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  ניסן 24, 5771 , 28/04/11

Obama Releases Official Birth Certificate

The White House on Wednesday night released the official “long-form” birth certificate certifying that Barack H. Obama was born in Hawaii, in response to growing criticism and questioning of his roots. The most recent iteration of the debate on whether Obama was born in the U.S., Africa or Indonesia was sparked by American businessman Donald Trump, who is considering a 2012 presidential bid as a Republican and has raised the issue in speeches and interviews.

The certificate says that Obama was born in Hawaii to an American mother and Kenyan father, and that he is a native-born U.S. citizen, eligible to serve as President. Announcing the release of the document, Obama said that “this issue has been going on for two, two and a half years now. I think it started during the campaign. I have watched with bemusement, I've been puzzled at the degree at which this thing just kept on going,” adding “We're not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers. We do not have time for this kind of silliness."
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