In 2008, in response to media inquiries, the US-President Barack Obama campaign requested his birth certificate from the state of Hawaii.
The state sent the campaign the President's birth certificate, the same legal documentation provided to all Hawaiians as proof of birth in state, and the campaign immediately posted it on the internet. That birth certificate can be seen here as a PDF:
When any citizen born in Hawaii requests their birth certificate, they receive exactly what the President received. In fact, the document posted on the campaign website is what Hawaiians use to get a driver's license from the state and the document recognized by the Federal Government and the courts for all legal purposes. That's because it is the birth certificate. This is not and should not be an open question.
The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn't good for the country. It may have been good politics and good TV, but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country. Therefore, the President directed his counsel to review the legal authority for seeking access to the long form certificate and to request on that basis that the Hawaii State Department of Health make an exception to release a copy of his long form birth certificate.
They granted that exception in part because of the tremendous volume of requests they had been getting.
President Barack Obama's long form birth certificate can be seen here as a PDF:
See the video "US- President Barack Obama on His Birth Certificate & the Real Issues Facing America" from The White House in Washington here:
President Obama discusses the release of his long form birth certificate, having long ago released his standard birth certificate, and says that "We've got big problems to solve. And I'm confident we can solve them, but we're going to have to focus on them -- not on this."
See the video:" President Obama on His Birth Certificate & the Real Issues Facing America" here:
Read the speech from US-President Barack Obama to his "Birth Certificate & the Real Issues Facing America" here:
Read more to "President Obama's Long Form Birth Certificate" at The White House Blog here: