After years of fighting its release, on April 27, 2011, President Obama finally released a detailed birth certificate. Well, actually he posted another PDF image online. If the press corps were not paralyzed by fear, a request to inspect the original document would be as natural as a clerk asking for picture ID before accepting a credit card.
After Obama presented the long-awaited document, as one writer notes, “with name-calling, not an ounce of humility, nor an appearance of patriotic servitude,” Andrew McCarthy noticed that one of the things Obama said was “unintentionally striking.” Mr. Obama contended that no one should ever have questioned his birth certificate because credible people who had seen it had described it in affidavits. Naturally, he didn’t mention why they were in the position of having to describe it in affidavits: namely, because Obama had refused to authorize production of the actual birth certificate, which he could have done at any moment over the last three years.