White House Releases Long-Form Obama Birth Certificate


President Obama today released his long-form birth certificate, the document so-called "birthers" have been demanding to see from the beginning of his presidency.

The White House writes, in a blog post:

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. President Barack Obama's long form birth certificate can be seen here (PDF).  Correspondence with the Hawaii State Department of Health can be seen here (PDF).

Obama is scheduled to address the media at 9:45 am ET.


  1. Rob says

    Now, I suppose, we’ll have to endure all of the breathless reports from the right that this is “clearly Photoshopped”.

  2. John says

    Of course it won’t be enough. The birthers don’t really want proof. Just something to scream about. Unfortunately, that is the real problem. Politicos who want to scream instead of address issues!

  3. Bob R says

    It doesn’t matter what documents or sworn testimony are presented to validate Obama’s birthplace. You’re dealing with people who are absolutely delusional and need psychiatric counseling, starting with the “billionaire” idiot they call The Donald. Now let’s see Trump present a complete forensic accounting of his “billions” and questionable business dealings.

    Republicans are disgusting and vile creatures. Birthers are just looking for attention and any excuse to attack this President as illegitimate in either birth or office. The true illegitimacy was the Bush stealing of the WH with the collusion of the Supreme Court and the GOP in 2000. The true illegitimacy are the two wars that that thief and liar involved our country in during his purloined administration. Let’s give equal attention to those “conspiracies” now, shall we?

  4. Kas says

    Republicans are not disgusting and vile creatures they are by and large average people manipulated and mislead by right wing media outlets, politicians, betrayed by cultural predispositions, and biases that are generations old. Dehumanizing them with such sweeping generalizations doesn’t serve anyone’s cause.

    Mind you, I find their agendas, policies, and the entire governmental and economic paradigm they propose repugnant. I just have a problem with people calling other people dehumanizing names. It has been done to us enough that we should be slow to do it to others.

  5. mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com says


    U do have a point and I admit to getting caught up in lumping all the average Repub voters with the crazy and their repugnant leaders/politicians

    “Modern” Repub politicians (good repubs of longgggg ago eisenhower, teddy R, lincoln, heck Nixon created the EPA so he had redeeming qualities) and policies are repugnant , idiotic, not based in reality, are anti-american, and will be the death of america if allowed free reign

    The majority of the average repub voter are fellow americans simply misguided by propaganda , tradition, etc. It is to non-repubs benefit to continue to reach out to them to educate them and treat them with common human decency

    The repub politicos though, hell spit on them for the anti-american foolish trash they are 😛

  6. topher says

    On CNN they’re reporting that Trump is already taking credit for this. Man, this is just insane.

  7. arch says

    the birthplace thing was just a mask the real reason why some people think he should not be president is because he :

    A. is black
    B. has a muslim middle name
    C. is a democrat

    could be worse though he could be a woman or God forbid gay…

  8. Ted B. (Charging Rhino) says

    So why the mystery?

    Obama’s been President for 27 months, and only now the White House has released the document that gives the details of his now-obvious birth in Hawaii. The Obama campaign should have released it months ago, instead of spending tons of money and air-time obfuscating and sealing records.


    It’s a sad commentary on our supposed founding core of “multiculturalism” as a republic that our first Black President must release A BIRTH CERTIFICATE. Most disheartening when one considers into his calculations more pressing global issues. So it’s okay to applaud Black Presidents in films and on TV as progressive steps in the demographic/racial wars but it rather not be their generation that produces the first one. This foolery is borne from racism no matter what any disabused birther [most WASPs who by fact largely DID NOT vote for him in the ’08 elections] says, full stop.

  10. Continuum says

    Does anyone think that this will stop any of the birthers from their craziness.

    It suits the purpose of the rightwing to have the birther issue as a distraction for their sheeple from the real issues. . . .so, the Koch brothers, Faux News, Limblow and the rest of the nuthouse will continue this nonsense one way or another.

  11. shanesoho says

    scratch the surface of any birther and you will find a RACIST. and that is not hurling epithets. it would be the clearest modern-day representation of the term.

  12. Damen says

    Ted B- Obama released his birth certificate in summer 2008. The birthers werent satisfeid this whole time and said they needed a long form certificate. Thats what was released today. Now they’re demanding to see his undergrad college transcripts. Because of course, no black man could get into harvard law without affirmative action and Chicago style bribes.

    This whole thing is so embarrassing for America. People around the world are laughing at what a joke our country and political system have become. Its sad.

  13. mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com says


    It is called the “Black Tax”

    African Americans must go that extra mile be 10x better at the same damn thing to be considered equal

    A sad reality that African Americans have had to deal with for a long time

    Obama himself back during the campaign hinted at it, that he had to be and do so much more just to be considered equal to whites

  14. walter says

    wtf will trump have to rant about now? he really can’t speak to important issues because i don’t think bankruptcy is a solution to the countries economic problems. although that seems to solve his problems. watched the interview with ac trump is just plain rude and boorish. a perfect candidate for the new know nothing party.

  15. bah says

    I demand the mother’s birth certificate and timestamped video of the conception with evidence of it being on American soil!

  16. Non American says

    Forgive my ignorance, but why is this such an issue about his birth? Surely, there are more important issues the american people have to discuss!

  17. Jesus says

    Where was all this fuss when George W. Bush was talking about being Texan? He was born in Connecticut, liar!

  18. Ian says

    The birthers over at fox news site are all calling this a forgery for a variety of different reasons…the fading of the letters prove forgery…his fathers race says African, and that’s not a valid race (it is)…no raised seal (there is).

    The veil over the racism this birther issue represents is coming off even more

  19. arch says

    non american:

    The answer to your querry is that the US constitution says that only people born on american soil can become president. Hence all types of nonsense including parts of foreign hospitals being temprarily declared american soil, bags of soil being transported around the world by american expats and demands from expats to be allowed to give birth in US embassies etc

    I know, it is all mad, but they like it and it is no more wierd that anointing with holy oil (British monarch) or white smoke out of a vatican chimney (pope)

    quaint really.

  20. says

    when a conspiracy theory is wrong, they release the evidence to prove that the conspiracy theorists are wrong. But when the conspiracy theorists are right, they pretend not to listen to those theorists at all…
    Obama is a good man anyways, he seems to be the only president with least number of skeletons in the closet.


  21. ohplease says

    “…his now-obvious birth in Hawaii…”?

    I’m sorry, but that is just sad. It was obvious all along to the sane, smart people. Seriously. Please reflect on that.

    Meanwhile, he’s been POTUS for years. This really couldn’t have been done before? Don’t be ridiculous. They let this go on for years. The question is why. I would love to know the answer to that question.

    What was gained by the people in power by keeping this country distracted by crazy, racist hicks — and the puppets pulling those puppets’ strings — all this time? And who are these people in charge? And if Obama really is in charge, what did he gain from letting this go on and on and on?

  22. Zach says

    “What was gained by the people in power by keeping this country distracted by crazy, racist hicks — and the puppets pulling those puppets’ strings — all this time? And who are these people in charge? And if Obama really is in charge, what did he gain from letting this go on and on and on?”

    What has really changed now to justify this step? The same racist lunatics won’t believe this anymore than they anything else. Why even dignify what was a fundamentally offensive and racist inquiry in the first place?

  23. K says

    Take-away message: If you scream and whine and throw a tantrum, you will always get your way. Clearly Michelle did the lion’s share of raising Sasha and Malia, who seem wonderful, because Barack never learned that caving to 5-year-olds is a sure-fire way to get a bad behavior in the future.

  24. MichaelJ says

    Yes, this could have been done before, but I don’t think it should have been done before. And I don’t think it should have been done now, because it stoops to such a low level of ignorance and prejudice, and it is allowing bullies like Trump to score a win. And as long as the wingnuts proclaim that there are still unanswered questions, few of those who give any credence to the birthers are going to have their minds changed.
    By trying to appease them, Obama is letting the birthers dominate the terms of the debate more than ever. He should just ignore them.

  25. Talisman says

    Why did they let this go on for so long? They couldn’t do otherwise.

    Hawaii doesn’t release long-form birth certificates. The one that was released in 2008 is the very form every other Hawaiian uses as their legal document. That fact was never explained very clearly.

    It’s ridiculous that this birther issue has gone on so long. However, it won’t end…the birthers also claim that Obama’s mother wasn’t in residence long enough to grant resident status to Obama…

  26. suede says

    The long form clarifies it.

    The President is Obama II.

    His father has the exact same name (including middlename) and was born in Kenya.

    I can see how republicans can get confused about it.

  27. Ian says

    Why did they let this go on so long?

    Because the President of the United States SHOULD NOT jump to appease every baseless accusation made by a fringe group of people, which had already been proven to be wrong by universally accepted evidence. I’m glad he waited so long.

    Unfortunately Trump thrust these lunatics birther claims into the evening news, distracting from the real issue too much now.

  28. Aron says

    What a perfect distraction the GOP has cooked up so they can dismantle America’s social programs that help the poor and give tax breaks for the rich. It’s kinda genius, in a sick, amoral way.

  29. David Hogan says

    The sad, racist, hateful and deluded people will never be satisfied :(
    It tears me up that President Obama has had so many people trying to dehumanise him and take away his dignity as a human being that he and his administration have decided they needed to release this personal information.
    It’s just not right.
    God Bless the President ✞

  30. SFRowGuy says

    Donald Trump must be rolling over in his grave … oh wait, he’s not dead … well one can hope.

  31. says

    The positive news is that Donald can finally concentrate on the most important issues in the area of economy and come up with his own solutions to the problems that the US faces today. And I don’t agree with those who say that he should have shown the certificate two years ago. And if he had done this people like Trump would definitely have found something else to entertain the whole nation.