Obama Lawsuit Questioning Citizenship: Papers Served

Barack Obama (or his representative) was served (September 4th) at his Washington Senate office with official notification of a lawsuit questioning his citizenship.

The story of Philadelphia attorney, Philip Berg’s lawsuit against Senator Barack Obama’s citizenship, also naming the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the Democrat National Convention (DNC), made it into the Washington Times. Still nothing from the NYT, LA Times, Washington Post, or Chicago Tribune.

The Washington Times – August 28, 2008

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia last week, also names the Democratic National Committee and the Federal Election Commission and says Mr. Obama´s mother went to Kenya late in her pregnancy and ended up giving birth there. It also claims that later in life, Mr. Obama declared himself a citizen of Indonesia.

For additional background: Cone of Silence Surrounds Obama’s Citizenship

Here’s the latest update from the intrepid Jeff Schreiber, who made phone calls to Obama’s Senate office and his campaign headquarters, where the Obama staffer refused to give his name and scoffed at the viability of the Washington Times:

From Jeff Schreiber America’s Right
September 5, 2008

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama was served with papers yesterday connected with the lawsuit filed more than two weeks ago in federal court in Philadelphia questioning his constitutional eligibility for the American presidency. Service was made at his Washington, D.C. Senate office at approximately 1:00 p.m.

From a press release provided by filing attorney Philip Berg and available on his Web site:

Philip J. Berg, Esquire, the Attorney who filed suit against Barack H. Obama challenging Senator Obama’s eligibility to serve as President of the United States, has received confirmation from his Process Service Company that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Senator Barack Obama were served today, September 4, 2008, with the legal documents pertaining to Berg vs. Obama, Civil Action No. 08-cv-4083.

The DNC was served at 12:00 p.m. and Senator Obama was served at 1:00 p.m. The U.S. Attorney’s Office accepted service on behalf of the Federal Elections Committee (FEC) on or about August 22, 2008.

A telephone call to Obama’s Senate office in Washington, D.C. yielded no official comment, as his staffer maintained that she was “not familiar with any legal action” and, even though I mentioned that service was made in D.C. to that office, it was “probably a campaign-related issue.”

The subsequent call to the senator’s campaign headquarters, however, yielded the same result but in a more entertaining fashion.

“That’s very interesting,” said a campaign official who declined to provide a name and admitted that this was the first he had heard of Berg’s lawsuit. He asked whether anything about the civil action had appeared in the newspapers, and when told that the story had appeared in the Washington Times, he laughed.

“Has the story appeared in the New York Times? How about the Washington Post? Or the Los Angeles Times? The Chicago Tribune?” he asked. “Those are all more trustworthy papers than the Washington Times. When the story appears there, then we might have something to say about it.”

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