Trump, in New Hampshire, takes credit for release of Obama birth certificate

Washington Post

Real estate mogul Donald Trump, a possible GOP presidential contender who has been at the forefront of the birther movement, took credit Wednesday for the release of President Obama’s long-form birth certificate, saying that he was “honored” to have played such a big role in forcing the issue.

As someone who has never put much stock in this issue (though I have wondered why Obama didn’t put it to rest years ago), I’m amazed that Trump was able to goad the president into addressing this issue when other Republicans were afraid to touch it. I think it remains the wrong issue to focus on when there are so many real problems with this presidency, but Mr. Obama apparently concluded the doubts Trump expressed were hurting him politically.

Obama says the birther controversy is “silly,” and he has more important things to do. Agreed. But is that why he hustled over to Oprah’s Chicago studios for an interview? Is that what we are paying him to do?

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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