Okay, those things didn’t happen, but at least a lot of people forgot about them for five minutes this morning.
You might have heard that the White House released President Obama’s birth certificate as part of “Operation Try to Get Trump to STFU.”
I’m actually happy about it. No, it won’t put a stop to all of the “birther” chatter, but it might help — just a little bit — redirect the focus of the majority of the right where it should have been all along: On how Barack Obama is burying the United States of America under a mountain of debt, regulation, pork, union favors and “green” swindles. This wouldn’t be any less true if Obama had been born on Mars (or in a manger as Chris Matthews believes).
Here’s what Obama said in closing this morning after announcing the release of his birth certificate:
We do not have time for this kind of silliness. Weâ€™ve got better stuff to do. Iâ€™ve got better stuff to do.
Then, very shortly after Obama said he’s got better stuff to do…
Update: Obama couldn’t even get through the press conference about his birth certificate without lying:
The president said he was prompted to act â€œtwo weeks ago, when the Republican House had put forward a budget that will have huge consequences potentially to the country, and when I gave a speech about my budget and how I felt that we needed to invest in education and infrastructure and making sure that we had a strong safety net for our seniors even as we were closing the deficit, during that entire week the dominant news story wasnâ€™t about these huge, monumental choices that weâ€™re going to have to make as a nation. It was about my birth certificate. And that was true on most of the news outlets that were represented here.â€
But the president was wrong.
According to Pewâ€™s Project for Excellence in Journalism, that week the dominant news story was without question the economy.
The ridiculous claims about the presidentâ€™s birth certificate actually was the No. 4 story for the week â€“ receiving about one tenth of the coverage devoted to stories about the economy.