The unexpected reference to birth certificates drew a surprisingly enthusiastic response from the DNC crowd. The context was Presdent Obama talking about his ancestors in Kansas, who settled there 200 years ago, and may not have had birth certificates.
Birth Certificate as unifying theme
I was surprised at the strength of the reaction to Obama’s words. Maybe a chuckle, I would have thought. Obviously Obama and his speechwriter had a better handle on the crowd’s sentiment than I. The crowd knew that Donald Trump was a birther, and they resented it. It perhaps tied into the experience of some of them with racial profiling, and the new voter ID laws which solve no real problem, but place a burden on minorities and the elderly. Barack Obama humiliated Donald Trump in 2011 on this issue, and he is not letting Trump off the hook now in 2016. We may just see the birth certificate issue as one of the things that pulls Democrats together in support of Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump.
Watch the video, starting around 36:40.