Birth cer­tifi­cate not Obama’s only se­cret

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Barack Hus­sein Obama II was born on Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. For over two years, the pres­i­dent has re­sisted pres­sure to di­vulge this sim­ple bi­o­graph­i­cal in­for­ma­tion, which proves he’s a nat­u­ral-born cit­i­zen. The be­lated White House re­lease of the “long form” birth cer­tifi­cate an­swers one con­sti­tu­tional is­sue, but a host of other ques­tions re­mains about the most mys­te­ri­ous pres­i­dent in mod­ern his­tory.

Mr. Obama’s hos­til­ity to open­ness drives the pub­lic’s cu­rios­ity about the most ba­sic facts of his life. For ex­am­ple, he has re­fused to re­lease his col­lege and law-school tran­scripts, in­for­ma­tion re­cent pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates have openly shown the pub­lic de­spite some em­bar- rass­ment over decades-old bad grades. What is there for this pres­i­dent to hide? Maybe he flunked gov­ern­ment classes or got busted for dope.

He has openly dis­cussed his past drug use, but is there more to it? Se­crecy breeds spec­u­la­tion.

The list of hid­den Obama doc­u­ments in­cludes med­i­cal records from his an­nual phys­i­cal — which other pres­i­dents have made pub­lic — and first lady Michelle Obama’s law-firm records. Is she cov­er­ing up a Hil­lary Clin­ton-type White­wa­ter case? Who knows.

Per­haps the big­gest se­cret in the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion: What is the pres­i­dent’s golf hand­i­cap?

He’s played 65 rounds in two years, so is his swing im­prov­ing? Or, does he force staff aides in his usual four­some to let him take pres­i­den­tial mul­li­gans?

Don­ald Trump takes full credit for the tim­ing of the long-de­layed Obama dis­clo­sure, as the real-es­tate mogul launched his own in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the pres­i­den­tial birth cer­tifi­cate.

“To­day I’m very proud of my­self be­cause I’ve ac­com­plished some­thing that no one else was able to ac­com­plish,” Mr. Trump boasted af­ter land­ing his Trump­branded he­li­copter in New Hamp­shire. “Now we can talk about oil; we can talk about gaso­line prices; we can talk about China rip­ping off this coun­try. . . . We can get onto is­sues.”

The fact that Mr. Obama did his own dirty laun­dry re­minds that this pres­i­dent has no inkling how to act pres­i­den- tial.

Stand­ing at the podium over the seal of the pres­i­dency, he claimed, “We don’t have time for this silli­ness.”

He then flew to Chicago with Michelle to tape the Oprah Win­frey show and at­tend three fundrais­ers.

It’s not as if he didn’t have more im­por­tant news to dis­cuss such as the ap­point­ments of Leon E. Panetta as sec­re­tary of de­fense and Gen. David H. Pe­traeus as CIA di­rec­tor, Mid­dle East tur­moil or Amer­ica’s mul­ti­ple wars. Let a flack han­dle the tabloid fare.

The birth-cer­tifi­cate brouhaha re­it­er­ates an old po­lit­i­cal truth: It’s al­ways the cover-up that causes the most trou­ble. Too bad Mr. Obama didn’t learn his les­son.

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