President Barack Obama reminisced about the conspiracy theories surrounding his birth certificate during a speech at the National Action Network convention in New York City Friday afternoon. Obama referenced the doubts about his citizenship that led him to release a copy of his birth certificate in 2011 while criticising voter I.D. laws that require people to present documentation like passports and birth certificates to vote.
“Just to be clear, I know where my birth certificate is,” he added.
Obama then began to laugh.
“You remember that? That was crazy,” said Obama. “Haven’t thought about that in a while.”
Obama’s speech focused on voting rights. He cited a “recent effort to restrict the vote” that he said was “led” by the Republican Party.
“Not only is it ultimately bad politics, I believe it ultimately harms the entire country,” he said.
Obama said the “right to vote is threatened today in a way it has not been” since the passage of the Voting Rights Act and called on Congress to update that legislation.
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