Obama on ‘birther’ controversy: ‘That was crazy’

Obama on ‘birther’ controversy: ‘That was crazy’

President Barack Obama grew nostalgic and paused with laughter Friday while remembering the noisy controversy over his birth certificate a few years ago.

Speaking in New York at an event hosted by Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, Obama was blasting a recent push by some states for stricter voting laws, many of which require various forms of photo identification.

Proponents of the laws argue the provisions help prevent fraud at the ballot box, but critics say they disproportionately affect minority voters, a large swath of whom don’t have state-issued forms of ID.

“Folks may learn that without a document like a passport or a birth certificate, they can’t register,” Obama said. “Just because you don’t have the money to travel abroad doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to vote here at home.”

He stopped to add a clarification.

“And just to be clear, I know where my birth certificate is. But a lot of people don’t,” he said, as the crowd erupted in laughter. “A lot of people don’t.”

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