Meghan Smith, News Editor, Emeritus, on April 27, 2011 1:18 PM
On Wednesday, April 27, The White House released Obama’s official birth certificate, putting to rest years of speculation from “birthers” on the right about whether or not Obama was really born in the US. The birth certificate states that Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii at Kapiolani Hospital on August 4, 1961.
White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said that the President hopes it will cause less distractions from real political issues: ”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,” he said.
Although Obama released a certificate of live birth in 2008, many speculators still had doubts since he had not showed a long form birth certificate. Since the US Constitution requires the president to be born in the US, some people believed he was not eligible for the job. Even Donald Trump jumped on the action and raised questions about Obama’s place of birth during his own media campaign.
Obama hopes this will let him focus on fixing real problems in the country. “But we’re not going to be able to do it if we are distracted,” Obama said. “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.”
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