While there never was any credible objection to President Obama’s constitutional eligibility to be president, some issues were raised that looked good, at least until they were examined. Over the course of the last 6 months, this web site has examined these issues, digging to find if there were some substance in them, exposing fraud and replacing rumor with fact.
People believe what they want to believe, and in the face of that fact simply showing that there is no basis for the belief is not enough. Refutation, when possible, is better. Many contributors here and elsewhere have searched the pubic record for information for refutation. I have searched as well. Here are the results of that search, addressing the four major objections to Obama’s eligibility:
- President Obama was born in Kenya
- President Obama renounced his US Citizenship and became an Indonesian citizen
- President Obama traveled to Pakistan when travel to US citizens was banned.
- A president of the United States must be the child of US Citizen parents, and President Obama’s father was British.
President Obama was born in Kenya
This was always an implausible scenario and it probably wouldn’t have persisted except for a tape recording, with barely audible sections in an African language, that purports to be Sarah Obama (the President’s paternal step grandmother) saying that she was present when President Obama was born. The tape recording, available on this web site, and its associated transcript by researcher Greg Doudna, clearly shows in its complete and unedited version, that the speaker is saying President Obama was born in Hawaii. The details and evidence are in my article: Sarah Obama Speaks!
Now the hospital in Honolulu where President Obama was born has acknowledged Obama’s birth there by including him in its official 100th anniversary celebration, with a web page and video footage. I think we may finally put the “born in Kenya” fantasy to rest. Barack Obama was born at the Kapi’olani Medical Center, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
President Obama renounced his US Citizenship and became an Indonesian citizen
This theory assumes a fact not in evidence, namely that Barack Obama was adopted by his step father, Lolo Soetoro. However, research by this web site shows that such a change in citizenship is impossible under both US and Indonesian law, regardless of whether Obama was adopted or not. The details and evidence are in my article: Hollister v. Indonesian Citizenship Law.
President Obama traveled to Pakistan when travel to US citizens was banned.
Research by another blogger turned up a State Department document stating that visas to Pakistan were available to Americans at the border. The “travel ban” was a lie, plain and simple. The details of the evolution of that lie are documented in my article: Barack Obama traveled to Pakistan on an Indonesian passport (updated).
A president of the United States must be the child of US Citizen parents, and President Obama’s father was British
This is a question of law, rather than of fact (all agree that President Obama’s father was a Citizen of the UK and Colonies). A huge compendium of material has been collected to prove beyond doubt that the Constitution has no parental requirement in it, nor was such a requirement anticipated by the framers. In fact, there is a judicial note from 1844 that the universal opinion of the public mind was that everyone born in the country was a natural born citizen.
Holdouts cite a Swiss philosopher, who they say used the phrase “natural born citizen” in an influential work, insisting that this was the only definition that existed at the time. However, this web site exposed the truth in the article De Vattel Revisited that the phrase “natural born citizen” was not in the edition of the book that existed at the time the Constitution was written and ratified.
In Barack Obama’s book, Dreams from My Father, there is a scene that I think is an apt metaphor for the persistence of Obama eligibility denialists.
I watched the man set the [chicken] down, pinning it gently under one knee and pulling its neck out across a narrow gutter. For a moment the bird struggled, beating its wings hard against the ground, a few feathers dancing up with the wind. Then it grew completely still. The man pulled the blade across the bird’s neck in a single smooth motion. Blood shot out in a long, crimson ribbon. The man stood up, holding the bird far away from his body, and suddenly tossed it high into the air. It landed with a thud, then struggled to its feet, its head lolling grotesquely against its side, its legs pumping wildly in a wide, wobbly circle. I watched as the circle grew smaller, the blood trickling down to a gurgle, until finally the bird collapsed, lifeless on the grass.
Dreams from my Father, p. 35