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."

Watch an iReporter's response

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. Birther Babbling Morons

    Richard, may I call you Dick. My Birth Certificate is typed as well you moron. My guess if you have one it is hand written so your parents didn't have to claim you.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos


      April 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quinton

      LMAO @ "Richard, may I call you Dick" BRAVO!!!!

      April 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThePreacher2

      Dick was born before typewriters were invented...,Probably before the printing press was invented.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim

    If the President had really been interested in putting this issue to rest, he would have produced this 2 years ago. However, I think he's intentionally kept the issue alive (by NOT producing this till now) to encourage some opponents to take a "fringe" position.

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


      April 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • snj

      Obama was not under any obligation to produce anything to anybody 2 years ago. He should never have been forced to produce his birth certificate. He is a citizen who rightfully won the presidency two years ago.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • cleduc

      There are already comments coming out questioning this version of the birth certificate. It will never go away entirely. Some folks still think Bush caused 911. Trump wanted attention and got it. He overlooks that's what Sarah Palin wanted. If Trump can't get his head around the birther issue, imagine how much trouble he'd have as a real president with real problems. As rove said, Trump is a like candidate like Pailn.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • windrider

      He produced a legally binding Certificate of Live Birth, identical to the form that my birth state issues. He did so almost 3 years ago. He is not responsible for the stupidity and bigotry of mentally deficient people like yourself

      April 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • krenz

      Would be a great theory, except for the fact that he DID produce his legal bc during the campaign. AND the CIA and FBI Fully vetted and verified his eligibility when he declared his candidacy. Here's a conspiracy theory for you, Why didn't the CIA and FBI "OUT' him as an alien back then? Answer: because there was no news there.

      April 30, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sara

    LMAO joey. That made me laugh.

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

    1. Yes, it's a birth certificate. It's the fabled "long form" the birthers have been squealing about for almost three years.

    2. No, the President and First Lady did NOT "admit" that the President was born in Hawaii. They have both repeatedly and consistently said that he was born in Hawaii.

    3. You are wrong. Admit it and get on with your life.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muggsy3

      Elid, NO it is NOT the long form which is issued by the hospital. This GREEN form is the short form issued by the state of Hawaii. CNN is either sloppy in it's terminology, or deliberately misleading to call the state-issued GREEN form a "long" form.
      BTW, the hospital AS NAMED on this green form didnt exist until the merger of 2 separate hospitals:
      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 hospital name not in existence until 1978..;17 yrs after BHO's birth !!!.

      April 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Scott

      Please please telll me that you are not using wikipedia as a resource please? You do understand what WIKI means in wikipedia. You can't trust it. Barack is an American, get passed it we have a black president. I swear sometimes I feel like I"m living on another planet. I don't mean to judge, I don't even like him, personally i wish Powell would have ran, he's a real conservative, not this tea party movement.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muggsy3

      to Diane, Mr Scott, Goldenchic, Stupidpeopleannoy me and all other liberal apologist for all things Obama (notice, i have not used one insulting word) - actually, here's the SAME stats from the hospital's website

      "This is the story of two hospitals: Kauikeolani Children's Hospital and Kapi‘olani Maternity Home.
      Concerned about the welfare of Hawaii's mothers, Queen Kapi‘olani held luau and bazaars to raise the $8,000 needed to open Kapi‘olani Maternity Home in 1890. She endowed her legacy with “Kulia i ka nu‘u” or “Strive for the highest.”

      In 1908, Albert and Emma Kauikeolani Wilcox donated $50,000 to start a children's hospital. The community, concerned that two of every seven infants in Hawai‘i did not live to see their first birthday, rallied to match the Wilcox's gift. A year later, Kauikeolani Children's Hospital opened.

      "The two hospitals joined in 1978 to become Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children."
      CHOKE ON IT!!@

      April 27, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • hillbillyblu

      "The two hospitals joined in 1978 to become Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children."

      Obama's bc does not list Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children. It states, Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital. DIFFERENT NAMES! What is your comprension scores in reading? And YOU CHOKE ON IT!

      April 27, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      You're right, hillbillyblu - Muggsy3 sure struggles with reading for comprehension, doesn't he?

      April 27, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • marty

      get a life, will you? turn off Beck and Limbaugh, they only want your money. Go outside a take a deep breath-then see a shrink and find out what is eating you inside–your childhood not so good back in the trailer? get to the bottom of it...maybe then your hatred and racism will dissipate and you will then live a long life full of peace instead of hatred. really try it.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • StupidPeopleAnnoyMe

      Muggsy3: YOU put Wikipedia as your source. Do you realize that a Wiki page can be updated by anyone in the public which means some nutcase may have put that up there to get you all rattled up. If you want "facts" go to a public Library or look for government issued proof that this "hospital" did not exist before you go off on some tangent 🙂

      April 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis


      Their web site says the same thing. Just more confusion.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Wikipedia?? There's a source a source!!

      April 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      If you really believe everything you read on Wikipedia, call me, I'd like to sell you a blade of grass for 90 million dollars.

      April 27, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      HUH?? Muggsy3 you don't make any sense. Did you even look at the birth certificate? It doesn't sound like it because none of the hospitals you mentioned are named on his birth certificate. Long form, short form. Good grief. Do a little research other than Wiki. That is not a credible encyclopedia. In the state I live in, if you need an official copy of you birth certificate, you get a photo copy with a state seal and signature just like what was shown by the President today. We don't keep our records consolidated in the computer and print shortened forms as copies (yet) but some states do. You know it is ignorant people like yourself that cause all this uproar. Get your facts straight and have valid proof to back them up before you spit out garbage like this.

      April 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • marty

      these people have no life. they are losers.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. maryann

    Nothing but pure racism (I am white) No white President has ever been asked to show his birth certificate. I wish the Pres and not given in to them...they are just stupid, radical republicans. the only good republicans are dead ones.

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

      Your statement is not true. Hilary Clinton, a Democrat, was the first to ask for the birth certificate – not the Republicans. When you make a statement, it should be factual. Makes you look ignorant.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaime

      Now now, that's not very liberal of you...I'm fairly liberal but I don't think they should all die. I have family that are the enemy...er republican.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • ellid

      Renea – wrong. The first person to question the President's citizenship was a Pennsylvania lawyer named Phil Berg, who supported Hillary Clinton in the primaries. He's a well known crank, vexatious litigator, and 9/11 Truther, and his efforts have not been supported by Secretary Clinton or anyone associated with her.


      April 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Zoe

    Richard you have so much hatred you can't even think straight. Now a BC is not enough. You need to look at the real issues affecting the economy and get over it

    April 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ernest H. Dervishian

    What is supposed to make him an American is the ability as the Commander and Chief to prevent foreign governments from interfering with American military honors. This birth certificate issue is a red herring and a distraction from the real issue, the elephant in the room if you will, and that is the failure to recognize the Armenian Genocide.

    Americans of Armenian heritage who fought in WWI, WWII and Korean conflict where highly disrespected by this president on the Holiest Easter Sundays in Armenian History. Truly sad and hurtful.

    We are not falling for this birth certificate issue as a distraction. We are more concerned about who made who. Ask yourselves, who made the Devil and who made you. "We wont get fooled again...." [The Who]

    April 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • AB

      this sounds like the insane ramblings of a homeless person. do they allow you to have internet access at the mental hospital?

      April 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • don.kiraly@gmx.de

      Ernie, you are one incredible crack pot, you know that? Please get some help for yourself. Padded cells are probably not a lot of fun and you are clearly headed that way.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • TR

      "What is supposed to make him an American is the ability as the Commander and Chief to prevent foreign governments from interfering with American military honors?" Where in the world could you have gotten such a silly idea?

      So everyone who is can not effectively use their powers as Commander and Chief to control foreign governments is not an American? So there have been, at most, 44 Americans? And how many of them, from Washington to Obama, have been able to control foreign powers?

      There is making a point, and then there is making a fool out of yourself!

      April 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    Dear Birthers and Mr. Trump: Sorry it took so long to show my long form birth certificate, but I was busy with important stuff like being president. I had it tucked away in my top left desk drawer. I would have shown it earlier, but I was certain that you would get tired of the issue. After a while, it became amusing to watch you foam at the mouth about it. I admit, it was fun playing you like a song but now it's old and I'm over it. So suck it. Sincerly, President Barack Obama

    April 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Renea

      While spending millions of taxpayer dollars to keep this piece of paper secret. Why? This is not a leader, this is an immature man that is a wanna be. All at the expense of our great country that is going down the drain while we bicker over which party is the best. Well neither have done a good job and for a very long time. You have nothing to brag about.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nah

      bob: "Dear Birthers and Mr. Trump: Sorry it took so long to show my long form birth certificate, but I was busy with important stuff like being president."

      Evidently you're as stupid as birthers.

      Doing important things like flying across the country to give speeches, collect $35,000 a plate for fundraising dinners, go on vacation to Hawaii, etc., right?

      April 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • DP44022

      I keep reading about the millions of dollars spent hiding the birth certificate. My question is, why would it cost anything to hide the birth certificate? What exactly did the money go to, and can somebody post a link (not on Fox please) that says where the money was spent to hide it??

      April 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • tl123

      It is a very sad thing that American's don't know the law.

      It is a very sad thing that American's refuse to respect the laws of another state in the Union.

      It is a very sad thing indeed.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fatboyslimm55

    I am disgusted with the lack of respect shown to a sitting U.S. President. Nothing the Obamas can do will please these wingnuts. Michelle Obama tries to increase awareness in parents of the perils of child obesity and they call her a socialist. Even now, they will cry out forgery or that doesn't prove he isn't a Muslim. Last time I checked by the way, you aren't disqualified for President based upon your religion or the lack thereof. The birthers couldn't even offer a shred of evidence that he was born in Kenya or wherever these nutjobs suggested he was born (probably because of the proof previously offered and now officially offered). Having proven his birth, now Trump tries to take the credit while other Rethuglicans that by displaying his birth certificate as they demanded Obama is guilty of distracting from jobs and the economy when they started this crap. It is truly pathetic.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Were you equally disguted by the treatment of Bush when he was president?

      April 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |


    April 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GL

    bill davis

    You need to keep your racist comments to yourself. I am sick you white haters in this country.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Carlos

    that's right richard you tell 'em that you won't let any minority be in charge of you and your stolen country!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Star

    I equate Donald Trump to fanatical Mullahs who fan hatred among gullible muslim to further thier own interests. He is nothing but a Mullah in a suit. And these so called "Birthers" are only a few degrees away from religious zealots of inslamic world. The whole drama over birth certificate in nothing but twisted racism.
    People like Trump allover the world have time and again taken advantage of these fringe masses. The guy is nothing but a pompous showoff. Its time someone asked him tough questions and stood up to him.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muggsy3

      sooo, can I take YOUR same analogy and apply it to Al Sharpton ad Jesse Jackson, who never waste an opportunity to "fan the hatred" of ignorant (lazy) Americans who blindly chant whatever they are told to chant?
      funny is't it? if the speaker is black, all is well in media-land; if the speaker is white ooooooh he's racist.

      April 27, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. butch in nj

    I have watched with amusement for over 2.5 years as Obama has not provided such a basic request, he has fueled this controversy to the end. What other president in history has had siblings born in other countries. This should have been resolved before he became a candiate. More of our tax dollars at work...

    April 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ellid

      And Maya Soetoro-Ng being born in another country has *what* to do with the President again?

      April 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Arpaio

      It was resolved before he was elected. There is a legal process that takes place in the vesting of the candidates. This was all a whole lot to do about nothing, like most of the right wing agenda.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Don

    Apparently you did not read the information. You are so caught up in believing what you want the truth will never matter to radicals such as yourself.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
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