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. Mari Lou

    If it' not one thing it's another. They need to leave him alone and let him do his job. Stop seeing color and see experience and intelligence. Stop fighting him and work with him. We will never be the Great Nation we claim to be if we can't get our own together.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muggsy3

      excuse me? WHAT expereience? a communjity service organizer, a freshman Senator who voted "present" more than he voted yea/nay. NO international experience, limited business experience, sealed college credentials to give us some idea of what he studiied and how well he studied (ie grades) or was the majority of his college experience "present" as well?
      Any employer in this nation would REQUIRE more background that BHO has provided. and frankly, that worries me because there are/were many other black candidates with the credentials and experience who were ignored by the Dem party. I have said all along, BHO was the Dem's attempt to ride on JFK's legacy. yes BHO is young, charismatic speaker,,,but not much substance IMHO.

      April 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Goldenchic

      @ Muggsy Again,Obama's college records were not sealed anymore than yours(?) or mine were. Just not a matter for public record. No candidates college transcripts are. Get off this issue and get educated, then release your transcripts! As for experience,people don't seem to mind than Trump has none, and Sarah had little....

      April 27, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Polyp

    Ha ha ha ha! That's a great one! Time to invest in aluminum, ppl!

    April 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jd

    hhhhahahahahahahahahahahhahahahah, conservative win!
    now it seems even more glaring, why didn't he do this two years ago!!!!!!!!!!!!! Millions of dollars in legal fees later..........

    You obama lovers are nuts, Obama has been anointed a genius by you, but he is the dumbest guy in the room. its called deification you foooooooooools

    April 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • pennrandall


      You got it right! Last November we took back Congress and In two years we will complete our goal of taking our country back! Democrats are NUTS! I just wish we could impeach Obama for fraud and get him outta here NOW!

      April 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |

    This certificate may be a fake, stay tune for further developments. The truth will eventually come out.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe


      This just in YOU may be a fake. Stay tuned to the alien newscasts through the fillings in your teeth that give you all of this credible information. Quick, under the bed, the black helicopters are coming!

      April 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hyacinth Persad

    I can bet that Trump is going to end up on Anderson Cooper's Ridiculist tonight.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Katz

    I like how he said he had better things to do than go over this birth certificate issue. Oh yeah like what, showing up on Oprah's show to start your campaign and again the taxpayers pay for the flight. This guy is a bad wanna be and can't be!

    April 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • allanhowls

      Katz: You do know you footed the bill for the president who took more vacations than any other in history, right? Do you really think Marine One got to fly down to Crawford, TX on free gas?

      Do you really want to compare spending? Be careful...

      April 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Paul

    I could care less about President Obama's birth certificate. I'll be overjoyed to see him pack his belongings, along with his birth certificate, and move out of the Whitehouse!

    April 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tod Palin

      Thanks to Paul Ryan, Scott Walker, John Boehner, Eric Cantor and the Tea Party that wont be until 2016.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Big John

    Trump in an embarrassment and failure as a person and businessman and I'm not even going to mention the hair (oh well, I just did).

    April 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Aerin

    Trump, you owe Obama and us an apology. Let's hear it.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. GalacticCannibal

    Its incredible to me, how Americans misuse the ENGLISH language Example calling Pres Obama a black man. Pres. Obama is NOT a black man he is a half -caste. His father was a black man his mother was a white woman. That makes Pres Obama a person of mixed race and described in the English language as a half-caste. Remember his father was shiny black and his mother was snow white, just look at their photos. So I don't understand why Pres Obama does not call himself a half-caste. He calls himself a black man which he is not . Why does he not call himself a white man which he is not. But I forgot about the "one drop rule" in our racist country , where "a single drop" of black blood makes one a black man or black woman. Jim Crow segregation and our constant boiling cauldron of national racism makes America the world's No1 Hypocritical and Racist society bar none (in my opinion).....Pres Obama is America's first half-caste president.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • natalie

      Well said!!

      April 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Goldenchic

      Who cares? Just another un-needed label.!

      April 27, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. truthhurts

    The birther movement is simply stupid. It has ZERO validity. The only reason that this came about is because there are racists out there who desperately want Obama's colored butt out of the white house. That's all and that's it.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ml

    I don' understand why cnn has given all this publicity to donald trump,fraudlent nut job.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • pennrandall

      Mr. Trump is a Great American who has the courage to speak out against a terrible fraud perpetrated by an illegal president who has now committed fraud with a fake birth certificate and needs to be impreached and indicted. We need to take our country back NOW!

      April 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kathy Chasteen

    I can't believe the arrogance, egocentricity, and audacity of Donald Trump. The whole situation of questioning President Obama's birthplace has been one giant fiasco. Why in heavens name should the President of the United States have to produce his birth certificate ? When he ran for the office of President he knew the rules. Having to prove his birthplace to the likes of Donald Trump is a major insult. Has he required that from anyone else? Mr Trump you have made a fool of yourself in my opinion especially now claiming that you accomplished something no one else did. Bully for you.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muggsy3

      U R right.. the Donald is all those things and I'd leave the country if he became Prez. He's amoral, unethical, something we don't need more of in Washngton (congress, anyone?). However, the fact remains the first published Cert of Live Birth was the green state-issued short form and was fuzzy focused,.
      this newest form is ALSO the green state-issued short form not the hospital-issued long form as stated by the WH and CNN. and, sorry, but asccording tp wiikipedia, the hospital name cited on that form didn't exist until 17 yrs AFTER BHO's birth:
      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.
      so now what... forgery? mistake? what? inquiring minds want to know. OH, and check out the last signature U K L LEE and just for giggles say it fast. weird to say the least.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lenny A

    Now show us you tax records Mr Trump.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kevin

    Where is the raised seal on the birth certificate if this is the original.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
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