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. madcrowd

    Huh, 2 years 3 months to forge a birth certificate. Nur amabo nur, it is quite evident to EVERY ONE you are delusional, radical, nut job, right wing wack-o, and in all likelihood a racist. GET HELP!

    I am a registered REPUBLICAN and just like any reasonable person, including Stevie Wonder can see that the President was born in the United States of America!

    Can we PLEASE move on?

    April 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Harold J Belt

    IDIOT! Eat s..., crash, burn and go to hell. That's where you'll find your leader!

    April 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlackPanther2020

      I'm gonna start up a web-site to show people all over the world how ignorant and racist SOME American whites are ...............oooops , it's already out there just read CNN ,

      April 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • DBF

      Please since you are pointing out racism include those of all races, or even your own

      April 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT

    Barack Obama must be tickled pink by now since he got his "birth certificate". But how do we know that it wasn't doctored?

    April 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Proud Liberal

      The "nutt" at the end of your name says it all!!!

      April 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • xavier

      I suspect you are one of them birther rednecks ain't ya? Are you not ashamed of the fact that your stupidity has been exposed?

      April 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barry

      Tickle yourself pink and fly over to Hawaii (you do know where it is..right?) go to the City Hall and ask to see it. Might cost your some money, but you kind of sound like your LOADED!
      While you are there could you please go the the Punch Bowl (not a bowl to drink out of) it's called the Arlington Cemetery of the Pacific .Say HELLO to all the Veterans that are buried there for you to have the right to keep all this BS going.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gad Z. Oookes

    Doesn't everyone who has a driver's license have to show their birth certificate to get said license?

    April 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wolfen

      Lately to get a first license you do. But I recently renewed and I did not. Never have.

      April 27, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      Did you read the article? The famous short-form "certificate of live birth" IS a birth certificate and is what Hawaii issues to people whose parents didn't ask for the long form when they were born. Obama finally decided to write a letter to request an exception to the policy be made so that people could see his long-form birth certificate. Not that it should make any difference to reasonable people...

      April 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dano

      In Hawaii, apparently they have 2 forms of birth certificates, the "get to the point" version and the other "long" version.
      You can do everything, like get a license with the short version, except apparently prove you were born in the US to these "birther" people.

      April 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barry

      OMG what country are you from? Did you know if you get stopped by the police you have to not only show your drivers license, but your birth certificate too? lol Jerk!

      April 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • skarphace

      @Barry: I really hope you were being sarcastic. In case you weren't, you have to show your drivers liscence and proof of insurance. You should never carry even a copy of your birth certificate with you. It should only be taken out of a locked box, which should contain your other personal records, when absolutely necessary. If a policeman asked for my birth certificate when he pulled me over I would laugh in his face.

      April 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gad Z. Oookes

    And how does asking for information automatically make someone a racist?

    April 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • greg

      any other white President get asked this?

      April 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • xavier

      Did you ask W for this 'information"? You fools cannot change. Wake up see the writing on the wall.

      April 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dano

      When you ask the African American president for it but not everyone else. You could say the same thing about all presidents, they could have been born in Mexico during their parents vacation but no one questions that. Why? because they are white, so they must be US citizens

      April 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      @Dano, "African"? I thought he was "American"...

      April 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • um yeah

      Yeah actually JFK faced the same thing and he was white. So sounds to me like once again the people doing the name calling and playing the race card are yet again the true bigots.

      April 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      @UY, yep, they hated him because he was a Catholic....

      April 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeri

      Not only just Catholic, But IRISH Catholic. The Irish were considered no more than an "acceptable" slave slightly before and after the Civil War.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • skarphace

      @Jeremy: I am sorry, but you are ignorant. 'African' is a race. 'American' is a nationality. You can be 'African American' just like you can be 'Asian American'. You cannot be 'Kenyan American', however, because both are nationalities.

      I hope this knowledge does you good in your future debates on racial issues.

      April 27, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Patricia

    Next up, "Stanley Ann Dunham rumored to not be Obama's mother. Birthers request body be exhumed."

    April 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. catatemyhomework

    Donald Trump is an IDIOT. Short, sweet, and to the point. I think it has something to do with that terrible hairdo he sports....

    Hey Donald: YOU'RE FIRED!!!!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don F.

      So sad to see such a sudden intellectual decline. I'll bet aliens sucked out his brain......

      April 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rose

    The birth certificate is out...what's next. Some people just like ot see their names in print.. Now that Obama has proven he is an American, those that were so adamant about the issue should not be allowed to vote in the next election. How Un-American can you be to think that your president is not an American. the tea party express needs to find a cliff and drive off of it and take the birthers with them...and let Trump be the driver.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CBR

    The truth is those who are birthers will never agree that the President was born in Hawaii. We have a comment stating that the certificate took two years to forge. Tell me how that helps us to alleviate the problems we are facing as a nation. What this has told me is that there are Americans who still harbor the notion that a person of color cannot succeed as President of the United. States. At the moment Donald Trump is the top name on the list. His jealousy of Obama's accomplishments is so apparent. Mr. Trump's arrogance, jealousy and need to be in the headlines are the driving force behind his campaign.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Wolfen

    And this is precisely the reason he didn't bother doing this sooner. Nothing will satisfy the birthers. Witnesses have come forward, newspaper announcements paid for by the hospital, multiple official proofs have been produced, and they still pretend that he was born in Kenya – a conclusion with not a single piece of supporting evidence.

    They just keep making the GOP look even more inane.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • love2loveu

      You are so right. Nothing this man will EVER do will make these people like him. We will always crucify what isn't like us. God so loved the world he gave his only son and look what we did to him.

      April 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      what??????? We made his only son show his birth certificate? i'm confused!!! =^P

      April 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Poog

      As I watched "Blacks in Latin America", last night. I finally, realized that America along with Spain have spewn racist hate propanganda for hundreds of years, and now the actions of the birthers make since. It called "White Supremacy".

      April 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • proudtobeademocrat

      Stupid remark and comparison.

      April 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • proudtobeademocrat

      stupid remark and comparison

      April 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Barak is not Jesus. I knew Jesus. He is not Jesus.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Treva

      i agree 100%. they are just going to find another angle to discredit him with. He tries to be reasonable and they couldn't care less. They won't be happy until the get an gun-toting, tobacco chewing, pro-life "real" american into office.

      April 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • SilverHair

      These idiots are looking for a WASP evangelical KKK bigot. Poor white trash.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just saying.....

      @silverhair who posted: These idiots are looking for a WASP evangelical KKK bigot. Poor white trash.

      you are a racist and unamerican. you are a bigot. you are poor trash. shame on you for turning what should be a political debate into a personal attack. shame on you for turning what should be a political debate into an opportunity to yell racist just because a group of people think our black president is incompetent.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Vshabazz2

    I am so, I don't have a word for it, I have seen CNN allow this comb over, warmed over racist dictate the day. NEVER has this been an issue, even as dumb downed as BUSH was, it was never an issue. I am sick, angry and mad as hell and I am ready to boycott, TRUMP and CNN I never have watched his show but I am asking others to stop watching this and for those on the show to walk off. Stop watching CNN and they will put appropriate news on. If this doesn't wake us up, nothing will!!!!! CNN helped to keep this nonsense going, with as much going on in the world, this racist has taken over the news. WHAT THE RACIST AND CNN ARE SAYING IS ANYONE BUT A BLACK MAN OR PERSON IN OFFICE. IF I WERE PRESIDENT OBAMA, I WOULD HAS SAID LONG AGO, GO TO HELL AND TAKE A COMB WITH YOU.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ART

    Side show Donald wishes he had half the brains as our President, the only one he's impressing with this nonsense is his young attractive daughter sorry I ment his wife who married him for true love not.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bob

    Dear Birthers and Mr. Trump: Sorry it took so long to show my long form birth certificate, but I was busy with important stuff like being president. I had it tucked away in my top left desk drawer. I would have shown it earlier, but I was certain that you would get tired of the issue. After a while, it became amusing to watch you foam at the mouth about it. I admit, it was fun playing you like a song but now it's old and I'm over it. So suck it. Sincerly, President Barack Obama

    April 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Wisdom4u2

    Make Trump produce his race certificate; I bet it won't be ORGANGE!!

    However,:
    That BC is about as fake as Wendy Williams hair, breast, rings, etc…!!

    What’s up with all those faded numbers inside some of the boxes??
    Why did it take so long to produce it??
    Where’s the seal?
    And since the actual record of birth is stored with a government agency, can’t the BC number be traced to see where it was originally registered?

    I’ve got nothing against Obama, but something’s just not right!
    I do know the power that some of the ‘special interest groups’ have, and are very capable of getting Antoine Dodson in as President, if he promises to serve their purposes.

    So, who knows!!!????

    April 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wolfen

      You're nuts. There's nothing "fake" about the Birth Certificate. The pencilled in numbers likely were done by some clerk 50 years ago tallying up similar answers. A forged BC wouldn't have these other notes on it making fools like you question it. Although you'd probably then come up with some nonsense about it being too "pristine."

      April 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wisdom4u2

      That would be 'orange'! ha-ha!!

      April 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • proudtobeademocrat

      Of all the things in life that you have lost, I bet you miss your mind the most.

      April 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wilma Flintstone

      Eat doo doo and die. You're full of it.

      April 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      What's a "race certificate"?

      April 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • jean2009

      The only thing not right here is the fact you lack a brain.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wisdom4u2

      @ Wilma Flintstone

      Eat doo doo and die. You're full of it.
      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      May this statement be returned on to you 1000 folds!!

      April 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wisdom4u2

      @ jean2009

      The only thing not right here is the fact you lack a brain.
      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      Then you're even more 'not right' for responding to a person who's had a complete lobotomy (in you view)!! Ha-ha!! What an idiot!!

      April 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wisdom4u2

      @ proudtobeademocrat

      Of all the things in life that you have lost, I bet you miss your mind the most.
      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      Ha-ha another idiot responding to a person who's had a complete lobotomy (in you view)!! Ha-ha!! What a stooge!!

      April 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wisdom4u2

      @ Jeremy

      What's a "race certificate"?
      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      Well, Jeremy, it's like a 'Birth Certificate' but it classifies your 'race'.
      Like, human race, long distance race, NASCAR race, horse race, etc.. you know, like that!!??!! Ha-ha!!

      April 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wisdom4u2

      @ Wolfen

      You're nuts. There's nothing "fake" about the Birth Certificate. The pencilled in numbers likely were done by some clerk 50 years ago tallying up similar answers. A forged BC wouldn't have these other notes on it making fools like you question it. Although you'd probably then come up with some nonsense about it being too "pristine."
      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      Ha-ha!! You're even more stupider than the rest of them, you're actually trying to justify your comment, BoZo!!!

      April 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Amanda E.

    You cannot argue with ignorant and stupidity- his qualifications and citizenship were verified by the Treasury Dept., prior to his inauguration. Moreover, why should he show his birth certificate? This righteous indignation over him not showing or showing it detracts from the important issues entirely. Hopefully, all this birther crap is over and done now.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • maggie

      That's exactly right. The fact that my firm conducts a background investigation before it hires me doesn't expose my private information to the executives who run my company. This country has privacy laws that apply to each citizen, and that includes the President. The utter ignorance of our citizenry is one thing; the insistence on forming opinions based on lack of knowledge and perceived facts heard on some talk show makes us all look all the more ignorant. Clearly, we as a rich and wealthy nation are not spending our riches on educating our public.

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