Donald Trump is taking credit for the White House's decision to release President Obama's birth certificate.
The billionaire businessman and reality TV host, who is mulling a White House run, has risen to the top of many polls in part by his outspoken call for the release of the long form of Obama's birth records.
During a meeting with reporters at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, N.H., on Wednesday, Trump said he was "very proud" to have forced the release of the information.
"Why didn't he do this a long time ago?" Trump said. "Why didn't he do it a long time ago, when Hillary Clinton was asking, when everyone was asking, why didn't he do it? It's shocking."
The certificate says Obama was born in Hawaii, which makes him eligible to hold the office of president. Obama released a standard short form in 2008. He put out the long form in hopes of quieting the lingering questions.
With reporting from The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom
This program aired on April 27, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.