Behind the scenes: Obama's birth certificate bombshell
April 27th, 2011
04:37 PM ET
10 years ago

Behind the scenes: Obama's birth certificate bombshell

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama pulled the pin from the birther hand grenade, lobbed it into the White House briefing room, and bolted for Chicago to chat things up with the queen of talk Oprah Winfrey.

"We do not have time for this kind of silliness," the president said, less than an hour after top aides dropped a bombshell by releasing the long-form birth certificate proving once and for all Obama was born in the U.S.A.
It was completely unexpected. "I'm just stunned," exclaimed one reporter.


Filed under: Birthers • President Obama
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  1. Sniffit

    Have no fear will have plenty of fabricated controversy to continue to sensationalize. The Teatroll dung beetles whave already promised to continue the sisyphean farce of rolling their baseless, bigotted political turdballs up the ideological hill. Trump and one of the Teatroll leaders already indicated as much today with their idiotic...and obviously mired in false myths generated via mass-emails...questions about Obama's school records. we'll get to spend the next 3 weeks hearing about nothing else instead of accurate, objective facts and analysis of the debt and budget battles, Libya/Iraq/Afghanistan, unemployment and job creation efforts, and a whole host of other far more important issues. Now that they can't claim he wasn't born here, they are literally feraking out. Expect protests with signs demanding his school records and other such nonsense in the near future.

    April 27, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Bessy

    Too bad it had to come to this. ANYBODY with even 1/2 a brain had to know he was born in this country, Did they really think that the Clinton's , McCain and the Federal Government didn't check this out ? Also, every Republican running for office certainly checked it out even though a few still came out and spoke negative about it. There is still going to be those who will find fault with this. NEVER, has any president had to go through this. The only reason is because he is black.

    April 27, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |

    At times, I just want to shout at the baggers & birthers, “Get over it, Neanderthals, Who the faux are you and your crew of bigots to attempt to delegitimize Obama because he is BLACK and you think of yourself as some kind of annotated gate-keepers with the powers of GOD to permit who—and what color—to let in. I know many of your elk have your erroneous suspicious of black people—particularly black men—and I know it must be difficult when you see black Males moving productively beyond the corners of the inner-cities—beyond the boundaries of your biasness. So, stop the whining and just deal with it!” Personally, I could never be president, not because I am black. I don’t have the temperament like Obama. I would’ve told them—and anyone who looks and sounds like them–yeah, I got your birth Certificate-right HERE! And if this is not good enough, STFU!

    April 27, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. BeanerECMO

    It's not a Birth Certificate"; This is the 'extended' version of the 'Certificate of Live Birth'. Further, do people realize the ramifications of the situation? I mean that's what the dems always contend, "It's the seriousness of the charge. (Whether there are any facts to back the charge or not; e.g., CBS's forged documents)". Anyway, if it's proven that he wasn't born in the States or one of its territories, then all Executive Orders, laws (appropriations and authorizations), orders sending troops into battle, etc. signed by him are null and void. Now, is that a constitutional crisis, or what?________________________________________
    I was a regressive (aka liberal progressive) until I learned to read, got a job and was mugged by willful tax and spend regressives and acolytes; i.e., unions.

    April 27, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It was completely unexpected. "I'm just stunned," exclaimed one reporter.
    Why do you keep underestimating our President? WHY?????
    He ran a FLAWLESS MODEL SETTING campaign. Raised more money, whilst turning down the DNC 'endowment' fund, and corporate donations, than any other candidate. Has withstood, survived, and bested ALL of the irrational, petty attacks from from the Right, and extreme Right, and he's done it with little support from his punk-ass fellow Democraps.Has instituted bold policies and actions that kept the United States of ALL Americans from going under. He saved us like someone would save a drowning man that is fighting you in the process.
    So....Why are you stunned?
    Everytime he's attacked, he lays backm studies you, lets you wear yourselves out, and then he goes in for the classy and dismissive kill. Every single time. So why are you stunned?
    Don't you get tired of picking your jaw up off the floor? It's okay though, you'll have 6 more years to get used to his brilliance.
    Obama 2012. Period.

    April 27, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. willard bullock

    Im looking for obama and clinton hillary have problems with mideast county
    Im feeling too bad for obama about his birther certifactae

    April 27, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. David

    It is clear that not a single republican is a patriot or has any intelligence or shame.

    April 27, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Yet another WIN for the democrats in 2012. As Independents (such as myself) are FED UP with the nonsense.

    April 27, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Birthers: you're dealing with one of the most intelligent, charismatic, and compassionate Presidents of our times.
    Your trifling, baseless, sheetless claims are BENEATH this man. He will NOT, mind you, dismiss you as the worthless human beings that you are.....but I will!

    April 27, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    I think it's really sad that my grand kids (who aren't even born yet) will have to read in American history books that the first African-American president also is the first one that has to produce a birth certificate to prove he's an American citizen. Donald Trump claims to be proud of what he did when he really should be ASHAMED. But sadly this will not end this birther movement because they are already saying it's fake. Since you can't fix stupid then it's not going to go away.

    April 27, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. one voice

    This will shut the mouths of the birther NUMBSKULLS that continued to show thieir minimal I.Q.

    April 27, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. one voice

    Now Trump pats himself on the back for making this happen. It's more like Trump is trying to LOOK LESS STUPID(don't think that's possible)

    April 27, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    Not that pools mean anything (as we saw with lieberman and even hillary clinton beating Obama 40% to 11% in 2007) but there is still that stupid meaningless bunch of haters, racists teabagging rethugs who are not satisfied.
    I can't really say what I want in writing, but please read my lips as I send you all to hell. Yes and no, I am not taking anything back. You are disgusting human beings but anyone who follows the independent party plant (didn't work, did it – you should have used somebody with at least 1/10 of useable brain matter) and the faux news bozos and fat boy limbaugh and girly beck deserve to lose in the 2012 elections and beyond.
    Thank goodness that most Americans are NOT stupid or idiots!!

    April 27, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. cheryl hooten

    I sure hope this put an end to all this crazy talk but I sure it won't if I was the President I wouldn't have showed it let them go on with this silliness because we know the truth

    April 27, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. Bay

    Most of us knew he was a citizen and a poor President. He used this issue as a Political weapon for the last two years so we don't have to question the delay. I love how he says he does not have time for this silliness. Only his arrogant @ss could make that statement. He is off to raise campaign cash on Oprah – you know the important stuff.....

    April 27, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. Marsha

    Kudos for President Obama. A brilliant hand he played as always. I hope Trump has fun wiping the egg off of his hair.

    April 27, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. Indy

    Not much of a bombshell, The President has already shown his birth certificate in 2008 and has a drivers licence,passport and social security number from when he was a teenager. The only bobmshell is that he is the first President to go through all this crap from people that do not like the fact that he is the first black President.It is shameful that he had to show it again because he is black. He would have never gotten his passport or social security number and went through all the schools and education, then a senator and all the way to Presdient as a US citizen if he was not one. When Trump talks about the US being the laughing stock of the world this one of the reasons, because there are peopl that are as stupid as Donald Trump that slander the sitting President on a daily basis with out regard for their country or their President. Obama has been treated like a second class citizen far too long, and that is shameful and without cause.

    April 27, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. Nick, Martha's Vineyard

    Harry Reid sure told the truth when he stated that Donald Trump is not Presidential caliber.
    Trump is beginning to look like Sarah Palin in an Armani suit. Only with a more uncontrollable gab. Someone should tell this
    loose cannon that a lot of people are rich, or have decent money. Its not like in the old days where only one man was king
    of the hill and everyone else had to kow-tow to him. He needs to learn that with supposed "wealth", there should also be class.
    And the more Donald Trump talks, the more he is showing he has none. I've lost total respect for him.

    April 27, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  19. Adama

    As our elders say in african, when the gods want to disgrace a man, they make him go mad first, Trump becareful because I am starting to see those signs.

    April 27, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Personally, I could never be president, not because I am black. I don’t have the temperament like Obama. I would’ve told them—and anyone who looks and sounds like them–yeah, I got your birth Certificate-right HERE! And if this is not good enough, STFU!
    You and me BOTH!!!
    Right the hell on!!!!

    April 27, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. mahealani057

    President Obama, Did Hawaii Board of Health charged these imbeciles for the printing of your birth certificate. How many times is it required for you to show your birth certificate, Pres. Obama? These so call Christians, & Birthers, are a group of racist, like Beck, Rush, Trump, Huckabee, Palin, Kantor, Hannity, Franklin Graham, etc. still in shock there's a man of color who's parents is of Caucasian – Mother, Kenyan- Father, raised by his Caucasian Grandparents, who was elected to be the President in the White House and of the United States Of America. " FATHER GOD ", appointed Barak Hussein OBAMA into office. Plain & simple.

    April 27, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. Gail

    Except, that it proved absolutely nothing. The man has had two years and all the resources of the federal government to make a piece of paper and get the story straight. Might have meant something if he had done it two years agio when asked.

    April 27, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. Steve, New York City

    This whole birther thing is really offensive.
    I will never fault someone for having an honest policy disagreement with our elected officials. However, I cannot help but feel that the birthers are continuing on their "imbecile's pursuit" because they can't bluntly come out in public, uttering the N-word. This is nothing more than a racist venture – shame on you (and that includes you too, "Mr. Hair Weave." -Trump that)!!!!!

    April 27, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. Howard

    The American people are entitled to know about their elected leaders. So, Democrats, stop acting so outraged, George Bush suffered a hundred times more abuse at the hands of Democrats. Trump was not the only American who wanted proof of Obama's origin of birth.
    Trump represented these millions of people, while others, merely mock and ridicule thoseasking the same question.Obama could have put an end to the birth issue two years ago.
    Obama is so arrogant, he considers himself above reproach on every issue, and acts indignant, or vindictive, when challenged, or asked for explanations. It's amazing how deceptive he was when he ran in 2008, pandering to Americans about his commitment to transparency, while hiding his middle name, until after the election. In my opinion, Obama has lost all of his credibility, and cannot be trusted.

    April 27, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. peace

    Bay your hate for the president because he is black and smart will kill you and send you straight to hell.

    April 27, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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