By Mark Rhoads, Illinois Review
The headline above is not intended to provoke a debate on exactly where or when President Barack Obama was born. My question is prompted in part by an article written by Tom Roeser on April 24. Suppose we assume for the sake of argument that, as his web site says, Obama was born at the Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu, Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961. No member of the news media has ever seen his original birth certificate but the Obama campaign last fall posted what they said was a certification by Hawaii that such an original certificate of birth does exist in a vault somehwere even though it does not list the place of birth or refer to normal tests given to new born babies such as silver nitrate solution for the eyes, etc. The fact that some of his relatives in Kenya claim he was born there could be due to confusion or faulty memory.
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My question is a little more subjective. Does Barack Obama, President of the United States, see himself as not just a citizen of the United States, but as part of the nationality that is called American?