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Is the ‘birther’ issue laid to rest?

It was with some regret that I heard Wednesday morning that President Obama has released his birth certificate. There is no issue that is better for generating comments for this website than whether Obama was born in the USA, and I am sad to see it go.

The “birther” controversy, as  it is often called, even has a special connection to the Inland Northwest vortex, that inescapable force of nature that connects national and international news events to our area. It was in Moscow, Idaho, after all, that Orly Taitz confronted Chief Justice John Roberts about her legal challenge to Obama's eligibililty to be president…

(To read the rest of this post, click here to go inside the blog.)

Poll: Half GOP primary voters think Obama not born in USA

A new poll of 400 likely Republican primary voters suggests President Barack Obama should cue up a Bruce Springsteen song as his campaign anthem. Only about one in four believes he was born in the USA.

The poll was designed to test the relative strength of various GOP presidential aspirants. Mike Huckabee was first, followed by Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin. But as polls often do, the folks at PPP asked some other questions. Among them:
  

Do you think President Obama was born in the United States?

No said 51 percent

Yes said 28 percent

Not sure said 21 percent.

In other words, nearly three-fourths are either convinced he wasn't or aren't sure he was.

Link to the full poll is here.

Simpson ejects ‘birther’ for outburst

Idaho's Rep. Mike Simpson was holding the gavel today while part of the U.S. Constitution was being read on the floor of the House of Representatives, and he was quick to bring it down on someone shouting out a challenge to President Barack Obama's citizenship.

Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., was reading from Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution, the part that says who can be president, and got to “No person, except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President…” when a cry came from the gallery.

“Except Obama! Except Obama!” a woman shouted.

Simpson banged the gavel, reminded everyone present of the need for following the rules of the House, and ordered the sergeant of arms to eject the woman.

Weds. video: Matthews on Obama birth certificate

As regular readers of Spin Control know, we occasionally wander into the question of Barack Obama’s birth certificate, thanks to the appearance of Orly Taitz at the University of Idaho speech by Chief Justice John Roberts.

Taitz is a leader of the movement which questions whether Obama was born in the United States and is qualified to be president under the Constitution. The movement persists despite statements by government officials in Hawaii who say they have Obama’s birth certificate on file. One of the latest wrinkles is the search for the doctor who delivered Obama…they can’t seem to locate the doc, and it’s only been 47 years. Imagine that.

Another wrinkle is a bill introduced by some Republican congressman that would require any candidate for president to present proof of native birth. Chris Matthews confronts one of the sponsor of the bill, Rep. John Campbell of California, about his beliefs on Obama’s birth qualifications.

To read more about the whole Orly Taitz birth certificate controversy, see links to previous posts inside the blog.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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