President Barack Obama still hasn’t convinced the so-called birther movement that he is a natural-born United States citizen. In the long battle over his birth certificate and the legitimacy of his presidency, President Obama released his long-form birth certificate to quell the “silliness” of the debate last Spring.
Yet in the GOP controlled state of Kansas, the all Republican State Objections Board voted unanimously to delay the decision on whether or not they should put President Obama on the state’s general election ballot because they believe they don’t have enough information on Barack Obama’s citizenship.
“My Kansas roots run deep,” Obama said during a trip to Kansas in December. His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, and maternal grandparents were Kansas natives.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach told the Topeka Capital-Journal, “I don’t think it’s a frivolous objection. I do think that factual record should be supplemented.”
The board has sent requests to officials in Hawaii, Arizona and Mississippi for copies of the president’s birth certificate. They will reconvene after the documents are received.
Board members were concerned the Obama campaign did not attend the hearing and instead chose to simply submit a letter. State Democratic Party spokesman Dakota Loomis told the Huffington Post earlier Thursday that Democrats would not be attending the hearing, which he dismissed as “fictitious and baseless.”
The objection was filed by Joe Montgomery, a Manhattan resident and Communications Coordinator at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, who objected to the president being on the ballot. He claims the president’s father is a British and Kenyan citizen; therefore he is not an American citizen. Montgomery did not mention whether or not the same rules therefore made Romney ineligible for the Kansas ballot.
Barack Obama, according to multiple sources, was not born to a citizen father. His father was never even admitted to this country as a resident alien. Barack Obama Sr. retained his British and Kenyan citizenship and passed them onto his son, which Mr. Obama has publicly claimed on his Fight the Smears website. The Supreme Court specified that natural-born citizenship inherently excludes dual citizenship through a citation in U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark (which was citing U.S. v Rhodes, noting that one could only be a British subject or a natural-born citizen, and not hold both citizenships): All persons born in the allegiance of the King are natural-born subjects, and all persons born in the allegiance of the United States are natural-born citizens.
“As for Mr. Obama’s citizenship, there are many doubts,” he said. “Doing the right thing can be hard and unpopular.”
Hawaii officials and former Gov. Linda Lingle (R), have said Obama was born in Honolulu and confirmed that his long form birth certificate is real.
In May, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R) suggested he would not allow Obama on the state’s ballot; he later backed down.