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This commentary from "America's Right" contains similar thoughts, excerpt follows.
"Obama’s Wild Imagination
...Obama does not truly identify as an American because he wasn’t raised as one. His father was a radical Kenyan exchange student who disowned him. His mother left him with his aging grandparents and went off to travel the world visiting hippy communes, eventually settling in Indonesia married to an Indonesian Muslim whose name young Barry eventually took.
And when Mrs. Obama-Soetoro finally did send for her son, it was to raise him as a Muslim in Indonesia, not as an American in America. Of course, this is not to say that Muslim children raised in the United States are any less patriotic than their Judeo-Christian, Buddhist, Agnostic, Atheist or insert-belief-here friends. I highlight his being raised Muslim because Obama’s formative years were spent in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population, and as a result, even though unofficial, Sharia law most certainly crept into everyday life. He grew up hearing anti-American, anti-Semitic, and anti-Christian rhetoric. Those years weren’t spent on baseball fields, at BBQ’s and Fourth of July and Veteran’s Day parades, as would those years for Muslim kids in America. Obama never had patriotism embedded into his soul like so many other American kids. Furthermore, upon coming back to the States, he entered the most liberal programs in the most liberal schools, then admired and socialized with radicals of the Alinsky sort. His foray to Pakistan, on an Indonesian passport, to this day is a mystery.
Is it really a surprise that he doesn’t feel passionate about this country, and he doesn’t despise her enemies with all his heart? No, not at all. Being raised an internationalist, and as a child hearing the ills and evils of America, he knows no other way but to see our enemies perspectives and hear them out. While this naively academic approach might be acceptable at Columbia or the United Nations, it is nothing short of dangerous when practiced from the Oval Office. Despite what the far left would have us believe, a president’s first job is to protect his nation’s citizens at all costs. Barack Hussein Obama fails miserably in that capacity."...
Entire commentary here: americasright.com/?p=4596
Obama is a TCK (Third Culture Kid, aka Trans-Culture Kid). His upbringing and early experiences are very different from those of people who grow up in America. He really does not understand American culture, deep down it is alien to him, or as the title puts it - he is alien to the US.
I am also a TCK, having been taken overseas when I was 3, so I understand. My upbringing was much more American, yet, I do not feel American. I do not understand the way Americans think, I do not understand why Americans do some of the things they do (culturally). Going back on vacation, spending time with my cousins was always a burden. I never fit in with them. I was always an outsider. I couldn't talk about anything without seeming like a name-dropper or big-noting myself for being a world traveller - and this was family. If I have this trouble, then Obama has it even worse than I, because his early upbringing was not even remotely American.
“A third culture kid is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside their parents’ culture. The third culture kid builds relationships to all the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture are assimilated into the third culture kid’s life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of the same background, other TCKs.”...more(there is a video about Mr. Obama as a TCK at the above link)
imho, Mr. Obama will never 'own' American culture, nor ever have a sense of belonging to it, and it isn't something under his control. No matter what his birth certificate or his passport says, Mr. Obama will never truly be American.
I'd like to know more about his mysterious Indonesian passport. I had not heard that he carried a passport from another nation than the US at any time.