A United States Senator has spoken in public about Barack Obama’s natural born citizenship status. A constituent asked Senator Richard Shelby if there was any truth to a rumor that the President may not be constitutionally qualified for the office. Shelby did not duck the question, as some before him have. See photos and video below.

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Senator Richard Shelby (Photo)

After months of campaign trail scrutiny of circumstances surrounding Barack Obama’s place of birth, his supporters contend that there is no controversy. Others believe that Congress failed in a important duty to vet a candidate, and perhaps subverted the Constitution, possibly allowing Obama to take the country’s highest office even though he is not a natural born citizen.

While meeting with local residents in Cullman County, AL, Senator Shelby (R-AL) was asked:

…[is] there was any truth to a rumor that appeared during the presidential campaign concerning Obama’s U.S. citizenship, or lack thereof.

Shelby’s answer, while not in-depth, stated the bare bones of the intense rumors:

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.

To Obama’s minions, it’s enough that there is a birth certificate posted online claiming to be Barack’s “real” birth certificate. It is enough that FactCheck.org has verified the online certificate. FactCheck.org is owned by the Annenberg Foundation which was one Barack Obama’s first employers.

To those not so willing to drink the Kool-Aid, especially after Obama’s family in Kenya claimed attending his birth in Kenya, there is far more to consider.

Hawaii issues numerous types of birth certificates. Some of those certificates can be issued for a child not born in Hawaii, or in the United States. The birth certificate provided by the Obama campaign, and seen online, is a Certification of Live Birth, which any parent can request for a child within the first year of birth, regardless of the child’s country of birth.

The birth certificate America needs, to verify that our President is natural born, is a long form Certificate of Birth – the documentation proving that a person was born in Hawaii. This has not been provided for Barack Obama, and he has reportedly hired three law firms to keep the long form from being released.

Obama’s minions point to a statement from the registrar of vital statistics in Hawaii who says she has personally verified that the office holds Obama’s “original birth certificate.” The problem: the registrar’s office does not verify a long form birth certificate. Records are sealed in Hawaii and the long form cannot be revealed without the request of family or someone with a vital interest – which in this case does not include the citizens of the United States.

FactCheck.org has verified Obama’s online birth certificate. This makes Obama supporters feel good. His certificate has been “checked,” and verified, but it’s not that simple. First, FactCheck.org is just another internet site with no authority. Second, it is owned by the Annenberg Foundation who just happened to be Barack Obama’s first real employer. Third, did I mention that FactCheck has no authority?

Now we have a member of the Senate who has publicly said that he does not believe proper proof has been provided.

I applaud Senator Shelby for not ducking the question, as most Senators and Representatives have done. When I spoke to my Senator’s offices before the election, the conversations eventually revealed a fear that they would smeared if they entered the fray. They don’t really know either – and they didn’t have the courage to make the Democrats take this burden off the shoulders of American voters.

What will it take to move this to the next step up? At this point, Congress needs to lay out authentic documentation. This should not be a murky issue. This is not an issue that the internet can solve or prove. The proof must come from Obama, an incredibly easy task him, unless he is not natural born, the State of Hawaii and Congress.

In the video below, Alan Keyes is fired-up and speaking plainly about Barack Obama. Listen for some hot-button commentary on the possibility of an unconstitutional President (click photos below to enlarge).

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Barack Obama Gallery (Photos)

Barack Obama Birth Certificate – Alan Keyes Commentary (Video)