Three years after it became an issue, the White House has released a “long-form” copy of the president’s birth certificate, showing that his mother, Ann Stanley Dunham Obama of Wichita, Kan., was 18 and unemployed when he was born and his father, Barack Hussein Obama, was a 25-year-old student from Kenya, East Africa. The president was born in Honolulu on the Hawaiian island of Oahu on Aug. 4, 1961.
Apparently it’s as hard for the president of the United States to deal with governmental red tape as it is for the rest of us. White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer wrote on the blog Whitehouse.gov Tuesday that when the birth certificate became an issue in 2008, the White House requested a copy of Obama’s birth certificate, but received only the “short form,” which didn’t appease those questioning his nationality. He said that is all the Hawaii State Department of Health releases to residents and what is used by Hawaiians as a legal document for attaining a driver’s license. The department finally provided the long form, saying it was making an exception partly because it had received so many requests for it from all over.
Pfeiffer wrote on the blog:
“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.
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. 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.”