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VIDEO: Obama Sermonizes About This Silly Distraction From His Incompetence

Posted on | April 27, 2011 | 23 Comments

Professor Glenn Reynolds:

The White House may think it’s sprung a trap, but I think they waited too long. By now — as the polls from earlier this week showing how many independents thought Obama wasn’t born here, and which probably prompted the release decision, indicate — the damage is done.

UPDATE: We now have a White House transcript of the president’s press-conference statement, which gets fact-checked by Conn Carroll:

President Obama claimed that the reason he released his birth certificate today is because the issue had become a distraction. Specifically, he blamed the conspiracy for drowning out his speech earlier this month attacking Paul Ryan’s Path to Prosperity. . . . That is just plain false.

Read the whole thing at The Washington Examiner.

UPDATE II: Evidently banned by his new corporate overlords from resurrecting his Trig-Truther obstetric inquisition, Andrew Sullivan resorts to nudge-nudge wink-wink mode:

Get over yourselves, MSM. And do your job – not defending the right of people in power to protect themselves, but scrutinizing them relentlessly, with every fact and document you can get. . . . Do you know what I am saying?

Yeah. We know exactly what you’re saying, Andrew.

UPDATE III: Ace of Spades notes that some Birthers just keep on Birthin’ — which is exactly the problem with Sully and Trig Trutherism. Once somebody stakes their political credibility on a particular narrative, they have what might be called a status investment in the truth of that narrative. People who have built reputations as 9/11 Truthers (e.g., Alex Jones) and never going to come out and say, “You know what? This conspiracy-theory stuff is a big steaming pile of hooey. I’ve been a total dupe, an abject fool, a credulous idiot, and I guess everybody who made fun of me was right.”

By the same token, Sully can never admit that his absurd fascination with Trig-Trutherism was the product of his own emotional and intellectual weaknesses. He may eventually just tiptoe away from Trig Trutherism, hoping people will forget what a damned ridiculous spectacle he made of himself, but he wil never ‘fess up and own it.

strong>UPDATE IV: Shocking revelation!

The certificate reveals that the future president was born Barack Hussein Muhammad Jihad Guevara Manson Obama on July 4, 1976, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Not only is he not a natural-born citizen, he’s not even old enough to be president. And his mother, Ethel Rosenburg, lists her religion as “Stalinist.”

That James Taranto, what a kidder . . .

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