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Natural Born Obama

Reader comment on item: Confirmed: Barack Obama Practiced Islam
in response to reader comment: Obama born Hawaiian, McCain born Panamanian

Submitted by John Bissell (United States), Aug 20, 2008 at 15:23

Yup. a little (very little) more research would have shown me that. My questioning came from a bit of a constitutional argument I saw on another post. It seems that a "Natural Born" person must have been 1) Literally born in the United States or Territories; and, (2 ) With two US Citizens as parents WHO HAVE BEEN CITIZENS FOR AT LEAST 8 YEARS PAST THEIR 18TH BIRTHDAY (OR SOMETHING TO THAT EFFECT)

at any rate, that poster was saying that Obama was not a "Natural Born" citizen because his father was not a US citizen and his mother had not been a US citizen for 8 years past her 18th birthday. My constitutional lawyer friend tells me that this would only apply (The # of years past the 18th b'day) if the mother were a "naturalized citizen - so, the argument is invalid...


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