"It's an emotional insult. It is disrespectful to the president; it is disrespectful to the office," he told the New York Times. "There's no reason on earth to have the memory of his parents insulted by people whose motivation is solely political. ... Let's put this particular canard to rest."
The fact of the matter is that he is correct. However, he faces two challenges; the Hawaii Department of Health and President Obama himself. According to the Hawaii Department of Health, only President Obama and his immediate family have the “interest” to request the long form birth certificate; which has not been done despite the controversy. In short, standing in Governor Abercrombie’s way is the organization he now represents and the very president he seeks to protect.
Though the “certificate of live birth” has long since been made public, it did little to thwart the movement calling President Obama’s birth place into question. The long form is being sought to be revealed to the public. On the long form the physician’s name and signature are provided, the name of the hospital is listed, the birth weight of the child and the national origin of the parents are detailed. The long form is in demand even though the short form holds the same legal merit.
Chris Matthews joined melee reasoning that if the long form would put an end to the debate, it makes sense to provide it. Representatives of the president claim that he has more pressing and more important issues to tend to rather than requesting the long form birth certificate from Hawaii. Perhaps thanking the Eagles’ coach for giving Vick a second chance was more important as well.
Here is the problem, 23% of Americans are unsure whether the president is truly a natural born citizen and eligible to serve as the president. THIS IS A HUGE PERCENTAGE! The overwhelming majority of people do not question the president’s eligibility, but more people are “uncertain” than believe the president is not eligible (20%). When close to a quarter of the nation in uncertain about their own president, something is very seriously wrong. To directly see the president not take the extra step to provide the needed “security in understanding” by disclosing his long form only serves to fuel the doubt. Furthermore, it sends a message that the president has no desire to swing the perception of so many Americans; he could care less about them is what he is demonstrating.
It is felt (by the Obama administration) that the 20% that is confident Obama lacks the constitutional eligibility to serve as the American president will not be swayed with the release of the long form birth certificate. This if course is not true in that most people are reasonable when presented with physical evidence. There are those who will insist upon themselves over any such evidence, but it is by no means 100% of those who believe Obama is a constitutional fraud. Given Obama’s decline in popularity, one would think he would take the extra step to at least attempt to end some of the doubt.
The birther issue is a byproduct of Obama’s actions to seal so much of his past from the American people he serves. This alone was reason enough to not vote for him because a person had no way of truly knowing who and what they were voting for.
To many, the birther issue is silly and grossly unsubstantiated. A claim that makes sense when the birthe has absolutely zero tangible evidence to the contrary of Obama’s claims. A circumstantial case of this nature has to eventually be taken a step further. As common a feeling as this is, a glance at what some states are doing will make you wonder.
Some states are now seeking legislation that will require all presidential candidates to fully disclose constitutional eligibility to the state before the state will allow them on the election ballot. Why would states move in this direction based on so little factual evidence?
Me? I fall into the 23% of the uncertain due to the ambiguous nature of certificate of live birth which we all know is very easily forged. I am not about big doubter of where he was born despite the audio tapes of his family and Kenyan officials claims that he was born in Kenya. On the long form birth certificate, nationality of the parents is documented. If there is an issue, it will be that his father was a legal citizen of England. Like America, England grants birth right to the offspring of the male citizens, regardless of what nation they were born in. This of course would make him ineligible for the office. This of course cannot be determined without the long form which Obama seeks to protect along with several other aspects of his past.
Being in the 23%, I cannot come to the point of believing the president is a legal president without him providing the access to such a document in order for an accurate determination to be made. I cannot say that I know very many people who go through such extent to prevent access to information without something to hide.
If Obama wishes for me to believe he is eligible, he should first prove his eligibility with the long form birth certificate due to the fact the certificate of live birth in this case is inadequate to make honest determinations on despite the otherwise legal merits of the document. Is that really asking too much?