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Obama's Release of Birth Certificate Won't Make Issue Go Away

President Barack Obama
Photo by: Pete Souza
President Barack Obama

The unemployment rate is 8.8 percent.

The housing market is falling apart again.

We're involved in a third war in an Islamic country.

So what is the biggest news today out of Washington, DC?

Barack Obama just released his birth certificate. You can look at it right now on the White House website. And then the president appeared on national television to discuss the decision to release the certificate.

This has got to be the silliest thing that has happened in recent memory. A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll showed that 40 percent of Republicans believe Obama probably or definitely was not born in America, which would make him constitutionally ineligible to be president. So-called "birthers" have long questioned whether Obama was born in Hawaii. They claim that he was born in Kenya.

The most ridiculous potential GOP presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has recently made headlines by saying he had doubts about Obama's birthplace.

"The president believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn't good for the country," a White House spokesman said. "It may have been good politics and good (television), but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country."

Here's a prediction: releasing the birth certificate won't make the birther issue go away. It was never a rational debate about factual questions anyway. It was just oddball paranoia. And once the birth certificate is released, the birther folks will likely claim that it was forged or is someone else's birth certificate or is really evidence that Obama was born in Kenya.

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