Why they did this is completely beyond me. The birther debate was nothing but an advantage for Obama. Most Americans believe he was born here and/or don't give a shit, and every time Trump and his ilk opened their mouths about it, they looked more and more crazy, irrelevant and/or racist. Sure, it was "a distraction," but politics is all distractions. By releasing this version of the birth certificate, they've legitimized these nutjobs in one fell swoop. They've made Donald Fucking Trump look like he put the screws to the president and forced his hand.
In a news conference Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump claimed credit for forcing Mr. Obama’s hand, saying that “I feel I’ve accomplished something really, really important.” But he said the document released Wednesday would have to be examined for authenticity.
"I hope it’s the right deal,” he said. “We have to look at it. A lot of people have to look at it. I hope it’s true, and the reason I hope its true is because we have real problems in this country."
Now this moron is the guy who gets to declare if the president is legitimate. Ugh.
Listen to this CNN reporter describe the "controversy":
"...Everyone asking why the president had not produced this... There had been so many questions about whether or not the president was actually born in the United States."
No, everyone was not asking that, there were not "so many questions." Only stupid, crazy, and racist people were asking these questions. And now they all look sane. Well played.