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Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 7:09pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.— A woman interrupted a reading of the Constitution on Thursday, protesting that President Obama was ineligible for presidency.
Frank Pallone, D-NJ, was reading the “Natural Born Citizen” clause of the Constitution when a woman began yelling “Except Obama, except Obama, help us Jesus!” The woman is an apparent member of the Birther Movement. Members of the Birther Movement argue that President Obama was not born in the United States and is therefore ineligible for presidency.
Mike Simpson, R-ID, called the House back to order by banging the gavel several times.
"The chair would remind persons in the gallery .. the chair would remind all persons in the gallery that they are here as guests of the House and that any manifestation of approval or disapproval of the proceedings is in violation of the rules of the House. The chair notes the disturbance in the gallery in contravention of the law and rules of the House. The Sergeant at Arms will remove those persons responsible for the disturbance and restore order in the gallery. The gentlemen from Virginia," Simpson said.
The Sergeant at Arms then removed the woman from the room and reportedly told her she was under arrest.
Section 1 of Article 2 of the United States Constitution states:
"No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of president."