At a widely televised news conference designed to squelch the “birther” issue and put to rest a media frenzy stirred up largely by Donald Trump, President Obama on Wednesday revealed his birth certificate and used the opportunity to take a swipe at the media, The Huffington Post reported.
Obama said he decided to release his birth certificate because the issue has been dominating news coverage in recent days, drowning out coverage of important issues such as the federal deficit and national security.
"I can’t get the networks to break in on all kinds of other discussions," he said. "I was just back there listening to [NBC’s Chuck Todd]–he was saying, it’s amazing that he’s not going to be talking about national security. I would not have the networks breaking in if I was talking about that, Chuck, and you know it."
Obama said he knows the birther issue is not going to go away for a small number of U.S. citizens. But he added: "I’m speaking to the vast majority of the American people, as well as to the press. We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do."