David Kirkpatrick

December 4, 2008

Supreme Court to look into Obama’s citizenship?

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:00 pm

Not very likely even though the topic is on the schedule. This is colossal waste of the court’s time and does nothing for national unity at a time when the US is facing a number of threats, not least of which is a financial crisis with no end or resolution in sight.

Once the robed nine refuse to hear the case it’ll only serve as more grist for the mills of the angry right who want to deny Obama’s legitimacy as president. That worked so well for the US during Clinton’s presidency, I’m sure we all all want of reprise angry cranks on the fringe right hoping block Obama’s policies by any means necessary.

From the link:

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Friday whether to take up a lawsuit challenging President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. citizenship, a continuation of a New Jersey case embraced by some opponents of Obama’s election.

The meeting of justices will coincide with a vigil by the filer’s supporters in Washington on the steps of the nation’s highest court.

The suit originally sought to stay the election, and was filed on behalf of Leo Donofrio against New Jersey Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells.

Legal experts say the appeal has little chance of succeeding, despite appearing on the court’s schedule. Legal records show it is only the tip of an iceberg of nationwide efforts seeking to derail Obama’s election over accusations that he either wasn’t born a U.S. citizen or that he later renounced his citizenship in Indonesia.

The Obama campaign has maintained that he was born in Hawaii, has an authentic birth certificate, and is a “natural-born” U.S. citizen. Hawaiian officials agree.

Update 12/8 — To no one’s surprise, the Supreme Court refuses to hear this waste time.

The Supreme Court has turned down an emergency appeal from a New Jersey man who says President-elect Barack Obama is ineligible to be president because he was a British subject at birth.

The court did not comment on its order Monday rejecting the call by Leo Donofrio of East Brunswick, N.J., to intervene in the presidential election. Donofrio says that since Obama had dual nationality at birth — his mother was American and his Kenyan father at the time was a British subject — he cannot possibly be a “natural born citizen,” one of the requirements the Constitution lists for eligibility to be president.

Donofrio also contends that two other candidates, Republican John McCain and Socialist Workers candidate Roger Calero, also are not natural-born citizens and thus ineligible to be president.

November 7, 2008

Obama’s economic A-list

Obviously not all choices I’d make, but you have to admit it’s a murderer’s row of a lineup.

From the link:

President-Elect Barack Obama is signaling quick movement on the economy, with his advisers moments ago rolling out a list of economic bigs who will serve on his Transition Economic Advisory Board.

Obama and Joe Biden will meet with the group tomorrow and hold a press conference afterwards, Camp Obama announces.

The group includes a bunch of expected names. There’s Warren Buffett (who endorsed Obama) and Governor Jennifer Granholm, as well as some heavy-hitters from the Clinton universe, like Robert Rubin and Robert Reich.

Also serving: Harvard’s Lawrence Summers and former Federal Reserve chair Paul Volcker.

Obama’s press conference — which will take place tomorrow at 2:30 P.M. ET — is likely to be a media zoo, both because it will offer clues to Obama’s first moves on the economy and because it’s his first presser as President-Elect.