Trump Takes Credit For Decision To Release President Obama’s Birth Certificate

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Donald Trump is claiming credit for the White House’s decision to release President Barack Obama’s full birth certificate.

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President Barack Obama's long form birth certificate (credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

“I’m really honored and I’m really proud that I was able to do something that nobody else was able to do,” Trump said.

Trump made his remarks during a visit to New Hampshire Wednesday, the site of the nation’s first presidential primary. The visit itself fueled speculation that Trump may run for the White House in 2012.

“I hope [the birth certificate] is true,” Trump said, adding that it will have to be examined by experts.

Trump has recently been featured in a series of television appearances in which he has hammered away at the question of whether or not Barack Obama’s birth certificate is legitimate.

“He should’ve [released] it a long time ago,” Trump said. “Why he didn’t do it when the Clinton’s asked for it, why he didn’t do it when everybody else was asking for it, I don’t know.”

“I am really honored frankly to have played such a big role in hopefully, hopefully getting rid of this issue,” Trump said. “Now we can talk about oil, we can about gasoline prices, we can talk about China ripping off this country,” he added.

Speaking in New Hampshire, Trump said he will not make an announcement about 2012 intentions until after his television show’s season ends in May.

That didn’t keep him from speculating about how he’d fare against the President in the contest.

“I think I beat Obama,” Trump said. He cited recent polls that put him at the top of the Republican pack of potential contenders.

People who spoke with 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria on Wednesday said releasing the document was probably a good idea.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria With New Yorkers Reacting To The Release Of The Birth Certificate

“I think it was about the only way he could respond to a ridiculous non-issue that has consumed far too much time already,” one man said.

Another New Yorker said he hoped the issue would finally be put to rest.

“I hope so because people can focus more on the economy and jobs,” he said.

In a brief but blistering press conference, Mr. Obama took aim at his political critics who have been trying to derail his presidency and his reelection by claiming he wasn’t born in America.

“We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” he said. “We’re not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers.’

The long form birth certificate says the president was born on August 4, 1961 at a maternity hospital in Honolulu. He did not comment on why the document had not been released earlier.

A USA Today/Gallup poll taken last week showed large numbers of voters continued to doubt Mr. Obama was a natural-born citizen eligible to be president. Only 38 percent said he was definitely born in the United States, while 18 percent said he probably was, 15 percent say he probably was born in another country, and nine percent said he definitely was born elsewhere.

“Some right wingers will say this is fake this is not real and contonue bashing the president every way they can,” said Hank Scheinkopf, political consultant.

What do you think of the birth certificate issue? Is Trump seriously thinking about running for president? How would he do if he ran? Sound off in our comments section.

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One Comment

  1. UNC;raw says:

    If Obama was a citizen and had a valid Certificate of Birth, he would have released it prior to the election. Period. Now that he is in office the CIA, NSA, etc. can find vintage paper, vintage ink, and print it. A near perfect forgery.

    If you really think he was born in Hawaii, I have a bridge for sale in New York you may be interested in…

  2. Bob Fowler says:

    I will say this until he goes away…Donald Trump is nothing more than the white Al Sharpton…a clown in need of an audience.

  3. Terry NJ says:

    PT Barnum could learn a thing or three from Trump. This grandstanding buffoon is a disgrace and a racist. I have never seen anyone be so disrespectful of the president of the United States. I sincerly hope he does run for president with Bachman or Palin as his running mate, it will be the best reality TV we will ever see. Then they can all go to the Jersey Shore and hang with thos other class acts, Snookie and the Situation.

  4. Big Nard says:

    How will history look and Trump and Obama? I know how history will label Trump. A grand standing racist.
    Why didn’t Trump attack George W. Bush past while in was in office?

  5. jaypee says:

    Donald I support you. You have these folks worried. keep up the ggod work.

  6. GabGirll56 says:

    Donald Trump is a schmuck and I hate him.
    I hope that he runs for President to see him fall flat on his face!
    We all hate you.
    Oh and BTW, Trump, weren’t you going to show your tax returns???? Why don’t you live up to YOUR end of the deal. Bigmouth???? President Obama sure did. Take that you slithering, white lily livered coward! President Obama showed more class and education that you, Trump.

  7. Wasim says:

    U.S. taxpayers give Billion$ and Billion$ to Israel….more than any other country….seems like Israel is ripping off U.S. taxpayers.

    1. Rodin says:

      True. But what does that have to do with this?

  8. jim jones says:

    reading these comments make me laugh. all these obama lovers. why did it take trump to get some closure to this thing. obama knows he’s on his way out and he’s gonna try anything now to get reelected. so al,l you oama followers keep drinkin the poison. i’ll be getting a good laugh come 2012.

    1. Flynn says:


      You do realize of course the unbelievable amount of conspiracy, collusion, subterfuge and espionage it would have taken for it to have been covered up if Obama wasn’t born in the States, right? I mean seriously — we’re not talking about using bloody photoshop here. It simply would not happen. Given this day and age of modern technology, it would take nothing short of a miracle for that kind of lie to succeed.

      Let me ask YOU something — where is Conservative Watchdog James O’Keefe? If this has been a big coverup, why hasn’t he been on top of trying to crack it? What about the Republican Gov of Hawaii? On the Obama Payroll, do you think?

      Trump has done one thing and one thing only — pushed the birther issue. What has he said about how he’d fix the country? What has he said about resolving the jobs issues or making sure that our kids get the best educations possible…or the seniors of this country, who were the backbone before you and I, are provided for? Not a damn thing. He’s started a smear campaign before he’s even put his name officially in the running.

      Meanwhile, he’s had dozens of shady business dealings and bankruptcy issues.

      I don’t know if Obama’s going to win re-election at this point. To be honest, I’m not sure if I’m going to vote for him or not. But I’ll be damned if I vote to put the welfare of this country into the hands of a man who has had multiple marriages (real nice family values there, slick), is all for continuing to line the pockets of big corporation, and whose own business dealings raise questions about whether he should be handed the country’s

      So laugh all you want there Jim. I’m sure you won’t be laughing for long.

  9. jerseyjoey says:

    Ok, is it real or a fake, any lemming can look at a picture and say its real but come on. Trump you have won a major victory here, why you ask, because the president cowarded and produced a god knows what supposed birth certificate from PR pressure, this is a great exposure of just how weak and easy pushed he is ::also theres 2 wars and a libyan cluster he is supporting, oh and a deficit thats in the trillions and this oxy morron idiot is produceing fake birth certificates, My God, this will make for a good movie or future book deal.

  10. 1608 says:

    Donald Duck & Sarah Lee 2012

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