Yesterday, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) joined the group of curious thinkers, led by the likes of Barbara Simpson, Jerome Corsi and Alan Keyes, who obsessively question the citizenship of President Obama. In response to a question asked at a public meeting in Cullman County, Alabama, Sen Shelby said:
“Well his father was Kenyan and they said he was born in Hawaii, but I haven’t seen any birth certificate. You have to be born in America to be president.”
Of course, it is well established that President Obama was born in America, as The Cullman Times noted:
According to the Associated Press, state officials in Hawaii checked health department records during the campaign and determined there was no doubt Obama was born in Hawaii.
The nonpartisan Web site Factcheck.org examined the original document and said it does have a raised seal and the usual evidence of a genuine document. In addition, Factcheck.org reproduced an announcement of Obama’s birth, including his parents’ address in Honolulu, that was published in the Honolulu Advertiser on Aug. 13, 1961.
Moreover, the notion President Obama was born outside the US has been repudiated even by the folks who are the most responsible for having started the rumor: The staff at WorldNutDaily. So, it seems quite curious that Senator Shelby is raising this issue all over again.
It seems to me Senator Shelby in his own small way made a contribution to the continual dumbing down of the national discourse yesterday by giving a bit of credence to one of the ridiculous claims of the Fantasy Based Community in this country.