Two of a number of debates surrounding the presidency of Barack Obama have included those economic policies, often described as those of Cambridge economist John Maynard Keynes. To a lesser extent, others argue that Obama’s presidency is invalid because, as they claim, “he wasn’t born in America, but in Kenya”.
In a series of interviews among a dozen Obama supporters, seen on US television recently, some interesting responses emerged.
Referring to his economic policies, they were asked if they thought Obama was a Keynesian. All but one replied, somewhat angrily: “No, I believe he was born in Hawaii.”
The one exception, obviously aware of the meaning of the word Keynesian, nevertheless said he had no idea of what Obama’s economic policies were.