Throughout his political career, Obama has used unfair smears against him to gain the sympathy of audiences and dismiss his opposition as extreme and unserious. In his early campaigns in Illinois, he’d joke about his funny name…

On Wednesday, we got to see how Obama could use the persistent birthplace rumors to his advantage. With his approval ratings testing his all-time lows, he was able to change the subject by releasing his birth certificate.

Though he claimed to be doing the exact opposite, releasing the document has allowed him to take high gas prices, the mounting national debt, and his series of foreign policy bungles out of the headlines.

Thanks a lot, birthers!