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|Barack Obama, President Discusses & Releases Vital Record
|Published Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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|By Rachel Rose Hartman
The White House on Wednesday morning released the president's long form birth certificate (pdf) in an attempt to put "birther" questions to rest.
"The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn't good for the country. It may have been good politics and good T.V., but it
was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country," White House Communications Director Dan
Pfeiffer said in a statement.
The president had released his certificate of live birth in 2008, but many "birthers" said the absence of a long form birth certificate prompted
questions about Obama's birthplace of Hawaii. In recent weeks potential GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has brought birther questions
into the forefront of the media.
"At a time of great consequence for this country--when we should be debating how we win the future, reduce our deficit, deal with high gas prices,
and bring stability to the Middle East, Washington, DC, was once again distracted by a fake issue," Pfeiffer said. "The President's hope is that with
this step, we can move on to debating the bigger issues that matter to the American people and the future of the country."
Obama admitted at a White House press conference following the document's release Wednesday morning that he's been both amused and puzzled
by the degree to which his place of birth has become an issue.
The president echoed Pfeiffer's statements saying that Americans and their representatives need to come together to solve issues such as how to
"invest in our future" while tackling the federal deficit and federal debt:
But we're not going to be able to do it if we are distracted. We're not going to be able to do it if we spend time vilifying each other. We're not going to
be able to do it if we just make stuff up and pretend that facts are not facts. We're not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by
sideshows and carnival barkers.
Though the president didn't mention Trump by name, Obama noted that when he announced his deficit plan this month, his birth certificate, not our
country's economic future, dominated the news that week.
Trump on Wednesday took full credit for the release.
"I feel I've accomplished something really really important and I'm honored by it," Trump said at a press conference held during his pre-scheduled
visit today to New Hampshire. Trump noted that people have long been requesting the document, but Trump was the only one who got the
president to release it. Trump suggested Wednesday this development will boost his own potential presidential candidacy.
Trump said he and others are still going to have to assess the document's authenticity. We're "going to look at it. We have to see if it's real, if it's
proper," Trump said. But he added that he's "sure it's the right deal" and is looking forward to moving on to more important issues such as OPEC
UPDATE 9:38 a.m. EST: Story updated to reflect Donald Trump's reaction.
UPDATE 10:08 a.m. EST: Story updated to include President Obama's press comments
|I cannot believe President Obama did this! Well, I supposed he pondered this mess long
enough to comment. It’s just tedious that he would have to address this mess.
I mean honestly! If Barack Obama were not born in these divided states, the previous
presidential candidates would have disputed this a longggggg time ago. In fact, Barack Obama
would not even have been a Senator let alone, an ongoing successful community organizer.
Please, for a President’s counterfeit birth certificate to be falsified in 1961 would be the most
elaborate scheme ever in America. If someone were able to think that far ahead would have to
be smarter than God!
That would be like someone – anyone – during the time of Obama’s birth thought of a way to
swindle America by forging a Black man’s birth certificate.
If anyone were to think that [far] in advance for a Black man to lead these divided states,
would have to an absolute genius! If a scheme this great were to be successful, then I KNOW
they would have NOT chose a Black man as he would be to obvious; he would stick out.
Chastise President Obama for his stance on Libya and Afghanistan, but a birth certificate? Oh
for the love of God, when will the hate cease?! If you’re gonna criticize Barack Obama, at least
come up with something realistic and worthwhile.
What a waste!
The People of these divided states should be more concerned about the high unemployment rate,
increasing foreclosures and gasoline and food prices. And furthermore, we should be demanding
that ALL of our politicians give up their lifetime benefits and their high paying salaries. Now
THAT is something to make an issue of, not whether the President was born in the USA.
If they are gonna make a fuss, at least they could come up with something feasible.
Look how mindless we have become. Oh how sad for our children and their children’s