Overheard on CNN.com: Readers respond to birth certificate
President Barack Obama says the country does not "have time for this kind of silliness."
April 27th, 2011
01:36 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Readers respond to birth certificate

Comment of the morning: "(President Barack) Obama just pulled out his Trump card." - Cavemullah

Obama releases original long-form birth certificate

Doubters that President Barack Obama was born in the United States, led recently by possible Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, got their answer Wednesday when the White House released Obama's original birth certificate. "Birthers" have insisted that Obama was born overseas - possibly in his father's home country of Kenya - and therefore may be constitutionally ineligible to serve as president. Obama said Wednesday that he released his original birth certificate because the country does not "have time for this kind of silliness."

Many CNN.com readers expressed frustration that the president was put in the position of having to show his birth certificate at all.

CrunkSwaggaG said, "I think Donald Trump and about half of the Republican Party owe President Obama a sincere apology." flatbushfred said, "Obama shouldn't have had to do this. It's blatant racism." LPLove said, "No president in history has ever been treated this way. The birthers are nothing more than racists wrapping themselves in the flag. Disgusting." harryball said, "I feel bad for this guy. When was the last time a president was forced to show his birth certificate two years into his presidency? Oh that's right, never. Even as president, black people are still being treated as second-class citizens."

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About Trump’s role in the controversy, CNN.com readers had plenty to say:

icecold12 said, "Now Trump has to live up to his end of the deal and deliver his income tax information and net worth. Obama called his bluff and I bet he folds." BobSacamano said, "I'd like to know how much debt Trump has discharged throughout his life by claiming bankruptcy. How many millions has he stiffed his investors and creditors for?"

USAlegend said, OBAMA: "On Your Face Sucker, Here is my Birth Certificate.’ TRUMP: "Well......huh.....hmmmm....But this doesn't prove that you are not a Muslim."

And now that the original certificate has been released, many CNN.com readers said it still won’t be enough for birthers.

W2ATL said, "This really won't matter. These clowns will have some new madness to cry about in three hours." livingston1 responded, “Really, do you think it will take that long? That kind of hate blinds them to any sense of reason.” Nagaina said, “Countdown to someone claiming the long form birth certificate is an 'obvious forgery'...3...2...1.” BubbaSponge said, “Now hopefully the birthers will give it a rest once and for all!!” TikiGawd said, “Nah, they'll start a movement saying Hawaii isn't really part of the United States because it's 'overseas.' " iroshi said, “It's a shame the ‘birthers’ can't focus on an issue that is actually important. For instance, the national debt, unemployment, taxes, etc. What an incredible waste of time and money this has been.”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video. 

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (1,022 Responses)
  1. RJ

    .....but obama has time for basketball brackets, golf, vacations, and telephone calls to coaches.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nell

    Well, well, well.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    I have one thing to say to all the birthers: YOU LIE!

    April 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pitogo

    We live in a different time and the president did the honorable thing to provide the public proof. Now its The Donald's time to show us his financials.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve M

      If at some point he is something other than a private citizen, he may well show us his financials.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. george

    WOULD HAVE BEEN APPROPRIATE....to have posted this MUCH MUCH MUCH earlier....leaving people to believe he DID have something to HIDE?? There will still be doubters...some may believe it is FAKE???? Who Knows

    April 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Curious

    Now that Trump can't use the birth issue anymore he's questioning Obama's academic background.
    I would like to hear Trump defend his inability to keep a wife for any length of time. Is it due to a short

    April 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Psyclops

    I'm honestly embarrassed to be living among so many re-ta-rded people. Every day is a living nightmare. I'm tired of talking to them, I'm tired of dealing with them in any shape or form. I really wish the rapture was real, so Satan could collect all his morons and God can take all the good people. Unfortunately Jesus is a scam just like everything else on this planet. I don't personally like 100% about Obama or his policies, but the secret service checks out presidential candidates as well as many other agencies check out candidates. These backwoods xenophobic Ancient Alien theorists are really quite a piece of work. Half this country needs to turn off their TVs and get on prozac immediately.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. apes

    Obama walks on water. lol voters get what they vote into office and the rest of us are stuck with the damages. Democracy has become a joke. Blacks vote for blacks, women vote for women and so on. Regardless of qualifications, people vote for idiots as long as the idiots' looks and thinks like them.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    Hawaii is the only state where you can go to get a birth certificate, that will say where you want it to say that you were born. My Dad lost his birth certificate, went to Hawaii and got one that stated he was born in Ireland. How easy is that???????????? He was born in Ohio

    April 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary718

      Truly, you can't be serious! Perhaps daddy purchased it on the street for criminal purposes?

      April 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marsha Mars

      Where's your proof, Mary? Just because your Father is a dishonest person, doesn't mean every person is.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • krenz

      Mary... dear, Your dad is in the witness protection program honey.LOL

      April 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lisa

    I notice only the liberal posts were provided in the article. CNN's bias is showing.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nate o

    5+ years and 2million+$ later and he finally releases it.. all it proves at this point is that Obama is a jerk for hiding his birth certificate for so long. Just so every knows, Obama's BC has been in question way before he ran for president. http://classic-web.archive.org/web/20040627142700/eastandard.net/headlines/news26060403.htm
    Well now that we don't have to worry about his BC, we can impeach him for going to war in Libya without congressional approval.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Al Gore

    Whew! I'm glad I don't have to produce a birth certificate for global warming b/c then I'd be exposed as the fraud that I am too!

    April 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marsha Mars

      I think there is only one PART of your statement that is true - you (whoever you are posing as Al Gore) are a FRAUD.

      You need to read more. Save your $ and go see the ice caps melting. Your children will pay a very serious price for your lack of knowledge.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. butternut

    The Donald, The Bloviator......what a whack job. You are an embarassment, and a joke. To think, some took you seriously. What a sideshow, I mean freak show. Where is the sanity, the decorum ? You stink Donald. Please someone, where are the adults?

    April 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. liz

    The birthers aren't going to accept anything less than President Obama coming out and telling them that they were right all along, that he was in fact born in Kenya and that neither of his birth parents are American citizens. This proves nothing to them

    April 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ByGolly

    Next, I guess 'Trump and the Birthers' will want to dig up the President's parents to see if either of them was a jackal. lol

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