The Straits Times
Published on Sep 09, 2012

Obama cracks jokes on campaign trail in Florida


ORLANDO (AFP) - United States (US) President Barack Obama was winning laughs at a packed restaurant on the campaign trail Saturday, where he was introduced to a boy born in his home state, Hawaii.

At a bustling eatery Gator's Dockside, the incumbent president sidled up to a table of 10 people including five children, at which a woman signaled to Mr Obama that one youngster was born in Hawaii.

"You were born in Hawaii? You have a birth certificate?" Mr Obama joked to the boy, whose table burst into laughter.

The US president long has been a target of "birther" theorists who have suggested his Hawaii birth certificate was a fake, and he was perhaps ineligible for high office.