On April 27 President Barack Obama issued a copy of his long-form birth certificate and declared, “We do not have time for this kind of silliness.” He said “We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do.” Indeed, the American people have better things to do and we are wondering why it has taken the president so long to comply with this basic constitutional requirement.
Many in the media, including leftists like MSNBC’S Chris Matthews, have called on the president to reveal the long-form certificate, as the birthers have demanded, rather than only the certificate of live birth that he provided. It was ultimately a media campaign spearheaded by Donald Trump that led to the White House disclosure.
Yet, it is unlikely the birth certificate controversy will now come to an end. The Internet is a-buzz with claims by bloggers that the document is a forgery. Regardless of whether this proves to be the case, the president’s actions have raised more questions than they have answered. Even if we accept his narrative and consider this document to be authentic (which is still open to further inquiry until experts have fully vetted the certificate provided), Mr. Obama’s behavior has been highly irresponsible.