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Citizen Obama?

December 5, 2008

Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court will meet to consider whether to hear one of the many lawsuits challenging Barack Obama’s status as a natural born citizen of the United States.  The case to be considered asserts that because Mr. Obama Sr. was not an American citizen, his son would have had dual citizenship at birth (American from his mother and British from his father because Kenya was under British rule at the time).

Whether Barack Obama was born in Hawaii or Kenya or anywhere else is beside the point. Any person having dual citizenship at birth is not a natural born citizen, according to this suit.

It’s actually a very interesting Constitutional question. Does “natural born” mean born of parents who are both American citizens? Considering that the Constitution included this requirement for serving as President, it is also a rather important question. The founders made that rule to prevent a person who might have divided loyalties from ever becoming President. Unfortunately, they did not give us a clear definition of what they meant by “natural born”.

Keep your eyes open for news tomorrow. The question itself won’t be answered tomorrow, but we will find out if the Supreme Court decides it’s an important enough question for them to hear the case.