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WATCH: Harry Reid goes birther in 'SNL' spoof

By Matt DeLong

"Saturday Night Live" opened with a skit last night poking fun at President Obama's relative unpopularity with some Democrats on the campaign trail. In the sketch, Obama (played by Fred Armisen) stumps at a rally for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in Las Vegas. Reid (played by Paul Brittain) informs Obama that he needs to put some distance between the two and proceeds to give a speech calling on the president to release his birth certificate.

"I don't understand why, if you were born in this country, you won't just show us your birth certificate," Reid tells the crowd. "I mean is that too much to ask?"

"You're right," Obama responds, "I probably should!"

Watch the skit:

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Barack Obama's greatest political liability has nothing to do with SNL or Harry Reid.

It is simply the fast growing awareness of the fact that virtually the entire paper trail of Obama's existence from birth to the White House has remained deeply concealed in a tight shroud of secrecy since the time that he first appeared on the national political scene.

It had become customary in modern times for presidential candidates to allow for the release and scrutiny of the substantive body of their personal records and credentials, up until 2008 in large measure primarily because of a strong interest by the mainstream media.

Barack Obama was given an astonishing free pass by the mainstream media on this basic issue of personal truth and transparency. In their eagerness to "make history" by covering the campaign of the man whom they were clearly interested in helping to become the first black president, the mainstream media failed in their essential national responsibility, namely to report on significant events with thoroughness and impartial objectivity. They ignored their duty to search for the truth and should be regarded with disdain by all people who value information in a free society.

It is certainly true that some modern era presidential candidates have been less than completely forthcoming in their compliance with this important traditional practice.

John F. Kennedy's medical records were allegedly sanitized to delete his diagnosis with Addison's disease and his history of treatments for STD related maladies. Lyndon Johnson's financial records were allegedly altered to conceal the extent of his business ownerships and investment holdings. George W. Bush's air national guard service records were allegedly missing or incomplete regarding his attendance and adherence to some standard regulations.

All of these instances pale in comparison to the unprecedented totality of concealment of virtually every significant record and document from Obama's entire past.

Apart from a computer generated laser printed short form version of a birth certificate that a child could have forged which was posted on the Obama 2008 campaign website, and a one page letter from a physician attesting that he was in excellent health, there has been no other release or disclosure of any verifiable background information.

If these facts do not matter to you in the slightest, then you are dismissed and may return to sipping your Kool-Aid.

If these facts cause you some concern, and you believe that this deception should not be successfully continued on until 6 November 2012, then you might consider helping to spread the word about the tragic concealment of the hidden paper trail.

Posted by: FlashHarry | October 25, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

SNL is a comedy/satire show not a reality programming show. I.e. a spoof of Christine O'Donnell, I am not a witch, is a spoof! Do I expect her to come out and admit she really is a witch? Not the least!. With some of these comments based on SNL a skit is just that and that alone. To presume that Barack Obama is not a legal citizen and had the ability to do such a masterful charade for his entire life would be....be, forget it, oh yes, beyond comprehension.

Posted by: randybud | October 25, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

American voters clearly remember that the Obama 2008 campaign repeatedly promised that their administration would uphold the highest ethical standards with a particular emphasis on transparency and accountability.

A vast majority of these voters believe that the proces of running for the office of President of the United States should be the toughest public job interview on the planet.

Barack Obama could not be hired as a janitor in a federal building with the amount of verifiable background information that he has provided.

Virtually the entire paper trail of Obama's existence from birth to the White House remains deeply hidden away in a tight shroud of secrecy.

Barack Obama's original typewritten long form birth certificate, school records, SAT and LSAT scores, college and law school admission records and grade transcripts and thesis papers, medical records, passport history, Illinois state senate tenure records, complete White House visitor logs and other relevant records and documents have all never been released or allowed to be subjected to any sort of scrutiny, despite several years of repeated requests for disclosure by numerous individuals and non-traditional media organizations.

The Obama 2008 campaign and subsequent administration have to date spent a considerable sum on legal fees, estimated in the millions of dollars, to fight Freedom of Information Act filings and other requests to examine this material.

Obama and his handlers were able to successfully hide his past and explain away and minimize his associations with controversial individuals and groups to achieve their electoral victory.

It remains to be seen whether or not they can effectively repeat this deception between now and 6 November 2012.

Barack Obama's true origins, past associations, idealogical convictions, behavioral motivations and ongoing relationships are matters of great concern to a fast growing number of Amwericans who just want to know the truth about this man.

What is being hidden and why are they hiding it?

Posted by: FlashHarry | October 25, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Many a serious word is spoken in jest, just a couple were: "Harry is devious" "Harry is deceitful" "Harry is not to be trusted".

Posted by: Brian54 | October 25, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

A computer generated laser printed short form version of a birth certificate that a child could have forged was posted on the Obama 2008 campaign website, but it only served to intensify the Freedom of Information Act filings and other requests to see the original typewritten long form document, which has never been released or allowed to be scrutinized.

That campaign also produced a one page letter from a physician attesting that Barack Obama was in excellent health for a man of his age.

This constitutes the complete extent of any release or disclosure of any records or documents from Barack Obama's past. Virtually the entire paper trail of his existence from birth to the White House continues to remain deeply hidden away in a tight shroud of secrecy.

Astute observers in corridors of power around the world and other quarters believe that the facts about Obama's place of birth and true paternity are far less important than the truth about what makes him tick and who is pulling his strings.

Whether Barack Obama was born in Hawaii or Kenya or elsewhere, and whether his biological father was the late Kenyan Barack Obama "Sr." or the late CPUSA member and radical activist Frank Marshall Davis or the late "grandfather" Stanley Dunham (arguably the leading candidate - see cashill.com among other numerous sources) or some other man matters much less than the truth about his past associations, idealogical convictions, behavioral influences and ongoing relationships.

This is the sort of presidential candidate background information that could be studied and understood by having access to the verifiable paper trail that American voters have become accustomed in modern times to having provided for them by the mainstream media.

Up until 2008, that is.

The mainstream media gave Barack Obama an astonishing free pass on this basic issue of personal truth and transparency.

In their eagerness to "make history" by covering the campaign of the man whom they were clearly interested in helping to become the first black president, the mainstream media failed in their essential national responsibility, namely to report on significant events with thoroughness and impartial objectivity.

They completely rolled over for Obama.

There is widespread speculation that Obama's rise up the educational and career ladders was greatly facilitated by multiple affirmative action decisions and that he is intellectually far from being the brilliant genius that was marketed by David Axelrod and his other handlers in 2008.

Barack Obama and his handlers were able to successfully hide his past and explain away and minimize his associations with controversial individuals and groups.

They were able to do this by an astounding unprecedented concealment of virtually the entire paper trail of his existence.

Will they be able to effectively repeat this deception between now and 6 November 2012?

Only if you let them.

Posted by: FlashHarry | October 25, 2010 5:23 AM | Report abuse

For those crazies who don't accept President Obama's birth certificate, which has been published and seen by experts, how do you explain the article in the Hawaiian newspaper announcing his birth?

Did he go back in time and publish it himself when he decided to run for Senate or President?

What would make people continue to argue a point completely disproved? is it racism? Is it insanity? Is it partisanship? Is it ideology? Is is pure hate? Given the facts are clearly on President Obama's side, it has to be something.

Of course, there are Holocaust deniers too and the rest of us are still wondering how they can exist given the OVERWHELMING evidence of the murder of approximately 6 million Jews.

Posted by: campaignman | October 24, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Those crazy birthers! What a bunch of nut cases! Look at all of those racist loonies who insist that our wonderful President Obama was born in Kenya or somewhere else outside of the United States! All of those right wing Republican tea baggers are just crazy birthers!

That's the ongoing refrain loudly trumpeted by the mainstream media and the Democratic Party leadership and rabid Obama supporters like some of those posting comments on sites such as this.

This has become an instinctive defence mechanism that they employ whenever any mention is made of the astounding totality of concealment of virtually the entire paper trail of the current president's existence.

In fact, astute observers in corridors of power around the world and other quarters have always rejected the notion that Barack Obama was born anywhere but Hawaii.

American voters clearly remember that the Obama 2008 campaign repeatedly promised that their administration would uphold the highest ethical standards with a particular emphasis on transparency and accountability.

David Axelrod, the principal architect of that electoral victory, sold Obama as a "transformational" leader who would "change the culture" of Washington and bring America into a new "post-racial" era because it was "time" for a black president, with the clear message for whites being that if you won't vote for Obama, then it must mean that you're a racist.

Barack Obama was for all practical purposes presented as a brilliant genius. Axelrod and the other handlers were able to successfully hide Obama's past and explain away and minimize his associations with controversial individuals and groups.

The fact remains that in addition to the infamous original typewritten long form birth certificate, which has never been released or allowed to be examined, Obama's school records, SAT and LSAT scores, college and law school admission records and grade transcripts and thesis papers, medical records, passport history, Illinois state senate tenure records, complete White House visitor logs and practically every other relevant record and document from his birth to the presidency remains deeply hidden away in a tight shroud of secrecy.

Many people believe that his actual birthplace and true paternity matter far less than the truth about what makes him tick and who is pulling his strings.

There is widespread speculation that his rise up the educational and career ladders was largely due to multiple affirmative action decisions and that his academic records would reflect that he is far from the intellectually gifted individual that has been presented to the public.

In short, just another typically mediocre big city machine politician who has used his race to get ahead.

Obama's past associations, idealogical beliefs, behavioral influences and ongoing relationships are matters of great concern to a growing number of Americans of all political persuasions who just want to know the truth.

Posted by: FlashHarry | October 24, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

A good stab at the nut case birthers. Reid having to deal with the crazies who have crept from under their rocks because of having crazy candidates to support like angle, or toomey, or miller, or odonel, or meehan, or corbet. Funny how the "concrete operational" adolescent thinking of the typical conservative cannot understand even modestly sophisticaed satire.

Posted by: John1263 | October 24, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

It's a list of 205 known communists in the sttae department, thank you very much. And of course there was a conspiracy concocted in 1962 to take this Mualism Kenyan sleeper agent child and raise him knowing that he would be president....

and flouridation is stealing our POE, and the UN is a conspiracy to put us under the jackboot of the ZOG!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: John1263 | October 24, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Tried to see the video, but the images never came up. However it is a clever idea, especially at this time when the democrats are seeking transparency about funding for republicans, while knowing that same transparency did not exist for dems during the presidential campaign.

For those, who believe that the COLB at the time of his birth is the same as the birth certificate, perhaps they can explain why one is different than the other by including information about the place of birth and of the father, and more.

However, it does not matter where President Obama was born. McCain was not born in the U.S., and he was deemed to qualify for the Presidency under Article 2, because he was born to two parents who were Americans at the time of his birth. Although President Obama himself speaks of his Nigerian father, in the Inaugural Prayer, the President Elect was described as the son of an African immigrant, which, if true, would make him a definite nbc, under Article 2 of the Constitution.

Posted by: CalP | October 24, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Tried to see the video, but the images never came up. However it is a clever idea, especially at this time when the democrats are seeking transparency about funding for republicans, while knowing that same transparency did not exist for dems during the presidential campaign.

For those, who believe that the COLB at the time of his birth is the same as the birth certificate, perhaps they can explain why one is different than the other by including information about the place of birth and of the father, and more.

However, it does not matter where President Obama was born. McCain was not born in the U.S., and he was deemed to qualify for the Presidency under Article 2, because he was born to two parents who were Americans at the time of his birth. Although President Obama himself speaks of his Nigerian father, in the Inaugural Prayer, the President Elect was described as the son of an African immigrant, which, if true, would make him a definite nbc, under Article 2 of the Constitution.

Posted by: CalP | October 24, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

SNL always tells the truth! This is exactly the truth we need right before the election! Thank you, SNL. VOTE REPUBLICAN!!! You liberals cannot believe the truth! Obama is destroying the country. What the SNL skit did was TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT HARRY REID!!!!

Posted by: georges2 | October 24, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

boblongmire wrote: But they have cast their message so well, and they have such amazing power through this new anonymous advertising that is suddenly allowed, that they just might win enough elections to get their way. And then we will find that they have at least been honest. We will have less money and they will have more.

Unless we all vote.

-----------------------------------

You are absolutely right on with your comment. But what gave an overpowering credence to the republican message was the state of the economy. This within itself manage to overwhelmingly convince Americans that since the status quo was not working it must be wrong -and what the republicans are touting (less government, less spending) must be the way to go. Unfortunately, a lot of Americans are just plain clueless.

Posted by: LindaElliott | October 24, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

We've got 9 percent unemployment; jobs are being created but that's no comfort to those looking for work.
The economy is turning around, but slower than anyone would like.
We've got chiefs of staff who have disobeyed a lawful order from their commander-in-chief to provide an exit strategy option for Afghanistan.

And you birther creeps think the President's SAT and LSAT scores, academic records and theses, and medical records matter? And you wonder why we think you're irrational?

Posted by: amstphd | October 24, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

There is no point in arguing with Birthers, they can never be convinced by the facts. It is not nice to laugh and mock them. They can not help being the way that they are. Whether they were simply born that way or were just dropped on their heads repeatedly as infants, they deserve out pity not our scorn.

Posted by: exbrown | October 24, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The Republican "Pledge to America" promotes less government spending and a reduced economic stimulus. The Democratic agenda includes more of these. Yet the Republicans and the Tea Party have convinced millions of American voters that putting less money into the economy will be good for them somehow. This is an amazing achievement.

Even with the huge anonymous corporate advertising budgets, this is an amazing achievement. Even with foreign companies secretly promoting Republicans who will outsource jobs to those very companies, this is an amazing achievement. Whether you agree with them or not, it is amazing that the Big Money interests can convince so many voters in this country that less money is good for them somehow.

We see seniors demonstrating against socialized medicine although most of them are protected by Medicare. We see unemployed workers demonstrating against spending federal money on jobs. We will see millions of votes for policies that will make the voters themselves poorer.

Whether there are sufficient votes to counter these notions or not, you have to admire the sheer genius behind any campaign that convinces people that less money is good for them. It's the Republican mantra, hidden in code words about deficits and big government. And the opposing argument is so simple: More money is good for you; less is not.

But they have cast their message so well, and they have such amazing power through this new anonymous advertising that is suddenly allowed, that they just might win enough elections to get their way. And then we will find that they have at least been honest. We will have less money and they will have more.

Unless we all vote.

Posted by: boblongmire | October 24, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I don't need to see Obama's birth certificate to know he's the biggest mistake American voters have ever made.

Posted by: GordonShumway | October 24, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Along with the conspiracy to hide Obama's birth history, please, let's not forget the importance of protecting our precious bodily fluids, and the 40 communists in the state department. Or is 80 communists? It's hard to keep track.

Posted by: drjbgmail | October 24, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

The mainstream media and rabid Obama supporters selectively and purposefully focus on the so-called "birthers" whenever any mention is made of the unprecedented totality of concealment of virtually the entire paper trail of the current president's existence.

By portraying the birthers as irrational or deranged individuals obsessed with the belief that Barack Obama was born in Kenya or elsewhere outside of the United States, they avoid the damaging subject of what is perhaps his greatest long term political liability.

Aside from the infamous hidden original typewritten long form birth certificate, observers in corridors of power and other quarters are much more concerned about the fact that practically every significant record and document from the current president's past has never been released or allowed to be subjected to any sort of scrutiny, despite repeated requests for disclosure from numerous individuals and non-traditional media organizations.

The Obama 2008 campaign and subsequent administration have to date spent a considerable sum on legal fees, estimated in the millions of dollars, to fight Freedom of Information Act filings and other requests to examine this material.

In addition to the original typewritten long form birth certificate, Obama's school records, SAT and LSAT scores, college and law school admission records and grade transcripts and thesis papers, medical records, passport history, Illinois state senate tenure records, complete White House visitor logs and other relevant records and documents all remain deeply hidden away in a tight shroud of secrecy.

The mainstream media has given Barack Obama an astonishing free pass on this basic issue of truth and transparency. It had become customary in modern times for presidential candidates to allow for the release and scrutiny of the substantive body of their personal records and credentials, indeed up until 2008 in large measure precisely because of a strong interest from the mainstream media.

The appearance of Barack Obama on the national political scene changed the mainstream media's attitude toward this necessary traditional practice.

In their eagerness to "make history" by covering the campaign of the man whom they were clearly interested in helping to become the first black president, the mainstream media failed in their national responsibility to cover significant events with thoroughness and impartial objectivity.

Barack Obama's true origins, past associations, idealogical beliefs, behavioral motivations and ongoing relationships are matters of great concern to a fast growing number of Americans of all political persuasions who just want to know the truth about this man.

This is the sort of information that could be gleaned and better understood by studying the paper trail that past presidential candidates have provided.

The sort of information that Barack Obama and his handlers obviously do not want to be made public.

Posted by: FlashHarry | October 24, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

America's IQ test comes around again next week. Too bad ignorance is not bliss. How strange American's have forgotten why they were so enraged with Republican leadership they elected a guy named Barak Hussein Obama.

Republicans have not changed. Americans just forgot what they are. The trickle down theories, rewarding the super-rich for looting the economic might of this country, well, have the rich created any jobs for Americans lately? No. Did they when Republicans were in power? No.

They figured out a long time ago they could keep getting rich if America has no middle class. As in every other crony capitalist state in the world, China, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Russia...the rich just don't care what the unemployment rate is. It does not matter to them. So why do downwardly mobile Americans keep voting for Republicans?

Do you think they will "close the border"? Are you joking? Who do you think exploits illegal labor, Democrats? Do you think Republicans protect individual freedom? Are you kidding? Why do you think liberals are called liberal?

The right wing Republican Clarence Thomas (the one with the tea bagging wife) wrote an opinion stating pubescent school girls need to live in fear of being strip searched by school officials at any time lest they hide pills in their panties. You think I'm kidding, but I'm not.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 24, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is worried about Barry releasing his golf score cards and some other stuff and I am busy up here on the Empire State Building trying to swat down biplanes.

Posted by: MichelleKong | October 24, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

The really funny thing about the right-wing nonsense is that President Obama is the ONLY President whose birth certificate I've actually seen. The COLB is a fully valid birth certificate, it says so right on it, and cites the relevant law.

Posted by: gormley14412 | October 24, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

@carlbatey-
We know he was born in Hawaii when it was a state. Give it up. He won the election. Get over it.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | October 24, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

By the way, anyone seen W's military records lately? Oh, I forgot, white idiots get a pass on demands for "full disclosure."

Posted by: Cossackathon | October 24, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Clever lede come-on:
"Harry Reid goes 'birther'..."
As ridiculous as it seems, some fools might actually believe it and think Senator Reid is as much a flip-flopper as Senator McCain has revealed himself to be, which is not the case at all -- but that's how these stupid rumors get started.
How does it feel for some fool to say, "I read it on the Post website -- it must be true!"
Think before you type, please.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | October 24, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

The president who campaigned for a more “open government” and “full disclosure” will not unseal his medical records, his school records, or his passport records. He will not release his Harvard records, his Columbia College records, or his Occidental College records—he will not even release his Columbia College thesis. All his legislative records from the Illinois State Senate are missing and he claims his scheduling records during those State Senate years are lost as well. In addition, no one can find his school records for the elite K-12 college prep school, Punahou School, he attended in Hawaii.

Posted by: panola60 | October 24, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Pretty funny.

Harry Reid would say anything to keep his seat right now.

Posted by: postfan1 | October 24, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Ha-ha, carlbatey, you're right! "Barry" SHOULD produce his birth certificate -- as soon as Dumbya proves his whereabouts for his entire reserve "service" stint...

Posted by: banskd | October 24, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

SNL ARE PHONY RICH LIBERALS WHO DON'T CARE A WHIT ABOUT THE WORKING PERSON...THEY'VE ALWAYS BEEN ANTI-OBAMA...

ARMISON IS A STRAIGHT UP RACIST PIG FOR HIS BLACKFACE IMPRESSION...

SNL IS ALL WHITE PHONY CRAP!

NOW I'VE GOT A BARNBURNER OF A STUMP SPEECH AT...
http://chipshirley.com/
CHIPSHIRLEY.COM

"COME ON AMERICA! YOU'VE BEEN LIED TO!"

Posted by: ChipShirley | October 24, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

SNL ARE PHONY RICH LIBERALS WHO DON'T CARE A WHIT ABOUT THE WORKING PERSON...THEY'VE ALWAYS BEEN ANTI-OBAMA...

ARMISON IS A STRAIGHT UP RACIST PIG FOR HIS BLACKFACE IMPRESSION...

SNL IS ALL WHITE PHONY CRAP!

NOW I'VE GOT A BARNBURNER OF A STUMP SPEECH AT...
http://chipshirley.com/
CHIPSHIRLEY.COM

"COME ON AMERICA! YOU'VE BEEN LIED TO!"

Posted by: ChipShirley | October 24, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

@caribatey,

It's in Hawaii, right where the Republican governor of that state says it is.

But hey, why let pesky facts get in the way of a good conspiracy theory? :-D

Posted by: MockingbirdGirl | October 24, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

SNL ARE PHONY RICH LIBERALS WHO DON'T CARE A WHIT ABOUT THE WORKING PERSON...THEY'VE ALWAYS BEEN ANTI-OBAMA...

ARMISON IS A STRAIGHT UP RACIST PIG FOR HIS BLACKFACE IMPRESSION...

SNL IS ALL WHITE PHONY CRAP!

NOW I'VE GOT A BARNBURNER OF A STUMP SPEECH AT...
http://chipshirley.com/
CHIPSHIRLEY.COM

"COME ON AMERICA! YOU'VE BEEN LIED TO!"

Posted by: ChipShirley | October 24, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Ha!Ha! But seriously, where IS Barry's birth certificate? Trying to joke the issue away doesn't change the fact that Barry doesn't have one.

Posted by: carlbatey | October 24, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

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