Obama releases birth certificate: Can we finally move on now?
In case you haven’t heard, the White House has released a copy of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate (you can view it below). The reasoning for release is that the conspiracy that Obama was born in a foreign country, which was debunked a few years ago, is unhealthy for the nation. You can read the correspondence the White House had with public officials in Hawaii, where Obama was born (and there was never a real reason to believe he wasn’t born there), here.
Of course, Donald Trump, who is considering a bid for the GOP nomination, is taking full credit for the White House releasing Obama’s birth certificate. While many are not taken Trump’s talk seriously, if he does decide to run, Obama just gave him a boost with a significant, though mind-numbingly stupid constituency in the conservative movement. Trump as a Republican nominee would likely be the easiest route to re-election among those currently performing well in primary polls.
While it may look like Trump put Obama on the defensive and forced him to release his birth certificate, this is actually very good strategy on the part of Obama by helping his weakest possible opponent.
While I wish the folks pushing this idiotic conspriacy would either go away or turn their attention to issues that actually matter; unfortunately, the release of Obama’s birth certificate isn’t going to end birtherism since reason and evidence don’t matter to conspiracy theorists.