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. Jon Coolidge

    I wonder how Fox News will spin this to make the conservatives look less than egg-faced?

    April 28, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. tom

    thank god all this silliness is over.as the president he has more important things on his table right now.like flying to chicago to be on the oprah show.

    April 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lorne

    Better late than never Hey Obama only took you 2 years to find birth. cert. But why now maybe an election is coming up. And the $700trillion you gave to CEO's and Bankers hope it saved all the forclosures on poor peoples homes. And making the middle class and poorer pay for you spending while you give the rich a tax break. But what if you taxed the rich divided the $700 trillion to all citizens of USA that would be around $3million for each person. Take half back in taxes leaving each person with $1.5million. Each citizen would buy or upgrade house and a home to call mine. All Autos would be converted to Natural Gas which USA has plenty of at $2000 an auto. Maybe its time for an American Revolution against the Rich, its time they pay there share since they have not since taxes were introduced. No one needs more than $1million a year to survive in this world. It is Time for change before it is too late. Have a Good Day

    April 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      Obama didn't want to give the rich a tax break. The republicans are the ones who fought so diligently to extend the tax breaks for the rich! If you paid attention you would know that. The problem we have today is that while the democrats – and I am one and do not completely agree with this – do not want to give up enough money for the budget but the republicans want to take off entirely too much. They have to meet in the middle to resolve this issue. It will not be solved overnight and as long as they keep arguing it will never be solved. Cap your salaries, pay for your own insurance since you can afford it, and take the tax breaks away from those who make $500,000 or more a year. $250,000 would be better but that is why we have the word "compromise" in the webster dictionary. If you don't know what it means please look it up.

      April 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Catrunner

    The fact that Donald Trump is considering to run for President is a joke! The guy is an egocentric, pompous, right-wing, ridiculous media monger, who actually believes that he could be elected. He is an idiot – – and has no business being mentioned in the same sentence as President Barack Obama. The President did the right thing in showing the full page certificate for the very reasons he stated. This silliness has got to stop! We have Americans who are fighting for freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan; we are watching nations around the globe that are fighting for their own freedom; and we presently have disastrous tornados that are killing Americans – – at the same time as some people are still ranting about our great President's birth certificate! Those of you who go forward with this ridiculous discussion should be ashamed. What's happening to Americans? Are you reading your own comments? This President is the first President in years who thinks on his feet – – he's an incredible American and one who makes me so proud to be an American too. Keep Donald Trump on his ridiculous show – – The Apprentice. He belongs there – – and makes a fool of himself every week on that show. His interviews with the media are ridiculous – – he constantly repeats himself – – I hope he's watching those interviews – – they make it very apparent that he is not presidential material.

    April 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George Patton

    It's funny just how sensitive these right-wing fanatics can get whenever somebody says something they don't like. Of course,these people stand for full freedom of speech as long as one agrees with them. If someone doesn't,they turn into regular crybabies and will do anything to get their posts either blocked or deleted. My,oh my!

    April 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. IndianaMan

    The birther issue is silly. And I think it should stop. But I think what is upsetting a lot of people is the double-standard in the media in protecting democrat presidents versus republican presidents. Let me explain: The term birther is actually a play off of the word truther. The truthers believed Bush personally orchatrated 9-11. The truthers, till today, still believe this. Yet, numerous professors and engineers have concluded that these claims against Bush are not true. Yet, the media did specials on "Are the truthers Right"? attempting to legitimize the claim. It is clear that the media is not only demeaning anyone who questions Obama's birthplace, but now are calling them racist. They did not give Bush that protection.

    April 28, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jon


    April 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ZanReed

    I don't understand why Obama had to make it a big deal and the birther's had to scream about it for so long. If Obama's angle was to not give out the his certificate because he planned on birthers making themselves look like the biggest idiots in the world, he did quite well. Either way the birthers made way too big a deal out of this than it should have been, not to say it wasn't important, but you don't campaign against someone, using their birth certificate as your main point of attack. Disagree with his policy and maybe add his failure to produce his birth certificate as a little side note because that is what it should have been.

    April 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Maria Mercer

    I am sick and tired of Trump ,he is a BULLY,a RACIST ,and a liar.....he is using NBC to get more ratings to his stupid show!he is a man with a big EGO he is a sissy when he talk awful things about Rossie ,he is a realk JOKE a rich old man .a liar a cheater and a millionaie who gets into Bankcruptcy all the time ....I dislike him indeed use to like him but lost the respect for him he gets in the TV and acts like a sour old man I will not vote for him even if is the only candidate in this political arena ,He is doing all this just because he is a RACIST I am white but I understand he is RACIST ...the tabloids and TvV.should stop this nonsense showing him ,he indeed love it he loves to be the center of attention he and his big EGO.....you all are helping him to make his big ego more bigger .He disgust me indeed!

    April 28, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. J from FL

    Honestly I wasn't concerned too much about the birther issue; It's a logical assumption that there is enough federal agencies to have properly investigated his background. Whether or not they did thier jobs is a whole other topic. As for the request to see his academic records... It's my belief that any other president wouldn't hesitate to release them. The whole race issue is irrelevent; Most Americans, in my opinion, wouldn't care if he's black, tan, purple, or blue... the bottom line is he's not doing his job. For him to interrupt Mr. Trump and say we have no time for this sillyness, that he has better things to do, then proceed to go tape Oprah and attend fundraisers is a clear indication of what his priorities are... his "better things to do" Something needs to change

    April 28, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. operator7

    This birth certificate was constructed on a computer. If not, how did typewriter markings from a 1960 vintage machine get onto modern paper with security features? It`s bogus and so is Trump. They are a tag team. BTW, it`s illegal to alter a birth certificate.

    April 29, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. yoda

    Hey everyone, if you want a laugh (or maybe a good cry), you ought to head on over to the Fox News opinion page and check out the birther action over there. As you might expect they're all in a tizzy over the release of the long form and the doubters are out in force. It's hysterical.

    April 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Crossbuck

    It doesn't matter at this point, some of us knew that obama was a communist, it is quite apparent that obama continues to destroy our country with his policies, and fellow criminals. It is time for CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC and others to stop promoting this fool, do your homework and just tell the truth.

    April 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Crossbuck

    obama is not the answer, he is a problem.

    April 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. krenz

    I hope this non issue will come to mind the next time some idiot says that racism dead, and black people should 'just get over it" This is the same insidious racism that blacks have been facing all along. Do what you are supposed to do, be all that you can be, pull yourself up by your bootstraps,....... and look what happens anyway.

    April 30, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • cparker

      I just shake my head when people yell racism, because the people that are yelling race are the same people who move into our neighborhoods and strip the word “neighbor” right out of neighborhood. All the sudden you turn around and they are getting paid to have babies and housing allowance to live in, food to take care of them and oh one thing I forgot “OUR GOVERNMENT” is giving our tax dollars to these people. And yet any AMERICAN CITIZEN that has worked their entire life need assistance because of health reasons who is in their late 70’s gets denied assistance. Why is that? THEY ARE WHITE! Now who should really be yelling racism? I DO NOT CARE WHAT COLOR YOU ARE, BUT Teach your families to work and quit relying on everyone else to provide. That is why we are IN DEBT. I like Obama he at least didn’t take handouts and is an intelligent man, now should he be the president? If he can do the job of course, but so far he is just extending handouts to everyone except the AMERICAN.

      May 9, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
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