It was a day of drama and intrigue that played out on live TV beginning with the extraordinary release by the White House of the President's original birth certificate. It was an attempt to silence claims he was not born in the U.S.
It gives the President's full name: Barack Hussein Obama II. His birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii. And the date: August 4, 1961.
President Obama said in a press conference today, "Yes, in fact I was born in Hawaii, August 4th, 1961 in Kapiolani Hospital."
Donald Trump has fighting words as he defies the President.
"The President doesn't know what he is doing," said Trump at a press conference.
Trump was in New Hampshire, the site of the nation's first Presidential primary, when the news broke. He quickly claimed credit for forcing the White House to release the birth certificate.
"Today I'm very proud of myself because I've accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish. I was just informed, while on the helicopter, that the President has finally released his birth certificate," said Trump.
Trump was still speaking on live TV when the President strode into the White House briefing room. The networks broke into regular programming to carry the remarks live.
"I can't get the networks to break in on all kinds of other discussions," said Obama.
He didn't mention Trump by name, but there was no disguising the President's ire was aimed at the tycoon.
"We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We've got better stuff to do. We are not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers," said Obama.
INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent asked Trump about that 'carnival barker' remark.
"He said the people raising this birther question, it's just a sideshow, carnival barkers," said Trent.
"He's going to lose the election. He's going to lose! He's going to lose," said Trump.
"To whom?" asked Trent.
"Could be to me if I run," replied Trump.
And Trump is showing no sign of backing down. Now he's demanding the release of the President's academic records. Here's what he told our Paul Boyd last night at a Celebrity Apprentice event in New York.
"I heard he was a very poor student when he went to Occidental and yet he got into very good colleges. So I say isn't that strange, because if you're a great student you can't get into those colleges," said Trump.
All this, and Trump hasn't even announced he's running for President. Some leading Republicans, including conservative firebrand Ann Coulter say he never will.
"People like tough talk against the President, but I think the main thing is, he's like Charlie Sheen. It's just entertainment," said Coulter.
Trent told Trump, "Ann Coulter says you're not running and you're just like Charlie Sheen! This is all for show."
"Ann Coulter? In three weeks you're going to see. I think you're going to be very surprised," said Trump.