President Obama this morning did something no other president has ever seen the need to do -- release a copy of his birth certificate.
Obama called the controversy over the validity of his Hawaiian "Certification of Live Birth," called into question by so-called "birthers," a distraction from the major challenges facing the nation.
"Over the last two-and-a half years, I have watched with amusement. I have been puzzled with the degree with which this thing just kept going," stated the President. "We are not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by side shows."
"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, DC, was once again distracted by a fake issue," stated White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer on the White House blog.
The certificate shows that the President was born "Barack Hussein Obama, II" on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii.
"We have better stuff to do," said the President. "This issue should be over."
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