Born in the USA
We can all thank Bruce Springsteen for planting the idea in our heads that a person has to be born in the United States in order to be eligible to become president.
Article II of the US Constitution clearly states the requirements, that a president must be “a natural born Citizen”. Nowhere does it state that the person must be born in the United States. It is true that most people who are born in the US are granted citizenship at birth. It is also true that people who are born outside of the US, from one or more US citizen parents, can also be granted US citizenship at birth.
When my daughter was born in Singapore, many of my friends made the comment that “she can never become president”. However, shortly after her birth, the US Consulate in Singapore presented us with a “Consular Report of Birth of a Citizen of the United States of America”, or Form FS-240. This form clearly declares that my daughter was born a US Citizen, and it is recognized by the US government as proof.
I bring this up because of the current scuttlebutt, claiming that Barack Obama was not born in the United States, and therefore can not legitimately act as president. I am not going to get into that argument.
But I do want to clarify that being born in the US is not a requirement for citizenship, and it is not a requirement for becoming president.
I can only hope that Audrey has this same problem in 30 years.
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Your point was brought up during the past election, not only for Obama, but also for McCain.
McCain was born in Panama, while under US control at the time, has never been a state.
Actually, from what I understand it was only the Panama Canal Zone that was under US control. There is some question as to whether McCain was born in the Zone or in the hospital in the local town. In either case, he wouldn’t have been born in the United States and if this were an actual problem it would have affected him much more than Obama.
Thankfully, as you’ve said, Alan, it doesn’t preclude someone from becoming president!
Hey, btw, what plugin are you using to generate the “Twitted by plannettrilug” comment? (That should actually be “tweeted by”… but I’ll let that slide… 🙂
I have no idea where that twitter comment came from… it was sitting my wordpress spam queue. So I guessed that someone else tweeted this blog post and sent a comment here.