LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Nearly two-and-a-half years after taking office, President Barack Obama released his long-form birth certificate on Wednesday in response to mounting questions regarding his eligibility to serve in the White House but will the unprecedented move convince voters?

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou asked Angelenos after seeing the document if they believe the president was legitimately born in the United States and whether the evidence will put the controversy to rest.

Most passersby who looked at the document say they already believed Obama was born in the U.S., but many sounded unconvinced that the White House move will do little to sway skeptics.

“I’ll bet you somebody will say, ‘No, I don’t believe it’,” said one man. “There will always be those who look at something and say, ‘That’s not true’.”

Obama spoke shortly after the White House released a copy of the long form of his birth certificate, which contains more extensive data than a version released earlier.

The certificate says Obama was born to an American mother and Kenyan father in Hawaii, which makes him eligible to hold the office of president.

Obama released a standard short form before he was elected in 2008 but requested copies of his original birth certificate from Hawaii officials this week in hopes of quieting the controversy.

Until Wednesday, the White House had insisted that the short form certificate was the appropriate legal document confirming Obama’s birth and no further proof was needed.

The administration’s policy shift may have come too late for many skeptics in the public arena.

So-called “birthers” a pejorative term that refers to a group including Army lieutenant colonel Terry Lakin and potential Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently began questioning why Obama hadn’t ensured the long form was released.

Meanwhile, an advertisement in the Washington Times points to a federal lawsuit alleging Obama may have fraudulently used a Social Security Number issued only to residents of the State of Connecticut.

The newly released certificate is signed by the delivery doctor, Obama’s mother and the local registrar. His mother, then 18, signed her name (Stanley) Ann Dunham Obama.

The form says Barack Hussein Obama II was born at 7:24 p.m. on Aug. 4, 1961, at Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital, within the city limits of Honolulu.

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Comments (22)
  1. Jose Luis Lopez says:

    I thought the Certificate of Live Birth is different from a Birth Certificate?

    and that is what Donald Trump was arguing about.

    1. Skeptic Ronald says:

      It’s not the certificate of live birth..it’s a re-run…

  2. Thomas Bleming says:

    I must admit, I had my doubts
    about Obama’s birth certificate, however this issue, as far as I am concerned is settled, seeing as he has produced this long form certificate.
    A good amount of what these right-winger’s have been saying about President Obama is outright defamation of character.
    Obama’s mother was a U.S. Citizen and that automatically makes him a U.S. Citizen.

    1. George keeping says:

      Georg Keeping April 27,2011: I agree with Mr.Bleming; These so called ADL two streeter’s are a bunch of NUT CASE”S and should look at WHO in their own RANK’S are getting them all up in arm”s about B.S.; maybe one if not all of them are dissatisfied FEDERAL informants?

  3. Skeptic Ronald says:

    I would also like to see the birth certificate of Donald trump..because i believe he is a Martian and was not born on this earth..

  4. sharon says:

    I believe they had enought time to make one up,or they would have shown it right away!!! to me this is very scarry to see what our leaders have become!!

    1. Skeptic Ronald says:

      Oh sharon, you truly are a funny Gal..

  5. Sharon says:

    i believe that our leaders have made one up, or they would have shown it when asked. enough time has lapsed to have made one. with this in mind it is very scarry to see what our leaders have become.

  6. Paul says:

    Donald Trump and the Tea Baggers have absolutely nothing on Obama, that is why the birth certificate issue has been an ISSUE. To think that Trump is hoping to run for president…I’ll pray for our country that he drops that idea.

    1. Skeptic Ronald says:

      If Trump becomes president I am moving to Afghanistan…lol…

      1. icecream says:

        If P.T Barnum…I mean Trump (the chump) became president, with Palin as VP, the Republicans will be happy and Trump will sell this country off to the highest bidder.

  7. OBAMA says:

    They taught me how to cut and paste ya’ll! Now I can continue my endeavor to hope for and change ….NOTHING!!!

    1. icecream says:

      A lot will change, you racist teabagging moron.

  8. rube says:

    Why can’t obama’s supporters remember that it was hillary clinton who ORIGINALLY raised this issue???

  9. OBAMA says:


  10. antichristobama says:

    He is the president… he can have his secretary type up anything he wants in a matter of minutes…. who is to say this is real? 2 years later in office… he can have 5 more social security numbers also at his disposal…. too easy for him… he runs the world, the most powerful person on earth! Bush made that crystal clear… ” saddam, I dont like you, my men are comming to take you out!” LOL

    1. icecream says:

      You left out the part where Bush destroyed our economy.

  11. Thomas Bleming says:

    Bush,Cheney,Obama all have blood on their hands.
    Where is there any change?
    The current ‘boss’ talks nice, but he is just as evil as his predessors.
    Hypocracy knows no limits with any of them.

    1. icecream says:

      Thomas, you probably speak more truth than most will admit to.

  12. Thomas Bleming says:

    Perhaps your’re correct. I never have been one to keep quiet, it’s caused me (at times) to suffer the consequences, especially when I was in the armed forces, however I say what I feel like saying.
    I am proud to say that I did NOT vote for Bush nor Obama.
    As for Donald Trump, he’s just grandstanding and for the time being he’s basking in the sun.
    Palin’s another one that runs off at the mouth and they just seem to revel each and everytime she does.
    I wonder what connection the CFR,Trilaterialists and Bilderbergs have with Obama?
    Bush was/is one of them, so is Cheney.
    I am thinking to vote for Ron Paul in 2012, that’s if we’re still around, seeing as 2012 is fast approaching and what’s transpiring at this very moment, we might not have a country in any sort of shape to worry about who’s going to be elected to the White House or for that matter no other elected post.

    1. icecream says:

      Thomas, I’m still an Obama supporter, but I respect what you say and actually do agree with what you have said. I appreciate that you seem to speak from the heart and not according to the dictates of a political party.

  13. George Keeping says:

    Come on when is everybody going to “SEE” that our president Obama is dancing to( THERE ) tune; just like ( ALL ) the other American Presidents have done after America Helped draft up the blue prints for the UNION of NATION’S. I suggest that all American”a look at the real country in the Middle East that really runs the WORLD Show; and our American President(s); after all President Obama’s last STOP while traveling from Germany was the middle east. And know you no the story.

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