Among the vast list of cases challenging Barack Obama’s eligibility, there is a peculiar one that challenges the validity of legislation signed by President Obama. It begins in a rather normal way.
The suit was filed in Maryland US District Court by the 11 Doctors (sounds like an episode of Dr. Who), first of whom was a Dr. Anderson for whom the case is styled Anderson v. Obama. The original complaint alleged (among other things) that Obama had illegally pressured a Senator to vote for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and that the law should be invalidated. The case was dismissed in July of 2010 by District Judge Peter J. Messitte.
An appeal was filed in August before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. This where I first see some of the documentation, and it strikes me as decidedly odd with hyperbole such as this from “Appellants’ motion for reconsideration of Court’s order denying motion for temporary injunction pending appeal, reply to Appellee’s opposition to motion for temporary injunction pending appeal, and opposition to cross-motion to dismiss appeal”:
This is child’s play, but it turns out to be devilish mischief for the cathedral of American medicine which has been shaken to its foundations.
There has not been a smokescreen like this since the Lucky Strike commercials of black and white television.
Still at this point one would not find the lawsuit remarkable, and the Supreme Court denied cert January 10, 2011 (case 10-612). However, plaintiffs have more recently filed a motion for reconsideration by the Supreme Court that ratchets up the rhetoric and adds a complement of birther conspiracy theories. Those who want to read the motion will need a subscription to WestLaw (see 2012 WL 1652592 (U.S.)).
The Doctors say that the birth certificate controversy is known as “Birthgate” (a new term to me) and argue that SCOTUS should reconsider based on an argument that the PPACA is invalid because President Obama himself is not valid. They wrote:
That in an attempt to quiet “Birthgate,” Obama has asked the American People to discount the statements made by his grandmother. His grandmother’s purported statements revealed that she was present at Obama’s birth in Kenya, after which his mother flew with her newborn in arms to Hawaii, where she ran a “Notice of Birth” in a local Honolulu newspaper. Even if her son had been born in Kenya, it is understandable that she saw no need to make mention of that in his “Notice of Birth” in the local newspaper. Her son, now the current President of the United States, is not a credible eyewitness to the place of his birth since, although he irrefutably was personally present, he assuredly has no memory thereof.
This is of course the worst birther ignorance since a) Obama’s step grandmother didn’t say he was born in Kenya, b) the INS said that NO American citizen flew from Kenya to the United States that year and c) the newspaper notices were placed there by the Department of Health, not the parents. The Doctors speculate that perhaps Obama’s mother never told him.
The doctors demand a detailed forensic examination of the long-form birth certificate including molecular spectroscopy of residue from the typewriter “platan” (sic) and forensic analysis of the ink.
In a decision published June 4, the Supreme Court denied the Doctors’ motion for rehearing.
Another one bites the dust