Updated: this post was originally written on August 9, 2008. At the time no one wanted to talk about Obama’s citizenship and his possible (at that time) ineligibility.
I went to JONATHAN TURLEY‘s (law professor at George Washington University) site and posted a question regarding dual citizenship on two separate occasions. The comments were scrubbed. Little did I know at the time that Turley was an Obama supporter, capable of questioning McCain’s citizenship only to remain mute on Obama’s citizenship
SO HERE’S THE BOTTOM LINE TO THE QUESTION I POSED TWO YEARS AGO.
The Rocky Mountain News is reporting Obama has held dual citizenship since 1963. For many months the blogosphere has been a buzz with numerous posts about Obama’s birth certificate, questioning its validity, and in turn posing the question of whether Obama meets the eligibility requirements as listed in the Constitution.
I did a nanosecond of research and found this definition from ASK.com. It doesn’t do much to clarify the question. It states:
Only native-born U.S. citizens (or those born abroad, but only to parents who were both citizens (emphasis mine because are there are questions surrounding Barack’s father) of the U.S. may be president of the United States, though from time to time that requirement is called into question, most recently after Arnold Schwarzenegger, born in Austria, was elected governor of California, in 2003. The Constitution originally provided a small loophole to this provision: One needn’t have been born in the United States but had to be a citizen at the time the Constitution was adopted. But, since that occurred in 1789, that ship has sailed.
Reading this definition it appears Arnold Schwarzenegger is not eligible to be president. Naturalized or dual citizens are prohibited from seeking the highest office in the land, therefore Arnold need not apply.
So, are there any learned persons out there that can clarify these questions?
- Is a person eligible for the office of president of the United States if they hold dual citizenship?
- Is this a contestable constitutional issue?
I welcome comments and clarification to these questions!!!!!!