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Representative interrupted by birther during reading of Constitution

Jeff Winkler Contributor

A member of the public who doesn’t believe President Barack Obama was born in the United States and therefore eligible to be president briefly interrupted the reading of the Constitution by House members Thursday.

The incident occurred while Democratic New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone was reading Article Two, Section 1 of the Constitution, which explains the citizenship requirements for U.S. president, on the House floor. The section 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.”

Detained by Capitol Hill authorities, the alleged Constitution interrupter said her name was Theresa Cao and asked The Daily Caller to have someone contact “World Net Daily.” She also told TheDC that that she did not believe that Obama is a natural born citizen.

Cao was featured in a WND profile in March of 2010, which described her as an extreme evangelist Christian who has been “positioning herself in front of the White House gates almost daily for more than two years…”

Officials detaining Cao would not comment further on the incident

Tweeting from the House floor, Democratic Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut said:  “First interruption of the reading from the Gallery. By a birther, screaming about Obama. Unintended consequences….”

House members, led by Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, are reading aloud on the House floor an “amended version” of the Constitution that only includes the sections and amendments that were not changed at a later date.

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