November 29th, 2010
09:51 PM ET

The Birthers are Back: Join the Live Chat

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The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a case about President Obama's citizenship, but a Texas lawmaker isn't listening. He has a new bill based on birther doubts about where Mr. Obama was born. How does he reconcile his birther beliefs against the facts? We're keeping him honest. Plus, tonight's other headlines.

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soundoff (411 Responses)
  1. Libby

    McCain is now going from saying "let's wait and see the results of the study" to "if I trust the results of the study". Good grief!

    November 29, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  2. Barry

    Good Evening Everyone! It's incredulous how Mr. Berman totally ignored the facts as Anderson presented them. This is not politics, this is personal and IMHO, racial. Has any other president had to deal with this type of scrutiny? Thanks for keeping them honest, Anderson. It's good to see not all in the media are blind.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  3. Doug

    If you were accused of not being a citizen wouldn't you just show your birth certificate and move on? Really people, maybe it's time to quite believing everything the irresponsible media tells you. Media's job was to keep the politicians in check, not pick sides and push their agendas.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  4. Bola

    Thanks Anderson for keeping them honest. By exposing people like the Texan Lawmaker, you expose the truth and he will think twice about what he says in public.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  5. steve

    he is not a naturial born citizen .both parents must be born in the u.s.a. check history when the constitution was writen .but all of you dont care about american history because your all socialists and dont care about the republic

    November 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  6. Dave

    The "fact" is-He has NOT produced a long form birth certificate. Only and certificate of live birth-which ANYONE could get.I couldn't get my kid on a hockey team with one of those. Why has this president spent so much money trying to cover up is past? shame on those who are so shallow as to suggest this about race! I see it as a constitutional issue. Unless it's followed, our country is doomed. Anderson- You are not keeping yourself honest. You consistantly twist and distort the facts.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  7. Sherrill

    Thank you, Anderson, for stating the facts with the supporting documentation. Thank you for persistently negating all of Berman's erroneous information. It's obvious he despises President Obama and is grasping for straws to berate him by any means necessary. You continued to hold him to the carpet and he had no leg on which to stand.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  8. Cathy

    Listening to you cut people off when you are supposed to be having an intelligent dialog with them is making a lot of people change the channel, rather than listen to you preach your own opinions.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  9. Pam

    Why is it that Republicans so firmly against DADT?

    November 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  10. Lori

    I really think that this is a matter of skill and patriotism and nothing else.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  11. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I don't think that the Secretary of Defense or Chairman of the Joint Chiefs would say anything other than that they support Obama's position.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  12. Timmerz

    Why do so many people think President Barack Obama's policies are radical? His policies such as universal health care for all citizens can be found in many westernized countries. How can universal healthcare be a radical agenda when the policy is designed to help all American citizens?

    November 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  13. Emily

    Good late evening Anderson, 360°Team, Jo Ann, David, Megan, Nancy, Nicole, Gloria, Casey, Starr, & Bloggers!
    Good to see you back, Anderson. Great job with the CNN Heroes, as always.
    DADT is not going to be repealed in a "lame-duck" session, in my opinion.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  14. Suzanne, Vancouver, Canada

    Hat's off to you Anderson for showing restraint and professionalism. Can't believe it's a subject, the economy is has to be #1.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  15. Chuckie

    Anderson, great job. I wish you would have gone further. We know what this really is about. Race not politics. These republicans can't accept the reality that he is commander in chief. Members of his own party is not accepting of it. Ask the tough question Anderson

    November 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  16. Heather - Spokane, WA

    DADT makes absolutely no sense

    November 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  17. Marcia

    WOW!!It is hard to believe this man holds an office. He is not getting paid is he?...Has he nothing better to do?..What a waste of time and energy...Berman should take the lead from the CNN Heroes and use his time and energy for something worthwhile..

    November 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  18. Kelly, PA

    Um, if the ppl in the military protested, wouldn't they get fired? Not fair.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  19. Bren from tn

    McCain changes his mind about don't ask don't tell he is just pandering to the right. He changes his mind whenever the wind blows to the right.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  20. dwain

    If president Obama says he sky is blue John McCain will say its not.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  21. Sara

    Back in sixty, you wont find an american giving birth in kenya (speacially white american). As we know Obama's mom was white (and american too)

    November 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  22. Kimmy

    If it's not documented, it never happen.. I hope the old man will have common sense soon!

    November 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  23. Sylvia

    Surely, ignorance is alive and well. I'm concerned about the 27% of Americans polled who are not informed or who do not know how to become informed. This man holds public office in 2010.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  24. Don, WA

    I'm pretty sure president obama was born in the u.s. – and even he was'nt I could care less. The president put health care a priority which shows good heart – it's just hard when you're struggling to think beyond jobs – I think he now is focusing on helping middle-class, and he can do it – GOBAMA

    November 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  25. Carl in Mississippi

    It is a shame that people like Leo Berman, a State Senator is allowed to knowingly spread, rumors, lies and falsehoods, for the sole purpose of deceiving others. Thanks Anderson for your zeal for truth.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  26. Carol Boatwright

    Desperate people will always grasp at straws. Given our economic problems it is easy to see that history is repeating itself. First the Irish, then the Italians, the Mexicans ect..

    It seems that a large majority of our country needs to blame someone or some group. Much to our countyr's determent it is our Presidents turn.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  27. David

    The Texas state representative is just blind to the truth. There's probably nothing that would satisfy his concerns, since they are bogus anyway.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  28. Bonhi

    Hi Anderson, you are the best. Birthers – why they want to prove to the nation that they are bunch of racist and nonsense. Thank you so much to bring him to your show for president Obama's birth cert. He proves himself is a liar. God will be always with you because you are searching for truth Anderson.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  29. Lee Ann

    Anderson – when I requested a copy of my birth certificate from the state of Pennsylvania in 1977, I received one that had my name, my date of birth and the town I was born in. My parents names were not listed. I was a little surprised, but that is what they send out, like Hawaii. I had a notification of birth, but could not get a passport with that, and it listed my parents, and all of their info. They did accept the birth certificate though. I say – folks, get over it, Pres. Obama is our president and he is a US citizen.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  30. Mathew

    Yes, the Birthers are back and you just interviewed one of them. I was not surporised he's from Texas. If he believed his story, he should have been bold enough to show the source of whatever paper he keeps looking at. Look, all these irrational people do is to continue to swirl this stupid story with hope some white Americans will believe it. It is a lie and dumb lie and we will overcome all of them!

    November 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  31. Eric Walker, Miami Fl

    @ac why are you surprised at McCain. Let your producers find all the times he held firm on a position if any. Hes a maverick alright

    November 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  32. Roderick S. Miley

    Good evening! I live in a small town in South Carolina (Walterboro).I, just, finished watching your segment on the Obama-citizenship debate. I like the way that you conduct your debates. You are, always, factual and this proves to be the correct way to handle a debate. I appreciate your non-bias take on any segment that appears on your show. This is the correct way that an interview should be conducted and more news media should follow suit. Kudos to you!! All interviews should be handled in this fashion.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  33. Arthur G.

    As a Texan, I am extremely embarassed by Representatives like Leo Berman who continually spew false-ignorant rhetoric about President Obama. Not to mention he is trying to pass legislation based on his own personal disregard for the President. Really? Something seems 'crazy' here.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  34. Meg Tompkins

    Thanks so much for trying to inject a bit of truth into this issue. It blows me away that there are so many people who are willing to circluate outright lies and continue to do so even when confronted with the truth. You do a real service with Keeping them Honest!

    November 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  35. lisal -canada

    mr mccain should have a "round table" – a little "around the kitchen table Chat" – with a few of the people who have been affected by this – he may need a little personal enlightenment

    November 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  36. Priscilla

    Some people just can not get over the fact that he's black and smart and people like him whether they agree with him or not. I myself like the fact that we have a smart president. Nothing personal against Mr. Bush but viewing him from outside the US, he always appeared to be not the sharpest tool in the shet.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  37. AJ

    Well done, AC! You were patient and polite, but very persistent and didn't let this guy (a congressman!?!) get away with the lies!

    November 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  38. Tod

    This Texas law just strengthens the constitutional requirements for the Office of President!

    November 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  39. Juan

    Gee, more confirmation of why McCain was told in 2008 he wasn't qualified to be president.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  40. Luciel H

    Thank you for standing up for the truth. No matter the color Mr Obama is our President and we need to get past the trivial points.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  41. Anthony - Arlington, VA

    This is the first time in my life that I have witness so much hatred for a President. People refuse to show the President any respect. Why can't people just be rational and check their fact before speaking.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm |

    john mccain seems pretty normal one day and a nut the next // i think age has caught up with him 🙂

    November 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  43. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I support gays in the military, but If someone doesn't tell anyone he/she is homosexual then how can he/she be outed?

    November 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  44. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good point Anderson!!!!!!!!

    November 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  45. Janis

    I think it may have surprised him how easily it was to the soldiers to accept the repeal of DADT.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  46. Joan

    How to change the thinking of the misguided "birthers"? Pascal said it well: "The heart has reasons unknown to reason".

    November 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  47. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I'm still trying to figure out how your sexual preference would affect being in the military? No one has that answer

    November 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  48. Jonathan

    Hello Anderson,

    Why waste time with people like this Texas Rep. who clearly only believes what he wants regardless of the facts. Please stop giving him or others like him the air time to promote foolishness!

    November 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  49. Alison

    I am not saying that the president was not born in the U.s. However, my birth certificate is an original birth certificate and mine is also stamped and signed but from the state of NY. It only says my adoptive parents names and has not other information on it. So it is possible to have one created. Especially with the current technology. (and mine is old)

    November 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I think Sen McCain just want to be seen. Is he for it or not for it.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
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