Birther Movement Suing to Have President Obama Removed from Fla. Ballot

It's a debate that continues to rage among right-wing political circles - is President Obama's birth certificate the real thing and is he qualified to live in the White House?

The president says 'yes'.

"We're not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers."

But his critics say they don't buy it, and they're suing to kick him off the Florida ballot.

"This is a political hot potato."

In a hearing Monday, attorney Larry Klayman told a judge Obama's birth certificate isn't the only issue. The president's father, Barack Obama Senior, was never an American citizen.

Klayman says that fact alone means the president isn't a 'natural born citizen' and, under the constitution, can't run for re-election.

"The framers wanted a situation where the president, in terms of his background, in terms of his links to the United States, wanted someone who was born in this territory to two citizen parents," Klayman said.

Obama lawyer Mark Herron calls that ridiculous. He says nowhere in the constitution does it say a 'natural born citizen' has to have American-born parents.

"Those statements conflict with the United States Supreme Court opinions, as well as other opinions of other courts who have considered this issue," Herron said.

Until now, the birther movement's been nothing more than political theater, but with the lawsuit, Florida's 29 electoral votes could be on the line, and with them, the outcome of the November election.

That's a fact not lost on Erin Sullivan. She traveled all the way from Manatee County to witness the hearing.

"His father was not an American Citizen, not at any time," she said. "It's not even a question of whether it was after he was born. He was never an American citizen, and Mr. Obama's not qualified to be president of the United States."

If the lawsuit winds up going to trial, we may hear from some controversial figures, including an outspoken Arizona sheriff who's formed what he calls a 'cold case posse' to look at Obama's birth certificate. The posse's finding - it's a fraud.

It's now up to Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis to rule on whether there's enough evidence to send the birther lawsuit to trial. That decision could come as early as this week.


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  • by CSS Location: USA on Jul 6, 2012 at 05:15 PM
    BARACK OBAMA IS A ILLEGAL ALIEN.
  • by Bunny Location: Dothan on Jun 25, 2012 at 03:57 PM
    I love how the people defending Obama, are the ones who can't spell correctly, or use correct grammar. Ignorance is bliss, I suppose.
  • by Tammy Location: Enterprise on Jun 25, 2012 at 01:08 PM
    Hey old1 - Look up the constitional definition of "natural born." you might be suprised! "The Constitution does not define the phrase natural-born citizen, and various opinions have been offered over time regarding its precise meaning. A 2011 Congressional Research Service report stated The weight of legal and historical authority indicates that the term “natural born” citizen would mean a person who is entitled to U.S. citizenship “by birth” or “at birth,” either by being born “in” the United States and under its jurisdiction, even those born to alien parents; by being born abroad to U.S. citizen-parents; or by being born in other situations meeting legal requirements for U.S. citizenship “at birth.” Such term, however, would not include a person who was not a U.S. citizen by birth or at birth, and who was thus born an “alien” required to go through the legal process of “naturalization” to become a U.S. citizen." You idiots who are yelling about citizenship need be honest with yourslves and tell eveyone what your REAL problem is, especially here in the south....
  • by janet Location: dotan on Jun 23, 2012 at 07:58 AM
    The people who are trying to get the president off the ballot are communists themselves. It's like they're trying to make one decision for all voters, vote republican. I'm a democrate and as a u.s. citizen I have the right to vote for the party I been voting for since I was 18. However; I have voted for a republican candidate before. So let me be the judge of who I want to vote for and besides that its God who chooses who he wants in office anyway...
  • by SouthernPatriot Location: Dothan on Jun 22, 2012 at 04:52 AM
    I believe Bush is behind this scheme...HAHAHA...
  • by Vote him out on Jun 20, 2012 at 08:23 AM
    We must VOTE HIM OUT in November. Our great nation cannot have another 4 years of him and Axelrod and Holder.
  • by Jasper Location: Bonifay on Jun 19, 2012 at 10:23 PM
    Must I remind everybody that everybody that is in America today, "unless you are a native Indian" your ancestors were from some place eles. Mine are from Ireland and England. President Obama's natural father may have been a alien and not a citizen but his mom was a citizen. Half of people today don't know where in h*ll their people are even from.They don't even know who they've call dad all their lives, is even their bio dad. So if we want to cut to the chase of things maybe we should get our own lives in tact before we look at someone eles's.
  • by old1 Location: Tx on Jun 19, 2012 at 12:55 PM
    The only qualification Obama has to be President of the United States of America is that he is a Communist and America now seems to be crawling with Communists calling themselves Progressives and Communists World Wide can contribute money for his coup! He is not Constitutionally eligible but the Communists hate our Constitution and want it destroyed to aid in their implication of their U N backed World Banker supported New World Order! The facts are so simple! Our founders led by John Jay wanted to be sure no man with dual allegiances ever became Commander in Chief and destroy US from within. He had George Washington add the natural born requirement to A2, S1, p5. The founders got natural born from Vattel's Law of Nations, histror teaches us they had 5 copies of Law of Nations to study as they wrote the constitution. In it natural born means born to patents (with a "s" signifing both) citizens at one's birth and that birth on one's countries soil. B. H. Obama Sr. was never an American!
  • by ESQ Location: NYC on Jun 19, 2012 at 12:10 PM
    Barack Hussein Obama is an Illegal alien.
  • by ksdb on Jun 19, 2012 at 12:09 PM
    Three Supreme Court decisions defined natural-born citizen in a manner that precludes Obama from being Constitutionally eligible for office. Obama has NEVER shown a certified copy of any birth certificate in any court of law, and therefore has never legally proven he was born in the U.S., but criminal fraud aside, he simply is not and cannot be eligible for office because the Supreme Court said one must be born in the country to citizen parents. Natural-born citizenship excludes persons of divided loyalties, who are persons born to parents of different nationalities. It's time for the Constitution to be upehld.
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      by Tara on Jun 22, 2012 at 11:51 AM in reply to ksdb
      The Constition? What is that? In all seriousness, people need to wake up to the fact that our freedoms are being shredded with every violation of the constitution! Obummer is not a Constitutional POTUS, and our representatives don't have a CLUE what our founding Fathers envisioned when penning the Constitution. If they did, they would protect it abide by it.
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