Whisper campaign on Obama’’s citizenship persists despite winning electionDecember 8th, 2008 - 2:04 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec.8 (ANI): The US Supreme Court is expected to announce on Monday whether or not it will consider two cases contending that Barack Obama is not a “natural born citizen,” as the president is required to be under Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.
One case, referred to the court by Justice Clarence Thomas after Justice David Souter had rejected it, argues that because Obama’’s father was a citizen of Kenya, at the time a British colony, the president-elect was born with dual citizenship.
The other, filed by Attorney Phillip J. Berg, effectively contends that Obama has outright lied about having been born on American soil.
At least four of the court’’s nine judges must approve before a case is heard, and the great majority of the petitions brought before the Court are dismissed without comment.
The Obama citizenship debate has added further grist for what’’s been an active conspiracy mill.
“I think there are just a lot of people who just want to believe it,” Politico quoted Paul Waldman, who has studied the conspiracy theories over Obama’’s citizenship for Media Matters, as saying.
Waldman said that like with the claims that the Clintons killed White House Counsel Vince Foster, a certain segment of the population would continue to believe Obama won on illegitimate grounds no matter how often the claim is disproved.
For those who believe the story, Obama’’s electoral victory is a constitutional and legal crisis of epic proportions that is not being given its fair due in the press or in the courts. (ANI)
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