US President Barack Obama — the 50-year-old ambitious boy from Honolulu — has been under cloud over his background. Skeptics have been contending that he was born in his father’s home country of Kenya.
The voice became louder since Obama announced filing papers to launch his 2012 re-election campaign. Was Obama really born in America? According to the US constitution, only “natural born” citizens can become president.
Well, the president has always made light of this controversy. But CNN investigated … to clear the air. And it reported: Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. Period. Watch the video here.
The White House adds:
In 2008, in response to media inquiries, the President’s campaign requested his birth certificate from the state of Hawaii. The state sent the campaign the President’s birth certificate, the same legal documentation provided to all Hawaiians as proof of birth in state, and the campaign immediately posted it on the internet.
When any citizen born in Hawaii requests their birth certificate, they receive exactly what the President received. In fact, the document posted on the campaign website is what Hawaiians use to get a driver’s license from the state and the document recognized by the Federal Government and the courts for all legal purposes. That’s because it is the birth certificate. This is not and should not be an open question.
The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn’t good for the country. It may have been good politics and good TV, but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country. Therefore, the President directed his counsel to review the legal authority for seeking access to the long form certificate and to request on that basis that the Hawaii State Department of Health make an exception to release a copy of his long form birth certificate. They granted that exception in part because of the tremendous volume of requests they had been getting.
At a time of great consequence for this country – when we should be debating how we win the future, reduce our deficit, deal with high gas prices, and bring stability to the Middle East, Washington, DC, was once again distracted by a fake issue. The President’s hope is that with this step, we can move on to debating the bigger issues that matter to the American people and the future of the country.
This article has been revised to reflect Obama’s image as also his birth certificate, which was released after the original posting earlier in the day. The revised post also carries a write up by Dan Pfeiffer, the White House Communications Director.