Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on August 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

I’m actually sympathetic to Barack Obama when it comes to the Birthers.  The President published a perfectly acceptable certification of live birth, with which any American can get a passport, a driver’s license, or any other kind of official documentation he or she needs, in response to an unrelated question during the 2008 campaign.  Furthermore, the state of Hawaii has twice confirmed that Obama was born in Honolulu, and contemporaneous birth announcements also provide confirmation.  Whether one likes Obama or not, he was clearly born in the US and therefore eligible for office.

However, the birther contretemps suits Obama, because it allows the media to dismiss all of his critics by painting them with the Birther brush (which is why so many of us are frustrated and disgusted by the small coterie of people who continue to indulge it).  Obama could put an end to it at any time by simply releasing his original birth certificate from Hawaii, which only he can authorize.  Why doesn’t he do it?  Because the Birther movement suits his purposes.

So when he made this complaint last night, it’s not just amateurish, it’s completely disingenuous:

“I can’t spend all of my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead,” quipped Obama, who took a deep breath to gather his thoughts when asked if the poll reflected his inability to communicate with voters.

Er, he hasn’t spent any time with a birth certificate plastered to his forehead, and purposefully so.  We understand why, and it makes some strategic sense in the most cynical manner possible.  It allows Obama to nurture that microscopic collection of fools to distract attention from his own failures.  But if one plays that game, then one gives up the right to whine about it later.

Update: As Twitter follower RobRob points out, this was also a non-sequitur response to a question about Obama’s faith.  He’s trying a little too hard with the Birther dodge these days.

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Is Barack suggesting that all Kenyans are Muslims (and that the only reason people speculate he could be Muslim is because of questions about where he was born)?

While I think questions of the location of his birth are idiotic, I do think he doth protest too much. I’m sensing some sort of Freudian slip here as he conflates what should be two separate issues, his place of birth and his religion, but I’m having difficulty putting my finger on it exactly (except to speculate that it has to do with questions, which he himself may have, as to who his biological father really was).

Ironically, if Barack Sr. (a Muslim by birth) was not his father then one of the things that some believe link Barry to Islam would not exist. But if that were true, he’d still have to keep that knowledge bottled up inside, because to believe he wasn’t his father would mean that much of his bio is a lie. How frustrating would that be?

F.w.i.w., I don’t think he’s a Muslim, I think he’s a Marxist.

Buy Danish on August 30, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Why are people wondering about his past? Maybe, it’s because of stuff like this actual quote from “The Audacity of Hope” [pg. 261]:

Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.

kingsjester on August 30, 2010 at 12:09 PM

I call the anti-Birfer coterie “Proofers.” Btw, someone neglected to capitalize “Birther” consistently.

Christien on August 30, 2010 at 12:25 PM

I am pretty sure that religion is on his BC. It is on mine and I was born in 57. It was a very common thing to list then.

Johnnyreb on August 30, 2010 at 8:54 AM

As others have both implied and said above, I think the reason for the non-sequitur answer is that his BC shows his religion as Muslim (didn’t they list “religion” as the dad’s religion on Hawaii BCs at that time or something). That’s why his BC popped into his head.

Not to mention his victim reflex. His is lightning quick.

inviolet on August 30, 2010 at 12:55 PM

The President published a perfectly acceptable certification of live birth, with which any American can get a passport, a driver’s license, or any other kind of official documentation he or she needs,

Not true Ed, here in Hudson County NJ you can only obtain a document with a Trenton Issued, stamped, birth certificate that was issued within the last 5 or so years. Any older documents, hospital issued documents or official copies aren’t valid forms due to the high number of fakes.

Rbastid on August 30, 2010 at 1:14 PM

He was born in Honolulu.
He hides his original birth certificate.
He hides his passport – I know he released parts of it.
He hides his grades, but not for grades’ sake, but for topics’ sake.
No one knows for sure, perhaps not even he, who his biological father is.
He’s not a Muslim, nor a Christian. He’s a Utopian idealist, perhaps an agnost. No one should care what his religion, or lack thereof is. His ideology is the problem.

One day some people will make lots of money exposing this charlatan, and they will. Their ideology is what keeps them from doing so and money, now and then. They get paid now to shut up and will get paid later to write/speak.

Truth wants to be free and it will be.

If the U.S. American people get fooled for a second time by this goof, they fully deserve destruction.

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2010 at 1:28 PM

A COLB is not a birth certificate but I gave up the proud Birther banner when the Hawaiian official sorta vouched for our POTUS.

But to you jaded, informed sophisticates who dismiss Birthers — I say they make a lot more sense that someone who believes that He “is a gift from the world to us” (Chris Matthews).

Even if he had a normal birth in Hawaii his national prominence and political success was incubated and hatched by the MSM.

IlikedAUH2O on August 30, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Ed Morrissey writes:

Obama could put an end to it at any time by simply releasing his original birth certificate from Hawaii, which only he can authorize. Why doesn’t he do it? Because the Birther movement suits his purposes.

This is very weak thinking. He might not produce it because he can’t.

DiogenesLamp on August 30, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Ed Morrissey writes:

Obama could put an end to it at any time by simply releasing his original birth certificate from Hawaii, which only he can authorize. Why doesn’t he do it? Because the Birther movement suits his purposes.

This is the same sort of weak thinking as “If there was anything to this, then Hillary would have FOUND IT! ”

This thinking isn’t even good speculation. The authorities that control the documents are siding with Obama citing “Privacy” concerns, as though the rights of Americans to know whether their President is legit should not trump the “Privacy” of the most exposed man in the world.

DiogenesLamp on August 30, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Whether one likes Obama or not, he was clearly born in the US and therefore eligible for office.

Being born within the USA is a fragment of being a natural born citizen, and certainly does not cover the obvious hole in Ed’s promotion of “clearly eligible” revisionism. To be a natural born citizen, as our Constitution requires of every POTUS, both of one’s parents must also be citizens of our country. Barak Obama, a Kenyan citizen, never even attempted to become a US citizen, before or after his son Barack’s birth. That is why Obama is an illegitimate POTUS. Whether or not his parents were even married prior to his birth is debatable according to the documentation in the Berkeley Report that was available online prior to Obama’s election.

Ed never bothered linking to read it because he didn’t want to be on the unpopular side, to hell with documentation. That would have been out of Ed’s character, to actually perform his own scholarly research rather than simply going with the progressive flow determined by favored personality. That’s politics, not intellectual integrity. In HotAir archives, find my links to the Berkeley Report that I quoted on many occasions during the early primaries. There’s even more evidence of his illegitimate presidency. According to US/Hawaiian law at the time, Barack’s mother was a minor, and according to her passport, she’d been living outside of the United States and failed to return to Hawaii ENOUGH MONTHS PRIOR TO BARRY’s BIRTH to meet requirements as a single citizen parent to qualify Barry for citizenship, EVEN IF HE WERE BORN IN HAWAII, another point of debate because of the open Hawaiian registration for births delivered out of state, out of nation.

maverick muse on August 30, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Barry complains that he can’t wear his birth certificate plastered on his forehead all the time.

As if he’s ever worn it, part of the time.

Plastered. Yeah, plastered drunk as a skunk.

maverick muse on August 30, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Readers should note that both Ed and AllahPundit jumped on the bandwagon this morning to tar and feather birthers.

And they’re the ones saying to drop it.

So, quit bringing it up.

And if you must bring it up, do so within the complete context of the Constitution’s “natural born citizen” prerequisite of the US Presidency.

Or admit that you prefer to revise the Constitution right along with Obama, Inc. It’s proving such a blessing to have a cosmopolitan globalist citizen of the world in the Oval Office, NOT.

maverick muse on August 30, 2010 at 4:12 PM

and according to her passport, she’d been living outside of the United States and failed to return to Hawaii ENOUGH MONTHS PRIOR TO BARRY’s BIRTH to meet requirements as a single citizen parent to qualify Barry for citizenship
maverick muse on August 30, 2010 at 4:03 PM

That’s interesting information. Do you have links to it?

DiogenesLamp on August 30, 2010 at 5:31 PM

So either way, does it suit Obama’s purposes? If so then it’s best left alone. I think that’s Ed’s point, not?

2ipa on August 30, 2010 at 6:13 PM

F.w.i.w., I don’t think he’s a Muslim, I think he’s a Marxist.

Buy Danish on August 30, 2010 at 12:04 PM

I know he’s a Marxist but I believe he has Muslim sympathies.

abcurtis on August 30, 2010 at 7:30 PM

One prob with your sympathy ploy, Ed. The “Certification of Live Birth” is NOT a birth certificate. It doesn’t list the doctor’s name, the hospital and the certificate that was released had none of the official marks like the indented seal. And when examined closely, it showed that the names and dates were added after the fact and were not present when originally scanned.In fact, when one sends in the application the applicant fills in all of the relevant information – name, parent’s names, date, etc.If you leave stuff blank, the form comes back with those items blank.

But other than that, I see your point completely. /sarc

darwin-t on August 30, 2010 at 8:12 PM

“Pay no attention to that man behind the certificate. I am He, The Won, Obama!”

Blacksmith on August 30, 2010 at 11:47 PM

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