Just hours after the White House released the long form of President Barack Obama's birth certificate Wednesday, Obama addressed the release of his birth records during an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Oprah didn't pull any punches, quickly asking why the long form had taken so long to be released. "Why did you wait so long, though?" Oprah asked. "When it first came up, were you thinking, I hope I was born here?"
Obama responded back, "Can I just say I was there, so I knew. I knew I had been born. I remembered it."
While Obama released a short form of the birth certificate before his election in 2008, he was forced to request copies of the original from Hawaii officials this week because of growing skepticism about his birthplace. Potential Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was spearheading the “birthers” outcry, and demanded the long form be released to prove Obama was born in the United States.
Trump reacted to the birth certificate's release during a press conference in New Hampshire on Wednesday, saying that he was “proud” of the development. Trump still sounded skeptical, adding “it is rather amazing that all of the sudden" the document surfaces.
Trump then said that the document should be inspected to ensure that it's real. It would appear that with that, Trump may finally be ready to put the issue to rest. "I am really honored to play such a big role in hopefully, hopefully getting rid of this issue," Trump said. He later added, “But he should have done it a long time ago."
During the interview with Oprah, Obama said he is also ready for the ordeal to go away. "I said to my team, look, even though this is not usually what the state of Hawaii does," he said. "Even though the Republican governor of Hawaii, the Democratic governors of Hawaii, all the various officials had confirmed that I was born here, let's ask them for a special dispensation where they will go ahead and provide us with the original to see if we can put this to rest."
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