Andy Ostroy – Political & pop culture analyst Posted: 04/27/11 09:30 PM ET
April 27, 2011. Mark it down in your calendars as the day the racists and the crazies in America won. A day that should embarrass anyone with human decency and love of country. The day the office of the United States Presidency lost some of its respect and prestige. The day Barack Obama acquiesced to the radical Republican fringe lunatics and released his long-form birth certificate to conclusively prove his citizenship and hopefully put an end to the despicable campaign, led by Donald Trump, to deligitimize him.
It’s a shame and a disgrace to our great nation that the Birther movement existed in the first place, as it is little more than a thinly veiled disguise for the obvious racism behind it. The ignorant, narrow-minded bigots fueling this campaign simply refuse to accept the outcome of the 2008 election; that there’s a black family in the White House and a black man in the Oval Office. Anyone who thinks differently is incredibly naive and in denial. But what’s more disheartening and quite frankly shocking than the movement itself is that Obama, while commanding three wars and battling a still-struggling economy, felt compelled to dignify these loons with the release of the document. If the president truly believes the Birthers will now be quieted, then, incredibly, he’s the one in denial.
When asked in New Hampshire Wednesday about the release of Obama’s long-form birth certificate (the short form is the official version in Hawaii and which the president released 2 1/2 years ago), Trump signaled that the controversy is far from over:
“I have done a great service to the American people…I’m really proud of myself. I was able to get something accomplished that no one else was able to get accomplished…” and that he still needs to “look at it” to determine if its genuine. Trump then ignored requests by reporters, including CNN’s John King in a later interview, to review a copy of the document. He chose to sign autographs instead. And what’s he so proud of, that he