By the way, who is making all these claims that the mainstream media isn’t covering the natural born citizenship issue? Baloney.
CNN Senior Legal Analyst, Jeff Toobin, stated during a broadcast of CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer:
BLITZER: What do the founding fathers mean when they inserted “naturally born” as a qualification to be president?
TOOBIN: Well, what they — what they wanted was not someone who had been born in England. They wanted someone born within, at that point, the 13 colonies. And usually it’s a pretty straightforward issue of whether someone was born in this country or not.
Addressing this in more detail on the Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull program:
BROWN:Now let’s go back to the story that had a loft us in the newsroom scratching our heads today, the accusation that Barack Obama is not a natural-born citizen and therefore cannot be president of the United States. Well, frankly, it sounds like another of the crackpot rumors that dogged Obama throughout the campaign, the kind of thing you would hear from people wearing tinfoil hats, frankly. But this one won’t go away. It won’t die. Lawsuits have been filed in several states now. And the — or at the Supreme Court, the justices met today. They could decide at any moment whether they will actually hear arguments on the case.
And Jeffrey Toobin is here to put the whole thing to our NO BULL test.
JEFFREY TOOBIN, CNN SENIOR ANALYST: Hello, Campbell.
BROWN: So, before we get into the I guess how on earth this ended up potentially going before the Supreme Court, just explain the merits of the case, if there are any in your view. Is there any evidence at all to support this?
TOOBIN: Well, you know, I’m a lawyer. So, I have got to be a little cautious in responding to this. So, this much I will say. This is a joke. This is ridiculous.
TOOBIN: This is absurd.
BROWN: Don’t hold back.
TOOBIN: This is a whack-job project. And the reason there are lots of lawsuits is, they all keep losing appropriately and they are now winding up before the Supreme Court.
Look, there are two — let’s look at two documents. One is his birth certificate, which shows that he was born in Hawaii, in the United States.
BROWN: OK. Right. Which we have all known, right.
TOOBIN: And end of story. That’s it. He is eligible to be president.
And if you are not convinced by that, there is a newspaper announcement of his birth in — there it is — in Hawaii on — in August 1961. There is no merit to this lawsuit at all.
BROWN: So, if it’s total bull, which is what you are saying…
TOOBIN: Total bull.
BROWN: … why is it even being discussed as a possible case before the Supreme Court? TOOBIN: Well, because the losers in this lawsuit, the people who keep filing this nonsense, keep appealing. And now they have made it all the way to the Supreme Court.
Interestingly, this is kind of right-wing nonsense. There has been left-wing nonsense about this lawsuit, which is criticism of Clarence Thomas for the way he handled it.
BROWN: Because he’s the one who said, we are going to — I’m at least going to put this before the other justices, right?
TOOBIN: Correct. And what — the way it worked was…
BROWN: And people see, oh, he’s not an Obama fan, so…
TOOBIN: Exactly. That’s the claim, because, first, it went to David Souter, who just rejected it. Then it went to Clarence Thomas, who referred it to the full court.
The reason Thomas did that is that, when it looks like a claimant in the court is going to go to every single justice, the second person in line says, look, I want to stop that. Let’s just refer it to the whole court, let the court deal with it, so we don’t have to do these one at a time.
Thomas acted completely appropriately. There is nothing wrong with what he did. I’m sure he doesn’t like Barack Obama, given his politics.
TOOBIN: But his action here didn’t — there was nothing wrong with what he did.
BROWN: OK. So, how is this likely to play out now, based on what you know?
TOOBIN: Monday, the court will announce the results of its conference that was held today.
I will bet you my vast fortune, which I know is not that vast, but I will bet anything that they will decline to hear the case. It will go away to the obscurity and absurdity it deserves.
BROWN: Has the Obama camp said anything about this at all or have they basically ignored it?
TOOBIN: Well, this rumor was around. And they had a Web site during the campaign that he wasn’t born in the United States. And they posted the birth certificate. This particular lawsuit, they haven’t dignified with a response. And, frankly, I can’t blame them.
BROWN: All right, Jeff Toobin tonight.
Fascinating, though, that it would stay out there and alive this long and it would end up all the way at the Supreme Court.
TOOBIN: Lawyers with too much time on their hands.
BROWN: OK, apparently, Jeffrey Toobin for us tonight.
And again on the American Morning program:
BILL SCHNEIDER, CNN SR. POLITICAL ANALYST: There’s some people out there who wish to believe that there’s something illegal about his candidacy and now his presidency.
ARENA: The latest effort to rewrite the election of 2008, an accusation that Barack Obama is not a legitimate natural born American, and so can’t be sworn in.
SCHNEIDER: There was always that charge hanging out there there’s something that’s not really American about him. And there’s a small group of people who just want to keep that discussion going.
ARENA: The argument which is being taken all the way to the Supreme court goes like this.
When Barack Obama was born in 1961, Kenya was still a British colony. Obama’s father was from Kenya and, therefore, a British citizen. That British citizenship automatically passed on to his son, and that means that Obama who was born in the U.S. was born with dual citizenship. But is that enough to disqualify him from being president?
THOMAS GOLDSTEIN, SUPREME COURT LEGAL ANALYST: The law was always been understood to be that if you are born here you are a natural born citizen and that is particularly the case when you have a U.S. citizen parent like Barack Obama’s mother.
ARENA: The Obama campaign says the proof of his U.S. citizenship is right on his birth certificate. Case closed. What’s more his Kenyan citizenship automatically expired when he turned 21. Legal experts do not expect the Supreme Court to take the case, even though it has never really defined what it means to be a natural born citizen.
GOLDSTEIN: This is one of those terms that’s probably going to stay ambiguous in the law because the courts don’t like to step in when what they’d be doing is overruling the will of the voters. It’s a so-called political question.
ARENA (on camera): This is only the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens of lawsuits nationwide trying to overturn the election results all centered around the same theme that Barack Obama was not eligible to run for president.