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Obama has ‘better stuff’ to do than birth certificate ‘sideshows’

April 27, 2011

President Barack Obama tried to put the kibosh on birther speculation by releasing his Hawaiian birth certificate and calling questions about the authenticity of the document a distraction from bigger issues by “sideshows and carnival barkers.”

“We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” he said to reporters after the White House released a long-form copy of his birth certificate. Potential Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stirred up the controversy in recent weeks by demanding Obama prove he was born in Hawaii, not Kenya.

“We’ve got better stuff to do.  I’ve got better stuff to do,” Obama said. “We’ve got big problems to solve, and I’m confident we can solve them, but we’re going to have to focus on them, not on this.”

Here’s some of that “better stuff” Obama has on his plate:

Probably a good thing he isn’t going to the royal wedding.

Photo credit: Reuters/Mike Segar (fire breathing at the Coney Island Sideshow school, April 10, 2008)

 

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That’s a great photo of Trump swallowing fire. I thought he only did circus freak shows, but it seems from this photo he is a man of many talents…

Posted by DisgustedReader | Report as abusive
 

When you apply for a passport, you show your birth certificate. So I would imagine when you apply to the Presidency of the US there would be rules like supplying the Birth C.
Why has this been a issue for two years?
Because BO made it one, spending 2 million and lots of TIME in court fighting it.
So the question is why now did a birth certificate suddenly appear?
All he had to do was pony up? And why did that not just automatically happen when he decide to run?
Something smells.

Posted by jwall | Report as abusive
 

Hello Mr. and Mrs. U.S.A. thanks for coming in. I see here you’ve borrowed $14 trillion dollars and counting. Since you can’t agree on how to balance your income and spending the Bank must lower your credit rating due to the increased risk your loans present. I’m afraid the extra cost to service your debts will trigger a “debt spiral” eventually leading to bankruptcy. But on a positive note, I’m pleased you’re happy President Obama has released his birth certificate. (Hint: Its human nature to focus on little things when confronted with very difficult choices.) If you don’t think an economy can go off the rails, ask your elderly relatives about the Great Depression. Americans must pressure their representatives in Washington to find ways to compromise on the debt before its too late. Believing the U.S. is too big to fail is delusional and ultimately self-fulfilling.

Posted by TheReckoning | Report as abusive
 

Americans can be so petty .For all the saturation of the internet in the US Americans can not be so Pathetic as to believe the party that got them in the mess in the first place and not to mention a war for oil in which China is now the benefactor .The republicans did this now you wanna blame the democrats and their leader, The American President would never have this problem if he were white from Trump so i agree with Letterman dude is racist .Read between the lines America

Posted by mastermind888 | Report as abusive
 

Of course Obama thinks he’s got better things to do. It hasn’t dawned on him that verying you’re qualified for the job is important. Besides, he’s just trying to get everybody off his back about this by trivializing it. Actually it doesn’t matter where he was born. He still isn’t qualified because he’s not a “Natural Born Citizen”, which is what’s required. This means both his mother and father have to also be citizens. Since we all know his father wasn’t a citizen, then he isn’t “Natural Born”, and can’t be President. Somebody needs to pursue that – trivial or not!

Posted by DoubtingObama | Report as abusive
 

I hope all of those doubters who questioned what President Obama has been up to in the past week have shoved their feet in their mouths. He was busy killing Osama bin Laden and, no surprise, he wasn’t telling you about it. The people who make such a big deal about a birth certificate are missing the point- he is a great leader and he is doing a great job as president. Go ahead and vote for Donald Trump but, at this moment, I can assure you that you are sitting in the minority of people who can’t recognize the work that he is currently doing to advance and unite this nation.

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