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. Ami

    rofl, haha @ 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.'

    April 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ami

    ROFL, HAHAHA @ 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.'

    April 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rachel

    What a bunch of nonsense. Obama released the birth certificate issued by the state Hawaii years ago, and it wasn't enough to satisfy stupid people and conspiracy theorists like Trump. Can we move on now, please, and can Donald Trump find some other way to embarrass himself?

    April 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jamar

    Don't you think that when the President claimed he was running for office, that they did a background check on him as they do all the Presidents.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nah

    richard: "It is not a birth cert., It is a cert of live birth, two different things. AKA birth Cert would be hand written not typed. AKA and his wife have admitted that AKA was born in Kenya. He is not the president, he is a fraud."

    Alas, another troll.

    And the people who think he's serious: you're morons.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AVLGRL

    Richard.....YOU ARE CRAZY. Get help NOW.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. w patterson

    Obama became the sanest, smartest guy in the room as he carefully pulled the fig leaf from the racists and exposed them for what they are.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. alVIN SHELTON

    The President should have stayed his position and left it at that......If they (Trump and the trumpets) believe what they say,they should prove that he was not born in America or shut the hell up.Trump is leading these nuts by the n..s he has no intentions of running for the Presidency.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. john

    Ok now what do they want Donald your a joke and so are your shows lets see all your finianal transactions you have done or is that not allowed. This is why the tea party come out of thr GOP because the donald is their shining star when or if he announces his run for office the media will eat him up like a duck on a junebug with all his baggage.

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

    Trump you are hired.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LEAH

    I feel every human being on this earth has the right to feel and express themselves how they want without getting beat up over it. However I am disappointed that Trump took so much tv/air time to make lite of such important issues. Running for president is not a joke and should have been taken very seriously.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Quinton

    who the hell is AKA???

    April 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cult of Tea Bag

      AKA is the God of Teabaggery, and He will prevail over all sanity and lucidity. AKA knows all, and AKA is everywhere. AKA is Trump's hair and Newt's gingrich. AKA contains only natural ingredients. AKA should not be taken internally. AKA® is the American Kook Alliance. AKA must not be mocked. AKA can grow hair on a billiard ball. AKA is AKA.

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

      Also Known As

      April 27, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tim

    "I just heard from someone" that there is a new item on the RED LOBSTER menu ........ TRUMP Fillet-of-Sole, ... * additional charge for complete foot.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tlhgjh

    What was the point?? No other president in the history of the US has had to show a birth certificate. The vast majority of the Americans with common sense did not believe he didn' t have one. Let's face it...it wasn't about the birth certificate, it wasn't about where he was born it's just OUT AND OUT RACISM.....Trump is getting too much press for someone who is just a egomaniacal empty suit....

    April 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dark Helmet

    McKKKain / Palin 2012!

    April 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Camp

      McCain wasn't born in this country, he's not eligible to be president. He needs to show us his birth certificate.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
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