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Obama: No Time For 'Silliness' As White House Releases Birth Certificate

U.S. President Barack Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama

The White House released the long form of President Barack Obama's birth certificate today in response to questions about whether he was really born in the United States.

Obama said in a short media statement on April 27 that he hoped the release of the document will curb speculation, and added that his administration has no time for "silliness" in a difficult time for the economy.

The certificate says Obama was born in the state of Hawaii, which makes him constitutionally eligible to hold the office of president.

Obama released a standard short form before he was elected in 2008, but requested copies of his original birth certificate from Hawaii officials this week in the hope of quieting a controversy kept alive by so-called "birthers" opposed to Obama.

Potential Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently began questioning why Obama hadn't ensured the long form was released.

compiled from agency reports