In a light-hearted nod to the infamous birther controversy, President Barack Obama and his re-election campaign have released a new line of t-shirts and coffee mugs touting that the Commander-in-Chief was "Made in the USA!"
The "birthers" have long held the belief that Obama is not a natural born citizen of the U.S. of A. and thus ineligible to be president. Obama's birth certificate, released last month to quell the rumor, is featured on the shirts:
Obama said he "can't walk around with his birth certificate plastered on his forehead," so deputy campaign manager Julianna Smoot asked his supporters to wear it for him, according to an email message on Wednesday.
The birther conspiracy theory was given a loud, annoying mouthpiece this year in the form of Donald Trump, who allegedly pondered running against Obama but dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination Tuesday.Analysts say Obama's release of the long form certificate showing the president was born in Hawaii in 1961 was a factor in Trump's non-bid fizzling.
"We do not have time for this silliness," Obama said, calling it a distraction from the real issues facing the nation. "We've got better stuff to do."
Obama then roasted Trump over the issue and others at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, while poking fun at himself as well.
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