Obama tells ‘birther’ joke, asks young boy if he has birth certificate

President Obama poked fun at conspiracy theories which question whether he was born in the United States during a campaign stop in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday.

The president made a stop at a local sports bar, Gator Dockside, where he made the rounds, speaking to patrons, according to a White House pool report.

At one table, Obama was told by an adult that a young boy at the table was “born in Hawaii.”

{mosads}“You were born in Hawaii? You have a birth certificate?” the president asked, as the table broke into laughter.

Pool reports said the young boy, Andre Wupperman, will turn 7 next week.  He lives with his family in Orlando.

The president has joked about the conspiracy theories surrounding his birth before, but his campaign has been critical of comments from others. 

Last month, the Obama campaign sharply criticized GOP opponent Mitt Romney after he made a “birther” joke during a campaign rally in Michigan. 

I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born. Ann was born in Henry Ford Hospital. I was born in Harper Hospital,” Romney had said. “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate.”

The GOP candidate said he was only trying to inject some “levity” into a long and contentious campaign, and had repeatedly said Obama was born in the U.S.

The Obama team, however, quickly leaped on the remarks, releasing a web video saying that “America doesn’t need a birther-in-chief.”

“Holding out hope Romney had a vision for the middle class?,” the narrator said in the video. “Think again. Embracing unfounded conspiracy theories, distracting from real issues. America doesn’t need a birther-in-chief.”

The White House has released Obama’s long-form birth certificate which shows he was born in Hawaii.


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