Monday, December 08, 2008

Obama a U.S. Citizen? The Answer is Officially: Maybe

A swirling controversy over whether or not Sen. Barack Obama is a natural born citizen of the United States has been closed. Well, the controversy may not have been ended, but the legal challenges are over.

NewsMax reports that “the Supreme Court has turned down an emergency appeal from a New Jersey man who says President-elect Barack Obama is ineligible to be president because he was a British subject at birth. The court did not comment on its order Monday rejecting the call by Leo Donofrio of East Brunswick, N.J., to intervene in the presidential election.”

Perhaps the Court did the appropriate thing by refusing to review the circumstances of Mr. Obama’s birth, but in doing so it leaves open the question that could so easily have been answered by a hearing of the allegations and the facts.

Obama supporters believe those questioning the President-Elect’s citizenship are nutty conspiracy theorists; however the challenge to his citizenship contains some factors that on their face seem legitimate. Unlike the idiocy that the U.S. government engineered the 9-11 attacks, some of these factors have the ring of truth to them, and only a look at the actual Hawaiian birth certificate would satisfy doubters. The Supreme Court could demand that Hawaii make that document public.

Of course, nothing will satisfy some, but most people would be content if the Supreme Court settled the matter.

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