Obama releases birth certificate in effort to eliminate distractions

John Hageman

A strange yet never-ending controversy was seemingly put to rest Wednesday when President Obama released the long form of his birth certificate, proving his eligibility to hold the office that he won two years ago.

The certificate aims to put an end to the “birther” movement, which questioned Obama’s birthplace and therefore his ability to be president, and focus on real issues like the budget. The certificate says Obama was born at 7:24 p.m. on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu.

“The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn’t good for the country,” White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said on the website.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the White House doesn’t normally release the long form of birth certificates, but did so at the president’s request.

“Over the last two and a half years, I have watched with bemusement,” Obama said. “I’ve been puzzled by the degree to which this thing just kept going.”

The release comes after the “birther” movement received new life from GOP presidential-hopeful Donald Trump. The wealthy businessman/celebrity/reality show host said in a recent interview that he has “people who have been studying [Obama’s birth place], and they cannot believe what they are finding.”

According to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, 63 percent of Americans will not vote for Trump, 46 percent of those being Republicans.

“Today I’m very proud of myself, because I’ve accomplished something that no one else has been able to accomplish,” Trump on the release of the president’s birth certificate, according to NBC News. “I want to look at it, but I hope it’s true. … But he should have done it a long time ago.”