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Forget the Brooklyn Bridge; Obama has a very special piece of campaign to sell you

One Thousand Dollar Bill like the one barack obama would like you to give him

Looking for a risky investment, even in these awful economic times with gasoline costing twice what it did when Barack Obama first put his feet up on the Oval Office desk?

Well, does this over-promising Democrat have a deal for you.

In case you hadn't noticed, because there are only 557 days left until 2012 presidential voting ends and still no viable Republican opponent, the former state senator has turned up the heat in his perhaps billion-dollar 2012 reelection bid.

Yes, yes, he raked in $17 million the other night in Chicago. And did three more funders Wednesday night for Manhattan's rich, eager-to-please East Siders (When's the last time you forked over $35G's for dinner?). (See details and remarks here.)

But here's the deal behind this deal:

Obama wants to scare the Ben Franklins out of everybody with some....

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RNC chair says Obama more worried about Oprah, Jonas Brothers, and birthers than economy

Reince Priebus the new chairman of the Republican National Committee

Reince Priebus, the newly elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, is unsatisfied with who President Obama is palling around with and what the world leader is focused on.

"We’re borrowing four and a half billion dollars a day and this president is more worried about birth certificates, Oprah Winfrey and fundraisers at the Waldorf Astoria," Priebus complained on "CNN Newsroom" Thursday, a day after the president released his long-form Hawaii birth certificate and then jetted to Chicago for a long-scheduled interview with the daytime queen of talk.

“It’s maddening and I just wish the president would engage in the real issues that are affecting America,” Priebus, who recently replaced Michael Steel, said. "We've got him going to Jonas Brothers, golfing, doing everything except figuring out a way to save Medicare that's going to go bankrupt in nine years," he added.

The president, who was one of the people who never seemed very worried about birth certificates, said Wednesday that he too would rather work on the pressing issues of the day instead of being distracted by the likes of billionaire Donald Trump and other 'birthers' who seemed obsessed with Obama's birth.

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Oklahoma House passes 'birther bill' for presidential candidates

President Barack Obama, tongue in cheek, jokes about his birth certificate as he speaks at a campaign fundraising event at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York

A week after Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have required the political parties to provide proof of citizenship for their presidential candidates to get on the Arizona ballot, the Oklahoma House of Representatives Senate Bill 91 easily passed through the Republican-controlled House by a landslide 77-13 vote Wednesday, the same day President Obama released his long-form Hawaii birth certificate.

Even Democrats voted 14-13 in favor of the bill that now gets kicked to the Republican-controlled Senate, which already approved an earlier version of the measure but must vote again because of changes the House made.

Rep. Sue Tibbs (R-Tulsa) who authored the House bill told the Associated Press that although others call it a "birther bill," her measure is not a response to the controversy surrounding Obama's controversial birth certificate nor of the birther movement that rose up in its wake.

"This is not a birther bill, has nothing to do with Obama," Tibbs said of the bill, which she says merely reinforces the Constitution that requires presidential candidates to have been born in the United States.

Brewer, a Republican, told CNN's John King on Monday that she thought the birth certificate debate, fanned by people such as Donald Trump, wasn't good for the nation. "It's just something I believe is leading our country down a path of destruction and it just is not serving any good purpose," she said.

Last week, a CBS News/New York Times poll revealed that 45% of Republicans and 45% of "tea party" supporters agree with the belief that President Obama was not born in Hawaii.


Obama birth certificate creates a stir on Twitter

Obama on his birth certificate: "We do not have time for this kind of silliness"

Donald Trump says Obama should stop playing basketball and lower gas prices

-- Tony Pierce
Photo: President Barack Obama, tongue in cheek, jokes about his birth certificate as he speaks at a campaign fundraising event at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York Wednesday. Credit: Charles Dharapak / Associated Press

With no opponent and barely 558 days left, Obama has already become Campaigner-in-Chief

Guest feet on the Oprah show from right Oprah, Obama and Michelle Obama 4-27-11

Contrary to Barack Obama's schedule yesterday, the next presidential election is not the first Tuesday in May of 2011. It's still 558 days away on the first Tuesday in November 2012. 

But you'd never know it by the president's blatant cross-country campaigning and fundraising that appeared to have little to do with governing Wednesday and contained even more of those confusing visual contradictions that reveal this president's political priorities.

First, the silliness: In the morning, after three years of stalling and dismissing demands to release his original long-form Hawaii birth certificate, the Democrat did just that.

The document (full image and statement text over here) stated Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Kapiolani Maternity Hospital at 7:24 p.m. on Aug. 4, 1961, to 25-year-old Barack Hussein Obama of Kenya and 18-year-old Ann Dunham of Wichita, Kansas.

Within minutes, of course, online critics were predictably questioning the ....

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Obama's birth certificate came via a 'special dispensation' from Hawaii, he tells Oprah

Oprah with Barack and Michelle Obama

President Obama flew to Chicago on Wednesday to tape an interview with Oprah Winfrey to explain the details of his now-unearthed long-form birth certificate.

Sitting next to his wife, Michelle, Obama told Winfrey that he asked a favor, in a way, from the Aloha State.

"I said to my team, look, even though this is not usually what the state of Hawaii does. Even though the Republican governor of Hawaii, the Democratic governors of Hawaii, all the various officials had confirmed that I was born here, let's ask them for a special dispensation where they will go ahead and provide us with the original to see if we can put this to rest," Obama told the talk-show host.

Winfrey is a longtime supporter of Obama. The media mogul endorsed the then-senator while she was a guest on Larry King's television show in 2007. She attended the 2008 Democratic convention in Denver, appeared in key primary states throughout the campaign, hosted a fundraiser at her Montecito mansion, celebrated in Chicago's Grant Park on....

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Donald Trump says Obama should stop playing basketball and lower gas prices


Donald Trump took an unusual victory lap Wednesday after President Obama released his long-form birth certificate by praising himself.

"I am so proud of myself because I've accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish," the boisterous billionaire bellowed in Portsmouth, N.H., regarding a freshly earthed document that none of his team of sleuths in Hawaii have come forward to take credit for.

Trump stoically and single-handedly assumed responsibility for inspiring the president to release the more detailed document that so many "birthers," including the real estate mogul himself, said either didn't exist or contained information that Obama didn't want to see the light of day.

And yet he still questioned its validity.

"I want to look at it, but I hope it’s true so we can get onto much more important matters, so the press can stop asking me questions. I am really honored, frankly, to have played such a big role in hopefully, hopefully, getting rid of this issue," Trump said.  "We have to look at it, we have to see is it real, is it proper, what’s on it, but I hope it checks out beautifully. I am really proud; I am really honored."

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Obama birth certificate creates a stir on Twitter

President Barack Obama laughs in the White House briefing room in Washington, Wednesday, April 27, 2011, as he speaks to reporters about the controversy over his birth certificate and true nationality.

President Obama's birth certificate -- the new, longer one -- has turned out to be just as fascinating to the world as his shorter one.

Soon after the White House released the president's long-form Hawaii birth certificate Wednesday morning, Twitter was abuzz with partisan jokes, barbs at "birthers" who have long denied that Obama was born in Hawaii, as well as endless amounts of ribbing at the expense of Donald Trump, who was one of the loudest  critics of the short-form certificate.

"Now that we've seen his birth certificate, I want to see proof that President Obama is black," tweeted "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane.

"Obama's response to the 'Birthers' is so calm, intelligent, well reasoned, and non-incendiary, he couldn't possibly have been born here," wrote comedienne Paula Poundstone.

Not all of the funniest tweets were appropriate to publish on a family website, but some were, and they can be seen after the jump:

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Obama birth certificate: Donald Trump takes credit

Obama birth certificate revealed because of Donald Trump?

Who knew?

But in all the humility that a 21st century developer not named P.T. Barnum could muster, Donald Trump has proclaimed:

I am really honored, frankly, to have played such a big role.

Earlier today, before rushing off to Chicago for an Oprah show taping, President Obama with apparent exasperation acknowledgeDonald Trumpd the birther storm over the legitimacy of his constitutionally-required citizenship during these last 827 days of the current presidency. Obama released a long-form version.

Go here to see it and read the president's words.

Seemingly campaigning (via stretch limo) for the day in Portsmouth, N.H., home state of traditionally the nation's first presidential primary, Trump acknowledged to reporters that, of course, he would have to have his own experts verify the authenticity of the document that Obama released.

At virtually the same moment, the Chicago politician professed bewilderment over the birther fuss, which he could have snuffed by releasing this very same document 34 months ago.

The president said:

I have to say that over the last two and a half years I have watched with bemusement, I've been puzzled at the degree to which this thing just kept on going.

Tonight, the president will be less puzzled at three Democratic fundraisers in New York City.

For his part, Trump spent the day talking more about China (it's "taking over the world") and the allied no-fly zone over Libya ("total disaster").

Oh, and the blunt-speaking New Yorker, who frequently has not run for president like this, began to redirect his Obama criticism to other undisclosed aspects of the president's background.

He says he's heard that Obama was not all that great a student and called for the release now of his Columbia and Harvard college transcripts.

Trump said his go-no go presidential campaign announcement would come before June and would surprise many.

"I think," Trump added, "I would make this country rich again.'

-- Andrew Malcolm 

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Photo: Jim Cole / Associated Press

Obama birth certificate released by the president: What's really behind his inevitable decision


Obama birth certificate. Topic A of the day. And yesterday. And last week.

In an obvious attempt to keep the goofy issue alive a bit longer, President Obama finally released the long-form version of his birth certificate today.

Rather than simply post it on the White House website, Obama took six minutes of presidential time to visit the White House briefing room, where all the important media folks hang out waiting for their next important broadcast messenger assignment. Such a visit to such an important place by such an important person is guaranteed to attract maximum attention.

Of course, it worked. Would we be writing about this again without the president's appearance?

The president (full text below, as usual) said: "Now, normally I would not comment on....

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Countdown to Keith Olbermann's 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' begins; calm urged on his fan

Finally, after what seems like a couple of days of waiting, the folks over at Current TV have announced the start date for Keith Olbermann's old show there.

Because of Olbermann's chronically messy departures from previous employers and the needless ego-engendered controversies, the Current TV folks have decided to take Olbermann's show in an entirely new direction, beginning with the title.Keith Olbermann smiles for the camera

It will be called "Countdown with Keith Olbermann,"* a reference to the tall but feisty recovering sportscaster with one of the largest heads in TV commentating.

He will provide predictable political commentary on the day's random events with endearingly faux outrage reminiscent of the actors in the ring of a WWF match. All designed to make his audience comfortable with its cliches.

One of Olbermann's current Current bosses, who doesn't get out much, called his new employee "one of America's most gifted thinkers and communicators."

Olbermann, in turn, called his new employer "the model truth-seeking entity."

The program will appear at 5 p.m. weeknights in an attempt to spare Pacific time zone commuters.

Olbermann will try to resuscitate a sagging media career on a little-known cable channel that claims to be distributed into 75 million homes, several of which actually watch. In lieu of a large salary, Olbermann was given an expensive title, Chief News Officer.

"Nothing is more vital to a free America than a free media," Olbermann said in a canned statement, adding in typical down-to-earth manner, "and nothing is more vital to my concept of a free media than news produced independently of corporate interference."

That's a subtle reference to large media companies where Olbermann's employments have ended. At least one of those evil empires had rules that forbid such things as show hosts contributing money to the political campaigns of guests that they also promoted on their show, if you can imagine anything so ethically confining.

Olbermann got caught doing just that and was suspended briefly, generating protest letters from all four viewers. Fortunately, that won't happen when Current suspends Olbermann because no one will notice.


Pat Sajak says he's profoundly sorry for infecting the country with Keith Olbermann

-- Andrew Malcolm

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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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