White House releases Obama Birth Certificate
The White House released a long form copy of President Obama’s birth certificate today, to quell the growing speculation that he was not born in America, and therefore not qualified to serve as Commander in Chief.
Obama surprised many members of the press by addressing the issue this morning during a White House briefing. The President expressed his amusement at the controversy and hopes that by releasing the document will finally put the issue to rest.
He stressed that the country has more pressing issues at hand, and that people should focus on the problems that really matter, like the federal deficit and national debt.
“I know that there is 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 am speaking for the vast majority of the American people as well as for the press.” Obama said. “We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We have better stuff to do. I have got better stuff to do. We have got big problems to solve.”
Donald Trump, one of the most outspoken advocates of the “birther” theory, has claimed responsibility for the President’s decision.
Trump, who recently expressed interest in making a bid for the 2012 GOP candidacy, has been bringing the birth place issue more into the focus of the mainstream media in recent weeks. He claims that it is his persistence that moved Obama to disclose the documents.
“Today I’m very proud of myself, because I’ve accomplished something that no one else has been able to accomplish,” Trump said today during a press conference. “I want to look at it, but I hope it’s true. … But he should have done it a long time ago.”
You can see a copy of the birth certificate here: