September 18, 2009 4:06 AM

Commentary: Why is so much hatred directed at President Obama?

Certainly our racial tensions are strong, and prejudice may be a defining issue for some people. But the depth of the resentments against President Barack Obama goes beyond it. Consider just the most recent examples: lingering questions about his birth certificate, after a presidential campaign in which all candidates were given a background exam comparable to the Mayo Clinic's "executive" physical. Short of cutting the candidates open, there wasn't much more we could have known.

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