It’s come to this in America.

The President of the United States has been harassed into releasing his “long-form” birth certificate, which was locked away in a vault in Hawaii for 48 years. He requested a copy on April 22 from the state. The President is apparently going to make a statement about it as well – which I’m sure will be a patented “not in anger but in sorrow” special. And here it is:

It says Kenya on it! Sure, as the birthplace of his father. But how do you KNOW they’re not talking about the son, who VERY CONVENIENTLY has the same name.

If you think that the lady in that video up there is going to take this for an answer, well…

Of course, she’s not the target audience for this. The media is.

Donald Trump is taking credit for this release, and in a way he should. It wasn’t until he riled up the crazies that this happened.

…here’s the official statement from Dan Pfeiffer:

The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn’t good for the country. It may have been good politics and good TV, but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country. Therefore, the President directed his counsel to review the legal authority for seeking access to the long form certificate and to request on that basis that the Hawaii State Department of Health make an exception to release a copy of his long form birth certificate. They granted that exception in part because of the tremendous volume of requests they had been getting [...]

At a time of great consequence for this country – when we should be debating how we win the future, reduce our deficit, deal with high gas prices, and bring stability to the Middle East, Washington, DC, was once again distracted by a fake issue. The President’s hope is that with this step, we can move on to debating the bigger issues that matter to the American people and the future of the country.

…Dave Weigel’s probably right, this moves to college records now. There’s no pleasing some people.

I hate to even give this any attention, but here’s the President’s press conference: