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Forget the birth certificate. Is Obama a ‘natural born’ citizen or not?

In Aaron Klein’s book The Manchurian President, in the chapter entitled “Eligibility” he makes a good case regarding Obama’s citizenship status.

What is a natural born citizen? The Constitution never really defines that and it’s not clearly defined in the Federalist Papers, either. Does natural born mean that you have to be born on American soil? Or does it mean that you have to be born of parents who are American citizens?

You might remember the to-do made over McCain’s birth in Panama… on an American naval base. It was such a big deal that the Senate passed a resolution on April 30, 2008 that stated John Sidney McCain III, being “born to American citizens on an American military base in the Panama Canal Zone in 1938 … is a ‘natural born citizen’ under Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution…”

(Why such a resolution was required of a great war hero and nothing about Obama’s circumstances was ever addressed by Congress, is an entirely other topic.)

I believe that ‘natural born’ means being born to AMERICAN CITIZENS – two American citizens. I think the Senate believed that, too if you read their resolution for McCain, as I do.

When Obama was born, his father, or the man  the claims as his father, was Kenyan. In 1961, the year of Obama’s birth, Kenya was part of the British Crown. Obviously, Obama, Sr. was not an American citizen.  And Obama, nor anyone in his circle dispute that fact. But because the definition of ‘natural born’ is so obscure and not clearly defined in the Constitution, and because as Klein and I both admit, we are not Constitutional lawyers, there probably won’t be any case brought against this.