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. BobMAZ

    This all sounds like a religeous arguement/debate (other than the usual adolescent posts). Again it's evidence vs belief. Someone once said, "There is nothing more dangerous than a strongly held religeous belief". It seems to never end; it likely never will end..

    April 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Just wondering

    Just wondering – If his Mom was 18 at birth how old was she nine months prior?? Did his dad at 25 get caught with his hand in the cookie jar? Was he on the ten year plan at the University?
    Just asking.......

    April 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rance

    You idiots, that’s not even the point. Obama was born in Hawaii, that much has been proven. However, the true conspiracy is the fact that Hawaii isn’t even a state. I mean think about it! Where is it? No one has ever been there, but we are to believe it’s a state in our union?! Also according to Wikipedia It has a monarchy under the Grand Chief Jungo Lungo… I now plan to start a “staters” movement.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Carl LaFong

    Now that the "birther" movement may be dead, let's try for the GOP next.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rob W

    This will not satisfy all the birthers. It is the nature of conspiracists to require a conspiracy to justify their existence and will will continue to hear smaller and smaller echoes in the media with occasional spikes down through the years. This will be an historical feature of the Obama Presidency and there will be die hard clubs of birthers forming up (like the moon landing deniers) that will never disappear and still be around in 50 years....

    April 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Treva

    We all know this won't end anything. I have been arguing with people on blogs all morning who already claim it is a fake. President Barack Obama came into office with the country involved in 2 wars (which we had not paid a DIME for) and sliding into a MAJOR recession. He has kept us afloat for the last 3 years based on his intelligence and his willingness to compromise with people who have done everything they can to discredit him as a human being. I don't think it has helped him in any way to provide the haters with the proof they CLAIMED would clear up their questions. As you have seen from those represented here, he could have a video of the birth on the beaches of Hawaii and they would claim it was an elaborate hoax. President Obama was born in this country. Accept it and move onto something more tangible against him. Oh yeah, THERE ISN’T ANYTHING ELSE! This man was born on American soil. GET OVER IT! They are just mad that they don't have a chance in 2012.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MB26

    If anything this has been a sad sad commentary of media insanity and some American's desire to believe anything just because they don't like someone despite facts (I'm LOOKING AT YOU TRUTHERS TOO).

    The whole world should be laughing at us and they are right to be laughing. GOD WE MADE DONALD FREAKING TRUMP INTO A POLITICAL PLAYER that's just insanely pathetic.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Randy

    This birther issue was really just a racist's way of saying, "We don't want a Black man in the White House", without being blatant about it. Just watch and see. They will come up with something else.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Matthew Poston

    Now I wonder what these morons are going to get all worked up about. Maybe the can find out if ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER was really born in the Sudan,, or if he from Detroit like many believe.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don F.

      They are all looking for Elvis or hanging foil in their rooms so the government cant read their minds, or advocating that scientists have conspired to hoodwink us all into thinking the world is really round, or that vaccines cause autism, Alzheimers, or that smoking doesn't cause cancer, or the AIDS epidemic is a liberal publicity stunt, global warming is a myth and that the supply of oil is inexhaustable, or the growing disparity between the very rich and the middle class is good for society or that we can balance the budget by taxing the rich less or giveing them more money via various business
      "incentives", or that Madoff should be the new head of the SEC.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mabel floyd

    some of the "birther" crowd would not believe the pres was born in the us if they were in the delivery room when he was born. they enjoy hating the pres. some hate him because they have a little money and the though of having to pay taxes is just abhorrent to them-they fact that they might have to pay due to a black man is just something they could never abide–so making the pres not legal gives cover to enjoying their hate. others just enjoy hating and feeling they belong to an important group that has inside information. they have pathetic lives and need to enjoy hating the pres. if it were not the pres they hate they would find something else to vent their need to hate . the politicians love this stuff as it give them a bunch of emotional cripples that are easily lead to use for votes and money. the pres should ignore them and the press should stop using them to fill space and for their own enjoyment.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    President Obama showed his certificate of live birth from Hawaii 3 years ago. What don't you get, john? Long or short form, it's LEGAL!!!!! Still not good enough for you? Tough.
    It's a moot point. Let it go. There are other things the man needs to focus on, besides trying to satisfy people who will never be happy with the POTUS, no matter what he does. I know he would never be0able to say what he thinks, but I can...*f* off!

    April 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Patricia

    As usual – the president comes out smiling like a Rose – what a Class Act. Thank God I am not the POTUS, I would have continued to ignore these brainless racist – yes that is the bottom line and it is very sad indeed! This hatred for the president is sure keeping some people awake at night – what a waste! I wish the media would just stop indulging these people, only then will they really go away. Dump took over from Palin, which crazy is going to be next after Dump. I wonder if his hair is made here or from china – pathetic fellow.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Ronin

      Well said and very true that it is sad that racisim is still with us, when will we learn????

      The Ronin

      April 27, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Don F.

    It is genuine perplexing the degree to which half truths, speculation, conspirecy theories, rumor mongering was able to capture widespread belief counter to common sence even to the likes of Donald Trump. One need not wonder further why our government and civil discourse is off the wall and why we can not as a nation solve our national problems. In our society rational thought, common sense, basic reasoning are all traits of our past and absent in our present. As a society we are doomed. Tower of Babel anyone????

    April 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. clarke

    Ok Donald, you wanted to play, "show and tell" well it is your turn.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ron R

    How much lower will the Repuklians stoop? They are ignorant morons. The scary thing is that so many uninformed, racist, idiots believe this junk. Brainwashed or brain dead – they are dangerous idiots.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
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