Former President Obama showed up in Hawaii and joked about not being able to “vouch” for his own Hawaiian birth.
This moment came near the start of a private event that was hosted by the Obama foundation. The event itself was held at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
There are rumors that I was born about a mile from here. I have a birth certificate,” Obama said as people in the audience laughed. “I cannot vouch for the fact that I was born here because I was very small at the time. But people who were there say it’s true.”
This joke made by Obama references a tenet of the so-called “birther” movement, which throughout his mandate questioned Obama’s American citizenship. Even President Trump made remarks about it. However, Trump admitted during the presidential campaign that Obama was born in the U.S.
Obama, who released copies of a short-form “certification of live birth” in 2008 and a long-form birth certificate in 2011 in an effort to fight the rumors, has since cracked a number of jokes about the “birther” movement over the years.
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