Via pretty much any news source:
The White House has released President Obama’s long-form birth certificate, saying the document is “proof positive” the president was born in Hawaii.
Obama, who discussed the release at the White House Wednesday morning, said he had been “puzzled” by the so-called birther controversy as it built over the last two-and-a-half years. He said he normally would not bother to comment on such an issue, but expressed concern that it was starting to distract attention away from pressing challenges like the budget.
He told the public and the media that it’s time to “get serious.”
“We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” Obama said. “We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do. We’ve got big problems to solve.”
White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said the administration decided to release the full document in response to mounting questions about the president’s birth. He noted that what started as Internet chatter had moved into the national political debate and ended up being discussed regularly on mainstream news outlets.
He said the president believed the matter was becoming a “distraction” from major issues.
The document lists Obama’s birthplace as Honolulu, Hawaii, and his birth date as Aug. 4, 1961. The hospital listed is Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital. The name on the birth certificate is Barack Hussein Obama II.
Obama’s presidential campaign, in response to questions raised in 2008, at the time posted a short-form version of the document on the Internet. But conspiracy theories continued to fester. They gained legs in recent weeks as Donald Trump, who is toying with the possibility of running as a presidential candidate in 2012, repeatedly and publicly questioned Obama’s origin.
Pfeiffer, on the White House blog, said the president thought the attention was “bad for the American people” and directed his counsel to request access to the long-form document from the Hawaii State Department of Health. The department granted an exception to release the long-form document “because of the tremendous volume of requests they had been getting,” the White House said.
“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 on the blog. “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.”
Trump, speaking in New Hampshire, took credit Wednesday for the president’s decision to release the document. He said his team would have to examine the birth certificate and questioned why the White House took so long, but indicated he wanted to move beyond the issue.
“Today, I’m very proud of myself, because I’ve accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish,” Trump told reporters. “Why he didn’t do it when everybody else was asking for it, I don’t know. But I am really honored, frankly, to have played such a big role in hopefully, hopefully getting rid of this issue.”