Monday, March 28, 2011

Putting the Obama birth certificate issue to bed

Donald Trump caused a bit of a stir on the View recently when he suggested that President Obama put the issue of where he was born to rest by just producing his birth certificate. This sent Whoopie Goldburg into a tizzy, as she suggested that a white candidate would never be asked such a thing. Actually, many white candidates have been asked to produce their birth certificates, including McCain, G.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. All complied.

It may be unwise of Mr. Trump to get into the issue, because even if a valid birth certificate is never produced, another thing that will never be produced is any conclusive proof that Mr. Obama was not born in the U.S..

It's entirely possible that the Obama team isn't complying with requests because they believe that the people harping on the issue are making themselves sound foolish and they have no desire to put a stop to that.

There is a very simple solution, however. I find it hard to believe that this is not already required, but evidently it is not. Since the law says you must have been born in the United States to run for President, why not just introduce legislation, effective in 2012, that says you must provide a valid birth certificate, or some conclusive proof of the time, date and location of your birth, to register as a candidate for President of the United States? Problem solved. Joke over.

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