Once again, I turn to the indispensable Jennifer Rubin not just for news of this matter, but also for insight into its meaning:
It’s almost inexplicable. The White House bent to the will of the kook-squad and its kook in chief, Donald Trump, in releasing the president’s birth certificate. He’s going to speak on the subject later today.
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In essence, Obama has given a pass to the loony birthers by suggesting this was a legitimate issue deserving of a White House response. And, of course, he’s made Donald Trump into the uber-opponent. Trump, unsurprisingly, is gloating, declaring he’s “proud of himself for accomplishing something no one else has accomplished.” What’s next: Capitulate to his demand to release Obama’s college grades?
Read the whole thing. And yes, Jennifer, the Donald is now calling for the president to release his college records. And, um, Mr. Trump, I’d be kind of wary of that self-pride thing. You might want to consult a Mr. O. Rex (understanding that unfortunate Theban monarch through the lens of Sophocles not Freud) before telling us how “very proud” you are of yourself. We’ve all heard what sometimes happens to people who pat themselves on their back overmuch.
Yeah, I’ll grant that if Trump didn’t raise a ruckus, the president wouldn’t have done what he should have done long ago to quiet this furor. It does seem the real reason the president didn’t release this sooner was a political one — to try to bait his political adversaries into beating the birther drum ever louder and so discredit themselves in the process.
It seems right now, we’ve been watching a media battle between two egomaniacs, Donald Trump and Barack Obama. The latter would have been smarter to just release the certificate without making a “peevish” statement, indeed, without making any statement at all.
And with that statement, the president today gave Donald Trump a public relations victory.
But before we conservatives rally around the real estate mogul, we should note that the primary reason we’re enjoying the spectacle is because, through his own antics to get attention, Trump has helped further expose the virtual silence of the MSM when questions about Obama come up. If thise New Yorker is serious about running for president, let’s hope when he means what he says about moving on to “much more important matters.”
UPDATE: Jim Geraghty comments on the president’s statement and asks a pertinent question:
If the “distraction” provided “carnival barkers” was so troubling to President Obama, it’s not clear why he didn’t release this innocuous document back in 2008, as some columnist recommended way back on June 9 of that year.
UP-UPDATE: Rush chimes in:
“We have a reality show star that has forced Obama’s hand on the issue of the Birth Certificate.” conservitive radio host Rush Limbaugh stated this afternoon on his show, comparing Trumps press conference to President Obama’s statement. “Politics has become nothing but a reality show.” he added.
UP-UP-UPDATE: Sonicfrog thinks the president blundered in releasing the certificate this week, believing he should have “waited until the heat of the campaign” to release the document:
I mean, what a blown opportunity! Just think of the damage you could have inflicted if one of the GOP nutters ended up winning the nomination! I mean, you could have done the whole Rick Lazio to Hillary Clinton thing and walked right up to the opponents pudium and… FACE… Here is the long form!!!! You Just Got PWND!!!!