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POLITIK: President Barack Obama har offentliggjort sitt födelseattest. Redan under valet spekulerades det bland konspirationsteoretiker om att Obama inte var född i USA och därmed inte hade rätt att kandidera till presidentposten.

Men frågan är om Vita Huset beslut att publicera inte också innebär vissa politiska fördelar för Obama.

Obama vill gärna visa väljarna att han fokuserar på vad som är av vikt för vanliga människor. Detta i kontrast till republikanerna som gärna underblåser konspirationer som inte är av betydelse för någon annan än tokstollar på högerkanten.

Michael D. Shear på The New York Times skriver;

The fact that much of the recent focus on where Mr. Obama was born has come from Donald Trump, who says he is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination and who spent the day campaigning in New Hampshire, allowed the White House to use Mr. Trump as a foil, and present the president as a more serious leader than his potential rivals in the 2012 campaign.

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But White House officials concluded about a month ago that the falsehoods had moved from “the nether regions of the Internet” into the mainstream political arena, in large part because of Mr. Trump, the real estate developer and reality TV host who has used the matter as a media magnet.

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Aides turned back suggestions that Mr. Obama’s appearance at the press briefing was intended to draw attention to Mr. Trump’s allegations, and thereby accentuate the contrast between the president and his likely Republican challengers.

White House officials said it would have been more politically savvy to let Republicans go on questioning his birth certificate, since doing so was likely to appeal only to conservatives whose votes Mr. Obama is not likely to win in 2012 anyway.

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