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The Supreme Court has declined to hear an emergency appeal seeking to have Barack Obama declared ineligible to be president because he is half British and thus has dual citizenship and, therefore, is not a "natural born citizen."
Another appeal is pending — and facing certain denial — alleging that Obama was born in Kenya and that he might also have taken Indonesian citizenship as a child or that he might even have been born in Indonesia and adopted there.
And what about that birth certificate on file with the state of Hawaii, and vouched for by state officials, that everybody who has examined it finds satisfactory proof that Obama is indeed a native-born American? "A fraud, a forgery," insists an unsuccessful plaintiff.
And what about that birth announcement Obama’s parents placed in the Honolulu Advertiser on Aug. 13, 1961, eight days after he was born? Simply proof that the plot to place a foreigner in the White House is far cleverer and more far-reaching that we had imagined.
Federal district courts have dismissed similar suits and the more persistent of those true believers may appeal too, with the same result. But the charge that Obama is ineligible to be president lives on in the further reaches of the Internet. Some idiocies, it seems, are just too stupid to die.