Just hours after yesterday's press conference on the release of Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate, he sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey and continued the conversation, the Huffington Post reports.
"Why did you wait so long, though?" Oprah asked the president about the timing of the release of his birth records. "When it first came up, were you thinking, I hope I was born here?" (Read The Root's explanation of why the release took so long here.)
Obama said he didn't have any doubt about his place of birth and re-emphasized that he obtained the document so that the country could focus on more important issues. "I said to my team, look, even though this is not usually what the state of Hawaii does," he explained, "even though the Republican governor of Hawaii, the Democratic governors of Hawaii, all the various officials, had confirmed that I was born here, let's ask them for a special dispensation where they will go ahead and provide us with the original to see if we can put this to rest."
It’s great that this issue is now resolved in the minds of most sane Americans. But now, those of us who were looking forward to the first couple's appearance on one of Oprah’s final shows are just hoping the birth certificate "silliness" (as Obama called it yesterday) didn't consume too much of the conversation.
Watch a segment of the interview the president and first lady conducted with Oprah on Wednesday. The full episode is scheduled to air on May 2.
Read more at the Huffington Post.