Questioning Obama's "American-ness"

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I don't want to take away from yave's post on Nancy Pelosi's comments.  It's a must read for those who haven't read it. 

Still, I haven't blogged in a while and I wanted to comment briefly on this latest trend of questioning Obama's "Americanness".  This has taken several forms, from making him out to be a Muslim, as if it were a bad thing, to suggesting he's anti-American, all the way to questioning his U.S. citizenship. 

Jeff Yang has an excellent piece in the San Francisco Chronicle addressing this very issue. 

It's good to see Asian American voices featured prominently in the U.S. migration debate.  In a piece entitled "Choosing to be American" Yang flips the entire equation on those who look to delegitimize people on the basis of the arbitrary territorial lines they were born into. 

Who is more American?  She who is automatically given U.S. citizenship, or she who chooses it?  Go check it out Yang's piece if you have a chance and ponder this very question.


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PL said:

He also called himself a Desi.

Now that was funny.

Obama defies identity politics -- it's the one thing I can appreciate about his campaign and election.

RicTresa said:

I don't get all this, American, deal. It has to be John McCain's doings. He is invoking Gunner Joe McCarthy from the, "Commie under every bush," 1950s era. It's all pretty silly. The sooner J. McCain and his lipsticked pig fade into the woodwork the better our country will be for it.

Just my 3 cents.

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