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. ABstain

    This birther issue was initially brought up by the Dems when Hillary was running in 08. The fact it took this long for Obama to release a document is divisive and weak...just like him.

    April 27, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Dave

    There are no more facts. Not in the era of Fox News. There is only what people believe.

    April 27, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. soldtonorm

    It says "White House" in the upper right corner. Is that where it was created?

    April 27, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. presidentganna

    I guess pretty soon, they will say if your were conceived in Mexico, you are Mexican.

    April 27, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Wagner

    I am very sorry that your Presidential candidate did not win the elections but our nation has a President elected by the people and he has an incredibly challenging job with multiple issues plaguing the nation to resolve. If you're an American, support your President and stop finding reasons to diminish his authority.

    April 27, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. H.

    GOP= The party of duh? and $$$$

    April 27, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. weezy1

    Who cares? I don't, when it costs $100 to fill up the car, $200 to feed the family per week and 9.9% of America is out of work(including my husband)! I really wish there was a way to step back and try to fix this atrocious mess we are in. But, alas, there isn't. So we'll focus on the Wizard in the fog and not the man behind the curtain and eventually the whole country will shut down. Maybe then something will be done!

    April 27, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Bill

    The question is why Obama spent so much money to keep this his school records and other documents sealed. Is he a brilliant person or is their something. The main distraction of this episode has the voters taking their eye off the really bad job he has done. Worst president since Carter.

    April 27, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. David

    @ ME, your line "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." is one of the most absurd things I've read in the posts today. Timothy Mcveigh was a christian and he attacked his fellow Americans, so those people (American christians) must be terrorists too, according to your logic. I don't understand how people with your mindset survive in today's society. Closed-minded people like you have the same thought processes as the extremist terrorists that we are battling around the world.

    April 27, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. todd

    aww look at poor aerial, she can't cope without being proven wrong so now its all about timing.

    April 27, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Grave Digger

    I still don't believe it. They had way too much time to create anything the Secret Service needed to make. He is a known liar, why should anyone believe him now?

    April 27, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. PEN15

    Notice how the race block says: "Caucasian" and "African" I am sure that they were that politically correct in 1961... FAKE FAKE FAKE.

    April 27, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Merlin

    One more curious thing I noticed, besides the lack of the vital statistics of weight and length, it lists his fathers race as African, back in 1961 that would have been most unusual, because the term used, at that time in history, would have been Negro, it wasn't until maybe the mid 60's many started using the English translation of the Spanish word [negro] for black. The use of African for someones Race came a bit later on down the road. I guess they have done things different in Hawaii for a long time.
    This is probably a good time to keep an eye on the rest of the news, when this tail wagging the dog stuff makes headlines there is usually something else far more important going on that slips quietly by unnoticed, the tiny stories in the back sections. Like what's the Fed up to right now, and did Obama issue any new Executive orders today, or yesterday?

    April 27, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. The Truth

    Look at the big photoshopped left-hand side.

    Why is it printed on new paper with that green grid?
    It should be white like the period documents.

    April 27, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. David

    And, to those of you who say that it was easy to do in Photoshop, you're right, it would be, but it would be easier to do many other ways. And, if you're thinking it wasn't released earlier because they were busy creating it in Photoshop (or whatever program), do you really think it would take 2 years to make a forgery and they're just now releasing it because they just finished yesterday? People like you wouldn't believe it if you were standing in the delivery room and had witnessed his birth, you just don't want to believe it no matter how much proof their was. Also, for those of you asking for his school records, they aren't required to be President, so even if he produced every single document, school paper, art project, report card, drivers license, yearbook photo,paycheck stub, and on, and on, you wouldn't be satisfied.

    April 27, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. todd

    "Sorry, doing this 2 years after being elected means this is a fraud document. If it existed it would have been produced before the terrorist Hussein Obama took office."
    Hahahhahaahh cause it takes 2 years to fake a piece of paper; and that its necessary to appease a bunch of middle school drop outs with diabetes

    April 27, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. ndi

    Hey, Mister Hair-in-the-Wind, what's next? Proof that the President really went to Harvard, that he really had good grades, that he really was nominated President of the HBR, and perhaps that he really was elected President of the USA, that he really exist, that he is really not from Alpha Centauri? Or maybe proof that your face really doesn't ask for a punch...

    April 27, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. SAM

    Being a requirement of the Presidency...........why wasn't the birth certificate produced to begin with? And if the President has more "pressing" matters to deal with, why was't it produced years ago when the issue arose? Gee wouldn't we have saved a lot of time.

    April 27, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. Breed11

    Will people stop saying the birthers are racist, they are just too stupid to criticize a liberal president, nothing!!! Amazing right, not the unemployment rate, nah, they point to citizenship lol Unfortunately, yes these idiots are allowed to vote in this country.

    April 27, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. Bri

    I feel like this should have been exposed a long time ago!! But to me it's old news now, the damage is done. Obama has damaged our country in more ways than one!!!!

    April 27, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. Vaughn

    I think everyone that is now name calling to the Republicans or the Tea Party is missing the point here. This has been going on since 2008. Donald Trump just brought it back into focus because everyone had begun to forget about it. It was not something that should have been pushed to the back of the line. This is a big issue for the American public and he (Obama) coould have resolved this 3 years ago, but did not provide the documents until now. Yes, there are all kinds of conspiracies floating around. If I have to provide solid proof of a borth certificate I do not think it is too much to ask that our President be expected to show absolute proof of being a 'natural citizen".

    April 27, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Richard Allen

    Awesome. Now all those birthers can finally shut up...but i am sure they will just say that Obama was able to cook one up and that this is a fake...if thats the case, then I say all of the birthers need to provide their birth certificates as well. If they can't they MUST be illegals, right? That means we gotta deport them to whatever country they look like they would be from. I can still see them requesting even more proof...what the hell do you want? Video of Obama being pushed out of his mother all while a nurse holds up a newspaper which clearly states the date and location of where they are? And even then, they will say that they could have faked the newspaper or that could have been anyones kid and not Obama...He is American, get over it. If we have to put up with morons like birthers here in the states, then the least they can do is accept that, like him or not, Obama is American by birth and has every right to be president.

    April 27, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Grave Digger

    Do any of the Birther, Tea Party, God, Guns and Glory, Terrorists recognize the cookie cutter responses from the liberals ? Just shows that they are so easily led it's no wonder they think he's a god....just wait until they do vote him in for another term and then whimper and moan when they can't feed themselves or their families...Blind leading the Blind, and they both fall in the ditch.

    April 27, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. RB2

    Regardless of where he was born it does not negate the fact that the quality of work he's doing in this current position is not adequate to what this country needs.

    People in these positions need to take a moment to outline all the things we have learned all these years and try to employ that knowledge into something that works for the people in today's era. The problem is people for the most part do not like change and those comfortable with the political power and paycheck would rather keep showing up, receiving money, generating clout, than take a stand to make a change.

    Too much bureaucracy. No one has the courage to voice what their beliefs are. Rather, they simply pick a political side and just roll with the text book beliefs that they might have learned belonged to that political party. It's unfortunately going to get to the point where we'll either have to deal with a civil war ourselves or have to deal with some super disaster to act as a wake up call.

    It doesn't seem like we're going to get there on our own accord.

    April 27, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Stanely

    Fake, as the term African was not used on Birth Certifcates in the United States in the 1960's the term Negro or Negroe was used. Then it changed to the word Black in the late 1960's and it didn't changed to African until the 1980's when that was the politcally accepted word used for African American's.

    April 27, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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