The Week: Most Recent Barack Obama:Birther Movement recent posts.en-usTue, 13 Mar 2012 18:05:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Barack Obama:Birther Movement from THE WEEKTue, 13 Mar 2012 18:05:00 -0400'Obama is a Muslim' and 6 other persistent conspiracy theories<img src="" /></P><p>Fifty-two percent of Republicans in Mississippi and 45 percent in Alabama think that President Obama is a Muslim&nbsp;&mdash; even though he has repeatedly said that he is Christian. Those numbers come from a new Public Policy Polling survey, which also found that&nbsp;37 percent of Republicans still believe Obama was born abroad &mdash; despite the fact that in April 2011<em> </em>he released his long-form birth certificate from Hawaii. Those aren't the only rumors and conspiracy theories about the president that never seem to die, despite strong evidence to the contrary. Here, six more ways kooky skeptics...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 13 Mar 2012 18:05:00 -0400Are 'deathers' the new birthers?<img src="" /></P><p>Birtherism may finally be withering. A new <em>Washington Post</em> poll released this week found that only 10 percent of Americans say President Obama was probably born abroad, down from 20 percent in the weeks before Obama released his long-form birth certificate. Another contributing factor: The president's announcement of Osama bin Laden's death. But the tradition of conspiracy theorizing is hardly over. A new group of skeptics &mdash; those who insist bin Laden isn't really dead &mdash; has begun speaking up. Even as al Qaeda itself has confirmed bin Laden's demise, dogged "deather" conspiracy theorists...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 06 May 2011 16:19:00 -0400Obama mocks Trump: Did The Donald get what he deserved?<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> At times, the annual White House Correspondents' dinner on Saturday felt more like a roast of celebrity developer and possible 2012 presidential hopeful Donald Trump. The event's host, <em>Saturday Night Live</em>'s Seth Meyers, landed the most brutal punches, but President Obama got a few digs in at The Donald as well, targeting Trump's fixation with the "birther" conspiracy theory. (See video below.) Trump, who sat "stone-faced" or even visibly angry through much of the ribbing, later said he found some of the jokes, especially those from Meyers, "inappropriate." Was Trump fair game?<strong><br />The reaction...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 02 May 2011 11:06:00 -0400Why birthers won't quit: Racism?<img src="" /></P><p>Diehard birthers are continuing to question whether President Obama was really born in the U.S., even though he's fulfilled their request to release his long-form Hawaii birth certificate. Civil rights leaders, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, say the conspiracy won't die because it's been a racist dog whistle all along. Are birthers really just unwilling to accept Obama's legitimacy because he's African-American?<br /><br /><strong>In a word, yes:</strong> "The birther movement is nothing more than outright racism," says Doug Thompson at <em>Capitol Hill Blue</em>. No president before Barack Obama has been forced to go so far to...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 29 Apr 2011 14:07:00 -0400The origin of the birthers<img src="" /></P><p><strong>What do the birthers believe?</strong><br />That Barack Obama does not meet the requirement, laid out in Article 2 of the U.S. Constitution, that the president be a &ldquo;natural born Citizen.&rdquo; Most think Obama was born in Kenya, his father&rsquo;s birthplace, or in Indonesia, where he lived from 1967 to 1971. Many just suspect the president is hiding <em>something</em> about the circumstances of his birth&mdash;be it his birthplace, his religion, or his father&rsquo;s true identity. After two years of rumors and controversy, Obama finally released his original, long-form birth certificate this week, which should...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 29 Apr 2011 12:32:00 -0400Obama's birth certificate: A win for Donald Trump?<img src="" /></P><p>Almost as soon as the president released his long-form birth certificate at a Wednesday press conference, potential Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump claimed credit for accomplishing something "nobody else was able to accomplish... I am really honored," Trump said, " to have played such a big role in hopefully getting rid of this issue." Many political insiders dismiss Trump as a publicity-seeking sideshow candidate, but his trumpeting of the birther issue arguably pushed the conspiracy theory into the mainstream. Did Trump force Obama's hand?<strong></strong></p><p><strong>Trump's self-congratulation is justified...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 28 Apr 2011 11:49:00 -0400Why did Obama release his birth certificate? 5 theories<img src="" /></P><p>President Obama shocked Washington by releasing his long-form birth certificate Wednesday, seeking to shut down what he called the growing "distraction" of conspiracy theorists who question where he was born and, thus, his eligibility to be president. He chided the press for giving so much attention to the birther movement, but "the document's release by Obama may have raised more questions than it answered," says Beth Reinhard in <em>National Journal</em>, "including this one: What took him so long?" And why release it at all? Here, five theories:</p><p><strong>1. The racist birther canard had entered the mainstream...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 28 Apr 2011 10:16:00 -0400The end of birtherism<img src="" /></P><p>Even for the small band that sustained the phony controversy until now, the birth certificate so-called issue ends today.<br /><br />After the White House released the president's long-form birth certificate this morning, any last lingering doubts that maybe, perhaps, a pregnant Stanley Ann Dunham in the summer of 1961 boarded a propeller plane from Honolulu to Los Angeles, then from Los Angeles to New York City, then from New York City to Gander, then from Gander to London, then from London to Nairobi &mdash; and then repeated the trip backward a few weeks later &mdash; all so that her baby could acquire...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/david-frum" ><span class="byline">David Frum</span></a>Wed, 27 Apr 2011 12:25:00 -0400Obama releases his birth certificate: Is 'birtherism' dead?<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video: </strong>On Wednesday morning, President Obama released the long-form version of his birth certificate to a group of stunned reporters. (Watch his press conference below.) The document, which is also available at the White House website, "shows conclusively that Mr. Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii," says Michael Shear at <em>The New York Times</em>. Previously, the president had only made available a copy of the short-form certificate. The conspiracy theory that Obama was actually born in Kenya, and thus is not eligible to be president, has been debunked time and again, but has still captured media...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 27 Apr 2011 11:35:00 -0400Is Donald Trump's birtherism a 'terrible mistake'?<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> During an interview on <em>Fox News Sunday</em>, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticized possible presidential candidate Donald Trump for continuing to question where Barack Obama was born. (See video below.) Bloomberg called the noisy billionaire a friend and "New York icon," but said that Trump's birtherism preoccupation was not only wrongheaded, but bad political strategy: "The Republicans are making a terrible mistake in making this a big issue," Bloomberg said. "We have immigration, we have the deficit, we have the economy. Those are the things that the public cares about." Meanwhile...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 25 Apr 2011 12:07:00 -0400Jan Brewer's birther bill veto: 4 theories<img src="" /></P><p>Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) shocked the political world this week by vetoing two of the Right's "pet pieces" of legislation. One bill would have allowed firearms on parts of college campuses. The other, known as the "birther bill," would have made Arizona the first state to require specific proof of U.S. citizenship from presidential candidates. Brewer said the gun law was poorly written, and described the birther bill as "a bridge too far." (A similar "birther" bill was introduced in Louisiana last week, and the governor there, Republican Bobby Jindal, says that he will sign it if it reaches his...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 20 Apr 2011 12:35:00 -0400Arizona's 'crazy' birther bill<img src="" /></P><p>Arizona's legislature has approved a "birther" bill &mdash; derided as "crazy" by some on the Left &mdash; that many see as a thinly veiled attempt to keep President Obama off the state's ballot in 2012. The bill requires presidential candidates to provide specific forms of proof that they are natural born citizens, including a "long form birth certificate that includes at least the date and place of birth, the names of the hospital and the attending physician, if applicable, and signatures of any witnesses in attendance." The ample citizenship proof that Obama has already provided to try and silence...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 15 Apr 2011 12:21:00 -0400Is Sarah Palin a 'birther' now?<img src="" /></P><p>Donald Trump has used his loudly expressed doubts about President Obama's origins to become one of the spring's most-discussed presidential hopefuls, and fellow potential candidate Sarah Palin says, "More power to him." Speaking with Fox News' Jeanine Pirro on Saturday, Palin said she thinks Obama "was born in Hawaii," but gets why "a lot of people" find Obama's unwillingness to release the long-form version of his birth certificate "kind of perplexing." Has Palin gone birther?</p><p><strong>She's veering even further into the political fringe:</strong> "Every other serious Republican has distanced themselves from Donald...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 11 Apr 2011 10:01:00 -0400Is Donald Trump's 'birther' strategy actually working?<img src="" /></P><p>Who said birtherism was bad for your political health? Potential 2012 candidate Donald Trump has wholeheartedly embraced the conspiracy theory that President Obama is not a U.S. citizen, and, despite a barrage of criticism from conservative figures like Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck, the strategy appears to be paying off. A new national poll shows that Trump is now second only to Mitt Romney in the GOP field. On Thursday morning, the real estate magnate was at it again, claiming on NBC's <em>Today</em> that he has "real doubts" the president was born in the U.S. Could Trump's immigration to the right-wing...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 07 Apr 2011 15:46:00 -0400Is Donald Trump a birther?<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> In an interview with <em>Good Morning America</em> on Thursday, Donald Trump said he wasn't sure whether President Obama was born in the United States. (See video below.) "Let me tell you, I'm a really smart guy," Trump said. "I was a really good student at the best school in the country. The reason I have a little doubt [about Obama's origins], just a little, is because he grew up and nobody knew him. It's very strange. The whole thing is very strange." The real-estate impresario, who says he's considering a bid for the presidency, didn't just flirt with birtherism. He also blasted House Speaker...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 18 Mar 2011 06:45:00 -0400Mike Huckabee's 'venomous' birther gambit<img src="" /></P><p>Mike Huckabee isn't known for endorsing fringe conspiracy theories about President Obama &mdash; in fact, he once called the "birther" claim that Obama was born outside the U.S. "nonsense." So it surprised many observers when Huckabee spun an elaborate theory on a talk-radio show Tuesday (listen below) about how Obama's worldview was shaped by being raised in Kenya (he wasn't) by his Kenyan father (whom he barely knew). A spokesman later said Huckabee "misspoke," and meant Indonesia (where Obama spent several years as a boy), not Kenya. But was this really just a slip of the tongue?</p><p><strong>Huckabee's...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 02 Mar 2011 10:03:00 -0500