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New ‘Hawaii 5-0’ proves informative to those who still think Obama is foreign-born

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Tired TV remakes are not a reason to be happy about the new TV fall season. Yes, Hawaii 5-0 was a show on CBS. People committed crimes, and Dano had to “book ’em” at the end of each episode.

Then when we got tired of that, CBS sent Tom Selleck and his mustache to Hawaii to solve even more crimes. His wardrobe meant he was different, but at the end of the hour, the bad guys were caught.

Now, the theme music is sped up, and there are many more explosions in the “5-0” remake, but the bad guys still get caught in time for the late local news.

But having “Hawaii 5-0” on the TV schedule is good news for President Barack Obama. After all, during the original show, Hawaii was barely a state. And information was a lot slower, so a number of people’s first impression (beyond Pearl Harbor) of Hawaii came from the TV show.

In 2010, we can find out about Hawaii from travel shows, Web sites, YouTube videos, and of course, from the president of the United States, our first president born in the Aloha state.

Birthers, those who believe (despite mounting evidence) that Barack Obama was born outside the United States, were a bit confused about Hawaii. The flags they wave have had 50 stars since 1959, but perhaps they don’t pay attention to their own flags.

Of course, their first exposure to Alaska was probably another CBS show, “Northern Exposure.” That program showcased a number of eccentric characters, including the neurotic New Yorker. Yet, Alaska is more accepted as being a state than Hawaii because, well, um, why is Alaska more accepted?

Sarah Palin, who is from Alaska but wasn’t born there, is American, even if her family got “socialist” health care from Canada when she was a child. Barack Obama is American, too, though the doubters bypass truth and understanding to get to their talking point.

True, on many maps, Alaska and Hawaii aren’t given consideration, or if they do, they usually rest in the lower left-hand corner of the map, as if they are side-by-side off the coast of San Diego. So maybe we can’t blame them for their confusion.

Flashy remakes don’t usually last a long time on the air, so catch the new “Hawaii 5-0” while you can. And the birthers are invited to watch along to see real Americans amidst the palm trees. Even if they have HD TV sets, they don’t have to squint too hard to see them: they’re all Americans.

This is where Barack Obama was born: Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961. America. Cue the theme music.

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Written by democracysoup

September 24, 2010 at 10:07 am

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  1. I was born in the Aiea Naval Hospital (now Camp Smith) to a Pearl Harbor Survivor U.S. Marine. My ‘Territory’ becoming the 50th state was a big deal to me, but I find it difficult to beleve that even those who were NOT born in the 50th state (foreigners/non-Americans included) don’t know that it IS the 50th state. In all my years on this planet (nearly 64) I have never heard of ANY other American – and CERTAINLY no aspirant to the office of President of these United States – being confused or uncertain as to how many states officially comprise the union. It’s like forgetting how to spell your own name! Unbelievable.

    Cynthea Brown

    February 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm


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