Several weeks ago, my passport was stolen. Getting a new one from the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur was not that big a deal. However, I did have to show a certified original copy of my birth certificate to receive a new passport.
Let me say for the record that I am not a birther. I do believe that President Obama was born in the United States. However, it is also not true that he has released his original birth certificate. If I need one to get a passport, I think the president should also have to release his in order to meet the requirements to be president in the first place.
It has also become the excuse for people who already hate him (racists etc.) to spew the most ridiculous conspiracy theories that he is a Manchurian Candidate a secret Muslim en enemy agent etc.
I think there might be something personally embarrassing there. His parents weren’t married at the time he was born or even more likely his mother was pregnant with him at the time his parents were married. However embarrassing these details are, there is nothing there that would preclude him being president.
While it’s nice to assume the best about people, the racists tea party Republicans having one last temper tantrum before economic collapse are letting fly with open xenophobia and racism. Being above it cannot work with such an ignorant, loathsome foe. For that reason, Obama should release his original birth certificate.