"President Obama releases long-form birth certificate"
And the truth shall set you free! Politico:
Obama said in a brief appearance before the cameras Wednesday morning that he decided on the release because the conspiracy theory over where he was born had eclipsed the debate on the budget.
“We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” Obama told reporters. “I’ve got better stuff to do.”
Like golf. And campaign. And throw parties. And golf. And campaign.
Obama said that while the parties debate their fiscal policies, people can’t be “making stuff up” and providing “sideshows and carnival barkers.”
Saying the “fake issue” had become a distraction, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer earlier said the White House hopes to defeat the issue by addressing it directly.
“At a time of great consequence for this country — when we should be debating how we win the future, reduce our deficit, deal with high gas prices and bring stability to the Middle East, Washington, DC, was once again distracted by a fake issue,” Pfeiffer said.
Right. And yet you chose the day of the Fed’s first ever press conference — where it’s rumored they’ll announce, in guarded and tricksy language, that US banks will be forced to withhold cash to provide debt payments, making less cash available to us while turning it over to the government — to take on this “fake issue,” one that you’d allowed to go unanswered since it was first introduced by the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Just a coincidence, I’m sure.
Trump, naturally, is claiming victory here — he forced the reveal, you see! — but the truth is, the Donald is a self-serving moron who Tea Partiers should be distancing themselves from like he were George Michael and they were a public toilet.
He gave Obama the perfect cover both to pretend to take the high road with respect to governance and attention to the nation’s fiscal problems (solution: blame the rich and the productive and SPEND!), and to take the media’s attention away from the Fed announcement, which will further solidify the installation of a soft tyranny.
But hey: he talks tough!
The one good thing that Trump has done is to show the cowards on the GOP side that the base really does want someone to challenge Obama forcefully and without pretense. Palin, Bachmann, Cain, and a few others have been doing that, but the media — always enamored of celebrity — has decided to focus on Trump, much to Trump’s self-serving delight.
A perfect metaphor for our media culture and our political situatedness at this point in history, if you ask me.