President Obama's Long Form Birth CertificatePosted byon April 27, 2011 at 08:57 AM EDT
Ed. Note: Read the transcript of the President's remarks following this release or watch the video below:
In 2008, in response to media inquiries, the President’s 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..
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.:
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.Dan Pfeiffer is White House Communications Director
I want to say that Barack Obama has done what I suggested he do (See: "Birther Donald Trump, You're Not Hired! President Barack Obama, You're Still Fired!"). However, had I been advising him or had I written his speech concerning it, I would not have had him stating that he sat back bemused. He should have put this whole thing to rest during the campaign and early on during it — the moment it appeared it was going to turn into a conspiracy theory with legs, as it did.
Anyway, this will cause this thing to die down. Donald Trump will have zero option but to admit that Barack Obama has supplied exactly what Trump had been calling for. There will be naysayers, but they are truly fringe not to be taken seriously on this issue.
Now, if we are going to criticize Barack Obama, let's do it on the "real" issues, as he's rightly called them.
- He was not born outside the US.
- He is not a socialist, although being a non-coercive socialist is far better than being a capitalist.
- He is not a Muslim. He's not a Christian either except for paying lip-service, but that's another issue — somewhat.
Anyway, even though I disagree with him hugely, may God bless the President of the United States. I want that blessing to be with the truth. I want him to be blessed with the truth. Among others, his statement concerning the Pentagon versus the Sermon on the Mount indicates that he doesn't currently have it. That's the blessing I want for everyone in existence: The truth.
Barack Obama is not my choice for leader. However, Barack Obama is my brother. He is a fellow Homo sapien. I hope he is of the fold but only lost and will be found. That's how I'd like it to be concerning everyone in existence.
I have been informed though that there is something called radical evil that some souls will refuse to overcome even when the option is there for the taking. Concerning them, the issue is among God and the devil and those souls. I won't vouch for those who reject Jesus. I never would have even before I understood what Jesus was saying. I always knew he at least was right about most everything. It was my shortcoming that I hadn't dug deeper sooner to find out what he really meant when he utter the words from the cross: "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"
Also, contrary to what Barack Obama said in his speech, there is a place for vilification of a sort. There are villains, and they do need to be called out and exposed if they will not listen to reason. Qaddaffi is such a one. Assad is such a one. There are also people in "high" places in the US government and state and local governments and corporations who are villainous at the very least. Monsanto Corporation is a prime example. The Koch brothers are another.
Barack Obama, himself, has his villainous aspects that he truly needs to shed. I would like to see him do it. I truly would. I hope he truly wants the best for me also.
I seek that perfection that is God. God's name, among many, is perfection. There's nothing wrong with that, by definition. Seek God also. Peace.