Daniel Hannan
August 4, 2009

A surprising number of Americans believe that Barack Obama was not born in Hawaii, and that records of his birth certificate have been forged. See, for example, this clip, in which a Republican congressman tries to calm a sceptical audience.

A thought occurs. If the forty-fourth president was indeed, as the “birthers” aver, born in Kenya in 1961, he would have been born a British subject. Perhaps his entire career is a clever scheme to bring the colonists’ rebellion to an end and revoke the Declaration of Independence.

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