Thursday, June 12, 2008

Obama's birth certificate?

Seriously, do I really need to recieve twenty emails telling me to write Sen. Obama and have his campaign release his birth certificate? Well, there is good reason for him to do so...and while there is good reason, it could also be damaging to his campaign but not because of current law but United States law at the time of his birth.

Check out Campaign Spot:
Rumor one: Obama was born in Kenya. Rather unlikely, as it would require everyone in his family to lie about this in every interview and discussion with those outside the family since young Obama appeared on the scene. However, if it were true, it would probably raise a major question of “does he qualify as a natural-born citizen”? If Obama were born outside the United States, one could argue that he would not meet the legal definition of natural-born citizen under 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 “ten years, at least five of which had to be after the age of 16.”

Ann Dunham was 18 when Obama was born – so she wouldn’t have met the requirement of five years after the age of 16.

(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.)
Here is their follow up to the previous comments mentioned. Religion is not mentioned on the birth certificate itself but it would clear up whether Obama is QUALIFIED to serve as president under UNITED STATES LAW.

Sen. Obama, please, for the sake of the internet rumors, release your birth certificate. I don't need forty more emails asking me to contact your campaign.

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