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Obama on the campaign trail
Outgoing White House press secretary Robert Gibbs today brushed off a question about the president’s perspective on 10 states where lawmakers are considering legislation that would require presidential candidates to document their constitutional eligibility.
The issue was raised by Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House, who asked, “What does the president think of the move that already involves 20 percent of the states to require presidential candidates to prove with documentation their natural-born citizenship status in order to be on the presidential ballots in those states?”
Two other unidentified reporters couldn’t keep their comments to themselves, with one saying, “Seriously … ”
Another said, “Send that to the State Department,” a quip that brought laughter from other reporters.
Gibbs only response? “Again, I will – offer that to all secretaries of state.”
Kinsolving also asked about the president’s attendance on the Army-Navy game this year, to which Gibbs also had no answer.
WND has reported there are 10 states – controlling 107 Electoral College votes – that now are considering that plan.
In Georgia, for example, HB37 by Rep. Bobby Franklin not only demands original birth-certificate documentation, it provides a procedure for and declares that citizens have “standing” to challenge the documentation.
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Franklin told WND the least that leaders of the United States, on a state or federal level, can do is to follow the requirements of the law of the land.
His plan, he said, is needed because he saw “requirements in the Constitution that you don’t have a code provision to ensure that it happens.”
“If we as an entity of civil government don’t follow the laws, then what makes us think that our citizens are going to obey anything we enact?” he said. “We need to lead by example.”
According to officials with the National Conference of State Legislatures, 10 states already have some sort of eligibility-proof requirement plan.
Other plans are Connecticut’s SB391, Indiana’s SB114, Maine’s LD34, Missouri’s HB283, Montana’s HB205, Nebraska’s LB654, Oklahoma’s SB91, SB384 and SB540, and Texas; HB295 and HB529.
There have been dozens of lawsuits and challenges over the fact that Obama’s “natural born citizen” status never has been documented. The “certification of live birth” his campaign posted online is a document that Hawaii has made available to those not born in the state.
The controversy stems from the Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, which states, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
The challenges to Obama’s eligibility allege he does not qualify because he was not born in Hawaii in 1961 as he claims, or that he fails to qualify because he was a dual citizen, through his father, of the U.S. and the United Kingdom’s Kenyan terroritory when he was born and the framers of the Constitution specifically excluded dual citizens from eligibility.
There are several cases still pending before the courts over Obama’s eligibility. Those cases, however, almost all have been facing hurdles created by the courts’ interpretation of “standing,” meaning someone who is being or could be harmed by the situation. The courts have decided almost unanimously that an individual taxpayer faces no damages different from other taxpayers, therefore doesn’t have standing. Judges even have ruled that other presidential candidates are in that position.
The result is that none of the court cases to date has reached the level of discovery, through which Obama’s birth documentation could be brought into court.
Obama even continued to withhold the information during a court-martial of a military officer, Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, who challenged his deployment orders on the grounds Obama may not be a legitimate president. Lakin was convicted and sent to prison.
A year ago, polls indicated that roughly half of American voters were aware of a dispute over Obama’s eligibility. Recent polls, however, by organizations including CNN, show that roughly six in 10 American voters hold serious doubts that Obama is eligible under the Constitution’s demands.