August 5th, 2010
08:33 AM ET
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    What irks me, is that there are just a handful of people who have a very large following who consistently perpetuate falsehoods or blatantly untrue things about other people, laws, the world around them, etc. These influential people take advantage of people of lesser intellect who have little to none to offer society other than 'noise' to interupt government in difficult legislation, whatever that may be. In my opinion, for what its worth, responsible journalism means discrediting those individuals and news organizations who perpetuate falsehoods. In other words, those who abuse the law given privilage of freedom of the press. No single person knows all there is to know. And no one is absolutely correct on all matters of concern. When a polititian says something that 'sounds' good, it does not mean its absolutely true. By constant repetition of complete falsehoods by influential people, many people can be led to believe those falsehoods are bonified facts. These days, distortions of facts AND outright falsehoods, are especially prevalent in the GOP-Tea Party. This is unfortunate. Any government whose elected officials who principles are based are falsehoods is doomed to failure.

    August 5, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    The problem is we have a hard time believing that anyone that works as hard against the interests of America and its hard working, taxpaying citizens, could have been born here.

    August 5, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. Corby

    It's not really a "birther" problem, it is an ignorance problem.

    August 5, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. Barry Soetero

    A Certificate of Live Birth cannot be used to obtain even a driver's license. All Barry has to do is produce an official Birth Certificate. It's not that hard – I think they charge like $15 for one if he doesn't have one.

    August 5, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Michael in Houston

    only 2 out of 5 republicans believe Obama was not born in the US?? That sounds low considering 5 out of 5 voted for Bush and 4 out of 5 think Palin is would make an ideal President.

    "birthers" are one of the most staggering examples of the ignorance of republicans.

    August 5, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. Thomas

    Facts are not established by public opinion polls.

    Who cares if 25% of the people believe X?

    Facts are established by evidence, not by public opinon.

    August 5, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Ben in Texas

    Of those who believe Obama was not born in the U.S., 98% also believe that the earth is flat, the moon is made of green cheese, and Santa delivers presents to good little boys and girls on Christmas Eve.

    Forty-five percent of them hear voices on a daily basis, 75% are off their meds, and 100% of them belong to the Tea Party.

    Zero percent of them have any credibility as rational human beings.

    August 5, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. t22

    I find this bizarre. I'm a Republican and know of nobody who thinks this, but I'm not doubting the poll. What I can't figure out is that apparently these people believe that a conspiracy existed to place birth announcements in two Honolulu newspapers in case he needed to prove his citizenship some time in the future – and then of course countless others have joined this conspiracy throughout his life. Just ridiciulous.

    August 5, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Illinoistom

    As badly as Hillary wanted to be President, if she could have proved he was born outside the U.S. she would have. That alone should settle the question.

    August 5, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. katiec

    The republicans are not only showing their stupidity but total lack of integrity by grasping at anything they can regardless of creditibility
    The American people are getting tired of, disappointed and totally disgusted with their continuous campaigning lies, distortions, propagnda and fear mongering.
    They do not have any acceptable, workable ideas of their own, except continue their politics as usual which almost destroyed our country,
    so resort to their sewer tactics.
    We most certainly do not want people of this caliber running our country.

    August 5, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. Scott

    Really CNN it's not a problem..........the problem is a majority of Americans dont think or think maybe he wasn't born in America because of his anti-American stance on most issues. He is a Progressive Socialist that stands against mainstream beliefs in this Country.

    August 5, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Can't we all just get along?

    The GOP is a problem in itself. I think they're collective I.Q. is in the single digits. Is it any wonder why they can't understand that our president is an American citizen? He was born of an American mother in an American state. It's been proven time and again. What else do they want?

    Then again, Einstein did say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result - the GOP are definitely living proof that Einstein was right.

    August 5, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. Dar

    This is stupid, what a waste of time

    August 5, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. Veteran

    No matter how you cut it, twist it or spin it, It reminds me of the Jim Crow era where the few die hard whites refuse to acknowledge the equality of blacks, back then,rather than referrring to older blacks as Mr or Mrs, they would say either Uncle, Auntie or call them by their first name. Jump forward to the 21th Centry, they hide behind the same concept and instead use the Birther thing to convince themselves in their warp minds that the President is not equal to them and thus only real white americans should hold that position. May God continue to watch over these fools and continue to bless America our President.

    August 5, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Jim in Florida

    Problem? for Republicans? Sounds like a continued problem for Obama.

    August 5, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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