President Barack Obama said he decided to release his long-form birth certificate Wednesday because questions swirling around where he was born have become a "distraction" the nation doesn't have time for.
"We do not have time for this kind of silliness," Obama said Wednesday.
The certificate, released Wednesday, says Obama was born in Hawaii, which makes him eligible to hold the office of president. Obama had earlier released a standard short form, but requested copies of his original birth certificate from Hawaii officials this week in hopes of quieting the controversy.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama felt the debate over his birthplace had become a "sideshow" that was bad for the country and political debate.
So-called "birthers" opposed to Obama have kept the issue alive. Potential presidential candidate Donald Trump recently began questioning why Obama hadn't ensured the long form was released.