April 27, 2011

"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.


Posted by Jeff G. @ 8:55am

Comments (22)

  1. I’ve got better stuff to do.

    Evidently not.

  2. …providing “sideshows and carnival barkers.”

    Good thing they got Pfeiffer to say that, instead of that other guy.

  3. people can’t be “making stuff up” and providing “sideshows and carnival barkers…”

    …to compete with the White House’s sideshows and carnival barkers and making stuff up.

    ‘Cause that’s just wrnog.

  4. I’ve got better stuff to do.

    Evidently not.

    Heh. White House Dossier on 24/7 campaigner Obama – on his Campaign Strategy video his manager states that Obama is busy doing his job, so everyone else needs to get busy to get him re-elected.

    The campaign, in its launch video and in this Messina Movie, repeatedly emphasizes that the campaign must do the campaigning while Obama must do his “day job” as president – as if repeating this aloud makes it true.
    Fact is, Obama is getting famous for vacations and recreation, and he’s already campaigning aggressively. His swing out West last week included six fundraisers and two politically charged events designed to show voters how much he cares about the deficit.

    He’s got three fundraisers today, and a taping with Oprah- I imagine that will be little more than a stump speech.

  5. Did anyone else see that picture on Fox? God almighty, after $2 million in legal fees to hide this, you’d think that he could have paid a better forger.

    I am personally insulted by that crappy photoshop.

  6. Of course, no one thought to ask President Obama what, exactly, the “better stuff to do” is.

  7. The tyranny, she is not as soft as she used to be.

  8. Never mind, I see Carin has answered the “better things to do” question.

  9. I’ve never been so proud of my country, and my President.

  10. You’re right about one thing Jeff, the rest of the GOP field needs to realize that taking it to Obama is not only what the base wants, but is what get’s results.

    In addition to providing cover for the Fed’s presser, and allowing him to act like he’s “focused like a laser on the fiscal situation’, it also allows him to obliterate that clown Trump’s cred, and hopefully negate the growing skepticism of the public that has accompanied Trump’s rise in the public’s mind.

    They think that if Trump is made a fool on this matter, that none of his other criticisms will resonate any longer, nor will any like criticisms of the real contenders.

    All in all, I think it’s actually a move that demonstrates weakness and apprehension of Obama’s part. It will open up as many questions as it has put to rest. Why did he spend 3 mil keeping this under wraps until now? Why doesn’t he release all of the records that pertain to his past. Why did he feel the need for a “bump” now?

  11. You’re right about one thing Jeff, the rest of the GOP field needs to realize that taking it to Obama is not only what the base wants, but is what get’s results.

    Yes, but for the love of God, can we please do that on the important issues and stop with the circus stuff?

  12. The art of spin is to distract and obscure. The issue of Obama’s birth certificate was and remains so much more than just the certificate itself. There are so many question about supporting documentation that is missing, never offered, altered as well as education, places traveled, aliases used etc.

    But now that Obama has presented his Birth Certificate to the world we can all sleep well tonight knowing that all the other questions have been put to bed as well.

    Why now? Why didn’t he wait until the bump could really count for something? Perhaps he’s saving all those other documents for later “bumpage”?

  13. Yes Pablo, and they should. Keep up the pressure, especially regarding gas prices.

  14. One problem I can see: this COLB doesn’t detail that BHO Sr. was a dirty socialist communist agitator, or that his young bride was a moon-eyed train wreck who just wanted to shame her hated father.

  15. apparently those “more important things” involve flying to Chicago today to do Oprah.

  16. […]to do Oprah.

    Hmm. Alrighty then.

  17. President Bernanke will be televised.

  18. pparently those “more important things” involve flying to Chicago today to do Oprah.

    How dare you belittle his tasks. He also is aiming for a billion dollars for his re-election campaign.

  19. the Donald is a self-serving moron

    I think idiot-savant is more likely.

  20. I think idiot not-savant is a more appropriate term.

  21. #5 Ella:

    He just needs multiple ones for as David Brooks says:

    “He’s multiple animals,” Brooks said. “You know, I would say we’re all – we all have multiple personalities. My psychobabble description of him is he’s a very complicated person who has many different selves, all of them authentic, but they come out in different contexts. And he is — has always has the ability to look at other parts of himself from a distance, and so it means he has great power to self-correct and I think it gives him power to see himself. It means that he rarely is all in.”
    “But as I think President Obama is much more cautious, because he’s a man of many pieces and many parts and not all of which I understand or I think anybody understands. But it may — it leads to that caution that we see time and time again and almost a self-distancing I see.”

    Unlike that dullard GWB.

    “You know, President Bush didn’t have as much – many multiple selves, so when he made a decision he was all in, he was just going to be there,” Brooks continued.

  22. “Brooks said. “You know, I would say we’re all – we all have multiple personalities…”

    And not one of Brooks’ seems to have a fucking clue.