Judge Cites ‘Miracle on 34th' Movie in Dismissing Obama Challenge

Circuit Judge Kevin Carroll noted that Obama lives in the White House, flies on Air Force One, has delivered State of the Union Addresses to Congress and was re-elected as president.

Saturday, Dec 22, 2012  |  Updated 1:08 PM EDT
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A judge has borrowed a famous line from the classic Christmas movie "A Miracle on 34th Street" in dismissing a challenge to President Barack Obama's eligibility to hold the nation's highest office.

Circuit Judge Kevin Carroll, with Florida's 2nd Judicial Circuit in Tallahassee, noted that Obama lives in the White House, flies on Air Force One, has delivered State of the Union Addresses to Congress and was re-elected as president.

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In the opinion signed Thursday, Carroll then said it therefore was appropriate during the holiday season to paraphrase the movie's fictional judge, who ruled the government had declared the film's leading character, Kris Kringle, to be Santa Claus by delivering Santa's mail to him.

In the movie, the judge says: “If the United States of America believes this man is Santa Claus, then this court will not dispute it. Case dismissed.”

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In Carroll's ruling, he wrote: "Since the United States government declares this man to be president, this court will not dispute it. Case dismissed."

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