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.

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  1. shjfasfa

    people, think – any president that you will choose, is using corporations' money for his campaign, means after he become president, he will represent interests of those evil corporations, not of the people. Corporations are eating this country alive. Trump, even though looks and behaves sometimes ridiculous, can use his own money for campaign and he does not have to depend or work for interest of corporations after he will become a president. He can really represent interest of the people, he is the person who will not be bought by others!.... i will vote for him!

    April 27, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heywood Jablome

      Apparently you didn't read this article. You won't get a chance to vote for him...unless it's a 50c text message on some reality show.

      April 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jasmineskunk

    Can someone help me? I posted a comment, but couldn't find it, then when I tried to post it again, the system told me I already said it... but I still don't find it. It wasn't a "bad" comment. I'm new and confused. ????

    April 27, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinkfirst

      You can only post here if you have a birth certificate. haha

      April 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Po

    My B/C is on a plastic card that looks like a credit card, so does that mean I wasn't born in the USA "NO" it does not!
    Bottom line...all Governments are corrupt and we all know it.
    Again stop with the racist talk it shows how slow on the uptake you are, and I’m white as white can be…
    Our country is in the toilet and all you people can talk about is his B/C & his color well pull your heads out of your #^$%# and take a good look at the Gulf and all the death & put your energy towards BP & other large Corporations that are stealing/killing your children’s future instead of this racist BS!!! The people of the future will look back on us as a heathen…is that what you all want???
    Wake up and unify, love and help save the planet & animals before it’s too late. Did you ever think…maybe the future has no President, so you’re just wasting energy that can be used for the good?

    April 27, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Reggie

    Why didn't Obama do this 28 months ago. HE IS THE ONE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SILLINESS.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Beacuse the short form Birth Certificate is valid. Because the short form Birth Certificate is the only thing Hawaii would release. In the end they made an exception for this one man because he is President, but that's the only exception. If you see a short form birth certificate, you are seeing proof of birth.

      April 27, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aerin

      amazing how you nutjobs make a mess and then squeal that nobody has cleaned it up for you.

      April 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinkfirst

      Next, you will ask for video proof of live birth.

      April 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • XWngLady

      BECAUSE HE DIDN'T HAVE TO!!!!!!! Why don't you understand that President Obama did not EVER and does not NOW (even though he chose to) have ANY legal or moral responsibiity to show his birth certificate to the general public? Those government officials responsible for doing the security background checks on him have long seen these forms and that is all that is required. It is not mandatory for him to do this, and he has EVERY RIGHT not to release it. I actually wish he hadn't because I feel like it just justifies the stupidity and insanity of the whole argument. But again, its his choice, not ours.

      April 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Reggie, he did it now to make Donald Trump the leader for the GOP race, because he wants to run against Donald Trump in the general election.

      Obama's a friggin' genius!

      April 27, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neverpar

      OK...I know it's really really hard for some of you to pay attention, but the fact of the matter is HE ALREADY DID..

      April 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dave

    Inspite of reports to the contrary, there is no connection betewwn the pressure applied by The Donald and BOs decision to release the certificate. Gotta love it!

    April 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kica

    WHY should he have to. No other presiden in history has had to this AFTER he's been elected. America at it's ugliest.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    "The Birther's" should be renamed to "The Racist". It's ironic that I can't find one instance of a president being asked to show his birth certificate. If Obama was white and his name was John Smith this would have never happened. If you don't think this is racist then you are clueless and probably a racist. I guess the Bither's will now tun to the Muslim angle!

    April 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JIMppff

    The birther issue is a cover for long standing racism and not anything else, that shows that this country has a long way to go yet for true equality.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sdfgewewv

    You can tell that its fake by putting your face up really close to your monitor... you can SEEE the pixels!!!!! Photoshopped!

    April 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tavardo

    Trump hates obama not only because he is Black which he claims is not true, but because Obama have decided not to extend the Bush Tax cuts for all the Millionaires note Obama will be directly target by this as well, Trump has Money and does not want to pay up his share of the pie, he would love to Tax the poor, why would a rich Billion Dollar executive run for President when they know not what it is to struggle and not have food to eat, it just doesn't add up; he is not the solution for America he is a Problem; we need to question Trump about that...

    April 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe

    I agree with Cardo. It wasnt racist to wonder about this as the only reason the President rleases this now is because his polls are ih the toilet. Hopefully we can get rid of him and his incompetent staff next year.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • R

      Joe, NO PRESIDENT EVER has been asked to produce a birth cert!! EVER!!! Suddenly a black man is POTUS and every "white" person wants to see it. But its not racism...... nice try with, what's wrong with asking......get over yourself.

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

      Not being a racist but can you quote the source of your knowledge on no president having to produce prof of citizenship?

      April 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      Actually I do believe that when you file as a Presidential candidate in each state you have to provide proof that you are an American citizen who was born in the US. If I am wrong, someone please correct me. So, in fact every single person that has run for President has had to prove they are infact a NATURAL BORN US CITIZEN. Do I think this has gone too far, YES!! I feel he is probably being treated differently because of statements made before and during the campaign. But, let's face it we are all human, we all say things that later we think "oops, shouldn't have done that!"

      April 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • leftydfCndn

      after this fiasco, Trumps parents should have said exactly THAT!

      April 27, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Abdur Rauf Hamrahi

    I think we as american are the best nation in the world becuase here we have freedom of everything and no discrimination and I am really afraid if we start this problem of discriminatin or what other nations are doing then we will become one of those natiions. I mean not the best nation so we should keep doing what our elders did and got succeeded in the entire world. God bless USA

    April 27, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom Flynn

    Trump's really problem turns out to be penis envy. He has had investigators tracking down Obama and they have clearly reported back that Barack has answered the question "Where's the beef?" Actually, this only points out the absolute stupidity of the American society and the media that lead it around by the nose. Trump is a pathetic, fat con man that found a following among a population even more idiotic than he is. America's decline is right on schedule with jerks like this gobbling up the oxygen and none to soon

    April 27, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michael Mouz

    Donald Trump is a big fat liar. He said he send investigators to Hawaii and can't believe what he found which was basically nothing. Is this the kind of person we want for president. What is more outrageous is that he is proud of him self. Like so many other people stated on this forum why should President Obama have to show his birth Certificate.
    Is it really possible to become president of the United States without being born here. Common people WAKE UP!

    April 27, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Muggsy3

    @DP44022 – re hospital name .. you neglected to finish the story !!!! so I’ll help you out:
    1890 –Queen Kapiolani founded Kapilani Maternity Home.
    1909 – Kauikeolani Children’s Hospital opened.
    1978 – Kauikeolani Children’s hospital merged with Kapiolani Maternity Home to become (ta-dah) Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children
    All the above is in wiikipedia! And indeed begs the question of a 1961 BC showing a name not in existence until 1978.

    And several ppl made a very valid observation – BHO is mixed race half-white, half-black (or mulatto as it used to be called just for historical accuracy. Of course it was politically astute to focus solely on his father’s race to get the votes was’t it?

    April 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • XWngLady

      Oh Muggsy, you're so clever!.....Do you really not know that the WH has access to every technical, computer, forgery, clandestine/undercover expert/genius that there is in the world? Do you really think that you and your birther buddies are that clever and that the President is that dumb?

      April 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • newsbreak

      First read the BC. It does NOT say "Kapiolani Medical Center". Do you even know how to read you M.oRoN?

      April 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • DP44022

      @Mugsy: The BC says "Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital" and since that's what the name of it was when he was born there, then the BC is accurate. And, seriously, do you think that if Obama was going to fake his BC, he wouldn't have looked up the name on Google?? Oh, yeah, maybe he wouldn't because I'm sure he's not as smart as you (that's sarcasm in case you couldn't tell)...

      April 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
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