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. charlie1965

    this will not stop the right wing nut jobs !the right wing nuts should at least be honest enough to say what they mean ! they dont want anyone of color in the whitehouse period! and before any of u right wing nut jobs reply to this post DONT i dont want to hear the racist veiw point u share that with your other hooded friends!

    April 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Whos really the racist? the name caller? Because your white and have an opinion your a racist. STOP come up with something new!!

      April 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Racist Police


      April 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muggsy3

      Mike the problem seems to be, pro-BHO bloggers cant or dont have answers to the ligitimate concerns of BHO opposition, other than to scream RACIST and figure that will scare ppl into shuttng up. this tactic worked well since the 60's race riots, effectively shutting down any-all opposition to specific agendas. Personally, i think A Sharpton and J Jackson are the biggest hate monger racists going, and BECAUSE they are "black" they get away with it! any caucasian who spouted the stuff from those 2 would be lynched! so go ahaed all you racist-screamers, have at it!

      April 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Goldenchic

      Muggsy3 Before this post I didn't think you were particularly racist,just a whack job. Now it seems you are a racist whack job. Thanks for clearing this up for me...

      April 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • mzrose58


      April 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • AllenWest2012

      Hey Charlie – Hillary started this birther thing, guess her and other libs are definitely KKK, right?

      April 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Oldie in TampaBay

    Can we PLEASE let it rest now?????????

    April 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mohsin

    This is the first time i witnessed a president of united states putting his live BC online, Of course Its not enough for trump i just dont understand why media paying so much attention to trump he has clearly gone senile , how every time any correspondent asked him his information such as net worth and his sources he has never answered and said its classified ? He is just as ignorant as Gadhafi difference is one is Russian one is arab , and trump is no genius if my dad left me a billion before he passed away i would be richer than him. President obamas personal life is not his business but than again he a money hungry attention seeking dog just wont shut up with his fake hair and lies.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. progressive one

    One thing is amply clear. Racism is still alive and very active in the US. That is an unfortunate fact.
    While rest of the world is going forward resolving problems and advancing technology, we in the US are stuck in the 19th century fighting over Race, & gun ownership. Very depressing indeed.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pete c

    you're an idiot...........

    April 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rich

    Yesterday I read that 45 percent of republicons believed the BO was probably not born in the US. How many republicons will still believe he was probably not born in the US a week from now? Should be interesting to see. I'm guessing it will still be over 25 percent. You can fool some of the people all the time!!

    April 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. windrider

    My original birth certificate was typed, not handwritten. When it literally fell apart from old age, I was issued a short form Certificate of Live Birth which is the only BC my state (and most others) provides. You are delusional. You should not be allowed out without your nanny.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarah

      Same story for me.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ggirl

    Richard you need to watch Idiocracy... it's about people like you!

    April 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. erniesto@gmail.com

    Oh now, Barak Obama is not white, doesn't go to church, and has associated with weird people. Sounds like the average american to me. I guess unless I'm an active protestant white man who thinks wearing a flag pin is unnecessary and tacky I'm not qualified to be president.

    When fascism comes to america it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross – Sinclair Lewis

    April 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • hillbillyblu

      When fascism comes to america it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross – Sinclair Lewis

      Love this...and sooooo true!

      April 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ksheets

    Richard! What an idiot you are. Keep your mouth shut if you have nothing to say that is worth listening to.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jermaine Ladd

    So much for Christian values, these baggers and repubs claim to have, only to fall short with buffoonery and scare tactics. Unfortunately the quality of education in this country has hit an all time low. I am somewhat concerned about the future of this country. Over half of Repubs believe that POTUS is a not American. This is the President of the United States of America. At this point trying to reason and logic is futile with these folk.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JW

    There's only one way to stop this controversey. Sew the teabaggers mouths shut. (Oh, and break their fingers too, so they can't keep posting their idiocy).

    'Nuff said.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lucy

    Obama should be like you know what, screw re-election, I can go back to the private sector, make way more money, and live a happy life w/o being questioned by idiots on a daily basis. But admist all this firestorm, he still gets up everyday and tries to lead this complex debt-ridden country into a better position. How many of you could go to work everyday while having nonsense thrown in your face to discredit you, merely because your background is different from the previous people in your job? this is beyond racism, this is Racism 2.0, this is plain white elitism. "If it ain't white, it ain't right!"

    April 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Muggsy3

    ABOUIT TIME !! IN FACT, LONG OVERDUE! WHY in the damn hell didnt BHO do this way back in 2009 when it first came up? or was the whole birth controversy used to deflect voters' attention from national and internat'l issues ?

    and oh, BTW, CNN!! dont use "long form" (aka hospital-issued, delivering physician signed certificate) interchangeably with "short form" state issued certificate! That green form is rhe STATE issued one, not the hospital form. Just to keep the record straight.

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

      For God's sake, give it up! He released the official bc in 2008. Are blind or can't read? What is your problem??? No matter how many times you say a lie, it is still a lie. You lie.

      April 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Headline

    Obama to Racists: Long-Form PWNED!

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