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."

Obama released a shorter, legally binding "certificate of live birth" in 2008, but many opponents of the president continued to assert he was born overseas.

The administration had to make a special request from the state ofHawaiito get the long-form birth certificate released, White House legal counsel Bob Bauer said.  Typically, the state only releases what's called a certificate of live birth when people request a birth certificate.

While the president has tried to make light of the controversy, the question has remained political red meat for some of his critics.  A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll showed that nearly 75% of Americans believe Obama was definitely or probably born in theUnited States.  More than four in 10 Republicans, however, believe he probably or definitely was not born inAmerica.

The U.S. Constitution says only "natural born" citizens can become president - a vague clause that some members of the "birther" movement contend disqualifies Obama from the presidency, since they believe he was born overseas.

"The president believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn't good for the country," White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said.  "It may have been good politics and good (television), but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country.

"At a time of great consequence for this country - when we should be debating how we win the future, reduce our deficit, deal with high gas prices, and bring stability to the Middle East,Washington,D.C., was once again distracted by a fake issue," Pfeiffer said. "The president's hope is that with this step, we can move on to debating the bigger issues that matter to the American people and the future of the country."

Pfeiffer told reporters that the so-called "birther debate" has been politically damaging to the Republican Party.

Skeptics contend, among other things, that Obama was born in his father's home country ofKenya.  Potential GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump recently seized on the issue, saying he had doubts about Obama's background.

CNN investigation: Obama born in the U.S. 

Following the White House's release of the long-form birth certificate, Trump told reporters in New Hampshire Wednesday morning that he is "very proud" of himself for helping to bring about the release of the document.

"I've accomplished something nobody else was able to accomplish," Trump said.  "I'd want to look at (the birth certificate), but I hope it's true so that we can get on to much more important matters."

Obama "should have (released the certificate) a long, long time ago," he said.

Trump, a billionaire business tycoon and reality television star, blamed the media for repeatedly bringing up the issue.  Trump, however, has frequently raised questions about Obama's birthplace during his climb in recent GOP primary polls.

Allegations that Obama was not born in theUnited Stateshave been repeatedly discredited.  A recent CNN investigation turned up no evidence to support the birther claims.


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  1. Rick Spaulding

    Wow! Do you guys have any REAL NEWS to report. Why do you even give this schlock the time of day? I'm even wondering now why I am spending time commen........

    April 27, 2011 at 10:25 am |
    • john

      Agreed Rick. These Dems and the news media want to keep this issue going – anything to try to have people not look at BO's policies closely. Keep calling people like me racist (without knowing the color of my skin). It is not about race – it is about failed policy and the worse president this country has ever seen.
      Unreal, the guy with several comb overs makes the President of the US get down to his level. Why didn't BO simply release the doc years ago and put this to bed.

      April 28, 2011 at 6:42 am |
      • john

        I am all for transparency – I thought he was to, but I guess not. Where are the transcripts or where is his service record. We know this stuff about Bush, Clinton and the like, but not this guy. There was nothing better when John Kerry basically called Bush stupid then Bush released his transcripts that showed he had better grades.
        I could actually care less if BO releases his information, I only wonder about it when the Dems tell us how smart he is – which is pretty often.

        April 28, 2011 at 7:23 am |
      • George

        Hey loser, BO did release his short form certificate in 2008 but you did not believe him. You did not check that the state of Hawaii only provides the short form and keeps the long form in the vault. When you wipe that egg off your face, know that no one threw that rotten egg at you, it was you who fell into it with your eyes open. May be they were closed by the color of prejudice.

        April 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
      • Q

        Yet another fake document from the prince of lies. Glenn Beck has already debunked this obvious forgery and Trump will present evidence soon...

        April 29, 2011 at 9:12 am |
      • Dylan

        Hey George, stop d*ck-huggin Obama. He's not that great. He's better than bush, sure, but still not what this country needs. And Q, for the love of god take a step back and see Glenn Beck for what he really is, a mouthpiece for rupert murdoch, and an Alex Jones discrediter

        April 29, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • Mike NextGen

      When did neo-racism get repackaged as the "Birthers?" Maybe "conspiracy theory" is the new racist PC (politically correct) way of saying "you're all lazy" "baby making" "over sexed" and inferior intellectually and morally".

      Should we stop calling the KKK racist! Maybe they're just well meaning Americans that have a conspiracy theory about how "others" are trying to destroy their way of life by claiming to be Americans too. To much pre-text to digest racist reflux in my throat building up- we all know what this is really about.

      its a sad day when an elected president has to re-release his birth certificate after being in office for 2 years

      April 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • Guest

      This all a distraction to take focus away from the fact that government is continuing to lose the trust of the American people. Obama is hoping the pity card will win him 2012 support. Hope and change we believed in has left us in the dust.

      April 30, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • William Roberts

      Obama’s Mom was 17 when she got pregnant, how come Obama’s Dad wasn’t charges with statutory rape?

      May 1, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  2. Jay in NC

    Come on CNN, at least ask a few questions.

    1) Why is this on green safety paper, yet original 1961 certificates were on solid paper.
    2) Why does the image curl on the left yet the safety lines are straight.
    3) Why is the .pdf file made up of three pdf layers, the signature at the bottom, the green paper and the document.
    4) Why is it white around the letters in the .pdf. Possibly the image was 'knocked out' with photo shop?
    5) With such an important announcement why is this stamped and not hand signed?

    These are basic question that any reporter should be asking. Remember CBS debacle with Dan Rather and the fake documents about President Bush? Open your eyes and look, the president may or may not have been born here but the .pdf you distributed has been doctored.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • Mary Williams

      You know all of this is stupid the man was born in the United States so they need to let it go I guess next they will be wanting to know what color underwear hes wearing. A bunch of Hater's'

      April 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Digital Observer

      I'm amazed that in this day and age people are so purposely narrow minded... This is an official copy from a bound book. It's issued on safety paper because it's a legally binding document that has to be made at least somewhat tamper-proof.

      Have you ever requested a copy of your birth certificate? If your original birth certificate is over 30-50 years old, you will probably not recognize your own.

      Go ahead and see if you get the "original" one...

      April 27, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
    • john

      Jay, move on and focus on 2012. The ultimate goal right now should be to stop the damage this guy is doing to this country. We do that in 2012.

      April 28, 2011 at 6:50 am |
      • 1962

        We need to stand behind our President elect, Do you believe every decision you made in your personal budget was right for eveyone involved.

        April 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • Chris

      Oh please! Do you think if the United States government really wanted to cover up Obama's birth, that they would make such an obvious error? Personally I don't care if Obama was born on this soil or not. He makes a much better President than Bush. In any case your conspiracy theories are a farce, because I'm pretty sure Obama was born in this country. Now that Osama Bin Laden is dead, we can expect the Presidents approval ratings to skyrocket.

      May 2, 2011 at 2:01 am |
  3. Liz Carter in Georgia

    My goodness! You kick, scream, and holler about the fact that YOU inspectors hadn't seen the PRESIDENTS' long form birth certificate; that it's his own fault that it was firestorming into such THE BIG issue since he hadn't posted it to YOU and the world; so the minute he goes ahead and gives it to you; something no other PRESIDENT has ever had to do, it's still not enough! It's DOCTORED now! You all are terminally ill with hate, envy, and disdain for Pres Obama; just like I've been saying all along!

    April 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  4. Al Neuman

    Why is it that all the Obamaslurps, squealing like stuck pigs whenever it's pointed out that their Emperor has no clothes, can only resort to attacking the messenger(s) and name-calling e.g. "birthers", "far right", Teapartiers", and when all else fails of course always play the "racist" card! It's very telling that these folks like the morons over @ MSNBC are so infected with their pro-Obama p.c. nonsense that they're unable to respond with anything factual to the very important questions raised by manyintelligent Americans abou the legitimacy of this country's President and his U.S. citizenship.

    Unfortunately today's Dog and Pony Show from our friends @ the White House settles nothing. The "certificate of live birth" was used by many foreign parents in attempts to later claim citizenship benefits for their kids born abroad, and could easily be purchased, placed in newspapers, etc., with no verification. Why does Obama continue to spend millions on lawyers to conceal, obfuscate and cover up not just birth but also school, passport and other records which would confirm important aspects of his background?

    Common sense tells us that given all the controversy which has been generated by this lack of true birth certificate, if Obama really had one, he would have simply produced it by now! We can only hope at this point that the GOP will nominate a reasonable, socially moderate electable candidate to get rid of this Disaster in the White House in 2012.

    It's no wonder that recent polls have shown that Obama's ratings on the "trust" axis are the lowest of any President in American history. Most decent folks cut him a lot of slack but at this point are just fed up with his slipping and sliding around the truth all the time ("I hardly knew Bill Ayres, Rev. Wright, etc., etc.)

    April 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Now the NEW ringmaster of this dog & pony sideshow circus, Donald Trump is requesting PRESIDENT OBAMAS' 'report cards' of his grades from the institutions he attended! He gets along with 'the blacks', but OMG! How in the world can one be that smart? Trump just can't wrap his stupid off colored tupe around that notion! IT'S RACISM PURE AND SIMPLE! The only other thing I can say right here is, it's a good thing nobody asked for George W Bush's school records! LOL! George H W Bush would've been ashamed! LOL!

    April 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • Mary Williams

      I think it is terrible the way Donald Trump is doing President Obama he's a hater who is jealous that he's not where Obama is. Keep up the Good Work ' President Obama don't let these haters upset you. He is showing the American people that no mater what they try to say or do to him he is not going to loose his focus. Or his kool cause he know the lord has his back he said hold your peace and I will fight your battles and that is what President Obama is doing he's letting the lord work it out for him and I garantee he will come out a winner!

      April 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      You have not changed at all have you Liz.... still with the venom.... look as of today it does not matter. He is the president.. This is no worse than hanging chad and hail to the thief that liberals sang several years agp... The problems I have are not have never been with his citizenship...they are with his policies,,,, the ones that caused standard an poors to drop the credit rating of the government.... That is all his doing ...... one more drop and the government will pay higher intrest on that multi trillion dollar debt.... Lawyers never make good economists,,,,

      April 27, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  6. Taz

    I was glad to actually see a long form made public! But then I came across an article stating it was in layers. Well I happen to be a graphic designer and that made no sense to me that a scanned flat image would have multiple layers. I download the exact document here from on CNN, opened it in Illustrator to confirm and BOOM, there are a total of 30 layers! If you don't believe, download the PDF from here on CNN and open it in Illustrator, you will see random parts of the document disappear depending on which layer you pick! This is VERY strange at the least!

    April 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  7. willard bullock

    Im feeling that obama have too many problems about mideast country and his birth certifacte
    Im best obam a need get out of his presdient 2012

    April 27, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • Waleed

      Before you rip apart our president, learn how to write a sentence in proper English.

      April 27, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Is that elitism Waleed? are you denigrating this person based on what you read... are you saying that hey can't have an opinion unless it is up to your standards?

      May 1, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  8. Howard

    The American people are entitled to know about their elected leaders. So, Democrats, stop acting so outraged, George Bush suffered a hundred times more abuse at the hands of Democrats. Trump was not the only American who wanted proof of Obama's origin of birth.
    Trump represented these millions of people, while others, merely mock and ridicule thoseasking the same question.Obama could have put an end to the birth issue two years ago.
    Obama is so arrogant, he considers himself above reproach on every issue, and acts indignant, or vindictive, when challenged, or asked for explanations. It's amazing how deceptive he was when he ran in 2008, pandering to Americans about his commitment to transparency, while hiding his middle name, until after the election. In my opinion, Obama has lost all of his credibility, and cannot be trusted.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  9. USA

    All of you people that complaine, bicker, bitch and moan about this president are the most angry unhappy bitter disgusting people I have to come in contact with, weather it be at work, watching tv or on CNN dot fucking com. You Donald Trump and any other loosers that can not be content enough to be able to not only live and work in the United States but you take it even further by trash talking your president. Get over it, it is almost the end of his term... Give him a fucking break because the ones who don't bad mouth him are SICK OF FUCKING HEARING IT.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  10. thesophic

    Bull. They keep touching and moving his BC so much...someone just snap a pic of it. Good grief! Why waste so much time & effort to hide it and release odd "copies" of different versions? I think the Obama admin is making a mess out of nothing...if that's what it truly is.
    thesophic.wordpress.com

    April 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  11. Liz Carter in Georgia

    OMG! How? Gangsta Bush was never trampled over like Obama's been! Democrats were in the majority remember? Americans were demonstrating against the 2 wars we got in, but what happened? The Democrats fell weak to the Bush Machine and the rest of the GOPs' analysis of what we should do as a country, for retaliating against 911, and let them send us to IRAQ anyway! The DEMS have oftentimes given in to GOP fearmongering! They've taken back seats or accepted compromised resolutions a lot in this administration!

    April 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Yes I agree Barry's administration has taken a back seat. We need strong president, one that will stand up for us and that the world respects. 2012 there will be change for the better.

      April 27, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Thats right liz no one ever lined the streets with hail to the thief during the inagural parade.... no one ever disparaged Bush calling him the shrub, no one ever had a bad thing to say about the commander and chief not one thing. More liberal selective memory here.... sorta like pravda 39 years ago...

      April 27, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
      • Waleed

        Bill it's one thing to be angry at a president over a perceived cheating to win the presidency, and another for groups to join together in declaring we hate our president (Tea Party and Birther Movement). And most of you who claim Bush had it bad, ignores the fact that after 9/11 his support was through the roof. It was when Bush led us into a wrong headed war (Iraq) that we got justifiably angry (along with the rest of the intelligent world).

        April 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Waleed, goto google.com and enter 'kill bush' search on images, you will find 1000s of pictures of people holding signs 'kill bush' , 'hang bush', 'shoot bush', cross hair gun sights, even pictures of him being hung in effigy, as well as the First Lady. There was more than just a little anger. The Liberals were calling for his death every day. Outside of the White House was a circus. The famous picture of Barry as the Joker or monkey, well they did that to President Bush first.

        The most outrages was a TV show called "Death of a President" Depicted President Bush being assassinated.
        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0853096/

        Where was the Liberal outcry for civility back then?

        In 2004 CBS tried to push false documents about President Bush's service record. Just weeks before the election the documents were proven to be fake, Dan Rather had to resign. Now maybe you can see why we question the birth certificate's authenticity, we have been told these lies by the media before.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killian_documents_controversy

        April 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        So Waleed, it is oky to be justifiably angry at Bush but not with Obama? I feel that I am justifiably angry with Obama. I believe that Obama and company have led us down a wrong headed path on our budget and Standard and Poors has confirmed it.

        Do what Jay suggested and see how much hate existed for Bush,,,,

        May 1, 2011 at 1:11 am |
  12. Normagene

    If I were "The Donald" I might want to stay out of Harlem where "The Blacks" he's such good friends with live.

    April 27, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
  13. Liz Carter in Georgia

    'George Bush suffered a hundred times more abuse at the hands of Democrats'! When? Where? How? If you're refering to the hands of the average Democratic American voting citizen, who was sitting watching, if we caused Bush to suffer at all, it wasn't loud and boisterous enough to make a difference! I don't believe it! Most of us just 'moo-ed' right along with the status quo of the 'BIG GET RICH QUICK SCHEMEer' GOP policy-makers like a herd of cows, as did the DEMS in DC! Bush didn't do much suffering, OK?

    April 27, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Lining the inaugural route with signs and singing hail to the thief does not qualify as any kind of embarassment? Think about what happened with Obama,,,,, now ask yourself why.... 2 things come to mind... Conservatives were not allowed or Conservatives are not that petty...

      April 27, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  14. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Talk about arrogance, vindictiveness,indignancy, and being above reproach, that's none other than GEORGE W BUSH, DICK CHENEY, CARL RUMSFELD, KARL ROVE, and the rest of that Republican train, with many of our Democrats who rode on it! However, I'm GLAD that OBAMA didn't let those circus clowns rock his nerves! Breaking his neck trying to run around appeasing you haters, like the little scared 'black boy' you all want him to be! Who died and made you inspectors of birth certificates, all of a sudden?

    April 27, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Why must you insist on race Liz?

      April 27, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • Marie

      I wouldn't brag about my mother being on food stamps! Oh, I forgot. It's not welfare, it's a "transfer payment."

      April 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • kranz01

      "Who died and made you inspectors of birth certificates, certificates, all of a sudden?"
      * Hundreds of thousands of US soldiers died to give me the right, the Constitution of the United States gives me the right, being a US citizen who pays 35% in annual tax's (which sucked by the way!) gives be the right! And this wasn’t all of a sudden, hello the issue has been on the table since 08…What world are you living in? OUR CONSTITUTIONS CLEARLY STATES YOU ARE TO BE BOARN A US CITIZEN TO BE PRESEDENT, THERE SHOULD BE NO EXCEPTIONS, THIS IS A SIMPLE REQUIREMENT THAT HE HAD TO PROVE.

      April 29, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
  15. Liz Carter in Georgia

    The vetters at the campaign board had already reviewed and vetted his application to run for president just like all the others. He won the presidency and here you shameful bigots are still out trying to conspire against a man who's proved himself in his life to even be eligible to run the last leg of the race for the presideny and WIN! Problem is, he happens to be an AFRICAN AMERICAN, and you clowns just hate it with a sick, stupid passion! I've told you over and over again, we're not all on your 'crack'!

    April 27, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      As I said earlier, it does not matter at this late date.... But if that was the certificate that was vetted, why was it not the one released to the public first..... why suffer all this questioning???? Untill the people that vetted it speak you will never know for sure... For me though this is all a huge laugh... you liberals can say and criticize in any manner you wamt but when it comes to your side .... oh know it is all a conspiracy to bring the president down ..... again its your way or the highway.... LOL

      April 27, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
      • TR

        The Persident provided all required documentation to prove he was eligible to run for office. The question you need to ask yourself is why that kind of documentation for every other candiate was good enough for you, but coming from Barack Obama, it was not sufficient?

        April 29, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        If that is the case TR then why did it take 2 years? As any good liberal will tell you .... if you have nothing to hied then why worry about it... Just do it!

        May 1, 2011 at 1:18 am |
    • Bill in STL

      Oh and for me ... his race has absolutely nothing to do with it .... LOL .... though it seems to for you 😉

      April 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
      • Waleed

        Yea Bill, and all those polls done that shows a large amount of whites in some states (such as Pennsylvania), who definitely would not vote for him because of his race (Oh, we are all making that up right). Even though you claim to be color blind, far too many people are not. It is because of race that so much of the hate towards Obama had less to do with his policies, and more to do with the belief that he "is just not one of us".

        April 27, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Well Waleed .... I don't know how to tell you this but Obama WON PA in 2008 .... sorta lets the air out of your tires...

        May 1, 2011 at 1:16 am |
  16. Bridget

    Although I believe that the American people deserve a right to know whether or not President Obama was born in the country or not, I think that all the "birthers" have taken this to the extreme. Where were they two years ago, when he first got elected? My question is, why are they bringing this up now? It is adding absolutely no value to ANYTHING, and it is a complete waste of time. Mr. Trump starts questioning, and suddenly several "birthers" start popping up everywhere. In my opinion, this really needs to stop. The White House released the live birth certificates, as a response to all the doubters. But this article is correct on one thing: no matter WHAT people say, or how many documents are printed, the doubters will continue to doubt, and waste their own time.

    April 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  17. Brenda J. Wamble

    The "President" realizes that a large population of people need professional help in order for them
    to accept diversity. That is why he had to display his original birth certificate even though he already
    displayed the certificate of live birth on the internet.

    The President of the United States has already qualified for the position. It was not a close race, nor a disputed one. All “Presidents” and their families have to go through a lot of criticism and consider sources and ranges of intellect.
    Unfortunately for some reason, the “beautiful rich ranges of chocolate skin colors” we love, make a large population of people subconsciously react and continue to display the worst side of their character instead of the best. Professional help will always be available for adults and children who need help in dealing with diversity.

    Brenda J. Wamble

    April 27, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Brenda, in Mo. you have to have an original Birth Certificate, or passport to get a drivers license.... I would thing the office of the President would require at least the same...

      May 1, 2011 at 1:23 am |
  18. Alea

    He is the president, get over it America, where was Bush's records, because the way he ran the country im not sure how he got into anything. This is a distraction from what is important, economics and foreign policy and not being left behind by other countries. Seriously, CNN you should be ashamed to spending time on this, there are way to many important situations and issues to discuss than this.Who cares about where he was born, run the country and do what needs to be done so that this empire doesn't collapse.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
  19. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Bill, I insist that it is about race, because it is about race, OK? You all are free to deny it all you want. As a matter of fact, somehow I don't blame you! It's really embarrassing isn't it? Boy, you just don't know how to extinguish that long-burning, hate-ridden fire! You need JESUS or a 12 step program! Many of you don't plan on putting the fire out; you just want to keep throwing your racist rocks and hiding your hands! I know the bottomline to all of this anti-OBAMA hoopla is racism, pure and simple!

    April 28, 2011 at 5:33 am |
    • kranz01

      Wow, what ethnicity are you? Being African American myself I can tell you for a fact it has nothing to do with racism. I am not religious either, it comes down to Obama's political policies that he has enforced on this Country that are going to ruin or destroy us. President Obama as made many of us democrats realizes that our Country cannot support him anymore. For me and most all other, it has nothing to do with racism.

      April 29, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Lia, that is one of the best things about this country.... I don't have to accept your opinion as gospel fact. In fact the more I read from you the more I believe that the true racist here is you.

      May 1, 2011 at 1:20 am |
  20. Bill Fitzgerald

    The certificate means nothing to me. His own relatives in Kenya admitted that obama was born there. End of story, the man is not our president but by fraud.

    April 28, 2011 at 9:10 am |
    • TR

      This is a oft-cited myth. This is patently not true and has been debunked many times. Shame on you for spreading these kind of lies. Either you are ignorant of the facts or you are knowingly propagating lies.

      April 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • KM

      Which relatives? Let's have names and sworn affadavits, otherwise just drop the subject and move on to something that matters.

      April 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      TR ... wnere was Peter O'Toole born? You Choose?

      Some sources give his birthplace as Connemara, County Galway, Ireland, and others as Leeds, in West Riding of Yorkshire, England, where he grew up. O'Toole himself is not certain of his birthplace or date, noting in his autobiography that, while he accepts 2 August as his birthdate, he has a birth certificate from each country, with the Irish one giving a June 1932 birthdate.

      May 1, 2011 at 1:34 am |
  21. linda

    this is really a testiment of how our country thinks and works. we the people are tards.

    April 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • KM

      Speak for yourself. I for one have always thought this was a non-starter as an issue. it's not like we will de-elect the President based upon such a spurious issue.

      April 30, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  22. ross

    I voted for Obama and have always believe that he was born in the US. I saw some of my friends posting online about the new birth certificate being doctored so I downloaded it from the whitehouse.gov website to prove them wrong. I was really surprised to see that the document was clearly assembled on a computer and not a scan of an original document. My only explanation is that maybe the original was old and illegible so they tried to enhance the text so it could be more easily read. But it really bothers me that they would try to pass this off as a real document when it clearly is not. I do graphic design for a living and it is so clearly not a real document. Who ever did the enhancement for the whitehouse if that is what it was intended for did a terrible job at trying to make it look real. It's sad because it makes even people like me who believe that Obama is a citizen wonder why they would put up a fake document.

    April 29, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  23. Rebel leader

    Today I went and saw one of my oldest and dearest clients who is originally from Hawaii, her late husband was a surgeon. She was very excited to tell me that the birth certificate that was recently released by the White House was signed by a very close friend of theirs (who passed away years ago) and she was immediately able to recognize his signature on the document. So, to all you racists,OOps, birthers, SUCK IT!

    April 30, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  24. KM

    It's now time to move on and leave this stupid subject behind. There are much bigger fish to fry in this country then the President's birth certificate.

    April 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  25. Bill in STL

    Once again I state that the policies of this president are what I take issue with, not his race, his birth place, well I feel that the it is a moot point and certainly detracts from this Presidents many many errors in judgement.

    May 1, 2011 at 1:31 am |
  26. Robert M

    A certificate of live birth is NOT a Birth Certificate!
    When my son was born we got a Birth Certificate AND a Certificate of Live Birth.
    The Certificate of Live Birth is blank.
    Maybe I should fill it out as if he were Barrak Obama.
    After all.
    It would be good enough for all the dems right?
    My 5yo would be a better president anyway.

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