Mrs. Obama's Slip of the Tongue  

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Today on WorldNetDaily:

In little noticed remarks, Michelle Obama stated at a public event that her husband's mother, Ann Dunham, was "very young and very single" when she gave birth to the future U.S. president.

Her comments further undermine the official story as told by Barack Obama – that Dunham was married to his father, Barack Obama Sr., at the time of birth.
While this is interesting and raises a lot of questions regarding important issues, it's not likely to affect much with regard to the "birther" cause. After all, Barack Obama, Sr. was a British national at the time of Barack Obama, Jr.s birth, whether he was married to Ann Dunham at the time or not. His place of birth is more relevant, but the most important issue is whether a man born to a foreign parent qualifies as a "natural born citizen". The wording of the Constitution suggests he may not:
No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President

- Article II, Section 1
There is only one reason the highlighted phrase would have been included: The Founding Fathers did not view themselves as "natural born citizens". But wait ... most of them were born on US soil. Why would they not be natural born citizens???? Washington himself was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Why would he need this stipulation in order to serve as President of the new nation if he were not to be considered a natural born citizen by virtue of his birth within the borders of the country?

Answer: His parents, Augustine and Mary Washington, were BRITISH SUBJECTS at the time of his birth. Get it? George Washington himself was not a natural born citizen, but as a "Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution", he was eligible to serve.

Does being born to an American mother and a foreign father qualify one as a natural born citizen? That is an issue the Supreme Court must address in order for Mr. Obama to serve. The birth certification from Hawaii does not prove he was born there, as that same document was provided to people born outside the US at the time of Mr. Obama's birth, but his vault birth certificate doesn't prove his status as a natural born citizen either, as it has already been established that Mr. Obama's father was not a US citizen.

In other "Birther News", WND is reporting today that an appeal has been filed in Philadelphia regarding one of the eligibility cases.

Look. You can call me loony for taking a stance here, but the Constitution is real. If you think that circumventing the Constitution is ok, then just go ahead and enjoy your cushy little place in the Republican or Democratic Party. They do it all the time.

To be fair, I will establish that the birther cause has the support of my closest and biggest Obama supporter. Why? Because he stands behind at least those provisions that determine eligibility, even if his candidate isn't all that interested in the Constitution (he also forgot to read what comes after the colon in the general welfare clause). After all, can a dual citizen fully and effectively represent the interests of one nation? Look around you. I really wish we didn't have to find out.