GOP Congressman Cracks Birther Joke During CPAC

I missed this yesterday, but The Hill caught it:

A Republican lawmaker made a subtle “birther” jab at President Obama during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), a freshman member of Congress who was born in Puerto Rico, joked that he had a birth certificate to prove his American heritage.

“I am fortunate to be born American, and I have the birth certificate to prove it,” Labrador said at a speech at the opening session of this weekend’s conservative gathering in Washington.

The joke is an allusion to some critics’ suspicion that Obama was not actually born in the United States, and thus, under the U.S. Constitution, is not legally eligible to be president. Obama has produced a copy of his birth certificate showing he was born in Hawaii, a U.S. state.


Sigh, dumb

FILED UNDER: US Politics, , , , ,
Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Ernieyeball says:

    I’m sure some folks could start mailing in the PR jokes now. Of course OTB posters are far too classy for that!

  2. Ernieyeball says:

    Puerto Rico, my hearts devotion…Let it sink into the ocean!

  3. Bob says:

    I believe Mr. Obama’s campain produced a Certificate of Live Birth which is not the same as a Birth Certificate. A certificate of live birth only states that the child was born. A birth certificate is signed by a Doctor who witnessed the birth. There is a difference.

  4. mantis says:

    Oh good, the birthers are arriving.

  5. @Bob:

    Go try and get a birth certificate for yourself and see what you get and report back to us all.

    (Yes, I shouldn’t feed the Birthers, but…)

  6. Herb says:

    Lame. I know a lot of birthers in my personal life. I often defend them as decent, intelligent people who just happen (despite my personal preferences) to be conservative Republican-voters.

    And then they start talking about vault copies of the birth certificate….

    It makes me wonder if I’m doing a disservice to them by defending their intelligence.

  7. EddieInCA says:

    Not to mention the contemporaneous newspaper announcements in the local Hawaiian newspapers of the birth of Barack Hussein Obama. That fact is almost ALWAYS ignored by the Birthers.

  8. Mark says:

    I would have to assume that all of you who insist on lebeling anyone who questions the Obama story as “Birthers” probably have also completely bought into the Michael Mann/Phil Jones/Al Gore/IPCC fabrication of Global Warming/Climate Change AKA “imminent disaster if we don’t shake down someone for money”. At first read I am sure it seems unrelated, but since I have been admonished over and over by the intellectual elite among my acquaintances that “The Science Was Settled”…well, this is ironically similar.
    Doug…..just between us… don’t REALLY mean to pass off a very possibly modified COLB as a legitimate long form birth certificate, or even a copy of one? As a practicing attorney? If you did that sincerely, then the Obama administration has an urgent need for your assistance in the defense of the Constitutional violations and inconsistencies contained within the Obamacare legislation. Carry on…..

  9. MarkedMan says:

    Birther’s don’t ignore the newspaper announcements. I believe the most common notion is that his US grandparents secretly went to Hawaii and falsely posted those notices in order that someday their grandson would have the chance of being a US citizen. The fact that people who were involved in the newspaper industry have confirmed that those notices came from hospitals, not individuals – that is what the birther ignore. And when asked if they have any evidence that the grandparent-secret-mission-to-Hawaii really happened, they basically respond: “Our job is to imagine wild and fantastical scenarios wherein Obama is not an American citizen. It is YOUR job to disprove them, and if you can’t then they must be true.”

  10. “Our job is to imagine wild and fantastical scenarios wherein Obama is not an American citizen. It is YOUR job to disprove them, and if you can’t then they must be true.”

    That sounds about right.

    And now we learn from the above that climate change is relevant as well! Who knew?

  11. mantis says:

    I blame global warming on Obama’s birth certificate. Pretty sure it knocked down the twin towers too.

  12. @mantis:

    Don’t be ridiculous. We all know that the DLC conspired with the Mossad and the IPCC to take out the Twin Towers because they held both copies of Obama’s original Kenyan birth certificate and all the data that proves climate change is a hoax.

    Get with the program.

  13. Mark says:

    @Steven & @Mantis Well look at your ability to now put it all together! You left Soros out of your replies…..would you like me to tee it up for you? Ha! @ MarkedMan Given what all of crazy conservatives and our low opinion of the Lame Stream Media, do you think that we really care what retired local newspaper employees say about birth notices? Last time I renewed my passport, they were not willing to accept a 55 year old newspaper announcement….who knew? It is all about the Birth Certificate!
    Just because I am having fun with this, and for the sake of argument that this has all been a clever ruse by the Obots to discredit all conservatives who would like to see the rules followed; that there really is a long form birth certificate on file that shows he is the son of Barack Obama Sr.; how do you answer the fact that he would not meet the definition of a “Natural Born Citizen” as inconveniently laid out in that old document that is too long to read?
    Please bluster on.

  14. matt says:

    I got my passport and texas drivers license with a COLB weeee….

  15. matt says:

    @mark only in your delusional world does the constitution say that 😛

  16. This whole birther nonsense really cracks me up. A few years ago, I can’t remember why, I needed a copy of my birth certificate (I’m looking at it now). I applied to the State of Mississippi, a well known hive of Kenyan sympathizers and Obama voters, and they sent me a Certificate of Live Birth. Now, it has the doctor’s name and signature, my dad’s name (though no signature), my mom’s name and signature and some other signatures.

    Whatever the reason for me needing this document, this is the proof that I’m a natural born American citizen. If it’s adequate for me, why is it not adequate for our president? He also produced contemporaneous birth announcements from two papers.

    This birther nonsense is pure racism, nothing more. Even Clinton didn’t have to endure this.

  17. Mark says:

    @ Matt….Article 2 Section 1 Clause 5
    @ Robert Can’t speak for everyone of course regarding the racism, but the Obots have gone to such great lengths to conceal ALL of his history and records that it naturally raises suspicion regarding what is being concealed. His policies, beliefs, and actions have caused the massive backlash against him and an extraordinary level of interest in his qualifications; not his race. Regarding Clinton…..hard to know what to say. Hillary’s problem?

  18. matt says:

    “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”

    Yup and his COLB shows him to be a natural born citizen as has been defined in court rulings…

  19. B Steadman says:

    Barack Hussein Obama II was born August 4, 1961 at the Coast Province General Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya and not in Hawaii as he claims. This may explain why he refuses to allow Hawaii to release of a long-form copy of his birth certificate. A high resolution copy of Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate is available for free download at

    The fascinating story of how Lucas Daniel Smith obtained a certified copy of Obama’s birth certificate directly from the birth hospital on February 19, 2009 is included as part of his ‘July 4, 2010 Letter to Congress’, which is also available for free download at the same website.

  20. B Steadman says:

    The Hawaiian Certification of Live Birth (COLB) foisted upon a confused American public by Mr. Obama neither identifies nor bears a signature of the attending doctor and it does not even name the birth hospital. Four (4) different, computer-generated internet images have been released, but not one of them gives the date ‘Accepted’ as it should, but only the date ‘Filed’. Recent, specialized computer analysis of the ‘original’ COLB displayed on DailyKOS shows that there is no indication of a Serial Number present on the layer beneath the black ‘redact panel’, indicating forgery of the document.

  21. matt says:
  22. matt says:

    My COLB shows about the exact same information as Obama’s COLB so according to B Steadman I am some kind of closet Kenyan…

    When I say COLB I mean the real one and not the various fakes being shuffled around the crazy circuit..

  23. Mark says:

    @Matt Nice circular reasoning, but even that is not accurate.
    @ Steadman Thanks for playing…I have read those reports and it amazes me how little recognition it receives. Currently 10 – 11 states have legislation in process to demand full, legal, eligibility tested documentation of any candidate that desires to be on their ballots for presidential election beginning in 2012. If enough electoral college votes are contained in this fashion then the Obots hands are forced. It should not come to that however. Any bets on how many Constitutional laws they are willing to bend or to break to circumvent that?

  24. matt says:

    Dude your claim is patently false. Mombasa wasn’t even part of the DOMINION of Kenya when Obama was born and there’s utterly no reason for his family to make the excessive +100 mile trek when Nairobi is much MUCH closer…

  25. matt says:

    Oops I was wrong it’s +200 miles from his family’s area…