Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Obama Birth Certificate

What has been delayed for nearly two and a half years, President Obama, as part of his Constitutional requirement, has released his birth certificate in long form. He did so in a speech, where he seemed rather testy that he even had to focus on this issue, and even channeled a bit of fictional President Andrew Shepherd. With Hillary Clinton supporters bringing the issue to national attention in 2008, the question of Obama's birth continued on the Internet, and in recent weeks, has been brought to center stage by Donald Trump. And in true Donald Trump fashion, he claimed victory on this in a New Hampshire press conference.

Analyzing the issue, we have seen in our history, questions of a candidate's and president's birthplace, so this isn't new. It was a combination of Trump's persistence and polls doubting the President's United States birth that forced his hand to release the document. Now that it's out there, it's time to move on, reinforce the policy differences and stay focused moving into the 2012 Election cycle.

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