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. Krista

    The majority of people who hopped on to the "birther" movement didn't really believe that Pres. Obama was born in another country, they just wanted to draw attention to the fact that he's African American, and that his father was from Kenya. Basically, they couldn't say "don't vote for Obama, he's black!", because that would be obvious racism, so they did this instead, reminding people over and over of his heritage and questioning whether or not he was a "real" American. Pitiful.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • AmesIA

      Despite all the chaos on this issue you are absolutely right. The GOP stays so tightly on message and their think tanks so carefully script and test market their twisted use of language that this is exactly what happened. Perhaps people will one day see through it, but don't ever count them out or underestimate them. Newt Gingrich is the "family values" candidate even though he is three times divorced and a serial philanderer. While the POTUS is all about his family when he leaves the office and the social conservatives revile him.

      April 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Eddie Stacker

    Birthers should have been abortions. Why dont you all cleanse the earth by killing yourselves. That would bring joy to my heart to see you all perish !!!

    April 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nofoldems

    OK Birthers, now time to present your side of the proof. Or are you going to spend your energy spreading more rumors?

    April 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. El Presidente

    If you think quaint notions such as facts or evidence are going to quiet or change the opinion of the birthers you are sadly mistaken.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Che-3


    April 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe Momma

    Speaking of racist, he is half white too. He's no more black than he is white. So technically he isn't a black President, but instead an American one.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • El Presidente

      Totally wrong. In America you are allowed to self-select your race. He hass always maintained he is black.

      Nice try though.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      So basically if he was all black, he would be a " black " President and not an "American" one???

      April 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dali

      El Presidente –
      You are only "allowed to self-select your race" if you look like a democratic-plantation exploited minority.
      Obama is at least genetically half white, and was raised by whites in Kansas and Hawaii.
      That makes him culturally mostly white to most rational people.
      Listen to his voice – the classical nasally white guy stereotype mocked by almost every African-American comedian who ever picked up a mike.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • skarphace

      @El: "In America you are allowed to self-select your race."

      Really? Then I choose to be native american so I can get free money from their tribes. You are saying I can do that? If so, you are such a racist moron that you can't even see that you are a racist moron. That is the problem with our country. Racists don't believe they are racists. Pure denial works for morons I guess.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • SMH

      right on!!

      April 27, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Michael

    This won't satisfy the birthers. These people don't use logic (or they wouldn't have doubted his citizenship in the first place). I blame this country's educational system.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Sniper from Saving Private Ryan

    Next up... "Is Hawaii really a state?"

    Birther: "Well... ya know it ain't part of the continguous United States... it's sorta out there in the ocean. A little island not connected to us. Nah, I don't really believe it's a real state."

    April 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • skarphace

      @Sniper: I actually read an argument that claimed that since the native Hawaiian people did not want Hawaii to be a state, the fact that the government forced the issue was illegal and therefore Hawaii was not legally a state. I am not making this up.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Maribeth

    I think that Obama is doing a great job with all of the republicans bucking him over the stupidest things and this takes the limit that Trump thinks he is a bigger shot now that he got it proved.........Thank you President for the wonderful response you gave to him and the world and telling them to basically grow up and get on with life .........or have a life........
    Many of us are out here supporting the president and think the US would be a better place if others tried to do it to.
    THank you for being so great and sticking up for your self...................Now Trump can put his money where it will do some good..........many he needs to know about work like us hard working people who have it not as easy as he does.
    God Bless you President

    April 27, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. WVLady63

    Now there are two birth certificates? Most of us only get one. Guess somebody better tell his Grandmother and Half Sisters who were witnesses to his birth about this, huh?????????????

    April 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh for Pete's sake!

      I have 2. Just like Obama. That Kenyan story was debunked 2 or 3 years ago. But, keep trying. . .

      April 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • skarphace

      @WV: go to fact check. They have the entire interview with Obama's grandmother, including sources that you can reference if you care to. When you read the entire interview it is painfully obvious that his grandmother said Obama was born in Hawaii and that she was not present.

      This claim has been debunked time and time again. You should know this by now and would if you cared enough to do a small bit of research. Apparently the only thing you care about is discrediting our President.

      April 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. S. Connery

    Trump puts every Republican to shame. Every. Single. One. Of. You. You don't have to think, judge for yourself, the Donald will take your party down in a blazing fire ball of lost politics, UNLESS YOU ACT NOW, AND SAVE A BUNDLE ON YOUR CAR INSURANCE!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. They will never tell us

    He's had two years and the all the resources of the federal government to create this piee of paper.

    Proves nothing.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh for Pete's sake!

      I need proof you have a brain. Cough it up. And it better not take you two years to do it because then I'd have to suspect you of using those 2 years to get a brain transplant.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rob

    perhaps if the socialist-in-chief would have released this information BACK WHEN IT WAS FIRST BROUGHT UP, then it wouldn't have become such an issue. Also, he's never released his school transcripts, his thesis, or how he paid for (r WHO paid for) his college education.

    More information is known about how much money was spent on Sarah Palin's warddrobe than on the POTUS. Perhaps if the lamestream media would actually DO IT'S JOB and perform as much investigative reporting on their "messiah" as they have on Joe the Plumber's tax records, you wouldn't have private citizens crying out!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • What??

      What other president had to release all of that??

      April 27, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Selfish Gene Simmons

    Continuing bring up the 'birther' issue exemplifies the lack of confidence, the culture of misinformation, the lack of character, the insult to the intelligence of Americans, the distractive elements, all within the republican/tea bagger parties.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. They will never tell us the truth

    He's had two years and the entire federal government to create a piece of paper.

    Its release means annd proves nothing.

    The Truthers – not Birthers

    April 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh for Pete's sake!

      What would?

      April 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • AKSean

      No, birther is much more accurate. To quote a famous movie line, "You can't handle the truth!"

      April 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cliff Vegas

      Therefore you should forfeit your citizenship and let someone else who will really appreciate and understand the real issues facing us. YOU DO NOT DESERVE TO LIVE HERE.

      April 27, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
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