I AM 70 YRS OF AGE AND GREAT AUNT IS 104 YRS OLD AND AS WE BOTH REALIZED NOTHING HAS CHANGED, THE "SOUTHERN MANIFESTO" STILL LIVES AND RACISTS HAVE A NEW FACE CALLED "BIRTHERS". ROME LASTED 300 YEARS, LETS SEE HOW MANY WE HAVE LEFT 65

    April 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. J kaiser

    ONE MORE THING, HOW MANY BIRTHER WILL MAKE PUBLIC THEIR DNA ON ANCESTRY.COM, MANY THERE IS SOMEONELSE IN THE HEN HOUSE INSTED OF THE WOOD SHED

    April 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. snickersicecreambar

    Why did trump waste a month discussing about President Obama's birth, when they're are more important things to discuss about in America. Yea I understand, there were possibilities President Obama might not have been born here, but at the same time you can talk about other concerns too. Trump kept sticking to that topic. Hey trump news flash, as a president you have to be concerned about more than one thing because they're will never be only one problem, that means you have to multi-task. Stop trying to put on a show, this is not Hollywood anymore. Yes I voted for Obama, but if there's a better qualified candidate for presidency than I would vote for him/her. Right now Trump your just clowning around and its not funny and I think you should apologize to us and to our President for disrespecting and humiliating . How would you like it if someone came up too and said I don't believe your were born here show me your birth certificate. You wouldn't like that and not show him because you have to much pride to do that. Obama probably felt the same way but still showed you his certificate. Trump your 64 years old act like it. We don't need the world to watch us think that we have children running this country or try too. This is not middle school where we need to stir up drama for no reason. When will there be candidacy race when both parties at the same time actually good qualified candidates. I feel sorry for the Republican believers because they get stuck with clowns like Trump. Don't worry republican voters patience is a virtue and someone will be there for you. P.S. Trump stop saying your proud of yourself for being part of this they're nothing to be proud really theres isn't ...just stop.

    April 27, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AC Girl

    I never believed he wasn't an American, but why aren't more people bothered that it took over 3 years for his "team" to show a birth certificate? Most of us have a copy. If he didn't have a copy I'm sure the POTUS could easily obtain one. And people don't believe that someone should have to provide credentials for a job? Not for the most important job in our country? Really? And then you wonder how all these hacks are in office? Instead the left blaming the right and the right blaming the left or anyone raising the racism flag I think everyone should just look in a mirror to see who's to blame.

    April 27, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Talaholla

    The PETA comment has to be the best. This is the President of the most powerful nation. I was embarassed for him showing off his birth certificate. He shouldn't have to prove anything, this should of been done before he took presidency. What the hell is wrong with people? Trump may be smart on money but that's it.

    April 27, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mzrose58

    Unreal.

    April 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
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