Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Obama dismisses birther rhetoric on ‘GMA’: The president ‘doesn’t have horns.’


Possible candidate for president Donald Trump. (By Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
President Obama told “Good Morning America’s” George Stephanopoulos that he thinks that birther rhetoric, similar to Donald Trump’s, is politically problematic in the long run.

“There’s been an effort to go at me in a way that is politically expedient in the short term for Republicans,” the president said of questions raised over his birth certificate. “But [that] creates, I think, a problem for them when they want to actually run in a general election, where most people feel pretty confident the president was born where he said he was, in Hawaii.

“He doesn’t have horns.”

In recent interviews, Donald Trump has said he has “real doubts” that President Obama was born in the United States. Trump told Fox News that he will announce his candidacy plans before June.

The president told Stephanopoulos he thinks Americans want the next election to be about serious issues. “My suspicion is that anybody who’s not addressing those issues is gonna be in trouble,” Obama said.

Watch Obama’s “GMA” interview below:

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