WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House released the long form ofPresident Barack Obama's birth certificate Wednesday in response toquestions about whether he was really born in the U.S.
The certificate says Obama was born in Hawaii, which makes himeligible to hold the office of president. Obama released a standardshort form before he was elected in 2008, but requested copies ofhis original birth certificate from Hawaii officials this week inhopes of quieting the lingering controversy.
White House spokesman Jay Carney says Obama felt the debate overhis birthplace had become a 'sideshow' that was bad for thecountry and political debate.
White House officials have said the issue was settled long ago.
But so-called 'birthers' opposed to Obama have kept the issuealive. Potential Republican presidential candidate Donald Trumprecently began questioning why Obama hadn't ensured the long formwas released.
'The president feels this was bad for the country, that it'snot healthy for our political debate,' Carney said in releasingcopies of the long form to reporters.
The certificate is signed by the delivery doctor, Obama's motherand the local registrar. His mother, then 18, signed her name(Stanley) Ann Dunham Obama.
The form says Barack Hussein Obama II was born at 7:24 p.m. onAug. 4, 1961, at Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital,within the city limits of Honolulu.
There's no mention of religion. It says his father BarackHussein Obama, age 25, was African and born in Kenya and his motherwas Caucasian and born in Wichita, Kan. Obama's mother and thedoctor signed the certificate on Aug. 7 and 8.
Hawaii's registrar certified the new photocopy of the documentprovided to the White House on April 25, 2011.
The White House also released a letter from the president onApril 22 requesting two certified copies of his originalcertificate of live birth, as well as a letter from Loretta Fuddy,Hawaii's director of health, approving the request.
The president's personal counsel, Judith Corley, traveled toHawaii to pick up the documents and carried them back to Washingtonon a plane. The documents arrived at the White House around 5pmTuesday.
Upon landing in New Hampshire, Trump took credit for gettingObama to release his birth certificate.
'He should have done it a long time ago. I am really honored toplay such a big role in hopefully, hopefully getting rid of thisissue,' he said.
While White House officials avoided mentioning Trump by name,they said they released the birth certificate partially because theissue had moved from a fringe discussion and into the mainstreammedia.
When Republicans and Democrats were talking to media, they wereasked about it, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffersaid. 'It was a constant discussion on main stream newsorganizations.'
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