US President Barack Obama released his actual birth certificate Wednesday, in an effort to quell what he calls the “distraction” of mounting questions about his “natural born” status.
“We’ve got better stuff to do,” Obama said in press conference marking the release, noting that the media frenzy surrounding his birth certificate overshadowed the ongoing debate over the federal budget.
The document shows that President Obama was indeed born August 4, 1961 in Kapiolani Hospital on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The race of his father, Barack Hussein Obama, is listed as “African” and not “Black” or “Negro,” as it once was referred as.
Obama made on obvious reference to prospective presidential candidate Donald Trump, whose hammering of the so-called “birther” issue in the media has moved him to first place as potential Republican contenders in 2012, when he said “side-show vendors and carnival barkers” are distracting the public from more important issues like rising gas prices and unemployment.
Two recent polls show a growing number of Americans are questioning Obama’s “natural born” status. A CBS poll published April 21 shows 25-percent think the president was not born in the USA, while a USA Today/Gallup poll published only yesterday, April 25, shows only 38-percent of Americans say Obama definitely was born in the USA, and 18-percent say he probably was. Fifteen-percent say he probably was born in another country, and 9-percent say he definitely was born elsewhere, the polls shows.
The American public could not properly address those “more important issues” if it is continually “distracted” by “villifying each other” and ” people mak[ing] stuff up,” Obama said.
Trump, starting off a day of self-promotion in New Hampshire, told reporters he was “proud” that he was able to force Obama to finally release his birth certificate.
“Today I’m very proud of myself, because I’ve accomplished something that no one else has been able to accomplish,” MSNBC quoted Trump as saying. “Our president has finally released a birth certificate.”
Trump said he would have to check the birth certificate out himself and wondered why Obama did not release it years ago when questions began circulating about his “natural born” status.
Politico reports that lawyer Phil Berg, whose original “birther” lawsuits sparked media interest two years ago, now believes that Obama was adopted by his Indonesian father and lost his US citizenship.
“I think the issue is that he’s not any more natural born. I don’t care if he releases his birth certificate or whatever,” Berg said. “Let’s see his records coming back through immigration.”
Orly Taitz, who has also filed several lawsuits question Obama’s “natural born status,” is looking into the validity of the newly-released document and now accuses Obama of using a false Social Security number.
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By NewsGuy – April 27, 2011