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>Releasing Birth Certificate Was To Get Rid of The "Silliness"

>By Don White
   The following from PostPolitics blog explains in a grand and glorious way how Obama views following the law of the land. It’s just plain “silliness.”
   That’s what he gave as his reason for not giving the U.S. Election Commission his birth certificate sooner than today. He just thought it was a silly requirement that someone running for the highest position in America should have to prove that they were born here.
   That is just one more of his supercilious remarks. but then it’s how he thinks. He believes he is above the law, as evidenced by the number of tsars he has hired, but the number of phony regulations that Cas Sunstein has manufactured and placed on business today. Then the regime wonders why American business doesn’t come back fully and robustly following the recession. Could it be that there are just oo many regulations. If we, the “subjects” of Mr. Obama took the same attitude he takes regarding regulations and laws, we could just ignore the reg and go on our business. But it doesn’t work that way. “the anointed one” believes the king can do no wrong. He’s above it all.
   But today, answering to criticism from Donald Trump who may run for president and a lot of birthers who believe he was born in Kenja or somewhere other than America. Well, Mr. President, you haven’t convinced all of the conservatives. Most of us believe once a liar, always a liar. We need to have an independent expert in forgery look at the document before we will accept it as bone fide.
   The following is a story and pictgure from the Washington Post. My comment was that all of the hullabaloo came about by Obama’s lack of transparency–and his failure to live up to the law requiring proof of birthplace before running for president. He’s only two years late, so what. He’s the “anointed one”, isn’t he?
I think that myth would be debunked further if he relented and released his college grades. Donald Trump may yet weasel it out of him. Rush Limbaugh today on his radio show said Obama got poor grades when he attended Olydental College. So how about Columbia and Harvard where he was Law Review Editor? And just what did he say in those yet-to-be released papers he wrote as a law review editor? I’m sure he’s a bit bashful about releasing that. He probably called for the overthrow of America or some strange thing like that.

Obama produces his detailed birth certificate

(Brendan Smialowski/ GETTY IMAGES ) – President Obama addresses the press corps Wednesday in the White House breifing room. The White House released a long form version of his birth certificate earlier that morning.

In a gesture that acknowledged the corrosive and distracting effect that a false but persistent rumor has had on the Obama presidency, the White House on Wednesday released the long-form version of Barack Obama’s birth certificate, which showed that he was born in Hono­lulu, Hawaii.
In a White House appearance, a smiling Obama expressed puzzlement that some people continue to believe he is not a U.S. citizen, a rumor he said has been fueled by “side shows and carnival barkers.”
Document: The president released a longer form of his birth certificate Wednesday.
Document: The president released a longer form of his birth certificate Wednesday.
President Obama made a statement about his birth certificate Wednesday morning, saying the country should focus on more important issues. (April 27)
President Obama made a statement about his birth certificate Wednesday morning, saying the country should focus on more important issues. (April 27)
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Citing the serious economic challenges that face the nation, Obama added, “We do not have time for this silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do. We’ve got big problems to solve.”
The belief that Obama was born in another country, which the most recent CBS/New York Times poll suggests is embraced by about a quarter of Americans, has been used by some conservative critics of the president as a means to question his constitutional legitimacy to occupy the White House — and even his basic American-ness.
“The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn’t good for the country,” White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer wrote in a blog post on the White House Web site. “It may have been good politics and good TV, but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country.”
Most recently, it has been raised in near-constant television appearances by showman and business executive Donald Trump, who is flirting with the prospect of running for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. As recently as Tuesday, Trump — who claimed to have a team of investigators looking into the issue in Hawaii — said he had heard that the certificate was missing.
“I’m very proud of myself because I’ve accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish,” Trump announced as he arrived in Portsmouth, N.H., for what looked like a campaign swing, to the news that Obama had released the certificate. “I am really honored, frankly, to have played such a big role in hopefully — hopefully — getting rid of this issue.”
At that point, Trump launched into another favorite topic: whether Obama — who graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude — deserved admission to Ivy League schools. Trump cited unspecified sources who claim that Obama had not been a good student.
During the 2008 campaign, Obama had posted on the Internet a shorter “certification of live birth,” which Pfeiffer noted was the same one that Hawaiians use to get a driver’s license from the state and the one recognized by the federal government and the courts.
The campaign also set up a Web site to address the “birther” controversy, as well as other rumors that had dogged Obama.
However, the rumor persisted — and, Obama acknowledged during his appearance Wednesday, probably will still persist, despite the release of the long-form birth certificate.
The timing is in some ways surprising — though also telling of what drives the political culture these days. It came on a day when the top story might otherwise have been news ofchanges in the administration’s national security team.
And even as Trump had vaulted up in some polls of the Republican 2012 field in part by making claims that Obama was not born in the United States, a series of major Republican figures, including Karl Rove, the top political strategist for President George W. Bush, and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, considered a leading contender for the 2012 GOP nomination, had publicly urged members of the party to move on from the “birther” issue.
Indeed, it is far from clear who is hurt most by the persistent rumors, which many Republicans believe makes their purveyors seem wacky.
Obama himself was mentioning the birthers during his recent campaign speeches, attempting to fire up his own supporters by reminding them of how some Republicans remained so sharply opposed to him.
In an interview with ABC News earlier this month, Obama suggested that continued questions about his background from Republicans such as Trump would hurt the GOP in next year’s elections.
It “creates, I think, a problem for them when they want to actually run in a general election where most people feel pretty confident the president was born where he says he was, in Hawaii,” Obama said. “He doesn’t have horns. We may disagree with him on some issues, and we may wish that, you know, the unemployment rate was coming down faster, and we want to know his plan on gas prices.
“But we’re not really worrying about conspiracy theories or or birth certificates,” Obama said, “and so I think it presents a problem for them.” link “pig iron” to

>Bank of America’s Lewis Says Paulson, Bernanke Forced Merrill Takeover

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Managing Editor
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Bank of America Corp. (BAC) Chairman and Chief Executive Kenneth Lewis said in testimony before New York’s attorney general that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and former Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson pressured him not only to move ahead with a merger with Merrill Lynch despite reservations, but also to stay quiet about the mounting losses at the crumbling investment bank, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Transparency has long been a cornerstone of both democracy and the free market, but Lewis’s testimony that implies the CEO of one of America’s largest financial institutions – an institution that received more than $20 billion in taxpayer money – neglected to alert investors and potential shareholders to the full scope of Merrill’s losses prior to his company’s acquisition. It also implicates two prominent government officials in that decision.