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. snj

    A certification of live birth is a record that the individual was born in a certain place in a certain time. Obama was born on August 1961 in Hawaii and his certification of live birth proves that. Get it through your thick skull, Rich.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. allblowdup

    Silliness the IDIOT in chief says? What about your waste of time on TV picking you sweet 16 a/s/s wipe? What a POS...

    April 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Goldenchic

      Yeah Obama's Sweet 16 picks took all of 15 minutes, Oh Lord,what a slacker. He spent more time at this needless press conference today brought on by the birthers...

      April 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cookimouse

    OK, so say it was a fake, which we know it isn't, do the birthers have a time machine to take us back 2 years in time, or what exactly do they propose to do about it. The man is President. Stop acting like a bunch of babies and help find a solution to this country's problems already. After all you caused most of them.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Carrie

    I think that the people that use the race card make me sick, Obama is black and white, their is NO race here!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rick

    So BHO, was that so difficult you couldn't have done this 3 years ago? We all appreciate the quick glimpse of transparency that was a hallmark of your campaign.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Indra-Alexis

    If anything, we the American people should have demanded to know how former President Bush got into college in the first place but that is neither here nor there. Trump is doing a fantastic job...of making the republican party look like racist idiots. I hope he does "run" so he can be nailed to the wall with all of his secrets and skeletons in the closet, it's only fair. Trump would go after his own mother if it suited him politically. How sad. Good for Obama, I'm glad he stuck it to Trump. Who cares about the "birthers" anyway...they probably didn't even realize Hawaii was a state...when you inbreed, another generation gets dumber!

    April 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      you know, if you throw the word "racist" around like a drunken fool, it loses all meaning when discussing real racism. I believe Obama was born here, but how was asking for the certificate racsist exactly.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Iamnotfooled

    They must not of had typewriter's where you live in the boonies. Most are typed only the signatures are hand written.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ben

    This chaos goes on for 3+ years and makes the US look foolish and Obama had the power to end it 3 years ago, and he has the gaul to be indignent. He should be ashamed of himself and don't think that it is not obvious that withholding the certificate for all these years was a 100% political calculation.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • NotAmerican

      a gaul is caesar's enemy, or a character in asterix. You have the gall to be indignant yourself.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nina

      Who are you to have the gall to be indignant? Obama released his birth certificate in 2008 when he was running for president. Get your facts together. All the ignorant fools who still have something negative to say after Obama released his birth certificate twice, please go shoot yourselves. And take Trump with you. lol.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DP44022

    Richard, I want to be your tinfoil salesman...

    April 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. WhatHappenedToLogic

    Trump needs to prove that his hair is real. He says it's real, but there's been plenty of writings that says it's not. I mean....I'm not an expert, so we'll have to get experts involved to test it and certify that it's real. I hope it's real. But we need to put this behind us so that we can concentrate on what's really important to Americans. So...why can't he just show us that his hair is real so that we can move on? Why is it so difficult for him to do that? I mean I can show my hair is real. Why can't he?

    April 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Goldenchic

      Love it!!! So funny!

      April 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tod Palin

      He cannot prove his hair is real. The chinese factory that made it does not enclose a certificate of live assembly with every wig silly. Geez!

      April 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Iamnotfooled

    Now the "birthers" will ask for the mid-size birth certificate.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Moody Girl

    proud american....."blank stare" NOT

    April 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim8

    Where's Page 2? You know the one where is says he's a secret Muslim. Or even worse, a member of The Skull and Bones Society.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Matus Carnogursky

    Would CNN care to report both sides of the story? I have a bigger problem with CNN being such a bunch of keeners – only the other day "proving that the president was born in the US" (which few seem to doubt or care about, anyways), than with the president taking two whole years to do such a simple thing. Either way, to use the R word in this matter is absolutely preposterous.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Roy

    It would be a pity if it were over. It's been great watching the idiot brigade led by the ultimate egotist bully Trump making complete idiots of themselves. Much more entertaining than his equally dumb TV show. President Obama was right to let this continue as long as he has to allow us the pleasure of seeing this blowhard stick his foot in his mouth again and again.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
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