FOX 17 WZTV (TV)/ DT NASHVILLEWhitley man demands proof of Obama's US birth
December 01, 2008 07:38 EST
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A Whitley County truck driver has filed a demand that President-elect Barack Obama prove he is a natural-born U.S. citizen -- one of the requirements to become president.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports this may be the first postelection court challenge to Barack Obama's qualifications to be president.
Forty-seven-year-old Daniel John Essek filed a demand last week that Obama provide a copy of his birth certificate to a federal judge in London for verification.
A Pennsylvania judge threw out a pre-election court challenge to Obama's birth qualification, saying its arguments were frivolous.
Obama's campaign has posted a copy of his birth certificate on the Internet to prove he was born in Hawaii.
Essek says he voted for John McCain in November but is questioning Obama's qualifications because "this is patriotism."
Essek unsuccessful ran for U.S. Senate in the primary election this year.