Blue: The sound and the fury

Brandon Blue

What a Wednesday we had last week in post-racial America. After Obama released his long-form birth certificate, a national game of nanny-nanny-boo-boo began.

Naturally, the left began their “I told you so crusade,” believing that they, in fact, had the final word. Now couched in the warm embrace of reason and fact, finished at last with those pestering questions, they could insult everyone to the right of Joe Lieberman from behind the curtain of truth.

Obama himself said as much, claiming at the April 27 briefing that, “We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do.”

His arrogance — expected at this point — like most things he says, is full of sound and fury. Of note is the mantra so oft-repeated my ears bleed at it, that we need to “refocus” on “better stuff to do.”

What issues? Immediately after he gave his impression of a dentist telling us to floss, he hopped on his jet to joke around with Oprah. Then he took Air Force One back to New York for a fundraiser. So much more important than sideshows and carnival barkers, references that I might add were poignant in the roaring ‘20s and have become thin references to Donald Trump as of late.

The presumption that if not for so-called “birthers” our country would be able to “focus” on more important issues is a pill only a zealot could swallow.

Obama released his birth certificate when he did, as a politician does, because it served his purposes. The release of a USA Today poll on the April 26 revealed a full 62 percent of Americans were unable to put “definitely” between “Obama was” and “born in the United States.”

Obama is also hovering only 10 percent above Bush the younger’s all-time low of 13 percent on Rasmussen’s approval rating. It behooves him to release this document, so that at this point he can redirect the media’s focus onto things he thinks are more important — things that will help his re-election campaign.

Yet for some reason, the certificate he released is in layers, editable in Adobe Illustrator and needlessly so. There’s also an absence of “chromatic aberration,” halos that appear around black text on color printers. As far as I can tell, and I’m no graphic designer, there’s no reason for this to be.

That’s disturbing to me. Why not just scan the paper, upload it and call it good? I have no doubt that Obama is both a natural-born U.S. citizen and has a birth certificate verifying it just like the rest of us. That said, why all the shell games?

But who knows, maybe those are all just faulty inferences. Maybe our Commander In Chief really did just throw his ball at the bullies and stomp home.

That’s the most interesting fact of all. Trump won.

As the Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz observed, “Bragging aside, it does make Trump look like he is driving the agenda and forced the White House to react.”

When a guy with that kind of comb over has the White House scrambling for cover, it’s game over, folks.