August 9th, 2010
12:30 PM ET
13 years ago

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


 Theories about illegitimate presidents resurfaced again in the early 1960s with John F. Kennedy, the first Irish-Catholic president. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

(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.

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  1. Liberals are poison

    Obama is the only president in history to have paid over $1.7m to have his birth certificate (if he even has one), his passport records, his college application and transcripts, medical records, etc. hidden from public view and scrutiny. And BTW, us conservatives are looking forward to seeing black conservative Republicans take their oath of office for the next Congress in January; so put away your worn out race card, that dog won't hunt anymore. Also, why did both the Obama's turn in their law licenses in Illinois? Something definitely is rotten with them.

    August 9, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    And what is the dropout rate in this country? Idiots come in all economic levels and close-minded poeplewill never accpet their point of view to be wrong.

    August 9, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. All the news that is fit to omit

    The LSM needs top keep[ this going, the story means nothing and could easily be cleared up if an actual birth certificate WAS produced, but that has NOT happened despite what you sheep have been told.

    Really don't care, he is a fraud in so many more ways, like in the way he was selected, elected and always protected by the LSM.

    Hillary was far superior to this never worked a DAY in his life coward and we pay for it every damn day.

    Even Palin had FAR, FAR, FAR, FAR more experience than this campaigner in thief.

    August 9, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. george from alaska

    "well" (as ronnie r has often said) thank goodness one egomanical person doesn't have the position to fall into the presidency. with a false anti-government image, palin is certainly not anti-government. you folks in the lower 48 should know what we alaskans have been aware of from day one. she wants to move our state capital from juneau to her home of wasilla (destroying thousands of juneau families financially) so she can have it next door. does that sound like someone who is anti-government ? does that sound like someone who is "pro-family"? if you think so then you better get back on your psych meds and swallow them down with your putrid tea quick like a bunny!

    August 9, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. grandma

    He certainly has SOMETHING to hide. Why else does he hide ALL his history. Grade school, high school, iniversities,no medical records, no student loan applications lied about being a constitutional professor, there is everything to make us suspicious.

    August 9, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. NC

    The article is correct there is a lack of respect for the President. Some people don't respect themselves or others. As for Palin and other's comments about the President they know how to work the racists and ignorant into a frenzy. Palin lives in a state with a low percentage of minorities and her hate and ignorance followed her to the lower 48. My parents taught me to always respect the Presidency no mattter what party was in the White House.

    August 9, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Linda

    Birthers show that the intelligence level for Americans has reached an all time low. I'm scared for our country - what a joke we've become.

    August 9, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. rdepontb

    I love French fries, Turkish paprika, German beer, Swill chocolate, Mexican food, Italian food, Greek Food, English...Australian lamb, Argentinian wine, Belgian waffles, Japanese cameras, Iranian pistachios, Danish cookies, Canadian bacon....a melting pot, like the rest of this country.

    Got a problem with that?

    August 9, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. normajean

    Once and for all to the "birthers". If any of you had the brains you were born with you would have realized that any one of the candidates for president standing next to Obama would have fought tooth and nail to have him dumped if there had been the slightest possibility that he wasn't elegible to be president.You can be VERY, VERY sure that if this were possible he wouldn't have gotten to the debate stage let alone becoming president . Why don't y'all just realize that you've been had by the big mouths trying anything they can to discredit the president in any way they can. Well. THIS ONE won't work! How many times do you have to be told, before you wake up to realty?

    August 9, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Gaylon Barrow NOT ASHAMED for the truth!!!

    His being a full blown MUSLIM is enough for me.

    August 9, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. sharon

    Racist people are very scared. Pres.Obama is a man with many ethics background. They refused to believed he is an US citizen. They hate to see a man of color in the whitehouse. They will tried anything to discredited him by twisting his words, telling lies and so on. These people are only hurting themselves in the long run.."Blessed are the meek so they shall inherited the earth."

    August 9, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Grog in Ohio

    However, the lack of an effect of noting facts to wingnuts is certainly something new. When certain people cling to their ideology over plain, cold facts, it's a sign of the apocalypse.

    August 9, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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