(TheBlaze/AP) — 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. According to the Associated Press, one of the adults pointed to one of the boys– 7-year-old Andre Wupperman of Orlando– and informed the president that he was born in the president’s native state of Hawaii.
The president, seemingly delighted, 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 added 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, reportedly broke up laughing.
When Mitt Romney made a birther joke in late August, the Obama campaign quickly released a video saying Mitt Romney was “distracting from real issues.”
Obama campaign manager Jim Messina added in a mass email that the joke marked a “new low for Mitt Romney.”
This post has been updated.