Those who want to watch US politics devolve into a complete farce, can do so below, as the president caves in to a person who has serially bankrupted more corporations than anyone else in history. In the meantime, this is what the whie house had to say on the issue. Those who wish to watch Donald Trumps' take on the matter can do so here.
From the White House:
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. That birth certificate can be seen here (PDF).
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.
So the administration prevents distractions by caving in to them. What next: we see Obama's bed wetting record?