Gotta Watch: Born in the USA
President Obama releases his long-form birth certificate to quiet rumors about his citizenship.
April 27th, 2011
11:48 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Born in the USA

After years of speculation and several major media outlets debunking claims, President Obama moved to put rumors about his birth certificate to bed by releasing the long-form document. While this may quiet some of the noise from some so-called "birther" conspiracy theorists, it may not be enough for others. In today's gotta watch we take a look at some of the most vocal "birthers" and their years-long quest to see Obama's birth certificate. And if you're still not sure what all the stink is all about, we've got a cheat sheet here.

The born conspiracy? – "Birther" movement leader Orly Taitz has been very vocal about her doubts concerning the president's birth place. She even took the issue to a California court. She said her goal was to find out if Obama was U.S. citizen and to hold a special presidential election if he wasn't.

"Birther" solider refuses deployment – One soldier adamantly refused his deployment orders, saying Barack Obama wasn't born in America and therefore ineligible to be president and give military orders. The soldier claimed there was "significant evidence" Obama wasn't born in Hawaii.

"Birther" outburst – Here, a "birther" only dubbed as "The Interrupter" cries out during the congressional reading of the constitution, earning her a place on the Ridiculist.

What's the next issue for "birthers"? – You guessed it, President Obama's grades. Anderson Cooper digs in with info about the president's education, but we're guessing the next documents to be unearthed will be his report cards.

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  1. AZ Dem

    All this proves is that the GOP and its Tea Party faction are completly out of touch with most Americans. Sure, there is a fringe that still will insist Obama isn't an American citizen and they will look just as dumb as they have looked the last 3 years they have spread this racist agenda. The GOP must really be banking on having a large Republican turnout in 2012 because they are alienating minorities, poor, and low income families with their policies. Obama is an American its just sad how this gesutre was even necessary by a SITTING PRESIDENT. Truthfully Obama is probably one of the greastest presidents we will ever have. Everyday he is attacked for whatever decision he makes. His family is ridiculed he is called all types of names and for WHAT?
    Cause he got Healthcare for all passed???
    Cause he is ending the war in Iraq and likely Afghanistan as well?
    Cause he wants to invest in our children's education??
    Cause he would like to see us independent of foreign oil??

    Reality check people who is TRULY fighting to make our country and people better and which side is doing all they can to make sure the president doesn't succeed?

    April 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. why

    Focus on getting rid of the federal reserve..helping the victims of the darfur genocide...east african refugees...the west bank...gaza... stop worrying about the mans birth for crying out loud. Maybe if you people took the time and voted for the right governors of your state instead of only voting for the president we would have things a little different. Thr president has the power to veto.. point blank. Its our responsibility to rally the right candidates from each state to stand up for us in Washington.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Onemorething

    I have always thought this was just silly, but one thing still just isn't right about Him. His SS# number is zoned for births in Conn. He has never lived Conn. as a child or as an Adult that we know of.....Things that make you go Ummmm.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Thomas W. Whitney

    Upon close inspection of President Obama's long form birth certificate, the attending physicians at his birth were Gaspar, Melchior and Balthazar.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SMH

    let's not start talking about grades..Bush made into YALE on D's explain that?? BUSH was a freakin joke. Trump is a freakin joke. Just what we need someone running this country that's filed Chapter 13....10 times

    April 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Wbear

    Why isn't there a outcry from the birther's about John McCain Obama was born in HI but McCain was born in the Pam Canel zone, didn't know that was US soil? there was no wasting of time to go after him? Why? the reason i say the DEM could care less, it's about real issue, and the need for resloving them, the birther BS is a smoke screen for the GOP having nothing to offer expect for there "death panels" in the Paul Ryan plan. the GOP job killing of all Unions, reduction in pay for teaches, police and Fire services, GOP will be killing your Grandma early, if they get their way. You all sign up for all this Crap and guess what now we got the GOP crazy running around doing everything in thier pea brain heads all in a effort to make sure the 1%, Big Oil, Big Banks and Big fund managers can make more money. oh and to top all off the middle class will be no more your either broke or your dirt rich, I wonder who will have more in there class? it really went to hell fast didn't it.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    gosh glad its all cleared up, I told my children, it has to be real, its on the internet.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RAL

    I don't care about his birth certificate just qbout his lack of leadership and inexperience as President
    I care more about him being defeated soundly in the 2012 election to save us all from losing our capitolist lifestyle .
    If he is Moslen so be it long as he is long gone.................
    He will definately go down as the dumbest most inexperienced worthless president in history.
    That is enough for me. As for D Trump he brought this all to the surface why didn't Obama release it sooner ??
    Trump has plenty of good ??/ like why the rabs use us to do their dirty work and why opec isn't giving us a break on oil pricessince we do thier bidding.
    Why we don't tax chimesse good coming in why we don't produce more here than out sourcing it.
    Why tax & spend is still the Dems motto.
    One answer these high prices in gas are so he can now promote green energy his way beat us down and do it like Healthcare and all his other hairbrained ideas to turn this country into a socialist one..
    Keep voting for this guy and next thing you know this country as we knew it will be just like the mid east under a dictator and voting a thing of the past along with our Freedom.
    This guy is sly as a fox..

    April 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ArizonaYankee

    Now I see where all the naive posters hang out. Never hurts to verify where you are born with a legitimate birth certificate. All the narcissistic lair had to do was produce it 2 years ago when all this started. You guys all act like the birthers are morons, and that the real moron is in the WH destroying the country. Now on to his next series of fopa's, Obamacare, the horrendous budget, the not war Libya etc...etc... Are all liberals just blind ? Sure looks like it.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • SMH

      Really, you want to post something about WARS. Your boy BUSH got us into big time WARS.. wake up!

      April 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Futon Torpedo

      "lair"? Not a smart cookie are you?

      April 27, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JulieB

    OK, don't want to scare you all but I am a white, Christian, GOP gal from the midwest who has always believed that the president was born in American and that he is a Christian. I know that blows away all your sterotypes of us GOP CHristians but its true.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • DFrazier

      God bless you Julies for being a realist!

      April 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • DFrazier

      God bless you Julies for being a realist, but I have to say, Race is a major factor as to why The President recieves so much HATE from the GOP.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tracy

    Rest in peace?? No way – die of justly deserved shame!

    April 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. guest

    Donald Trump you're fired!!

    April 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BR

    Long pause while birthers take a shot of Jim Beam, and decide what to do next.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. I-Burn

    You know, it continues to amaze me that so many of you Obama supporters are so obsessed with race. You cannot conceive of anyone disagreeing with the messiah, on anything, unless it has some racial component. Frankly, you display your own intellectual bankruptcy with such spurious crap... Guess what? I'm not a 'birther', or a 'neo-con', or a 'rethuglican', or any other cutsie little name you want to entertain yourselves with; I still wouldn't trust Obama on a city council, let alone as the President of the United States. The man has goals that are inimical to the US. I recognize this, even if most of you are too deep in denial to do so. Perhaps instead of automatically discounting anything and anyone that isn't in lockstep with your own narrow little worldview, you try listening to and reasoning with your "ideological enemies". You might not get anything useful, but then again, maybe you will. I'd be happy if it'd just get most of you beyond the knee-jerk racism canard!

    April 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TrumpMoron

    So now Mr. Trump where is your income tax return?? Be a sport and release them to the world.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
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