Obama Makes Birth Certificate Joke

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Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Sept. 9 2012 2:33 PM

Obama Asks Six-Year-Old Born in Hawaii: You Have a Birth Certificate?

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President Obama makes the shaka sign (a.k.a. "hang loose") at a restaurant in Orlando

Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages

After a day of campaigning, President Obama stopped by the Gator's Docskide restaurant in Orlando and ordered a beer. When he began working the room and talking to patrons, he came across a table of 10, where he was told that Andre Wupperman, who will turn seven next week, was born in Hawaii, reports Politico.

That was his cue. Obama smiled, and flashed the shaka sign, and then asked, “You were born in Hawaii? You have a birth certificate?” Everyone at the table burst out laughing. (Video embedded below.) Obama’s remark was clearly meant as a dig on birthers, but also “perhaps” on Mitt Romney, notes the Washington Post. The Republican candidate had made his own birth-certificate joke at a campaign event in Michigan last month.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

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