Daily Archives: April 27, 2011

President Obama hands out birth certificate. Trump takes credit

The Rachel Maddow Blog

This morning the White House press secretary passed out copies of President Obama’s long-form birth certificate. We’re expecting Mr. Obama to brief reporters within the hour. More news here when we get it.

From the White House blog:

The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn’t good for the country. It may have been good politics and good TV, but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country. Therefore, the President directed his counsel to review the legal authority for seeking access to the long form certificate and to request on that basis that the Hawaii State Department of Health make an exception to release a copy of his long form birth certificate. They granted that exception in part because of the tremendous volume of requests they had been getting.

Republican presidential-maybe Donald Trump is telling Portsmouth, New Hampshire, how “amazing” it is that he got President Obama to release the birth certificate. He’s also plugging his “very, very successful” TV show. “When the show is over, I will be free to announce,” Mr. Trump just said. “I think you will be surprised at what my announcement is.” Now he’s going after President Obama’s college transcripts. “Why doesn’t he release his Occidental records?” Mr. Trump said. He said he wants to know how Mr. Obama later got into Ivy League schools.

UPDATE: 9:54 a.m.: President Obama spoke briefly to reporters, taking no questions afterward. Mr. Obama said that he knows that the release of his birth certificate won’t satisfy everyone, but that he’s doing this for the majority of the American people. He said that he has watched with “bemusement” as the birth certificate issue dragged on, and sounded frustrated that the questions about it had dominated the news cycle even during the recent budget fight. Americans face difficult challenges right now, and we can’t fix them if we’re divided, distracted, and just plain making stuff up. (That’s a rough paraphrase, but not that rough.)

“We’re not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers,” Mr. Obama said. He added, “We do not have time for this kind of silliness.”

The Political Theater of the Absurd and Surreal will now take a brief intermission. Please talk amongst yourselves.

P.S. The political haymaking begins for Republicans. From Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus: “Unfortunately his campaign politics and talk about birth certificates is distracting him from our number one priority — our economy.”

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Fox News: White House Releases ‘What It Says’ Is The President’s Birth Certificate

Like I said in the previous post, this will NEVER be over for some people.  I guarantee you that the legitimacy of the long form birth certificate will come into maajor play next!

Think Progress

Earlier this morning, the White House distributed copies of President Obama’s “long form” birth certificate, an effort to quiet anyone in the delusional birther movement who claims that the President was not born in the United States. Indeed, Fox News is already doing its part to feed the birthers’ collective delusion. Immediately after the news broke that Obama’s long form birth certificate is available, Fox ran a banner headline claiming that the White House had only released “what it says” is the President’s birth certificate:

Of course, today’s birther-stoking is nothing new for Fox. As Media Matters reports, Fox has promoted the birther myth in at least 52 different segments.

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Breaking: The President Releases His “Long Form” Birth Certificate

In my opinion, this will settle nothing with the “birthers”…

Huffington Post

On Wednesday morning, the White House released President Barack Obama’s long form birth certificate.

The president is expected to address the disclosure at 9:45 a.m. ET. Below, an image of the document put out by the White House.

This is a developing story… More information to come…

The New York Times

Obama’s Long-Form Birth Certificate Released

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
 

President Obama posted a copy of his “long form” birth certificate from the state of Hawaii, hoping to finally end a long-simmering conspiracy theory among some conservatives who asserted falsely that he was not born in the United States and was not a legitimate president.

The birth certificate, which is posted online at the White House website, shows conclusively that Mr. Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and is signed by state officials and his mother.

“The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn’t good for the country,” Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, wrote on the website Wednesday morning. “It may have been good politics and good TV, but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country.”

Mr. Obama is expected to address questions about the birth certificate in a briefing with reporters Wednesday morning at 9: 45 a.m.

The contention that Mr. Obama was not born in the United States, and therefore did not meet the Constitutional requirement for election as president, has been around for years and has long been refuted, but has recently gained public attention after Donald Trump, the real estate mogul, repeatedly raised questions as he explores whether to run for president.

Mr. Pfeiffer said in the statement on the website that the president authorized officials in Hawaii to release the document broadly.

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GOP Town Halls: Reps Forced To Screen Questions, Duck Out Of Meetings In Secret

This is to be expected from a few of the intellectually challenged representatives…

Huffington Post

The wave of town hall protests targeting House Republicans, and aided by labor and progressive groups, is forcing lawmakers to put restrictions on the forum’s traditionally open structure.

On Tuesday night, Rep. Allen West’s office (R-Fl.) reportedly screened questioners during his town hall event by requiring individuals to fill out index cards which were then vetted by his staff. This was, the Boward County Sun Sentinel noted, different from “his usual practice at previous town hall meetings, where West took questions from people who lined up at microphones.”

Separately, House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), who has chosen to publicly broadcast his town hall locations rather than avoid the protests, was forced to leave Tuesday night’s forum in a different car and from a different exit out of security concerns. The Wisconsin Republican told a local reporter that the decision to leave hastily was precautionary but not something that should be “blown out of proportion.”

Nevertheless, those groups and individuals trumpeting (and assisting) the town hall disruptions found in Tuesday’s latest stories another favorable narrative.

“Is this the type of transparency Alan West promised when he ran for office?” emailed one labor source, whose members and retirees have been attending town halls.

The source, who pointed out the West news, declined to go on the record but didn’t shy away from touting the role played by his and other organizations in causing discomfort for West and others. The labor union, the source said, had been sending members to other West town halls (though not the one Tuesday night), “to ask pointed questions of their members where they stand on privatizing Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security versus ending spending on tax cuts for the richest 2% of all Americans.”

Related video: At about the 3:30 mark of this video, Liberal Talk Show Host Nicole Sandler was arrested because she interrupted the Town Hall meeting by shouting out a questioin to West.

H/T: Democratic Underground

 

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Bill Maher To Letterman: ‘Tea Baggers’ Are ‘Corporate America’s Useful Idiots’

Sometimes it seems like our political comedians are the smartest guys in the room

Mediaite

David Letterman gleefully sprung open a can of worms on his show by asking liberal host Bill Maher  about his “Tea Party pals.”

Maher said “Tea Baggers” (a moniker he’ll continue to bestow upon advocates of the Tea Party movement, he explains, as long as “they” continue to refer to President Obama’s health care initiatives as “Obamacare”) are “sad, unfortunate people” because they are “corporate America’s useful idiots.” He continued:

Their whole campaign is based on money. It’s all about “we have too much debt,” “the deficit is too high.” They are, after all, named after a tax revolt.

But, you know, there’s this thing called facts. Where did all this debt come from? Well, the facts will tell us it was mostly ran up under Bush. Two wars that we put on the credit card. Prescription drug program that was unpaid for. Tax cuts for the richest one percent that was unpaid for. Where were the Tea Party then? Crickets.

Maher, for one, has a theory about why that was – the rise of “President Nosferatu:”

There’s just something about him that they don’t like. I can’t put my finger on what it is. But there’s some way that he’s just not like them. I don’t know what…

He’s skinny, that must be it. He’s skinny, they’re fat, and he’s skinny.

Watch Maher continue to make friends, via CBS:

See video here…

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Rep. Allen West: Planned Parenthood women ‘neutering American men’

This guy is bat-crap crazy!  This is not the first really “off-the-wall” comment from West.  

How did he ever get elected?  Oh that’s right, he’s just one of a bunch of bat-crap crazy GOP candidates that got elected in the 2010 midterm elections.  Unbelievable! 

Raw Story

Speaking to the conservative group Women Impacting the Nation, freshman Rep. Allen West (R-FL) suggested last week that progressive women have caused American men to become weak and submissive.

“We need you to come in and lock shields to strengthen up the men that will go into the fight for you,” he said. “To let these other women know, on the other side, these Planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of these women who have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness, to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient.

“That’s what we need you to do. Because if we don’t, then the debt will continue to grow.”

West added that the Judeo-Christian heritage of the United States was at stake.

“It really is a spiritual confrontation about the soul of these United States of America.”

Last week, he also said that President Barack Obama seemed like a “low-level socialist agitator” who spouted off “Marxist demagogic rhetoric.”

[H/T: Political correction]

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Lies, More Lies and Damned Lies About Obama In A “Post-Racial” America

I’ve reconciled myself to the fact that Fox News, Donald Trump, the GOP, et al will always find fault with President Barack Hussein Obama.

Like the myth that Obama has declared a “war on Easter” for not issuing an Easter proclamation or that he must be some Manchurian Candidate to have gotten into Columbia and Yale, or that he was born in Kenya.  None of the lies are substantiated but make great news fodder for the mainstream media.

When Barack Obama won the Presidential election in November 2008, pundits of all stripes claimed that we were in a “post-racial” period in American history and politics.  That turned out to be the farthest thing from the truth.

To this day, I cannot place an Obama bumper sticker on my car for fear of harassment and possibly worse.  I live in the south where dusty old “support the troops” and “W” stickers are still prevalent on vehicles down here.

I don’t dare wear my Obama tee-shirt because some crazy with an NRA membership card might use it for target practice with me in  it!

“Post racial” era my ass.

Yet, this is not about me, it’s about my country. 

It’s about the GOP doing everything within their power to derail Obama’s presidency or to at least make sure he is a one term president.

It’s about the American people being duped by the GOP, Wall Street and big corporations about the debt, the deficit and how we, as a country, got into this massive financial mess.

The President, in his trade mark “mild mannered way” has tried to explain to people that the debt is so huge because there were two wars financed and approved by a then GOP majority in the House, Senate and White House.  No one questioned paying for the war back then. 

The Bush Administration had chosen to finance the war by off-budget emergency supplemental appropriations, rather than include Iraq spending in the budget sent to Congress.  Likewise for the Afghanistan War.

Yet, because they think they can, the GOP and their big money backers intend to continue their assault on Obama and the American people via budget cuts, by blaming Obama for the massive debt.  Obama simply added the cost of both wars to the debt!

Jobsanger: Exposing 10 Republican Economic Lies

Most of the national debt can be traced directly to Republican policies and actions. A big hunk of the debt is due to the massive tax cuts for the rich — a little more than $400 billion each year. The two unnecessary Bush wars also added (and continue to add) to the debt at a rate of about $2 billion each week. Most economists believe that without these two things the national debt would be about two-thirds lower than it currently is. The millions of jobs lost in the Republican recession also took away millions of taxpayers which could have been paying into the government tax revenues.

On the issue of Obama’s school records.  I heard Pat Buchanan say on Chris Matthews’ show that all they want to know is did Obama benefit from Affirmative Action when he was accepted into Columbia and Harvard?  Uh Duh, mr. Anderson, Affirmative Action does not produce the excellent grades, acceptance on the Harvard Law Review and subsequently the first African American President of the Harvard Law Review.  Affirmative action gets you in the door, the hard work is up to the recipient of affirmative action.

By the way,  “Justice” Clarence Thomas also benefitted from Affirmative Action.

Finally, I want to touch on that ridiculous “War on Easter debate that Fox news is touting…

More double standards from the right with selective fact mining.

Reagan ,Bush,Clinton DID NOT issue Easter proclamations either BUT lets make a stink about when Obama doesn’t.

Below website lists all the proclamations issues by presidents for every year going back to 1789, and by golly there isn’t a president who has issued an Easter proclamation!

Now it might be that once you get to Presidents before WW2 it might be difficult to find out about all the proclamations they issues but at least the list is through about Presidents from the last few decades.

Presidential Proclamations

Another Fox/Right Wing selective mention of proclamations is their focus on Muslim religious holidays to give the impression Obama is a crypto-Muslim BUT they fail to mention that Obama also issued a proclamation on the Jewish feast of Passover and had a Seder dinner to mark Passover.   H/t MicroBrew

Post-racial era…not yet!

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