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. sonnie2

    Seems to me that should have been part of the Vetting Process the Democrats should have taken on a long time ago. Would
    have saved lots of time for all

    April 27, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. John Patrick

    hahaha take that dumb Trump

    April 27, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  3. sirfishslayer

    Hey, Sarah....I care if he was born here. The Constitution set it up so that forigners could not become president and run the us in with another country's best interest in mind. We are supposed to have an AMERICAN president with AMERICA's best interest. obama does not! Even if he was born here, he still treats the US as if it were not his home nation and that's why we are in the shambles we are in.

    April 27, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. Missy8s

    Was that so hard for him to do?

    Chairman O has always had the power to put this issue to rest and now the specter of the birth certificate as a campaign issue is gone.

    Next topic please.

    April 27, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  5. Jane Q Public

    I do believe the president was born in the USA and think this issue should die, BUT Sarah, any President of the US should be a citizen of the US.

    April 27, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. John

    Should have done it years ago.

    April 27, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  7. Ridiculous

    This is absolutely ridiculous. With everything the nation is facing, and the main concern for Conservatives is a birth certificate? It's a shame that the White House has to confront this...AGAIN! Take the Romney approach Conservatives, focus on the real issues if you want to take on Obama in 2012.

    April 27, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  8. SpringWolf

    This will not stop the Birthers. Within days we'll hear them say the long form released is a fake and Obama wasn't born in U.S. You can't stop stupid people from being stupid. You can't change the opinions of bigots. There will still be Birthers and this story will only die when the press stops reporting it.

    April 27, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  9. Ryan

    Good thing he's had how many years to forge one?

    April 27, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  10. Sam

    I Think Donald should release his barber shops location. I dont believe thats his real hair.

    April 27, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  11. Ben

    The birth certificate is a hoax!

    April 27, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  12. Annoyed

    Finally, I'm just glad he did it because it shuts up Trump. Find something else to whine about lol.

    April 27, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  13. bob

    HAAA HAAA. What now birthers? I guess you may as well come out and reveal that you really just didn't want a black guy in office, cat's out of the bag.

    April 27, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  14. Malcolm Wrathmoore

    Oh has he. I can't wait to see it.

    What, has it taken him this long to have a have-decent forgey made?

    April 27, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  15. TruthSociety

    Isn't it amazing how when Trump started questioning his college records and now all of a sudden magically a long form is going to be shown. While he is in the mood why not release all of his records?

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  16. sherry

    Why didn't they do this years ago and avoid all this????

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  17. Precision

    Long form or short form?

    Where's the rest of his documents?

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  18. Jerry

    Now the million $ question is... will republicans be able to read and understand this certificate?

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  19. Johnny Dangerously

    Sarah – who cares if the president was born in the U.S.? Seriously? Have you not read the U.S. Constitution? You know, that little document that pretty much lays the foundation for every form of authority in our great nation that the libs are desparately trying to ignore and render obsolete?

    And yet... you see fit to call others ignorant. Do you not see the irony here?

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  20. TheOneLane

    This is going to be good. Now the Tea Party and everyone else that wanted to see this can learn the truth and drop the subject.

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    OOH! Doesn't this mean that Trump needs to dislcose his finances?
    That was the deal, right. Trump took the bait and offered the challenge.
    Birth Certificate for Financial Disclosure. Mate in 3, Mr. Trump.

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  22. SC

    Where are the VOID when Copied Marks?

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  23. Mystyph

    Why won't the White House release the Presidents Bris certificate. What are they hiding?

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  24. Pants McGooch

    I would never have referred to myself as a "birther" by any means, but the more the white house avoided the topic, the more I began to wonder. Obama may have found this all amusing, but the more he avoided, the more I felt like maybe there was something to this theory. Thank you for putting this to rest!

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  25. Fake?

    Is it me or does it look Photoshoped?

    April 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
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