White House releases Obama birth certificate

Effort aims to counter rumours he wasn’t born in the US

The White House released President Barack Obama’s birth certificate on Wednesday in order to counter ongoing rumours that he wasn’t born in the U.S. A previously released certificate of live birth showed he was born in Hawaii. But “birther” theorists, including potential Republican candidate Donald Trump, have continued to insist he was born in Kenya, his father’s birthplace, thus making him ineligible to be president, the BBC reports. On Wednesday, Obama described the unprecedented move as aimed at ridding the political debate of a conspiracy theory that has grown into a national distraction over the years. “We have better stuff to do. I have better stuff to do,” he said. His long form birth certificate has been stored in a vault in Hawaii since his birth in August 1961.

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