In the last 7 months, we have witnessed the growth of a new species in the United-States: the Birthers.
In short, the Birthers
are just a new kind of conspiracy theorists who claim that the president isn't actually president because he is not an American citizen.
Well, conspiracy theories are nothing new in this country (and elsewhere) and God knows Americans have always loved a good conspiracy (think of the 9/11 Truth Movement
for one), probably more so than any other people.
But this one is different as the claim is clearly tainted with anger, hatred and racism under the disguise of patriotism. (see video below)
The funny thing is that it doesn't even matter whether Obama was born in the U.S. His mother was a U.S. citizen which makes him a "natural born" citizen as required by the Constitution anyway. So clearly this is not about the law but about him being a black man with a funny name.
Well, since you cannot reason with the Birthers anyway, we'd better humor them off as Jon Stewart does so well:
"Barack Obama is not only the United States' first black president --
he's also the first non-American president"