Obama Comic Under Fire
It was supposed to be a night of fun for some of the world's top political leaders. But this presidential impersonator's comedic endeavor got him booed, and eventually, kicked off the stage.
Reggie Brown was hired to entertain the crowd at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans over the weekend. But some found Brown's cracks highly offensive.
"My favorite month is February, black history month. You see, Michelle celebrates the full month, and I celebrate half," Brown joked. "My father was a black man from Kenya, and my mother was a white woman from Kansas. So yes, my mother loved a black man, and no, she was not a Kardashian."
Both cheers and jeers followed the zingers.
In an interview with Paul Boyd, Brown responded to allegations that the jokes went too far.
"I share pretty much the same genetic make up as the president. My mother's white and my father's black. I don't think I crossed any sort of racial lines delivering my material or else I wouldn't have done it," said Brown.
But the plugged was pulled only after Brown tore into the Republican party's top stars, including presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Michelle Bachman (both of whom were in attendance), and Mitt Romney, who is Mormon.
"He might make a good president, along with his first lady, second lady, third lady," Brown said of Romney.
Suddenly, Brown's microphone was turned off. An organizer strode on stage to escort him off.
30-year-old Brown worked as a waiter in Chicago before he became a professional Obama impersonator.
Now, he has a sense of humor about getting the hook.
"Let me be clear: that was not me. Joe Biden wrote my speech!" Brown joked.