Fed up with the birther circus, the White House says it sought an exemption from Hawaii law that forbids copying or releasing this version of the document.
(Via the White House, click to enlarge.)
White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer writes:
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. 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. They granted that exception in part because of the tremendous volume of requests they had been getting.