Thanks to the tenacity of Lou Dobbs, Pat Boone and "birthers" everywhere, the idea that President Barack Obama is not in fact a natural born American citizen persists. But a 378-0 vote on the Hill has struck a blow to their cause.
G. Gordon Liddy, notorious Nixon henchman, spoke on behalf of birthers everywhere during an appearance on Hardball with Christ Matthews earlier in the week, when he declared that not only is Obama not an American-born citizen, the president is, in fact, an illegal alien.
This helped set the stage for the showdown that took place in Washington,, D.C.
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Rep. Neil Abercrombie, (D-Hawaii), introduced Monday House Resolution 593 (PDF), "Recognizing and celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the entry of Hawaii into the Union as the 50th State... Whereas the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, was born in Hawaii."
Normally this sort of boiler plate goes on uncontested. But as Rep. Elijah Cummings was about to declare the resolution passed by a voice vote, the proceedings were interrupted by Republican Rep. Michelle Bachman.
"Mr. Speaker? Mr. Speaker? I object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and make a point of order that a quorum is not present," said the atypically soft spoken congresswoman from Minnesota.
Cummings had no choice but to delay further action on the resolution that would have put Republican Representatives in the position of making a vote that would implicitly force them to acknowledge that the Commander in Chief was in fact a natural born citizen or explain why they refused to celebrate Hawaii's 50th anniversary.
Once the House finally had a quorum later in the day, all 378 members of Congress in attendance voted Yea.
Among the 158 Republicans that voted that Obama was born in Hawaii were Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, who said she'd "like to see the documents," Rep. Charles Boustany, who said he thinks "there are questions," and Tom Price of Georgia, who literally ran away when each was asked for their opinions on the matter in a hilarious video made by Huffington Post and Firedog Lake.