The Last Word on Obama’s Citizenship

Of course would come from sober-minded Marc Ambinder:

But the two-citizen parent rule, which is no longer in effect, applied to people born outside the U.S.  Obama was born in 1961 in Hawaii, a U.S. state since 1959; (had he been born earlier, it wouldn’t matter — U.S. law granted natural born citizenship to every Hawaiian born after 1900.)

Now — the 14th amendment is fairly clear on the subject:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.

A further objection: to be “natural born,” as the constitution requires, is to be born on U.S. soil (check) to two citizen parents (x mark.)  Again — that claim has no basis in federal law, Supreme Court precedent, or English common law.

The conspiracy theories are entertaining, and in a down economy, they keep people employed, so I suppose one cannot entirely dismiss their social utility.


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