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. Patty

    I wanted to see the Long Form Birth Certificate.....for me it wasn't about Racism.....I'm a firm believer that we are all created by God.....and that if whomever was chosen did a great job for our country I was satisfied with that!! I just didnt understand that if there was Doubts by even just a quarter of the american ppl then why not simply show it.....to shut everyone up all time ago.....its like he was arrogant about revealing it & then when it got heated and Trump stirred up the pot and was getting alot of ppl asking the question........suddenly just like that there it is!! Why 3yrs later and 2 million dollars later!!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Patty my Dear , He did show and release the real thing 3 years ago. But you chose not to believe!

      April 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • zjlf35

      Patty – you're an idiot. No president has ever had to do this in order to ease the minds of another political party. Maybe now the repulicans can get back to their job of creating all these so called jobs they had planned on.

      April 27, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • QuayNM

      What two million dollars are you talking about?

      April 27, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Archangel07

      Stop lying to yourself it did have to due with racism. How come no one asked to see his birth recond when he a Senator.
      You have to be a american to hold that office. I'm glad we have the internet. I hope all minority country are paying close attention to the treatment Our President has recieve from this racist country. And hope they remember it we you come a calling about doing business in their country. If they don't have respect for their own President and the office he holds. Do you really think they will have respect for your country or it's people. As for Donald he true colors are showing, as well as the teabaggers and the republicans. And to all you not living in the United States.And to all of the islands and Africa please don't be fooled by the vistors to your country. Racism is alive and furoushing here in the States. Just read the comments on most of the websites,

      April 28, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. R

    George patton, where you born an idiot or does it just come naturaly for you?

    April 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Big Game James

    @vickie smith Why don't you learn how to brush your tooth?

    April 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    Nobody cares about his birth certificate! What we care about is having a President who is dishonest and incompetent! And we all know the correct answer to that one! Three or more wars! Financial crisis! Energy crisis! Housing crisis! Employment crisis! etc. He's the worst President at the worst time! And all he or his defenders can think to do is play the Race card! Pathetic! Disgusting! and Offensive! But not unexpected!

    April 27, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Dave – are you kidding?? Every crisis that Obama has had to face was created by George Bush! I know this must come as a surprise to you – as most right wingers distort long term history, they also distort short term history.

      April 27, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • SuBo

      Hey Dave...Remember George W Bush? He's the President responsible for the financial issues you mention. I love the Republican Party's ability to completely rewrite history and blame anyone but themselves for the destruction they left in their wake. You may recall under Bush we gained 2 wars, an unregulated/deregulated housing and financial market which led to the financial collapse, massive unemployment, historic defaults on homes and credit cards and a never ending recession.

      Not that I think the Democrats are much better. God help us – our country is in BIG trouble.

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

      OMG, where have you been living the past 10 years or have you just had your head buried some where? Obama inherited all these problems you mention from Bush and if you look at the stats you would see that since Obama took office we have been slowly recovering from everything. At least up until now when the Repugs and Teabaggers are trying there very best to send it back the other way in order to discredit President Obama and hurt his changes for re-election. You people are so blind and deaf and filled with so much hatred you cannot see what the truth is. Sad!!!!!

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

      Micheal is right,and you are wrong Dave.Are you racist?

      April 27, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • s

      Dishonest? My guess is you got the year and date wrong. May be you are talking about the one that swore on WMD. Now frankly there is a few things that I don't agree with this President, but dishonesty?

      April 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Greg Bernstein

    Let's give thanks to those who helped make this possible: the so-called journalists of modern day America - people like CNN's Ed Henry who just yesterday raised this inane issue with the President's press secretary AFTER Henry's own network had thoroughly debunked the birthers' claims. We have become a nation distracted totally distracted by the trivial, perhaps because the really important issues are too difficult or too scary for the population and our journalists to seriously contemplate and discuss. Meanwhile, there will always be a Trump ready to take us all on a ride and degrade and disgrace the country in the process.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BluemonkRau

    Trump to the rescue! Perhaps now he can find out who is buried in Grant's Tomb.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. florida voter

    1. Hucksters and carnival barkers should be insulted to be compaired to Trump.
    2. Trump makes Sheen now look normal

    April 27, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. R

    Ok Trump, my POTUS called your bluff. Man up and let's see your Income Tax returns like you said you would do!! Put up or shut the hell up once in for all!!

    April 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • QuayNM

      anyone want to wager that Trump won't ever keep his word to show his records. I could use the money.

      April 27, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SuBo

    Donald Trump is a first class jack ass. As soon as the birth cert had been produced took credit for it then he started in on President Obama's producing his college records. Honest to God is there any way to keep this guy out of the news for a while? I was horrified that he's looking into becoming president in 2012 (Maybe the world will end in 2012)!!! I thought Bush did a lot of damage but if elected, Trump will definitely push the US into the abyss!

    Hopefully, (at least for the moment) we can now move on to more important issues like the economy, health care for everyone (not just the rich), oil prices or Middle East issues.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jack Be Humble

    He LIED to the american people! That blue dress has his semen all over it. What I say is we should have the House IMPEACH his ass, and then have the Senate send him packing. uh, oh, ah, wrong president. nevermind, my mistake.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer


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

    Man this story is such a waste of time. It is obvious Donald Trump is just a racist who is trying everything he can to discredit the president. Also why is he taking credit for something like this? It just proves he doesn't have the skill and brain to be a president. I hope he doesn't run for president because I would hate seeing him again on tv.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Clifford O. Reid

    People should boycott anything with the Trump name. The Donald Duck is a loser. How can anyone have the assiduity to declare bankruptcy FOUR times, been Marred three times, has kids with four different wives, then questions and doubt the News Media, and the President of the United States?
    I will not buy anything with the TRUMP name or brand. I will not visit anything with the TRUMP name and I will not watch anything on TV wiht the TRUMP name. I hope NBC canceled the show after this season. Then TRUMP will really have something to do, Join Palin and run for president and see how much he really lacks. He is not presidential at all. He is a low class, no taste low life with money. The banks money.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      I agree with you on principal, however, I would like to point out that assiduity means "constant and close application" or "devoted attention" neither of which would apply to Trump.

      April 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom


    I think the birth certificate your father received is in fact correct. Ohio was actually part of Ireland at one time when Benjamin Franklin was President. At least that's what I read on Wikipedia.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • hillbillyblu

      Tom you need to read more than just Wikipedia. Benjamin Franklin was not the president of the US. He was called the "President of Pennsylvania".....a way of referring to what I am assuming was a governor type position. He's my great-grandfather X6 and I've done alot of research on him. I have never heard anything about Ohio being part of Ireland.

      April 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      LOL. God bless Wikipedia.... it's owned by Trump....

      April 27, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Martha

    I am a fan of CNN; but, if you do not get off the birther subject, I am switching to Public Broadcasting until you return to meaningful issues.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tolerated

    I was really disappointed to see that President Obama released his long form birth certificate. We all know that the "birthers" are covert racists who can't bare the fact that a brilliant black man is our President. Donald Trump is an absolute media clown! Trump is an immoral, rude, tactless, self-centered egotist who stupidly thinks he can run this country as a dictator. I would have more respect for the birthers if they boldly stated that they are racists. They don't have the guts to declare their ignorance. By the way, for all of you pro-life people: There should be a check-box on your IRS W4 form where you should be forced to indicate your status as "anti-abortion." The IRS should tax you an additional 5% more to financially support all of those unwanted babies that are born. Put up or shut up! You want the "unwanted," so educate and financially support them!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
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