Today, April 27, 2011, over two years after he was sworn in as President of the United States, Barack Obama finally released his long-form birth certificate. The question I have is what took so long? Being born in the United States is a basic requirement for the job. Why did he wait until now to prove he met one of the basic requirements?
Obama showed up today in the White House press briefing room to urge everyone to drop the issue. He said, "We're not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers," Mr. Obama said. "We've got some enormous challenges out there. There are a lot of folks out there still looking for work... We do not have time for this kind of silliness."
Well, excuse me, Mr. President, but who allowed the distraction to go on as long as it has? If I remember correctly, we have been facing the same problems in this country since before you were elected in 2008. There were a lot of folks looking for work then, and there still are plenty looking for work now. Mr. Obama, you did everything you could do to allow this issue to fester when you could have released the document you released today two or more years ago.
Of course, his many cheerleaders and defenders in the mainstream media will be blaming those who have been asking for his proof of birth for the distraction. However, isn’t it the news media’s job to ask such questions and not just give anyone a pass because so many in the media have invested so much of their professional credibility to get him elected in the first place?
I’ve written in many previous postings that I don’t believe we have too many real journalists working in our news media, and I believe this issue is a prime example of my premise. I am not running for President, nor do I have any immediate plans to run for any public office. Yet, I can produce a birth certificate, passport, social security card, baptismal certificate, high school diploma, and my two degrees from the University of Illinois on a moment’s notice. Unfortunately, our news media didn’t ask our President to produce basic documents that all of us are expected to produce when applying for most jobs.
The question I have for the media is why are you so afraid to scrutinize this President like you have done for every other one? The question I have for the President is why did you allow this distraction to continue for so long?