Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball program and self-declared enemy of the birthers asked the question: “Why has the president himself not demanded they put out the original documents?”
Matthews describes the birther movement as a “manufactured controversy” but expresses concern for the 23% of Americans, as reported in a New York Times poll last April, who “do not know” if Barack Obama was born in the United States.
I, on the other hand, am not concerned about that 23% which is far below the percentage that don’t even know who the Vice President is (31% in a 2007 Pew Research Center poll). Given all the information available, further information will not make any difference in that crowd.
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As for the hard core birthers, in a related story, birther queen Orly Taitz, DDS, Esq. has challenged Governor Abercrombie to a televised national debate on President Obama’s birth certificate. Taitz has stated that since Obama’s friend is now governor of Hawaii, no documentation from Hawaii would convince her.
Trying to convince birthers is a fools errand.