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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the nation’s leaders won’t be able to solve big problems if they’re distracted by what he calls “sideshows and carnival barkers.”

He says that’s why he made the decision to release a detailed Hawaii birth certificate — hoping to quiet the continuing questions about whether he was, in fact, born there rather than in Kenya.

The certificate says Obama was born to an American mother and Kenyan father in Hawaii, which makes him eligible to hold the office of president.

In criticizing those who are keeping the issue alive, Obama and the White House didn’t mention Donald Trump by name — though he’s been among the most prominent supporters of the “birther” movement in recent weeks.

Trump, a potential GOP presidential candidate, today took credit for getting Obama to release the certificate, and said Obama should have done so “a long time ago.”

He said he’d want to make sure the certificate is real.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • Youneed 2know

    Look, the only reason they are attacking him for his racial confusion is because they cannot find anything he is doing wrong. I mean, there really is nothing any one can do to get us out of this bloody bush situation. At least not in our lifetime. And besides the fact that he possesses a certificate of live birth from Hawaii, he wasn’t born there. Few people know this, but Hawaii has a loop hole in their citizenship laws that say a person can have a baby up to 1 year old and go there to obtain a certificate of birth in that state. His true birth place is in fact in Kenya. It is actually a place where people go to celebrate his birth. So technically he is not qualified to run our country and I will probably get raided and thrown in jail for the rest of my life for leaking this but I think it is important that people know who is piloting this falling plane were on that we call a country of freedom. Also, for you people out there who says there are no aliens, or the gov’t doesn’t lie or believe what ur religion tells you should, for the sake of your life, watch this. It will answer any question you might have about human existence. and questions such as Why are we here? or What happens on 12 21 2012? then you will find ur answers here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEyqT2_ricA Really everything mentioned in this eye opener has a conclusively large amount of facts and evidence to support every topic mentioned.Please tell ur friends and Wake em up before this dream we are living is over!

  • FortheTruthandnothingbutthetruth

    Those are some of the most racist things I have ever heard. Sounds like someone is jealous of white people. Before you start saying that people are racist, you should think about not being racist your self. I mean, come on. The whole slave thing is way over, and besides that fact, they were sold to Americans by native Africans! bet you didn’t know that. Blame your own people. Aside from your ignorance, If you want to know everything the government doesn’t tell us, or if you have any questions like, “Why are we here?”, or, “Are we alone?” then you should probably take a look at this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEyqT2_ricA Really everything mentioned in this eye opener has a conclusively large amount of facts and evidence to support every topic mentioned. It also covers the confusion of race and inequalities supported by racism. You should be a little less ignorant after watching this. I promise. lol

  • knowledgegeek

    taxpayer, you are correct. this is so simple if folks just look at the facts. BC and CLB are two different things and the second can be issued for both someone born in the US and some born outside in Hawaii.

  • Guest 2

    Come on, he is half WHITE!!!! This race crap is getting so old. Did his white side win, or did his black side win? Neither, the MAN won. I don’t dislike this president because he is black, I dislike him because of the terrible job he is doing. If I were black I would be so ashamed to think that this man is suppose to be the best candidate the black race has to offer. I know there are more qualified black men out there that could and would do a good job. Herman Cain is one of them, and so is Walter Williams. Forget Jackson and Sharpton unless you really want to make everything about race from their own lips. More money has been printed since Obama has taken office than has been printed in the last 200 years, What does that do for our economy? It brings down the value of the dollar and makes everything cost more. Really now, what has Obama really done to help this economy. I’m not talking about the words he reads from the teleprompter when he tells us what a great job he has been doing, I want to see the true facts of his so called claimed accomplishments. Come on people, if you wanted a black president, you could have done better than this. Stimie or Farina could have done a better job than Barack has done.

  • Jane Doe

    The color of your skin does NOT MATTER. When you inherit the financial problems of a family, a business, OR a nation. YOU SIMPLY DO NOT KEEP BORROWING MORE and MORE and MORE MONEY to FIX the PROBLEM—–STUPID—–STUPID—–STUPID—–STUPID—-STUPID—–STUPID—–


  • WishIwasinNC

    Common sense have you been watching too much Red Dawn? Have you forgotten the failures of the previous administration so quickly?Obama didn’t start Iraq or Afghanistan but I am sure that it is all his fault. Making sure your fellow citizens don’t lose their homes because of a health condition is socialism? Please provide more facts on this Socialist and his agenda because as far as I can tell he is just another politician looking out for himself and his corporate buddies.

  • originalwilmingtonian

    I… keyword “I” stated that color does not matter. I’m only pointing out the obvious reactions of others. Yes, it is about race. Don’t act like you don’t know what’s REALLY going on here. You’re smart right? Where were you.. or the “teabaggers” for that matter when GWB was dragging this country further into debt?? Where were those marches/protests back then??? WHERE THE H**L WERE YOU????

  • Guest333

    Look where we will be in 10 years, just based on the INTEREST on the U.S. govt’s. 42 billion debt.

    It is unlikely that America can recover, but certain not to recover under this regime’

    A simple case of “It’s the Economy Stupid”.

    Enjoying gas prices? That is NOTHING! See U-Tube link below.

    Open your mind to a change in the White House. Your kids are depending on you to make the RIGHT choice! Start seeing BOTH sides, then, you will be able to see the fiscally conservative side.


  • Guest333

    Commonsense,I agree with your commonsense, that Obama is out to re-create America, but first, he intends to dismantle it, by extracting one great FREEDOM, at a time, and it will be no Utopia or Fantasty land.

    …A JOKE, again, the race card being called. Some may take the lead from the likes of whoppie goldberg and some are just into that ‘set in stone’ mindset. I strongly believe there is evidence that those days of the fuzzy logic with most peoples attempts to ‘guilt’ white people into accepting a racist tag are OVER.

    Fuzzy logic. And…so old and WORN OUT!!
    For those who like the racist argument, Obama was raised in Hawaii and Indonesia. Dark skinned people live in both places. Obama does NOT relate to aspursions of ‘racism’ at all. Read and LEARN all about what makes him tick.

    Common, I’M with you on the Red Comrad color of Obama. BUT, maybe we have TO BE SENSITIVE to thie Diversity and “open the dialog” and speak freely (while we still have time)about being “RED”.

    HAVE we ever had “Czars” in the United States? We do now!

    Czars!!! I can see the abject intoxicated poverty…literally sitting on the curbside now. Utopia was in our past, not our future unless we oust Obama in ’12.

  • Guest95

    That’s good to know but it’s a safe bet there’s still a bunch of birthers out there and now the new term for them is “after-birthers”.

  • Guest228

    but the difference between the democratic presidents and Obama is that Obama is black.. The orignial poster is right..other countries are looking at the US and shaking their heads..has any other countries asked their president or leader to PROVE their citizenship? NOPE!! as of right now, you birthers are looking like racial communists who try to find everything wrong with President Obama except admitting your true feelings and that is because he is black and you CAN NOT DEAL WITH IT!! I hope Donald Trump run for President..as James Carville said, if the republicans think their best hope is in Donald Trump who has filed for bankruptcy and is currently being sued by investors in Florida, then hell yeah, let him be the republicans choice..because if and and I stressed IF he gets elected, you really think a man who cant even handle his own financial situations can turn this country’s financial debt around?

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    I simply posted it to get the fecal matter flying.

    Considering the “success” of Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, and now Obama, I think we might want to see if Maggie Thatcher is available. (Unfortunately she’s very ill)

    With all the leading Democrats being Socialists and all the leading Republicans being able to screw up a nocturnal emission, we may need to start looking outside our shores.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    You rant and rave like a madman about how peoples’ hatred of Obama is based on his race, then end your post with “color does not matter.”

    Heed your own advice: The color of his skin DOESN’T matter. It’s the color of his politics that I hate, and that color is good ol’ Soviet Union RED! He’s out to destroy American and recreate it into some Marxist Utopian fantasy land.

  • Guestcopy

    “We don’t have time for this silliness.” He then flew to Chicago with Michelle to tape the Oprah Winfrey show and attend three fundraisers. He didn’t have more important news to discuss such as the appointments of Leon Panetta as secretary of defense and Gen. David Petraeus as CIA director, Middle East or America’s multiple wars, economy…

    Let me be clear has probably won out as Obama’s favorite phrases but he has been anything but clear or transparent. The soul purpose of everything the Obama administration does is to get that money, and the power that goes with it, into the hands of the government.”

  • Guest95

    I was born in a hospital and mine says Certificate of Live Birth, and I’m sure yours does too.It says on his where he was born and the doctor signed it so I think it has been established,unless you are like common and think the CIA forged it.

  • is not the same as a Birth Certificate. Only those born in a hospital are issued a Birth Certificate. If you’re born somewhere else, you’re issued a Certificate of Live Birth.

    Where he was born has not yet been established.

  • IWantRealNews

    Did it get us out of Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan? No
    Did it reform Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare? No
    Did it fix the budget to where everyone is happy? No
    Did it raise the debt ceiling? No
    Did it fix our energy problems (dependency on burning fossil fuels and importing oil)? No

    Trump got on the WRONG bandwagon..he got his panties in a twist when Obama stated that he wanted to eliminate tax breaks for wealthy Americans (including him). Trump could have easily faulted Obama on more substantial issues but noooo he chose the ‘birther’ movement. And because of his expensive marketing antics, Obama was like “REALLY Trump?”
    (Obama might have spent 2 million getting that long form birth certificate but Trump spent more on creating the scrabble. Bad investment, Trump!)

    This birther mania isn’t about race, just average folks failing to have a good, intellectual debate about real issues. And the media turns this nonsense into a cash cow.

    Get an education, folks!

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    1. He’s just as much White as he is Black.

    2. Clinton is White and I hate him far more than I hate Obama.

    Has it ever occurred to you that your quasi-Black hero may simply be a BAAAAAAD president? Or does he get a pass simply because he’s kinds-sorta Black?

  • originalwilmingtonian

    Whites are always scared when they are not in a position of Power! As long as whites are in power they are fine. THIS IS DEFINITELY ABOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA’S RACE/NAME/EDUCATION/INTELLIGENCE/RELIGION/ HIS WIFE WAS EVEN ATTACKED FOR HAVING LOVELY ARMS!! WTH!!! And you say it’s not about Race! OH Please!!
    I recalled him being attacked for using the teleprompter??? Why, b/c it made him look and sound intelligent. Wow, that’s a classic case of jealousy. What President does not resort to the use of either/both the teleprompter and a written speech on the podium??? That was soooo ridiculous. Then they called him an elitist?? Really, for excelling in school??? I’m confused. Where in history has a President been under attack for proving his US citizenship?? Only until an elected Black President did this come into question. Look at Arizona… trying to pass a law for future candiates to prove their citizenship??? Wow.. they should have passed that law before Dumb George Bush was elected.. I truly don’t believe he was born in this country…. I could go on and on about how this country has totally disrespected this President is so many ways. The man was handed a total mess.. and you expect him to turn things around with the snap of a finger. Well folks, that’s not how it works. If it took you many many many years to dig yourself into a mess/hole, then it’s going to take many many many years to dig yourself out of that same mess. I am so sick of the “unhooded” white supremists wrecking havoc everywhere.. instead of coming up with solutions on how to get Us all out of this mess. We all are in the same boat..color does not matter when it comes to recession! Get a life and offer up some solutions folks. Stop the hate and give more love.

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