President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for an end to distractions over his place of birth and released a long-form birth certificate which provides more detailed information about his birth.
Obama, with the help of attorneys, obtained an exception from Hawaii's State Department of Health to release a copy of his long form birth certificate, publishing it on the White House web site.
The document released on Tuesday is a Certificate of Live Birth, also known as the Long form Birth Certificate.
We provided additional information about the site of my birth, Obama told reporters at the White House on Wednesday morning.
He noted speculation about his birth had been continuing since the 2008 campaign.
Democrats and Republicans and every news outlet had confirmed that yes, I was born in Hawaii, August 4, 1961 in Kapiolani Hospital, Obama said.
Obama noted Tuesday that he had previously released a Certification of Live Birth, a document with less information provided by Hawaii in 2008 and noted that affidavits of people who had seen the long form had been released.
Obama said he grew concerned, when two weeks ago, as he was trying to put forward a budget that would have huge consequences, the dominant news story wasn't about these huge monumental choices, it was about my birth certificate.
He said he wanted to make a larger point about debating important issues.
We're not going to be able to do it if we're distracted, Obama said.
He said the country should not be distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers.
We live in a serious time right now, he said.
Obama said that there will be a segment of people that no matter what we put out will not be convinced.
I'm speaking to the vast majority of people. We do not have time for this kind of silliness, he said.
Recently, potential Presidential candidate Donald Trump has questioned whether Obama was born in the country, prompting a flurry of news reports on his comments.
White House assistant to the President Dan Pfeiffer issued the following statement.
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.