"No Person except a natural born Citizen or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of the President"The president is now elected and while he should be opposed with a focus on his lack of leadership, policy differences and perceived unwillingness to follow the will of the American people, he still has not released his birth certificate, and that places a pall over his administration. Donald Trump spoke of this on The View this week.
It may have sent Whoopi and Barbara into a tizzy, and Whoopi was wrong about about others facing this scrutiny, but Donald Trump gets it. By showing his birth certificate, President Obama would quiet his critics, while also fulfilling a Constitutional requirement. Yet, by obfuscating, he does two things:
- Makes people ask what he is hiding and delegitimize his leadership
- Uses this debate to focus his opposition on it, while the president advances his agenda while the sniping goes on.
President Obama could put an end to all this drama and white noise by producing the document that every other American has had to show at some point in their lives.
UPDATE, 3/28/11: Donald Trump has continued pressing on the birth certificate issue and has released his today. Will the President follow suit?