In efforts to quell rumors about the location of President Barack Obama’s birth, the White House on April 27 released the commander in chief’s long form birth certificate. Obama said he was troubled by the excessive media attention given to the “birthers” movement during a Wednesday morning press conference.
“The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn’t good for the country. It may have been good politics and good T.V., but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country,” said White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer in a statement.
Although Obama released his birth certificate of live birth in 2008, many birthers – Americans who believe Obama was not born in the U.S. – have called for more evidence. Most recently, real estate mogul Donald Trump revived birther questions with a series of public statements.
Although Trump’s name was never mentioned, Pfeiffer said Americans 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” instead of being distracted by a “fake issue.”
In his address, Obama echoed the communications director’s sentiments, but said he believes the controversy will continue for some Americans.
“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,” said Obama. “I’m confident we can solve them, but we’re going to have to focus on them – not on this.”