TICKER: Obama jokes to 7-year-old from Hawaii: ‘You have a birth certificate?’

It’s that birther thing again.

President Barack Obama  was at an Orlando sports bar, snapping a University of Florida Gators’ sign,  sipping a pint and working a crowd when he walked up to a table with five  children. One adult pointed to one of the boys, 7-year-old Andre Wupperman of  Orlando, and informed the president that the boy was born in Hawaii, the  president’s native state.

Delighted, the president greeted the boy with a “shaka” sign, the pinky and  thumb gesture typical of Hawaiian culture. The boy gestured back.

“You were born in Hawaii?” the president said. Then he asked teasingly: “You  have a birth certificate?”

The patrons at Gator’s Dockside, clearly aware of the discredited claims that  Obama was not born in the United States, broke up laughing.

But It appears that when it comes to birther jokes, there are political  rules about who is entitled to make them.

Last month, Obama’s presidential rival, Mitt Romney, caught a blast from the  Obama campaign when he was campaigning near his own Michigan birthplace and  quipped that “no one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate.”

Romney later insisted the remark was just a joke and not meant to question  Obama’s citizenship. But Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt denounced the  remark.

This time, Obama aides helped flesh the joke out. They made sure reporters  with the president knew the young boy’s name, age and residence.

NY News Daily

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