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What congressmen say about eligibility

Despite President Obama’s concerted campaign to keep hidden his original birth certificate and other documentation that would verify his qualification for office, members of Congress are confident of his eligibility.

WND has reported on dozens of legal challenges to Obama’s status under the Constitution’s requirement that the president be a “natural born citizen.” The Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, 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.”

Some of the lawsuits question whether Obama was actually born in Hawaii, as he insists. Members of his family and government officials in Kenya have made statements that could be interpreted to mean he was born in Mombasa. If he was born out of the country, Obama’s American mother, the suits contend, was too young at the time of his birth to confer American citizenship to her son under the law at the time.

Other challenges have focused on Obama’s citizenship through his father, a Kenyan subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom at the time of his birth, thus making him a dual citizen. The cases contend the framers of the Constitution excluded dual citizens from qualifying as natural born.

Further complicating the issue are the reports he was adopted by an Indonesia man during his childhood and moved to Indonesia and attended school there. There also are questions on what nation’s passport he traveled to Pakistan.

Adding fuel to the campaign to challenge his eligibility is the fact law firms representing Obama have been hired around the country to fight to keep all of his documentation away from the public.

Hawaiian officials have confirmed they have a birth certificate on file for Obama, but it cannot be released without his permission. He has refused that permission. And Hawaiian officials have not revealed what information the certificate contains.

John Eidsmoe, an expert on the U.S. Constitution now working with the Foundation on Moral Law, told WND a demand for verification of Obama’s eligibility appears to be legitimate.

Eidsmoe said it’s clear that Obama has something in the documentation of his history, including his birth certificate, college records and other documents that “he does not want the public to know.”

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Officials for the Obama campaign repeatedly have refused to comment on the questions, relenting only once to call the concerns “garbage.”

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.

Among the first statements from lawmakers came from Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., who told constituents, “Well, his father was Kenyan and they said he was born in Hawaii, but I haven’t seen any birth certificate.
You have to be born in America to be president.”

He later backed off, saying he was confident that Obama is a U.S. citizen.

WND also reported when Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., argued voters gave Obama his constitutional eligibility by voting for him and when Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., insisted the online “fact” website Snopes had confirmed Obama’s eligibility.

“It seems that the few congressional bodies that are responding to the question of ‘eligibility’ are sidestepping responsibility to address the Constitutional prerequisites for POTUS,” wrote one WND reader. “Is there anyone willing to submit a simple CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS ASSURANCE BILL?”

The writer suggested demanding documentation such as an original birth certificate, accompanied by education and other records – and that they be made available to the public.

Among the statements from members of Congress:

Said one WND reader, “The people who voted for Obama believed he was a qualified and eligible candidate for president because his name was on the ballot. Senator Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, says that since the voters elected Obama that proves that Obama is qualified and eligible to serve as president. Is not that getting a little circular on the reasoning?”