It appears the Obama Administration is inept at anything other than getting elected. They have failed with the economy, unemployment, foreign affairs, healthcare, etc. etc. ad nauseum. Despite one disaster after another, they blunder forward guided only by arrogance.
The birth certificate issue is more incompetence and arrogance. The issue should have been dealt with at the beginning of Obama’s campaign. The fact that it wasn’t should have raised a red flag. Obama’s unwillingness to deal with the matter should have raised questions of judgment, respect for the law and fitness for office. Citizenship is a clear-cut requirement for the office, spelled out in the Constitution. Such matters cannot be assumed, or allowed, to be irrelevant.
Anthony J Ciani stated that such requests for information were never considered irrelevant before:
In fact, I can now say that there has never been a president who, when challenged for his vital records, did not provide them.
Fawning media protected Obama on this and many other issues in the primaries and campaign. They continued to safeguard him in office by burying the issue and ridiculing anyone who raised it. Their shield enabled Obama to mostly ignore the issue.
Then, along came Donald Trump, a man with an ego bigger than Obama’s. Trump commands his own microphone. He can be criticized but not silenced. He is capable of playing the media for personal advantage. Trump brought the birth certificate issue back to the front burner.
Mr. Trump’s motives are unclear. Does he desire to replace Obama in 2012? Is he