Is Barack Obama really a U.S. citizen? If so, why the avoidance of producing his actual birth certificate, rather than the unofficial “certificate of live birth?”
That’s the question so-called “birthers” have been asking for a couple years now, and the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petitioned hearing on the matter without comment back in January, but now has announced it will grant a conference on the issue in early March. It’ll be a case of delicate material handling.
If Obama were deemed not to be a U.S. citizen, he would ultimately be forced to vacate his White House seat, ceding the presidency to Joe Biden, his vice president.
It is possible that Justices Elana Kagen and Sonia Sotomayor would be forced to recuse themselves from the hearing, given that they were appointed by Obama and the case would represent a conflict of interest. That situation would also put so-called judicial conservatives in an overwhelming majority situation, outnumbering liberal appointees either 5-2 or, at worst, 4-3. Either way, the case will finally be heard and lay to rest, hopefully, all doubts about Obama’s eligibility to run.
My take? Obama’s a train wreck; Biden would be worse. Keep them where they are and let the voters kick them out in 2012. Or not. We get what we vote for, America.