The Kenyan government is taking on the Tea Partiers head on -- hosting a "Real Tea Party" in the Capitol next Tuesday to promote the country's status as the world's number one exporter of tea. And they are explicitly contrasting it with the other tea parties that have been held of late on the Hill.I find this story funny for two reasons - the first being that they are mocking the Tea Party, and the second, for obvious reasons, is because it is Kenya, the location many Tea Partiers believe Obama was born in. I can't wait to see some of the right-wing coverage of this event, and in particular, the claims from "birthers" who will probably believe this tea party vindicates them entirely.
"The Government of Kenya, the world's #1 tea exporter, cordially invites you to a proper Kenyan Tea Party on Capitol Hill (one without a political agenda)," the invitation boasts. (Click link to see the invitation.) "Please join Kenyan Deputy Prime Minister, the Honorable Uhuru Kenyatta, at Kenya's tea tasting event, complete with food pairings and tea leaf readings."
Just consider the recent CBS/New York Times poll that was conducted, asking if people if the president was born in the United States or another country, despite Obama having released his birth certificate proving he was born in America. 30% of Tea Partiers believed he was born in the United States while another 29% don't know, giving us a total of almost 60% of Tea Partiers who don't know where the president was born. When compared to the rest of the population, Tea Partiers are 140% more likely to believe the president is a foreigner, and therefor not their legitimate president. Over a majority of normal people do believe Obama was born in the United States.