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Barack Obama opened last night’s White House Correspondents Dinner – an annual chuckle-fest with D.C. reporters and pop culture celebrities – with a pair of jokes and a wink about his supposed Hawaii birthplace.
He began with more veiled joke alluding to April 28 of last year, when the White House released to the press a copy of his purported long-form birth certificate, a move prompted in part by calls from Donald Trump to see evidence of Obama’s eligibility to be president.
“My fellow Americans, we gather during a historic anniversary,” Obama said. “Last year at this time, in fact on this very weekend, we finally delivered justice to one of the world’s most notorious individuals.”
Video screens in the room then flashed a photo of Trump.
Obama then explained he was advised to “reintroduce himself” to America.
“My name is Barack Obama. My mother was born in Kansas. My father was born in Kenya. And I was born, of course,” the sitting president said with a mischievous, knowing wink, “in Hawaii.”
The White House continues to point to the released document as proof of Obama’s birth in Hawaii, despite dozens of lawsuits and an investigation by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio suggesting Obama’s eligibility is no laughing matter.
Several of the lawsuits contend that even if Obama was born in Hawaii, his birth to a British national father and admitted dual-citizenship status mean he cannot fulfill the “natural born citizen” requirement to be president spelled out in Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution.
And as WND reported, an investigation by Arpaio concluded probable cause to believe the document submitted by the White House as a copy of Obama’s birth certificate is, in fact, a forgery.