Road trip news, rants, and ruminations by the Editors of RoadsideAmerica.com
August 7, 2009
Public support for “Birthers” — people who claim that President Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. — seems to be waning. The final nail in the crusade’s coffin may be when someone sticks a “Birthplace of Barack Obama” plaque in the ground (somewhere in the U.S., of course) and a billion tourist snapshots of it eventually litter the Web, making it true.
That, however, hasn’t happened. According to the web site WorldNetDaily, “the exact location of Obama’s birth is unknown” and “the president has been unwilling to authorize release of the information.” The article goes on to suggest that Obama may choose never to have a birthplace attraction in the U.S. — which would certainly convince us that he’s some kind of radical nut.
No birthplace attraction? That’s crazy talk.
Every President in the U.S. gets a birthplace attraction, even the awful Presidents (although some do better than others). Even George Washington’s mom has a plaque. Can we really feel complete as a nation when we can visit the birthplaces of Andy Williams and Paul Bunyan, and Kool-Aid and the cheeseburger, but not the 44th President?
We don’t know why it’s so difficult to pin down Barack’s birth spot, although the reason may be as bland as some old Obama family embarrassment, not an evil neo-communist conspiracy (birthplaces can be controversial). And it should be pointed out that WorldNetDaily, while an interesting source of news, last caught our attention when it suggested that the Georgia Guidestones were a message from Satan.
Could a President could use all the powers of his office to suppress the creation of a “Birthplace of” landmark? To the little part of our primitive hindbrain that tries to make sense of the Birthers, Obama’s plan to preemptively ABORT his birthplace landmark could be even worse than him being from another land. And he won’t opt to stop the birthplace immediately. No, he’ll wait, so it’ll be a LATE TERM procedure.
Birthers, listen up — stop the silliness and raise your voices in unison to get that Baby Barack Monument built ASAP.