I'd also note that there are African Americans who have questioned Obama's place of birth. The fact of the matter is that people's impressions that Obama is "foreign" have nothing to do with his nationality (no-one has managed to produce any credible evidence that he was born in Kenya, while he has produced various pieces of evidence that he was born in Hawaii), but his background. His father was Kenyan, black African, not African-American, and so he does not share the "black experience". From the age of 2 to the age of 10, he was raised in Indonesia. These things lead to people thinking he is 'foreign'. They do not however make him legally foreign.Western politics today is largely personal, not a matter of policies, and so political talk has become personal talk. It is largely a matter of popularity, of "I like so-and-so", not, "I think he policies will help make this country strong." As a consequence of this, all political criticism in some quarters is seen as personal criticism. Such woolly thinking is found on right and left, among Fundamentalist Christians and postmodernist atheists, and is all a capitulation to a poorly-understood Postmodernism. For you see, one does not by denying the possibility of intellectual error make things better, but a lot worse, for if all opinions are equally valid, then the only kind of error that is left is moral error, and so the person who disagrees with you must be evil, for otherwise he would agree with you. And this works its way down to the least jot or tittle of opinion in such movements as King James Onlyism.
You make excellent points.Thank you for reading and for sharing your thoughts.