Score one BIG for Obama on the birther issue. In releasing his birth certificate. Obama not only magnified the “silliness” of the matter but the racism associated with it. Short form, long form, and all the rest, the president given enough proof of his citizenship. Let’s be very clear: if President Obama wasn’t black, no American would be challenging his citizenship and “unalienable” right to be president just like his white predecessors.
Equally grotesque is the mainstream media’s reluctance to even hint at the obvious racial undertones to the birther movement against the president. (While the birther movement was started by Democrat supporters of Hillary Clinton, it is conservatives who have strengthened it, keeping it alive and brewing.)
This was a brilliant, calculated public relations move by Obama not only because it blunted Donald Trump’s insipid rants on the topic. But more importantly it reinforced the public’s perception that the Republican Party is a den of racists loathe to have anything to do with inclusion. The numbers support this notion. A recent CBS/New York Times poll found 45% of Republicans don’t think Obama was born in the United States. This kind of thinking has been lambasted by prominent conservatives like Karl Rove and George Will because they know this kind of incendiary rhetoric doesn’t win elections much less the hearts and minds of voters.
Will described the birther hysteria fomented by Huckabee, Gingrich as “vibrations of weirdness emanating from people associated with the party” and when not denounced by Republicans, “the conservative party is indirectly injured.” Finally, Will concludes “the sensible American majority” would not vote for a GOP candidate associated with such a wing nut party, which brings us to Donald Trump.
Donald Trump landed in New Hampshire yesterday to engage in a fantasy exercise of preparing to run for president in 2012. In an attempt to look presidential, Trump strutted to a banquet of microphones with his comb over askew and declared victory in pressuring the president to prove he is black and a US citizen.
“Today I am very proud of myself. I have accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish. I was just informed, while on the helicopter, that our president has released a birth certificate.”
Well, Mr. Egomaniacal Trump is sorely mistaken. He didn’t force the president to DO anything. While I certainly wouldn’t have endorsed such a strategy, Obama played a brilliant chess move in the game of politics. Obama Hussein Barack threw a pie in the face of the birthers and Trump stood up and let it smack him right in the face as their leader du jour. Trump did accomplish something yesterday. The Donald threw his credibility as a potential 2012 presidential candidate under the bus and further soiled the Republican Party’s image.
Donald Trump’s “me, myself and I” routine may work well for his business endeavors and his Apprentice franchise but it’s already becoming a hackneyed sideshow with unsavory racial undertones to the 2012 presidential election. As a Republican, I would like the party to support a candidate in 2012 that actually has a chance of winning and all this birther talk is an ugly distraction. Do us a favor Mr. Trump, either shut up or change your tune because Obama slammed dunked you and your birther kin.