President Barack Obama may be critiqued on a lot of things, but the one thing that’s almost never questioned is his comedic timing. While on his first state visit to Kenya, his father’s birthplace, Obama poked fun at all of the Americans back home who questioned whether he was really an American, CBC reports
“I suspect that some of my critics back home think that I’m back here to look for my birth certificate,” President Obama said in a toast at a state dinner hosted by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. “That is not the case”
In 2011, Obama made his birth certificate public after people who questioned his birthplace, also known as birthers, questioned his legitimacy as president by alleging that he was not a U.S. citizen. However, the document revealed that President Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.
This hasn’t dissuaded the birther crowd from continuing to make outlandish claims. Despite Obama’s birth certificate stating otherwise, they still think that he was born outside of the U.S. In 2013, conspiracy theories about the Obama birth certificate swirled around the Internet when a Hawaii plane crash killed the woman who released it. The issue reared its ugly head again recently when an outspoken Arizona Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, told CNN that he still thinks the president’s birth certificate was a forgery, NBC News reports.
But President Barack Obama has been making fun of this birth certificate drama for quite some time. In his speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2011, Obama said he would not only release his birth certificate, but also his birth video. He then cut to a clip from the opening scenes of Disney’s the Lion King when Rafiki holds Simba up in the air. Hilarious! The video of that Obama speech has over 1 million views on YouTube. He also made some quips about the birther crowd at the Gridiron dinner earlier this year. Looks like it’s just the joke that keeps on giving for Obama.
But the President’s first official state visit to Kenya is no laughing matter, although it was a family reunion for Obama and his Kenyan relatives. Many Kenyans see President Barack Obama as one of their own and have repeatedly called on him to visit their nation. He finally granted their wish this year and they received him warmly, even laughing at his jokes at a state dinner.
President Barack Obama will return to the United States next week.
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