There is a difference between being a “natural” born citizen versus just a “native” born citizen. If Barack Hussein Obama II was indeed born in Hawaii as the son of British subject Barack Hussein Obama, then Barack Hussein Obama II is a “native” born citizen (due to birth on U.S. soil), but he is not a “natural” born citizen (due to his father’s British citizenship being passed on to the son, in accordance with British law).
Again, Obama could be a “native” born citizen without meeting the Constitutional requirement of being a “natural” born citizen.
The Constitution of the United States explicitly states that “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.”
Note that Obama’s web site says he is a “native” born citizen. It does not say he is a “natural” born citizen.
The truth is, Barack Obama was born in the state of Hawaii in 1961, a native citizen of the United States of America.
But note that that very same page gives two indications that Obama was born a British subject:
“When Barack Obama Jr. was born on Aug. 4,1961, in Honolulu, Kenya was a British colony, still part of the United Kingdom’s dwindling empire. As a Kenyan native, Barack Obama Sr. was a British subject whose citizenship status was governed by The British Nationality Act of 1948. That same act governed the status of Obama Sr.‘s children.
Since Sen. Obama has neither renounced his U.S. citizenship nor sworn an oath of allegiance to Kenya, his Kenyan citizenship automatically expired on Aug. 4,1982.”
The land now known as Kenya was a British colony when BHO II was born. His father was a British subject who passed British citizenship to his son. When Kenya became independent of Great Britain, both BHO Sr. and BHO II had their British citizenship converted to Kenyan citizenship.
It really is irrelevant whether or not BHO II’s Kenyan citizenship “automatically expired on Aug. 4,1982″. What is relevant is that AT BIRTH BHO II was a British subject – PRECISELY the type of person our founders intended to disqualify from holding the office of President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces. Hence, the “natural” born requirement. Being a British subject at birth means that BHO II is not a “natural” born citizen of the United States, even if he was born in the United States and is a “native” born citizen.
Natural-born citizens are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens.
Again, note that “Fight the Smears” does not claim that Obama is “natural” born, only “native” born.
But guess what? Obama swore under oath that he is a “natural” born citizen.
Donofrio vs. Wells challenges the “natural” born citizen eligibility of three Presidential Candidates (Obama, McCain and Calero) .
If the Supreme Court of the United States decides in favor of Leo Donofrio, that Obama is not a “natural” born citizen, then not only is Obama ineligible to hold the office of POTUS, he is also guilty of perjury.
UPDATE: Michelle Obama, Birther