They Are Not Going To Let It Go
by James Glaser
January 7, 2011
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A few weeks ago I wrote about how Chris Matthews of Hard Ball, Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune, and David Corn of Mother Jones have all decided the only way the "Birthers" will give up on their belief that President Obama was not born in the United States and therefore not qualified to be president, is for Obama to show us his real birth certificate.

Matthews, for the first time, admitted that the "Certificate of Live Birth" that candidate Obama had shown to the public during the campaign, was not the same thing as a "Birth Certificate." Matthews went on to say that the State of Hawaii has said that they have Barack Obama's long form Birth Certificate, but they will not release it until President Obama requests them to.

Well, the tale of "Birth Certificate" verses "Certificate of Live Birth" continues. Today, while the House of Representatives was reading the US Constitution in its entirety, some "Birther" yelled out "Except for Obama" when the section about the qualifications to be president were read. Here is how the web page "The Hill" reported it.

The outburst in the gallery reportedly came during a reading of the section in the Constitution requiring that presidents be naturally born U.S. citizens in order to be eligible for that office.

Here is a typical comment posted by The Hill after their story:

Why do they keep saying Obama released his birth certificate, when all that was released was a "certificate of live birth" which is different. I have my birth certificate, it's not hard to get or show off.

So, here is the deal. We know from the new Democratic Governor of Hawaii that a "real" long form Birth Certificate exists in Hawaii. We also know by presenting this document, most of the Birthers would be silenced. Sure, a few would challenge any proof presented, but most Americans would lose their doubts about where Barack Obama was born.

Here is an article on the Hawaiian Governor on this subject from the New York Times.

Hawaii's Governor Takes On Birther

Published: December 24, 2010

HONOLULU — Gov. Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii, who befriended President Obama's parents when they were university students here, has been in office for less than three weeks. But he is so incensed over "birthers" — the conspiracy theorists who assert that Mr. Obama was born in Kenya and was thus not eligible to become president — that he is seeking ways to change state policy to allow him to release additional proof that the president was born in Honolulu in 1961.

Of course all real Birthers will point out that in this article the Governor doesn't actually say anything about a real Birth Certificate, but that is what is needed to put this story to rest. For a couple of years now this story has been growing, and now even dyed-in-the-wool Democrats like Matthews, Corn, and Page are wondering on camera why the President does not release his Birth Certificate to put this all behind him.

I have to admit that I now have to ask that same question. Could there be something President Obama is hiding? I know this doubt will only spread with Obama's tactic of keeping his real Birth Certificate hidden. Also, that tactic seems pretty dumb to me.

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