Saying speculation about whether or not he was born in the U.S. has obscured more important debates like the looming battle over raising the debt ceiling, President Obama today released his birth certificate -- which shows, as he's said, that he was born in Hawaii.
"We've got some enormous challenges out there..." he said in brief remarks in the White House briefing room. "We do not have time for this silliness. We've got better stuff to do. I've got better stuff to do."
And he added, the U.S. shouldn't be "distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers" -- a reference to Donald Trump, who is seemingly campaigning for the presidency by questioning Obama's birthplace. Trump took credit for the release and questioned why Obama didn't "do this a long time ago." He told reporters in New Hampshire that he hopes "it's the right deal..We have to look at it."
Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus called the issue a "distraction," but criticized Obama for talking about it: "Our economy is strained from out of control deficits, debt, and unsustainable entitlements. The President ought to spend his time getting serious about repairing our economy, working with Republicans and focusing on the long term sustainability of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Unfortunately his campaign politics and talk about birth certificates is distracting him from our number one priority – our economy."