President Barack Obama addressed the issue over his birth certificate, and Donald Trump claimed victory for the move.
Fox News Radio's Mike Majchrowitz reports from Washington and Marga Bessette in Portsmouth, NH:
Talking to reporters today, President Obama said the White House has responded to the nagging question about the President's place of birth.
Listen here to the full audio of President Obama's statement:
See below, the Press release from White House Communications Director, Dan Pfeiffer:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2011
Pfeiffer Post: President Obama's Long Form Birth Certificate
President Obama's Long Form Birth Certificate
Posted by Dan Pfeiffer on April 27, 2011 at 08:57 AM EDT
In 2008, in response to media inquiries, the President's campaign requested his birth certificate from the state of Hawaii. The state sent the campaign the President's birth certificate, the same legal documentation provided to all Hawaiians as proof of birth in state, and the campaign immediately posted it on the internet. That birth certificate can be seen here (PDF).
When any citizen born in Hawaii requests their birth certificate, they receive exactly what the President received. In fact, the document posted on the campaign website is what Hawaiians use to get a driver's license from the state and the document recognized by the Federal Government and the courts for all legal purposes. That's because it is the birth certificate. This is not and should not be an open question.
The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn't good for the country. It may have been good politics and good TV, but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country. Therefore, the President directed his counsel to review the legal authority for seeking access to the long form certificate and to request on that basis that the Hawaii State Department of Health make an exception to release a copy of his long form birth certificate. They granted that exception in part because of the tremendous volume of requests they had been getting. President Barack Obama's long form birth certificate can be seen here (PDF). Correspondence with the Hawaii State Department of Health can be seen here (PDF).
At a time of great consequence for this country - when we should be debating how we win the future, reduce our deficit, deal with high gas prices, and bring stability to the Middle East, Washington, DC, was once again distracted by a fake issue. The President's hope is that with this step, we can move on to debating the bigger issues that matter to the American people and the future of the country.
Dan Pfeiffer is White House Communications Director