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. Well?

    Funny, he thought it was humorous and stood by to watch the circus but, just like the job he is doing, stood by, did nothing, when all it would take was a quick release looooong ago to put debate to rest. I think Barry needed a diversion out there to take the focus of the wonderful job and vacations he is doing. Wonderful job being a sarcastic statement and vacations being an understatement. Okay, BC checks out, just have to wait out the full 4 years to get him out of office... as gas prices rise, the likelyhood of relection lowers. Even my wife has buyers remorse for this guy and she is not one to admit mistakes. How about that for an electoral segment.

    April 27, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Sammy

    RE: ME "Also he is muslim. He went to a muslin place of worship and people there do say they remember him. So besides the fact weather he was born in America or not he is muslim and those are the people who attacked the United States on 9/11. So we have a terrorist running our country. Thats just wonderful(SARCASM)."

    So now all Muslims are terrorists? Really?

    April 27, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. Teddy Hickox

    I thought naturalized citizen meat that your parents also had to be born in the U.S. If that is the case then we know President Obama's father was born in Kenya.

    April 27, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. ann

    this proves nothing. What about the one from the hospital?

    April 27, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. josh

    Unbelievable, people... Please realize that this the previously released document is the only document any citizen can get to prove their citizenship in Hawaii. This current document was released by bypassing the law through a Presidential request to end this nonsense... No citizen can acquire this document if they wanted too...

    April 27, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Teddy Hickox

    sorry I misspelled the word meant.

    April 27, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. rositaCA

    Wonder what topic are the Republican/Tea Loosers are going to start now???? JOKERS!! so glad they have found a lider.....Donald HA HA HA HA

    April 27, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. I hate Racists

    I'd like to hear how Obama is the worst president ever? Oh yeah, because he's black. Lets make everyone think that so we can never elect another black person. You non reading back woods ignorant inbred racist trash. Go read something for once in your lives.

    April 27, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. LOLGuy

    Only those who wanted to believe this "issue" would think the "delay" in producing the document.

    Frankly, if I were the President, I would have told them all to go feck themselves.

    As it stands, the PRESIDENT sure made the GOP look like a disorganized, rabble-rousing bunch of hillbillies.


    April 27, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. K

    Why is he doing this 2 years later?
    It could be real, but could be fake..

    Hmmmm.... This is so hard to believe.. yet, why would he lie about where he was born? And how could he even BE ELECTED President without them doing research on where he came from originally..

    UGH Our Government stinks..
    I wanna move to Denmark or Canada..Lord.

    April 27, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. babyarm

    One explanation is that Obama's mother Ann Dunham, flew to Kenya in 1961 with Obama's father to meet his family. According to some news reports, Ann Dunham, was not accepted well by her husband's family because she was white:
    "Obama's family did not take to Stanley Ann Dunham Obama very well, because she was white, according to Sarah Obama. Shortly after she arrived in Kenya Stanley Ann decided to return to Hawaii because she later said, she did not like how Muslim men treated their wives in Kenya. However, because she was near term the airline would not let her fly until after the birth of her baby. Obama's grandmother said the baby—Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.—was born in Kenya and that shortly after he was born, Stanley Ann returned to Hawaii."

    April 27, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. American

    Of course Obama needed to release his birth certificate; his eligibility to be president has been questioned since the beginning. Trump does not have to release his birth certificate because he is not a public servant, nor does he hold the highest office in the country. Liberals can whine like babies that Trump needs to release his birth certificate and other information but the fact is that Trump is a private citizen, and Barack Obama is a public servant; they are held to different standards as they should be.

    April 27, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. Joe

    Wow...the liberals buy this certificate as genuine. You idiots crack me up. It proves nothing. You can print anything at a print shop. Some idiot said "see? it even says White House on the top right hand side so it has to be real" You liberals are completely dense. I have a bridge I wanna sell ya......SUCKERS!

    April 27, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. John Zimmerman

    But doesn't the Constitution ALSO say, in addition to "natural born", the President must be a U.S. Citizen, meaning born of 2 U.S. born parents? His birth certificate above clearly states his father was born in Kenya & his mother in Wichita, Kansas. Not only that, is there proof he denounced his citizenship to Indonesia where he had to have citizenship in order to attend school there? I'd hate to think we have a President who's also an Indonesian citizen. No wonder America's so screwed up right now!! We have a President who doesn't know where he's from: Illinois, Kenya, Indonesia or Hawaii.

    April 27, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. Dave

    FINALLY, now may be the GOP will get back to what is important. Here is a nice dose of STFU.

    April 27, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. @"ME"

    "So besides the fact weather he was born in America or not he is muslim and those are the people who attacked the United States on 9/11. "

    Hitler was Christian – what is your point, Mister KnowNothingAtAll?


    And you are calling people name?

    LOL, you are a moron.

    April 27, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. sonas76

    To paraphrase Chris Rock in 'Dogma', "A black man can steal your car, but he can't be your President."

    It's been about racism from the beginning. Sorry the Commander in Chief didn't come in a color you liked. Deal with it.

    April 27, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. JCarter

    Well, I have to say, it's more than a little bit pathetic that it has come to this. Are we as a nation really going to sit here and allow fringe groups and nutters to badger the President of the United States into releasing his birth certificate to satisfy their wacko conspiracy theories? It's insane. Do they really, REALLY, believe that the U.S. Congress, the FBI, the CIA, the Secret Service (et cetera) would have even let Barrack Obama RUN for President if he weren't an American citizen. I don't get it. I guess I don't have to. The Tea Party and the Birthers are racists hiding behind the guise of patriotism and ethnocentrism... It's bloody ridiculous. Where was the fuss about John McCain? He was born in Panama. Oh, I know, because he's a) republican, b)white, c)rich, d)a military veteran. He satisfies all the requirements apparently. God forbid an educated african-american win the election... it's clearly rigged and he's CLEARLY a foreign national hellbent on destroying America. Give me a break.

    But since we are setting a precedent, let's go a step further: all potential candidates must now: a)provide a valid, notarized birth certificate, b)provide two pieces of mail from their current address, c)submit to a credit and background check, and d)pass the United States Citizenship Test. You know? To weed out the idiots.

    "Who was the fifth President of the United States?" Uuuuh, Abraham Lincoln!
    "Sorry, you're wrong. You are no longer eligible to run for President."

    What has the United States come to?

    April 27, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. James

    Sweet a fake birth certificate, now the president can get back to wrecking our economy, losing jobs, and ruining our healthcare system. You liberals sure are smart!

    April 27, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. LifeLongDemocrat

    It sure took a long time to come up with one. I guess his dog ate it. I wonder if the ink is still wet?

    If his mother was Jewish, he would be Jewish. If his father was a muslim, he is a muslim. Was his mother Jewish or his father a muslim?

    April 27, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Peter

    This birth certificate thing is ridiculous.
    No one has ever seen the birth certificate of mccain, bush, clinton, bush reagan,and no one cared
    Now it´s a big thing all of a sudden?
    Birthers = racists

    April 27, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. paul

    Obama is correct, this has been a big waste of time The Republicans were swept into office on the pledge of jobs, jobs, jobs. What have John Boehner and company done since getting elected? Nothing but social agenda items. Not a single jobs bill out of the house. And they expect us to believe their campaign promises (lies). Time to rebalance the house.

    April 27, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. diane

    I just dont understand why CNN or any other News channels would entertain Donald Trump....what a waste of TV news. As far as some Americans believing that OUR President was NOT born in the US, shame on them, we are to stand up behind our President, what a laugh we are giving the other countries. I would like to see Trump be investigated like our President is..Again shame on the American People,,,,we the People of the US voted for Pres Obama.

    April 27, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. Robmun

    Yes, The Donald is proud of keeping the news cycle on his lunacy about the President's birth certificate, because he has nothing else to offer. It is reassuring to know that The Donald will be the sole authenicator of our Presidents birth certificate. Should the US President have released this earlier – he already did so why should he have. And to think we the taxpayers paid for the President to send a messenger to get the certificate, is infuriating. Will this end the birthers doubting the Presidents birth certificate. If they did not believe the first one he released why should they believe the State of Hawaii on this one. The only sane sensible thing to do about The Donald's allegations, comments and political campaigning is to give him no TV coverage cnn. Come on CNN grow a spine and report the news not hysterical rantings of a mentally ill celebrity news hound. The Donald seems to be hanging out too much with Gary Busey and Charlie Sheen.

    April 27, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Sonya

    How insulting has this all been to the State of Hawaii, that people might believe their long-established process was somehow shielding some sort of skulduggery on behalf of the the President of the United States! Trump in particular ought to be persona non grata in Hawaii, along with the rest of his smarmy ilk.

    April 27, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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