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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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“I have better things to do”…..Nice thought! Too bad the only thing he has done so far is destroy the U.S.

Get him and his crooks the heck out of here in 2012!!!

Posted by ttesq | Report as abusive
 

Really, if you do, why are you not doing it!? Instead you have spent $mm on hiding and covering it up, there has been more cover up on Obama records than the Kennedy Assignation and Ted’s court case for Kupecnick(sp)!

Obama has less records that are public than Clark Kent and he was from Krypton.

Stay off of the B court, vacations, reading nursery rhymes, etc, and drill, stop printing money, pay off the debt, cut spending, and prime the job market thru eliminating obamacare! stop issuing Waivers to your buds.

Posted by Bevus | Report as abusive
 

Amazing that with all the serious issues facing this country that Obama caved in and waded into the “Birther” issue up to his chest and folded like a child’s pup tent in a whirlwind…

Worst of all, other than Obama creating the issue that gives Trump all this free publicity at his own expense, is the fact that Obama admist he is “puzzled as to why this is even an issue”…. WOW!

If the president is telling the truth, he just admitted his failure to grasp basic and fundamental issues and to comprehend the dynamics of the world in which he lives.

His reflexive action in bowing to Trump on National TV is just another in a long line of bizarre public gestures when confronting what appears to be men with whom Obama seems to regard as superior in some primal measure.

Why did Obama cave so completely and in such an openly humiliating manner for all the world to see?

If he can’t handle Trump being mouthy and bombastic, is it any wonder he has caused America to be increasingly seen as the world’s doormat these last two years by bowing to a succession of leaders in other countries he obviously regards as his superiors?

Posted by alanwillingham | Report as abusive
 

Obama says “I’ve got better things to do” than comply with a Constitutional requirement that he prove he is eligible to be President??? What an arrogant buffoon!

The only ‘better’ thing he can do for this country is to publicly apologize for his actions, resign, and move the hell out of America!

Posted by Apple314 | Report as abusive
 

Following the rules is a sideshow to this president.

He has proven this time and time again.

Whether he was born here or not has not been the motive of most “birther’s” it has been forcing him to follow the rules, like all of us have to.

He thinks he is above the law and can do whatever he wants with no regard to laws, constitution, rules, etc.

Combine that with him using this issue to distract people away from the real damage he is doing… his “never let a crisis go to waste” ideology stands out.

If you voted for this man and aren’t on his payroll you have to see the mistake you made by now.

Posted by GTeye | Report as abusive
 

Obama refused to release his birth certificate, right before he released it.

Obama promised to close Guantanamo, right before he kept it open.

Obama promised to end two wars, right before he started a third.

Obama promised to cut unemployment, right before he increased unemployment.

Obama promised his stimulus package would fix the economy, right before it failed.

Obama promised his foreclosure prevention program would reduce foreclosures, right before the country reached new all time highs in foreclosures and families living on the street.

Obama promised he would use new taxes to cut the deficit, right before he promised to use new taxes for new spending.

Appears to be a pattern here.

Posted by Reality_Check | Report as abusive
 

Self made distraction – He could have submitted it when he first registered for the nomination and nothing would have been thought about it.

Posted by WayneLLewis | Report as abusive
 

@seattlesh: “reduce or eliminate Social Security so that all potential retirees either can’t retire or must live life on the streets”.

Seriously? If you’re going to post presumably serious commentary, don’t just regurgitate the lamest of the progressive talking points.

Try watching something besides the Daily Show. If the “richest 2 percent” were forced to pay 100% of their earnings as taxes, the Obama government could not *begin* pay for all their “safety net” wish list projects.

It constantly amazes me what the average progressive is willing to demand be funded with “other peoples money”.

Posted by dh1760 | Report as abusive
 

It is called golf or flying in a Lou Malnati pizz to the Whitehouse for lunch.

Posted by Cogito | Report as abusive
 

Better things to do????
I like going to tape Oprah?

Posted by uisignorant | Report as abusive
 

Posted a comment nearly an hour ago, and REUTERS claims even now to have only six comments as a Grand Total…

Posted by alanwillingham | Report as abusive
 

Let me see if I got this straight…the American people elected a guy who demanded transparency yet took 3 years to release a birth certificate; he promised to close Guantanamo prison, yet it’s still open; he demanded that the Bush tax cuts should expire, yet couldn’t get Congress on board; is overseeing rising gas and oil prices to levels this country has never seen; is leading from behind in the Middle east (his words exactly); cannot get unemployment down to below 8%; incorporates the Alinsky rules in his rhetoric; praises Muslims while degrading Christians; has more time to fill out his NCAA bracket than to worry about crisis in the Middle East; was absent during the BP oil spill; has done nothing with the recent tornado damages; plays more golf than any President before him; increase the debt and deficit more than all Presidents before him COMBINED; has called the Massachusetts police stupid for the way they treated his friend; has demonized anyone that disagrees with him; and to top it all off, the mainstream media won’t question anything this man does…hmm…yeah, we got screwed alright.

Posted by Anonymous | Report as abusive
 

Amazing that with all the serious issues facing this country that Obama caved in and waded into the “Birther” issue up to his chest and folded like a child’s pup tent in a whirlwind…

Worst of all, other than Obama creating the issue that gives Trump all this free publicity at his own expense, is the fact that Obama admist he is “puzzled as to why this is even an issue”…. WOW!

If the president is telling the truth, he just admitted his failure to grasp basic and fundamental issues and to comprehend the dynamics of the world in which he lives.

His reflexive action in bowing to Trump on National TV is just another in a long line of bizarre public gestures when confronting what appears to be men with whom Obama seems to regard as superior in some primal measure.

Why did Obama cave so completely and in such an openly humiliating manner for all the world to see?

If he can’t handle Trump being mouthy and bombastic, is it any wonder he has caused America to be increasingly seen as the world’s doormat these last two years by bowing to a succession of leaders in other countries he obviously also regards as his superiors?

Posted by alanwillingham | Report as abusive
 

If producing a birth certificate to confirm eligibility for the office of POTUS is such a “non-issue”, “silliness” or irrelevant, then the attempt to keep it consealed falls into the same category, Mr. “transparent” president.

The heck with his college transcripts…..show us ALL the passports bucko. If you were born here, you should have been traveling on a U.S. passport…..ya think?

Posted by highcountry | Report as abusive
 

I still wonder if this fool is showing an authentic and true certificate. Why did he hide it until now? Maybe to distract others about the things going on in the world. Now perhaps we could see all the disasters he has done and all the stupid moves he is doing around the world. Republicans must go hard after this guy and vote him out in 2012, they Must Not Hold Anything Back !!!!!!!

Posted by elche | Report as abusive
 

If avoiding answering questions for 3+ years is ” sillyness”…Who is the REAL SILLY one???

Posted by redhawkone | Report as abusive
 

Better things to do? Like play golf? Like take another vacation?

Posted by DanaDee | Report as abusive
 

UHH-OHH… THERE ARE SOME PROBLEMS!

Looks like it was too much to expect the truth from the most transparent administration in history.

Posted by fantum | Report as abusive
 

so let me get this right – it’s considered a “SILLY THING” to deceive and the silly thing is that decent people should ask for you to be honest – OH HONEST ! DID I SAY HONEST!!!!

Posted by jackspratt1 | Report as abusive
 

For someone who lauded “transparency,” Obama’s been anything but transparent in regard to his birth and academic records. Why the court battles over producing the certificate? Obama could have ended that “carnival” at any time by simply showing the long form, but he chose not to do so. Apparently, he enjoyed the “distraction,” which took the spotlight away from his moribund presidency.

And as far as Obama having more urgent affairs, what are those? Appearing on Oprah? Campaigning? Unfortunately for the U.S., the guy is a lightweight with thin skin and an outsized ego.

Posted by judithod | Report as abusive
 

I voted for him. I regret it. He does not have time for all this “silliness”? He has better things to do? He created the situation. Had he provided his birth certificate 3 years ago it would have been a non issue. Having watched him the last few years, it’s my opinion that he brings alot of this crap on himself. Perhaps we should run a Charlie Sheen campaign… how much worse can it get? LOL

Posted by Skitt | Report as abusive
 

It seems to me that the Commander in Chief, the leader of our Republic should be primarily concerned that the Constitution that he swore to defend and protect from all enemies within and without should be followed completely. This is not a “silly thing”. I am sorry that he and others think that it is. How far we’ve ventured from the standard men like George Washington set for us long ago!

Posted by mcrchap | Report as abusive
 

I checked Obama’s BC after I was notified this morning of the release of. Go out to their website and look at it…..…

Then go pull yours out and look at it……..! I looked at mine, I’m old as dirt so you can imagine the age mine shows and it’s a photo copy of the original, they do not give you the Original One. Mine looks like it’s been to a war but it looked like that when I first got it around age 21. Also both my Son’s look the same way, the paper is Very Old Looking………….!

The paper on his looks like they just manufactured it yesterday, there is no Age Showing on it, it’s perfect. It’s just like the Last One he tried to give out…..Documents are easy to forge……….! Oblunders 50 years old and there not even a crease in it, the paper doesn’t even have the normal stains from being handled.

Note: Yesterday Carnery WH Press Secretary made a comment when being grilled during WH Press meeting, that if Obama did produced it No one would buy it. After looking at it, Sorry but I just jumped into that category.……..!

Posted by zerbe | Report as abusive
 

Obama claims transparency, yet when it comes time to put his money where his mouth is he takes the stance of “We do not have time for this kind of silliness”. Is he really such a poor delegator that he can’t tell his staff or some low level aid to find and publish the documents? I could produce these records for myself in less than 5 minutes. If Obama can’t practice what he preaches and show this basic transparency on such simple things, how can anyone take him seriously when asked to show transparency on more complex issues? I agree that this is a joke. But I see it as Obama being a joke, not Trump… Trump is just the first person to have the guts to call Obama out on it. And doesn’t anyone find it suspect that it took so long to produce a birth certificate? If he had it all along why didn’t he just put a stop to all this a long time ago?

Posted by tim7585 | Report as abusive
 

Yes, Mr. President, for the first time we agree! There are so many other important things to do.

Still, you have said and done so many wierd things, I myself admit to wondering if you were even born on this planet, let alone the USA.

By gones! I’m glad you finally released the thing so the birthers can move onto the important issues. What was holding you back from addressing the big things, though?

Posted by MGabel | Report as abusive
 

Amazing that with all the serious issues facing this country that Obama caved in and waded into the “Birther” issue up to his chest and folded like a child’s pup tent in a whirlwind…

Worst of all, other than Obama creating the issue that gives Trump all this free publicity at his own expense, is the fact that Obama admist he is “puzzled as to why this is even an issue”…. WOW!

If the president is telling the truth, he just admitted his failure to grasp basic and fundamental issues and to comprehend the dynamics of the world in which he lives.

His reflexive action in bowing to Trump on National TV is just another in a long line of bizarre public gestures when confronting what appears to be men with whom Obama seems to regard as superior in some primal measure.

Why did Obama cave so completely and in such an openly humiliating manner for all the world to see?

If he can’t handle Trump being mouthy and bombastic, is it any wonder he has caused America to be increasingly seen as the world’s doormat these last two years by bowing to a succession of leaders in other countries he obviously also regards as his superiors?

Posted by alanwillingham | Report as abusive
 

The so called bc is the same as previously released and is still a fake. “African” is NOT a race and the blank for race would have been filled in as Negro or Colored in 1961.

Posted by Lewy | Report as abusive
 

I like to think of the Obama presidency in terms of a football analogy. After all, if you can’t relate someting to football, what’s the point right? So, here goes. It’s halftime. Our team is getting it’s butt kicked. Our coaches game plan hasn’t worked. We’re down big time and it’s the middle of the 3rd quarter. Now as any fan can tell you, if you are getting creamed at the half, what you do is make some halftime adjustments. If your ground game falters, you go to the air or mix it up. If your defense isn’t stopping the run, you change the scheme and so forth. If the quarterback can’t hit the broadside of a barn, let alone an open receiver, you try to inject some life in your offense by bringing in the back up. What we have here with Uncle O, is an old playbook, brought in from the 70′s trying to match up against modern teams built on speed and modern approaches to the game (think China). It ain’t working friends. Anyone see any halftime adjustments? No, he’s sticking to his ground game and “we” the team are getting battered. If this country were like say your favorite team, and the performance was as bad as we have now, you’d be screaming for the coach to be fired wouldn’t you. We’re the most talented team around, not China, not Europe, we have the players, we have the strength and speed, we just need a great coach. Someone to inspire our offense and provide the winning game plan. Ask yourself if we have that now or not. I think the answer is that it’s time for a coaching change. If this were football, Obama would be like the Jamarcus Russell of Politics. Worst draft pick ever. Sorry, but you know it’s true. Lots of wasted talent.

Posted by Joepacifica | Report as abusive
 

You forgot to mention he was in a rush to jet off to tape an Oprah show.

Posted by mbs235 | Report as abusive
 

the American people have every right to question his failings, he is not a dictator. many will never forget the lies and bribes used on the democrat party specific hc legislation he helped manipulate, or the racial bias questions surrounding holder and his justice department, or their stance against the State of Arizona and 25 other states in dealing with illegal immigration and clear unwillingness to secure the US border with Mexico.

Posted by thisbodega | Report as abusive
 

“We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” he said.

What bs. You Mr. Obama are the Ringmaster of the circus you’re complaining about. You created and perpetuated all this “silliness” by your refusal to release your BC until now. You could have killed the issue 3 years ago when Hillary’s campaign first started the accusations, but you choose to keep it alive. Since there is nothing incriminating in the certificate, it’s obvious that you chose to keep it sealed up for the sole purpose of maintaining the controversy and the wild speculations for your own political gain. And now that the issue was starting to hurt you politically, you decided it was time to end the show.

If anyone has been wasting time with silliness it has been you, 3 years of wasted time.

Posted by bokushi | Report as abusive
 

It’s amazing to me that Obama was to stubborn to release this certificate when the subject first came up. What a waste of time, what an ego.

Posted by manastra7 | Report as abusive
 

What has he got to do? All he does is blame everyone else, play golf and campaign.
Besides there is the issue that African is not a race and the hospital named never existed as shown on the alleged COLB.

Posted by CindyBP | Report as abusive
 

I love being a conservative Republican! You can say any old crazy thing you want and it is considered totally acceptable. You can be staring at irrefutable evidence that proves all your ideas and thoughts wrong and still pretend you have a legitimate argument. Having no idea what you are talking about is actually a badge of honor in conservative circles.

You can pretend that tax cuts create jobs. Who cares what facts or historical evidence says!
You can pretend that democrats are the reason for the deficit. Who cares if the biggest increases in US history to the debt were WWII, Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II,
You can actually pretend that an invisible father figure lives in the clouds and loves you! Seriously!

We have actually created a viable political party solely consisting of people with mental disorders. I could not be more excited to be a part of all the insanity! 2012 here we come!!!

Posted by GOPUDITY | Report as abusive
 

It seems like a lot of you are conveniently forgetting that he released his birth certificate 3 years ago. The long form isn’t even used anymore and doesn’t have anything different or interesting on it.

I also like that a bunch of clearly uneducated people seem totally comfortable lecturing the President about the Constitution when he is a Constitutional Lawyer from Harvard and they are mostly are just a hillbilly with no actual knowledge or understanding of the Constitution

Posted by GOPUDITY | Report as abusive
 

Should the United States survive after the Obama years and rehabilitate itself according to the constitution, then the United States may just very well rival the prominence of the Roman Empire.

Posted by rbblum | Report as abusive
 

What is the “better stuff” that Mr. Obama has to do?
You’d think it would be to fix the economy, jobs, wars, etc.

Instead, after the news conference where he said there were more important things to do, he jets off to Chicago to do an Oprah taping and then off to yet more fundraisers. Seems his “better stuff” to do always involves some sort of money or celebrity.

Posted by Daisy21 | Report as abusive
 

Have you noticed over the years that whenever anyone challenges him with something he does not like, he patronizingly calls it “silliness?” It’s so condescending, like “you children can’t understand the importance of who I am and just need to be silent and allow me to make all the decisions about what you do and do not need to pay attention to.” We’re on to you con man. Don’t forget: one of the key selling points he made in 2008 as a reason to vote for him (who was totally inexperienced) over the other substantial candidate was that he was going to be “the most transparent president in history.” What a liar.

Posted by fif | Report as abusive
 

We have no time for this “silliness” .
And then he flies to Chicago to film an “Opra” segment, then on to NYC for a fundraiser.

Right.

Posted by oldtroll | Report as abusive
 

I don’t know why some of us believe Obama was “bowing to Trump” or “caving”. This stupidity has been going on for two years — without Trump — and it’s getting worse, not better. The disbelief in Obama’s legitimacy has jumped to more than 70% among Republicans, a big change even from a year ago. Trump was just the latest loudmouth who, seeing a parade, ran out and got in front of it. Enough is enough. Trump won nothing. Neither did Obama. The committed Birthers will just shift the issue a little. Hatred is a powerful motivator. It’s inspiring.

Posted by RMax304823 | Report as abusive
 

Sideshow? Silliness? You mean the topic you’ve spent millions to hide, to defend in eligibility lawsuits for more than two years? The issue you let a Colonel go to prison for?
Who’s playing silly games?

Posted by AdvocateMom1 | Report as abusive
 

Come on! Obama’s pretty busy trying to raise a billion dollars to get re-elected and he has an economy left to trash. It’s a full plate.

Posted by waltermitty2012 | Report as abusive
 

Mr President YOU played the game. If you had your birth certificate, why did you let this go on for so long. Why wait for Donald Trump to make this an issue before you paid attention. You are to blame for the game! You, the same man who burned 85000 gallons of fuel for Earth Day, the same man who’s open policy led to hundreds of secret meeting. Golf, vacations, basketball. Fun times for you while the nation suffers.

Posted by Belleburgh | Report as abusive
 

If this is silly, Then why didn’t he make it available 2 or 3 years ago and avoid all of this?
Is it because the distraction was good for him up to now ? But now it is damaging to his re election and his credibility not that he has any…

Posted by JohnJB | Report as abusive
 

He doesn’t have time for a “silly game” but he has time to go on Oprah. Geez, what a loser!

Posted by Sandalwood1191 | Report as abusive
 

“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.” That’s rich, mr. president…funny, immediately following these statements you jetted off to be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey then maybe another quick nine out on the links? Yeah, you sound real busy there. You are a disgrace to the Office.

Posted by Superpower | Report as abusive
 

Did Obama think it was just silliness when as Commander-In-Chief he refused to release the birth certificate to save a decorated Army Surgeon from a court martial when all he had to do then was release it? Will he as President be giving the Colonel a full pardon, reinstating him with back pay and full benefits?

Posted by NuffSaid1960 | Report as abusive
 

It still says COLB, it is not a validated BC and anyone can get a COLB. This is another attempt to let you know that he could care less about the law and does not have to obey the same laws you and I are expected to obey…he is a elite and is still not in compliance with the Constitution.

Posted by ONTIME | Report as abusive
 

It seems to me that this President should focus his thoughts on our economy and on the terrible devastation from the tornadoes. People are being destroyed, their homes, their towns and Americans are dying. Why is this guy campaigning and not saying a word to all the people suffering?? Why, because he doesn’t give a rat’s arse about them. How people could have voted this guy in is beyond me. Mr. President how about helping Americans. How about at least making a statement about the suffering going on in those communities instead of commenting on the “Silliness” Gor God’s sake what is wrong with this arrogant guy?

Posted by wearytaxpayer1 | Report as abusive
 

He had better stuff to do, but on 22 April, 2011, he signed a request on White House letterhead requesting two copies of his birth certificate. Do we taxpayers get a rebate of the cost of the federal assets he wasted and abused in transacting the request?

Posted by unclesmrgol | Report as abusive
 

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