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. movement31

    I took this from another comment because it is so right!


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

    So now that we got past that... What is he doing about the 14.3 we owe??? Our world wide credit rating falling??? His bad health care bill that will add to our economic problems??? 9% jobless rate??? Libya??? Housing market??? Unions trying to control private business (boeing)??? Gas prices??? Oil drilling???? Oh, wait i know what he will do... Back to the playbook.. BLAME BUSH or call anyone who dosent agre a RACIST....
    Look at the posts on this site and tell me again how nice the liberal dems are... You are the most hate filled ppl in the world and your ruing this amazing country...

    April 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Ronin

      I blame bush, if you don't agree you are a racist, defeat the republicans which will be easy because they are only dupes for the rich, and do not understand that they are voting against their own self intrests. Oh did I mention it was bushes fault and you are raciist if you don't believe this:)

      The Ronin

      April 27, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |

    Are we all forgetting his birth name is Barry he changed it later in his life to Obama, ANOTHER FAKE

    April 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BlackPanther2020

    I would like to apologize to the sane white people of this country , but the other half. you know the racist bunch including your co-workers that act like they are your friends but at the same time they are secretly trying to get you fired . Why is it that whites have so much hate in them , and then when you call them out they want to play the victims roll , no other race has question any past presidents about their place of birth....only when someone with a different look lives in the Whitehouse it's a total problem now.................look at yourselves , a lot of you are pure evil !!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sean

    Pwned your face Tea Baggers. LOL at the Colonel who lost his job because of this! LOL Im dying here! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    April 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lila

    The CNN headlines about the birther stories the last few days have been quite witty. I'm going to miss them. Somebody needs to play "born in the USA" by Springsteen as an intro into a segment about his BC.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anthrogirl

    The stupidity of some citizens of a nation so great always amazes me. I mean are we that daft. The rest of the industrial world is laughing hard at us. I am dumbfounded and amazed at such ridiculous notions and at what people will say to bring someone down. Racism I feel is the only explanation because this has never happened before to other presidents. There were no problems when Arnold became the “Gorvenator” (I know that was just on a state level (but still). McCain was born in Panama and I predict this would not have happened if he was president. Please let us prove to the world that we are great, smart, and intellectually advanced as we claim and that immigrants are not the only smart and hardworking people behind the scenes, too busy making this country great to waste time making stupid accusations…Shame!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Walker

    wow they blocked my last post about how the signatures were simply cropped onto a PDF. just zoom in 600X and you'll see that all the signatures were doctored (crop/copy and pasted) and all the printed text was not. Odd really!

    no surprise from the communist news network.


    April 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack the Ripper

      I am sorry that you are retarded.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RinMaine

    The "birther" controversy is still serving a good purpose. It is still causing the people who claim it is true to self-identify as racists and fascists too stupid to be taken seriously.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. maggie

    Donald Trump is not stupid. He's having fun now but he has no intention of running and putting his business out there; it would never survive the scrutiny that other candidates go through. At the end of the day, he is as unelectable as Gingrich, Bachman, Palin and all the rest. The GOP better come up with someone real pretty soon.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    What do you mean "RIP Birther Movement"? Do you think this is going to stop those idiots? There are people who still believe there are little green men frozen in Roswell New Mexico and a devil-like thing called the Chupacabra walking around Mexico. People believe what they like to believe. Evidence is irrelevant.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Danice

    Now that YOU, and you know who YOU are have opened this box, I feel that every person running for President should attach their ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE. Ok everybody in the world knows of our double standards, can you please stop, and focus on how we get out this mess left by YOU, and you know who YOU are. YOU just won't stop just remember there is a place for people like YOU AND IT'S HOT.
    As for Donald Trump putting him in the white house would be like opening the bank safe and letting the rubber walk in, and help himself of what they did'nt leave with in 2008. But I dont expect YOU to know what I mean cause it's an everyday way of life for YOU.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bj

    Sad day for americans

    April 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ron

    Telling the tea party to RIP is wrong as they won't let things drop because they WANT to find fault.
    Rather telling them to RIP, I'd say Kiss off...

    April 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
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