Well, Trump smoked it out: Obama’s long birth certificate finally sees the light of day.
Why did it take so long? Simple. Prior to this, Obama felt that secrecy was to his advantage. The controversy merely made his foes look bad. But something about the Trump accusations seems to have tipped the balance in another direction. Too many people were falling, if not into the birther camp, then into the “So, why doesn’t he just release it?” camp.
And so we have the long form at last, plus Obama’s characteristically condescending remarks to go with it:
We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do…Over the last two and half years, I have watched with amusement. I have been puzzled with the degree with which this thing just kept going.
Apparently, until now we did have time for such silliness, and no better stuff to do. And of course the fact that he wouldn’t release the form had absolutely nothing to do with the “degree to which this thing just kept going.”
Did you ever notice how often Obama uses the word “silly” to describe questions he doesn’t want to answer and issues he doesn’t want to address?
It’s an interesting ploy, a way to escape being pinned down while attempting to avoid charges of evasion. He could answer, of course. But he doesn’t want to waste his time on “silliness” because he, Obama, has a higher calling.
But this is not condescending. Not in the least.
Elitism? It’s a silly charge that “amuses” him.
I cannot in my lifetime remember any president, Democrat or Republican, good or bad or in-between, adopting this sort of patronizing, belittling tone towards his opponents (and just one Vice President, Spiro Agnew). From Obama, it’s standard operating procedure.
In fact, another thought has just occurred to me: perhaps his long delay in releasing the long form has been to set up just this moment, so he can rise above it and belittle the little people who so stupidly have provided for his amusement all this time.
[NOTE: Here's a not-atypical response from the left, and an example of its "logic." Weigel writes:
And the long-form certificate proves that the COLB was legitimate and answered all reasonable questions about Obama's birth. If you were "just asking questions" about the COLB, you were not a truth-seeker. You were a fool.
Weigel is probably correct in saying, however, that "I'd expect the focus to shift now to Obama's college records and writings." I'm sure he thinks anyone who wants to see said records is also a fool. Of course, anyone who wanted to see McCain or Bush's transcripts was probably a very reasonable and intelligent person. That's just the way it goes.
In case you don't remember who Weigel is, see this.]
[ADDENDUM: Andrew Sullivan has a moment of sanity on the subject. However, my guess is that Sullivan's call that Obama should have released the long form long ago is based on Sullivan's own demands that Sarah Palin release each and every document connected with the birth of Trig, in order to prove the child is hers.
At least he's consistent, sort of.]