Did Alabama Sen. Shelby question Obama's citizenship?

The senator reportedly expressed doubt about the president's eligibility for his job; his office denies the story, but a local paper's standing by it.


Alex Koppelman
February 23, 2009 8:15PM (UTC)

If you believe what you read, then Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) might be one of the "Birthers" who question whether President Obama meets the Constitution's eligibility requirements for his office. According to the Cullman Times, a local paper, Shelby was asked at a recent event about rumors concerning Obama's birth and citizenship, and replied, "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."

Shelby's office is denying the story. His spokesman calls the report is a "distortion" and says what Shelby told the crowd is that "while he hasn't personally seen the President's birth certificate, he is confident that the matter has been thoroughly examined."

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The paper is standing by its account, though and -- in what appears to be a show of confidence in its reporter -- asking anyone with video or audio of the event to come forward, and offering to post the evidence to its Web site.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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