ABC News' Jake Tapper hit Obama for dishonestly claiming that the White House had to release the long-form certificate because the "birther" story -- not Washington's budget wars -- was the "dominant news story" two weeks ago. Tapper cited a Project for Excellence in Journalism report that found the birther story had received "about one-tenth of the coverage devoted to stories about the economy" that week.
Though some have faulted the president for letting the huckster Trump outmaneuver him, I think the White House has used the situation to its advantage.
As the budget wars heat up, Obama has reminded the country how reckless, rabid and resistant to fact some of his critics are. The whole trick to winning elections is getting the voters to hate the other side more. This round goes to the kid from Honolulu.