The birther movement: immune to facts?
April 28th, 2011
10:36 AM ET
11 years ago

The birther movement: immune to facts?

(CNN) - Can the "birthers" ever be convinced that Barack Obama was born in America and is eligible to serve as president?

Probably not, according to one prominent psychology professor and other political observers.


Filed under: Birthers • President Obama
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  1. Looney Toons

    I want details about how Obama was delivered! Per the Constitution he must be a "Natural born citizen". Was his birth a natural birth, or was he delivered by C-Section? If he was delivered by C-Section then it wasn't a natural birth, therefore Obama is not a citizen and therefore he is not qualified to be the President! I want to see the medical records!!

    April 28, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Indy

    You have to wonder where Trump fits on the Stupid Scale. He was 100% wrong on the birther issue and the one that proves how stupid the man is, was saying that Obama spent millions trying to hide his birth certificate. Does he not realize that it is impossible to hide a birth certificate, it is public information that is held by the State and you can't pay them one red cent to hold the facts on a birth certificate. Obama could not have spent one penny to hide or change the facts on a birth certificate. Trumps entire conspiracy theory was proven 100% wrong and he could never be trusted again with any important decisions.

    April 28, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The birther movement: immune to fact
    Ain't that the truth.

    April 28, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Sniffit

    "The birther movement: immune to fact"

    Yeah, and FORTY FIVE PERCENT of the GOP base is birthers. Tells you something. If they are immune to fact on that issue, I guarantee you it's not the only one.

    April 28, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Charlie from the North

    The beauty of the Birthers is that they are so overtly stupid and racist that any GOPer hoping to win in the general election will have to call them on their stupidity and risk losing their support. It is a win-win because Obama could never win their support any way so either they stay home or the Gop picks someone they like. Math is on our side either way.

    April 28, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Richard Pryor was funny because much of his humor was a cynical, yet truthful, perspective on life. One of the common themes of his humor was the 'white man conspiracy' against 'the black man'. Depending upon your skin color, you laughed at the truth of it, or you laughed at the absurdity of it. Birthers have demonstrated one side of the reality behind Pryor's sometimes caustic commentaries. But, he always told the truth. These types of conspiracies, not only do they really do exist, they thrive.

    April 28, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Dave

    Just for this, I'm going to invent a time machine to take me back to 1961 so I can witness the birth myself. That is the only way I will ever be convinced. Note the sarcasm.

    April 28, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Sniffit

    I'm suprised they're not demanding to know whether the placenta said "Made in the USA" on it.

    April 28, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    There's a rather sharp cynical saying in the science community about theories that are so incredible that they can neither be proven, nor disproven by any known emperical test. Conspiracy theories, in general, can be described as such. I fail to recall the exact words, but I've got the gist of it.

    "It cannot even be wrong."

    April 28, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. 32mMD

    Well, let's see. It took him more than 2 years to release a document that took oh 1 hour to get. Trump is a smart man. For the last 2 years CNN and other liberal media outlets insisted Obama showed everything there was to show about his birth certificate. They told us there was no long form. Anderson Cooper on Monday finally acknowledging there is a long form birth certificate said Obama can't, by law, show his long-form. Well, Obama did show it. Why did the media lie to us? What Trump did was expose what many already know. That Obama is being protected by the liberal media. This was a bad week for the mainstream media.

    April 28, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. PalmReader

    GOPers have never let a fact get in the way of their bigotry yet.

    April 28, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. OneMoreTime

    Where are Trump's financial records as promised and why isn't anybody asking?

    April 28, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. gary

    The "Truth finally came out. Race! Gop and their popular candidate Trump finally spoke it out. They have "Slandered our President. The time is now, to vote No to Hatred and Racism. I would,nt want to be Republicans now,"Games Over" Obama 2012

    April 28, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. Rob

    I don't know why folks are making this an issue. There is MORE than enough OTHER things that should derail this empty suit – for instance, he wants to bankrupt the coal industry, he wants to socialize health care, he sought out & was mentored by Marxist professors while in college, John Holdren – 1 of his science advisors, wants to "de-develop the US" while spending US taxpayer money to "semi-develop" third world nations to help level the playing field, Ezekial Emanuel (Rahm's brother), and another of odumbo's science advisors, suggested withholding treatment for seniors because they've already lived their lives... etc, etc, etc...

    April 28, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. Eric

    The whole "birther" topic is just hilarious to me because it really shines a light on the ignorance that pervades within this country. As a man of color, you have to learn to live with people's mental shortcomings as it applies to all things racial.

    Here's what's so interesting to me that seems to have been missed; you don't have to be born in this country to be a "natural born citizen." If one of your natural parents is a natural born U.S. citizen, so are you. Point blank, end of story.

    If you have to be born in the U.S. to be a "natural born citizen", then John McCain would also be disqualified, as would millions of people born to U.S. servicemen and women that were not born in the U.S. while their parents were on duty somewhere else in the world. Has anyone put that fact into the face of the "birther" types?

    April 28, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. PalmReader

    "I don't know why folks are making this an issue."

    Ask FOX News editors and pundits. Or the GOPer *contibutors* who've donated thousands of dollars to plaster WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE billboards all over America. ( An example of which is on CNNs Politics Home Page for all to see.)

    April 28, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. hyacinth

    Donald Trump is a BULLY, just like any 12 year old.

    April 28, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. jw456

    TPM (Talking Points Memo) today has "The Best Birther Parodies," hilarious cartoons, highly recommended for several good laughs, which God knows we need after all this carp (misspelled on purpose).

    April 28, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Roger

    Birthers are today's "loose change" people . . . answer their cries and then they change their rantings so they can stay relevant.

    April 28, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. GonzoinHouston

    The birthers are immune to facts. Why should they be any different from the rest of the extreme right wing?

    April 28, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |