Now, if you have watched the news anytime in the past 3 years, you may have heard any of a number of people question Obama’s country of origin. They believe that he was not born in America and is not a U.S. Citizen. No matter what evidence they are given, these people act like it isn’t legitimate. Their concern is over the following:
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; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
According to the Certificate of Live Birth presented by the State of Hawaii, Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. That alone should settle the debate, but because his father is Kenyan some folks say he had to be born in Kenya and is Kenyan by birth. Well, that’s stupid. What is even more stupid is that some people (i.e. Donald Trump) think that not only was Obama born in Kenya, but that his Kenyan grandparents also paid Hawaiian newspapers to print his birth announcement in those papers to prove (at some later date) that he was actually American. That seems a bit too convoluted, even for “The Donald”.
What Donald Trump failed to realize is that natural born status is given to anyone who is born in this country or born to a citizen of this country. Barack Obama was born to a mother from Kansas. Unless there was some super secret secession that Kansas went through, Kansas is one of the 50 states in the United States of America. Being born in Kansas would have given his mother American citizenship, as would the fact that both of her parents were born in Kansas as well. Obama would, by his mother’s citizenship status, achieve natural born status purely by being born.
I wonder why these people were unconcerned with John McCain’s birth record. He was born in Panama. The fear over Obama being born in Kenya, while there is no fear over McCain being born in Panama, makes the whole issue look like it is a lot more about race and discrimination than fears over political legitimacy.
I really wish that there was some kind of law that required politicians and wannabe politicians to understand the Constitution and the country’s history. The lack of insight on the way our government works might be part of the reason that our country has so much trouble getting things done.