Reuters' Fred Katayama reports that charges of elitism in American presidential politics dates back to the very first election.

Professor David Birdsell of Baruch College says that the elitism charge stems from the US' history of breaking away from a monarchy, according to one political analyst. The worst epithet you could hurl at a politician back then was that that person wanted to be king.

(with wire services)

This video is from Reuters, broadcast May 19, 2008.

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