And the Birther movement probably traces its roots back to the fact that John McCain was actually born in Panama, but on a US military base to citizen parents. It’s a classic Karl Rove trick to take a candidate’s weakness and use it against a contrasting strength of your opponent.
So that got me wondering. In fact, nearly 20% of our presidents were NOT BORN IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
Well, where was George Washington born?
Not in the United States?
No, because the United States of America didn’t begin until July 4, 1776. That means the first eight presidents, all born before 1776, weren’t really born citizens of our nation until it existed…
Unfortunately, there weren’t any Presidents born before their home state was admitted to the US. That would have been interesting.
Woodrow Wilson was born in Virginia in 1856, shortly before the Civil War, and his family were Confederates. I wonder what might have happened had he been six or eight years younger?
So, next time that jackass coworker or brother-in-law starts spouting birther foolishness, ask him where George Washington was born.