This morning the White House published an article on their blog in response to questions about President Obama’s birth certificate. Along with the article, the White House published the President’s birth certificate on their SlideShare channel.
The White House states:
“…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.”
The birth certificate is clearly one of the most important political documents of our time. President Obama’s staff chose SlideShare as their primary method of distribution of the document. A long time member of the SlideShare community, they knew that publishing the certificate on their SlideShare channel would ensure its visiblity to the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time. They were right. In the first hour of publication, the birth certificate received 110,000 SlideShare views and just under 3000 Facebook likes.
We appreciate the trust that White House staff has placed in SlideShare, and look forward to continued service as a key publisher and distributor of important political and historic documents and presentations.