To the editor,
President Obama was born in the United States and is a U.S. Citizen. His mother was Caucasian and from Kansas, and a U.S. citizen. She gave birth to him in Hawaii, a U.S. state. Is it not enough for the numerous, local skeptics to accept the fact that an American mother gave birth to an American child in the United States? Is an American-born child, and adult U.S. citizen not eligible to run for president?
The qualifications for president are set in Article II, Section 1 of the United States Constitution: "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; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States."
Under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:
— If both parents are U.S. citizens, the child is a citizen if either of the parents has ever lived in the U.S. prior to the child's birth.
— If one parent is a U.S. citizen and the other parent is a U.S. national, the child is a citizen if the U.S. citizen parent has lived in the U.S. for a continuous period of at least one year prior to the child's birth.
— If one parent is a U.S. citizen and the other parent is not, the child is a citizen if: the “U.S. citizen parent” has been "physically present" in the U.S. before the child's birth for a total period of at least five years, and at least two of those five years were after the U.S. citizen parent's fourteenth birthday.
Hawaii became a part of the United States in 1959. Barack Obama was born August 4th in Hawaii in 1961 (today's Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, Honolulu) so his birth was in the United States, not just a U.S. territory. Even if he had been born in Hawaii when it was a U.S. territory, he would still be regarded as a citizen. According to The Immigration and Nationality Act, Title III, SEC. 305. [8 U.S.C. 1405], "A person born in Hawaii on or after April 30, 1900, is a citizen of the United States at birth."
(As an aside, Republican candidate John McCain was born in Panama and is considered to be a U.S. citizen under the same act. McCain was born on a U.S. military base and both of his parents were U.S. citizens.) Do you doubt his citizenship as well? He ran for president.
When Mr. Obama was born in Hawaii, any issue of his citizenship (or even of his mother's) was not relevant because he would be “a citizen by birth.” Asked about this, Hawaiian Department of Health spokeswoman Janice Okubo stated that Hawaii "does not have a short-form or long-form certificate". Moreover, the director of her department has confirmed that the state, "has Sen. Obama’s original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures." The certificate also states, "This copy serves as prima facie evidence of the fact of birth in any court proceeding." The courts concur. The “certificate of live birth” has been shown shown to the public, ad nausea.
In 1961, “birth notices” for Barack Obama were published in both the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin on August 13 and August 14, 1961, respectively, listing the home address of Obama's parents as 6085 Kalanianaole Highway in Honolulu.
On November 9, 2008, in response to the persistent rumors, the Honolulu Advertiser posted on its web site a screen-shot of the birth announcement taken from its “microfilmed archives” of 1961. Such notices were sent to all newspapers routinely by the Hawaii Department of Health. Why fake anything in the 1960s? No one would have known back in 1961 that there was “a conspiracy to fudge the Hawaiian records for the future,” or knew that Mr. Obama planned to run for president of the U.S. decades later!
Even if his mother had been a “single” American mother in Hawaii at the time of his birth, (which she wasn’t), he would still be a citizen of the United States and eligible to run for the presidency in accordance with the age requirements above in Article II. Do you skeptics also doubt that Ann Dunham from Kansas was his biological mother, who gave birth in Hawaii, or that she was a well-known Ph.D. anthropologist (Duke) who traveled the world and helped mankind until her death, November 7, 1995?
To those who remain doubtful of Mr. Obama’s U.S. birth/citizenship, please provide evidence of his birth in some other country. (The fake one from Kenya on-line by the way, has already been debunked as a fabrication in which the author of the document admitted to it!).