I just received a statement from Hawaii Senator Daniel Akaka’s office, in response to ABC’s Cokie Robert’s repeated suggestion that Hawaii was somehow a “foreign” un-American place for Obama to visit:
“Saying our 50th state is somehow ‘foreign,’ does a great disservice to the hard working, patriotic Americans who call Hawaii home. For months people have been asking me, ‘when is Sen. Obama going to come home?’ I’m so glad he found time to visit his sister and his grandmother, show his daughters more of his home state, and relax a little. Hawaii is a great U.S. destination, just ask the 5.5 million Americans who visited last year for business and pleasure.”
As an aside, Hawaii has about a dozen atheletes on the US Olympic Team, and there are thousands of Hawaii born and stationed troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Is that American enough for you, Cokie?