White House releases Obama ‘certificate of live birth’
U.S. President Barack Obama sought Wednesday to quash conspiracy theories alleging he was not born in the United States as the White House released his long-form birth certificate.
In an extraordinary political twist, President Obama made a statement in the White House press briefing room about the controversy, after aides said he felt it was distracting from important political debates.
The President said Wednesday he was bemused over conspiracy theories over his birthplace, and said the media’s obsession with the “sideshow” issue was a distraction in a “serious time.”
“We don’t have time for this kind of silliness,” Obama said, adding that he was puzzled that the controversy fanned by conservative pundits and some of his political foes had rumbled on for two-and-a-half years.
“The president feels this (controversy) is bad for the country, that it is not healthy for the political debate,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said earlier on Wednesday. (Photo: The White House/AFP/Getty Images)