Barack Obama was the first son of a PhD anthropologist to serve as President of
the United States, and some popular press linked his political views and actions, which were
allegedly in violation of international law, to failures in American anthropology to uphold international
law as well as to personal failures by anthropologists to transmit the professional
ethics of the discipline to their offspring. This essay examines those critiques and identifies
deficiencies in anthropological presentations of ‘multiculturalism’ and in anthropology’s adherence
to international law. It also reviews the cultural self-identification of President Obama,
drawing attention to the sub-cultures of ‘expat’ communities like those in which President
Obama was raised and in which many practising anthropologists and their children live.
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