Saturday, July 11, 2009

Obama Descended from Slaves?

CBC reports breathlessly on the Obama couple's visit to a Ghanaian fort used in the British slave trade, and the reporter says this is significant, since both Obama and his wife are descended from slaves.
Huh? I thought his father came to the US as a student. Moreover, his father was East African, so the claim seems doubly dubious. Maybe his ancestors were slaves to Arabs at some point in history, but pretty surely not part of the overseas slave trade.
Where do they find these reporters?
(Note: I would assume Michelle is descended from slaves.)

UPDATE: A few hours later, the claim has now apparently vanished from the CBC reports.


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