The unanswered questions over Barack Obama's legitimacy as a president apparently are not going away. More than half a million people have signed a petition demanding proof he is eligible for the office.
The questions about his eligibility under the Constitution's requirement that the president must be a "natural born citizen" first were raised in a series of legal cases before he was elected.
Now he's been in office some 14 months – not quite one-third of his term as president – and more than 500,000 people have signed a petition demanding to see the proof.
The petition was addressed to the Electoral College, Congress, the Federal Elections Commission, U.S. Supreme Court and others "demanding that the constitutional eligibility requirement be taken seriously and that any and all controlling legal authorities in this matter examine the complete birth certificate of Barack Obama, including the actual city and hospital of birth, and make that document available to the American people for inspection."
As of early today, the signers totaled 500,058 and the number was rising.