Republicans React to the Release of Obama’s Birth Certificate

Some GOPers are hinting the president did it to avoid economy discussions.

Posted: 04/27/2011 03:27 PM EDT
Filed Under Barack Obama

When President Obama released his long-form birth certificate Wednesday morning, he did so in an effort to squelch questions about his birthplace and focus the nation’s attention on more pressing issues, such as the federal deficit and the upcoming debate over raising the nation’s debt ceiling. Nary an hour went by before Donald Trump or some other attention-seeking birther made an outlandish remark about Obama’s citizenship. But guess what? Now that he’s given them what they asked for, Republicans still aren’t satisfied.


Here is a sampling what they—and of, course, Trump—had to say:


“I’m very proud of myself because I accomplished something that nobody else has accomplished,” Trump said during a visit to New Hampshire. “I don’t want to look at it, but I hope it’s true so that we can get onto much more important matters. He should have done it a long time ago.”


“The president ought to spend his time getting serious about repairing our economy, working with Republicans and focusing on the long term sustainability of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security,” Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. “Unfortunately his campaign politics and talk about birth certificates is distracting him from our number one priority—our economy.”


“Media: admit it, Trump forced the issue. Now, don't let the WH distract you w/the birth crt from what Bernanke says today. Stay focused, eh?” Sarah Palin tweeted.


“I have criticized members of my own party for making this some kind of an issue and so I am really surprised that the White House is doing the same,” Mediate reports House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told Fox News.


Orly Taitz, who takes credit for founding the birther movement, told the Los Angeles Times that releasing the birth certificate was “a step in the right direction, just like the release of the Watergate tapes was a step in the right direction by Richard Nixon,” but she still has other questions.


Potential presidential candidate Mitt Romney tweeted, “What President Obama should really be releasing is a jobs plan.”

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