So for two and a half years Barack H. Obama has listened to those that claimed he was not a natural born citizen. For two and a half years he slowly released bits and pieces of the puzzle of his birth to the American public. For two and a half years he allowed the speculation to perpetuate and fester to the point of obsession. Donald Trump even based his supposed Presidential campaign on it. Today Barack H. Obama did what 45% of republicans wanted him to do but claimed he could never do….present his original birth certificate.
In that two and a half years thousands of stories have been broadcast, published and posted regarding this issue; several on this website. Donald Trump has been goading the President on this very issue for the last few months and is now feeling “proud” and “honored” that his efforts have proven fruit. Gotta love the guy. If ever there was a “King of Spin” The Donald is it. I believe he could actually sell cavemen car insurance.
Okay so the “Birth Certificate” has been released….now what? Well now the people want to know, “Why didn’t he produce it sooner?” Even though “The Donald” is taking the credit I believe this release was a preplanned event; an event that was decided upon at least a year ago if not two. Despite the fact that the “Birther Issue” has been a thorn in the Presidents side it was a very little thorn. It occupied the time of about 45% of the Republican populace and was a perfect distraction. He didn’t care about the noisy rallies, or the hundreds of thousands of postings on the internet, or the dozens of books published on the issue. He didn’t care if people were calling him a liar because he knew all along he had proof; he had the one thing they were claiming didn’t exist, the birth certificate. And by producing the one document most “birthers” said didn’t exist he has managed to discredit a large portion of Republican voters. Why do you think the Republican Party stayed away from the issue? They smelled a trap and refused to play the game. Karl Rove warned the Republican Party of this “trap” a long time ago. He warned them to stand clear of this issue and encouraged them to tell their constituents to also. Several did. Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told CNN that ‘the reality is that, yes, he was born in the United States.” He continued, “We ought to get off this kick. There are plenty of differences we have with the president between Republicans and Democrats than to spend time on something like this.”
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) in an interview with ABC News said, “We should take the President at his word” on where he was born but wouldn’t definitively say that Obama was born in the country. So the red flags were out there but no one chose to listen.
So why would Obama care about discrediting people who were never going to vote for him anyway? Because of the “Swing Vote”; those voters who have not made up their minds about Obama and that is presently about 18% of the voting populace (according to latest Marist Poll). That’s a lot of people and certainly enough, along with the Unions and Big Business, to win Obama a second term.
So now what? Do you go after the Birth Certificate and claim it is a fake or cut your losses and retreat from the field of battle on this issue? In my opinion you cut your losses, by continuing this fight you only dig yourselves a deeper hole to try and climb out of. The damage has been done and it is time to move on to finding a candidate that can realistically defeat this man. That is the tantamount issue now, that is the issue that everyone needs to spend their time and efforts on. Republicans need to get off the fence and toss their hats into the ring. They need to display the leadership and confidence the people are looking for and they need to do it now because time is running out.