The Supreme Court quietly rejected a claim today that Barack Obama isn't eligible to become President, on account of his heritage.‚ Here's a blurb from the AP.
WASHINGTON (AP) - 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
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. Donofrio says that since Obama had dual
nationality at birth - his mother was American and his Kenyan
father at the time was a British subject - he cannot possibly be a
"natural born citizen," one of the requirements the Constitution
lists for eligibility to be president.
Donofrio also contends that two other candidates, Republican
John McCain and Socialist Workers candidate Roger Calero, also are
not natural-born citizens and thus ineligible to be president.
Now, while this may seem like a far-fetched assertation, the theory got heavy play on the internet.‚ Take the always amusing Hannity forums, for example.‚ ‚ Well over 1700 PAGES of discussion
on this topic so far.‚ Consensus: The Supremos got this one wrong.‚ (NOTE: Please remember, the Hannity forum will NOT allow discussion of assassinating‚ US political candidates
.‚ Hopefully, no one actually needed
Even though the claim didn't get a whole lot of traction in the mainstream press, the Obama camp took‚ the allegations seriously enough to address them on their website, fightthesmears.com
.‚ ‚ They even provided a nice picture for all to see.
You be the judge.‚ Or leave it to the Supreme Court.‚ Either way is fine by me.
still aren't buying it.‚ They say the image above is phony, but I guess it doesn't really matter what they think at this point.