There’s been stories going around that Obama is not a ‘natural-born’ U.S. citizen. Total bunk, of course.  A big part of that is racism, but remember, John McCain had to contend with it, too.   No, I think part of it has to do with being born in Hawaii, which has that ‘other/non-America’ aura.  It doesn’t connect to the rest of the United States!  You can’t drive there!  It’s got exotic-looking people!  When I was growing up, it wasn’t unusual for tourists to refer to the Mainland as ‘The States’ (you still hear it a little bit, but usually from people over 60).   Even now, when Hawaii has almost every chain store imaginable, and Island icons (Hawaiian Tel, Longs) are being taken over, people can get starry-eyed when you say you are from Hawaii.

I’m actually surprised that the conspiracy nuts just don’t say Obama is lying about his age.  If he was born 3 years earlier (1958), Hawaii would have been a territory, not a state (yeah, still faulty reasoning, but marginally more plausible.)

In other local boy news, let’s hear it for Eric Shinseki!  Shaka, brah!