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The president was born in the U.S.

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President Obama was born Aug. 4, 1961, at Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii.

This week, the president released a so-called "long form" birth certificate, even though the short-form certificate he provided long ago was sufficient proof he was, as he has always claimed, born an American citizen.

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This step should have never been necessary. The president satisfied every legal requirement necessary to run for and eventually win the office of the presidency of the United States.

Those who claimed he was not born an American citizen have never offered a bit of proof. In this country, it's everyone's right to have an opinion and to speak his or her mind. It's not, however, inherent in our Constitution that one's denial of a proven fact makes that proven fact any less proven. Facts are facts whether you choose to believe them or ignore them.

In a press conference on the issue, the president put it well: "We're not going to be able to solve our problems if we get sidetracked by side shows and carnival barkers."

And America has plenty of problems that need tackling. Maybe now we can all be adults and tackle them.

There's nothing wrong with questioning or opposing the president's policies or his politics. The health care plan, the budget deals, Guantanamo Bay -- these are all legitimate issues that need answers. People who think he's done a good job with the economy, the military and the deficit should vote for him again in 2012. People who think he hasn't, shouldn't.

But the issue of whether he's "American" enough is resolved. Let's move on.

The Pioneer Journal editorial represents the voice of the newspaper's editorial board. Today's editorial was written by Steve Schulz, editor and publisher.

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