Obama on conspiracy theories, birth certificates

April 15, 2011

obama_lightsPresident Barack Obama says most Americans are confident that he is American-born and bred and says the “birther” issue could be a problem for Republican challengers in the 2012 presidential campaign.

Obama addressed the persistent questions about his place of birth when he was invited, during an ABC News interview, to size up his potential opponents.

He was also asked his thoughts on Donald Trump’s rise to the top of the Republican field on “fantasies” about the president’s background.

Obama seemed amused.

“Over the past two-and-a-half years there’s been an effort to go at me in a way that is politically expedient in the short-term for Republicans — but creates, I think, a problem for them when they want to actually run in a general election where most people feel pretty confident the president was born where he says he was, in Hawaii,” Obama said.

“He doesn’t have horns,” he added, laughing.

Obama said people may disagree with him on some issues and worry about the unemployment rate and gas prices but they are “not really worrying about conspiracy theories or — or birth certificates.”

Trump — a billionaire real estate developer and star of  “The Apprentice” — has yet to say whether he will run for office. But he’s generated a lot of media attention in recent weeks by reviving the claim that Obama was not born in the United States and therefore cannot legally be president.

And Trump’s reality TV show has been gaining viewers.

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Jim Young (Obama at  launch of  initiative in support of military families)


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At this point in time, after all the statements and facts reported from the Hawaiian state authorities, only agenda driven demagogues would spout such utter nonsense concerning the presidents place of birth.

Posted by amasiam | Report as abusive

I would like to know when any of the people who doubt President Obama’s place of birth are going to apologize to the good citizens of Hawaii. Republicans and Democrats there have claimed him as their native son. Frankly, all of these doubters should be asked not to come there until they do. Talk about disrespect. It isn’t just the president they’re saying is lying. Does Trump (and others) believe that the Republicans and Democrats in Hawaii have a plan to do harm to the other 49 states? Does he (and others) believe that Hawaii is in league with the terrorists? What foolishness. What pandering for votes and money.

Posted by AmericanLady | Report as abusive

[...] Donald Trump is still beating his credibility against the Obama birth certificate conspiracy. That puts him up here with these…people. Of course, there is the forgotten Trig Palin [...]

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-07-99 -00570.pdf

It is extremely naive to believe any government official given their own reports on rampant birth certificate fraud. Falsified birth certificates are used routinely by illegal aliens to gain access to SSN, mortgages, and public services. According to the report above 85% of all birth certificate fraud is based on genuine documents issued by those same “honest” and “hardworking” public officials. I somehow doubt Hawaii is any different than any other state. The real issue is that any honest individual who is expecting to lead the whole country would feel compelled to address this issue to his full measure. Instead Obama thumbs his nose at almost 1/2 the population and hides behind a team of high priced attorneys. No wonder he wants amnesty for illegal aliens so badly he probably needs it for himself. Obama’s father had the motivation, means, and connections to get American citizenship for his son no matter where he was actually born. Personally his birth place does not matter to me one way or the other. What does matter is that Obama has shown that he has no honor and therefore does not deserve my respect or support.

Posted by webeamer | Report as abusive