Former President Barack Obama raised eyebrows during a speech he delivered in Kenya last week.
“Now, three years ago, I visited Kenya as the first sitting American president to come from Kenya,” Obama said a little over five minutes into a July 16 speech that was broadcast live on Kenya CitizenTV.
The statement was met with loud cheers from the crowd.
“And when I was president, it was a little bit harder to get up here, ’cause my plane didn’t fit,” he continued. “Today, I’m really coming as a brother, as a citizen of the world, as someone with a connection to Africa.”
During his presidency, there were some who believed Obama was born in Kenya and was not eligible to be President of the United States. The media dubbed this group as “birthers.” Birthers also believe Obama attended college in the United States as a foreign student.
In 2012, Donald Trump realeased a video that began with him saying, “President Obama is the least transparent president in the history of this country.” Trump went on to offer Obama a “deal” that he said Obama cannot refuse. “If Barack Obama opens up and gives his college records and applications, and if he gives his passport applications and records, I will give to a charity of his choice — inner city children in Chicago, American Cancer Society, AIDS research, anything he wants — a check immedietley for five million dollars.”
Obama did not take the “deal” and his records remained sealed, something that has fueled the fire of those who question Obama’s origins.
Watch Obama say he he was the first American president to come from Kenya here: