Obama Jokes That He Was 'Born In Kenya'

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Former President Barack Obama joked that he was born in Kenya at his foundation's summit in Chicago.

According to The Washington Post, while speaking at his foundation's summit, Obama took a moment to make a joke at the expense of President Donald Trump -- who claimed for some time that Obama was born in Kenya -- without mentioning him by name.

"The reason I'm so excited to see you all here today in part is because this is where I started," the former president said at the summit. "This isn't where I was born. I was born in Kenya."

As Obama paused for the crowd to laugh, he clarified, "That's a joke."

Obama has joked about the claims that he was not born in America on several occasions. Prior to his presidency, Trump voiced his support for the birther movement, joining others in claiming that Obama was in fact born in Kenya.

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At the 2011 White House Correspondents' Association dinner, Obama poked fun at the rumors, opening his speech with the Hulk Hogan theme song, "Real American," and later playing a clip from "The Lion King," which he referred to as his "long-form birth video."

At one point during the speech, Obama turned his attention to Trump.

"Now, I know that he’s taken some flak lately, but no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald," Obama said during the event in 2011. "And that’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter -- like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?"

According to USA Today, the Obama Foundation's inaugural summit in Chicago featured more than 500 participants, including Prince Harry and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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The former president said that he saw the summit as a "big brainstorming session."

"Our goal is not to present some fixed theory of how change happens," Obama said at the opening of the summit. "Our goal is not ... to pump you with a whole bunch of power point, data and a blueprint for how you are going to go back and do the stuff you're already doing even better. Because, in many ways, we want to learn from you as much as we want to share what we've learned."

He continued, "Our goal here is not to create a political movement. Some of you maybe aspiring to be politicians and I believe firmly in politics. But I also believe that the moment we're in right now, politics is the tail and not the dog. What we need to do is think about our civic culture." 

Source: The Washington PostUSA Today / Featured Image: Pete Souza/White House Archives / Embedded Images: Pexels, U.S. Department of the Treasury via Wikimedia Commons

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