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.

soundoff (588 Responses)
  1. mojobutta

    This whole thing was so ridiculous. Another cooked-up lie by the republicans and Trump. Trump is a good businessman, but an emotional and intellectual moron. A child's brain without creativity; very sad when you think about it. This will all pass and Obama will, of course, win a second term.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. B. Chase

    As a White man in America this was all about race. When will we learn that no race is superior over the other. It made me sick to my stomach watching how so many people wanted to see his Birth Certificate. IT WOULD'VE NEVER HAPPEN TO A WHITE PRESIDENT. The Republicans don't want Obama or this country to succeed while he's in charge. I pray for our President because he's up against the devil politics of the right wingers.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Enough

    Being a parent, you are required to present a Certified BC every time your child plays an organized sport (Little League Baseball/Basketball/Football, etc). I am not sure what sports our President played as a child, but I am sure someone who has nothing better to do, can go look up where he played sports as a child, and compare the BC his mother or grandmother presented at that time. Otherwise, let's move on !

    April 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. soldier48

    two words "black man"

    April 27, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Duke13

    Many of you probably don't remember, but there was a similar issue when Barry Goldwater ran for POTUS. Many claimed he was not eligible since he was born in Arizona prior to Arizona becoming a State.

    Hopefully, this "birther" issue will now fade away.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Phil

    Republicans (tea party, birthers etc) are some of the most retarded people on the planet...every last one of them.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Logical Thinker

    Dear Mr. Trump: Please go away. You are an embarrassment. Do you think President Obama's rivals during the election didn't think of this? Do you think he became a Senator without being vetted? Do you think the Republican party didn't turn over every leaf to try to disqualify him? Now you're after his education. Is this how you would run the country if you were elected (which, by the way, would make me move out of the country)?

    April 27, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TK

    I like your show. You're an entertaining guy, and I really like what you've done with Gary Busey, you were WRONG, and I am sorry, but...you're fired!

    April 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MM

    What a circus this country has become! If I started a facebook page tonight that said Obama was an alien i would have ten thousand tea bagger friends by tomorrow. Someone needs to take one for this country and lead all these lemmings off a cliff. Gene pool would be drasticlly improved!

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

    You would think that Americans especially Donald Trump has more important things to focus on. Its been three years America since we as Americans elected him as our president. How ludacris is it that even after three years its even an issue still.We elected him, we voted for him. Maybe this is why the country is in such a bad state. We pay more attention to the miniscule and unimportant issues of today. Its time to wake up america and focus on the real problems. We should help the country and not hinder the progress that our elected president is trying to accomplish. Wake up america, we have bigger problems to deal with!!!!!!!!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. amy

    always amazed how crazy people really are...sometimes you think, no people are for the most part normal...then you see a movement like the "birthers" and your like nope people are NUTS!

    April 27, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Russ

    Lol, I learned alot from this story and how long it's been going on. Evidentaly it takes two years to get a birth certificate made. That is awesome because if he had it before he would have shown it. Anyway, thank god this is finally over. What's the next dumb story going to be? I am guessing not that Obama wants to raise gas prices and is crossing his fingers that we go into another recession. Maybe the story will be about how his slippers are made outside the country.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • rachel

      or he gave them a long time to make fools of themselves spinning their wheels. he didn't have to show anything. nothing legal going on here. he CHOSE to show it. i think it was brilliant strategy. they've been focused on nonsense for a long time now. he gave them the middle finger and they deserved it. perfectly timed

      April 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chas

      http://www.theonion.com/articles/trump-unable-to-produce-certificate-proving-hes-no,20250/

      April 27, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • elections are rigged

      Questions of citizenship should have been addressed two years ago. The GOP has handed this marxist the 2012 election on a silver plater. Instead of focusing on nonsense, they should have hammered him on unemployment, Libya and his so far left policies they would make Karl Marx blush. Go vote in 2012 but I don't think it is going to matter much. Either deliberately or through epic stupidity, the GOP has thrown the fight again.

      April 27, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • russinmaine

      No my guess is that the continued story will be the same as has been since day one, that being that he is woefully unqualified and for the most part clueless as to all things non political/campaign related!

      April 27, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russ

      Chas, that was a funny article. http://www.theonion.com/articles/trump-unable-to-produce-certificate-proving-hes-no,20250/

      April 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Thank you for updating/changing this page on the CNN website, right as I was posting a comment. As I had a well typed out comment that took some time. Originally it was about this issue. But now its turned to CNN, That was really damn stupid to do in the middle of all the conversations that weregoing on

      April 27, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • newdirection

      I agree. Obama is not leadership material.

      Donald Trump should be the next president. If the left would use a portion of their closed minds and LISTEN to what he is proposing for the US they would jump on his side.

      25% tax on all foreign goods coming from China until they stop manipulating their currency.
      Revision of the foreign trade tax with US and SK
      Remove all US troops from SK unless they PAY us... Why are we spending our money to protect SK when we are bankrupt??
      Build a road in afghanistan and a school, the Taliban blows it up.. How about we start building roads and schools in the US?

      Trump for president!

      April 27, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betty

      To bad thats not the right birth on there .he was named BARRY ,WHEN HE WAS BORN .Seems this live birth has taken on a new name .He took the name he has now a lots later in life .and the original birth certificate would be in the name BERRY .Trump helped pull this off so he thinks ,.Now we know that Trump cant be trusted .Silvia leave God out of this all that is going on is mens choices .God ashamed of all this crooked lieing stuff and greedy and controling people wanting to inslave all the people .Its not blacks Obama is doing this to all people black ,white ,chinese ,everyone in this country .Obama never got a invation to the wedding wonder why .Because they see threw him and dont like what hes doing ,And other countries hate him as much as the people that sees threw him and his evil ways .Clean up America ,GET RID OF ALL THE POLITICAN AND THE MONEY HUNGRY GOONS ,

      April 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betty

      His Name is Berry not whats on that forged piece of paper ,I see Democrats cant use their whole brain ,They are poor sheep lead to the coolaid .DRINK BABIES DRINK .And Obama sent one of HIS people to get it .lol we got set up by donald trump /

      April 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • adsfwea

      Obama applied for the job in 2008, and we have a right validate the requirements. He did owe us validation when asked for it, and not only didn't comply, fought Philip Berg among others in court for the right NOT to comply. And manipulating the media to turn their heads, minimize the issue, what's sad is that he thinks we're just that stupid.

      April 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      I wonder if Mayer and Cooper even realize how dumb they look. They ask someone a question but NEVER let them answer. They wont let people tell the truth. They cut them off EVERYTIME. It's pathetic to see how much they suck up to Obama.

      April 29, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. Hmmmmmm

    Took him awhile to get the forgery, didn't it? Come on people.....He's a fake!

    April 27, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • really?

      As a conservative, I am ashamed how some people lack the intelligence and thinking that stirring up a conspiracy theory versus discussing a real issue is more important. What’s next, will these idiots now question if President Obama is really black. Let’s just call it what it is: simple racism at its worse.

      April 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnborg

      Why did Obama not show his birth certificate until now?... Better question: Why should he? Presidents are not begged to illustrate their birth certificates to the general public. The only reasons why Obama is different is because his name doesn't sound "white" or "American" (In society, "white" generally equals "American."), he is black, and he is a liberal (well, sort of, his more of a centrist). Move on, people. Move on. Even the far-right's Arizona governor Brewer stated this is nonsense. Move on.

      April 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • JIM

      Hahaha, give it up! Excellent strategy, birthers got played. Fools looked fools for 2 years and today looked more foolest! LOL!

      April 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. god help us all

    Its sad how the american public is pit against each other with the whole left vs right. Cant any of you see that dems and reps are both corrupt? none of them have your best intrests in mind only corprate intrest! Cant any of you see that Obama is the same as Bush? You need to wake up now before its to late!!! Think for yourself!! Dont let CNN or FOX or MSNBC fill you with lies!!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Yeah, who cares about politicians. The rich will survive while the crappy poor will starve and become extinct.

      April 27, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marquise

      Just let you. It is so easy for you to judge others. I bet you are just as corrupt.

      April 28, 2011 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. Futon Torpedo

    He was vetted around 1996 prior to him being elected a "State" Senator for the Illinois Senate. Around 15 years ago.... a good majority of you non believers I assume probably slept through government class.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Thank you. This has been my position, all along. We need to make sure those who are criticizing are not planning to run the country without knowing what's involved (hint, hint).

      April 27, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • reh62

      Um... you must have slept through government class. The ONLY elected office that requires you to be a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN of the United States is President. Otherwise, Arnold would have never been the Governor of California.

      April 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
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