The Obama Administration has released the President’s “long form birth certificate” – available for viewing at WhiteHouse.gov. This comes after years of controversy surrounding the topic of his U.S. citizenship, and whether or not he was indeed born in the U.S. as the certificate does indicate.
Of course the White House has taken to Facebook and Twitter to spread the message directly.
The White House has made the document shareable through a SlideShare embed:
Honolulu is named as the place of birth. It has a stamp on it from April 25, 2011 by the state registrar, which says, “I certify this is a true copy or abstract of the record on file in the Hawaii State Department of Health.”
“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,” White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said. “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.”
On Twitter, the White House account tweeted, “”We’ve got big problems to solve…we can solve them, but we’re going to have to focus on them – not on this.”
The Internet has been instrumental in keeping this controversy alive. It will be interesting to see where it goes from here.