I would have thought the earth would reverse its rotation before I’d find common ground with Andrew Sullivan. Apparently nothing so extreme had to happen. All Sullivan had to do was advocate precisely the same point I’ve been making forever which is that Obama needs to stop being so secretive. Here’s Sullivan:
So many readers are furious that I have dared to ask the president to show the original copy of his birth certificate. The reason for demanding it is the same reason for demanding basic medical records proving Sarah Palin is the biological mother of Trig.
Because it would make it go away and it’s easily done.
I’m tired of these public officials believing they have some right to privacy. They don’t. It’s the price of public office. If you don’t like it, don’t be president. And for goodness’ sake, don’t run for president on a platform of transparency.
And then once Obama’s cleared the air as to his birth, how about if he releases his Occidental College transcripts, his Columbia U. transcripts and his Harvard Law Transcripts? As Sullivan so pithily (and correctly) said, “I’m tired of these public officials believing they have some right to privacy. They don’t.”
Andrew, you are completely right. Obama could make all of this go away in a single second.
Of course, right now, Obama doesn’t want the birth certificate issue to go away. Because the press has figured out how to turn it against the conservatives who are troubled by Obama’s many secrets, it’s in Obama’s interest to keep waving the birth certificate red flag in front of charging Birthers for as long as possible.
I therefore humbly suggest that Birthers stop focusing on the birth certificate, which is a double edged and pointless sword, and instead begin demanding that Obama release all of his records so that the American people can to know more about this hyper-secretive man who is guiding our destinies. That’s a much better and more interesting sell to ordinary citizens, and it doesn’t expose conservatives to the risk of being characterized as wackos with tinfoil hats.
The new mantra: “Release your records, Mr. President. All of them!”