the "birthers" have clamored for -- President Obama's long-form certificate generated at the time of birth, with more details than the short-form summary the president previously had produced.
His failure to make this document public is what the birther movement has used to argue Mr. Obama is not a U.S. citizen. They say the short-form (even though certified by the state of Hawaii) could be a phony document created well after the fact.
The obvious question is why now -- since this has been a "distraction" for a couple years? Trump has been making noise, of course -- though our polling shows a surprisingly high number of people -- 42 percent in April 2010 -- believed then Obama wasn't born here or they just don't know. Those numbers didn't change that much in.
It will be interesting to see if this finally puts the issue to rest --or if the birthers just move onto something else.