Will Obama's releasing a longer version of his birth certificate satisfy Donald Trump, et al.?
"The White House set the process into motion last week — a decision that aides said the president made himself. Saying the “fake issue” had become a distraction, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said the president hopes to defeat the controversy by addressing it directly.
On Thursday, White House counsel Bob Bauer asked Obama’s personal lawyer, Judith Corley of Perkins Coie, to contact the Hawaii Health Department. After returning Friday from a two-day trip through California and Nevada, Obama signed a letter to the department requesting a waiver of department policy to release his long-form certificate. Since the mid-1980s, the state has provided only short-form certificates, Bauer said.
Loretta Fuddy, the state health director, responded to Obama in a letter Monday saying she will grant an exception given “your status as president of the United States.”
“We hope that issuing you these copies of your original certificate of live birth will end the numerous inquiries received by the Hawaii Department of Health to produce this document,” Fuddy wrote. “Such inquiries have been disruptive to staff operations and have strained state resources.”