I prided myself in avoiding the whole discussion of birth certificates. But with the news that President Obama, has requested that his long form birth certificate be released, I decided that I needed to say something. And not that he will read it, but I will address my comment to the President.
President Obama, for those people who are most dedicated to the idea of "birtherism," NOTHING that you do will ever be seen as legitimate. Jesus could tell the world that you were born in Hawaii, and they would consider Jesus to have been paid off, or even worse, a liberal.
I can understand why Obama would do this, really. But like those folks who are now questioning how he got into Columbia and Harvard (because for that lot, no black person can actually be qualified to get in to a school that isn't an HBCU on his/her own merit), it doesn't matter what Obama does, says or is; he is to be reviled, detested and removed.
As much as I did not like the policies of President Bush, it never dawned on me to think that he wasn't an American, nor was I one of those folks who considered Bush illegitimate following the SCOTUS ruling in 2000. Not since Chester Arthur's nomination to be James Garfield's running mate have we had this level of hullabaloo around a President's birth (and there, apparently, are real questions about whether Arthur was born in Vermont or Canada, which for the geographically challenged, shares a border with Vermont).
The vast majority of Americans know that President Obama was born in Hawaii, including the 30% of Republicans who have legitimate policy beefs with Obama. Releasing that birth certificate was not necessary, and a waste of President Obama's time.