UPDATE, APRIL 27, 1:36 P.M.: Yes, Virginia, there's still a Birther Movement.
Apparently, after a few hours of letting the news sink in that President Barack Obama released his long-form birth certificate and taking a magnifying glass to the image of it on her TV screen, Orly Taitz has concluded the document is fraudulent.
The latest twist is disclosed in Elspeth Reeve's roundup of Birther reactions for The Atlantic (emphasis is theirs):
The famous "Queen of All Brithers," Orly Taitz, who's played a role in a handful of lawsuits in which soldiers refused to deploy to war zones because their orders came from an illegitimate commander-in-chief, remains unconvinced. She gets points for originality: Her proof that the document is fraudulent is that Obama's father's race is listed as "African." Taitz explained to Talking Points Memo's Ryan J. Reilly, "In those years ... when they wrote race, they were writing 'Negro' not 'African. ... In those days nobody wrote African as a race, it just wasn't one of the options. It sounds like it would be written today, in the age of political correctness, and not in 1961 when they wrote white or Asian or 'Negro'."
Um . . . yeah.
Other Birthers corralled by Reeve include:
- Andy Martin, who is cast as the "King of All Birthers": "Well, I'll be damned. . . . it looks OK! . . . I'm stunned . . . obviously the pressure got to be too much." BUT: "The pressure for his college records is going to become relentless." (Sidebar: Donald Trump has now shifted from the birth certificate to the college records issue.) AND: "Our god is stronger than Obama's god, whatever his god is."
- Legislative director Sharon Guthrie, speaking for Texas state Rep. Leo Berman, who introduced a bill requiring presidential candidates to produce a birth certificate: "What I've seen online, what they produced today, still says certificate of live birth across the top. We want to see a 'birth certificate.' The one that we have that says 'birth certificate' is from Mombassa, Kenya, with his footprint on it. He has still not produced an American birth certificate."
- Phil Berg, who filed the first birther lawsuits: "I'm not that concerned with the birth certificate. . . . Unless there is evidence that he renounced his Indonesian citizenship, we believe he is an illegal president."
ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 27, 9:44 A.M.: First, Dan Amira just posted this snippet of a conversation with Taitz on New York magazine's online edition:
Amira: Are you convinced by the birth certificate? Are you convinced now that he was born in Hawaii?
Taitz: I think it's much better evidence than what we've had before. I think it's a step in the right direction--
Amira: What do you mean "a step"? Isn't this conclusive?
Taitz: Well, as long as, in the sense that the experts are reviewing it, and as long as the experts are saying, "Yes, this is a genuine document that was created at the time [of Obama's birth]," I would say that that would put this issue to rest.
See, even if the birth certificate is legit, Taitz still questions whether Obama is a "natural-born citizen" under the U.S. Constitution, because his American-born mother was married to a Kenyan-born British subject at the time of the president's birth.
Indeed, among the first items posted today on orlytaitzesq.com this morning is her fuming that Chief Justice John Roberts has not yet honored her demand that the U.S. Supreme Court explore the eligibility issue.
The site reveals that Roberts and Obama are not alone in Orly's crosshairs: she's also spreading a petition to recall Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who recently vetoed a bill demanding presidential candidates provide long-form birth certificates before being declared eligible to appear on ballots in that state.
And there's a heartfelt note from another birther relinquishing the fight to Taitz and Donald Trump. As he does with the fortunes of NBC, the economic health of Atlantic City and the sun shining, The Donald took credit this morning for Obama releasing his birth certificate.
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"Today I am very proud of myself because I have accomplished something that no one else has accomplished," said Trump (via ABC News). "I am really honored, frankly, to have played such a big role in hopefully, hopefully, getting rid of this issue."
Naturally, he said he still wants to examine the birth certificate himself, but Trump "hopes it's true" so everyone else will stop asking him about it, freeing him up to pontificate about weightier issues like oil prices, China and whatever the hell that is living on top of his head.
In that sense, Trump does sound presidential.
"We don't have time for this kind of silliness," Obama told White House reporters today. "We've got better stuff to do. I've got better stuff to do."