President Barack Obama is again showing the public proof that he was born in Hawaii.
The White House released the president’s long-form birth certificate after more than two years of scrutiny regarding his citizenship. "We provided additional information today about the site of my birth," President Obama announced during a press conference this morning.
As he revealed that a copy of his Hawaii birth certificate is now available for view online, there was a note of frustration in his speech. He even joked, "I can’t get the networks to break in on all kinds of other discussions" that are more important to country’s current and future situations.
"I have watched with bemusement, I’ve been puzzled at the degree to which this thing just kept on going," the president shared with reporters today. "We’ve had every official in Hawaii, Democrat and Republican, every news outlet that has investigated this, confirm that, yes, in fact, I was born in Hawaii, August 4, 1961, in Kapiolani Hospital."
The president has been hounded for years by Birthers, a group of Obama detractors who demanded to see a copy of his birth certificate on suspicion that he wasn’t born in the United States, thus rendering him ineligible for the presidency. The release of this legally recognized document, the same one used to obtain a driver’s license in the state of Hawaii, should quiet their argument.
Although this matter has been regarded as a red herring by all but the staunchest of conservatives, it is one that recently resurged as Donald Trump raised suspicions about the president’s birth country.
"I know that there’s going to be a segment of people for which, no matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest," President Obama stated. "I’m speaking to the vast majority of the American people, as well as to the press: We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do. We’ve got big problems to solve."
During his speech, the president pointed out that nation is facing much bigger conundrums, such as the high rate of unemployment and how rising gas costs are hurting everyone’s wallets, just to name a few issues.
"We’re going to have to make a series of very difficult decisions about how we invest in our future but also get a hold of our deficit and our debt — how do we do that in a balanced way," the president said, sharing his confidence that both sides of the aisle can come together to create solutions that work for everyone. "But we’re not going to be able to do it if we are distracted. We’re not going to be able to do it if we spend time vilifying each other."
See what else he had to say on this topic when you watch the video below.
And just in case you missed the link above, here’s the copy of President Obama’s birth certificate:
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