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Bärin
Monday, July 28th, 2008, 03:04 AM
This is so ridiculous it had to be posted. So now with all the Obamania in Germany, some people wish he were German. The outcome:

As evidenced on his recent stop in Berlin, Barack Obama is so loved by Germans that many perhaps wish he were German. Now, they can comfort themselves in the knowledge that he is a little bit German – 4.6875 percent, to be exact.

A true representation of the melting pot that is America, Barack Obama owes his German roots to his great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Christian Gutknecht, who left Germany for the New World in 1749, Germany weekly newspaper Die Zeit reported on Friday.

When his name was translated into English, Gutknecht (which means “good serf”) leapt through the ranks to become Mr. Goodknight. Eventually, the silent “k” was dropped and he went by the name of Goodnight. Die Zeit speculates that this distant relative of Obama's likely lived as a farmer in Pennsylvania, where he would have experienced the American Revolution and the founding of the United States. He died on December 26, 1795 – appropriately – in Germantown.

From there, it's just a journey over six generations from Virginia via Indiana to Kansas, before you get to the birth of Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, in 1942. And that, says genealogist William Addams Reitwiesner, makes the Democratic presidential candidate almost 5 percent German.

While this could go a long way in explaining Obama's popularity in Germany, the paper says it could also be the key to his success at home, where researchers say the candidate would do well to “embrace protestant German values.” After all, every third American has German ancestors, and Obama's home state of Illinois still reflects the German background of many of its settlers.

Many pundits agree that an association with Germany sits well with American voters – unlike an association with France, as the last Democratic presidential candidate, John Kerry, learned the hard way.

http://www.thelocal.de/13307/20080726/

Æmeric
Monday, July 28th, 2008, 04:42 AM
Now, they can comfort themselves in the knowledge that he is a little bit German – 4.6875 percent, to be exact.


The fact that he is 50% African/Negro/Congoid, whatever you want to call it, is much more significant. He's only gotten as far as he has in life because of his Negro heritage, not the German. A White man of 50% German ancestry would never have obtained the Democratic nomination with Obama's qualifications.



A true representation of the melting pot that is America

America has never really been a melting pot. Even now most Americans marry someone with a similar ethnic background. It's just part of the multiculturalist utopian myth.


Many pundits agree that an association with Germany sits well with American voters – unlike an association with France, as the last Democratic presidential candidate, John Kerry, learned the hard way.

Why of course, that's probably why Dwight Eisenhower was elected president twice :rolleyes:. Eisenhower was the only president who was of paternal German ancestry. Hoover was Swiss-German. An association with Germany has never been important in US presidential politics unless it concerned WWII service.

Crimson Guard
Monday, July 28th, 2008, 06:35 AM
So who's nominee is he , Germany's or the USA's? In all the excitement I forgot now.

So because he's 5% German, everyone who is German-American or somewhere down the line partially German in America will vote for him? Gimme a break! I guess the German people recognized his 5% German genetics before he arrived in Germany, and just by looking at him they saw one of their own. The media is funny as hell with their sensationalizing of their new demi-god socialist politician. But honestly, I am not sure how this guy has White supporters in either the USA or Europe, though one can guess. Scary stuff...

MockTurtle
Tuesday, July 29th, 2008, 12:31 AM
As evidenced on his recent stop in Berlin, Barack Obama is so loved by Germans that many perhaps wish he were German. Now, they can comfort themselves in the knowledge that he is a little bit German – 4.6875 percent, to be exact.

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Lol, in this situation, I'm not quite sure which country should be more embarrassed, the United States for allowing a hideous monstrosity like Obama to flourish, or Germany for praising the original foolishness of the United States.

CrystalRose
Tuesday, July 29th, 2008, 01:06 AM
I vote Obama exiled to Germany. lol if they love him so much. Maybe he can conert Germanys children to muslim faith. Like the.. "13 Year old English boy who embraces islam". Future seems bright.
:D:fpopcorn:

Thusnelda
Tuesday, July 29th, 2008, 09:53 AM
I vote Obama exiled to Germany. lol if they love him so much.
We don´t love him. :p Liberal multiculturalists and their followers love him - like in the USA itself, too.

Sigurd
Tuesday, July 29th, 2008, 11:06 AM
Imagine I'm 4.something percent woodpile. Will it move all carpenters and hippies to vote for me in the presidential election? Doubt it.