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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soundoff (1,207 Responses)
  1. Christopher Cooper

    I am sad that he even gave into this crap and released it. Do people really think that they just let anyone become president

    April 27, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Meka

    The very people that did not believe President Obama was a citizen, are the same people who does not believe in EDUCATION!

    April 27, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. Murphy

    That's a certificate of live birth. Anyone and everyone can come up with a certificate of live birth. This has been known all along. What everyone was asking for was a copy of the original birth certificate.

    April 27, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. Anonymous

    I agree nothing will shot birthers up. They have been into facts denial from teh beginning. We have epople commenting here "where is it" and "let's see it" even though there is a copy posted on the front page.

    April 27, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  5. bulldogs

    this is the most waste of time when this country is having the most problems ever due to the past admin

    April 27, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. urdrwho

    Man! finally!

    I'll never ever understand why it took so long. It took the hair piece – the Donald to bring it out.

    April 27, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  7. Jay

    I have no doubt where he was born. This is not the long form by the way. According to the COLB he cannot be president as his father is not a U.S. citizen.

    April 27, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  8. Izult

    doesn't change that he was still born a DUAL CITIZEN AT BIRTH. He admits that he owed allegiance to the British Monarchy at birth. There's nothing that can be done to change that one little fact. A natural born citizen cannot owe any allegiance to any foreign government at the time of birth. What is so hard about that concept?

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

    I'm a Birther. I haven't seen it yet, but if he releases the birth certificate, and if its authentic. I'M DELIGHT that he's finally done the right thing.

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

    So hilarious how everyone here is so liberal.. how odd? LOL How absolutely ridiculous that the President didnt release this asap and took this long to address an issue..,..... oh wait... thats right, thats how he does everything!!

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

    A diversion from all of the misery this country is in.

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

    President Obama, I offer you an apology on behalf of our fellow citizens. Racist thoughts and actions are cloaked in many forms. We have an obligation as citizens to call out those who need to learn new values and tolerant attitudes, ESPECIALLY those so called leaders capitalizing on bigoted ignorance while remaining silent.

    April 27, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  13. Ash

    What a Shame!! asking the President to show his Birth certificate...I wonder what others think about us now???

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

    That is a certificate of birth, not a birth certificate. Big difference. Where are the footprints, doctor signature, etc. This is not valid enough to even get a drivers license in many states. Where is the birth certificate? While you are at it, how about releasing college transcripts so we can see some grades. G W Bush and other presidents revealed theirs. Did he ever take a course in economics? Would love to see those grades!!!

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

    According to the information contained on this birth certificate, wouldn't that make Obama's FATHER the President? Since Pres Obama has never referred to himself as Barack Obama II?????

    April 27, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  16. Dennis MacDonald

    I think that the President's calculated witholding of the long form certificate was brilliant political theater. He allowed so many "birthers" to show their real face and in so doing expose themselves as hateful, paranoid obstructionists. Now it is time for these doubters to turn toward the REAL issues facing this nation and work with this President to get us back on track.

    April 27, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  17. FLPerspective

    While I'm not a birther, I do find this 'release' fishy. Wasn't it first reported, prior to the election, that there was a fire in the hospital and the record was lost? Then, after the election, HI changed their laws re public inquiries into birth certificates. Then the Obama camp stated they could not obtain the original but had the short form. All of sudden, we're presented with this copy which, if you look at it for more than two seconds, shows different typewriter type and color variations around some words. Honestly, I thought the birthers were crazy but the more the certificate tune changes, the more I think conspiracists are onto something.

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

    I'm sure this isn't good enough. They will still contend that he wasn't born in the U.S. You know why? Because they are all racists!!!!!

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

    See, was that so hard?
    Why we couldn't have done that two yeas ago is just beyond my ken...

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

    What a stupid debate. Even if he was born in Kenya, his mother is American which makes him a citizen regardless and eligible for the presidency.

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

    Hey why dont we stop airing stupid things there is people starving missing killed kids missing everything that is more important than this leave him alone hes already president just stop

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

    Forgery! A 50 year old piece of paper doesnt look loke it was printed yesterday

    April 27, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  23. Taxed And Spent

    Good, now we can FINALLY focus our attention on the president's lousy policies, divisive class warfare rhetoric, and feeble leadership skills. Thank goodness!

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

    You are fired obama....worst president in history....

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

    Just goes to show a communist can be born ANYWHERE!!

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