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Eastern Iowans react to president's birth certificate

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On Wednesday morning the White House released President Obama's birth certificate, in response to persistent rumors that he was not born in the U.S. President Obama had previously released an official Certification of Live Birth" showing he was born in Hawaii, but the rumors continued to spread.

It's a movement that questions whether the president is a natural born citizen of the United States. If he wasn't, he would not be eligible to hold the highest office in the country and all of the laws he has signed would be void, but President Obama tried to silence his critics once and for all by releasing his birth certificate.

"We're not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by side shows and carnival barkers," said President Barack Obama.

The certificate says Obama was born to an American mother and Kenyan father in Hawaii, which makes him eligible to hold the office of president.

We went to the streets, with a copy of the president's birth certificate in hand, to ask those here in eastern Iowa what they think.

"If he was born in Hawaii and Hawaii was part of the United States, then yes I do," said Andy Roby of Waterloo.

Others still had their suspicions even after seeing the birth certificate.

Is it authentic I mean is it? He is the president, couldn't he forge documents like some people do? I don't know," said Tameist Davis of Waterloo.

A recent poll shows just how many Iowans question where the president was born. Public Policy Polling surveyed 419 Iowa Republican voters last week. When asked, do you think Barack Obama was born in the United States, only 26 percent said yes 48 percent said no and another 26 percent said they weren't sure.

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