Now that Barack Obama has proven that which never needed proving we can finally end the birth certificate sideshow. Members of the press have a choice: they can be the audience member, or they can be the critic. They can treat the carny barker, Donald Trump, as an object of ridicule, or better yet, start treating him as if he were a serious candidate. Either way works for me. But they have to quit the circus. They have to stop dancing Trump's dance, and stop performing to his beck and call.