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. smartguy

    Obama looks like a fool. He should have done that 2 years ago, instead he acted like a stubborn, bull headed petulant child...which is basically what he is. What a disgrace.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sick of birthers

      Actually, it's the birthers who are the stubborn, petulant and bull-headed children! And, yes, THEY are the disgrace!

      April 27, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      You, sir, have quite the skewed perception. Demanding something that is not owed to you, is acting like a petulant bullheaded child. Refusing to acquiesce to the demands of a group of radicals is called being a good leader.

      April 27, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • JIM

      it was an excellent strategy... Birthers were given the middle finger and made total fools of themselves (well, they were already fools in the first place). Hahaha!

      April 27, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      so's yer mom since she had your dumb a$$...

      April 27, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gloria

    I'm appalled that this is happening... Why don't we all ask Donald Trump to show his birth certificate! His, and Palins and all the other stupid people that are wasting our time with ridiculous stories like this one. It's embarrassing to witness this kind of media coverage...

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

      Well said! It's embarrassing that this is happening and an issue. There are so many issues we can really work on and they want to waste our time on this. We should be grateful for what we have and work on real issues, this is really ridiculous.

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

      yeah, CNN get over it

      April 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ann

    I beg you, no more Donald Trump. Don't do for him what was done for Sarah Palin.

    The next time I hear any "news" about Trump it should be to announce his next divorce, bankruptcy or the cancellation of his show.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Siever

      About 10-15 years too late for that, I'm afraid.

      April 27, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    If a Republican were in the White House today, America would be opening new wars by the day and threatening more wars, enrichment of oil companies and insurance companies, cutting education, health care, and tax cuts for the wealthy.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marquise

      The unemployment rate would be more than doubled. Teachers,Police officers, Fire officers and other goverment workers would have been laid off during the height of the recession. Unemployment benefits would not be extended. Foreclosures would totally destroy the economy. My 401Ks would be wiped out. Their" let them fail" policy would have driven us into a major depression.

      April 28, 2011 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ronald Hussein Reagan

    NOW LISSEN UP, ALL YOU KOMMIE LIBRATURDS­, LISSEN UP!!!!! COMMUNITY organizer!!! President Obama is a computer generated holographi­c image and was not born at at all!!! BILL AYERS!!!!! IF i'M not mistAKEN AND I NEVER AM When he MakES his speechES on TV I trY to touch him but instead of a human being there' only the flat surface of my TV SCREEN!!! TELEPROMPT­ER!!!!! AND I"VE ASKED botha MY FRIENDS AND NONE OF THEM HAS TOUCHED HIM EITHER!!!! MOSQUE AT GROUND ZERO!!!!!! I'm sure many of us REAL AMERICANS have experience­d the same thing but are too afraid to speak up. KENYAN!!!! Why doesn't Congress investigat­e? MUSLIM!!!! Because they're all COMMIES and Muslims and LIMP WRISTED LIBRERALS AND THEY"RE ALL UNDER THE CONTROL OF HOWARD HUGHES AND SPENCER KIMBALL WHO'S BRANES ARE STORED IN AN UNDERGROUN­D COMPUTER UNDER THE GREAT SALT LAKE!!!!!B­IG EARS!!!!!!! THYE"RE TRYING TO MAKE ARNOLD SCHWARZENE­GGERS _CREATED IN A NZAI LAB FROM ADOLF HITLER SPERMATAZO­ZO AND LENI REIFENSTAH­L"S EGG THE POTUS BECAUSE OBAMA IS NOT A CITIZEN EITHER!!!!­!!!! Oh, CommunistNewsNutworkNazieS – stop censoring my posts. REVEREND WRIGHT!!!!­! Why does LIbrEAlismMARXIST CommunistNewsNutwork censor my posts? ANCHOR BABIES!!!! BECAUSE THEY"RE AFRAID OF THE TRUTH!!!! NUFF SAID!!!!!!­MARXISZM!!­!! CASE CLOSED!!!!­NEXT PATIENT!!!!!!!. DONALT CRUmP IN 2017!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Holy Crap!

      That's funny!

      April 27, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      If you had stayed in school and learned how to spell, your comment might have been remotely interesting.

      April 27, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Ronin

      what isa branes????? This is a hilarious:)

      The Ronin

      April 27, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chas,20250/

    Thank you Onion for your fine point

    April 27, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ciaobabie

    Being in the media myself, I would be amused at how Trump is jerking the serious news outlets around (next transcripts–didn't we go through this with George W. Bush? what then? I heard he was a thumbsucker–can we get some photos of him in pre-kindergarten?), if it was not so sad that there are REALLY important stories that could use some attention. I don't blame Trump for chasing publicity (it is smart business and what he does best). But it is time for the press and the public to get serious. Hey, I heard (someone told me) that Trump wears a toupee. I want to see a doctor's affidavit (and maybe some x-rays, too) that prove that is he real hair. Can we get to the bottom of this 🙂

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

      That's rich :-).

      April 27, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AM

    @smartguy(?) You're the one who looks like a fool. He was probably having a good laugh at all you ridiculous idiots.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. G

    PHOTO SHOPPED! haha kidding....

    A piece of paper proves nothing. You think the government cant type up a new one? seriously?

    No, I am not a "birther". I just like to point out the obvious and most logical. I am a conservative, but I dont think our country should waste time on worrying about our presidents origin of birth. Obama won the 2008 presidential election. deal with it. What a conservative not a birther!?! Why you ask? - I can assume that when the commander in chief obtained his very high security clearance from the DOD upon becoming president they performed a very extensive background check. This is a requirement for the job as it is for any job that requires any level of clearance. Cant obtain a clearance = cant have the job. With the thousands of DOD Security employed to perform such background checks...I feel just fine.

    I wish I could say I feel the same about Obama's economic policies? oh snap - what would a day on CNN message boards be without a little disagreement. 😉

    April 27, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jcwill68

    Do all you fools think that in order to be a State Senate and run for President of the US (and win may I add), he would have to be a natural born citizen? And why on earth do he have to prove anything? I bet half of you all posting comments were born somewhere else. We just had troops die at the hands of the people we are trying to train up in Afghanistan and all you can do is try to add more insult on our Commander and Chief? You who write about dumb comments are idiots who wouldn't have a clue the first to run anything. Quit following and stand on your own two feet. That is why America is in the state we are now. Grow up!

    April 27, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. He'sAFraud

    Someone at the White House needs a lesson in Photoshop

    April 27, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • JeremyH2

      Uh oh...

      April 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • dayalpatel

      Can wait to see Obama win the the next elections and end up on the the next US currency and see racist americans burn their hard earn money on stupidity. I just love America.

      April 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • odeen

      mm I wonder why the youtube video doesn't allow for comments. Maybe some no-rookie adobe illustrator expert may inform you that adobe based on intensity will separate an image into layers? mmmm?

      April 27, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obamafan

      You are the fraud! You think we don't know that the same thing you accuse the President of doing you are doing yourself with this illustration?!! What a jerk!!!!!

      April 27, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Give it up already its getting pathetic...

      April 27, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • heidi

      seriously, if they were really going to forge it, they'd just type up a new one, not go to all that stupid trouble.

      April 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brandon

    If Barack Obama were to provide pictures of his actual birth with the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore in the background... The Birthers: "Still proves nothing."

    April 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. REG in AZ

    Give it up people and get serious. It is time to realize that who you hurt is yourself and others like you, all of us, with the ridiculous defense of your bias. Drop the biases, the prejudices, the emotions and the dogmatic, stubborn and idiotic defense of them. There are people out there who are trying desperately to use and exploit those narrow minded positions and it costs everyone except the very few when they are successful (reference Bush-Cheney). You don't even have to like the Obamas or ever become a Democrat but in your own best interests, recognize that to be against them and favor the Republicans is self-defeating as the Republicans (Tea Party incl.) are literally just 'puppets' for Special Interests and the influential, powerful and extremely wealthy few who strongly support them and 'pull their strings'. You may not like that but to ignore it, to deny it, is to reject reality and to play into the hands of those aggressively trying to con, manipulate and use and abuse you. It is well past the time to 'wake up and smell the roses', for your own good.

    April 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Ronin

      Well said and very true:)

      The Ronin

      April 27, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • JClark

      Short version: Give it up, birthers..or just go shoot yourself in the foot now, why wait?

      April 27, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. David55

    boom in your face birthers

    April 27, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gaurang Vin

    We, the sane people of the U.S., demand that (1) Sarah Palin disclose all her college transcripts- showing grades and if she really a college graduate or s high school drop out and (2) Trump disclose his income tax returns and details of his multi- bankruptcies.

    April 27, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • JClark

      Oh, you mean the tax returns he promised us, if Obama would show us his long form bc? No big surprise here, I even predicted it on another blog earlier today, Trump sleazed out of that in the John King interview. Trump's buffoonery and braggadocio tonight really made me ill. I had to leave the room a couple of times while he finished his self-praise.

      April 27, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
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