They would have had to make him up if he didn't really exist.
And even then they still make him up.
Yeah, I doubt they would care if it had been somebody such as Kweisi Mfume or Chaka Fattah since they were Frizzell Gerald Gray and Arthur Davenport before they took up the furren sounding names. There would probably have been some inner comfort in that.
Barack Obama has always been Barack Obama.
And what's worse, his father was from Kenya. he even has relatives back in Kenya.
And they are of the Kitchen Toto variety, not the Happy Valley crew, which means Barack is definitely NOKD.
Even if Barack was born on US territory (and a US citizen because of that fact), not only does he sound furren--he kinda looks furren. Kweisi and Chaka might sound furren, but deep down they aren't REALLY Africans. If they wear African clothing (e.g. a dashiki or kente cloth), it could be taken as dressing up.
But, if Barack Obama wears Kenyan garb--expect a shit storm.
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The reality is that the hatred of Barack Obama goes beyond racism and goes into xenophobia and ignorance, since there are far more Christians in Kenya than Muslims.
So, just think of the relief if the person who had become president had been Kweisi Mfume or Chaka Fattah since they may sound furren, but deep down they are as American as well, Barack Obama.
Then again, it could be the right wing loonies' alzheimers is kicking in and they keep hearing "Obama Papa Mau Mau" in their heads.