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Why Obama is not first 'imposter' president and won't be the last

(CNN) -- One American president's legitimacy was questioned because he was accused of wearing women's underwear.

Another's qualifications were questioned because he got drunk at an inaugural ball.

A third president didn't belong in office because critics said his rich daddy stole the election.

A recent CNN poll revealed that one out of four Americans doubt that President Obama is a citizen. Many are "birthers" who believe he is an illegitimate president because he wasn't born in this country.

But historians say Americans have long accused their presidents of being illegitimate officeholders for all sorts of dark, and bizarre, reasons.

"Heavens, where do I start?" says David Crockett, an associate professor of political science at Trinity University in Texas.

"No one wants to admit that they got spanked in an election contest. It's always nicer to think the opponent somehow cheated the system. So yes -- Obama wasn't born here, Bush stole the election, Clinton won only because Ross Perot screwed up Bush's [the elder's] chances, Bush the elder won only because he demagogued Willie Horton. ... I could go back further."



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So childish screams of "not fair" or accusations of "he is not fit to be president" are now equal to: The rules say he can not hold the office. ?

Typical blame the internet

Typical blame the internet article without a mention of the Constitution.


Phil Berg, a Hillary Clinton supporter, started this all.
Yet, anyone who questions Obama's eligibility, is some "right-wing racist nutjob".


I know, but I thought it was interesting that 1 out of 4 people don't believe he's a citizen...that's remarkable.That's what caught my attention, not the propaganda they're spewing in the rest of the article.

I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees...