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President Obama fills out his census form

By Ed O'Keefe


President Obama fills out his census form in the Oval Office on Monday. (Pete Souza/White House)

Updated 12:27 p.m. ET
It's Census Day, the day the U.S. Census Bureau asks people to use as the guide as they fill out their 2010 census forms. After years of preparations, hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising and outreach, everyone living in the United States has until the end of the month to return the forms.

The White House this morning released the above photo of President Obama filling out his census form on Monday. The president provided information for himself, Mrs. Obama, his two daughters and his mother in law, Marian Robinson, according to the White House. (This blown up version of the photo shows that the president used the main White House telephone number -- 202-456-1111 -- for his contact information.)

"On Census Day, I urge all Americans to fulfill their civic duty by participating in the 2010 Census," Obama said in a formal proclamation of Census Day.

"The 2010 Census is safe and easy to complete, and the Census Bureau aggressively protects all census participants' private information, which is never used against them or shared with other government or private entities," Obama said later. "By mailing the Census form back, we help save taxpayer dollars and ensure that all Americans get the support they deserve and a voice in our democracy."

In addition to filling out his form, the president taped a public service announcement for the Census earlier this year. The Census Bureau also has spent millions of dollars on Super Bowl ads, a NASCAR sponsorship and other community-based efforts -- including message in fortune cookies, and Lego-sized census takers at California's Legoland theme park.

If you have yet to fill out your form, watch this video to see how long it takes.

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below

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By Ed O'Keefe  | April 1, 2010; 9:31 AM ET
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Comments

Before anyone tries to say the questions are unusually "intrusive", check out the census of 1840: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1840_United_States_Census

And maybe mark yourself under "insane and idiotic" :)

There are less questions on this year's form than there have been in 30 years.

Posted by: financepirate | April 1, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

All together now, wingnuts and birthers:
HE WROT KENYYA!!! OR MOSCKOW!!!

Posted by: TomHRyan | April 1, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Did Obozo answer the question about being an illegal alien?

Posted by: carlbatey | April 1, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Did Obozo answer the question about being an illegal alien?

Posted by: carlbatey | April 1, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

"No word on whether he picked Washington, D.C. or Chicago as his place of residence. (By law he should put Washington.)"

Why do you ask this question? Do you believe the President is above the law or willing to ignore it? Shame on you. This is treason.

Posted by: jiji1 | April 1, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget your Aunt, oops I forgot she lives off the Taxpayers.

Posted by: highwaybluesoccer | April 1, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

There is a reason why the actual return rate is under 79% and even members of congress are refusing to fill it out.

The Government is refusing to listen to what the citizens want.

Obams's aunt still is under 24/7 protection, drawing a SS disabilty and essentially refuses to be deported.

Change maybe but rip off for sure.

Posted by: KBlit | April 1, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

So the Presidents Mother-in-Law lives in the White House?

Posted by: Dan_in_MD | April 1, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Hope he had more success filing out the Census than he did with his NCAA basketball brackets! OUCH!!

Posted by: cschotta1 | April 1, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what Barry Soreoto put down as his race. We all know that he was born in Indonesia, because he will not produce a real birth certificate.

Posted by: tjhall1 | April 1, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Tom,
I assume you are joking around on your spelling. If not, you've got three out of the five words spelled wrong....however, I did see you had wingnuts and birthers spelled correctly.

By the way on the Certificate of live birth, my daughter was born on vacation in Texas, but when we got back to the islands she was able to get the certificate of live birth like the Pres did...all they needed was where we were living and they never questioned the fact she was born off the island while on vacation. The other daughter was born on Guam and was born in the military hospital but also got a Guam birth certificate by just showing up and paying at the window...we could have been from mars and they didn't really check.

If you really believe that Hawaii was running some tight, secure document program back then, you are gullible. A large portion of Asians and Filipinos on both Hawaii,Guam, and California have used dead people's papers and paid someone to get them a real certificate after they marry someone or a military member...saw it all the time working in CID!

Before you jump to conclusions, my daughter has a Texas Birth Certificate, but when we got back to the island, they sent us the paperwork to get the Certificate of Live birth and we explained she was born off island and they said it's no big deal. If anything she has it as a souvenir.

A certificate of Live birth is NOT a birth Certificate. Hawaii did that to pump up their population numbers for federal funding and programs...now do you get it?

Posted by: wcdun1 | April 1, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

The KING of the PhtoOp's, did he need the TelePrompter to fill out the form ???

Posted by: thgirbla | April 1, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

To all you LOCO birthist theorists:

As Bill Maher put it so eloquently "We'll show you Obama's birth certificate once you show us Sarah Palin's High School diploma".

Boom, roasted!

Posted by: skins82 | April 1, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

MR. PRESIDENT -- From U.S. government "census" to U.S. government "CENSORSHIP?"... for your immediate attention:

MORE PERSUASIVE EVIDENCE THAT U.S. GOV'T 'OPS' CENSOR POLITICAL SPEECH ON THE INTERNET

See latest comments:

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-govt-uses-cbs-news-cover-microwave-cell-tower-torture
OR http://NowPublic.com/scrivener re: "U.S. Gov't Uses..." and "U.S. Silently..."

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 1, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Obammie's most rabid supporters are easily as ignorant as Palin and the Tea people:

"We'll show you Obama's birth certificate once you show us Sarah Palin's High School diploma". - attributed to Bill Maher

Talk about a non-sequitor. What does Palin's high school diploma have to do with Obama's birth certificate? Palin is not the president of the United States (thank goodness!) and even if she were, she wouldn't be required to prove that she graduated from high school. She would however have to be "...a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution..." (per the United States Constitution, article 2, section 1, paragraph 5). If she were called out on it, I would expect her to respond with direct and irrefutable proof on the matter. A few years back, when Arnold Schwarzenegger was a darling of the Pubs and got elected gov of California it was clear he could not be elected president of the U.S. because of this same issue.

Bill Maher may think he's funny and his fans may think he's funny... and sometimes he may be funny. But his comment is just an attempt to distract from the issue which the so-called "birthers" have raised.

Here's the deal. If it's all so simple and straight-forward, why doesn't Obama just put the birth cert out there and throw the cold water all over these so-called "birthers"? They've been yapping and squawking for more than a year; just do it and make them look foolish. If he can...

Posted by: srb2 | April 1, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

B.O. sets a good example for all the other "undocumented immigrants."

Posted by: wmpowellfan | April 1, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse


All together now, wingnuts and birthers:
HE WROT KENYYA!!! OR MOSCKOW!!!
=============

too funny...


Posted by: demtse | April 1, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

These crazy birthers ahven't even read their own constitution. Natural born citizen is the requirement. Technically even if he was born outside of the US (which he wasn't as Hawaii has produced his birth certificate and its been validated), to be a natural born citizen only requires one partent to be a citizen. If the law said native born , then Goerge Washington couldn't have been the pres. You people have absolutely no leg to stand on.

Posted by: schnauzer21 | April 1, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

All together now, wingnuts and birthers:
HE WROT KENYYA!!! OR MOSCKOW!!!

Posted by: TomHRyan | April 1, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse
-------------------------------------------
It matters not, what he wrote, Tom.
When his Muslim Fathers sperm, met and fertilized the egg, that was to become O'bama, the mold was set.
Barring abortion, which is what O'bama would choose for his daughters, that his White American, Socialist Mother, chose "not" to elect, for O'bama, we were doomed to be saddled with O'bama, and his Marxist, Socialist tendencies.
He's American, by accident, of his Mother's Nationality.
He feels "nothing" American.
He bows to all things Muslim, and to nothing Judeo/Christian, or American. That's his flap, with Netanyahu. He feels that he's dealing with The Infidel, the Enemy, the Devil. He wants no peaceful solution with Israel, that does not include their destruction, and extermination.
He's fully aware of Ahmedinejad's intentions. Ahmedinejad, plans to become the Suicide/Nuclear Bomber, that takes out Israel. He's willing to sacrifice his whole Nation to their possible counterstrike, or simultaneous, nuclear strike, as long as they can eliminate Israel, from the earth, it's worth taking 30 million, plus, Muslims, to meet Allah.
O'bama's smart. He knows what's going on.
Can you believe that 78 percent of Jews voted for him???
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | April 1, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

What an enormous waste of taxpayers money for both the ineffective ads and the confusing census form!
1. Neither the advance post card, census form accompanied by a lame flyer from the anonymous Census Director (Groves didn't even want to have his name on it), nor the follow up postcard tell you WHEN it is due. All we know is that the info has to be current as of April 1.... so average person infers OK he has until AT LEAST April 1 to fill in and send it back.
As it turns out, info on Census website say that there IS NO real due date! So, if Groves wanted to get a prompt response, rather than spend millions on ads and vague notices, the form should at least say something simple and direct like "Please respond by April 15, otherwise a census taker may visit your home." At least THAT simple wording/warning would get people to send it in by that date to avoid a knock on their door (and further save us $$$ for census takers).

In fact, the WH blog today by Groves said you have a “couple weeks” to return form…hmmm, April 15 tax day…so why didn’t the smart PR folks combine the two and say get your tax and census forms in by April 15--- a common date that would spur more people to respond.
2. Question 9 about race is totally confusing. If you're Hispanic, that is to be noted in Question 8, but it says that Hispanic is not a race for Question 9, so as CNN TV reported that even college-educated Hispanics were totally confused and some checked "white" in Q.9 for race, while others wrote in their home or ancestral country (And the toll free info number is totally unhelpful with inane recorded messages that are worse than most and no way to talk to live person).

In short, Groves blew this big time by not having this form and ads tested with focus groups to see the (obvious) flaws.
The problem is NOT that the public was unaware of the Census, it's the lack of firm response date and clear language designed to trigger timely and accurate responses.
Census website said it got some $100 million MORE from stimulus funds over their normal budget for ad budget so aggregate total was over $300 million they had to shovel out for wasteful TV ads, banners, and other fluff PR through a New York PR firm. There should be congressional oversight investigation into the way this amateur operation was handled.
The data from this Census will surely be flawed in giving an accurate picture of demographics.

(Not to mention other built-in flaws, such as never counting college students AT ALL studying abroad (but counting illegal aliens) and also counting students at place of college even though they vote for their rep in their hometown; same weird result for Congressmen and Obama---they get counted as being here in DC/VA/MD for determining congressional districts, funding, etc. even though their home is Chicago and elsewhere!).

Posted by: philpost1 | April 1, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

wcdun1: Everything was intentional. BTW, how do you explain the birth notice in the Honolulu newspaper?

demtse: Thanks.

carlbatey: Just a little quicker next time!

Posted by: TomHRyan | April 1, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

It's sad seeing so many racist comments here

Yet, most of these people probably complain about the race card a lot of the time....yet here they are bringing it up and mocking him

Posted by: Bious | April 1, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Barak Obama is a foreign born squatter in the White House, a usurper (as defined by the Constitution for not meeting the Natural Born Citizen requirement) who can never be President, just ask First Lady Michelle:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxh1PvjP0Ug&feature=related

Michelle Obama speaks at the LGBT delegate luncheon on August 26, 2008

40 seconds in

“When we visited Barack’s home country of Kenya in Africa......”

Posted by: PaulaRevere | April 4, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Barak Obama is a foreign born squatter in the White House, a usurper (as defined by the Constitution for not meeting the Natural Born Citizen requirement) who can never be President, just ask First Lady Michelle:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxh1PvjP0Ug&feature=related

Michelle Obama speaks at the LGBT delegate luncheon on August 26, 2008

40 seconds in

“When we visited Barack’s home country of Kenya in Africa......”

Posted by: PaulaRevere | April 4, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

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