I normally get up around 5:30 AM. Grab a cup of coffee, some water, and read the news for an hour or so before I hit the shower. I was up late last night working and slept in until about 8:30. I grab my coffee, water, and start-up Firefox. I start to see reports that Obama is going to personally address the “birthers” and if he is in fact an American.
For the second consecutive day, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was peppered with questions about President Obama’s birth certificate. It wasn’t just some fringe reporter who worked his way into the briefing room—the questions came from CNN’s White House correspondent.
It was a reminder that our political discourse is deeply stupid. It was also a reminder that media outlets that already know the “birther” conspiracy theory is baseless continue to treat this garbage as a legitimate area of inquiry.
And so, this morning, when reporters gathered at the White House for the morning gaggle, staffers distributed copies of the president’s birth certificate—not the one released in 2008, but the “long-form” certificate requested by hysterical conservatives.
I am sorry, our nation is FUBAR (fucked up beyond all reason). I just watched the President of the United States go live on television, the most powerful man in the world, to make the case he is an American. What the fuck!
Update #1: You can view his “long form” birth certificate here.
Update #2: Soon after the “long form” of Obama’s birth certificate was given to reports Fox News started running a headline on their site that says, ““what it says” is the President’s birth certificate:
Update #3: This should put any lingering doubts to rest about if Obama is an American. But of course it won’t. If there’s one thing far right-wing voices have made clear, it’s that reason and evidence are irrelevant in their universe. They didn’t come up with a birther shit out of sincere concerns; they came up with it to cast doubts on the president’s legitimacy and make him out to be “The Other.”