Saturday, December 06, 2008
Supreme Court Mum On Obama Birth Certificate Case
The Supreme Court made no announcement by the close of business yesterday on whether it will hear Leo Donofrio's New Jersey lawsuit challenging Barack Obama's eligibility to be president on the basis that he is not a natural born citizen. In a blog entry late Friday, Donofrio did not appear overly optimistic about the chances of his case being heard. Note that Donofrio's case is not dependent on Obama producing his original birth certificate. He argues the natural born citizenship clause in the U.S. Constitution requires that both of Obama's parents be U.S. citizens at the time of his birth. Obama's admission that his father was a Kenyan citizen and he was born as a dual citizen is enough to disqualify Obama according to Donofrio's argument. Donofrio points out that every president, save Chester Arthur, satisfied the natural born requirement as he interprets it. He believes Arthur may have lied about his date of birth by one year to align with the timing of his own father's naturalization as a U.S. citizen.