In the current political season in the US, the Republican Party has been energizing its "base" by emphasizing President Obama's "otherness". Basically, this is an appeal to the white nationalist undercurrent of the Tea Party, but it includes accusations and insinuations concerning his faith ("Obama is a Muslim") and even his birthplace ("Obama was born in Kenya"), The New York Times recently had a piece about the GOP's fear-mongering:
Mr. Obama’s alleged sympathy for so-called Muslim extremists who would desecrate the World Trade Center site, his socialist African ancestry and his early years in Indonesia — all of this creates a shadowy archetype that every conservative enclave (fiscal, foreign policy and religious) can find a reason to fear.
Most foreign observers are scratching their heads concerning this appeal to ignorance by a major political party, but some bloggers in Germany are consumed with "Obama derangement syndrome" and use their platform to spread bizarre conspiracy theories and outright lies about the US president.
Gudrun Eussner is an influential blogger who is fixated on the "illegitimacy" of the democratically elected President Obama. Loosely associated with the hate blog Politically Incorrect, Frau Eussner sees the US president as a creation of a "liberal media" that is beholden to Islamic Jihad and conscientiously suppresses the "truth" about Barack Obama. Interestingly, Frau Eussner originally wrote for a National-Bolshevik organization where she distinguished herself with diatribes against "US imperialism". Now she has found her true calling as a critic of Islam, but by attacking President Obama as a Muslim she can combine her anti-Americanism with Islamophobia.
Needless to say, Frau Eussner is a huge fan of the central banker and "genetic expert" Thilo Sarrazin, who has written extensively about how the influx of "low intelligence" Turks and Arabs are "dumbing down" (Verdummung) Germany with their inferior genes. Applying Sarrazin's genetic typology, President Obama, as the product of a white mother of German (Aryan) descent and an African father, is a Mischling ("mixed-breed"). This is especially dangerous, since Obama combines the superior intelligence of the white race with innate anti-Western predisposition of African Muslims, who recognize President Obama as one of their own.
In a recent typical article on her blog, Frau Eussner rehashes the long-discredited story that then Senator Obama went to Kenya in 2006 to campaign for his "cousin" Raila Odingo for the presidency of that country:
Man erinnere sich, daß er nach Kenia ging, um für Odingas Präsidentschaft Wahlkampf zu machen. Odinga verlor und veranstaltete einen mörderischen Aufruhr. Odinga hatte ein Abkommen mit den Muslimen, dem Land den Islam aufzuzwingen. Googlet bitte ´Obama ist mein Vetter´ "
(Remember he went to Kenya to campaign for Odinga for the presidency. Odinga lost and went on a murderous rampage. Odinga had a pact with the Muslims to force Islam on the country. Google ´Obama is my cousin".
There is zero evidence that Odinga and Obama are cousins, other than Odinga's claim (his opponent and numerous other politicians in Kenya have also claimed to be "cousins" of Obama). Obama also never campaigned for Raila Odinga and his only contact was a 5-minute phone call. Another claim, that "Obama's PAC donated $1 million to Odinga" has been debunked, since no such PAC ever existed.
But for Frau Eussner, the problem is much more fundamental than having distant relatives in Kenya. As a true Birther, she knows that Barack Obama was born in Kenya and therefore his presidency is illegitimate.
Es gibt Vermutungen, daß Barack Obama in Kenia geboren und die Geburtsurkunde im nachhinein in Hawaii ausgestellt worden ist. Aber Vorurteile pflegen sich eben soviel leichter, wenn sie nicht durch Wissen entkräftet werden.
Like most Birthers, Frau Eussner has no explanation for the fact that President Obama has posted his Certificate of Live Birth on the Internet (which includes the exact time of his birth) or that a birth announcement appeared in both Honolulu newspapers. I guess she believes these announcements were placed by the devil himself, or by Kenyan Jihadists ( perhaps in concert with the devil) with the knowledge that forty-five years later he would achieve the highest office and impose Sharia law on the world.