'Birther' book soars
Obama smiles as he makes a statement on his birth certificate at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 27, 2011.
May 31st, 2011
09:42 AM ET
12 years ago

'Birther' book soars

(CNN) - A new book, now number six on the New York Times' Best Sellers list, is putting the so-called "birther" issue back on the national stage.

"Where's the Birth Certificate?" by Jerome Corsi, which debuted on the list out Sunday, argues President Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen and therefore cannot be president.

"Corsi demonstrates conclusively that no legal authority has ever verified Obama's legal eligibility to be president," the book reads.

Corsi also wrote "The Obama Nation" and "Unfit for Command," a 2004 book about Sen. John Kerry that focused on the "Swift Boat" television ads.

The "birther" controversy was front-and-center earlier this year, as billionaire businessman and real estate mogul Donald Trump repeatedly discussed the issue while considering a run for the White House. President Obama ultimately released the long-form version of his birth certificate that shows he was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. Soon after, Trump announced he would not make a bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

Despite the president's actions, 17 percent of Americans think the president was definitely or probably not born in the U.S., according to a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll taken after the president's announcement.

The survey showed a drop from the March poll numbers when 25 percent of those surveyed said the president was definitely or probably not born in America.

Filed under: Birthers • Donald Trump • President Obama
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Average Joe

    Anything to make a buck.

    May 31, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Larry L

    When the wealthy ultra-right-wingers lead these attacks they have the ability to make the toothless masses believe any lie. Somehow these radicals don't see their actions as terrorism, but they're just home-grown terrorists with a nice home and a great income. When your actions are hate-based, dishonorable, dishonest, and targeted at large sections of the American population, you are a terrorist. The right-wing isn't motivated by social justice or morality. Their motivation is greed, bigotry, and hatred. They are the American Taliban.

    May 31, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Luke Truth

    This is insane! Why is this still an issue? The Presidents birth certificate is widely available for any doubters. Maybe people should look for it instead of buying this book of fiction!

    May 31, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. Horrible Man Corsi

    Mr corsi's hatful rhetoric about the Dema/Libs are a known fact. No matter what a Dem is or who he he is, he will continue to take that person/s down.
    We all remember him very well during Sen Kerry's campaign how he continued on a daily basis to SWIFT BOA T Kerry and Max Cleland who both so deservedly served their country with honor.
    Please do your research on this despicable man! He should be tarred and feathered.

    May 31, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Jojo

    The Birther Issue will ever end...what a shame...

    May 31, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Name king

    Ahh the right lunatic conspiritures are at it again, every thing with the far right wing is a conspiracy. they reminds me of a old undeveloped third world country that don't believe in science nor facts. When will these people come out of the dungeons and dragon mideivil world and face facts and reality, this is left to be seen. The repugs are looking to capitalize on the emense fear that some of our populations has, and tries to milk every possible lead. Ahh when will we know ourselves and this country's great future, and leave our fantasies and our mideival fears behind.

    May 31, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. needNewGov

    Get those book sales while you can. It's not going to last.

    Boy, 17%, we really need to improve our education system. It's soooo sad.

    May 31, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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