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Obama releases birth form, decries 'silliness'

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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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Sorry...I have to say this yet ANOTHER time...

He's black....so friggin what? Why have you turned this into a race thing AGAIN????? I don't see him as a black president. I see him as a self-absorbed, unqualified idiot.

I agree

I agree with you 100%.. It has NOTHING to do with race..
Now my question is... WHy didn't he just produce it from the start. It doesn't make any sense to spend 2 million dollars on lawyers so he wouldn't have to produce it..

I have to laugh when he said and I quote " we do not have time for this kind of distraction". He caused it all. He should have just produced it when he was first asked about it..

and it has NOTHING to do with race at all.. it has to do with a man that thinks he can do what he wants and doesn't have to play by the same rules the rest of the country does..

do homework

if people had done their homework from the begining then none ofn this would have top come out later. the challange comes with the disrepect that the hatemongers continue to spew. 40 percent will never vote or care about the president. so no matter what he does will cause people to go up in arms.

birth certificate

He did produce it in 2008 but the nut-jobs still said it was fake, it was the short form certified by the state of Hawaii and it was all over the internet. I guess this long form isnt good enough either for some.

Obama

What don't make any sense is you believing he spent 2 million so he wouldn't have to produce it, but knowing where you must get most of your news (fox,Rush,etc) from its no surprise.

If the president listened to every....

If the president listed to every single wackjob theory out there about this conspiracy and that conspriacy he wouldn't be doing his job. Like most of america DID, he laughed it off as did I when I originally heard of this rediculous political smearing. This topic isn't old, it was prevolent during the capaign, but that's over now. The Republicans believe he was born in Kenya the Democrats believe he was born in Hawaii.
Thats just not goign to change. Conservative America will not change, they will continue to want to live in the stone ages and ignore progressive and free-thinking ideas.

I think he should have kept it to himself. Never shown anyone, not now not ever. This way the wack pack of Tea-Partying Birthers and other Conspiracy Theorists would have something to do and spend their own money and time chasing down some stupid piece of paper.

This isn't over yet, sadly enough. This is what is wrong with America. This is why our dollar is lower then ever and why we are not respected in other Progressive nations.

Why did he decide to release

Why did he decide to release it now? After stating NUMEROUS times he would not? Why now? Tell me that. As for you stating Conservatives are "wacko conspiracy theorists," it's simply not true. We wanted proof, and he FINALLY, after two years, showed it. But in all honesty this isn't even a birth certificate. Illegal aliens have access to this sort of stuff. It's proof enough for me though. Oh, and did I mention that John McCain actually showed his in the 2008 presidential race? People were questioning his citizenship and he put those questions to rest very quickly.

Our dollar is lower than ever because your president has put us in TRILLIONS of dollars in debt. And don't even try to blame it on Bush, he's been gone for over 2 years now. It's time for Obama to take charge and quit being a wimp. Stop the wasteful spending, control your budget, don't hit the debt ceiling, and things won't spiral out of control like they are now.

Is it so bad to want him and the rest of the government to control their spending? No. Is it so bad to have a country by the people, for the people? No. Is it so bad to want to have LESS government intrusion in our lives (Obamacare, which has been deemed unconstitutional by many courts), lower taxes (they're way too high anyway), and the freedom to push ourselves away from government intervention? No. Is it so bad to NOT want the government to tax the so called "rich" who by the way are the small business job creators? No.

Also, give me a good reason why the rich need to be taxed more. Because they make too much money? Sorry, that isn't good enough. Isn't that actually going against the American dream? Isn't the American dream to have a good life and to be wealthy? I'm sure every one of us would be wealthy if we had the option to. So your argument that conservatives are terrible is downright wrong.

Rich

The rich are taxed less with all their loopholes. You failed to mention all the courts who said Obamacare was constitutional and their wasn't many that said it wasn't, I believe only 1 maybe 2 but not many.

The reason we aren't respected............

The reason we are not respected by other progressive nations, and the reason our dollar is loosing value is because of that freaking lunatic that was president BEFORE Obama...not because of Obama.

As for the crazy birthers..... I was born in 1957 in Kentucky and I don't have an original birth certificate, only a certified regenerated copy....why? very simple, the hospital was sold to a new company after a fire..........no one knows where the originals are.

I challenge each and every one of you to try and find your original birth certificate and I bet you a percentage will run into the same problem I did. Oh yeah....when did I find all this out about my certificate? When I was undergoing my top secret clearance background check by the DOD.