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. nur amabo nur

    @madcrowd, I clearly represented both sides in my statement. Those who say he un eligible and those who say he's ruining the country, is there another side ? I mean among the conscious people.
    Fyi I'm a african american, female, democrat, lawyer who can shot your slingshot out of your back pocket at 300 yards! Care to retract your statement?

    April 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • proudtobeademocrat

      God forbid you are a lawyer. LIAR, for sure. You can't even talk educated. How sad, whoever you are.

      April 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wilma Flintstone

      Wow - You got a law degree without being able to learn to speak the English language?

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

      you're a liar. There's no law school in this this country that would graduate a person who writes like this ...

      "those who say he un eligible" .. Good God

      April 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chris

    i can't wait for Civil War round 2!!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    Did you read that Trump didn't know where HIS certificate was?
    Did you hear that now Trump thinks Mr. President should not have attended an Ivy League School because he was too dumb, and that Trump wants the President's college records scrutinized?
    Is this all we, as a nation, should be concerned about?
    How well would Trump's activities stand up?
    Every back-door deal he's made, every scandal he's ever been involved in, every nasty word uttered by this joke of a human?
    Would he stand up as a possible candidate?
    I think not.
    When is the media going to quit giving coverage to this megalomaniac?
    This whole "birther" issue is a joke, and the moron leading the pack is the punchline.
    I have never respected Trump before, and now his actions are beneath contempt.
    He's an ass.
    Period.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    The whole issue is a prejuidce against Hawaii. It is racism against Hawaii. They are just saying that people born in Hawaii are not Americans. How can they expect to win election when their racist behavior against Black, Spanish, Asian, and now Hawaiian.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. movement31

    The only reason te birth certificate was brought up is because he's black and his name is not like anyone else. Thats the only reasons. You can say whatever you want but its true and alot of people know it. I havent heard of any other U.S president being asked for birth proof, because they are white. I'm not racist by any means so dont throw that at me, i just see things the way they are. Come on people..our U.S President is being hounded to show his birth certificate! is it me or is this messeed up. I would have never shown this to someone like Trump but he wanted to call him out and show the american people how stupid he is

    April 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joan

    President Obama should never, never produce this certificate. Who is Triump? He is not even a canadidate asyet. From
    what we have seen of him andknow of him he will never, never be President. The American people are not that stupid.
    Bush would never stupe to this man level. Trump and his arrogance is what causing people around the World to laugh and talk about American. Thank God hecannot win because the World will just turn away from Us. Shame, shame on this man.I pray that he will go away soon...Please CNN stop giving him a platform to utter his nonsence. We want to hear from substantial people with sound ideas on how to solve our problems. We do notwant to hearform this glorify
    pampous, selfcentred man. Trump has proven himself to be a notorious liar above all things.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeremy

    Your spelling is wonderful.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John Sharp

    Today is a great day. Now even the birther's have to admit even to themselves what everyone else already knew. They have to admit to themselves that they are idiots.
    I am loving it.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. David (a white guy)

    How many other presidents birth certificates have we asked to see?
    Different treatment when you are white, huh? Welcome to the United States of Racists.
    Karma word of the day: <(..somebody BLACK will do something better than you today...)
    After you you comment on this and get over being an idiot, please for the love of humanity, go do something productive today will you?

    April 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. brande

    Okay, I not sure why we have to waste so much time on this. We have enough problems out here why not work on them. Donald Trump you have all this money that your wasting on looking for President Obama birth certificate, why don't you use that money and pay for 3 or 10 or 100 kids not your own to go to college. or pay for something that is going to a make a difference in our world. lets not waste anymore time on something that has been taken care of. If you can't find anything else to spend your money on call me. I have some great ideas. CNN stop reporting all the negative stuff can we heard some positive things.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. David (a white guy)

    How many other presidents birth certificates have we asked to see?

    Different treatment when you are white, huh? Welcome to the United States of Racists.
    Karma word of the day: <(..somebody BLACK will do something better than you today...)

    After you you comment on this and get over being an idiot, please for the love of humanity, go do something productive today will you?

    April 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. clarke

    CNN please put this to rest. You are beating a dead horse. What we need is what Trump promised, His net worth with all the back up.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sean

    Wow! It doesn't take a long to see the effects of ignorance and fear doing it's work. Lord help the balance of the world population if one the looneys on the right gets into power. More of the "You against us" rhetoric. Panic is not a pretty thing to watch, especially on the scale it is in U.S. You'd think now would be the time to pull togather, rather than pulling apart. Your truly no longer a family. "Divorced and destroyed through greed" Typical. From a former admirer watching from elsewhere

    April 27, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Steve Hamilton

    I am 47 years old and have worked at least a dozen different jobs in my lifetime. I have NEVER been required to show my BC to get a job. I've only had to show my DL/state issued ID and Social Security card. Has anyone asked to see Joe Biden's BC? The answer is no, because Joe Biden is white. The Birthers are nothing but a bunch of nut job racists and Trump is their new spokesperson. BTW, has Trump published his BC???

    April 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pat

    I hope Donald Trump focus on People issues..and not on OBAMA.
    None of people problems are going to be solved.

    I think he has nothing to offer..and that is why he is spending time behind obama.

    It is going to be only good for Obama himself, who is focused on issues.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
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