The “birther” controversy which was re-kindled by Donald Trump seems to have finally come to an end as the President released a “Long-Form” birth certificate which clearly shows that he was born on August 4 1961 in the state of Hawaii.

In remarks to reporters on Wednesday, Mr. Obama noted that such “silliness” had dominated news coverage during the week when the Republicans released their 2012 budget proposal and Mr. Obama gave a speech on the nation’s debt.

“This is going to generate huge and serious debates, important debates,” Mr. Obama said of those issues. But he added: “We are not going to be able to do it if we are distracted. We are not going to be able to do it if we spend time vilifying each other. We are not going to be able to do it if we just make stuff up and pretend that facts are not facts.”


Trump claims the credit for the “accomplishment.”

In his nnews conference Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump claimed credit for forcing Mr. Obama’s hand, saying that “I feel I’ve accomplished something really, really important.” But he said that the document would have to be examined for authenticity.

“I hope it’s the right deal,” he said. “We have to look at it. A lot of people have to look at it. I hope it’s true, and the reason I hope it’s true is because we have real problems in this country.”


So, if the State of Hawaii released it, shouldn’t it be genuine?

Will Trump release his tax returns next? He had tied his tax returns to Obama’s birth certificate.

George Stepanopoulos reminds us that he recently asked Trump in an interview if he’d release his tax returns if Obama released the birth certificate Trump has been demanding. Trump responded:

“Maybe I’m going to do the tax returns when Obama does his birth certificate. I may tie my tax returns. I’d love to give my tax returns. I may tie my tax returns into Obama’s birth certificate.”

I’ve asked a Trump spokesperson whether he will now release his tax returns in light of this morning’s development.

The question of whether Trump will follow through no this suggestion goes directly to the heart of whether Trump’s presidential flirtation has been a big fraud all along. Those who say it’s a ruse argue that Trump will never run for president, because he’d have to reveal that his net worth is far less than he’s claimed. Trump, who bristles at this suggestion, sought to dispel such talk by suggesting to Stephanopoulos that he’d release his tax returns if Obama released his birth certificate — apparently thinking he was secure in the knowledge that Obama would never do this. Now Trump’s bluff has been called.


Interestingly, conspiracy theorists still don’t feel like apologizing.

Joseph Farah, the founder and chief executive officer of World Net Daily, a conspiracy-mongering website with its own publishing arm, also said he has no intention of standing down despite the White House’s release of the so-called long form birth certificate showing that Obama was born in the state of Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961, as he always has said.

“I’m not apologizing for nothing,” a defiant Farah said in a telephone interview with NBC News, insisting there are still questions about Obama’s citizenship aside from where he was born.


So, even with the birth certificate in place, the controversy doesn’t end? I suppose we are all waiting for the next trivial controversy so that we can easily neglect issues like record deficits, health-care, Iraq, Al-qaeda, Taliban, Afghanistan, etc. So, elections should be based on gossips and small talk alone? Are we that dumb?


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