President Obama at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner
So I'm late to this party, but I just saw this video and I just had to comment:
Well done sir, well done.
Regardless of political leanings (and mine are pretty much "fuck all y'all"), you have to appreciate what he did there. Most sane folks would agree that the "birthers," well, aren't. It takes a special level of crazy to take that flying leap. It's an obnoxious distraction, much like the "defund Planned Parenthood" and "defund NPR" battles. (Except that those actually had the potential to be REAL problems [if defunded].) It's loud and constant squawking to distract from the fact that the GOP isn't doing a whole hell of a lot and what they are doing is actually not so great for most of us. (See: Bohener's attempt at government shutdown over the budget... during which shutdown he'd still get his salary. Big orange bully.) And instead of getting caught up in the political mudslinging, President Obama released the evidence to put the issue to rest and simultaneously pointed out how ridiculous it was while diffusing the tension with some laughter.
When it comes down to it, politics (and many politicians) is bullshit. It's a three-ring circus that isn't really about what it claims to be about. Now hopefully, we can all stop focusing on all this bullshit ruckus and politicians can go back to doing what we pay them to do. Y'know, education, giant debt, health... shit like that.
I'm not holding my breath.
But kudos to you, Mr. President, for handling that. And for being so darn funny in the process.