Poll: 41 percent of Republicans think Obama wasn't born in America

And Rush Limbaugh has joined their ranks

Published August 4, 2010 5:45PM (EDT)

Happy 49th birthday, President Obama! Look, you got a new CNN/Opinion Research poll that says that less than half of Americans are think you were "definitely" born in the United States.

According to the poll, 42 percent of all Americans say Obama was definitely born in the US. Twenty-nine percent say "probably."

And, of course, 41 percent of Republicans say Obama was definitely or probably born in another country.

Why do so many Americans believe such a silly thing? And why are Republicans so much more likely to believe it? There's simply no way to know, but here is an unrelated quote from the popular Rush Limbaugh program yesterday:

Tomorrow is Obama's birthday, not that we've seen any proof of that... What? We haven't seen any proof of that! They tell us August 4th is the birthday; we haven't seen any proof of that! Sorry. It is what it is.

Yes, well, that is not really a true statement. But that Rush Limbaugh, he is just an entertainer! Everyone knows he is "winking" when he says these things, and it is very elitist and condescending to suggest that his listeners are not "in on the joke." (The joke is that Barack Obama is a Muslim from Kenya.)

By Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at apareene@salon.com and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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