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President Barack Obama, recognizing that the outlandish claims of the so-called “birther” movement is sticking with the gullible American electorate, today released the full, long-form copy of his birth certificate, proving once and for all that he is an natural citizen of the United States.
“We provided additional information today about the site of my birth,” Obama told reporters at the White House Wednesday morning. “I’ve watched with amusement and have been puzzled by how long this has been going on.”
Obama said he made the decision to release the full birth certificate and the nation needs to concentrate on real issues and “doesn’t have time for this kind of silliness,” adding that “I have better stuff to do.”
The president spoke briefly to reporters and did not take questions.
The President recently requested the State of Hawaii release the full, long-form birth record and a member of the White House counsel’s office traveled to the 50th state to personally bring the copy back to the White House.
The release should answer critics who claim the President was hiding details of his birth, including his actual religion, which conspiracy theorists claim is Muslim, not Christian.
The full form, shared with White House reporters this morning, does not state the President or his family are Muslim and confirms the “short form” birth certificate originally released by Hawaii.
The birther issue, long a claim of the rapid right wing of the Republican party, gained traction recently when Presidential wannabe Donald Trump made the issue a centerpiece of his possible campaign for the GOP Presidential nomination.
Although the “short form” is what the state of Hawaii releases to anyone who requests a copy of their birth certificate, conservatives continued to question Obama’s birth.
To obtain the long form, Obama had to request the state of Hawaii make an exception to state law and release the more detailed information, which included the name of the hospital and biographical information on Obama’s parents.
Professional celebrity Donald Trump, who has made the birther issue the centerpiece of his publicity-seeking flirt with the GOP Presidential nomination, took credit Wednesday for forcing release of the more-detailed birth information.
(Updated at 10:00 p.m. EDT to include the President’s comments and additional information)