White House releases Obama's birth certificate
April 27th, 2011
09:56 AM ET
3 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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soundoff (1,207 Responses)
  1. consrv

    I guess he and Dan Rather have had enough time now to make a plausibly document.

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. ng

    so what the country is going down the toilet

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. betterdays

    ...but the certificate contains an 18-minute gap...

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  4. Leotis Mcenroy

    I still think that Obama was born in Kenya! Maybe it is a fake certificate that he printed off his computer printer!

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. GB

    So, where is it?

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  6. H.

    Now we can only see the long form birth cetificate for Trump's hair. Is that thing legal, don't you need a special license or permit to own that kind of animal?

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  7. XHANAY

    Now for the allegations that the original Birth Certificate is also a fake............let the conspiracy theories begin!

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  8. Ridiculous

    @Sarah, while I agree this is also ridiculous it is in fact a requirement of the Constitution that the President (ANY President) be born in the U.S. Having said that, this president IS a U.S. citizen so that is what the Conservatives need to get over.

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  9. Travis

    Great reporting as usual CNN. Especially this barely 2 paragraph article with no link to the item in question, no description, no picture....

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  10. V

    Where is it?

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  11. edwardo

    Is the ink dry on it?

    Now next:
    grades from Harvard, applications, selection criteria, SS number, ???? this guy is a mystery in the making, I think he is an alien left here by his parents from Krypton! he has as much documentation as superman had!

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  12. HA

    Just saw the long form...sorry its not long enough..needs at least another inch to be real

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  13. Obama is, always will be my President

    Next Trump will be saying President Obama was not born at all. He is not from Earth. Go Dumb Trump.

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. Anonymous

    Can we see this document?

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  15. Apotropoxy

    Nooooooooooooooooo!

    Birtherism was a great boon to the Dems.

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  16. Jim Cabelo

    Why didn't he do this before he became President?

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  17. buser05@hotmail.com

    the topic is getting old but you should care

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  18. Cautious1

    ...anymore questions?

    April 27, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  19. icecold

    Now Trump has to live up to his end and release his tax and income information. Obama called his bluff and I think he is ready to fold.

    April 27, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  20. Kim

    I can't believe there are people who don't believe he was born in the USA. Other countries must think we're a bunch of morons.

    April 27, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  21. Paul

    I would say this is a tactical mistake on his part. The "Birther" movement juat looked kinda looney, and that could always be used against them. Seems that he just lost a rhetorical weapon in his reelection campaign.

    April 27, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  22. Dumazz

    So how many minutes before the birthers declare this a fake and continue their pointless cause?

    April 27, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  23. Geneo

    It is now time for Trump to shut his mouth.

    April 27, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  24. Steve

    Sarah – the Constitution cares.

    April 27, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  25. themoi

    If it finally took Trump to get a birth certificate produced think what Trump could "possibly" (and I say that with caution) accomplish as president. At least his kids aren't like most rich kids, in jail, drunk, on drugs, making sex tapes, or going through Daddy's money as fast as they can, but actually have jobs and work. Shows how much influence the tea patsies and birthers have (not!) if it took Trump to get this into the open.

    April 27, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
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