April 27, 2011 at 8:34 pm
Naples Daily News editorial
President Barack Obama hopes the release of his birth certificate Wednesday will prove once and for all that he was born in Hawaii, and is therefore a U.S. citizen eligible to be president of the United States.
If he were born in Kenya, like his father, or Indonesia, like his half sister, he would not be eligible to be president. Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959, two years before Obama’s birth, so being born there makes him what the Constitution calls a “natural born” citizen and able to be president.
Billionaire Donald Trump is just the latest high-profile person to make an issue of Obama’s birthplace. Trump does it by insinuating, hinting, nodding and winking, and hiding behind the rhetorical trick of “I’m just asking.”
Add to that the local and state officials who want to require presidential candidates to produce birth certificates in order to be on ballots, and the steady buzz on blogs, talk radio and cable television, and you have a “controversy.” The “mainstream media,” as our detractors like to call us, have mostly decided that Obama was indeed born in Hawaii. Yet we keep writing about the issue because people like Trump keep talking about it, and we hide behind the rhetorical trick of “We are just covering the controversy.”
Sorry, Mr. President, this issue is not going away. You should have released the long-form birth certificate years ago, though even that might not have been enough. The people who didn’t want to believe you before aren’t likely to believe you now.
On hearing the news that the White House had released the birth certificate, Trump took credit and said, “I’m very proud of myself.” This, however, is not a proud moment for anybody.