In an interview with Oprah Winfrey set to air Monday, May 2nd, 2011, President Obama addressed the release of his long form birth certificate just hours after the White House disclosed the document.
“Why did you wait so long, though?” Oprah asked the president about the timing of the release of his birth records. President Obama responded, “So we can’t be distracted by sideshows and carnival barker.”
The President told Oprah that while he was dealing with the budget debate, “the biggest news was this birth certificate thing.” President Obama also said he wanted to put the “silliness” to rest.
President Obama discusses the release of his long form birth certificate, saying the controversy over his birth has became a “sideshow” to real problems facing the nation.
“Normally I would not comment on something like this,” the president said. But the country has “some enormous challenges out there” and that it will not be able to effectively meet “if we’re distracted. We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” Obama told reporters at the White House. “I’ve been puzzled at the degree to which this (story) just kept on going.” Watch the video below:
A Southern California Republican party official is under fire after sending an offensive email depicting President Obama as a monkey.
The OC Weekly obtained the email with the controversial photo, which shows the president’s face superimposed over the head of a baby chimp in a chimp family photo. The caption beneath the picture read, “Now you know why no birth certificate.”
Marilyn Davenport, a tea party activist and elected member of the central committee of the Republican Party of Orange County, sent the email and said she has no plans to resign. Davenport said she found the picture amusing because of the questions surrounding the president’s origin of birth.
“I’m sorry if my email offended anyone, I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth,” she wrote to committee members. “In no way did I even consider the fact he’s half black when I sent out the email. In fact, the thought never entered my mind until one or two other people tried to make this about race.”
Last night, President Obama was caught on an open mic at a closed-door fundraiser in Chicago blasting the Republican’s efforts toward a budget deal that nearly shut down the government. CBS Radio News White House correspondent Mark Knoller listened in to this audio feed of President Obama’s conversation with donors after other reporters traveling with the president had left the room.
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama took part in a painting project at a school in Washington to celebrate and honor MLK day on Monday. It was also Michelle Obama’s birthday. Happy B-Day First Lady Obama!
President Obama addressed a crowd of 26,000 people at a memorial in Tucson, Arizona and urged Americans to rise above partisan politics. In addition, he made a surprise announcement that Gabrielle Giffords opened her eyes for the first time.