President Obama releases birth certificate

President Barack Obama says he's releasing his long-form birth certificate because the country doesn't have time for the “distraction'' and “silliness'' of questions being persistently raised about where he was born.

The president spoke at the White House Wednesday after taking the unexpected step of releasing the document, which supplements Hawaii's official certification of the president's birth there. Obama had released that during the campaign.

Polls show large numbers of Republicans continue to doubt Obama is a natural born citizen eligible to be president. Real estate mogul Donald Trump had seized on the issue as he weighs a GOP candidacy. Obama said the nation will solve its problems only if it's not distracted by such issues.

Donald Trump is taking credit for getting President Barack Obama to release his birth certificate. Speaking in New Hampshire this morning, the potential Republican presidential candidate said Obama “should have done it a long time ago.'' He said he's “really honored to play such a big role in hopefully'' disposing of the issue. Trump said he'd want to see the certificate to make sure it's for real.

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