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Ruanna asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

would it matter to you if Barry Soetoro ("Obama") was not a U.S. citizen (born in Kenya)?

And that he is 9th cousin to George Bush. see:

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    It wouldn't really matter to me because he isn't a Constitutional "natural born citizen" no matter where he was born.

    You see, there is a difference between a 'citizen' and a 'natural born citizen'.

    A 'citizen' can be a naturalized US citizen by immigrating to the US and applying for citizenship, a native-born citizen by just being born in the US, or a citizen by descent by being born to a US citizen parent.

    A "natural-born citizen" is someone who was born to two US citizen parents on US soil.

    Rep. John Bingham of Ohio, chief architect of the 14th Amendment's first section, considered the proposed national law (The Civil Rights Act of 1866) on citizenship as “simply declaratory of what is written in the Constitution, that every human being born within the jurisdiction of the United States of parents not owing allegiance to any foreign sovereignty is, in the language of your Constitution itself, a natural born citizen…” (Congressional Globe, 39th congress, 1st session, March 9, 1866)

    "Not owing allegiance to any foreign sovereignty" is the key phrase here. Both parents had to be US citizens, neither could be non-US citizen because then they would owe allegiance to a foreign sovereignty.

    The Supreme Court case of PERKINS v. ELG (1939) defined a natural born citizen as a person who was born on US soil to two US citizen parents.It defined it in two places; once by declaring Ms. Elg a "natural born citizen" (she was born to two Swedish immigrant naturalized US citizen parents on US soil) and once by citing the Steinkauler case, in which a young man was born on US soil to two naturalized US citizen parents and said of him "in due time, if the people elect, he can become President of the United States"

    See PERKINS V. ELG -

    It was also defined in MINOR v. HAPPERSETT (1874) where the court said "At common-law, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives, or natural-born citizens ..."

    In the Supreme Court case of Kwock Jan Fat v. White, 253 U.S. 454 (1920) The father of Kwock Jan Fat was a native-born US citizen, born on US soil of Chinese nationals. The mother of Kwock Jan Fat was a naturalized US citizen by virtue of her marriage to a US citizen.

    Kwock Jan Fat was Born of two US citizens on US soil and thus a "natural born citizen."

    To be eligible to serve as the President of the United States, the person must be a 'natural born citizen' (or a citizen at the time of the adoption of the constitution) per Article 2 Section 1 of the US Constitution.

    Barack Obama's father was not an immigrant to the US. He was in the US on a student visa and was a British/Kenyan citizen. He never had "legal resident" status and he never applied for US citizenship.

    Congress has tried to expand the definition of "natural born citizen" in the past, with S. 2128 [108th]: Natural Born Citizen Act. This bill never made it past the Committee on the Judiciary because it was an attempt to change the Constitution with legislation instead of by amendment.

    There would have been no need to expand the definition this way if any person born in the United States or any person born to one US citizen parent was already considered a "natural born citizen" according to the Constitution.

    Obama isn't a Constitutionally legal President.

  • 1 decade ago

    Ninth cousin to Dick Cheney. And why do you call him Barry Soetoro? What the hell does that mean? It's Barack Obama. President Barack Obama.

    And he was born in Hawaii. To the morons who say his grandmother said he was born in Kenya- she was referring to his FATHER, who has the same name. Yes, Barack Obama was born in Kenya. Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii. Not to mention, since his mother is a citizen, that automatically makes him a citizen, too. Besides, you really think they would let him in if he wasn't? I'm sure the government did a good deal of research on it.

  • 1 decade ago

    I care about the fact that he is not an American citizen. I don't care that he is related to George W. Bush.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yeah you are slow arent you? Just incase you didn't know he wa already elected and is the current president. Which by the way wouldn't be possible if he wasn't a US citizen.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    you missed him during the campaign saying he was 9th cousin to dick cheney your facts are flawed

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    his grandmother said she was in a hospital in kenya when the blessed event took place. wake up!

    Source(s): Chicago Thug
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No, but then again, I've never mistaken fairy tales for reality.

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