Obama: Enough With the GOP Birther ‘Sideshows and Carnival Barkers’ (Video)
April 27, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—President Obama, known to right-wing birther conspiracy theorists (racists who can’t accept the fact that our President is black), as that illegitimate Kenyan usurper Manchurian Candidate out to destroy America, gave a brief press conference today, after releasing his long-form birth certificate. Obviously peeved and annoyed, at both the media and lunatic Republican birthers, for continuing to promote the discredited zombie lie that he wasn’t born in America, Obama told the assembled White House reporters that our country has too many problems to become “distracted” with crazy conspiracy theories. “We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” Obama said. “We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do. We got big problems to solve, and I’m confident we can solve them, but we’re going to have to focus on them, not on this,” said Obama. And Obama took direct aim at reality TV buffoon Donald Trump, for peddling lies about his background and citizenship, saying “We’re not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers.”
Minutes before President Obama spoke to the press, Trump the “carnival barker” was making a fool of himself in New Hampshire, taking credit for the release of Obama’s long-form birth certificate.
“I am really honored to have played such a big role,” said Trump. An amazing statement, considering Trump has spent weeks smearing the President of the United States with one birther lie after another.
In the next breath, Trump began to cast doubt on the authenticity of the document. “We have to look at it. A lot of people have to look at it. Experts have to look at it, said Trump, adding “I hope it’s true.”
The Donald then switched course to continue to smear Obama’s educational record. “The word is, he wasn’t a good student… and he ended up getting into Columbia and Harvard,” Trump told reporters in New Hampshire.
A despicable spectacle all the way around.
In stark contrast, the very presidential Barack Obama, addressing our country’s problems, made Trump look more like the fool that he is.
Obama explained the reasons for requesting a waiver from the state officials in Hawaii to release the original document of his birth, after crazy birthers refused to believe the the official birth certificate he released nearly three-years ago was authentic, saying he has been “puzzled” by the discredited birther conspiracy that just won’t go away, reality and facts be damned. But Obama decided to address the Republican birthers, once more, in the hope that the media and the country would start focusing on our problems, instead of sideshow birther nonsense.
Our political discourse has become so tainted with racist Fox News driven, right-wing conspiracy theories, that our first black president has to release not one, but two separate birth documents to prove he is one of us.
The transcript of President Obama’s birther press conference is below:
“Hello, everybody. Now let me just comment, first of all, on the fact that I can’t get the networks to break in on all kinds of other discussions. I was just back there listening to Chuck. He was saying, “It’s amazing that he’s not going to be talking about national security.”
I would not have the networks breaking in if I was talking about that, Chuck, and you know it.
As many of you have been briefed, we provided additional information today about the site of my birth.
Now, this issue has been going on for two, two and a half years now. I think it started during the campaign. And I have to say that over the last two and a half years I have watched with bemusement, I have been puzzled at the degree to which this thing just kept on going.
We’ve had every official in Hawaii, Democrat and Republican, every news outlet that has investigated this confirm that, yes, in fact, I was born in Hawaii August 4th, 1961, in Kapiolani Hospital. We’ve posted the certification that is given by the state of Hawaii on the Internet for everybody to see. People have provided affidavits that they, in fact, have seen this birth certificate.
And yet this thing just keeps on going.
Now, normally, I would not comment on something like this, because, obviously, there’s a lot of stuff swirling in the press at any given day and I’ve got other things to do.
But two weeks ago, when the Republican House had put forward a budget that will have huge consequences potentially to the country, and when I gave a speech about my budget and how I felt that we needed to invest in education and infrastructure and making sure that we had a strong safety net for our seniors even as we were closing the deficit, during that entire week, the dominant news story wasn’t about these huge, monumental choices that we’re going to have to make as a nation, it was about my birth certificate. And that was true on most of the news outlets that were represented here.
And so I just want to make a larger point here. We’ve got some enormous challenges out there. There are a lot of folks out there who are still looking for work. Everybody is still suffering under high gas prices. We’re going to have to make a series of very difficult decisions about how we invest in our future, but also get a hold of our deficit and our debt — how do we do that in a balanced way.
And this is going to generate huge and serious debates, important debates. And there are going to be some fierce disagreements. And that’s good; that’s how democracy is supposed to work.
And I’m confident that the American people and America’s political leaders can come together in a bipartisan way and solve these problems. We always have.
But we’re not going to be able to do it if we are distracted. We’re not going to be able to do it if we spend time vilifying each other.
We’re not going to be able to do it if we just make stuff up and pretend that facts are not facts. We’re not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers.
We live in a serious time right now, and we have the potential to deal with the issues that we confront in a way that will make our kids and our grandkids and our great grandkids proud. And I have every confidence that America in the 21st century is going to be able to come out on top just like we always have. But we’re going to have to get serious to do it.
Now, I know that there’s going to be a segment of people for which, no matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest. But I’m speaking to the vast majority of the American people, as well as to the press.
We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do. We got big problems to solve, and I’m confident we can solve them, but we’re going to have to focus on them, not on this.
Thanks very much, everybody.”