The public battle between President Obama and businessman turned potential presidential hopeful Donald Trump took a surprising turn yesterday with the release by the White House of Obama’s long form Hawaiian birth certificate.

After challenging Obama for weeks to release his birth certificate to settle the controversy as to whether or not he was born in the U.S. and is indeed qualified to be the president Trump still managed to come out on top.

With word that the certificate would be released and that Obama would hold a press conference Trump flew into New Hampshire on his private helicopter and beat the president to the punch by holding his own press conference for which he took credit for forcing Obama to release the certificate.

The issue of Obama’s birth first came not from a bunch of right-ring conspiracy theorists or Tea Party types as the mainstream media has led the public to believe but supporters of Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Up to now Obama has resisted all calls to release the long form certificate by instead producing only a short form certificate of live birth which contained little information that proved without a doubt that Obama was born in the U.S.

Even with the release of the birth certificate that would seem to prove Trump wrong, he still comes out a winner.

He managed to do something no one else was able to do after nearly three years of trying and kept the pressure on by asking for even more transparency from Obama on other matters and hammered the president on his handling of the economy and other issues.

Trump also managed to keep the press occupied and entertained while Obama’s presser was dull and drab, as he called the whole matter “silliness” and accused those of buying into the birther theories as “carnival barkers.”

Of course Obama lover Chris Matthews saw the release as a victory for Obama and spent all but 5 minutes of his show talking about it, even calling Obama “debonair” in how he handled his press conference.

Liberals may think that Obama has now settled the issue once and for all but by calling Trump’s bluff he may have given the GOP an unexpected boost as he will now have to answer for his economic and foreign policy failures among other issues that he won’t be able to so easily dismiss as a “sideshow” and “silliness” just in time for the 2012 elections.