September 9, 2012 in Nation/World

Obama cracks birther joke with boy

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President Obama does the Hawaiian gesture the “shaka” with Andre Wupperman, far left, at Gator’s Dockside in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday.
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ORLANDO, Fla. – 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.

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