To start with, I am not, nor have I ever been a birther and for two reasons. First of all, the movement was started by the Clinton campaign. That alone should be sufficient. Second, I have a hard time believing that the two state officials that have attested to the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate are defrauding the nation. I know that many that will read this don’t share my optimism for reason number two and I don’t have any problem with that.
Thank the Lord Almighty, the President has finally released his long-form birth certificate. It turns out that he was born in Hawaii. But, I won’t pretend, as the media does, that there weren’t a large number of Obama family members who said otherwise. I’m talking about the birthers Michelle Obama and Obama’s Grandmother.
And the aftermath?
William Jacobson points out that this capitulation from Obama is likely to be more for damage control than the gotcha moment that birtherism was supposed to be. Many Americans believe that Obama is a foreigner to American ideals. The spread of birtherism furthered this perception. Now that the birther bell has been wrung, will it ever unring?
If Jacobson is correct, then it should be noted how paramount the Hillary Clinton campaign was in promoting birtherism. Obama may have defeated the Clintons in the primary through thug intimidation. But, behold the real power of a political dynasty that wields the weapon of disinformation like no other.
I bet the Clinton’s could get away with perjury and conspiracy if they wanted.