Congressman Mike Castle (R-DE) was put in an awkward position during a recent townhall meeting when a local resident toting an American flag and her own U.S. birth certificate asked why people are ignoring Obama’s president’s certificate.
The crowd booed when Castle attempted to vouch for President Barack Obama’s citizenship.
For the record, allegations that Obama is not a U.S. citizen have been refuted by state officials in Hawaii, who say they’ve checked health department records and verified that Obama was born there on Aug. 4, 1961. It’s actually been made available by Obama since it became an issue back in June 2008.
My cartoon above refers to ‘Above the Canal’ and ‘Below the Canal.’ The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal cuts through northern Delaware, connecting the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays. Within the state, it is also largely forms an ideological boundary.
Northern Delaware is largely urban and mostly liberal, while central and southern Delaware tends to be more conservative and is the home of the state’s agricultural base. Georgetown, where Castle was booed, is the county seat of Sussex County, the most southern county in the state.
Castle, who may or may not be running for Joe Biden’s open Senate seat in 2010, is a Republican who bills himself as a moderate, thereby bridging the two voting blocks. However, it’s clear that although he isn’t necessarily supportive of Obama’s policies (he has voted against both of the President’s major recent initiatives, economic stimulus and healthcare reform), it’s obvious he’s fond of his local base.
Or at least where they live.
Here’s the video: