Obama Releases Long-Form Birth Certificate: ‘Distraction’ Bad for America

April 27, 2011

(ChattahBox Political News)—Will Donald Trump and Fox News now stop promoting crank anti-Obama conspiracy theories? Not a chance. In a surprising development today, President Obama released his long-form certificate held by the Hawaii State Department of Health. The long-form document is now posted on the White House website, along with the correspondence with Hawaii state officials requesting its release. In a statement posted on the White House blog, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, said “The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn’t good for the country.” Will this end the crazy birther conspiracy theory? Not by a long shot. But at least Fox News pundits and Republican leaders demanding to see President Obama’s long-form certificate to prove his citizenship, will now be quieted. That is until, the right-wing begins to claim that Obama’s long-form certificate is fake.

Under Hawaii state law, the original long-term birth certificate can’t be released to anyone, but President Obama requested that the Hawaii State Department of Health make an exception. The long-form is signed by the doctor and names the hospital where Obama was born.

Below is the statement released by the White House:

“In 2008, in response to media inquiries, the President’s campaign requested his birth certificate from the state of Hawaii. The state sent the campaign the President’s birth certificate, the same legal documentation provided to all Hawaiians as proof of birth in state, and the campaign immediately posted it on the internet. …

When any citizen born in Hawaii requests their birth certificate, they receive exactly what the President received. In fact, the document posted on the campaign website is what Hawaiians use to get a driver’s license from the state and the document recognized by the Federal Government and the courts for all legal purposes. That’s because it is the birth certificate. This is not and should not be an open question.

“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.” …

“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. 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.”

Meanwhile, the Obama haters and birther conspiracy theorists will now move on to another crackpot lie to portray our first black president as “the other.”

Realty TV buffoon Donald Trump, is now attacking Obama on other grounds, claiming he was a bad student who had no business attending ivy league schools.

The bizarre state of our political discourse is depressing.


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