Even for a conspiracy theory it is strange. As the Angry Black Bitch points out:
Since when has the American political system been manipulated to clear the way for a person of color to seize power?
Early in 2008 it started as a Clinton dirty trick, an Internet rumour spread by Hillary Clinton’s people. She was running against Obama at the time for the nomination of the Democratic Party.
Birthers demanded to know why Obama was not showing his birth certificate:
- Did it show that he was born in Kenya, where his father is from?
- That his race was white?
- That his true middle name is Muhammad?
What was he hiding?
In June 2008 Obama posted his birth certificate on the Internet. In October the state of Hawaii confirmed that it was his true birth certificate. Obama perhaps could have twisted their arm in 2008, but not in 1961 when he was a few days old and the same facts appeared in two Honolulu newspapers.
So what was he hiding? Nothing.
That should have ended the matter. It did not.
Birthers said it was not good enough: this was just the short form of the birth certificate, where was the long form, the one the doctor signed?! What was he hiding!?
Hawaii rarely gives out the long form. Because the short form is good enough for the courts. It is good enough to get a passport. It is good enough even to become president. But it is not good enough for the Birthers.
In August 2009 a Kenyan birth certificate for Obama appeared. It did not look like one from that time and place – in fact, it looked strangely Australian. Even more damning, it said the “Republic of Kenya” before there even was a Republic of Kenya!
By March 2010 a fourth of Americans believed that Obama was foreign-born.
In April 2011 Donald Trump, a self-important businessman who would be president, started pushing the issue.
By April 27th it got so bad that Obama said at a press conference:
… when the Republican House had put forward a budget that will have huge consequences potentially to the country … 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.
That day Obama made the long form public:
What was he hiding? Nothing.
That should end the matter. It probably will not.
If Birthers were driven by fact and reason, they would have stopped back in 2008.
They would sooner twist facts about where he is from and give up common sense than admit that a black man is the true American president. Deep down many White Americans just do not see blacks as Real Americans. What else am I supposed to conclude from all this?
– Abagond, 2011.