Exasperated White House Releases Obama's Long-Form Birth Certificate
In case you hadn't noticed how banal the political discourse has become, President Obama released the long-form version of his birth certificate in order to quell the cries of the birther sectarians. Along with the PDF of the birth certificate, viewable here, the White House statement noted:
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...
The exasperation is palpable in that statement, and here's another good example why: Fox News' headline, predictably, doubted the authenticity of the new document. The White House:
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.