The Original 'Birther' Scandal
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 |
Chester Alan Arthur : 21st President of the United States and alleged Canuck.
Barack Obama's re-election is a defeat for Birthers who refuse to believe his Hawaii birth certificate, preferring to believe an edited recording of a phone conversation with the wife of the father of the estranged father of the President. It has Obama born in Kenya -- and the birthers say that disqualifies him from the Presidency.
This isn't the first 'Birther' scandal, though.
In 1881, Republican President Chester Alan Arthur arrived at the White House amid a storm of Democratic outrage. They accused Mr. Arthur of covering up a dark secret. He was a... gasp...Canadian!
Heather Darch is curator of the Missisquoi Museum in Stanbridge East, Quebec. We reached her in Lennoxville.