It’s sad that it had to come to this, but today the White House released an official copy of President Obama’s long form birth certificate, responding to the birthers and nearly half of Republicans that have doubts about President Obama’s birthplace.
During a press conference in the White House briefing room, White House press secretary Jay Carney handed out copies of the president’s “long form” birth certificate showing he was born in Hawaii.
The kerfuffle over the President’s birthplace was stoked by the fact that only President Obama’s certificate of live birth was released, which is common practice in the state of Hawaii. As a matter of fact, the President had to get special permission to have the official long form copy released from a vault in his home state.
During the press conference this morning, President Obama took both the media and Republicans to task for jumping on this distracting issue.
“Normally, I would not comment on something like this – I’ve got other things to do,” the President said.
“We’ve got some enormous challenges out there” which the country can’t meet . . . if we are distracted or if we spend time vilifying each other – if we just make stuff up and pretend that it’s fact.”
He added: “We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do.”
The President also took a jab at Donald Trump and other birthers, saying we cannot be “distracted by side shows and carnival barkers.”
Never one to shun a news camera, Donald Trump took credit for today’s release of President Obama’s birth certificate saying, “I’m very proud that I was able to bring it to this point,” Trump said. “I am really honored and I am really proud that I was able to do something that no one else was able to do.” However, he also expressed doubt and said he’d still need to inspect the birth certificate, “but hopes it’s true.”
Although many political pundits feel President Obama could have let this issue linger and continue scoring points with the vast majority of voters who write birthers off as crazy, the President no longer wants this issue to be a distraction from the bigger issues—unemployment, two wars, the mounting deficit—that face out country today.
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