Obama makes light of birth certificate on campaign trail
President Obama steps off Air Force One as he arrives in New York
April 27th, 2011
10:33 PM ET

Obama makes light of birth certificate on campaign trail

WASHINGTON (CNN)–Perhaps a subtle dig or not, President Obama seemed to take aim at Donald Trump on Wednesday evening in New York when he said the reasoning behind the release of his long form birth certificate was his “trying to remind the press and trying to remind both parties that what we do in politics is not a reality show. It’s serious.”

The remarks came the same day that Trump, the businessman, reality television personality and possible contender for the 2012 GOP nomination, said he was “proud” of his efforts, and took credit for the release of Obama’s long form birth certificate earlier in the day.

“Today was a fun day,” the president said as he began his remarks. “Nobody checked my ID at the door.”
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Oprah asks Obama about birth certificate
April 27th, 2011
05:55 PM ET

Oprah asks Obama about birth certificate

(CNN)- President Obama chatted with friend and supporter Oprah Winfrey about today’s big revelation, that he is indeed a U.S. citizen.

Obama said he requested and released his long-form birth certificate to “see if we can put this to rest” and turn the conversation back to serious issues, not "carnival barkers who are going around trying to get attention instead of actually solving the problems."

The president and first lady Michelle Obama took a seat on Oprah Winfrey's couch at Harpo Studios in Chicago just hours after the White House released the original birth certificate and Obama declared, "We do not have time for this kind of silliness." FULL POST

Behind the scenes: Obama's birth certificate bombshell
April 27th, 2011
03:34 PM ET

Behind the scenes: Obama's birth certificate bombshell

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama pulled the pin from the birther hand grenade, lobbed it into the White House briefing room, and bolted for Chicago to chat things up with the queen of talk Oprah Winfrey.

“We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” the president said, less than an hour after top aides dropped a bombshell by releasing the long-form birth certificate proving once and for all Obama was born in the U.S.A.

It was completely unexpected. “I’m just stunned,” exclaimed one reporter.

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President heads to Big Apple for big bucks
April 27th, 2011
02:00 PM ET

President heads to Big Apple for big bucks

By CNN's Paul Steinhauser, Lesa Jansen and Robert Yoon 
WASHINGTON (CNN) - If you are looking for a good place to raise campaign contributions, New York City is pretty much the smartest and most lucrative choice. And that's where President Barack Obama's headed, as he headlines three fundraisers Wednesday night in New York City.

The first gathering is a dinner at the home of Jon Corzine, the former governor and senator from New Jersey. The second event is a dinner at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. A Democratic source with knowledge of the events says there will be approximately 400 people at the first two events. After the two dinners, the president heads to the Town Hall, a theater hall in midtown Manhattan. Approximately 1,300 guests are expected to attend the third event, with The Roots, a hip hop/neo soul band, performing.

"The events are designed to include the broad range of the president's supporters with tickets starting at $44 and ranging to the legal maximum limit of $35,800," the source tells CNN.
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Topics: 2012 Election • fundraiser • President Obama • The News
Leaving: Robert Gates
April 27th, 2011
01:49 PM ET

Obama selects Panetta for Defense Secretary, Petraeus for C.I.A.

By CNN Wire Staff
WASHINGTON (CNN) - In the most extensive reshaping of the Obama administration's national security team to date, the president will name CIA director Leon Panetta as his nominee to succeed Robert Gates as defense secretary, a senior defense official and another U.S. official said Wednesday.

It took a meeting with President Obama to convince Panetta to accept the job, a source familiar with the discussions told CNN. Panetta has been happy serving at the CIA, but "believes strongly in public service and answering the call from the commander-in-chief," the source said.

Obama will also name Gen. David Petraeus, now the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, as the replacement for Panetta as CIA director, a senior defense official said. FULL POST


Topics: Afghanistan • President Obama • Sec Gates • Staff Changes • The News
April 27th, 2011
12:00 PM ET

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Topics: Birth Certificate • Poll
April 27th, 2011
10:06 AM ET

Obama releases long-form birth certificate

By CNN's Alan Silverleib

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The White House released copies of President Barack Obama's original long-form birth certificate Wednesday, seeking to put an end to persistent rumors that he was not born in the United States.

"We do not have time for this kind of silliness," Obama told reporters at the White House.

Obama's long-form birth certificate [PDF]

"Normally I would not comment on something like this," the president said.  But the country has "enormous challenges" that it will not be able to effectively meet "if we're distracted."

The president ripped what he characterized as a recent focus on "side shows" and "carnival barkers."

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POTUS schedule for Wednesday, April 27
April 27th, 2011
07:30 AM ET

POTUS schedule for Wednesday, April 27

WASHINGTON– President Obama and his wife will head back home to Chicago today for a quick trip.  They will  be in Chicago to tape an interview with Oprah Winfrey.  Don't expect to see any clips from the interview, only stills will be allowed in after the interview is over and the episode isn't scheduled to air until May 2.

The President will continue on to New York City where he has three separate fundraisers scheduled.

The complete schedule is after the jump.

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Topics: Daily Schedule • The Vault • White House