Obama Releases Full Birth Certificate, Calls Controversy ‘Silliness’

BY Quinn Bowman  April 27, 2011 at 9:59 AM EST



The White House today released President Obama’s long-form birth certificate, hoping to put an end to speculation that he has been lying about where he was born.

You can see the White House statement on the certificate here, and view the full document below. The Obama campaign released a shorter form of the birth certificate in 2008, but it didn’t quell rumors that the then-presidential candidate was not born in Hawaii in 1961.

You can see PolitiFact’s extensive coverage of the issue here.

President Obama spoke to the White House press corps after the certificate was released, and said that the big debates over the country’s fiscal situation cannot be solved if the country is distracted by false stories about where he was born.

“We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” President Obama said. “I am confident that the American people and American political leaders can get together and solve these problems. We always have,” he said. “We aren’t gonna be able to do it if we are distracted.”

Possible Republican presidential challenger Donald Trump is just the latest figure — but perhaps the highest profile — to question whether the president has lied about where he was born. He took credit Wednesday morning for forcing the issue.

“I am really honored to play such a big role in hopefully, hopefully getting rid of this issue,” Trump said.

President Obama’s attorney, Judith Corley, brought certified copies of the certificate of live birth to the White House from Hawaii. President Obama himself wrote a letter requesting the documents, and the state of Hawaii Department of Health granted special permission for the copies.

You can read the correspondence below the birth certificate.

“We hope that issuing you these copies of your original Certificate of Live Birth will end the numerous inquiries received by the Hawaii Department of Health to produce this document. Such inquires have been disruptive to staff operations and have strained State resources,” Director of Health Loretta Fuddy wrote to the president.