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Comic ribs Obama and GOP rivals at Republican gathering

Reggie Brown impersonates President Barack Obama at the Republican Leadership Conference on Saturday in New Orleans.

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Reggie Brown impersonates President Barack Obama at the Republican Leadership Conference on Saturday in New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS — An actor impersonating President Barack Obama mocked the Republican presidential hopefuls and made jokes about the real president's biracial roots to a roomful of conservative activists on Saturday.

The Republican Leadership Conference turned the podium over to impersonator Reggie Brown, who drew raucous applause from GOP supporters when he projected lewd photos of disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York on Saturday.

Brown returned to Weiner when describing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's campaign: "His supporters are dropping faster than Anthony Weiner's pants."

Brown joked about the president's birthplace. Obama was born in Hawaii — "or as the tea partiers call it, Kenya," he said.

The room grew more uncomfortable as Brown turned to the candidates who are looking to make Obama a one-term president.

Brown took a shot at former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who missed the conference because "he's having his foot surgically removed from his mouth."

"Don't worry: It's covered under Obamneycare. Along with spinal transplants," Brown said.

Pawlenty struggled last week after previewing his criticism of Romney's health care overhaul in Massachusetts that was a model for the Democrats' national plan. Pawlenty first called it "Obamneycare," a hybrid of Romneycare and Obamacare. But when given the opportunity to use the term while sharing the stage with Romney at a debate in New Hampshire, Pawlenty balked.

Brown also made jokes about Romney's Mormon faith and polygamy, and Rep. Michele Bachmann's tea party support.

Organizers then cut off Brown's microphone and turned on music.

Comic ribs Obama and GOP rivals at Republican gathering 06/18/11 [Last modified: Saturday, June 18, 2011 8:22pm]
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