President Obama Reveals Long-Form Birth Certificate
President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama has put any doubt about his birthplace to rest by releasing the long-form version of his birth certificate.
In a press conference Wednesday morning, Obama said that the question of whether he was really born in Honolulu, Hawaii, has been going on for two and a half years.
"Over that time, I've watched with amusement, I've been puzzled at how this thing has kept on going," he said. "Normally, I would not comment on something like this. ... But two weeks ago, when the Republican House had put forward a budget that had huge consequences for the country ... the dominant news story wasn't about these huge choices, but about my birth certificate."
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A copy of the birth certificate has been posted on White House website.
Earlier this week, presidential hopeful and real estate mogul Donald Trump continued to stir the pot by stating, "He can say what he wants, but the fact is that [Obama] has not revealed his birth certificate and a lot of people agree with me."
While Obama addressed the nation Wednesday morning, Trump spoke in New Hampshire and credited himself with the reveal."I am really honored to play such a big role in hopefully, hopefully getting rid of this issue," he said.
"The president believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn't good for the country," Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, said. "It may have been good politics and good TV, but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country."