White House hands out Obama’s long-form birth certificate
The White House tried to put the issue of whether President Obama was born in the U.S. to rest on Wednesday by distributing his long-form birth certificate to reporters.
The surprise move comes after the issue returned to the front page courtesy primarily of Donald Trump, who is flirting with a campaign for the GOP nomination for president. Trump has rocketed to the top of polls primarily by raising questions about whether Obama was born in the U.S.
A spokesman for the White House said Obama decided to distribute the birth certificate in the best interests of the country.
The spokesman said it would have been better politically for Obama to have the issue play out. Democrats believe it makes Republicans look more extreme and could help the party in the 2012 elections.
Obama directed his legal counsel to request the long-form certificate from Hawaii.
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