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   Birth certificate released: Did Donald Trump just school President Obama?

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4/27/2011 12:00 pm

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Peter Grier

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Christian Science Monitor

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Entered 4/27/2011, Updated 4/27/2011

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Did Donald Trump just outmaneuver President Obama on the so-called “birther” issue? It sure looks that way at first glance. In interviews Trump for weeks has been musing about whether the nation’s chief executive was really born in America. Now Obama has released a detailed Hawaii birth certificate in an effort to end such questions. In politics, anytime you force an opponent to react to you, as opposed to talk about what they want to talk about, you’ve often scored a point. “Winning!” as that unemployed former sitcom actor would say. So in that sense – which admittedly is pretty narrow – Trump may have managed to do something none of the other GOP presidential hopefuls have yet accomplished. But here’s the thing – we’re pretty sure Obama’s political team is not that sorry that Trump is doing well... So the longer Trump remains a GOP frontrunner, the better for Obama. That’s how the Democratic political theory might go, anyway – and if you don’t think political consultants are that Machiavellian, you haven’t watched enough Kennedy School of Government seminars on late-night C-SPAN3


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