Jeffrey T. Kuhner
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Donald Trump’s potential candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination has forced the issue of whether Barack Obama was born in America into the mainstream, a question the establishment media has been frantically avoiding.
Mr. Trump is demanding the president reveal his long-form birth certificate. The real estate mogul believes Mr. Obama is deliberately withholding embarrassing or damaging information...
Clearly, his message is resonating with large segments of the Republican base. Even some liberals, such as MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, are calling for Mr. Obama to release his birth records... Mr. Obama has been the most secretive president since Richard Nixon.
In fact, much is still not known about Mr. Obama’s past. His medical records, academic records and thesis as an undergraduate student all remain hidden from the public.
This is not trivial. Rather, it is crucial to understanding the man occupying the Oval Office — his background, worldview, intellectual influences as a student, academic performance and overall physical ability to do the toughest job in the world. The American people have a right to full disclosure about their commander in chief...
The birth issue is slowly casting a shadow over Mr. Obama’s presidency; it threatens to undermine public confidence in his legal and moral authority to govern. Several states are pushing to pass laws compelling future presidential candidates — including Mr. Obama — to fully disclose all documents proving their natural born citizenship status. This desire for greater political transparency and accountability is healthy.
It is time Mr. Obama came clean. At a minimum, if he does not reveal his birth certificate, he cannot — and should not — be allowed to run for a second term.
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