The birth certificate

There it is. The birth certificate proving President Obama was born in the United States and is thus qualified — at least under terms of the Constitution — to be president of the United States.

According to the White House blog:

The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn’t good for the country. It may have been good politics and good TV, but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country. Therefore, the President directed his counsel to review the legal authority for seeking access to the long form certificate and to request on that basis that the Hawaii State Department of Health make an exception to release a copy of his long form birth certificate. They granted that exception in part because of the tremendous volume of requests they had been getting.

He’s speaking to the nation about the “issue,” which should practically guarantee it’ll lead the news for most of the day.

A large percentage of Americans don’t believe Mr. Obama was born in the U.S. It’s about the same percentage — 26% — who can’t name the country the U.S. fought for its independence. Chances are: They’re the same people.

We’re going to need a new conspiracy theory to obsess over.

Update 11:05 a.m. – Here are the presidents remarks:

Hello, everybody. Now, let me just comment, first of all, on the fact that I can’t get the networks to break in on all kinds of other discussions — (laughter.) I was just back there listening to Chuck — he was saying, it’s amazing that he’s not going to be

talking about national security. I would not have the networks breaking in if I was talking about that, Chuck, and you know it.

As many of you have been briefed, we provided additional information today about the site of my birth. Now, this issue has been going on for two, two and a half years now. I think it started during the campaign. And I have to say that over the last two and a half years I have watched with bemusement, I’ve been puzzled at the degree to which this thing just kept on going. We’ve had every official in Hawaii, Democrat and Republican, every news outlet that has investigated this, confirm that, yes, in fact, I was born in Hawaii, August 4, 1961, in Kapiolani Hospital.

We’ve posted the certification that is given by the state of Hawaii on the Internet for everybody to see. People have provided affidavits that they, in fact, have seen this birth certificate. And yet this thing just keeps on going.

Now, normally I would not comment on something like this, because obviously there’s a lot of stuff swirling in the press on, at any given day and I’ve got other things to do. But two weeks ago, when the Republican House had put forward a budget that will have huge consequences potentially to the country, and when I gave a speech about my budget and how I felt that we needed to invest in education and infrastructure and making sure that we had a strong safety net for our seniors even as we were closing the deficit, during that entire week the dominant news story wasn’t about these huge, monumental choices that we’re going to have to make as a nation. It was about my birth certificate. And that was true on most of the news outlets that were represented here.

And so I just want to make a larger point here. We’ve got some enormous challenges out there. There are a lot of folks out there who are still looking for work. Everybody is still suffering under high gas prices. We’re going to have to make a series of very difficult decisions about how we invest in our future but also get a hold of our deficit and our debt – how do we do that in a balanced way.

And this is going to generate huge and serious debates, important debates. And there are going to be some fierce disagreements – and that’s good. That’s how democracy is supposed to work. And I am confident that the American people and America’s political leaders can come together in a bipartisan way and solve these problems. We always have.

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.

We live in a serious time right now and we have the potential to deal with the issues that we confront in a way that will make our kids and our grandkids and our great grandkids proud. And I have every confidence that America in the 21st century is going to be able to come out on top just like we always have. But we’re going to have to get serious to do it.

I know that there’s going to be a segment of people for which, no matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest. But I’m speaking to the vast majority of the American people, as well as to the press. We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do. We’ve got big problems to solve. And I’m confident we can solve them, but we’re going to have to focus on them – not on this.

Thanks very much, everybody.

  • David

    And already, the birthers are unsatisfied.

    I’ve seen claims that the long form is a forgery, and claims that his Indonesian step-father adopted him stripped him of his US citizenship.

  • freealonzo

    Haven’t you heard? Obama’s grades weren’t good enough to get into Columbia or Harvard Law. Why won’t he release his college transcripts!?

  • Unfortunately, this will not silence Trump.

    Doesn’t anyone remember the stuff about the documents that got Dan Rather fired? The goalposts of the conspiracy will just be shifted…

    Or, if you are right, from what I have seen, the next theory is how Obama got into college. I see that is making waves in Republican circles…

  • Jim Shapiro

    The true conspiracy is the fact that Obama is actually white, and had a skin color change to get the nuanced union liberal atheist elite academic socialist vote.

    Think about it: If he were really black, wouldn’t he be a better dancer? 🙂

  • Ben Chorn

    Up next- His mother had a teen pregnancy!

  • Jennifer

    It’s true. Donald Trump has already moved on to demanding that Obama release his college transcripts to prove that he wasn’t a “bad student” and did indeed deserve his place in the Ivy League.

  • J.B.


    The difference with the documents that Dan Rather reported off of is that those actually were false (which was acknowledged by the network later).

  • Scott

    This birth certificate flap goes to demonstrate how retarded Republicans are.

  • Kassie

    I wonder how many birthers know where John McCain was born? Or care?

  • So ridiculous. I applaud Obama for handling the whole issue with grace. What a flipping jerk Trump is, taking credit for the fact that the certificate was released. I hate how the major news networks have been pandering to him.

  • V

    Why let the facts get in the way of a good conspiracy theory? The Kennedy assassination and the “alleged” moon landing still get plenty of traction, filling up hours on the “History” Channel. I’m afraid no one will be moving on to a new one.

  • Kim E

    Aaaaarg, please don’t use the word “retarded” when you mean to say “stupid” or “ridiculous.” This isn’t middle school.

  • John P.

    Before long form, 50% of Republicans believed Obama was born outside of the U. S. After long form, 49.8%

    Come on, people. You can’t let mere evidence sway you. It’s all about what you believe! It seems like a marked tendency these days and it makes me worried about the future of our nation.

  • jay sieling

    Surprisingly (or not) most Americans are uncertain about Donald Trump being born in the USA.

    From Nate Silver:

    A gallop poll asks the same question concerning birth about Trump. The numbers are not that different from the poll about Obama.

    Bob is probably right. They’re the same people that can’t name the country we fought for our independence!

  • DenFern

    Most of Obama’s critics are just racists. They can’t accept that a black man can lead our country. Donald Trump is such a joke. And a bad joke at that. He is such a narcissist. Now he wants everyone to know how proud he is that he is putting this controversy to an end. Gag! and Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and John McCain are no better. They are just dividing the country and playing into the hands of our enemies. And I don’t want to leave out Tim Pawlenty. What a squirrel!

  • Jamie

    // “Trump … taking credit for the fact that the certificate was released…” //

    That is what Republicans do. They turn things around to their own benefit. They’re experts at it.

  • Tom


  • kay smith

    Robin Williams is saying Obama has offered his birth cert so now Trump should reveal his hairline. I can’t believe I’m related to some of these Republican goofballs.