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Friday
May062011

Poll: Most Americans Now Believe Obama Was Born in Hawaii

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- While some questioned the wisdom of the White House for apparently legitimizing the suspicions of those who don't believe President Obama was born in the U.S., last week's decision to release his original birth certificate appears to be paying off.

A Washington Post poll released Thursday finds that seven in 10 Americans are now convinced that Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1961.  One year ago at this time, only 48 percent of respondents held that view.

In May 2010, about 20 percent of Americans said there was either "solid" evidence or that they had "suspicion" to believe that Obama was born in another country, making him constitutionally ineligible to serve as president.  However, with the release of the birth certificate, just 10 percent polled by the Post say they now maintain that belief.

Obama has admitted that some people, no matter what he does, will always think he was born somewhere other than where his birth certificate says he was.

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Friday
Apr292011

Donald Trump and The Biggest Unanswered Birther Question

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By ABC News' John Berman

(NEW YORK) -- There is a big gaping question still not answered in the whole birther controversy; a question with major implications for a possible Presidential aspirant.  The question is, what is Donald Trump hiding?

You’ll remember, in the frenzied weeks of his media tour questioning the already proven facts of the President’s birthplace, Mr. Trump made some eye-raising claims.  He said he had investigators on the ground in Hawaii looking for the President’s birth certificate, and not only that, they were finding “amazing things.”  He told MSNBC: “I have people that actually have been studying it and they cannot believe what they’re finding.”

Then, he went further, telling CNN: “ I've been told very recently… that the birth certificate is missing."  On national television, Trump said "I've been told that it's not there or it doesn't exist.”

Given that the President released his birth certificate, it clearly does exist.  At a minimum, this existence seems to call into question the credibility of Mr. Trump’s sources, if not their actual existence.

Remember, these were the investigators Trump allegedly had on the ground in Hawaii who “could not believe what they’re finding.”

Given that the President’s birth certificate proves (again) that he was born in Hawaii, what did these investigators find that they couldn’t believe?

These questions were put to Mr. Trump in New Hampshire on Wednesday.  What were the investigators finding?  One time he responded, “I got him to give his birth certificate.  No one else did, and most of the press is congratulating me.”

And at his news conference, he was asked directly, “Were you making this up?  Where does this information come from?”

His answer?  “No, what I think you are going to see,  first we have to look at the certificate, but I am really happy that this has finally taken place. Because we have some major issues that are unbelievably important.”

When told by this reporter that he did not answer the question, his response was: “I think I did, I did.  I did answer the question.”

Of course, the records of his alleged investigation in Hawaii could put all this to rest.  But Trump does not seem willing to release them.

For weeks, people have been questioning his motivations for raising the “birther” issue.  Now, it seems fair to at least question his facts, and perhaps his honesty.

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Friday
Apr292011

Obama Advisor to Trump: Forget About Getting His College Transcripts

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) -- A senior White House advisor has a message for Donald Trump: forget about it.

Not content with having President Obama produce his long-form birth certificate to prove that he was born in Hawaii, Trump still wants the commander in chief to release his college transcripts to prove what "a terrible student" Trump alleges he was at Columbia University and Harvard Law School.

If Trump expects that will happen, he'll be waiting a long time, according to Valerie Jarrett.

The president's advisor told SiriusXM Radio's The Joe Madison Show Thursday, "We know this is nonsense.  [Obama's] almost 50 years old and he's president of the United States and I don't think anybody would debate his intelligence and so now we need to get serious."

CBS veteran correspondent Bob Schieffer says that Trump's questions about Obama's college and law school record smack of bigotry, adding, "This is an ugly strain of racism that's running through this whole thing."

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Thursday
Apr282011

Top Republicans Berate President over Birth Certificate Release

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Prominent Republican politicians and commentators weren't exactly jumping for joy after President Obama released the original copy of his birth certificate Wednesday.

Instead, they almost unanimously jumped down the president's throat.

The general feeling was that Obama should have produced the document during the 2008 election, or that he showed weakness by giving in to fringe groups and outspoken real estate moguls, or that he should be more worried about real issues that concern Americans.

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who has formed an exploratory committee in a possible bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, tweeted, "What President Obama should really be releasing is a jobs plan."

Rep. Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader, told Fox News, "How in the world is this now the issue we ought to be focusing on?  If the White House press secretary says that this is a sideshow, why aren't we treating this as such and dealing with the bigger issues."

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who just the other day said he wouldn't stop people in his party from expressing doubts about the president's birthplace, remarked, "Unfortunately [Obama's] campaign politics and talk about birth certificates is distracting him from our number-one priority, our economy."

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is also considering a run for the White House, said he couldn't figure out why it took the president so long to release the long-form birth certificate and called the entire matter "strange."

Meanwhile, radio talk host Rush Limbaugh mused, "We have a reality show star that has forced Obama’s hand on the issue of the birth certificate.  Politics has become nothing but a reality show."

He added that the president released the the document because of declining job approval ratings.

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Wednesday
Apr272011

After Putting Birther Issue to Bed, Obama Brings It Up at Three Fundraisers

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- President Barack Obama wrapped up three fundraising events for his re-election bid by tackling the birther issue head-on -- again.

"My name is Barack Obama. I was born in Hawaii," he said as a crowd of 1,300 stood, screamed and applauded.

Just hours after trying to quash speculation about his birthplace by releasing his long-form birth certificate, Obama couldn't resist poking fun at the controversy.

"Nobody has checked my ID but just in case..." Obama said tongue-in-cheek, as he reached into his pocket pretending to reach for his credentials.

But before he could launch into his stump speech at New York's Town Hall Theater, the president was interrupted by two female protesters in the balcony screaming "six million with AIDS." They were quickly removed by Secret Service officials. 

Moments later, two more protesters in the orchestra section screamed the same chant. They were booed by audience members but allowed to stay when Obama said from the stage, "They can stay, they've made their point. If any of the rest of you have something to say let's knock it out right now," he joked.

The Town Hall Theater fundraiser was the last event of the evening.

It was preceded by a dinner at the Fifth Avenue apartment of former Gov. Jon Corzine and then another dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

All three speeches were remarkably similar and hit his usual themes.

"We have to protect the changes we've made," said Obama as he listed all of the changes he's made over the first two and a half years of his administration, from healthcare reform to the repeal of "DADT."

"There is nothing we can't achieve if we're working together. It might take more than one term to get there," Obama said. "We have no choice but to get there."

According to a DNC source, all three fundraisers will support the Obama Victory Fund, a joint account of the DNC and the re-election campaign.  The final event at Town Hall included a performance by The Roots, who have frequently played for Obama's events.

The same source says these three events are expected to raise between $2 to $3 million.

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Wednesday
Apr272011

White House Releases President Obama's Birth Certificate

The White House(WASHINGTON) -- White House lawyers passed out copies of President Obama’s “long form” birth certificate to reporters Wednesday morning before the president called an impromptu gathering in the briefing room to discount claims that he was born somewhere outside the United States.

“We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” the president told reporters Wednesday. “We have better stuff to do. I have better stuff to do.”

In addition to the birth certificate, White House officials distributed correspondence between White House Counsel Bob Bauer and the state of Hawaii, where the president was born.

Conspiracy theorists have long questioned where the president was born and the rumor has been given voice most recently by Donald Trump as Trump considers running for the White House. A recent USA Today polls indicates that 38 percent of voters said they are not convinced President Obama was born in the United States.

Trump, who arrived Wednesday morning in the early campaign state of New Hampshire, said, "Today, I'm very proud of myself because I've accomplished what nobody else" was able to do.

"Our president has finally released a birth certificate," he said. Trump said Obama "should have done it a long time ago. Why he didn't.... I don't know."

The release comes as the legal challenge over the president's birth certificate is scheduled to return to federal court in California on Monday. The lawsuit, brought by a coalition of 40 American "birthers,” including former Ambassador and presidential candidate Alan Keyes, contends Obama "has never provided proof of his legitimacy" to be president and that "ample evidence" exists to show he may be illegitimate.

A copy of the president's birth certificate can be viewed on the White House blog.

UPDATE: A number of Republicans and potential presidential candidates have issued responses:

“This has long been a settled issue," said Kevin Smith, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner. "The Speaker’s focus is on cutting spending, lowering gas prices, and creating American jobs.”

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tweeted, "What President Obama should really be releasing is a jobs plan.”

Sarah Palin tweets that the media should “stay focused” and not get distracted by the president’s birth certificate announcement. “Media: admit it, Trump forced the issue. Now, don't let the WH distract you w/the birth crt from what Bernanke says today. Stay focused, eh?”

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Wednesday
Apr272011

Donald Trump Takes Credit for Obama's Releasing Birth Certificate

Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images(PORTSMOUTH, N.H.) -- Donald Trump touched down in New Hampshire Wednesday in a helicopter bearing his name, immediately taking credit for forcing President Obama to release his birth certificate.

“I'm very proud of myself because I’ve accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish,” Trump told reporters, his helicopter sitting behind him.

"I am really honored, frankly, to have played such a big role in hopefully, hopefully, getting rid of this issue," Trump said.

He said he still wants to see the birth certificate, released while he was en route to New Hampshire, but now wants to talk about weightier issues such as oil prices.

“We have to see: Is it real? Is it proper? What's on it?" Trump said. "But I hope it checks out beautifully.”

Conspiracy theories about the president's place of birth have swirled for years, but Trump adopted the issue in recent weeks as he began flirting with a presidential run.

It's the first visit to an early primary state for what is shaping up to be an unpredictable but increasingly likely bid for the presidency by the real estate mogul and reality-TV star.

But Trump was quickly on to another conspiracy theory, wondering how the president got into Harvard Law School and Columbia as a transfer student and calling on the White House to release his records from school.

On his way out he weighed in on Obama's 2012 re-election chances, telling a throng of assembled reporters, "He's gonna lose."

Trump is in New Hampshire to headline a party fundraiser, meet with operatives, activists and voters as well as a throng of local and national reporters who will be following his every move in the Granite State.

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Tuesday
Apr262011

White House Calls 'Birther' Claims a 'Distraction'

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Faced with critics -- most recently Donald Trump -- who are calling for the White House to release President Obama’s birth certificate, the White House declared Tuesday that this is a “settled issue” and lingering questions are just a “distraction.”

“We have a lot of problems confronting us,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said when asked about the “birther” claims at Tuesday’s briefing. “It’s an unfortunate distraction from the issues that I think most Americans care about."

The White House is dubbing this a “settled issue.”

“The birth certificate that the campaign put up online has been available for everyone to see around the globe,” Carney said from the White House podium Tuesday.  "It's the same birth certificate you get to get a driver's license and so on. Anybody who was born in Hawaii who asks for their birth certificate gets the same thing that we -- this -- the campaign and the White House has provided to the press.”

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Wednesday
Apr202011

Bachmann to ABC News: Obama's Certificate 'Settles' Birther Issue

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- For the first time, Rep. Michele Bachmann -- who is actively considering a run for the White House in 2012 -- has said that the birth certificate President Obama has released to the public puts an end to the "birther" issue.

“Last night you were on Fox News suggesting the president should come forward with his birth certificate,” ABC News Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos said Wednesday in an interview with the Minnesota congresswoman.

“One of your supporters in the state of Iowa has put forth a bill that would require presidential candidates to file their birth certificate with their candidacy. Do you support that?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Gov. Jan Brewer just vetoed that bill in Arizona because she felt that that was a bridge too far,” Bachmann explained, referring to H.R. 1503, which would have required presidential campaign committees to file “a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate.”

Iowa Senate bill 368, which was introduced by Bachmann supporter Kent Sorenson, contained similar language, saying a candidate should file "a copy of the candidate's birth certificate certified by the appropriate official in the candidate's state of birth."

“I have no problem giving my birth certificate; it wouldn’t bother me at all,” Bachmann said. “I’ve got one. It’s authenticated.”

Stephanopoulos presented Bachmann with a copy of President Obama’s certificate of live birth published on FactCheck.org. “I have the president’s certificate right here," he said. "It’s certified. It’s got a certification number. It’s got the registrar of the state signed. It’s got a seal on it. And it says, 'This copy serves as prima facie evidence of the fact of birth in any court proceeding.'”

“Well, then that should settle it,” Bachmann replied.

“That’s what should settle it,” she said. “I take the president at his word and I think – again – I would have no problem, and apparently the president wouldn’t either. Introduce that, we’re done. Move on.”

“Well this has been introduced. So this story is over?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Well, as long as someone introduces it, I guess it’s over,” Bachmann said, before noting that there are more important issues “facing the United States right now.”

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Wednesday
Apr202011

Like Trump, Many Iowa Republicans Doubt Obama's US Citizenship

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- The "birther" issue possible presidential hopeful Donald Trump keeps harping on is resonating more with Republican voters in Iowa than the candidate himself, at least according to a new poll.

Nearly half of Iowa Republicans go along with Trump's theory, made popular during the 2008 national election, that President Obama was born outside the U.S. and is therefore not eligible to hold the highest public office in the land.

Along with the 48 percent who are convinced that the president is lying when he says he was born in Hawaii in 1961, the survey by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling finds another 26 percent of Iowa Republicans aren't entirely sure if his birth certificate is the real deal.

Meanwhile, Trump, who has been ascending in most polls of likely GOP voters, places third in Iowa at 14 percent, with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee leading with 27 percent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney second, with 16 percent.

What might really hurt Romney's chances in Iowa is that almost two-thirds of Republicans say mandated state healthcare, similar to what Romney promoted as Massachusetts governor, is a deal breaker with them.  Romney has since worked to distance himself as far from that issue as possible.

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