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Upon meeting a child Saturday who was born in Hawaii, President Obama joked about the boy’s birth certificate.

Mr. Obama, on the campaign trail in Florida, made an unannounced stop Saturday night at Gators Dockside, a sports bar/restaurant in Orlando. While greeting people at the establishment, he encountered a family of 10 at a large table.

A woman at the table pointed to a young boy in their group and told the president, “He was born in Hawaii.”

Mr. Obama’s face lit up, according to pool reporters traveling with him, and he made a hand sign — “presumably a Hawaiian sign,” the pool reporter said — to which the boy returned.

Then Mr. Obama said to the child, “You were born in Hawaii? You have a birth certificate?”

The table burst out laughing.

The president, of course, was born in Hawaii but his birth certificate’s authenticity has been questioned by conservatives.

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