Before Visting Oprah, Obama Releases Birth Certificate

UPDATED 04/27/11 11:06 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Before President Barack Obama arrived in Chicago Wednesday for a taping of the Oprah Winfrey Show, he hoped to put to rest a long-simmering debate about his U.S. citizenship–releasing his birth certificate that shows he was indeed born in Hawaii.

Obama took the unusual step on Wednesday morning, because the country doesn’t have time for the “distraction” and “silliness” of questions being persistently raised about where he was born.

“We are not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by side shows and carnival barkers,” the president said Wednesday.

The White House released the so-called “long-form” version of his Hawaii birth certificate. During his presidential campaign Obama had released a different certificate–called a “Certification Of Live Birth”–that showed his birth in Hawaii.

The long form version shows more detail, including that he was born Kapiolani Maternity And Gynecological Hospital on Aug. 4, 1961. It also includes his mother’s signature and the attending physician’s signature.

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.

On Wednesday, Trump took credit for forcing the president’s hand.

And those who believe that Obama is not a U.S. citizen will be sure to closely examine the document. Within hours of the release, the Smoking Gun listed several likely targets for examination, including why the document wasn’t certified until Aug. 8, four days after Obama’s birth.

Obama left Washington after holding a short news conference on the issue to travel to Chicago to tape a segment for the Oprah Winfrey Show. That segment is scheduled to run next month as the talk show queen wraps up her long-running show at Harpo Studios on the Near West Side.

The president addressed the issue during the taping.

“America has huge potential and opportunity to seize the 21st century,” Obama said. “We’re only gonna get there, though, if we have a serious conversation about the things that matter to people–jobs and gas prices and how do we bring down the deficit?

“And we can’t be distracted by sideshows and … carnival barkers who are going around trying to get attention instead of actually solving the problems.”

Air Force One landed at O’Hare International Airport just after 11 a.m. Wednesday morning.

CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports as President Obama and First Lady Michele Obama prepared to arrive in Chicago, audience members for the Oprah Show were reacting to the birth certificate issue.

“It was kind of ridiculous that it was a question anyway,” said Alice Antoniotti of Michigan.

“I think he just did it to quiet people down; it was a distraction, and the White House figured they may as well just get rid of the distraction,” Stan Robbin of Buffalo Grove.

“It’s sad that he had to do it, but now he’s proven himself,” another woman said.

But not everyone eager to see the president thought addressing the birth certificate issue was a waste of Obama’s time.

“I am glad that he came up with something on paper that he can show everybody, because it was definitely a big controversy, and a lot of people are concerned,” said Joelle Adell of Michigan. “I was as well.”

Will the release of President Obama’s birth certificate end the debate over his U.S. citizenship? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Here is the certificate that the Obama campaign released in 2008. It shows less detail than the long-form version, but is considred a legal document showing proof of his birthplace, the White House said.

  • southside

    Hard to understand why the messiah would have so much difficulty in providing factual information.

    • Sharon

      Let’s move on to the important issues. Maybe the so called News people will get the message and give it up as well.

      The Media and politicians are trying to keep the ordinary people bickering (divide and conquer) That way we won’t band together and march on all of them.

    • Earl C Ruffin Jr

      First of all, the messiah has more pressing issues that need to be address as oppose to satisfying you idiots Prejudice humger. Remember, President Obama was a U.S. Senator before becoming President? You have to be a U.S. citizen before becoming a Senator. I hope that this satisfies all of you Bigots like Donald Chump and you too southside!

    • Truth

      Please see top comment.

    • Tracey

      grow up

  • Still a doubter

    That is not his father’s name or signature. Could it be he was born out of wedlock and the birth father would not claim his birth? It is also unusual that the father’s signature was added the day after the Mother’s. In most cases the happy couple sign at the same time and acknowledge the child’s name and their position as his parents.


      Not true… you must not have children. My husband was working so I signed & when you came to the hospital he signed.

    • Truth

      See comment number one.

    • silky

      Get a life!!!!!!!

    • jesse jr.

      Go fly to Hawaii yourself and find out

  • itsme

    obama and oprah…….what a nightmare

    • silky

      I bet you’re gonna watch!

      • itsme

        You lose the bet! Haven’t watched oprah in years and don’t much care for obama.

  • silky

    He didnt have any difficulty, he just didnt think it was necessary, If you idiots thought about it , he would have never made it that far if he as not born in the US. He had to do it for the DUMMIES.

    • Earl C Ruffin Jr

      Tell it like it is Silky! Of course some of those Dummies still don’t get it!

    • Truth

      It was a waste of time Silky. The haters are gonna hate no matter what.

  • radar

    Even if he isn’t a natural born citizen, it’s too late to do anything about it. MOVE ON PEOPLE! Focus on real issues.

  • What a waste of time

    The smoking gun wants to know why the birth certificate is 4 days later? Did those brainiacs happen to look at their own certificates? My husband, children and I all have certificates that reflect a later date. This would appear to be a common practice. DUH

  • Jim McGee

    why does the certificate show the father as African. Why was the certificate signed later by the father. These are the straws that the idiots and their conservative talking heads will grasp to keep this idiotic issue alive.

  • ST. Casmir

    Obama is the biggest scam to hit America in American history.s

  • Susan Berger

    First off, why did he not release this earlier and not waste all this time. Secondly, why are the tax payers paying for the President to fly to tape a talk show that has nothing to do with how this country is run. Do you think the USA is not broke enough?????

    Is Oprah donating money to the CPS? To any clinics that help people without medical insurance? Food Banks?? Waiting to hear.

    • Earl Ruffin Jr

      Ms Susan Berger, why should he release any of this information when it is public record? Oh, by the way, didn’t you know that you had to be a U.S. citizen before becoming a U.S. Senator? Who are you to say how my President spends my money?

  • richard

    Who knew for sure. He comes up with lie after lie. Now we know. But why did it take so long.

  • Jerry O Henderson

    I know the racist pig,could not hide he”s true feelings ,The whole thing in the nutshell is that Obama is Black.Washington,Jefferson,Lincoln,etc.They would probadly try to dig their way out of their graves if they could.This Country was not ready for a Black President,but God is in control.

  • Right

    If Oprah did donate the money it would mostly go to blacks anyway. blacks are the biggest recipeints of handouts, yet they complain the most. militant michelle probably paid nothing for college. We know barry was on public aid. blacks are scammers and liberals perpetuate their scamming.

    • Earl Ruffin Jr

      I know that you just want to be Black. I can tell by the way you talk and your wessel attempt to belittle Black people. Well, mr man or lady, I don’ t think that you have what it takes and you are just probably jealous!

  • Tracey

    Are we this ignorant as a nation? Are all the reality shows(and I use the phrase loosely) really making some of you believe that life is just one big soap opera. Grow up and apply a shred of common sense. With all this controversy going on about this, don’t you think they would have kept him from running or being a Senator if his residency was really an issue? With so many issues in this WORLD, let alone our country why do we waste time and money on such nonsense. Tornadoes and storms killing off so many and we can’t put our collective thoughts together to try and help. All the children going to bed hungry each night without proper care but this is what monopolizes our time. And to the Donald….stick to your ridiculous reality show. You have the potential to do great things with that show…set a standard and maybe we can show the younger generation that fame due to ignorance and drama is sad and shameful. Something to remember….”If My people which are called by My name would just humble themselves and pray and seek Thy face…” you know the rest…if not, this will be a good project for you vs worrying if OUR PRESIDENT is qualified. We endured Bush and his garbage for 8 yrs…but we are now so appalled by anything and everything the President for the People is doing.

    • Earl Ruffin Jr

      Ms Tracey, I applaud you for your way of thinking; you ability to see life for what it is and how we can make it better. All of these idiots are making an issue over nothing! Don’t they realize that John McCain would’ve made a serious issue during the Presidential campaign about President Barak Obama non-citizenship? I think that these people are just plain stupid! And you know another saying “Stupid people don’t know that they are Stupid!”

    • sayitain'tso

      President for the People? What people? What has he done for the people? I don’t subscribe to the “Birthers” way of thinking…….after all, don’t they think that if he wasn’t born in the US the Clintons or others who ran against him for the Democratic nomination would have made that public long ago? I just don’t think he is the right man for the job. We do need some change and hope, but just not with this man. By the way I’m am neither a Republican or a Democrate.

      • Earl Ruffin Jr

        sayitain’tso…I think you are really brain dead…The President of the People will run in 2012 and guess what? He will win again! There is no comparison to which President did America justice…President Obama will be our next President again! And Thank God we don’t have to put up with another Bush!

  • limod

    The “birthers” need a hobby other than was Obama U.S. born!! Sheesh!!

  • William Jenkins

    It seems that haters will always find something to blather about. All you birthers out there need to realize something: If Obama was not a natural-born citizen, HE NEVER WOULD HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO RUN IN THE FIRST PLACE!

    My advice: Get over it. WE THE PEOPLE decided he was qualified to be President. (After all, a majority of ALL OF US who bothered to vote cast their ballot for Obama.) Go back to school and get your GED or at least have a little knowledge about what you’re talking about. Just because your favorite foaming at the mouth TV “news” show host says something, it’s not guaranteed to be true. (Especially for those of you who believe that FOX News is really a news network, not the mouthpiece for the GOP)

    • Carol Johnson


  • William Jenkins

    BTW, FOX stands for:

    Facts are
    Optional, cause we’re

    • Truth

      Thank God for that George. Your guy’s have caused enough problems.

  • george

    Thank for spitting on our backside and calling it rain. Can we also see your college transcripts. I want to see how smart you really are. How did you paid for your education? Because that university that you attended is pretty expensive for a single mother to afford. If you are really that smart don’t hide it, show it off, take pride for your race.

    • Truth

      I don’t believe you’re a citizen Geroge. I want to see your birth certificate and I don’t believe you voted either. I’ll be needing your registration card. As far as common sense I can tell you have none, so you’re cool there.

      • George


        Whenever you want to meet, I ‘ll show you all of my Docs. All originals black & white (turning yellow from aging process, all signed by local hospital in Chicago IL). I voted in the last Presidential election, unfortunately, my guy didn’t win (or else we wouldn’t be having this discussion). I have everything you ask for and as for common sense. I know you do not have that. You need to be a U.S. resident to vote.

  • Terry Jones

    To the idiot who was talking about handouts I will say this: You and everyone like you was recieveing handout since birth. Those who cannot do for self or have tried and failed need help. i don’t know if you are religous but GOD died for everyone not just you and His willingness to give should inspire us all. I have lived and been around blacks, whites, and brown all my life and the 1 thing they all have in common is that no matter what color they are it matters most where and how you were brought up. I see more whites in the South taking “handouts” than blacks and more blacks in the urban community taking “handouts” than whites. It’s all relative to where you are at and whats available to you.

  • What on Earth

    Okay, he says enough of this siliness, they why didn’t he just show it right away instead of waiting so long OR did it just take that long to have it made. Does anyone besides me wonder about him just coming out of no where to become president? There is something about him that rings strange. Too many questions about his church, his birth certificate, his friends, his decisions. Too many secrets. Too many trips for those of us that are not working to have to help pay for. He should have to pay for his own trips to see Oprah, all of it. I am not questioning because he is black, I am questioning what he is all about. I did not vote for him because he scares me. I think there is a lot that we do not know about him and his group. Including Rahm Emamuel. I think

  • Terry Jones

    George-show us yours first then show us every President’s past and present. If Wikileaks can divulge Pentagon secrets then why can’t they produce the stuff you are looking for. Our President should not have to show a moron like you anything.

    • George

      i would be glad to show my transcripts. i have been an Average student. I would be dumb to run for public office. What even worse if people would vote for me because I say I can Change.

  • KayCee

    There are many reasons why Obama was not and is not qualified to be president but not being born in the US is not one of them. We need to focus attention on the lousy job he has done since he took office, although he plays a great game of golf! Let him go back to playing golf and “writing” memoirs, and let someone with actual administrative experience and real love of the values the United States was built on (i.e. the Constitution) take control and attempt to turn around the huge mess this guy as gotten us into. If we cannot stop the course Obama has set us on, American will cease to exist as the country it was meant to be. Or maybe you like $10 a gallon gas and European style socialism?

    • Earl Ruffin Jr

      Hey Moron KayCee! Didn’t you know that it was the Bushes that messed this country up! We had 8 years of father Bush and 8 more years of his idiot son! President Obama inherited this mess and has to get us out of it. Also if you knew anything, it’s the huge Oil Companies that are making huge profits and it has nothing to do with the President, but ask the Bushes, they own some of the interest in the oil companies.

      • Right

        barry increased the debt more than any other President and it’s not his money. blacks don’t care because most are on public aid and pay little or no taxes.

  • Terry Jones

    GO Rahm!

  • Terry Jones

    KAyCee–Doo the homework and stop turnin on UTUBE and turning to Beck and O’Reilly to get the “news”. O’Reilly has no respect for the position of the Presidency and appearantly nearly do you. Where were your questions for Bush and Clinton and Reagan?

  • Truth

    How come George W Bush is not in jail ? Where are the WMD’s ????
    His lie killed thousands of young Americans.

    • George

      Because of a black man by the name of Colin Luther Powell!! He received wrong WTD information by his informant. Which lead to all of this mess.

  • Truth

    KayCee…..You are confused dear. Georgie W started this mess.

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