President Barack Obama may have opened a door he won’t be able to close on Wednesday morning when he finally released his long-form birth certificate, after two years of mounting rumors. Tea Partiers and conservative activists, in addition to birther champion and potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, have asked for more information about the president’s past.
For instance, Accuracy in Media chairman Don Irvine told The Daily Caller he hopes this leads Obama down a new road of transparency, as he promised during his 2008 campaign.
“Accuracy in Media hopes to see the release of President Obama’s long form birth certificate as the initiation of continued transparency,” Irvine said in an e-mail. “Questions still linger with respect to his academic records and even the most basic biographical data. I challenge the President to set an example for future leaders regarding personal disclosure issues.”
Tea Party Express spokesman Levi Russell told TheDC that his group is “glad that Obama finally followed through on his campaign promise of transparency, but are left wondering why it took 2 years and relentless effort by Trump to force him to do so,” before adding that, “we hope this means the President is now ready to release the many other records about his past that he has gone to great lengths to conceal from the American public.”
Judson Phillips, the founder of Tea Party Nation, said it’s “about time” Obama released his birth certificate. “I really have to question the judgment of a man who spent millions of dollars to hide that,” Phillips told TheDC. “Now, when will he release his other records, such as college records, law school records and his attorney disciplinary records?”
Trump commented that he would like to see Obama’s college records as well, and the new momentum conservatives have in the fight might be enough to force Obama to release them.