What Makes a U.S. Citizen a "Citizen?"
November 3, 2009 4:06 PM Subscribe
For the first time in 27 years
an American has won the New York Marathon. Meb Keflezighi
(a 2004 Olympic U.S. Silver Medalist
) is "thrilled to win his first marathon ever
." However, CNBC reporter Darren Rovell deemed Keflezighi's victory an "empty win
" because he "is technically American by virtue of him becoming a citizen in 1998, but the fact that he's not American-born takes away from the magnitude of the achievement...Nothing against Keflezighi, but he’s like a ringer who you hire to work a couple hours at your office so that you can win the executive softball league." Keflezighi was born in the African country of Eritrea and "...immigrated to the United States at age 12...he is an American citizen and a product of American distance running programs at the youth, college and professional levels."*
Oh, the last American to win the New York Marathon: Alberto Salazar
. He was born in Cuba who came to the U.S. when he was 2 years old.
"Huh. I wonder what it could be about Keflezighi that could make some folks feel he's not American enough. And nah, there's no racial element in the opposition to Obama. How dare you even think it, you reverse-racist, bolshevistic lackey." *
"Fox News Reports: American Wins NY Marathon, Kenyan Wins US Presidency."*
"Meb learned to run when Ethiopian soldiers would pounce on his village, grabbing any child over 10 to help them shoot and kill the others....Oh, yes, the New York race on Sunday was far more than the blistering time of 2:09.15. It was about victory. It was about triumph. But, more than anything, it was living and vivid proof this thing we often call too callously 'the American dream' has hardly dimmed but is as alive today as when other immigrants filed through Ellis Island many years ago."*