Barack Obama’s birthplace has been a source of controversy for a long time. That the question, “Where was President Obama born?” is still being asked is ridiculous, considering how forthcoming the president has been about the issue. Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Aug. 4, 1961. He’s the son of white Kansas native Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr., who hails from Kenya. While conspiracy theories put forth by so-called “birthers” suggest Obama was born in his father’s African homeland, Obama has produced both short- and long-form versions of his birth certificate—tracking down the latter after people refused to accept the former—and proved that he’s a U.S. citizen and therefore eligible to hold the highest office in the land. It should be enough to silence doubters and haters, but of course, they’re still making noise.
Obama’s birthplace controversy has perhaps been exacerbated by the fact he moved to Indonesia in 1967, after his mother had divorced Barack Sr. and married a student named Lolo Soetoro. Because young Barack Obama lived in that Southeast Asian country until he was 10 years old, many have tried to portray him as a Muslim, and therefore some kind of terrorist or threat against America. He’s no more either of these things than he is a Kenyan native, but there’s no convincing some people.