White House releases Obama's birth certificate
April 27th, 2011
09:56 AM ET
4 years ago

White House releases Obama's birth certificate

(CNN) – President Obama released his original birth certificate Wednesday, saying the controversy surrounding the issue had become a "sideshow."

Obama's birth certificate

“We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do," said Obama.

The surprise release follows recent and sustained remarks by businessman Donald Trump, among others, that raised doubts as to whether the president was born in the United States.

“Over the last two and half years, I have watched with amusement. I have been puzzled with the degree with which this thing just kept going,” Obama told reporters Wednesday.

Responding to the development, Trump said, "I have accomplished something nobody else has accomplished."

"I want to look at it, but I hope it’s true," he told reporters in New Hampshire. "He should have done it a long time ago. I am really honored to have played such a big role in hopefully getting rid of this issue."

Other Republicans weigh in

Earlier Wednesday, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said the debate has been "really bad for the Republican Party."

The so-called "birther" debate is "good politics" but "bad for the country," said Pfeiffer.


In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper Monday, Trump repeated his doubts and said he had been told the certificate was "missing."

A new CNN investigation revealed earlier this week what most analysts have been saying since the "birther" controversy erupted during the 2008 presidential campaign: Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961.

While the president has made light of the controversy, the question remained political red meat for some of his critics. A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll showed that nearly 75% of Americans believe Obama was definitely or probably born in the United States. More than four in 10 Republicans, however, believe he probably or definitely was not born in America.

See Obama's Certification of Live Birth

The U.S. Constitution says only "natural born" citizens can become president - a vague clause that some members of the birther movement contend disqualifies Obama because, they insist, he was born outside the United States.

Skeptics contend, among other things, that Obama was born in his father's home country of Kenya.


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  1. Albycore

    I would like to see Trump brought up on criminal terrorists charges for interfering with a federal government employee during his elected duties. This being President Obama having to take time out of his busy day to try and quell the disruption caused by Trumps antics. The fact is Trump has already stated he's not going to stop. Now he's after Obama's grade card during college. This has no bearing on the qualifications or requirements to become a president, it's for Trump's mere amusement. I'm sure the president has more important things to do other then fend off Trumps antics. Of course the only way this will happen is if we all make a big stink about this like Donald did, so pass it on!!!

    April 27, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  2. Bubba Skinner

    Regardless, why did it take him over 2 years to show it and spend millions of dollars trying not to have it shown? Why didn't he do this in the first place? To me, he is the side show, not Trump.. And another thing, if he wants to always blame Bush, why didn't he go against Bush for his second term?.. And the side show continues with blind sheep being led....

    April 27, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  3. diane

    I think it was right to do this. I HAVE TO SHOW MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO SHOW I'M A CITIZEN TO GET A PASSPORT. HOW DID THE PRESIDENT GET HIS PASSPORT? It should have been done long long ago, and again, the media is always tring to control the public always tring to do things for them and not for the people. Shame on you media people.

    April 27, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. Elle

    Let's all remember how this got started. It was when President Obama's grandmother said he was born in Africa and was promptly "shushed up". He could have stopped all this nonsense right then and there by producing the birth certificate.

    April 27, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  5. IndeePendant

    Just curious.. Have past Presidents, Bush's, Clinton, etc., released their Birth Certificates? (I am not black, guyz:)) This whole episode smacks of 'Racial' bias by average Amirican citizens. Shame on you people of America.. shame on you.. what freedom you will spread in the world, when you don't have moral values in the society. And don't say the crap about it being the Constitutional requirement, and the BS. Do you think that he would have even been allowed to stand thru the past Presidential nomination process, if he was not eligible. So, basically, you don't (want to ) believe your (white) citizens, who are responsible for running the country's Presidential elections? Such an immature lot...YOU! I am laughing my a' out.... hahahahahahahahhahaha

    April 27, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  6. rprofish

    It's too bad that Trump picked an irrelavent issue to focus on. As president he would focus on other irrelavent issues and only try to put the focus on himself. Arrogance was my impression...As Barak said...there are more important issues to focus on. I think that no one person can fix our nations problems but Barak is definitely making a serious effort in the face of those that doubt his ability. There's a lot more in that statement Anderson.

    April 27, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  7. Saeed Noor

    Is he Christian? Is he a citizen of the US? Did he really get to college the right way?
    In 235 years a US president has never been ridiculed even 1% of what President Obama is being out through. His only fault is that he is black and there are people that cannot stand to see a black family in the white house. Lets boycott EVERYTHING trump; I wont go to a Trump Casino, buy a Trump property, or watch this publicity hungry moron's TV show. God bless our great president, God bless America.

    April 27, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  8. Homer10

    You know, I was hoping that Sarah Palen would be doing better by now. It would be hilarious to watch her run against Obama. It would be hilarious to watch Sarah run against anybody. So I was kinda bummed, but now we have "The Donald" ! Oh God this will be absolutely insane. You know what, the way the Republicons are going these two could have a good shot at it. Either one of these two would great carnival barkers. I can imagine being a Republican and having to choose between these two. I'm so glad I'm not a Republican. I'm so glad I'm not a Republican. I'm so glad I'm not a Republican.

    April 27, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  9. Silvia

    Only in America – people in no other country be looking for a a President's birth certificate. Oh I know why Trump asked for the certificate – because Obama is black. All these ridiculous people are trying to discredit a man that is trying to straighten out what previous Presidents (not to speak the name) have distroyed.
    Trump for President – get real a man that has repeatedly filed for bankruptcy – I really want to see what happens to this country then.

    April 27, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  10. Cristina Marie

    Dear Donald Trump,

    Unless your issue with President Obama is one of race, my assumption is that you have reasonable suspicion as to whether or not he is an American. So I ask you, may I please see your birth certificate? And once it is produced, may I review it for authenticity? Your fascination with the President's citizenship is obsessive and I can only think that you are discriminating against him because of his race or that you yourself are not American born and would like to hide this from the public. Why don't we make it a rule? All Presidential candidates shall produce their full birth certificates and be tested for authenticity. Starting with you.

    April 27, 2011 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  11. tina

    DONALD TRUMP see how you talked to the nation about the President ,but at the end President Obama made you look stupid. now we are going to use your words. YOUR FIRED

    April 27, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  12. Nadiam57

    So if it wasn't a big deal why wasn't it produced two years ago???

    April 27, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  13. TransWarpDrive

    RaketenMan, Shenandoah, you are both wrong. Barack Obama was born in the United States. That by itself automatically makes him a U.S. citizen, even if his father was a citizen of Kenya. Having a foreigner for one or both of your parents doesn't disqualify you for citizenship here. As long as you were born in one of the fifty states, or in any other United States territory, you're a "natural-born American." That's it, plain and simple.

    April 28, 2011 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  14. cynt

    This is bs. President Obama is a better person then I could ever be. They have messing with him every since he stepped foot in office. Much respect, but, I know he has to put a good old fashion cussing out on folks every nite behind closed doors, (cuss them out President Obama they have been jerks). Its been such a hassle for him to be the first black president. Mr. Trump needs to worry about where he can find a decent piece of hair to go on his head, real talk. Its ridiculous and if he didnt have a legit birth certificate its a little late in the game for that. This should have been dealt with from the start meaning he shouldnt have been eligible to run period. Folks leave him alone except the change and move around, damn...

    April 28, 2011 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  15. Dave49

    look at the document, try and duplicate at home, on a home scanner the patterm match up that this document has. look at the letter K in Kansas and compair to the rest of the letter Ks. if you have ever used a machanical typewriter the offset would not happen. all letter Ks would show the same error. Why does most all the text have white around the edges. Why is OBAMAs name all in capitals but the rest of the document is not. looking at my original birth certificate, there is no background pattern on the document, the typing is consistent through out and there is a seal imprinted over the signatures. don't see this on this document. I put my grandson on mars riding a pedal tractor with a travel trailer behind him looking at the mars rover. It looked more realistic than this birth certificate. so you decide, but i'n not buying it took too long to get here to be believed. showing a birth certificate for any government job should be automatic. Obama created the issue, he did not put it to rest.

    April 28, 2011 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  16. Lee R Williams

    I am looking at the recent B Obama Certificate of Live Birth released today against the COLB I received from Bryon Suits of KFI AM Radio, on June of 2007 for this individual. The recent release seems to be the original found in the records book; both appear to be the same. So now we know the original was numbered 61-10641-151. That all that's new.

    Understand, the COLB is not a Birth Cirtificate. This says his mother brought baby B H Obama into the hospital sometime after Aug 4, 1961 and asked for a proof of his birth. What she got was a COLB not a BC. They had no idea when or where he was born or who the father was, they took his mother's word of truth and so recorded it in the COLB. That is normal operating procedure and done in every hospital across this Country, dozens of times a day. The COLB has always been assumed to be equal to the BC, except for the Presidency. Well, it's not.

    The problem is B Obama is a lawyer. He knows the difference. His action, as a word of the court, is equal to fraud. At the State level, this could get a lawyer dis-bared.

    Now what?

    Lee R. Williams, Hesperia, CA

    April 28, 2011 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  17. Mike

    Well if this had been done way back during the campaign this issue would've died. Now it just looks like it took them time to prepare a document that would pass all tests. Not convinced. This President is the first anti-American president and unworthy of even a teaspoon of respect. He's proven himself unable to properly accomplish the job time and time again.

    April 28, 2011 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  18. DL

    If the birthers STILL don't accept this, that means we can choose not to accept their documentation to prove they are legal either...I say its time to send them all packing.

    April 28, 2011 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  19. Gemini28

    I just feel its sad that every other president took office and everything is fine. But soon as a BLACK man takes office there's all these problems and unnecessary stuff the are asking of him its really sad!!

    April 28, 2011 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  20. Sir Craig

    Trump is "honored" that he was the last major figure in this birther fiasco? Trump was slammed and is too stupid to know it. Now here's hoping he and the rest of the birthers go find a hole to crawl into and rot.

    April 28, 2011 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  21. branwren

    Problem is, I was never concerned if he was born in the US. The constitution says the President is to be "a natural born citizen". Obama is not a natural born citizen. He held dual citizenship between the US and Kenya until he turned around 23. At that time, by Kenyan law, his right to Kenyan citizenship was withdrawn. Obama was to have chosen what country he was to be a citizen of and if he didn't do it within a certain length of time Kenya withdrew the right for him to choose. That means he didn't choose to be a US citizen. He is one by default. So, not only did he hold dual citizenship which bars him from being President because he will always hold some allegiance to the other country (Kenya in this issue), but, he also didn't choose to be a US citizen. This bothers me GREATLY and I will not forget.

    April 28, 2011 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  22. gaycarboys

    Obama has done a great job. It figures that idiot Trump would be trying anything to get to the whitehouse. I can't imagine anything worse than that chump being in charge. It makes you wiah he was born somewhere else doesn't it?

    April 28, 2011 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  23. jeff

    Demorcrats were the first to question Obamas birth cert. Philip J Berg of philadelphia was the first to file suit, he was in charge of the Dem party for PA under both hillarys campaign and the 8 year bill clinton was in office.he ran for DEm gov in pa 2xs, he has been a life long dem

    April 28, 2011 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  24. jeff

    Obama will let trump see the papers next week in person, the ink should be dried by then

    April 28, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  25. DavidMichael

    Now why couldn't he simply have done so years ago, in the Chicago race? For his claim of transparency, he likes to keep things that should be readily disclosed, hidden. Gore, Kerry, and Bush all have their academic records available, yet Obama continues to hide hide hide his past. He likely was a stellar student, but keeps information that shouldn't be hidden, tightly under wraps. If he was to seek employment at a company, full disclosure would have been made before he was hired. Is it racist for requiring such? No, but it appears racist for NOT requiring it instead letting it slide. Again, Gore, Kerry, and Bush ALL have their academic records available. Why not Obama? FYI Bush was the bright one per his records despite the claim contrary.

    April 28, 2011 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
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