The US Supreme Court cleared the way this morning for Barack Obama to take the oath of office on Jan. 20, refusing to take a case that challenged whether Obama was eligible to be president.
The case, pushed by anti-Obama bloggers and others, argued that Obama is not a natural-born citizen -- and thus is not eligible to be president. The critics pushed the case though Hawaii officials definitively concluded that Obama's birth certificate was genuine.
As usual, the high court did not offer an explanation in declining to hear the case.
The Associated Press reports that the court action came from one Leo Donofrio of East Brunswick, N.J., who argues 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. 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.
The AP says at least one other appeal over Obama's citizenship remains at the court. Philip J. Berg of Lafayette Hill, Pa., argues that Obama was born in Kenya, or may be a citizen of Indonesia, where he lived as a boy. Federal courts in Pennsylvania have dismissed Berg's lawsuit. Federal courts in Ohio and Washington state have rejected similar lawsuits.
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