After Putting Birther Issue to Bed, Obama Brings It Up During Three Fundraisers

Apr 27, 2011 11:40pm

From ABC News' Emily Friedman and Alicia Tejada:

President Barack Obama wrapped up three fundraising events for his reelection bid by tackling the birther issue head-on — again. 

"My name is Barack Obama. I was born in Hawaii," he said as a crowd of 1,300 stood, screamed and applauded.

Just hours after trying to quash speculation about his birthplace by releasing his longform birth certificate, Obama couldn't resist poking fun at the controversy.

"Nobody has checked my ID but just in case…" Obama said tongue-in-cheek, as he reached into his pocket pretending to reach for his credentials.

But before he could launch into his stump speech at New York's Town Hall Theater, the president was interrupted by two female protesters in the balcony screaming "6 million with AIDS." They were quickly removed by secret service officials.

Moments later, two more protesters in the orchestra section screamed the same chant. They were booed by audience members but allowed to stay when Obama said from the stage, "They can stay they've made their point. If any of the rest of you have something to say let's knock it out right now," he joked.

The Town Hall Theater fundraiser was the last event of the evening.

It was preceded by a dinner at the Fifth Avenue apartment of former Gov. Jon Corzine and then another dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

All three speeches were remarkably similar and hit his usual themes.

"We have to protect the changes we've made," said Obama as he listed all of the changes he's made over the first two and a half years of his administration, from healthcare reform to the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell."

"There is nothing we can't achieve if we're working together. It might take more than one term to get there," Obama said. 

"We have no choice but to get there."

According to a DNC source, all three fundraisers will support the Obama Victory Fund, a joint account of the DNC and the reelection campaign.  The final event at Town Hall included a performance by The Roots, who have frequently played for Obama's events.

The same source says these three events are expected to raise between $2 to $3 million.

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