On Wednesday morning, President Obama sought to end speculation that his place of birth disqualifies him from the White House by releasing his long-form birth certificate, which shows he was born in the United States.
Wednesday night, he raised money for his reelection campaign by joking about the "birther" theory that has dogged him since 2008.
“My name is Barack Obama; I was born in Hawaii, I’m president of the United States, and I’m running for re-election," the president said at the last of the evening's three Democratic fundraisers in New York City, according to the press-pool report.
Obama made similar jokes about releasing his birth certificate at an fundraiser at the Manhattan home of former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine.
“Today was a fun day,” he said, according to the press-pool report. “Nobody checked my ID at the door.”
But Obama said that he head reasons for addressing the long-running controversy.
“It was also a serious day because part of what happened this morning was me trying to remind the press and trying to remind both parties that what we do in politics is not a reality show. It’s serious,” he said.
The event at Corzine's home was attended by 60 people, according to a Democratic Party official. About 350 were at a second fundraising event at the Waldorf Astoria, and the third event at Town Hall had about 1,300 people.