In August 26, 2008, before the presidential election, Michelle Obama spoke before the LGBT Democratic caucus, and made one remark that has been seized upon by a certain faction as evidence that Barack Obama was born in Africa. Michelle Obama said “when we took a trip to Africa and visited his home country in Kenya…” It’s old news, but being recycled.
There is a rumor running around that folks in Kenya are afraid to say Obama was born there, and a great cover up to hide that fact. However, there are no shortage of metaphorical statements like “home country” or “son of the soil” or the remark of the Kenyan ambassador. So there is no reluctance to use metaphors. You will find no one who will say “Barack Obama was born in Africa.” This leads me to believe that the metaphors should not be taken literally. Contrast that to Hawaiian officials who say quite concretely that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.