For the birthers, of which one is one too many
On this day in….
….1959 — Hawaii becomes the 50th state in the United States of America. That’s August 21, 1959. For our birther friends, President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. That’s 714 days after Hawaii became a state (remember that 1960 was a leap year). So what’s the problem? Both Hawaii newspapers even announced his birth!
I’m trying to imagine Obama’s parents saying back in 1961, “Our son will want to go into politics and become President of the United States, so we will need to put fake birth announcements in the papers to make it appear that he is ‘natural born.’ ”
And his birth certificate? Snopes.com does the best job of debunking all of the birther claims. Now if only the birthers can learn to read and comprehend. Of course, I guess birthers would claim that Snopes.com is simply a bastion of the liberal, left-wing media……..lol
Okay, now that we have that out of the way, let’s explore Hawaii.
The oldest United States stamps featuring Hawaii were “overprinted” stamps recognizing the Hawaii sesquicentennial. Overprinting was used to commemorate special events and was done by taking a standard issue stamp and printing text on the stamp:
Those two overprinted stamps were issued in 1928. If, like me, you were wondering about the sesquicentennial of Hawaii being recognized on a United States stamp in 1928 and what the sesquicentennial was all about, they recognized Captain James Cook’s first documented visit to Hawaii in 1778, Hawaii’s first contact witih European explorers. (That was close! I was sure a birther was going to come up with some off-the-wall story………) Captain Cook originally named them the Sandwich Islands.
The Queen of Hawaii was overthrown in 1893, apparently with covert help from the United States. In 1993, an Apology Resolution was passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton apologizing for the United States’ role in overthrowing the Hawaii Kingdom. (I guess it will be ninety years before we apologize for Bush’s illegal invasion of two foreign countries….)
Hawaii became a United States Territory in 1898 with the passage of the Newlands Resolution. There probably wasn’t any doubt after the Japanese bombed Hawaii on December 7, 1941, that eventually it would be more than just a territory. That happened on this date in 1959 when Hawaii became the 50th state. (Now if we can just let Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia in as states….)
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