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Obama impersonator ousted from GOP meeting

NEW ORLEANS -- A Barack Obama impersonator was ushered off the stage after he mocked the Republican presidential hopefuls and joked about the real president's biracial roots in a room full of conservative activists yesterday.

Impersonator Reggie Brown drew raucous applause from the Republican Leadership Conference when he projected lewd photos of Rep. Anthony Weiner, the New York Democrat who just resigned after the furor over his sexting scandal.

Brown later played up the mass exodus of Newt Gingrich's campaign advisers and said Gingrich's supporters "are dropping faster than Anthony Weiner's pants." The audience grew more uncomfortable when Brown turned to more popular presidential contenders.

The impersonator took a shot at former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, saying Pawlenty 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 has struggled this week after previewing his criticism of former Gov. Mitt Romney's health care overhaul in Massachusetts that was a model for Obama's national plan. Pawlenty first called it "Obamneycare." But when given the opportunity to use the term while sharing the stage with Romney during a debate Monday in New Hampshire, he balked. Pawlenty later said it was a mistake not to offer a stronger criticism.

The impersonator joked about Romney's Mormon faith and Rep. Michele Bachmann's tea party support.

Organizers then cut off the mic and turned on music.

According to The Washington Post, the president of the GOP group, Charlie Davis, said he showed Brown off the stage. "He was funny the first 10 or 15 minutes," Davis told the Post, "but it was inappropriate, it was getting ridiculous."

The jokes came a day after former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour urged Republicans to stay focused on a message about jobs and the economy.

Brown opened his routine with jokes about Obama's biography as the son of a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya. He also joked about rumors of the president's birthplace.

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