Donald Trump has been getting a lot of attention for his “birther” crusade. He’s doing it for attention, which is a a shame, because he actually makes a lot of sense on other, non-conspiracy theory, issues.
Tommy Christopher, a diehard liberal journalist, actually does a good job from time to time. Most recently, he’s thoroughly debunked the birthers:
Why Doesn’t President Obama Release His Long-Form Birth Certificate?
I’m going to start here, because this is the piece of the puzzle that nagged at me for a long time. For the uninitiated, much of the Birther conspiracy centers around the Obama campaign’s release of a Certification of Live Birth (COLB) to prove his eligibility for the office of the presidency, rather than an original “long-form” birth certificate. The COLB is the equivalent of the certified copy I use whenever I need a birth certificate, or whenever anyone else does the same. Nobody carries around their “original” birth certificate (although, according to Stephen Wright, George Washington carried around a dollar bill for this purpose).