A state appellate court in Sacramento tossed out a lawsuit claiming President Barack Obama is not eligible to occupy the White House because he is not a natural-born citizen of the United States. The court ordered the plaintiffs to pay all court costs of the defendants.
The lawsuit was filed shortly after the 2008 general election. The leading plaintiff (of three) was Alan Keyes, a former member of President Ronald Reagan’s administration from Maryland, and the 2008 American Independent Party candidate for president.
Keyes is a member of the so-called “birthers” movement. In his complaint, he claimed there is persuasive evidence Obama was born in what is now Kenya, which was then (1961) the British East African Protectorate of Zanzibar. He further claimed that President Obama would have automatically been a British citizen, based on his father’s citizenship, and ineligible for office.
Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! You can read the full court decision here, but I’ll give you the short of it. Basically the whole thing was laughable and frivolous. That’s really all there was to it. Oh, and just so we’re clear, President Obama is an American citizen, by birth.
So yeah Birthers, go ahead and keep filing suit. With any luck, you’ll all bankrupt yourselves! Oh, and speaking of Birthers, if you haven’t seen it already you ought to check out Midnight Politics’ Ryan Saylor’s awesome, hard hitting interview with Birther Queen Orly Taitz. (Ryan, by the way, is a rising star in Arkansas media and actually asks some hard questions-Taitz was so frustrated when confronted by facts she didn’t want to face that she actually hung up the phone!) Trust me, it’s worth listening to.