President Obama releases his birth certificate, hopes to move past “silliness”

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This handout image provided by the White House shows a copy of the long form of President Barack Obama's birth certificate from Hawaii.
This handout image provided by the White House shows a copy of the long form of President Barack Obama's birth certificate from Hawaii.
J. Scott Applewhite / AP

In case you missed this morning’s big news: President Obama responded to various critics today by releasing the long form of his Hawaiian birth certificate. The president then spoke briefly, for about five minutes, after the White House released the certificate.

During his statement he said, “We do not have time for this kind of silliness.” And he pointedly referred to the vocal critics by calling them “carnival barkers.”

“I’m confident the American people and America’s political leaders can come together in a bipartisan way and solve these problems,” he said. “We’re not gonna be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers.”

 

 

Perhaps in an attempt to have the last word, potential GOP presidential candidate (and perhaps the primary ‘carnival barker’ to whom the president was referring) Donald Trump got in on the action and said he was proud of himself for getting Obama to release the certificate.

Will this end the debate? Will the birthers finally put down their bullhorns and bugles?

Probably not, but one thing is for sure, this song is still great:

 

President Obama releases his birth certificate, hopes to move past "silliness"

Updated