April 21st, 2010
03:08 PM ET
11 years ago

White House slams latest 'birther' move

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/21/art.wh2.0325.gi.jpg caption ="White House aides are scoffing at a move in the Arizona legislature to force President Obama to show his birth certificate to get on the state's ballot in 2012 for his likely re-election battle."](CNN) - White House aides are scoffing at a move in the Arizona legislature to force President Obama to show his birth certificate to get on the state's ballot in 2012 for his likely re-election battle.

"This is a question that has been answered exhaustively," White House spokesman Bill Burton told CNN. "I can't imagine Arizona voters think their tax dollars are well served by a legislature that is less focused on their lives than in fringe right-wing radio conspiracy theories."

The Arizona House voted Monday by a 31-22 margin to require all presidential candidates to prove they were born in the United States in order to meet the constitutional requirement. The measure still has to be considered by the Arizona state Senate before it can become law.

When the issue first popped up during the 2008 presidential election, the Obama campaign released the then-senator's birth certificate showing that he was born in Hawaii. In December 2008, after Obama was elected, the U.S. Supreme Court turned down an emergency appeal from a New Jersey man claiming Obama was ineligible to serve as president.

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  1. Dave in Houston

    Show his real birth certificate and end the discussion.
    What he has shown( a certificate of live birth) won’t even get my kid into little league where we live.
    Open and transparent???? Not even on the simple items!!!
    This is To easy to resolve, What is he hiding?

    April 21, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. KLS

    I agree this is nothing but fringe right-wing radio conspiracy theories that is wasting taxpayer's money.

    Based on this warped conspiracy logic can anyone prove they were actually born in American? A notarized Hawaiian birth certificate and a birth announcement in two different Hawaiian newspapers plus a mother who was an American citizen are not enough proof for these people.

    Some people are so full of hate they refuse to acknowledge the truth.

    April 21, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. Ken H.

    The more the WH decries the public for wanting to see the BC the more it tells me Obama is not legite. JUST SHOW THE DANG CERTIFICATE!

    April 21, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. IVOTE

    We now know that Senator John McCain does not have "POWER" in the state of Arizona. He should be able to step and put this dead issue to bed.

    April 21, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  5. AndyBlue

    LOL! Republicans are making fools of themselves. I love it!

    First they create state laws that make the police the target of lawsuits if they dont ask for papers and ALSO increase the likelihood that lawsuits will be placed for racial profiling my any legal resident with darker skin.

    Now they proclaim the entire state to be "birthers" and wont allow any of their citizens to vote for Obama or even put his name on the ballot?

    You cant make this stuff up. Its as if Rush Limbaugh is in charge of AZ. Arent there any smart people with common sense in that state? Talk about shooting yourself in the foot out of nothing more than spite.

    They should be embarrassed. The rest of the country is laughing at Arizona, The Racist State.

    April 21, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. Sniffit

    In other news, it was discovered that AZ and other "red" states have begun systematically destroying minority birth certificates...

    April 21, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. Mr. Moderate

    This is insane! These are elected representatives, supposedly intelligent thoughtful people, doing this?

    Come on everyone, don't you think the Secret Service and/or FBI checked it out when he was a candidate, or are they in on it too???

    April 21, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  8. Steve

    It's not just as simple as being born in the United States. It's being born in the United States to two parents who are American citizens. Obama's parents were not; he's therefore not a 'Natural Born" citizen as the Constitution requires. Why this is being ignored is beyond me.

    April 21, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. Milbank

    I don't know if that is a birther move. I believe Obama provided his birth certificate in the last election so it does not really matter. He is going to lose either way due to the horrendous job he has done for the country. Obama is not the next Clinton or Reagan as he does not have the experience or skills to get there. He speaks well and thats about it.

    April 21, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. Tired Ant

    Hmm... strange... my birth certificate lists the attending physician who performed the delivery and in which hospital the delivery was performed.

    The president's birth certificate, not so much. But hey, I'm just a krank, right?

    April 21, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Bob (Illinois)

    Has the Arizona legislature gone totally crazy? What is happening in that state?

    April 21, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Why?

    Why are my Arizona tax dollars being used for something so stupid as this? This is insane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stop embarressing the good poeple of Arizona our so called Arizona Legislature!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 21, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The president has a big road block ahead in 2012 without an original birth certificate generic proof is going to be very hard to pass off this next time .

    April 21, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Felix_Colorado

    It's Arizona, I wouldn't be surprised if they passed a measure making a presidential candidate prove that he/she is a card carrying NRA member and to get on the ballot.

    April 21, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Richard

    Who says this is about Obama, it states all presidential candidates.
    Me thinks they protest too much.

    April 21, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Lucy

    All that's ever been asked is that he show the vault copy of his actual birth certificate (rather than a computer-generated form that anyone could produce) showing what hospital he was born in, the names of the people who witnessed his delivery and is certified as true and accurate by the appropriate official. It's seems like a pretty minor request but the fact that our "transparent" President has spent $1-2 million in lawyers fees to date to avoid doing so makes a lot of people suspicious that he is hiding something important. Issues like this don't just go away–it will just gather steam until he provides the birth certificate and puts the issue to rest once and for all.

    April 21, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Just Say HELL NO To RepubliKKKlans

    ...John McSame wasn't born in the United States; so I wonder how well that played into their decision...Arizona is now a BIRTHER state!!!

    April 21, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. katiec

    There is no limit as to how far the radical right will go.
    Rather than work on resolving the diasters they created for our country,
    they spend time and money on everything they can to distract from their incapibilities of governing.
    With their goals to destroy our president, quest for personal gains, supporting big business over our survival they are well on their way to becoming our country's most dangerous domestic terrorists.

    April 21, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    An idle mind is a dangerous thing and it is the devil's workshop. John McCain didn't win, it's over, it's done with, get a life, move on.

    April 21, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. texasgreenacres

    I live in Texas and have been getting a whiff of something that stinks. Texas isn"t far from Arizona.Now I know what it is they haven't learned yet the more you stir a pile of dung the worse it stinks so for the benefit of your neighbors quit stirring PLEASE!

    April 21, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. ThinkAgain

    I've talked to a couple "birthers" and I can attest that they aren't the brightest bulbs in the pack.

    The GOP didn't want President Obama to win in 2008. If President Obama's birth certificate was fake, the GOP, with its millions of dollars, would have taken the issue to court and proven it beyond a shadow of a doubt.

    That, plus the fact that our Federal investigative agencies have confirmed the authenticity of the President's Hawaiian birth certificate (along with the appropriate authorities in Hawaii itself).

    The only problem here is the birthers inability to accept the fact that an African-American is in the White House.

    April 21, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Unbeliever

    What's the problem Prez? You didn't show it the first time around, only the electronic version that could be easily manipulated. Hawaii has been instructed NOT to release any records about it. Even your Aunt claimed you were born in another country and was there for your birth.

    If this really isn't an issue...then just put an end to it?? No? Why not?

    Scoffing just makes you look untruthful.

    April 21, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Stuck in AZ

    As a resident of Arizona, I am not surprised (yet still disgusted) by our repugnant legislature & their overwhelming need to avoid doing any real work.

    November can't come soon enough.

    April 21, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. geecee

    These "birther" people are insufferable! How do they think he was even allowed to run as a candidate for President if he had not already proved he is an American citizen? What is wrong with these people? I want to see their birth certificate to prove they are real human beings and not some type of android. What a bunch of mechanical morons!! Just follow the Fox Noise Channel Republican Propaganda Machine there folks. Put on your tin-hats and go about the business of trying to destroy President Obama at every turn. That seems to be your purpose in life. Have Fun!!

    April 21, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. Howard

    When, oh when, will these birther bigots give it a rest? The election of President Barack Obama has served one purpose if no other. African-Americans have long contended there is still a lot of bigotry and racism in America. When we see how hateful so many Americans have become towards the new President, it only proves that claim in a way that nothing else has.

    April 21, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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