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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

White House Releases Obama’s Long-Form Birth Certificate

This image provided by the White House shows a copy of the long form of President Barack Obama's birth certificate from Hawaii. (AP)

This image provided by the White House shows a copy of the long form of President Barack Obama's birth certificate from Hawaii. (AP)

The White House today released the long-form version of the President’s birth certificate, showing that Barack Hussein Obama II was born at 7:24 p.m. on Aug. 4, 1961, at Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital, within the city limits of Honolulu.

Speaking to the press at the White House, the President said he hopes this will settle the debate over his nationality, adding that the U.S. does not have time for “this kind of silliness.” We speak with Rick Klein senior Washington editor for ABC World News, and host of the ABC News political webcast “Top Line.”


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  • Elinor Horner

    Please ask HSUS President how much of their donations go to supporting shelters. It’s VERY little, as I understand it.

  • BHA in Vermont

    How long before the ‘birthers’ start claiming the document is a fake?

    Do you suppose this will be enough to shut Trump down, at least on THIS issue? Now he is going on about whether or not the President should have been accepted to the colleges he attended. I don’t recall him asking how GWB got into Yale. Oh, we already know – nepotism. And I notice that GWB was a very poor student, graduating with a C average. Obama graduated Harvard magna cum laude. A SMALL difference, no.

    Faith? On the birth certificate? WHY would it even be on there? And it doesn’t matter what religion a person’s parents are. Anyone can choose any religion they like at any time and change it at any time.

    Clearly ‘the Donald’ is a loser, too bad he gets so much press. One can only hope the press just shows what a non-candidate he is. Perhaps the press should reiterate ad nauseum, how many times Trump has filed for business bankruptcy, sending his creditors and stock holders down the toilet, always maintaining his personal fortune.

  • cpk

    1. Shame on the administration for giving in to Trump. My tax dollars paid for someone to fly a warrant to Hawaii.

    2. Shame on Trump, but come on people, we already know he’s completely shameless. One word: comb-over.

    3. Shame on Here & Now for wasting so much air time on this crap.

  • Maizeman

    What a phenomenal waste of time. Or as the President called it: “Silliness”. These “patriots” are nothing more than people with no ideas on how to solve the economy,they wave the flag, claim to no more about the constitution than our President (who was a constitutional professor/lawyer), and have clever one word phrases to describe serious issues. I include Trump among them. I have yet to hear one idea on job creation; he has said nothing about the economy and now is ranting about what a “terrible” student our President was. Obama did graduate Magna Cum Laude from Harvard law, didn’t he?? Enough already.

  • Rebecca

    Opening the Here and Now website and seeing the image of the Birth Certificate was surprisingly painful. I feel like I’m seeing someone’s private document. And, in this context, I feel like I’m violating another person, a person that I respect and care for. The whole chapter in our history is painful to me.

  • Tucker Walsh

    a sad moment in US politics. In all of US history in fact.

    How embarrassing.

  • Montanan

    Of course, there is no question about Obama’s being born in the United States. But I would ask the Obama defenders why he didn’t just release the damn certificate two years ago. He certainly could have but chose not to. Might it have been because fanning the flames of the pitiful “birthers” served his and the Democratic Party’s political interests? Shame indeed.

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