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. gino

    The hatred from the Baggers is really stunning here. Symptoms of this particular brand of hatred are very bad spelling, wretched grammar, and ALL CAPS!!!!!

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

    If only this would be the end of it...
    There are still nutjobs out there that think the moon landing's were faked.
    Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

    April 27, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. War919

    He should have done it a long time ago, but as usual, he was playing politics. All of this drawn out controversy and distraction could have been eliminated two years ago. Both sides are idiots and we the people bear the cost.

    April 27, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. David

    The real story is, and always has been , Mr. Obama's social security number..042-68-4424. If he was born in Hawaii, how in the world does he have a ss# that is prefixed for those born in the state of CT? Look at his tax returns, you will see he Omits it, which is odd for a sitting president. And, when asked by a reporter, his pres secretary Gibbs got jello mouth. 042...please debunk it. Hawaii's is 575, & 576. He purposely created the birth cert drama, when many questioned and still continue to ask about the social security discrepency.

    April 27, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Joseph Larson

    This proves that he is not a natural born citizen. To be a natural born citizen, you have to have two American parents and be born in the United States or it territory. Anyone can fake a birth certificate, this was not even a good job, I have seen the birth certificate of a girl born August 5th 1961 and her certificate has a serial number that is lower than Obama's. The paper this is printed on was not available in 1961 and the term African under race of father was not in use yet in 1961 In our family the term used is Negroid. Sorry this is just another fake document Obama has has made. It the records were searched, you would find a baby who died at child birth who was assigned the certificate number that is on Obama's fake.

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

    It is amazing in this country that if someone is even the smallest amount negro mixed with Caucasian they are still classified as black (of course, the color in reality is a wierd shade of dark brown). This mixture is truly mulatto.
    Definition of MULATTO
    1: the first-generation offspring of a black person and a white person.

    April 27, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. Greg

    I bet it even has that new certificate smell.

    April 27, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Julie

    This birthers thing is so ridiculous. These people just don't like Obama being an intelligent liberal black man so they want to try and find any little thing to nitpick yet they would never do it to a right-winged republican. Infact, if a republican was President right now with the same issue they would be on the opposite side saying how stupid people are. This really is not about where Obama was born people. This is about right-wingers being unhappy that there is a democrat President. It's politics as usual. Unfortunately too many people get caught up in this garbage and not the real issues like healthcare, education, jobs etc.

    April 27, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Marcus

    Zero – Get your facts straight:
    – Hawaii became a state over a year before he was born.
    – EVEN if you were right, EVEN IF, did you knew that they granted people born there up to 60 years (roughly two generations) prior the stateship the US nationality?

    April 27, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. doo dad

    yea, it only took 2 years!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 27, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. doo dad

    yeah obama, you show them!!!!!!!! you show them your birth certificate!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yeah, stick it to them with your birth certificate!!!!!! if the table were turned & a republican took office, I would believe 100% without asking questions as to why it took 2 years for a simple document to turn up!!!! yeah, I'm a teab*ggee!!!

    April 27, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Ted Smiles

    Where is the rest of it? Where are the footprintes? Where does it ask Religion? I have never seen a birth certificate from the 1960's that did not include the religion on it.

    April 27, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Julie Labrouste, Tacoma WA

    Donald Trump is a megalomaniacal sociopath.

    April 27, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Name

    Who cares ? Every body GROW UP

    April 27, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. doo dad


    your comment makes too much sense for dumbocrats to process. break it down into simple terms for them. yes, most believe obummer was born in the US, but some may wonder why the issue has drawn on so long. but not for those with "short term" memory

    April 27, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Eric in Denver

    The nuts on the left need some serious help. Most people could care less whether Barry is a Kenyan or an American. The fact that he is bankrupting this country because of his incompetent decisions is a lot more alarming. He is completely clueless and is in way over his head. We are looked at as a complete joke to the rest of the world because of his continued apologies to world leaders and his UnAmerican views. 2012 couldn't come soon enough!!!!

    April 27, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. Denise

    Please say we're done with this issue once and for all now. I mean, how many times does a person have to prove their birth in order for others to believe them. Please – over – done – moving on......

    April 27, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Kenya

    Barry you not only dissapoint your new adopted country you dissapoint us. Atleast your wife has the brains and guts to call Kenya home!!!!! How is the hope and change thing working in the USR(United Socialist Republic)

    April 27, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. daryle

    I feel horrible for our president... no other president had go through all of this bc crap.. and it is ONLY because of the color of his skin that folks needed something to hang on and constantly accuse him of. This should NEVER have been an issue, I would think that there are professional agencies who's main job is to screen each politician and to make sure that they are a legit candidate..who the hell are we as individuals, even Mr. Trump, to demand and question his birthplace.. If we were held to account for this, no one would ever become president.. OMG, there is the FBI, the CIA, and other federal organizations whose job it is to find out this information way back when he decided to run.. He didn't just wake up and become president, you know.. during his political career, and even when he petitioned to run for president, they had to do this.. it is ONLY because he is of color that rednecks keep bringing this up.. they just cannot stand having a president that is not white. I also feel bad because after the mess that mr. Bush left us in, no president is going to fix that, especially not in 4 years.. We, as a nation will NEVER have another black president, you rednecks has successfully scared off any other good black candidates, congrats. The successor to Bush would need AT LEAST a decade to get things right, and no one, white or black, could fix what he broke in one presidential term. If this is the only thing Mr. Trump could dig up, he needs to go back to buying whatever it is he was buying and stay out of politics.

    April 27, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Joan

    What was the holdup? There's still something hinky about all this. I don't care what anyone says – it was just too, too long before we saw the dumb thing. Why were the Hawaiian authorities saying just LAST WEEK that the thing was 'missing'? Obama sucks anyway, and hopefully he's not too, too long for the White House either. Fix the gas prices! Fix the economy! Fix the lack of American jobs! Oh no, Obama would rather get ready for his appearance on Oprah (another over-rated windbag).

    April 27, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Dharma

    @Zero... Good lord. Hawaii became a state in 1959.

    April 27, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. John Hancock

    OMG!! OK Mr. Trump (and others) ...can we move on now!!!!

    April 27, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Invincible Ignorance?

    #1 The more important question is why you need it to be fake so bad birthers.
    #2 You've spent two years arguing over a subject that if true Hillary Clinton and McCain would have sussed out long ago.
    #3 Most conspiracy nuts are Lefties? Glenn Beck and Alex Jones....what are their ratings?

    April 27, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. Bill

    I love reading the comments from your somewhat "demented" viewers/fans. Why do your followers have to sink so low as to call Conservatives like me, hick, hillbilly, crazy, nut-job. You fools don't even know me, how can you pass judgement on a stranger. Only GOD almighty will judge me, and you AIN'T him.

    April 27, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. Jake

    Okay, now its official that Obama's father was a muslim foreigner and his mother was an atheist white-man hater teen that got popped her first year in college by the funny sounding ugly guy. But where is the "Birth Certificate"? This is a "certificate of live birth" that is manufacturer by $50 printers and sold on the streets of America to illegal immigrants. Where are his identifying baby "footprints"?

    April 27, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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