I had a frustrating conversation with my dad today. Conversations like these are irritating because I respect my dad. I know he’s a smart guy, I know he’s educated, and I know he possess a curious, inquisitive mind. Therefore, I can’t write him off as some ignoramus who would scream, “Fire, fire!” in a crowded building just because he feels warm.
Highlights of the conversation:
- Dad tried to convince me Obama is a Muslim. Evidence: Obama shows respect to foreign leaders, even Muslims. Obama left Michelle in Paris when he went to Saudi Arabia (Bush didn’t leave his wife behind!). Finally, the Russians hate him.
- Obama is also a Kenyan. Evidence: He’s never made public his birth certificate. There’s also a Kenyan birth certificate out there (actually a registration of live birth; not the same thing) of , so obviously Hawaii is lying and not Kenya.
- Obama canceled the national day of prayer, and is therefore bad for this country.
- People who dislike Obama are not racist — dad says he would have voted for Colin Powell, so he’s not racist. He says being Muslim doesn’t mean Obama’s a bad president (Kennedy was Catholic, and Romney is Mormon, and neither of those bother him). So, question — why bring it up if it doesn’t matter to you? For clarification, the racist/ religious defenses were out of the blue. I hadn’t said anything to even hint at accusing dad of racism/ religious bias. He’s my dad! He raised me! I was completely blindsided by him bursting out with that.