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Dear Birthers, Please go away now

Posted by Garrett Quinn, Less is More  April 27, 2011 10:27 AM

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President Barack Obama's press conference was like something out of an alternate universe. In the midst of a budget battle, three wars, and escalating fuel prices Obama had to hold a special press conference to talk about his birth certificate. Even though people could already view the short form birth certificate in many places people continued to hound him. "He had a Kenyan upbringing." "He was born a secret Muslim." "His father was a citizen of the British Commonwealth, making him ineligible." It just wouldn't stop but for a time, it seemed, the birther movement was muted. Its strength and noise was dissipating. Then along came possible Republican presidential candidate and billionaire publicity hound Donald Trump.

Trump has the ability to command attention from the press. Why? Who knows. Maybe it is his hair. Maybe it's a nostalgic yearning for the 1980s and early 90s when anything seemed possible, like bankrupting casinos. Whatever the reason when The Donald wants press he gets it and then some. Trump reignited the conspiratorial birther movement with such vigor that it was becoming an even bigger distraction for Obama than it was in the 2008 campaign. He made the birth certificate "issue" one of the centerpieces of his current testing of the presidential waters. Conservative talk radio was even getting in on the game and pushing it more than they usually do.

Well, now it's over. Again. Will the new document satisfy everyone? No, but it should satisfy most birthers. It's what they wanted to see all along. Now they have to move on and get a new hobby. May I suggest arranging matches?

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Garrett Quinn began writing for newspapers at age 17 with CNC in his native South Shore. He has been published in BlueMassGroup, RedMassGroup, Pioneer Investigates, and Wonkette. He is a More »

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