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. BushIf 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.