By Justin Sink
President Obama was so "irritated" by the controversy over his birthplace that he wanted to hold an "impromptu press conference" when he discovered the long-form version of his birth certificate, his former personal aide Reggie Love said.
Love, the former body man to the president, told UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs that Obama was only dissuaded from the presser by his advisers.
"He wanted to just have an impromptu press conference, just walk in to the press briefing room in the White House and put it down on the podium. And everyone was like 'That's a really bad idea,'" Love said. "But he was very gung-ho about doing it because he was so irritated about it."
“We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do," Obama said.
The release of the birth certificate came after real estate mogul Donald Trump, then flirting with the idea of seeking the Republican presidential nomination, challenged the authenticity of the short-form document previously produced by the Obama campaign.
“Over the last two-and-a-half years, I have watched with amusement. I have been puzzled with the degree with which this thing just kept going,” Obama said.
The delay in producing the president's birth certificate was because, when "your parents don't live together [and] you travel all over the world, documents get lost," Love said.
Love also revealed that Obama played cards to distract himself during the mission to kill terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.
"He was like, 'I'm not, I'm not going to be down there. I can't watch this entire thing,'" Love said. "We must have played 15 hands, 15 games of Spades."