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Happy Birther Day, President Obama!

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

UPDATE: I owe Daniel an apology for my unintentional implication below. Also, I lay out my argument for why Birthers are primarily racist in that post as well.

President Obama is 48 years old today, and the lunatic “Birther” movement is taking advantage of the occassion to get some non-deserved media exposure for their claims that he is not an American citizen by birth and thus ineligible for the office of President. To which the only sane response is, “suck it.”

I don’t have much to offer in terms of other commentary, since the whole thing is so profoundly a case study of Obama Derangement Syndrome, that even Ann Coulter labeled Birther-in-Chief Orly Taitz as a wacko, which to be honest is either a stinging rebuke indeed or high praise, considering the source. Taitz is a one-woman shriek fest, for whom the word “shrill” was obviously invented but then utterly obsoleted – watch this video segment on MSNBC and marvel at the spectacle.

Ultimately the penetration of the Birther meme into what matoko calls the “low-information conservative base” is going to accelerate the decline of the GOP as a mainstream party – the damage being done to the Republican brand by this foolishness is severe (which is one reason why I’m not all that upset that genuine fruitcakes like Orly Taitz are getting airtime on MSNBC). GOP strategists are belatedly realizing that this is a bad thing and making impotent attempts to distance themselves, but when you have conservative celebrities like Chuck Norris demanding to see Obama’s birth certificate too, you’ve lost the messaging on this one, folks. As Steve Benen observed, the Birther movement is gaining most traction in the South, which is where the GOP has been shrinking into pure regional-party status since 2006. Daniel Larison tries to put as positive a spin on this as possible, noting that part of it is simple political tribalism, but the simple fact that the Birther meme is nothing more than a sanitized outlet for pure unadulterated racism at its heart seems impossible to deny. As Daniel notes, we wouldn’t be seeing this movement if John McCain were elected (even though McCain’s birth in Panama could theoretically be subjectedd to teh same conspiracy mongering) – but neither would we be seeing it were it John Kerry who had won in 2004 and had a similar asterisk next to his birth credentials.

The bottom line: The GOP is damaged goods, and the Birthers are the crop reaped from two decades’ sowing of prejudice and fear. Until conservatives realize this and make the courageous decision to start fresh, they are weeding themselves out of the political gene pool.

Related video: CNN’s Lou Dobbs is an utter disgrace – he’s Dan Rather-ed himself on the Birther issue. Jon Stewart takes on the Birthers (and Dobbs in particular) on The Daily Show segment, “The Born Identity“.

Incidentally, for the record, Obama has indeed released his birth certificate. You can see it yourself at FactCheck.org. Not that the Birthers, Lou Dobbs, or Chuck Norris will ever concede this irrefutable fact.

UPDATE: OK, fine, just for the sake of Mr Hypothetical Moderate and Independent Minded Reasonable Guy, who agrees that Obama is “probably” a citizen but still thinks it’s reasonable to demand Obama release his “long form certificate” anyway, I’m going to spell it out for you anyway. Obama HAS released his birth certificate. In Hawai’i, it’s called a “certification of live birth” but its the same legal document as a birth certificate. Hawai’i digitized its archives years ago and they probably dont have “long form” paper copies of the older certs around n file, but that DOESNT MATTER because what Obama has produced upon demand, and what FactCheck.org has taken high-resolution photos of, is indeed the valid legal document which suffices for any and all proof of identity in the UNited States just like any other BC from any other state.

This means if you, Mr Hypothetical Moderate and Independent Minded Reasonable Guy, claim Obama hasnt released his certificate yet, youre a Birther tool. If you argue he should release a “long form” cerificate, then you’re a Birther tool. And here’s final, unalduterated and irrefutable proof: a birth announcement published in the Honolulu Advertiser on Sunday, Aug. 13, 1961:

oh sure, you COULD claim that was faked somehow. As FactCheck.org says quite reasonably, “Of course, it’s distantly possible that Obama’s grandparents may have planted the announcement just in case their grandson needed to prove his U.S. citizenship in order to run for president someday.” In the meantime, console yourself with the thought that you are this crazed lunatic woman‘s poodle.



  • Captain Steve

    It’s no surprise that Hillary Clinton is in Kenya today to reinforce the cover-up.
    I don’t trust ANY politician and almost no one in the media. I still want answers. Obummer, put up or get out!!!! All he has to do is make the following official public statement,
    “I Barack Obama authorize the State of Hawaii to release and make public all of my records on file.”
    That’s it. Issue over. But he won’t because he’s a fraud!! Obama knows that millions of citizens want to see it yet he continues to hide it. What/why is he hiding? and most disturbingly, why don’t BHO’s supporters want to know the whole truth, especially since there’s a reward of $100,000 for proof that Obama is a “natural born” citizen of the United States.
    OBAMA, STOP HIDING. SHOW US THE LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND YOUR OTHER RECORDS!!!!!

  • Kauko

    *laughs at Captain Steve*

  • Your Name

    What “it” would that be, Mr. Poonawalla of the nominally “faith-based” site BeliefNet?
    You disdain other people as “low information,” even as your anger limits your own expressive capacities to obscene street-nonsense.

  • Mike

    Captain: Moot point, you only need one parent (who is a citizen at the time of your birth, over the age of fifteen, and has spent at least 5 years in the US) to be a natural born citizen of the United States and eligible for the presidency. Loot it up.

  • Agent

    “Incidentally, for the record, Obama has indeed released his birth certificate. You can see it yourself at FactCheck.org. Not that the Birthers, Lou Dobbs, or Chuck Norris will ever concede this irrefutable fact”
    Cool! If you’ll believe things you are told at face value (and not question why Obama is afraid to release his *real* (long form) birth certificate, then I have some land in Florida I’d like to sell you.
    I have web scans of the deeds. The web scans have been verified as official on my brother-in-law’s web site.
    Unfortunately, some folks will never concede the irrefutable fact that the deed is real. But that shouldn’t stop you from buying it (hook, line, and sinker). :-)

  • Henrietta22

    Happy Birthday President Obama!
    Thanks Aziz for the article on loony loops!

  • Khalil

    go figure the lawyer is a Zionist jew. Doesn’t suprise me in the least

  • Love

    We need to stop the islamo-facists and the obama-facists. Support Isreal.

  • Love

    The truth will out. It is not a coincidence that the Islamo-facists are all supporting Obama.

  • Mike Hanson

    Love
    August 6, 2009 1:27 AM
    We need to stop the islamo-facists and the obama-facists. Support Isreal
    —————————-
    I see, you are supporting Israel? That tells it all.

  • Mike Hanson

    Love
    August 6, 2009 1:28 AM
    The truth will out. It is not a coincidence that the Islamo-facists are all supporting Obama.
    ——————————-
    If you desribe Islam a facist religion, then where do you emplace Israel?

  • Nickolas D.

    On August 4th, Jack in the Box is giving away two free tacos – all you have to do is download the free coupon from the Jack in the Box website, take it to a participating location, and receive two free Jack in the Box tacos, but only for August the 4th. It’s also Obama’s birthday, but that isn’t the reason why – a lot of fast food restaurants are running free food or severely reduced prices promotional runs, which stimulate business, important during a recession. So, if you want to save yourself payroll loans (though the tacos are cheap) get to Jack in the Box.

  • Your Name

    What I find interesting (and perhaps most frightening) about the whole ‘birther’ phenomena is that they completely miss the larger picture.
    I’m not sure if these eejits are aware that if they are successful in passing a proposed Bill to require all presidential candidates to release their long-form birth cert, then they will effectively discriminate against nearly 6,000,000 Americans who might want to become POTUS.
    How?
    Well, unless you were born and adopted in all but four states (Kansas, Alaska, Oregon and Tennessee), not one adult adopted American can produce their original long-form birth certificate. They are sealed by arcane state laws, most passed back in the 20′s and 30′s when American zealots declared all bastard children should be provided with a ‘clean slate,’ hence the sealing of the origins of their birth and the issuing of the ridiculous lie known as the short-form amended certificate (issued post-adoption).
    This particular bastard is disqualified in any case…I was born in Ireland and sold/shipped to the U.S. like a an order of Waterford. And I have no desire to be POTUS. But I daresay if any average street ‘birther’ were to cast eyes on me, they would no doubt consider me ’100% USDA all-American’ (so yes, I do believe there’s a strong element of racism attached). Sorry about your luck, birthers — Obama is far more American than I.
    I do wonder what my bastard brethren will think when the birthers keep on with their ridiculous campaign and effectively manage to keep mainland-born, both-parents-American, tax-paying, voting citizens from running for the nation’s highest office. I await the day with great glee.

  • http://www.netreach.net/~steed culchiewoman

    Sorry, the above was not meant to be anonymous…stupid catchit malfunctioned.

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