Celebrating his 48th birthday today, President Obama received yet another gift from that ragtag band of malcontents known as "birthers": A newly discovered copy of his own Kenyan birth certificate
. You see, the birthers have been doing their best to prove that Obama was not born on U.S. soil, and is, therefore, not a U.S. citizen qualified to be president.
Why is this good news for Obama? Because the document, like the birthers' central thesis, is so easily shown to be so much hot air
Though one poll indicates that more than half the people in Virginia
don't believe Obama was actually born in Hawaii, the birther movement is viewed as lunacy by a great many Republican strategists
. The longer the unfounded rumors persist, the more Obama and the Democrats come off as sane, while the band of angry citizens that has been turning up at town-hall meetings
or on cable news shows
seems truly out to lunch. This is not the political binary system that the GOP needs at this time, and it perhaps explains the continuation of the party's woeful identification numbers.
So, yes, perhaps the president is smiling at news of this latest present from the birthers. True, he may have preferred getting better unemployment numbers, or passage of health care legislation. Then again, a phony birth certificate showing he was really born in Kenya might just be the gift that keeps on giving. Happy birthday, Mr. President.
David at Paradigms Lost
David on Twitter