"The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn't good for the country. It may have been good politics and good TV, but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country," the White House's Dan Pfeiffer wrote in a blog post.
"Therefore, the President directed his counsel to review the legal authority for seeking access to the long form certificate and to request on that basis that the Hawaii State Department of Health make an exception to release a copy of his long form birth certificate," wrote Pfeiffer. "They granted that exception in part because of the tremendous volume of requests they had been getting."
During the 2008 campaign, the Obama camp released a copy of his birth certificate -- the same document that would be provided to any person born in Hawaii. But the conspiracy theories continued.
At a news conference on Wednesday, Obama said that the country doesn't "have time for this kind of silliness."
Check out the birth certificate here.