This letter addresses an issue in a letter written by Tom Hunter of Augusta (“AP is covering for Obama,” March 28). He states that President Obama is ineligible to be the president based on his birth in Kenya.
According to the U.S. Constitution, a “natural born citizen” – or one who had citizenship at the time the Constitution was written – who has attained the age of 35 years “and been fourteen years a resident within the United States” – is eligible for the office of president.
A natural born citizen, as opposed to a naturalized citizen, is one who has been born in the United States or has at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen. The U.S. State Department guidelines explain that a child born outside the United States, with at least one parent of U.S. citizenship, has U.S. citizenship from birth.
Therefore, if President Obama’s mother was a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth, he is eligible to be the president of the United States, and his place of birth is irrelevant.