Nightly News   |  April 27, 2011

Obama birth certificate—signed, sealed, delivered

Saying he'd had it with the "sideshows and carnival barkers" of the so-called birther movement, President Obama on Wednesday released his official long-form birth certificate, but evidently for some it was still not sufficient proof to put the issue to rest. NBC's Savannah Guthrie reports.

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>>> good evening. there are people who remember his mother when she was pregnant and living in hawaii . there are people who remember seeing him as a baby in the nursery in the hospital right after barack obama was born in hawaii on august 4th , 1961 . but because there have always been doubters demanding more and because one of them is famous and loud and named trump, today, president obama offered further proof of his american birth. the long-form birth certificate showing the particulars, and while the president acknowledged it still won't be enough for some, he told the american people today, we don't have time for this kind of silliness, as he put it. white house correspondent savannah guthrie starts us off tonight. good evening.

>> reporter: good evening, brian. the president's personal lawyer had to get a special legal exception from hawaii to get the document and then travel physically to hawaii to retrieve it. aides say this is a side show and a fake controversy, but this was kind of creeping into the ma mainstream. today, the president decided enough was enough.

>> yet, this thing keeps on going.

>> frustrated that a conspiracy theory about where he was born refuses to die.

>> yes, in fact, i was born in hawaii , august 4th , 1961 .

>> the president tried again today to put the issue to rest.

>> we're not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers.

>> reporter: the white house today released the long form of the president's birth certificate , hoping to disspell a rumor dating back to the presidential race that mrmr. bomb ozwas born somewhere other than america. in june 20008, they posted the official birth certificate on the internet, and news clippings also surfaced showing his birth announcement in the honolulu news paper. still, some doubters said the only sufficient proof would be the long-form department kept by the hawaii department of health and by law unavailable for public release, even to obama himself.

>> because if he's not born here, he is not president.

>> the argument got new life when donald trump started pushing it as part of his possible presidential campaign . today, trump claimed credit for the birth certificate 's release.

>> today, i'm very proud of myself.

>> reporter: but said closer inspection was needed.

>> we have to see is it real, is it proper, what's on it? but i hope it checks out beautifully.

>> when nbc's ron allen tried three times to show the document to trump --

>> why don't you take a look at it?

>> reporter: he was ignored. a recent poll showed two thirds of republicans question the president's birth place, and though he's tried to laugh it off at times --

>> i happen to know my approval ratings are still very high in the country of my birth --

>> reporter: the president has grown increasingly tired of the issue. with nbc's brian williams last year.

>> i can't spend all my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead.

>> reporter: today, the cable tv split screen gave way to the president who played his trump card .

>> we live in a serious time right now, and we do not have time for this kind of silliness. we have better stuff to do.

>> reporter: at that moment, the real president sounding a lot like that hollywood one.

>> this is a time for serious people, bob, and your 15 minutes are up. my name is andrew shepherd , and i am the president.

>> reporter: traveling to chicago later for an appearance on oprah, the first lady weighed in.

>> he was born here.

>> reporter: well, i was actually given an opportunity to look at this birth certificate today. i felt the raised seal, i saw the names, the date, the place of birth. so mr. trump is saying there's a lot of revelations thanks to him, but the fact remains as it has with the short-form certificate as it has for years, the president was born in honolulu, hawaii .