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White House calls birther questions a 'distraction'

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 9:56 a.m. HST, Apr 26, 2011


WASHINGTON >> The White House says questions about President Barack Obama's birth certificate are an unfortunate distraction when so many other serious issues like high gas prices are bedeviling the country.

Press Secretary Jay Carney said in response to a reporter's questions Tuesday that most Americans "would be appalled" that White House officials are spending any time discussing Obama's birth certificate given numerous other problems to contend with.

Obama was born in Hawaii and has released a state certification of his birth. Yet significant numbers of Republican voters continue to question whether Obama is truly a natural-born citizen qualified to serve as president. The doubts have been publicized recently by real estate mogul Donald Trump as he mulls over a run for the GOP presidential nomination.


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