A clip from a recent on-air exchange between MSNBC correspondents is creating the impression that at least someone at the left-leaning news network has doubts about the authenticity of Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

Host Joy Reid began the conversation regarding an ongoing conference in Africa, noting that the “White House is clearly, I would assume, hoping that this will be part of the president’s legacy, given his background.”


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Chris Jansing took the connection between Obama and Africa a sizable step further, apparently siding with a large number of Americans who believe he was born on that continent.

She cited “the fact that he’s from Kenya and the fact that when he was elected there were expectations on the African continent that he would do great things for them” as a reason the summit might hold significance with him.

Later in the program, however, after she was apparently chided off-camera, Jansing walked back her earlier statement.

“Obviously, to clarify, I misspoke at the top before,” she said. “It is obviously the president’s father who is from Kenya and you clarified that.”


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She concluded by asserted that Obama “has a real connection and there has been great expectation that great things can happen with this president and the African continent.”

While Obama is touted as a veritable expert on African relations, an address by Joe Biden at the summit this week included the latest in a series of flubs by the gaffe-prone vice president. Speaking about the potentially bright economic future available to the continent, he referenced the nonexistent “nation of Africa.”


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