Wednesday, June 11, 2008

U.S. Citizenship: First McCain, Now Obama

McCain's citizenship was brought into question a few months ago because he was born in the Panama Canal zone. Even though McCain was born on a U.S. military base and to two U.S. citizens, some claim an amendment would be needed to clarify his status and ability to be President.

Now similar questions are being posed about Barack's candidacy:

"..."If Obama were born outside the United States, one could argue that he would not meet the legal definition of natural-born citizen … because U.S. law at the time of his birth required his natural-born parent (his mother) to have resided in the United States for '10 years, at least [f]ive of which had to be after the age of 16.'"

He then points out Ann Dunham, Obama's mother, was 18 when Obama was born "so she wouldn't have met the requirement of five years after the age of 16."

Geraghty continues: " (Interestingly, apparently there isn't much paperwork on Obama's parents' marriage. 'Obama: From Promise to Power,' page. 27: 'Obama later confessed that he never searched for the government documents on the marriage, although Madelyn (Obama's maternal grandmother) insisted they were legally married.' Also note that Obama's father apparently was not legally divorced from his first wife back in Kenya at the time, a point of contention that ultimately led to their separation.)"

Geraghty said the Obama campaign could "debunk" the rumors about his birth simply by releasing a copy of his birth certificate, but the campaign has so far chosen not to do that..." (Read the whole article)

I was more interested to learn he was a product of polygamy (maybe he should choose Romney as his running mate) than to hear about his possible non-citizenship...

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