March 20th, 2012
10:00 PM ET
FROM CNN's POLITICAL UNIT:
(CNN) – While receiving a formal certificate of Irish heritage at a St. Patrick's Day celebration on Tuesday, President Barack Obama didn't miss a beat in taking a jab at the so-called "birther" movement.
"This will have a special place of honor alongside my birth certificate," he joked, to great laughter.
Ireland's Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny presented Obama with the certificate at a White House reception in honor of the president's Irish roots.
The document was to serve, Kenny said, as a "permanent reminder" of Obama's trip last year to the Irish town of Moneygall, where the president's great-great-great grandfather emigrated from during the nineteenth century.
For the full story, click here.
May 1st, 2011
09:07 AM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN)–Before an audience of politicians, movie stars, and journalists, President Obama covered a lot of ground and got a lot of laughs in his remarks at the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner in Washington on Saturday. And the audience was not off limits as Donald Trump discovered. Here is a look at some of the highlights of the president's appearance.
April 27th, 2011
10:33 PM ET
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.”
April 27th, 2011
05:55 PM ET
(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
April 27th, 2011
03:34 PM ET
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.
April 27th, 2011
10:06 AM ET
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.
"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."
April 26th, 2011
01:36 PM ET
From CNN's Gary Tuchman
Editor's note: Tune in to "AC360°" on Tuesday beginning at 10 p.m. ET to see the remainder of Gary Tuchman's investigation into President Barack Obama's birthplace.
(CNN) - Was Barack Obama really born in America?
A new CNN investigation reveals what most analysts have been saying since the "birther" controversy erupted during the 2008 presidential campaign: Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. Period.
While the president has made light of the controversy, the question remains 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 the United States. More than four in 10 Republicans, however, believe he probably or definitely was not born in America.
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 because, they insist, he was born outside the United States.
April 15th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
CHICAGO (CNN) - President Obama touts his record and takes a jab at "birthers" during a Democratic National Committee event in Chicago Thursday night.