MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Did Barack Obama change any minds with the release of his long-form birth certificate?

It remains to be seen whether the president erased doubts about his status as a natural-born citizen. But a number of callers to “The John Williams Show” on WCCO Radio said it should have happened sooner.

“Well the point is, the truth needs to be told: this stuff should have been done up front,” said one caller.

“I think the president was absolutely correct in releasing his long-form birth certificate,” said another.

“He should have gotten rid of it [the issue] a long time ago,” said yet another listener.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Listeners Chime In

Several listeners criticized Donald Trump, saying they felt he exploited the issue.

Comments (96)
  1. Wilbur says:

    The guy is a fraud, just like his birth certificate. Impeach him NOW!!!!!

    1. Mike says:

      Wilbur is a lunatic, have him institutionalized………..

    2. S&MAN says:

      Impeach him for what, exactly?? He just proved all these “birthers” wrong. Of course, they will never be satisfied as long as there is a conspiracy theory to go around. I’m no Obama fan, but what is your reasoning for impeaching him??
      He certainly didn’t get us into a senseless war with no exit strategy, needlessly killing thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens (who had NOTHING..NOTHING to do with 9/11 in the first place) and over 4,000 American soldiers. His approval ratings, while low, have not yet reached the pathetic 18% that Bush’s did, while starting our country on the economic downfall that we are now in.

    3. Marc says:

      Wilbur…..which cartoon were you born in?

  2. MJ says:

    This issue will not go away. Birthers will never admit they were wrong.

    1. S&MAN says:

      Not as long as there is a pathetic conspiracy theory to uphold.

  3. John says:

    I would like to see Wilbur’s birth certificate……..AKC maybe?

    1. Me says:

      When will ‘CCO institute a “like” button?

  4. Bob says:

    What’s Trump going to blather on about now? He’s “honored”? For what, being an idiot?

    1. johndoee says:

      Trump may not be brilliant, but the idea that B.O. is doing a good job has been flushed down the toilet long ago. As goofy as it may sound, a billionaire businessman may be what this country needs to help pull us out of debt. Face it – printing more money isn’t going to get it done.

      1. WHO WHAT WHERE? says:

        Trump may be a “a billionaire businessman” but as far as being “what this country needs to help pull us out of debt” maybe we should look at how many times he has filed for bankruptcy before we talk about him being “good” with money.

        1. Trump is a Nut Job says:

          Trump said Gary Busey is a genius. Need I say more?

      2. Jon says:

        The country needs a middle class person who makes around $45k per year to become president.

      3. Need to support our President says:

        Goerge W Bush didn’t exactly do a very good job! War is expensive. You go back to every major war we hve fought in and you will find a rising deficit. We need to stop our corrupted businessmen from shipping manufacturing jobs overseas and instead come up with some way to put people back to work. Instead of criticizing Obama why not pray for his leadership. Isn’t he worthy of your prayers???

        1. eastside_evil says:

          LOL! Pray for his leadership? What?? Pray?? Now I’ve heard everything. We shouuld pray for Obama to lead us to salvation.

      4. S&MAN says:

        Didn’t we go through this shenanigan before with one Mr. Ross Perot?? Yeah, that worked out REAL well. We NEED to do away with the 2 party system and find more VIABLE candidates in other parties, be it Independent, Libertarian or otherwise. Until we do that, NOTHING…NOTHING is going to change. Washington LOVES the way things are. Both parties get what they want and none of the officials are ever held accountable. All the while things get worse and worse for the so called “average” American. Electing a “businessman” under the Republican label isn’t going to change anything.

      5. Marc says:


      6. S&MAN says:

        What is wonderful is that in England, to “trump,” means to pass gas. Talk about hitting the nail on the head!!!

      7. Mike says:

        Right, because Obama isn’t currently trying to fix the disaster CAUSED by billionaire businessmen.

  5. betty says:

    OBAMA 2012!!!!! SECURED and ASSURED!!!!!!

    1. h says:

      He is not a God!!!

      1. Marc says:

        The only ones who continuously bring up Obama being some kind of god are the republicans……it really shows that all republicans want is power, nothing else….they do not have the american citizens best interests at heart. Obama and the Democrats care about average citizen.

    2. John says:

      In your dreams. One and out!!!

    3. Jon says:

      I agree with you simply because I cannot see Bachman, Palin, Trump or any of the other no names making a good run for it.

  6. Strange says:

    I don’t remember any other President or Presidential candidate ever showing their birth certificate or being asked to. Why now?

    1. Stupid is as stupid does says:

      Maybe because he’s a muslim.

      1. q says:

        I think he is a muslim dbag

      2. Wesly says:

        your name says it all

  7. Sam I am! says:

    I cant understand why people worship this man like he is a God all politions are crooks and liers!

    1. Marc says:

      who is “worshipping” Obama..?? the only ones who bring this up are right-wingers who fear that they don’t have much power anymore…poor babies….

  8. Fake says:

    Probably a fake certificate…just like him!

  9. Strange says:

    wow, how incredibly stupid

  10. Demoncrats will believe says:

    Well, this would be the second birth certificate, maybe in a month we will get a third one. Wonder if they have photo editing software on their computers at the white house?

    1. idiocracy says:

      This is the first birth certificate. The birther’s claim was not debunked because the “proof” was really a ‘certificate of live birth’. I don’t know the legalities or differences, but they are not the same. The birthers were not satisfied because they were asking for the “birth certificate” and getting something else.

      1. Sunny Dayze says:

        The irony here is that the magical document the President realesed isn’t even legal in Hawaii anymore. It’s the original, yes, but Hawaii stopped using it yearsa ago and the correct legal document is the one the Pres has been showing for the past two years.

    2. JD Reed says:

      Are you really that uninformed? The Dept. of Health director in Hawaii has vouched for the certiificate released Wednesday, so in effect you’re accusing her of fraud/ Didn’t you get the part about the letters from the Hawaii official verifying the certificate. To suggest that the White House created the document is disengenuous, to use the kindest term I can find.

  11. Fear Infused says:

    Mcarthyism all over again.

    1. S&MAN says:

      Fear, you are 100% correct. Unfortunately, some peoples lives are so miserable that they have to resort to such idiocy to have any hope of happiness. The same ones who claimed that black helicopters would come in the night to take away the unsuspecting during Clinton’s Presidency, that the symbol on Procter and Gambles products were linked to satanism, and that if you play certain records backwards, they will cause one to commit murder or suicide.
      It is sad..very, very sad.

  12. He is not a God! says:

    4 trillion in two years, gas prices $4 and climbing,another War, prices are sky rocketing, I dont care where he was born he has got to go, we cant afford any more obama

    1. Marc says:

      nor can we afford you!

    2. eastside_evil says:

      The President doesn’t fix gas prices. What additional war? Obama fixes your prices too?

      It sounds like the problem is you don’t even know what the President does and does not have responsibility for…

  13. Pat says:

    If he were white, and his name were John Smith, this would never have been an issue. I don’t care whether you agree with his policies or not. the only reason this birth certificate has ever came up is because bigoted individuals in this country can’t stand the fact that a black man is in the White House

    1. Put down the Kool-Aid says:

      @pat the race card will not work, I know alot of blacks that cant stand obama,

      1. Linda says:

        Don’t tell me that race doesn’t enter into it. Look at the signs at any Tea Party or extreme right wing rally. Take a look at the email the woman in California sent out last week. Race is a BIG part of this whole birther issue.

        1. Pork Chop Guy says:

          Linda, without you knowing the individual people who are against Obama at Tea Party rallies, for all you know they could be planted there by Democrats.

          1. Marc says:

            tea partiers and republicans, in general, are liars and paranoids….we could care less if you are against Obama….he’s president, and you are not….

      2. Mike says:


        The race card works when it clearly is racism.

        Your logic is also extremely flawed here. You’re saying that it’s okay to be racist towards someone, as long as some black people don’t like that person too.

    2. support our President says:

      I agree with you Pat! Obama is the first black president to lead our country and we should support him and show the world that we will not be divided. the Tea party is nothing more than a White power movement!

  14. PWNAGE says:

    For all U dumbSes that thinks he wasn’t born here…now y’all can STFU…cos y’all just got owned!!!!!!!

  15. Sammy says:

    Can people for one minute think of how to move this greate contry forward and out of debth instead of talking about a birth certificate issued more than fourty years ago.

  16. Nancy Aleshire says:

    Barack Obama’s birth certificate is as legitimate as my sons’ and they were both born in Minnesota. Give it a break–Hawaii is as much a U. S. state as Minneosota, or Iowa, or Wisconsin, or Virginia.

  17. RIVER says:


    1. Step away from the bong! says:

      Q.Are all libs that stupid?
      A. Yes!

      1. Me says:

        Funny, you bring up bong in conjunction with Dems but W. Bush was not to be quite the toker.

        1. Mike says:

          Actually, he was a booze hound and a coke fiend.

      2. Marc says:

        I agree with river….completely. Whereas these uneducated republicans can all drift down their respective toilets for all I care…..

  18. Look at all the stupidity!!! says:

    The way I see it, if this is what you have against this man (and it has been proven wrong) then maybe you should look at yourself and ask why you are being such an idiot. I can understand not liking him for other reasons but stop fishing for something that is not there.

  19. Joni says:

    You are so right on River. Bush and his gang are the ones that got us into this mess. I can’t believe how ignorant people are. No memory whatsoever!

    1. @ joni says:

      @ Joni

      Your freeloading lifestyle is coming to an end. Be prepared you might have to get a job

      1. Ignorance must be bliss says:

        @ @ Joni
        That’s telling yourself, way to go and motivate yourself to get a job. Is that what they mean by pulling yourself up by your bootstraps?

      2. @joni@joni says:

        @joni @joni

        Says the one most likely to be typing this in their parent’s basement.

    2. Melanie says:

      You can’t ignore the incredible increase in our deficit in 2 short years, the failure of the stimulation, and the increase of cluelessness of foreign affairs. You can’t keep blaming Bush for the current administrations failures. I don’t remember the last time Republicans blamed Clinton for the anything. Own your own junk and quit blaming others for your failures. Oh wait, that’s actually the rally cry for the left. “It’s everyone else’s fault except mine, so now you owe me!”

      1. Sunny Dayze says:

        But a big part of our deficit is from the Iraqi and Afghani wars. Bush was intentionally not including them in the deficit numbers.

        1. Melanie says:

          It’s our current President who campaigned on “End the war,” yet he sent more troops into Afghanistan. Stop blaming Bush for Obama’s policy failures!

          1. Marc says:

            poor Melanie can’t get her facts straight, nor can she admit that the republicans are out to destroy our country….for their nasty power-trip dreams….

            1. Melanie says:

              Could you please enlighten me on which facts you are referring to? I’d be happy to recant if you can prove me wrong.

              1. S&MAN says:

                How about the FACT that Bush PROMISED the American public, just after 9/11, that he would capture or kill Osama Bin Laden. Well, it’s been nearly 10 years, over 100,000 INNOCENT Iraqi’s and 4,000 American soldiers have lost their lives, and Bin Laden still has NOT been found!! He also lied to the American public just to get us into a war for his personal gain, with NO exit strategy what so ever. If Bush went after the people who actually were responsible for 9/11 and/or actually had some kind of exit strategy for his Iraq blunder, Obama wouldn’t have been in that situation in the first place. “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!” I’m no Obama fan, but Bush was, without a doubt, the worst President we have EVER had!!!

      2. Ignorance must be bliss says:

        I would have to assume you mean stimulus and not stimulation, and if you look at the facts W had this in place before Obama took office. If you want to look at foreign affairs, tell us 1 that W did not make worse or even give up on all together other than Tony Blair.
        Never seems to amaze that there is sooooo much stupidity and blind followers of the GOP. Maybe that is why the majority of the GOPers claim (and claim is the key word as they do not seem to live by the “code” of the bible and you can sure tell that by reading posts about Obama and any of the DFL stories) to be Christians. They will blindly follow a lot as long as they are motivated by flashy lights and loud noises. Please know what you are talking about before you open your mouth.

  20. Demo says:

    While big name companies took advantage of consumers President Obama stepped in and people complained. Obama tried offshore drilling to lower cost of oil prices people questioned that after the Gulf Coast incident. Now with overseas oil at a high on prices it’s not the president who can just say “Stop it” Y’all need to understand that the stock markets and oil executives control the prices not the president. Stop complaining, stop driving those damn Hummers, and quit wasting precious oil on sports such as drag racing and NASCAR til there’s a solution!

    1. J C says:

      God damn idiots. Oil prices are driven by supply and demand. All obama has to do is say drill baby drill in Alaska. The prices would fall over night. btw oil is a renewable resource, the earth is making some as we speak.

      1. eastside_evil says:

        False. Your statements are now to be discredited and ignored.

  21. Little Richard says:

    Missing items

    (1) the original, long-form 1961 Hawaiian birth certificate.
    2) Marriage license between Obama’s father (Barak Sr.) and mother (Stanley Ann Dunham) — not found, not released
    3) Obama’s baptism records — sealed
    4) Obama’s adoption records — sealed
    5) Records of Obama’s and his mother’s repatriation as US citizens on return from Indonesia — not found, not released
    6) Name change (Barry Sotero to Barack Hussein Obama) records — not found, not released
    7) Noelani Elementary School (Hawaii) — not released
    8) Punahou School financial aid or school records — not released
    9) Occidental College financial aid records — not released. (These records were, however, subpoenaed but Obama lawyers succeeded in quashing the subpoena in court. No other Occi records have been released.)
    10) Columbia College records — not released
    11) Columbia senior thesis — not released
    12) Harvard Law School records — not released
    13) Obama’s law client list — sealed
    14) Obama’s files from career as an Illinois State Senator — sealed
    15) Obama’s record with Illinois State Bar Association — sealed
    16) Obama’s medical records — not released
    17) Obama’s passport records — not released

    Why does Obama feel the need to hide everything about his life?
    Because he’s a fraud.

    1. Help says:

      You must be a racist little richard….

      1. Roxanne says:

        Help why do you say that? There is not one racial comment in that statement. They were just stating facts.

      2. little richard says:

        (Help) Leave it to a lib to bring in the race card. What’s racist about questioning a president’s qualifications? You’re pathetic

    2. WHO WHAT WHERE? says:

      Little Richard
      You are an idiot. Why would ANYONE give YOU that info? What do you need Obama’s baptism records, adoption records, Marriage license between Obama’s father (Barak Sr.) and mother (Stanley Ann Dunham), or any of the sh!t you have there? Why would his father and mother have to have their marriage license out there?
      Are you wanting a reality TV show for him too?

    3. Jon says:

      Have you released all that information to anyone? People don’t walk around posting private information all over the place.

    4. Sunny Dayze says:

      The President doesn’t have to release these things and not every President before him did, either so don’t bark up that tree. Why would even need to see the marriage license of his parents? They’d still be his parents, whether or not they were married.

      If you don’t like his administration, just say you don’t like his policies. Don’t try to marginalize him.

    5. Lola says:

      No it’s because most of that stuff is not any business of ignorant morons like yourself. Has any other president ever been asked for any of this? No because it’s none of your business. His parent’s marriage license? Are you serious? He should not be president if his parents weren’t married? Get your head out of your a$$ and get a life!

    6. Marc says:

      hello fraud (Little Richard)….why don’t you publicly reveal ALL of your personal info so we can judge you…..??

    7. S&MAN says:

      Really?? How many other Presidents have been asked to provide the same type of records?? Well?? How on earth did George W. Bush get into Yale, given his grades weren’t great, and nobody can seem to locate his GMAT scores. Talk about a fraud.

    8. Lisa Gonyea says:

      you are OK….other presidents do it with out it being requested…but he has more important things to do now..like appear on Oprah and campaigh with 40 K a plate dinners.

  22. Demo says:

    Little Richard = Stalker

  23. Jon says:

    I agree the issue will not go away. Birthers will say it is forged.

  24. Michelle says:

    It’s infuriating that this has been such a big issue. Obama never would have been able to obtain a copy of the short form of his birth certificate if the long version wasn’t on file in Hawaii. Of course, now that he’s shown the long form, those idiots will say it’s fake. People are getting dumber by the minute.

  25. John Q Public says:

    Little Richard:

    Get some counseling. Your obsession with discrediting the man is very nearly psychotic. I did get a laugh out of one of your items – client list. If you ever move out of your parent’s basement, go to the library and look up “attorney-client privilege.”

  26. Blue says:

    My son was born in Hawaii. The certificate looks the same to me. I happen to know Obama very well. Played b-ball w/him every weekend in the Hickam AFB base gym and also his high school classmates. He was a sophmore in high school at the time. The years were 1975-78. By the way he was a teenager and I was 32yo at the time stationed at Hickam AFB. Hope now everyone can cut the BS.

  27. silly says:

    Wait until it comes out about the couple of hot blonde babes he was seeing while Senator

  28. Melanie says:

    Ignorance—My bad, I typed a word wrong, which ultimately qualifies me for being ignorant and misguided. Let me quote Alexander the Great: “I do not fear an army of lions being led by a sheep. I fear an army of sheep being led by a lion.” When we have a great leader, I could care less if you call me every name in the book, I’ll follow THAT leader. But, no one as of yet has addressed the CURRENT presidents policy failures, other than to point out a spelling error. So, although I can appreciate that you would want me to keep my mouth closed, until you actually address current affairs, it only seems like you are threatened and unable to prove me wrong. By all means, lets have an intelligent debate! As far as the actual focus of the article, I always thought the “birther” issue was a rabbit chase, just an unnecessary distraction from the important issues of our country.

  29. Judy in Richfield says:

    I thought the issue was that Donald Trump apparently believed that President Obama was not a U.S. Citizen. I myself believe that the people of the United States were not so stupid as to vote any President in that isn’t a citizen
    of the USA! Not the Trumpster to be wrong… I think that the Donald (Duck?) is already trashing his future opponents to the next election!

  30. weee says:

    Trump is a chump !

  31. Sarah in Outstate MN says:

    While not a fan of President Obama, the man was born in Hawaii. I wonder if “birthers” will ever be satisfied? Is everything a consipracy?

  32. Lisa Gonyea says:

    There will be a small percentage of the right who will never be satisfied as is there a small per centage of the left who still think the US was responsible for 9/11. As to the deficit….there are some interesting charts in the CBO…and the hills and valleys around our current leader …amazing what he has done to us.

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