The two are not mutually exclusive of course, and Obama is a native-born American, but nonetheless, the Big Fat Liar said: "Do you know he has not one shred of African-American blood?" .[..] "He's Arab. You know, he's from Africa. He's from Arab parts of Africa. ... [H]e's not African-American. The last thing that he is is African-American."
This, of course, is an outright lie from the party who doesn''t, they say, play the race card.
They doesn't have to: they've got the Rushbo.
It's hard to imagine which a racist might deem more hate-worthy, a black African or an A-rab, Rush's blarting over the radio to 13.5 million listeners, gives them both options to choose from.
The race-baiting lie hides beneath, and piles onto other nasty Republican black-op campaign memes: that Obama is not an American; that he's hiding his past despite his forthright autobiography ("I inhaled, that was the point."); and years of dogged vetting by the media and other interested parties.
We can hear the dittohead "political discussions" echoing 'cross the fruited plain:
Dittohead A: Everybody knows Obama's a nigger- it's plain to see...
Dittohead B: No, Rush said he's a towel-head!
Dittohead C: Wait a minute, I thought Rush said he was a Mooslim...
Dittohead A: If Rush says so: He must be all three! A towel-head Mooslim nigger!
Dittohead B: And he still claims he's an American???
Rush is not the first to repeat this on the radie-yo. Blonde sneer merchant and wingnut sex object, Monica Crowley was guest hosting the Laura Ingraham Show last summer when a caller claimed that Obama is "not really African-American. He's Arab. Forty-three percent Arab, 6 percent African negro, and half white. And that is the biggest fraud being perpetrated on us all." (there's a percentage point unaccounted for here which will surely become a fevered conspiratorial talk radio topic.)
(photo: Monica Crowley)
Crowley, well-known as a "series of tubes," told the radio listeners, "I haven't done the research, I can't verify this but..." (Her ignorance not stopping her, she continued) "according to this genealogy ... according to this guy Kenneth Lamb, Barack Obama is not black African, he is Arab African."
Kenneth E. Lamb is a member of the oxymoronic religious right-wing "intelligentsia," a Pentacostal theologian from Pensacola whose bottom-feeding blog gives cover to conservative media operatives like Rush and Crowley.
(photo: Lamb of Christ)
It started February 14 in his blog when he claimed that "Sen. Obama is actually Arab-American" and that "Mr. Obama is not legally African-American." Lamb cited no research or government documents, but invited readers seeking "proof" of his claims to "[r]esearch the Kenyan records for yourself," adding: "You will find that his father was officially classified as 'Arab African' by the Kenyan government."
Mainstream media debunked that lie long ago, but tools like Limbaugh and Crowley don't require facts to make their insinuations.
Here's some simple Google-'em up research thanks to the Booman Tribune:
Here is the ethnic composition of Kenya, where Barack Obama's father came from (according to the CIA): Kikuyu 22%, Luhya 14%, Luo 13%, Kalenjin 12%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 6%, other African 15%, non-African (Asian, European, and Arab) 1%
Barack Obama Sr. was a member of the Luo tribe. They are not Arab. In fact, the vast majority of them are not even Muslim.
The Luo traditionally believed in an afterlife and a supreme creator, whom they called Nyasaye, and had a strong ancestor cult. Today most Kenya Luo are Christians, and a small number are Muslim.
In fact Barack Obama Sr. would not have been even nominally Muslim if his father (Barack's grandfather) had not converted.
His father, Onyango Obama (c. 1895-1979, buried at Alego), belonged to the Luo tribe and was born Onyango, son of Obama (buried at Kendu Bay, Kenya) and wife Nyaoke, in one of their villages. Before working as a cook for missionaries in Nairobi, Onyango had travelled widely, enlisting with the name Onyango Obama in the British colonial forces during World War I and visiting Europe, India, and Zanzibar, where he converted from Christianity to Islam.
By all accounts, Barack Obama Sr. did not follow in his father's footsteps as an observant Muslim.