Well, President Obama released the uncensored long form of his birth certificate today, so hopefully that will put an end to this stupidity.
As I understand it, since Obama's mother was a US citizen, he would be a US citizen even if he had been born in Kenya. However, to be President, you must not only be a US citizen, but a natural-born US citizen, meaning that you must have been born in the US to be eligible to become President.
Had McCain been elected, it is possible that there would have been a legal challenge to his eligibility, since he was born on a US military base in Panama.
This articlebasically states that birthists are stealth racists. I think in Trumps case, since Trump doesn't actually have any policies, experience, or background, all he can do is try to find ways to cut down Obama. Trump doesn't actually know what Obama does, so he tries to undercut Obama's legitimacy. First by pretending to be a birthist. When that is exposed as so much hooey and a waste of time, he's already moved on to suggesting evil intent in Obama's school records.
These diversions are more likely attempts to derail substance and merit. It doesn't matter if Obama was a good student early on. He did show incredible skill at organizing people who were never involved in politics, into a powerful poltical movement that led to his becoming president.
I admit I thought Bush's getting out of danger in Vietnam by riding Daddy's congressional coattails into a drink & party time in the Guard was a sign of poor character. If he later said "Yes, I was a hell raiser and was fortunate to be born into a rich and powerful family, and made the best of it. Now HERE is what I've done that proves I became a man of character who can lead America" it would have meant something to me. Unfortunately, he stuck to daddy's coattails into his presidency and never id anything to demonstrate character.
Bob Schieffer of CBS News threw it down the other day regarding both the birther question and the Donald's obsession with it ... and I can't say I was horribly surprised to see Bob hit the nail squarely on the head:
It's not the first time he's taken off the kid gloves, either. One of his end-of-broadcast op-ed pieces on Face the Nation dealt with the whole catholic church child abuse business, and he very calmly and politely drilled them through their collective heads on it.
Bob may seem to be soft-spoken, but the man has a formidable BITE on him!