SHOW AND TELL One of the most asinine political attacks in my lifetime has been the bizarre preoccupation of the most radical segment of the Republican Party with the birth certificate of Barack Hussein Obama II, the 44th president of the United States.
Obama was born on Aug. 4, 1961, at Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was born in Wichita, Kan. His father, Barack Obama Sr., was Kenyan. His birth announcement appeared in the Sunday, Aug. 13, 1961, edition of The Honolulu Advertiser. The identical announcement appeared the next day in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
Last week, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, former director of the Hawaii Department of Health, appeared on CNN to confirm that she had inspected Obama’s birth certificate and the document is “absolutely” authentic. Dr. Fukino, a registered Republican, had made similar statements to the media in October 2008 and July 2009. She unequivocally stated that “Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen.”
Despite this, Donald Trump and other so-called “birthers” refused to believe the authorities. Why? Obama isn’t the first American president to have at least one parent that wasn’t a U.S. citizen when he was born. He is the first Hawaiian to be elected president, but the islands had been a state for two years.
Barry Goldwater was born in the Arizona Territory before it became a state and was still able to run as the Republican nominee for president in 1964.
Obama’s citizenship is being questioned because he is black and a Democrat. To make matters worse for the “wingnuts,” the man’s father was born in Kenya, although at the time of his son’s birth Kenya was still part of the British empire.
Racism is at the core of the “birther” movement, and the politicians and potential candidates that pander to that crowd don’t deserve the media attention they crave.
In March 2011, Donald Trump said during a “Good Morning America” interview that he was a “little” skeptical of Obama’s citizenship, and that a person who shares this view shouldn’t be so quickly dismissed as an “idiot.” Later, Trump on
“The View” demanded several times that Obama should show his birth certificate.
After Obama released his long form birth certificate on April 27, 2011, Trump said, “I am really honored and I am really proud, that I was able to do something that nobody else could do.” What a jerk.
Still, the other “birthers” aren’t ready to give up on the belief of a Kenyan birth. They have already hit the web with claims that the newly released birth certificate was a fake because it should have given Obama’s race as “Negro” and not “African.” Really? These people could have been in the delivery room and still would have doubts.
Let’s hope the media is ready to move away from what President Obama called “sideshows and carnival barkers.” There are more pressing issues at hand without having to deal with these baseless attacks.
Save the conspiracies for UFOs.