Gotta Watch: 'Birthers' here to stay
Donald Trump disputes the existence of a CNN poll with John King.
April 28th, 2011
11:40 AM ET

Gotta Watch: 'Birthers' here to stay

Even as the president jokingly proclaimed he was carrying an ID to prove his citizenship, it seems the "birther" movement just won't let up. These are the latest fiery interviews that seem to be fueling the movement.

'Blowhard and a phony' – Those are some strong words for Donald Trump from New York Times journalist Christopher Byron. Last night,  Trump continued to question President Obama while sparring with CNN's John King . This is Byron's fierce analysis of the feud.

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Certificate just not enough – So many questions remain for conservative activist Joseph Farah, who is still not convinced that President Obama is a citizen even after the release of the birth certificate. And then there's the radio personality who claims "there's just something not right about it."

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Can we please move on? – Probably not. Our Carol Costello talks to political contributors James Carville and Dana Loesch, who go head to head in this heated debate.

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soundoff (191 Responses)

    there is so many thing to attack him on that are better topics...

    like where are all our jobs... why can't we drill for our own oil..

    why are we broke and still giveing money to other countries..?

    April 28, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Pleazzze

      Also, why can't we spell or use proper grammar? This MUST be all Obama's fault.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • John H.

      We do drill for our own oil. Roughly half of the oil we use is produced domestically. Even if we produced 100% of the oil we used it would NOT affect prices at all. Oil is a global commodity and if it can be sold overseas for greater profit that just what the producers would do. Unless you want to end the whole free-market thing.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • JB Cal

      Well as for the jobs, you might want to talk to the corporations that are shipping them overseas.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama isn't god

      Obama can't just wave a magic wand and magically jobs are created! Why aren't you asking that of the Republicans in congress who ALL ran on job creation and said their singular focus would be jobs. They haven't even mentioned it since being in office.

      Also, maybe you missed that huge oil spill in the Gulf, but it destroyed the economy in the gulf states who have seen unemployment sky rocket since the spill. Some Americans don't have the attention span of a 5 year old and can remember a year ago.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Curtis

      RUFFNUTT is right, why hasn't Obama created millions of jobs? He is all powerful and has totally control over every aspect of the economy, clearly he should be using this power to create jobs for absolutely everyone immediately.

      And we clearly can't afford to give any foreign aid. We're the only nation in the world running a deficit and saving that <1% will go a huge way towards fixing that. Besides, helping those less fortunate than us has never benefited us in the past and is just plain wrong.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      It seems that no matter who the republicans put as a candidate cnn will make them look like the worst pick in the world. If Obama was running as a republican CNN would kill him too.
      I want to know who CNN thinks would be the right pick for the republicans. I don't think they can give us one because to them if your republican you are evil.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • SurRy

      "there is so many thing to attack him on that are better topics... like where are all our jobs... why can't we drill for our own oil..why are we broke and still giveing money to other countries..?"

      Doesn't sound much different than GWBush, huh? Maybe that's why they don't bring it up!

      April 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skylar Gibbons

      Sadly this article isn't about Obama's job making ability or policies to begin with. The republicains just want to distract americans from the real issues that affect our daily life. The whole birth certificate issue is just smoke and mirrors. I refuse to believe Trump is an actual candidate for president, he is a joke. CNN and other news affilialtions have turned the media into a celebrity update center and now it is leaking into OUR democratic process.

      April 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don Auld

      Donald Chump needs to get Rash Lameball as his VP running mate,
      That should keep the GOP/Teabagger/TinFoilHat crew tied up through 2012, just li,e Palin did in 2008.
      Drive on, idjits, drive on!!

      April 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob in Pa

      This is a start though, The problem all along has been that Obam ignored mainstream AMerica and the media always protects him. Well now, Trump got the Obama Mediaplex focused on himself and the Birth Certificate, let Trump parley that into the next topic.

      April 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      Hm, funny you mention that, since Politifact just released an article today proving that Obama's admin created more jobs in one year than Bush did in EIGHT.

      April 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brett M

      Maybe you are unemployed because you are apparently unable to read or write.

      April 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brett M

      In case you can't understand big words, RUFFNUTT, I'm saying you're an idiot

      April 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Real Tom Paine

      @ Curtis: We live in a democratic republic, and the POTUS does NOT control every aspect of the economy. Control is distributed between regulatory agencies, like the government, and the companies that actually produce products, and the financial centers. We are not like Venezuela, where a loon like Chavez has destroyed democracy and their standard of living. You seem very comfortable with the idea of dictatorship, and thats a frightening thought.

      April 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • rnyc

      We don't need oil, but no one is willing to see that b/c they are distracted by all of this crap. We have unlimited natural energy at our seashores.

      April 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |

      we need real jobs... not jobs at walmart..

      April 28, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott from NH

      Also, the amount we spend feeding and helping people is a tiny tiny fraction of what we spending blowing people up. The Iraq war cost us over $30,000 per American family. Giving to foreign aid doesn't just help people, it helps our standing in the world, helps the image of the United States, and helps us politically.

      April 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerome

      It's pretty sad you are blaming problems on our current president when he only inherited them for his first term.

      April 28, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      People who still doubt Obama's birth cert are true racists.

      April 28, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |

      RUFFNUT, if you want a "real" job get an education. A bachelor's or master's degree will do wonders on the job market. IT WORKED FOR ME 🙂

      April 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dim Mak

    @Ruffnutt: The answer is we are all being p-imp-ed by the dark lord. Its a game.

    April 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |

      I believe BUSH did the most pimping, he let 9/11 happen even after receiving a great deal of detail when and how. Just to go to war with someone who had nothing to do with droping the towers. BUSH spend all the money on that BS war of terrorist, and you want Obama to fix something that took Bush 8 year to F-UP. REALLY.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      We need to throw out this party junk and have everyone run as an independent

      April 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • sandyk If I remember correctly President Clinton was also told about Bin Laden and did nothing.

      April 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. popeye

    Right on ruffnutt

    April 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzzzz

      Hello Popeye , Long time no see. Hows the house coming along?

      April 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Natalie

    Hmmm.. What the "birthers" are really saying is that the Secret Service is incapable of doing the proper investigation to confirm that Obama met the qualifications necessary to apply for the job as President. Give me a break!! I doubt he would have been able to even run without have the most intrusive back ground check anyone could ever imagine!! How far have we fallen as a nation to be consumed by something so petty and ignorant!!

    April 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Exactly...think about it, the GOP loves to take dirt–of ANY kind–and run it into the ground. If Obama really wasn't born in the US, the GOP would have plastered him with this information back in 2008. Dear Birthers: please move on! Go to a Klan rally or something...

      April 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • RETUSAF-MSgt

      Natalie – this nation has fallen further than one might imagine. What the election of this President (by both popular and electoral vote) has done is to instate the fact that this nation is nearly as racist as when there were slaves. Prior to his election – it was almost plausable to be denied. Now – no longer can it be, ...

      April 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • iamteejay

      It is starting to look racist.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vivek

      Right on. The point is that nobody can still believe an African-American can become President of the United States 2+ years afters he became President.

      There HAS TO BE something wrong
      There HAS TO BE....

      That's the belief.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • SurRy

      @iamteejay – starting?

      April 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tbard sill lady...your comment is plain common sense – how did that get in this discussion? Dont we know if there was a wisp of ANYTHING not up to snuff it would have been aired like dirty laundry ASAP. That's the way it is regardless of the party. ALL Politicians are only about the "party" – not about the country or the people. All the bums should be thrown out and start over – with 3 parties so we have "right"...a "left" and God help us...a Moderate.

      April 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CSG

    What if Trump gave a press conference and nobody came?
    Will you please stop reporting on Trump? All day yesterday, 4/26/2011, was Trump, Trump, Trump. What a waste of time. Each time the media repeats his name it only excites, invigorates and encourages him. My guess is that he is filled with glee and joy each time he hears the echo of his name as it bounces about on airwaves, websites, facebook, twitter and in paper print. He has drafted you into his fake reality show. Why do you allow this fool to be a puppeteer? I can watch TMZ for this kind of tabloid entertainment. I watch your shows to stay informed. How is Trump informative? Leave him to the endless task of masturbating to the sound of his own name as he quests for the ejaculation that will never come because he can never hear the sound of his own name enough to get there.

    April 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • suesark


      April 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      I totally agree. I can't stand him. He is an arogant fool. He is so in love with himself.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • docgen137

      well said. Can't disagree a bit.

      April 29, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. bogdog02

    How many times did "The Donald" go bankrupt? What was the name of the school he was kicked out of as a kid? How many
    AIRHEADS does it take to make one Donald? How big of an IDIOT is this fool? Who are the airheads listening to this fool? Are
    these the Religious Right?

    April 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob in Pa

      Do you really think it is just the Religious Right that doesn't care for Obama and his policies ?
      Some of us are Agnostics just like Obama. We just think he is a lousy President and is totally in over his head. And yes, even though I like Obama on a personal level better than Trump, if the vote were between DT and BO, DT gets the vote.

      April 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandman

      Bob, Really???? You must be kidding!!

      April 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. IKHAN

    Surely some in this nation of ours have been afflicted by a disease – Bacterium Birthicus or some such. Possibility is that as it progresses they'll turn into zombies hungrily scavenging for birth certificates.


    the problems that you mention, add to them wars draining us of now non-existent treasure & lives, are non-issues for our politicos & assorted nuts. For them these problems pale into insignificance against the all important issue of President Obama's birth.

    April 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. palintwit

    Birthers like to boink their cousins.

    April 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BC

    Trump 2012!!!

    April 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      Ain't gonna happen...

      April 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snuffy

      Please, please explain to me why you think Donald Trump is suitable to be President? Because he "tells it like it is?" What does that mean, really, in the scheme of getting anything done with Congress, with our citizens, with the world? Haven't we learned, especially recently, that NOBODY in Congress can be told what to do, that those other world leaders have their own ideas about what is best for their countries, that with the deep and all-but-unbreachable divide in the populace, "telling it like it is" is all but telling one half of the citizenry "up yours." Because of his business expertise? He has built businesses and let them fail at the same pace, predominently on someone else's money. He has not demonstrated one iota of awareness of the lot of 99% of the country, as long as he gets his. Because he mirrors family values the right prizes? Please, 'nuff said. Because he has a funny TV show that encourage the ABSOLUTE WORST in horrible behavior? Please explain to me what it is you see in him as leader - without calling me names - because I seriously don't get it. Thank you.

      April 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jon

    Why did we spend trillions in gov handouts to people who dont deserve a nickel...when we couldve found an alternative solution to oil consumption..

    dont care where he is from, just that he fixes things without throwing tax payer money at the problem...which he seems to be very good at..what a disgrace

    trump was right - he is our worst president ever.

    April 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • ridiculous

      No, Jon, the WORST PRESIDENT EVER was GEORGE, JR. Obama is STILL trying to clean up the mess he and DICKHE@$ left us!

      April 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • stfisher1975

      Did you feel the same about Bush, Jr. throwing tax payer money away?

      April 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • skarphace

      @jon: weird, not too long ago Trump said that Bush was the worst President ever and that Obama was a great President. Or was that Trump's evil twin. The freak is bipolar, that is what I think. And I also think that Trump would be the worst President ever. By far. You want that pompous blowhard as President? Good luck to you. He will never get my vote no matter who he runs against. Unless that vote is to exile him to an island somewhere. Not Hawaii.

      April 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zaphod

      Jon, You are the worst American ever.

      April 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stanley

      Why so racist?

      April 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • LisaLoo22

      Are you kidding me? Are you serious? What rock do you live under? I want be there too. Herbert Hoover, was one of the worst presidents, then in my opinion Richard Nixon comes in a distant third from the absolute horrifying worst president ever George W. Bush. Please guy pick up a history book and read. You think he is the worst president because he is black. Don't you have a klan rally to get to?

      April 29, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. popeye

    Doing good jazzzzzzz didn't get much accomplished on the house it rained too much and I had to come back to work early. How have you been?;-)

    April 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Louis

    Who cares what that idiot Trump he says if he so smart how can let a casino among other things go bankrupt. He's nothing but another blowhard racist republican.

    April 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dave


    April 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Theresa

    I can't help but wonder if he was a white republican named Joe Smith if this would be a question.

    April 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • marian atkinson

      Of course not! No one has asked for John McCain's.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • SurRy

      Speaking of Joe Smith. Wait to see what the Republican-Teabaggers are going to do to Romney.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philsfan

      That's what I've been saying for years. If he were a white dude whose dad happened to be from Holland or Norway, the issue probably wouldn't be brought up anywhere nearly as often. Although if he were a liberal/democrat, it would be brought up by the right wing, just not as often.

      April 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Natedawg69

    I now realize how many idiots really live in this country. What a huge shame....OMG.

    April 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
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