Real estate mogul (and possible presidential candidate) Donald Trump says he is the reason that President Obama released his birth certificate and is “honored” to play a role in putting the issue to rest.
Celebrity Apprentice’s Donald Trump has enjoyed playing into the conspiracy theories surrounding President Obama’s place of birth and birth certificate — which has helped his cause as he ponders whether he will run for president in 2012. The White House decided to release President Obama’s birth certificate (see photo below), and Mr. Trump took full credit for it.
“Today I am very proud of myself because I have accomplished something that no one else has accomplished,” Trump told reporters. “He should have done it a long time ago… when the Clintons asked for it. I am really honored, frankly, to have played such a big role in hopefully, hopefully, getting rid of this issue.”
He goes on to say he wants to examine it and “hopes it’s true.”
President Obama, however, has more important issues on his mind. “We don’t have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do,” Obama said during a press conference at the White House.
“I’ve been puzzled at the degree this thing kept on going,” Obama said. “We have had every official — Democrat and Republican — confirm that I was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961.”
Trump hasn’t made anything official as far as his possible presidential run in 2012, however, that didn’t stop his friends from making fun of him about it at his Comedy Central roast. “[Trump] shouldn’t be running for anything except to get a new stylist for his hair,” Lisa Lampanelli joked.
Watch Donald Trump’s statement on the Obama birth certificate here: