- Law Cases
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 2, 2010) — A contender for the U.S. Senate seat in Arkansas currently held by Blanche Lincoln (D) has publicly stated that Obama may not qualify for the office he holds.
One news release incorrectly reports that “Hawaii officials have issued multiple statements saying records prove Obama is a natural-born U.S. citizen, and Obama’s campaign posted a copy of his birth certificate on its Web site during the 2008 presidential race.”
The Post & Email has reported on multiple occasions that Hawaii officials, including the attorney general, have refused to corroborate the one statement made by Dr. Chiyome Fukino, Director of the Department of Health, which claimed that Obama was a “natural-born American citizen.” As a medical doctor, there is no evidence that Dr. Fukino has the legal or constitutional expertise to determine that Obama is a “natural born Citizen” as required by Article II, Section 1, paragraph 5 of the U.S. Constitution.
Another news report from the AP repeats the misinformation that “proof” has “been provided by the president and the state of Hawaii.” Had real proof been provided, no one would continue to discuss the issue nor have a need to mention it during a political campaign. The fact is that the state of Hawaii has produced nothing in the way of proof and Obama has refused to release any of his records. The Department of Health and Hawaii legislature are attempting to pass a bill restricting the public from making inquiries for information which by law should be made available upon request.
Curtis Coleman, one of eight Republicans vying for the nomination for the Senate seat, was quoted as saying, “I’m not aware that his birth certificate has ever been published or seen, which I think should be a concern to every American. If his citizenship is based on his place of birth, and we’ve never seen his birth certificate, then how could we know?”
On April 1, Rasmussen reported that Coleman has a lead over incumbent Blanche Lincoln of 48% to 36%.
The Post & Email has covered the Obama eligibility issue extensively, including the fact that Obama is ineligible to hold the office of president based solely on the fact that he had dual citizenship at birth, a fact which he admitted on his campaign website. He also described himself as “native citizen” rather than the “natural born Citizen” required by the Constitution for the office of President.