Obama Birth Certificate 311.
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Since first announcing his candidacy for United States president, Barack
Obama has faced intense questioning from critics about the legitimacy
of his US citizenship. In 2008, while still on the campaign trail,
his office attempted to quiet those inquiries and released his Hawaiian
birth certificate. On Tuesday, in response to continued speculation as
to his place of birth, the White House released Obama's long-form birth
certificate and posted a copy on their website.
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gives the president's full name as Barack Hussein Obama and lists his
birth as occurring at 7:24 p.m. on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Many Obama critics and vocal Republican officials have voiced concern
that Obama was actually born in Kenya, the birthplace of his father, a
claim the US president has always vehemently denied.
Obama held a brief conference on Tuesday as part of the certificate
release, during which he expressed hope that the release of the
long-form certificate would end debate over his birth place, which he called a "side show." He also
said he had been "puzzled" by the intense scrutiny and expressed concern
that the dialogue about his birth location was a distraction that took
attention away many more important matters affecting the American people
at this time.
"We're not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted
by sideshows and carnival barkers," Obama said, adding, "We do not have
time to discuss this."