Obama makes birth certificate joke

President Barack Obama points at Andre Wupperman, far left, during an unschedule stop at Gator's Dockside, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

President Barack Obama points at Andre Wupperman, far left, during a stop at Gator's Dockside, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Orlando, Fla.
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

(CBS News) President Obama visited a Florida restaurant Saturday and the pool reporter covering him said he seemed "pretty relaxed". She wasn't kidding.

The president stopped into Gator's Dockside restaurant in Orlando and schmoozed with families who were enjoying dinner.

At one large table of 10, which included five kids, a woman pointed to one of the children, seven-year-old Andre Wupperman, and said, "He was born in Hawaii."

Mr. Obama stopped, flashed a Hawaiian hand sign and used the opportunity to poke fun at an issue he wasn't poking fun at when his critics were hammering him about it.

"You were born in Hawaii?" he asked the boy before following up.

"You have a birth certificate?"

The table erupted in laughter.

  • Steve Chaggaris

    Steve Chaggaris is CBS News' senior political editor.

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