Trump ‘Proud’ of Forcing Birth Certificate Release, Obama Calls Issue Distraction from ‘Carnival Barkers’

By Fred Lucas | April 27, 2011 | 1:29 PM EDT

Washington ( – Without naming names, President Barack Obama said “sideshows and carnival barkers” who questioned his place of birth were distracting from the important issues of the day, and that this distraction merited his releasing the long-form of his birth certificate from Hawaii. The document was posted online this morning.

Obama’s reference to “carnival barkers” -- at a White House press conference this morning -- possibly was a swipe at real estate mogul and reality TV show star Donald Trump, who has discussed the so-called “birther” issue at length in the mainstream media when it was largely viewed before as a fringe conspiracy theory talked about on the Internet.

The long-form “Certificate of Live Birth, File Number 151, Department of Health 61  10641,” shows that “Barack Hussein Obama, II” was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961, at the Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital. The document lists his father as then-25-year old Barack Hussein Obama, from Kenya, Africa, and his mother as then-18-year-old Stanley Ann Dunham, of Wichita, Kansas.  The document is signed, certified, by “(Stanley) Ann Dunham Obama,” as well as by an attendant and the local registrar (see video image).

Donald Trump on Sept. 18, 2008 at the Trump Tower. (Photo courtesy David Shankbone/Wikipedia Commons.)

The document should put to rest the theory that Obama was not a natural born citizen and therefore possibly not qualified to be president, although his mother’s U.S. citizenship was never in question.

At a press conference in Portsmouth, N.H., today, where Donald Trump is hinting at entering the Republican presidential primary, he said he was “very proud” to have forced the release of the document.

“I am really honored, frankly, to have played such a big role in hopefully, hopefully, getting rid of this issue,” Trump said at the press conference.

At the White House this morning, Obama also criticized the news media, which he said had covered the birth certificate question more than it had covered the debate over the federal budget.

“During that entire week [of debate over the budget], the dominant news story wasn’t about these huge, monumental choices that we’re going to have to make as a nation,” Obama said. “It was about my birth certificate, and that was true on most of the news outlets that were represented here.”

“I was just back there listening to Chuck [Todd of NBC News] -- he was saying, it’s amazing that he’s not going to be talking about national security,” said Obama.  “I would not have the networks breaking in if I was talking about that.”

President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

“I am confident that the American people and America’s political leaders can come together in a bipartisan way and solve these problems -- we always have,” Obama said. “But we’re not going to be able to do it if we are distracted. We’re not going to be able to do it if we spend time vilifying each other. We’re not going to be able to do it if we just make stuff up and pretend that facts are not facts. We’re not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers.”

Obama spoke for just over five minutes and did not take questions from the press.

During the 2008 campaign, Obama released a shorter-version certificate of live birth from Hawaii. However, Trump and others stressed that the president should release the long form birth certificate to prove he was born in the United States.