Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Obama Really Didn't Win the Election? I Knew That Sounded Familiar

Less than a day after John McCain conceded the election to Barack Obama, I noticed what may be a sort of background noise for the entire Obama presidency.

Turns out that there are some very serious people who are convinced that Barack Obama was really born in Kenya. Not Hawaii. So he's not a native-born American. And he can't be president. Because he was born in Kenya. Not Hawaii. I posted about it earlier today: "Barack Obama isn't American: He's Kenyan (?!)" (November 5, 2008).

That post has already gotten one comment from someone who did a little more digging than I did, and fond out what Barack Obama's paternal grandmother really said.

Another comment came from one of the people who insist that Barack Obama wasn't born in Hawaii, and can't be president.

Barack Obama Can't be President: Just Like George W. Bush

If I'd gotten enough sleep last night, I probably would have made the connection earlier.

The people who insist that Obama can't have been born in America, and so can't be president, remind me of another bunch of disappointed Americans.

For years after the 2000 election, I ran into passionate - and generally enraged - claims that George W. Bush 'stole the presidency.' Their 'proof' was generally the Florida voting debacles, and the court decision that Bush won, after all.

The Obama-is-Kenyan crowd most likely don't share the political preferences of the 'Bush stole the election' bunch, but they both have something in common.

The election didn't go the way they wanted, so they've made up a reason why the winner cheated. Silly, but a very human response.


Brian H. Gill said...


Your comment was deleted.

I do not tolerate spam on my blogs.

(This one was so strangely unfocused that I decided to be less than terse. Besides, the version of English used was almost comically warped.)

A comment about "World of Warcraft character," "power leveling" (quite a lot about "wow power leveling"), "glold" and "Gold exchange corporation" clearly has nothing to do with this post.

I suspect the comment as a whole was intended to attract search engines, but: please learn English.

Someone who actually understands English would not use the following sentence: "Cheap wow gold is on hot sale on all servers, especially on American servers."

Brian H. Gill said...

Follow-up on my "wendy" response.

I was intrigued by what seemed a wildly unfocused bit of spam.

I'm familiar with "World of Warcraft," but references to gold and power leveling seemed like one of these financial scams. You know: 'Buy cheap gold now wow million air overnight is you to become' stuff.

I learned something today. "Powerleveling" is a service where you pay geeks to have fun with World of Warcraft, using your character.

Sounds stupid to me, but then I don't have the brains-to-bucks ratio it takes to be interested.

More about powerleveling at Urban Dictionary.

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