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May 10th, 2010
10:42 AM ET

Dear President Obama #476 "Birth certificate blues"

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/10/art.obamamayjobs.jpg]Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: The president has been plagued by accusations that he was not born in Hawaii, but instead in Kenya. I know how he feels. Many have suggested I was born to wolves and merely left in the city to be raised by my parents. Just kidding (I think that was some comic’s line.) Here is my latest letter to the White House.

Dear Mr. President,

I can’t remember which comedian made the joke, but it went something like this: “People ask me where I was born and I say, ‘I can’t recall. I was so young at the time.’” Ha! Just a little “birther” humor there to kick things off, because I think we could use a little more levity around that whole topic.

No doubt you’ve heard that old bit of advice, “Pick your battles.” And frankly, I wish all the folks who are worried about your birth certificate would think about that more often.

Let’s put aside for a moment the question of whether they have reason to mistrust your American-ness. Heck, let’s even say they could produce some kind of iron-clad proof that you are in fact not a natural born American. The question I have is: What difference do they think that will make at this point?

I know that a lot of people are not happy with your leadership. Fair enough. That’s politics, policy and popularity, and every voter not only can, but should judge that on a regular basis. If they want to trash you on that front, mount a campaign for your impeachment, whatever, they have every right to do. But even some ardent critics, I suspect, would be hesitant to demand the resignation of a sitting president over an issue like “he wasn’t qualified to run, therefore he wasn’t qualified to win, and therefore he isn’t qualified to sit.” Uh, especially after he’s already been in the Oval Office for almost a year and a half.

See what I’m saying? Seems like that might invite a measure of chaos. I’m just saying. And I have a hard time imagining any circumstance in which an actual president would be tipped out of his chair and given cardboard boxes to pack his things absent overwhelming evidence of fraud. Sure, I know some conspiracy theorists feel this is precisely that, but I have yet to see any real proof, and frankly if they had such a thing I think they would have rolled it out like a Fourth of July parade float by now.

So while I am more than willing to consider any claim anyone wants to make about this, and any evidence they can bring forward, it seems to me that it is time for them to either …in schoolyard parlance...put up or shut up.

Call if you can. Assuming you are in the country. Ha!

Regards,

Tom

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