OUR VIEW: What took him so damn long?

We've had plenty to say about the myriad failings of the Obama-nator, but today he deserves proper respect for putting his birth certificate conspiracy to rest, once and for all. We just wonder why it took so him so damn long.

This morning, Obama released his long-form birth certificate proving, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he was born in the United States and thus Constitutionally eligible to be President. 

We agree. He is Constitutionally eligible. That doesn't detract from the fact that he's done a miserable job, spending us into debt oblivion like he was Richard Pryor in Brewster's Millions. Problem is there is no $300 million waiting for us when Obama hits his magical debt number. 

It has been a distraction for Obama. It has consumed his Presidency in the whispering class for years, and owned the headlines for 3 weeks. In putting the theory to rest, Obama and Democrats may have lost their best tool to pigeonhole their opposition. 

Donald Trump, media savvy as he is, took the opportunity to pat himself on the back and pivot to Obama's undeniable failings:

"I am so proud of myself because I've accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish…Now we can talk about oil, gasoline prices. We can talk about China ripping off this country. We can talk about OPEC doing numbers on us."

Props are due to Trump for his political skills as well, for if not for his campaign to get the issue plastered on every front page in the country, Obama might have continued claiming he had done enough to prove his citizenship. Obama releasing his long form birth certificate proves it was a growing political problem for him.

The President of the United States was forced to call a hasty press conference to respond to allegations made by Donald Trump. Did you ever think you'd see that written anywhere but The Onion?

So we thank Obama. And we ask him: when are you going to call a press conference to release your plan, with specifics, on deficit reduction? That would take, you know, actual guts and leadership. But that's probably asking too much. Not like Obama believes the President shouldn't hide behind commissions on tough issues. Oh wait…

"We don't need a commission to tell us how we got into this mess, we need a President who will lead us out of this mess – and that's the kind of President I intend to be."