The issue of whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States of America has haunted Obama for much of his presidency and even before. So, why did it take Donald Trump bringing up the issue for Obama to share the long form of his birth certificate with the public? The White House posted it online on Wednesday showing the president was born in Hawaii, USA.
Despite Obama’s efforts to say we have no time for this “silliness,” Obama came off looking like he was putting out fires rather than moving forward on any of his agenda. On the other hand, Trump turned the outcome to his advantage.
Trump told reporters in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Wednesday, “Today I am very proud of myself because I have accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish.”
You know Trump is right. None of the lawsuits claiming places abroad as Obama’s birthplace could achieve this. Neither could calls, organized or otherwise, for the public to see his long-form birth certificate. It took only one person. With re-election on Obama’s mind, polls mattered, too. A recent New York Times/CBS poll found that 25 percent of Americans think Obama was born outside of the United States.
Trump played “a big role in hopefully – hopefully – getting rid of this issue,” as Trump also noted to the same reporters. Now, we’ll see whether Trump or anyone challenging Obama can get positive movement on issues where I have concerns like Obamacare, border security, the war in Libya, immigration reform and, jobs, jobs, jobs.