President Obama releases his Hawaii birth certificate

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the nation's problems can't be solved if leaders get distracted by what he calls "sideshows and carnival barkers."

He says that's why he's released his Hawaii birth certificate today -- hoping to put to rest the questions about his birthplace raised by potential GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and others.

Trump says he's proud to have played a role in getting Obama to release the certificate.

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