Obama releases birth certificate to end “birther” issue

On April 27, the White House released President Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate in response to rumors started by “birthers”, people that believe Obama was not born in the U.S., therefore making him ineligible to be president. It has been confirmed that New York real estate entreprenuer and possible Republican candidate Donald Trump has recently revived this rumor, after following the birther conspiracy since Obama was elected in 2008.
“Birther” theorists have insisted since the beginning of the 2008 campaign that Obama was actually born in his father’s native Kenya, however, an authentic birth certificate has been released showing that he was born in Hawaii, in an effort to put an end to what Obama says is “pure silliness”. “We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” Mr Obama said. “We’ve got better stuff to do. I have better stuff to do. We’ve got big problems to solve, and I’m confident we can solve them, but we’re going to have to focus on them – not on this,” Obama said in his televised discussion about the issue on Wednesday. The White House released copies of the original birth certificate accompanied with a stamp verifying its authenticity. White House officials say that they had been given a waiver by Hawaii public health officials as the state’s policy in realease of long-form birth records after recieving a letter of request from president Obama and his attorney. The document shows Barack Hussein Obama II was born 4 August 1961 at Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, to Barack Hussein Obama, a 25-year-old student, and Stanley Ann Dunham, 18, and includes the signature of the attending physician. Donald Trump has claimed credit for Mr. Obama’s decision to publicize the release of his birth records, saying  “I’ve accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish, he should have done it a long time ago.” Whether the nationwide release of the document has satisfied hard-core birthers or not is still unclear, however, cheif executive of a birther-oriented website, Joseph Farah has said on his website that “the document raises as many questions as it answers”.

BBC News and New York Times


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