President Bush doesn’t have a significant level of concern over allegations, including those pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, that Barack Obama does not meet the constitutional requirements to be commander in chief in the United States.
“Does the White House believe there is no question at all about the birthplace, and thus the required U.S. citizenship of the president-elect?” Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House, asked at a news briefing today.
“I think we’re in good shape on that,” responded Dana Perino, the spokeswoman for the president.
WND reported just days ago when presidential candidate Alan Keyes brought a lawsuit over the location of Obama’s birth. The Constitution is specific in demanding a “natural-born” citizen of the U.S. as its president, excluding “naturalized” citizens and others.
The lawsuit said the California secretary of state should refuse to allow the state’s 55 Electoral College votes to be cast in the 2008 presidential election until Obama verifies his eligibility to hold the office. There have been various reports – and a multitude of questions raised – about whether Obama was born in the U.S., and even if he was, whether he retained citizenship in Indonesia.
The legal action was just the latest in a series of challenges, some of which have gone as high as the U.S. Supreme Court, over the issue of Obama’s status as a “natural-born citizen.”
WND senior reporter Jerome Corsi even traveled to Kenya and Hawaii prior to the election to investigate issues surrounding Obama’s birth. But his research and discoveries only raised more questions.
The biggest question is why Obama, if a Hawaii birth certificate exists as he stated, simply hasn’t ordered it made available to settle the rumors.
Obama’s half-sister, Maya Soetoro, has named two different Hawaii hospitals where Obama could have been born, but there have been suggestions he actually was born in Kenya.
The Keyes action challenges: “Should Senator Obama be discovered, after he takes office, to be ineligible for the Office of President of the United States of America and, thereby, his election declared void, Petitioners, as well as other Americans, will suffer irreparable harm in that (a) usurper will be sitting as the President of the United States, and none of the treaties, laws, or executive orders signed by him will be valid or legal.”
But last week, WND reported more than half a dozen other legal challenges have been filed in federal and state courts demanding Obama’s decertification from ballots or seeking to halt elector meetings, claiming he has failed to prove his U.S. citizenship status.
Among the states where cases are being tracked are Ohio, Connecticut, Washington, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Hawaii. There were also reports of other cases in Utah, Wyoming, Florida, New York, North Carolina, Texas, California and Virginia.
In another question, Kinsolving asked, “Sunday’s lead editorial in The New York Times had this statement: ‘We believe the military needs 65,000 additional Army troops, and the 27,000 additional Marines that Congress finally pushed President Bush into seeking.’ What is the White House reaction to that statement?”
“Was that in Afghanistan, or in general?” Perino said. “I don’t know. I didn’t read The New York Times editorial this weekend, so I don’t know.”
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