Obama birth certificate: Donald Trump takes credit
Obama birth certificate revealed because of Donald Trump?
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 acknowledged 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.
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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