Concerns over President-elect Barack Obama’s birthplace are heating up, with a hearing scheduled in a few days before the U.S. Supreme Court on a case that alleges he wasn’t born in the U.S. and isn’t eligible to hold office, but the current occupant of the White House isn’t concerned.
Presidential spokesman Tony Fratto responded to Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House, during a news briefing today.
Kinsolving asked: “The CEO of WorldNetDaily has called on the president-elect to release a birth certificate listing the hospital and names of parents. The White House believes that this would fully satisfy the constitutional requirement, don’t you?”
“I don’t think I have anything to say on that, Lester, and I think we’re going to end it right there,” Fratto said.
WND founder and editor Joseph Farah has posted an online petition allowing participants to express their desire for a resolution of the dispute over Obama’s birthplace, and as of this afternoon, nearly 70,000 had signed up.
To participate, sign the petition here.
A report accompanying Farah’s petition explains the many questions raised about Obama’s eligibility, from an apparently fabricated “Certification of Live Birth” posted online to questions about what nation’s passport he used during travel to Pakistan.
The case pending before the high court calls for a conference among U.S. Supreme Court justices Dec. 5 on the issue. Conferences are private meetings of the justices at which they review cases and decide which ones to accept for formal review. The Supreme Court’s website listed the date for the case brought by Leo C. Donofrio against Nina Wells, the secretary of state in New Jersey, over not only Obama’s name on the 2008 election ballot but those of two others, Sen. John McCain and Roger Calero.
The case, unsuccessful at the state level, was submitted to Justice David Souter, who rejected it. The case then was resubmitted to Justice Clarence Thomas for the Dec. 5 conference.
If enough justices agree, oral argument may be scheduled.
Last week, WND also reported worries over a “constitutional crisis” that could loom over the issue of Obama’s citizenship.
Former presidential candidate Alan Keyes and others filed a court petition in California asking the secretary of state to 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.
The disputes all cite “natural-born citizen” requirement set by the U.S. Constitution.
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 his campaign has stated, simply hasn’t ordered it made available to settle the rumors. An Obama spokesman interviewed by WND described such lawsuits as “garbage.”
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