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Obama birth certificate released by the president: What's really behind his inevitable decision


Obama birth certificate. Topic A of the day. And yesterday. And last week.

In an obvious attempt to keep the goofy issue alive a bit longer, President Obama finally released the long-form version of his birth certificate today.

Rather than simply post it on the White House website, Obama took six minutes of presidential time to visit the White House briefing room, where all the important media folks hang out waiting for their next important broadcast messenger assignment. Such a visit to such an important place by such an important person is guaranteed to attract maximum attention.

Of course, it worked. Would we be writing about this again without the president's appearance?

The president (full text below, as usual) said: "Now, normally I would not comment on....

...something like this, because obviously there’s a lot of stuff swirling in the press on at any given day and I've got other things to do."

President Obama said he knows the release will not put this issue six-feet under for some birther diehards, who probably haven't a clue where their own is. With a sigh, the Democrat from Chicago says he doesn't know why this issue just won't go away. Thank goodness, this fellow is patient with his people.Obama Boards Air Force One for another trip

The reason for all the interest in something that's been locked away by Hawaii state officials, of course, is simple. Obama ignored, disregarded, violated and/or cleverly played with one of the primary rules of politics, as if, golly, he just couldn't understand all the interest.

If you've got something you want the media to desperately want, tell them they can't have it. High school cheerleaders know this law of human behavior instinctively.

The president says he really, really wants to be talking instead about the crucial, pressing and also the really important real issues facing this nation in the 21st century: national security, the budget, debt limit, energy (but not gas prices).

However, sigh, there's this bunch of, well, you know, different kind of fixated people distracted by something as trivial as whether he's legally qualified to be president of the United States, as he has been for the past 827 days.

And so, as most politicians or appointees claim when forced to do something, he's going to release this long-form birth certificate -- just to end the distraction, mind you.

Which, of course, he could have done 34 months ago when the distraction first began. But the release will keep it going for one more day. And make him look good, a key bipartisan goal of any politician. And keep people busy on that while he does something else.

So, here you go. Talk amongst yourselves about this birth certificate thing. While the president and his wife fly Air Force One all the way out to Chicago for the singular purpose of repaying a syndicated television show host who helped them in the crucial early campaign days of 2007.

And then, while you're still poring over the certificate and the silliness of the entire issue, the president will be flying Air Force One all the way back to New York City tonight for not one, not two, but three Democratic fundraisers. Including one that's costing attendees more than 35G's each.

To demonstrate his equanimity, Obama will also likely make a joke during those remarks about the silly birther issue, which will make him seem like a good-natured victim of these superficial clowns who've been chasing him to do what he well knew all along they would want him to do lo these many months.



Birthers will just not give up and Obama is pleased to help them any way possible

-- Andrew Malcolm (DOB N/A)

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Statement by President Obama on his birth certificate, as provided by the White House

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody. Now, let me just comment, first of all, on the fact that I can't get the networks to break in on all kinds of other discussions -- (laughter.)  I was just back there listening to Chuck -- he was saying, it’s amazing that he’s not going to be talking about national security. I would not have the networks breaking in if I was talking about that, Chuck, and you know it.

Q    Wrong channel.  (Laughter.)  

THE PRESIDENT:  As many of you have been briefed, we provided additional information today about the site of my birth. Now, this issue has been going on for two, two and a half years now. I think it started during the campaign. And I have to say that over the last two and a half years I have watched with bemusement, I've been puzzled at the degree to which this thing just kept on going. 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.

We've posted the certification that is given by the state of Hawaii on the Internet for everybody to see. People have provided affidavits that thOprah and the Obamasey, in fact, have seen this birth certificate. And yet this thing just keeps on going. 

Now, normally I would not comment on something like this, because obviously there’s a lot of stuff swirling in the press on at any given day and I've got other things to do. But two weeks ago, when the Republican House had put forward a budget that will have huge consequences potentially to the country, and when I gave a speech about my budget and how I felt that we needed to invest in education and infrastructure and making sure that we had a strong safety net for our seniors even as we were closing the deficit, during that entire week the dominant news story wasn’t about these huge, monumental choices that we're going to have to make as a nation. It was about my birth certificate.

And that was true on most of the news outlets that were represented here.

And so I just want to make a larger point here. We've got some enormous challenges out there. There are a lot of folks out there who are still looking for work. Everybody is still suffering under high gas prices. 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.

And this is going to generate huge and serious debates, important debates. And there are going to be some fierce disagreements -- and that’s good. That’s how democracy is supposed to work. And I am confident that the American people and America’s political leaders can come together in a bipartisan way and solve these problems. We always have. 

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.  We’re not going to be able to do it if we just make stuff up and pretend that facts are not facts. We’re not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers.

We live in a serious time right now and we have the potential to deal with the issues that we confront in a way that will make our kids and our grandkids and our great grandkids proud. And I have every confidence that America in the 21st century is going to be able to come out on top just like we always have. But we’re going to have to get serious to do it. 

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. But 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.  And I’m confident we can solve them, but we’re going to have to focus on them -- not on this. Thanks very much, everybody.    ####

Photo: Gerald Herbert / Associated Press; Associated Press.

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This is not about a birth certificate, it has always been about the man's race. No other President has been asked to produce a birth certificate for the public. All you racists need to wake up. It's 2011. All the hate that you learned growing up from your parents and other family members is not helping our society. Wake up America, God is watching you.

The more important things to Obama today were departing to Chicago, at our expense, to appear on the Oprah show and then on to New York to fund raise. He needs to spend his time working for the People!

lol took him this long to release his birth certificate... probably had to forge it.
like how his father was 25 and his mother was 18. and unmarried

If I was the president of the United States of America and in office for over 2 years, I bet I could find someone to print me of these too. Too funny that so many sheep thought that this was somehow unimportant three years ago, and not so funny that we allow this sort of thing to go on in a government that was created to stop just this type of behavior.

Now lets see the rest of the U.S. presidents birth certificate. Why only a black man?

I am glad the President has finally put this birth certificate fiasco to bed forever. If the best the GOP can do is attack a Black Man because he is fixing the crap created by incompetent former Presidents (except Bill Clinton), then Donald Trump and the rest of the Republican stooges need not do anything else to prove how racist and bigoted this country is toward people of color. The GOP is making America the leader in "racist bigotry" throughout the world. It is a sad day in the history of American diversity; the so called "melting pot of the world".


What the hell do you think a certificate of live birth is?! Please post your birth certificate next. Your comments are illegitimate until you do! I'm not going to listen to comments about an American president by someone like you who may not have even been born here!

Obama is a corporate puppet, and has failed Americans on so many levels, but keep the tin-foil hat theorizing out of a grown up's debate.

Really? Too little too late.
So was the other "birth certificate" that was was supposed to be Obama's that was put out a couple years ago online a fake? And if so how do we know this one is real?
Fool me once shame on you.... fool me twice shame on me.

I gave this guy a chance and voted for him the first time but never again.
He pushed a mandatory healthcare bill on us and if we don't want it or can't afford to pay for it we will get fined!
Obama is the worst president in history. One of the biggest mistakes of my life was voting for him the first time. I don't trust him.... period.

I think it's a fake or the sob that's running our country into the ground would have produced it way back when first asked. His REAL birth certificate showing he was NOT born here or belongs here has been floating around the web for months now. someone needs to get this NON-AMERICAN out of office and back to his own freaking country so he'll quit ruining ours

If anyone with common sense knows what a real birth-certificate looks like..The birth-certificate is infact real, yes it is a copy but it is real...People are really worried about the wrong things in life...Our president is a true citizen of the United States,but because he's considered black there's some issues which probally will never go away in the society that we live in.What many people don't realize is they have the best of both worlds with President Barrack Obama..I pray and wish people would think of more postive things to say about President Barrack Obama, it's very obvious God has graced him for this great position at this time in History. I will continue to keep him and his family in my prayers.

Curious that father was labelled African when Hawaii used the term Negro at the time...and what of the two family members that said he was not born there and the witnesses to his birth in Kenya (Mumbasa)? Just another fraud - not legitimate. More lies from the illegitimate POTUS.

In 1961 as for race did they use African. i d like to cmpare other Hawaii birth certificates of that time if they used African rather than Negro or black would have been approraite for the time !!!!! i dont want o say its doctored but seemd odd to me!!!!!


So, then WHY did he spent millions of $$$$$$$$ with gang of lawyers to NOT to RELEASE it?

I'm Born AND raised in Hawaii this is the REAL DEAL !!! Got one Just like it

Once again the BO stench of liberalism proves that he stinks worse than a road-kill skunk. He thinks this release takes him off the hook? Hardly. Now the question moves to whether or not it's real and why did he spend two million dollars to keep it from being viewed by the public.

Also, it has now become obvious that even he knows that he can't possibly run on his records of accomplishments and betterment of the country so he must now try to reinvent himself and appear to be that which he is not. In doing so the voters who are now far more sophisticated than the Acorn frauds will realize he is the Bozo-styled clown that conservatives and truly rational patriots knew he was from the beginning. And that's not to mention his friends and associates - racists, one and all. Yes, I'm talking about the so-called reverend Wright and the radical "black-liberation" racist pastor he decided to favor with his presence on Easter Sunday without so much as uttering a word to the world about what it is that causes Christians to celebrate the day and the holy miracle of Jesus' resurrection.

Muslim much, fraud much, pathological liar much, socialist much, racist much, Mr. BO?

So why did it take so long if he had nothing to hide???????

Obama's camp did put out his birth certificate before the election, but that wasn't good enough. Even though it was a government record and verified by Hawaiian officials, the birther folk wanted to see the "long form." Of course, the long form isn't good enough for them either.

So, here's a column criticizing Obama's supposed prolonging of this issue while prolonging the issue itself. And criticizing the media while overlooking the fact that this column is part of the collective media, too. The media didn't do it's job, this column says, investigating Obama's background. Does that mean YOU didn't do YOUR job? Aren't you part of the media?

If people's objections to Obama were merely ideological, we wouldn't be dealing with this issue at all. It, along with many other ridiculous hits on Obama, point to a deep seated racism in this country. Racists hate it when you refer to them as racists but that's what they are. They're offended by it. They deny they're racists just as they deny Obama is "natural born."

Of course they wouldn't deny that McCain was "natural born" although he wasn't. Being born on a military base at the Panama Canal does not constitute "natural born." He's an American citizen because his parents were American. But being born on a military base in a foreign land does not constitute "American soil." Otherwise, every foreigner born on a military base anywhere in the world would be an American citizen. If that's all it took, pregnant women would be busting into U.S. military hospitals and embassies all over the world.

We don't question McCain's birth because McCain is a fine man whose father was in the military. Obama's father was a Muslim from Kenya. McCain gets a pass. Obama does not. But this isn't racist? This has nothing to do with racism? Gimme a break.

Someone asked, then why did Obama spend so much money to keep this hidden? The fact is, he didn't spend any money to keep it hidden. Others said he did, but he didn't. I heard Sarah Palin say he spent $2 million to keep it hidden. She presented it as a question: Why did he spend $2 million ...

That plants a seed that people believe. They don't need any verification from Sarah Palin. It just sticks in their heads. But all the verification in the world won't be enough for Obama. Not with these folks. They've already made up their minds, and the more evidence you present them with, the less likely they are to change their minds. Sadly, facts don't seem to matter in this country anymore.

What about all the video's where he admits he was born in Kenya. And his wife says he was born in Kenya. This birth certificate is a forgery in his own words.

Posted by: Brent | April 27, 2011 at 11:49 AM

I looked up the video on YouTube; he was making a joke. You birthers really need to wake up.

I am hurt and insulted by your quote in the LA Times Nation that stated "who probably haven't a clue where their own is". I KNOW where my birth certificate is and I a have had it in my possession since I turned 18. I am now 59. What do you mean I might not know where mine is? What did you mean to imply by that? That my parents might not have had me legitimately??? That I might care to KNOW where it is at?
And if it is not such an issue, then why weren't you more forthcoming 827 days ago and release your birth certificate? Why the delaying tactics? There would be NO Distraction and you could be talking about the "really important real issues facing this nation" if you had been forthcoming in the beginning!

This is very easy to check out. Compare other live birth certificates from that hosptal in 1961. Check to see if other blacks who had children are listed as Negro or Afican.

"Truthers" failed, "birthers" did either

-Where is birth certificate?
- Here it is Ma'm!
- Oh, I don't believe it's real!
- You're free to bring a forgery lawsuit!

That wasn't his birth name! It's still unacceptable!! There's too much proof written, taped and spoken that proves otherwise... not cool Mr. President!

y did it take so long ? and y didnt he just show it two years ago . thar is somethang rong with this

i didnt vote for him but D trump MABY

YOU are a CRYBABY! You only GOT into office BECAUSE of your race and now you are going to complain about it?? YOU SUCK and I WILL NEVER ACCEPT YOU AS MY PRESIDENT! ! ! Do you hear me? I cwould rather see KERMIT THE FROG in the black house.. . i mean WHITE house.

The problems I am stating after reading many of those who are just out right racist individuals. Since President Obama had to produce his BC all the reason white Presidents need to present their as well. Racist white people tried to say it was alright to have slaves because of Noah's curse and that was a lie. Noah cursed Canaan and not Ham. He also never said that Canaan would be a slave but white people love to change words with their many shades of meanings. Also if you have a speck of black in your blood you were Black! So all you haters that had blood transfusions back in the 60's through late 70's we are going to find you because you are black and your kids are black.
People that hate who put on crisco and sit in tanning both and later get skin cancer are jealous of our color. So they will never ever change because they just about destroy the American Indians and took their land. The have upset Africa who miss out on the historical process of industrialization and are taught to hate each other due to white colonization.
These are the ones who claim they love the Heavenly Father but have not read:
1Jn 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
1Jn 3:10 In this the children of Elohim are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of Elohim, neither he that loveth not his brother.
1Jn 4:20 If a man say, I love Elohim, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love Elohim whom he hath not seen?
So all of you so call Christians that claim you are saved or born again, I don't think so. You want see someone one who live by example then look at the President of the United States who practice what you haters preach.
From a Spiritual mind person that loves you in spite of the way you still are trying to treat us as second class citizens watch who makes it in- a whole lot of us BLACK folks! Ha Ha And those who hate will be burning in the lake of fire!!!!

Proud to Black

The document produced says it all. In 1961 the race of the mother would have been described as "Caucasian". In that year the *race* of the father would have been described as Negro, not "African".
Someone with a little too much zeal for political correctness seems to have flubbed this little assignment. In the words of some notorious person whose name escapes me right now whoever crafted this document "acted stupidly". Unlike that person who used that phrase before me I don't think I'm going to be having a beer with the person who acted stupidly in producing a doctored document with "African" where Negro ought to have appeared. I'm not obsessed with this issue. Born here or not it really doesn't matter because the known and undisputed facts are that the circumstances of this man's early life are precisely what the requirement of the President having been born here hoped to avoid. There is the law and then there is the spirit of the law. The whole world celebrated deleriously when the 1st Baby' Daddy was sworn-in not because they thought he'd be good for U.S., but because they perceived him as being good for *them*. Though half Caucasian he has chosen the Negro half of his heritage and made no bones about it. He's also chosen that part of himself which was influenced--even if remotely and in his imagination---by a Kenyan father and his life-and-times in a nation whose mores are so foreign to us that masturbation is a capital offense. The rest of the world recognized that fact, now it's time for the U.S. electorate to look at our shambles of a foreign and domestic policy and discern their error.

If this birth certificate is supposed to be a true copy , how can the following info be included in it in 1961?

Found this response to OC Register article on CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH (long form) for BHO. Looks like somebody is still lying:

THEOC says:

April 27, 2011 at 10:51 am

Hate to bring this up, but I just checked the official web site for Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital and according to the information there, the name of the hospital at the time of his birth should have been Kauikeolani Children’s Hospital. According to the web site the name didn’t change to Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital until Kauikeolani Children’s Hospital merged with Kapi‘olani Maternity Home in 1978. So how could his official long form birth certificate that was generated in 1961 have the name of the hospital that wasn’t created until 1978?

Birther were pushing the issue base on a deep and profound hate to the president, not on facts or common sense. HHHUUUMMM….The same reason why there is so much biases in this article. I thought that media was suppose to be an independent source of information, shame on you l.A Times.

Anything can be faked. EVEN A BIRTH CERTIFICATE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

LOL what a joke this is!!! Anybody that believes this to be authentic has to be in lala land. If this was the real thing he would have released it,and all the other documents he's having falsified, before he ran for president. All he is is a lie, everything he says and produces from here on will be counterfiet if it wasnt he wouldn't have hid it all for over 2 1/2 yrs!!!

Some people will say well he had it put away and that their sure anyone would have a hard time coming up with theirs lol heres a newsflash anyone elses birth certificate doesnt take 3 yrs to get from the state department!!! So you and oprah can keep on believing his lies but the americans who are over the lies know the difference between real time frames and excuses

This Birth Certificate is fake, He is not an American Citizen. He is not suppose to obtain any office higher than a Gov. according to the Constatution. This is why Arnold S. of Calfornia, can't be elected to any other office no different. Oboma has done nothing but shown how crucked our goverment is.. And to agree to hand over money to some other country for oil to be drilled and refind, we will not get but to be sent to China. He has shown to the world this country is screwed up, and the people here allow this crap. Next he will want us the people of USA, to buy6 him and his family those houses he stayed at in Ha. and spend how many millions for more unjust reasons. He allready allows his wife to use AIR FORCE ONE as her personl TAXI. When J.F.K was President He had a son,( JFK jr. ) approx; 3 months in office and was not given his grandma the chance to live high on the hog at our expence in the white house.. Now that is just SORRY, and neglect. Not only to his kids, but mostly to the people of this country. How many times does this man have to slap the people of this country in the face with his stupidity before he is removed?? But at this point it seems we the people allways end up getting screwed anyway. So what will the next jerk in office do any different. As long as certain people get paid off by allowing these jerks to do us this way.. We have a Constatution for a reason. And it is simply thrown out the window for politions. Oboma was not born here, and has not complied with his agreement to the people as he stated to be elected. One simple solution, Hit the EJECT button. Cut off his access to, and not allow him anything more than his shoes to walk his silly butt back to the country he came from. He would probably try getting in office there also in that country.,. Be the only person to set up, and screw two countries over being in political offices.. But he would most likely to get a bullet in his ass over there for doing what he has done here. Concidering they don't put up with crap like him there, and to make a joke of the people, like he has done here...

Hmmm, you seem to forget that the Clinton campaign started this birth certificate question, not the people that you seem to blame.
Look it up!!

how much did that cost.

Wow, just wow! I have read through all of the comments, and there are some seriously misinformed, deluded, and downright retarded (No offense to the physically & mentally disabled, I mean retarded in its literal sense.) people in this country masquerading as American citizens. The stupidity is so blatant it burns my eyes. I guess I just have to keep reminding myself that the average IQ is 100, and that there's always going to be half the country on the lower end of that scale. There are some intelligent posts here too, but the ones questioning the President, or calling him the worst, have short memories, are conveniently ignoring things they don't like, are downright liars, or are being seriously obtuse.

There is just one small problem: the Birth Certificate lists Kenya as his father's birth place. Yet, the name Kenya was NOT yet used when he was born. The country was known as "British East Africa Protectorate." Can President Hussein Obama, please, explain that?

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