Canada Isn’t Really Foreign, But Kenya Is!

This is great stuff.

After a town hall meeting held by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) this week, The Texas Tribune interviewed several people in attendance who were less concerned about Ted Cruz’s birth certificate and more concerned about President Obama’s birth certificate.

“As far as I’m concerned, Canada is not really foreign soil,” she said. Katok said she was more disturbed by Obama’s “strong ties to Kenya,” the African country where his father was born. She also said she didn’t like the fact that Obama did not release his long-form birth certificate during the 2008 race.

Cruz, who recently released his Canadian birth certificate, is at least “up front about it,” she said. [...]

Kerrville real estate broker Sue Tiemann, for example, said she had questioned Obama’s American citizenship and concluded that if he had not been born in this country, he would not be eligible.

Tiemann, who said she has no doubt that Cruz is eligible to be president, acknowledged that party affiliation might have something to do with her evaluation of the circumstances.

“You are always going to have that issue between Republicans and Democrats, [who] always look at it with a different way, a different eye,” she said.

If your father was born in Kenya, and you were born in Hawaii, that’s a problem. But if your father was born in Cuba, and you were born in Canada, who cares? Right? Canada isn’t really foreign anyway. Or so I’m told.

Why are these two points of view so far apart? What could it be? Why do they look at it in a different way, with a “different eye?”

I think I’ve figured it out

He’s blek.

Just in case it wasn’t clear, I don’t care where Ted Cruz is from, but I do find the dissonance on the right to be positively Freudian.

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  • formerlywhatithink

    The twisting and gyrating by the teabaggers to try and dismiss the similarity between Cruz’s situation and Obama’s is hilarious and fun to watch.

    • Treading_Water

      Other than having mixed nationality parents, there’s no other similarity. President Obama was born on American soil. Ted Cruz, not so much.

      • nathkatun7

        “President Obama was born on American soil. Ted Cruz, not so much.” I think you are being overly generous to Ted Cruz. The plain fact is that Ted Cruz was born in a foreign country. His birth certificate says so.

    • nathkatun7

      I am not sure exactly of the similarity you are referring to. President Obama was born in the U.S., unless of course Hawaii is not considered part of the U.S., whereas Ted Cruz was born in Canada and is a Canadian citizen.

      • DetroitSam

        The tea-baggers probably don’t know that Hawaii is part of the United States

  • trgahan

    “..more disturbed by Obama’s strong ties to Kenya..”

    That geopolitical powerhouse of Kenya. That UN Security Council manipulating Kenya. That G8 leading nation of Kenya.

    Yup just more evidence that the Tea Party is totally not racist, just grass roots concern about government spending and fiscal responsibility.

  • drspittle

    Sounds like my Canadian born grandmother wasted her time going through the process of becoming a US citizen.

  • muselet

    Even more amusing is that Righties are already screeching that the Left is hypocritical even to joke about the similarities between Ted Cruz and Barack Obama.

    Righties don’t get the whole concept of humor, do they?

    –alopecia

  • Treading_Water

    Okay, Canada may be a foreign country, but those Canadians sure don’t look foreign. They look just like Real Americans do.

    • nathkatun7

      “…but those Canadians sure don’t look foreign. They look just like Real Americans do.”

      These poor white racist idiots don’t know that there are many Canadians who are not white. My soccer coach, when I was in college in Oregon in the 1970’s, was a Black Canadian. He was blacker than President Obama in that both of his parents were black.

      • Treading_Water

        No way. That can’t be true. The only Canadians that Amurkins recognize are Celine Dion, Paul Schafer, and Dudley DoRight. No way you’re convincing us that Dudley DoRight has even one drop of melanin in his skin.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Cruz, who recently released his Canadian birth certificate, is at least “up front about it,” she said

    Yes. That’s why it’s been well known for years and not just recently been made public.

  • Al Iriberri

    Kenyan born father – SCARY. Cuban born father – shrug….because historically our foreign policy has never been in conflict with Cuban interests. It’s not like his father fought US ally Bautista in the revolution. Wait, he did? Well it’s not like it was a communist revolution. Wait, it was? Well….reasons.

    • hanadora444

      The other day I actually watched some TV yammerer person getting misty-eyed as he told of Cruz Sr. fleeing Cuba to find freedom and get away from that dreadful Castro. Screaming at the TV doesn’t work but I do it anyway.

      • drspittle

        So do I!

  • D_C_Wilson

    Let the excuses begin!

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    Cruz is an immigrant, otherwise he’d have birth certificate from an American state or territory and not one from Canada (the land of universal Socialist Healthcare).
    It’s gonna be fun watching the teabaggers squirm and twist on this one.
    Run Ted Run!…Please!

    • West_of_the_Cascades

      Almost certainly he has a birth certificate issued by the US State Department called a “Consular Report of Birth
      Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America” — it would be in addition to his local Canadian birth certificate. I have one — my parents were US citizens living in Chile when I was born, but I was a US citizen from the moment I was born (just like Ted Cruz). It’s one of the ways of being a “natural born” US citizen … another being born on U.S. soil, like President Obama. So Cruz is not an “immigrant,” and he and the President are both “natural born” (not naturalized) citizens eligible to be president.

      It’s fun to see the teabaggers squirm on this, because it shines a harsh light (as JM says) the real reason for their “concern” about the President’s citizenship.

      • nathkatun7

        “Almost certainly he has a birth certificate issued by the US State Department called a “Consular Report of BirthAbroad of a Citizen of the United States of America” — it would be in addition to his local Canadian birth certificate.”

        We need to see the original long form of this authenticated by liberal experts.

  • Victor_the_Crab

    If the two faced, hypocritical right allows Ted Cruz to run for president, then I want to see Jennifer Granholm do likewise.

  • Lady Willpower

    Just waiting until the TPers learn they can use the word kaffir on us!

    • muselet

      Nah. “Kaffir” has no cultural resonance here, plus it’s a furrin word.

      Besides, the TPers have enough trouble keeping track of the four or five words and phrases they think they can use without causing grievous offense (I seem to recall from a few years back that some of them thought saying “colored person” was the same as saying “person of color”).

      –alopecia

  • nathkatun7

    “Katok said she was more disturbed by Obama’s “strong ties to Kenya,”

    As always, the lazy U.S. media never followed up to demand that she cite evidence to support her assetion of ‘Obama’s “strong ties to Kenya,”’

  • Dennis Collins

    What these fools, and some commenters here also, fail to realize is that by virtue of one parent being a US citizen, regardless of birth place both Obama and Cruz is a citizen. Cruze holds dual citizenship by virtue having exited the birth canal in Canada.
    I here with suggest that the birthers be given free of charge a prepaid certificate for the surgical procedure known as an Optrectomy. This simple procedure results in the separation of the optic nerve from the lower colon thus ending the patients’ continual shitty outlook.