Trump Takes Credit For Birth Certificate Release

Even before the President had addressed the press about his birth certificate, Donald Trump was at an airport in New Hampshire taking credit for it:

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Donald Trump began his trip to New Hampshire Wednesday with a victory lap over the release of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, gleefully taking credit for pressuring the White House to disclose a document that Trump had said doesn’t exist.

“I’ve accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish,” he said. “I want to look at it, but I hope it’s true so we can get onto much more important matters, so the press can stop asking me questions.

“I am really honored frankly to have played such a big role in hopefully, hopefully, getting rid of this issue,” he added. “We have to look at it, we have to see is it real, is it proper, what’s on it, but I hope it checks out beautifully. I am really proud, I am really honored.”

News of the morning release was percolating online and on TV before Trump hit the tarmac here. The timing provided a stirring contrast of images and gave Trump still more of the media oxygen he’s devoured for weeks — even as the substance finally deflated what had been the reason for his political omnipresence and rise in opinion polls. Trump had claimed he sent investigators to Hawaii to look into the issue, repeatedly and widely debunked, and that they were turning up interesting findings.

Stepping into an airport hangar, Trump appeared as a giant door rose to reveal him standing in front of his helicopter, emblazoned — naturally — with “Trump.”

“I’m taking great credit,” he said, calling it “rather amazing” that it “suddenly materializes.”

Of course you are Donald.


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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. mantis says:

    He might as well just stand up, arms outstretched, and yell, “I’m the biggest jackass in America! Hooray for me!”

  2. legion says:

    Wow. That’s pretty… amazing.

    At least now we have full confirmation that the proper response is to point and laugh, not just at Trump, but at anyone who treats him as a serious person in any way.

  3. jwest says:

    I would have to give some credit to Chris Mathews, but yes, Trump made Obama fold.

  4. sam says:

    Does this mean that those investigators he sent to Hawaii were just shoveling bullshit back to him for more money and maybe some ludes, as Jon Stewart suggested?

  5. hey norm says:

    for me this is the most disappointing action by obama since january 20th, 2009.
    at the same time it will be interesting to see if the racists in the room, trump included, move en masse to the afirmative action meme. if you saw buchanan on hardball last night it was like watching and waiting for a train wreck…but he managed to just barely keep it on the rails…just barely.
    maybe we are still to see the anvil drop on the coyotes head…i can hope. as sully says…meep meep.

  6. hey norm says:

    maybe it’s obama’s plan to give trump just a little credibility so that he can win the nomination of the so-called republicans…that would be a genius…make trump a serious candidate…genius.

  7. john personna says:

    jwest, you nitwit, “fold” would only have meaning if Obama had said “gosh darn it, you’re right. i am not a citizen”

    How f’d in the head are birthers if they think proving (yet again) that Obama IS a citizen is a win for them?

  8. jwest says:


    You’ve been around here long enough to know the truth, but for some reason you fail to accept it.

    As you know, I have always argued that Obama was a U.S. citizen. There are now electronic devices that will allow you to go back and check each and every word written by me on the subject. Obama capitulated (folded) under pressure because his plan to paint “birthers” as crazy racists was losing, as his poll numbers prove.

    Certainly, some in the press will try to spin this into a “winning” moment for Obama, but even they know, only liberals are naïve enough to buy that line.

    Trump won this round.

  9. john personna says:

    Yes, I used the power of the internets. And I am not impressed:

    As I’ve always stated, Obama is a “natural born citizen” regardless of the location of his birth, due to the citizenship of his mother. The birth certificate is more a fairness issue than anything else. Is there anyone who would deny that if a republican president had the same circumstances that the MSM wouldn’t hound him 24/7 to release his original birth certificate?

    I see that “regardless of the location of his birth” BS as a way to try and play both sides.

    You wasted your energy, and lost position, trying to defend birthers, when you should have been on the side to clean it up.

    Think about it. If you, and Drew, and whoever had said “the short form birth certificate is enough, the newspaper birth anouncements are enough” THEN you’d be on the right side of this.

    In the end you grandstanded and whined and begged for something that … made no difference whatsoever!

    You proved the opposite of what you wanted to prove!

  10. john personna says:

    I mean … LOGICAL FAIL!!!!!!

    If you are now saying “we knew there was a long form certificate!”

    Then WTF were you whining about?

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  12. An Interested Party says:

    Since when did logic have anything to do with anything that jwest has written…

  13. jwest says:

    John & Interested Party,

    It’s in your best interest to stop using the word “logic” until you gain a better understanding of its meaning.

    During the whole birther episode, Obama’s refusal to release the long form made it so the only logical conclusion was that there was something on that form that he didn’t want the public to see. This is why whenever the issue was brought up; liberals were always asked to provide a plausible explanation of why Obama wouldn’t release the document. None ever attempted an answer.

    Yes, there were some who took a totally illogical stance that it was impossible for Obama to have the document released. I took the time to question Doug directly in the comments to clarify his stance and state unequivocally as a lawyer that if Obama was his client, he would tell him that there was no possible way for him to get the long form. Of course, Doug didn’t want to go there.

    Why not just admit that Obama’s withholding the long form was a massive political mistake, made by him through a combination of inexperience and less than stellar intelligence. The irony and hypocrisy of Obama complaining about releasing records is amazing considering he wouldn’t even have been elected to the Illinois state senate or the U.S. senate without questioning his opponent’s documents and having a friendly judge release sealed child custody papers.