White House releases Obama's birth certificate
April 27th, 2011
09:56 AM ET
12 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. QUP2

    I had to provide my birth certificate to enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard and more information to obtain my TS clearance. The role of President of the United States is far above what I was doing .... how can people honestly think it's just a popularity contest. So, you lefties wouldn't storm about if Arnold put his name on the Presidential ballot???? Turn off American Idol and read the Constitution you leftie twits....there' is a difference.

    April 28, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  2. Kathy

    Well I read and hear Obama said about, We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do," said Obama. That is true we do have better things to do but we all have to show are birth certificate for one thing or an other to show that were from here. Why doesn't all Presidents have to do this not just Obama. I'm happy to say I was born in america it freedom. I just hope we help owe homes first before we help other homes. Mom alway said if your is good health then everything else will fall into place and you will be about to help others.There are many things in america that we need to work on. Not other country's

    April 28, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. Victor

    Why should anyone think this document is forged, surely not because he was a high ranking member of ACORN who specialized in forging documents for illegal voters just to get him elected. If it is real, where has it been for three years. It only took three years to PRODUCE it. LOL

    April 28, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. DavidMichael

    GWB, Kerry, and Gore all showed their academic records...why did Obama seal his when he claims transparency

    April 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. Joe

    Trump is a man of action....That's what this country needs..About time Obama released it.

    April 28, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Mkh-l

    WAIT A MINUTE... WHO IS BARRY SOTERO THEN? (not sure of last name spelling – see his books)
    Obama's original birth name WAS Barry Sotero and it wasn't until his mother married the Muslim that he was given a Muslim name, so why now all the sudden is a birth certificate available with the Barack Hussein Obama name WHEN HIS LAST NAME WAS NOT OBAMA?? AND IF it wasn't a big deal until Trump got involved, why didn't Obama just release it in the first place a long time ago? THINK PEOPLE – use your brain – Even a car dealership can make an invoice the way they want.

    April 28, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Victor

    Why should anyone doubt that his birth certificate is real. Surely not because he was a high ranking member of ACORN before he ran for president. You know ACORN, the group that specialized in creating flase documents so they could have thousands of illegal votes for you know who. And if this document is real, why did it take three years to PRODUCE it for the public and his moron followers?

    April 28, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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