There's currently a lawsuit filed that claims President-Elect Barack Obama is not eligble to be President because his father being Kenyan means Obama isn't a natural born citizen, as required by the Constitution. The case (on appeal to the Supreme Court, which is not likely to be hear it) hinges on the fact that "natural born citizen" never seems to have been defined. It would, in a way, be nice for the Supreme Court to weigh in on this, for the sake of precedent.
Here's what I'd consider a reasonable set of criteria to be eligible for the Presidency:
- at least one parent was a U.S. citizen at time of birth; or
- the person was born in the United States of America (yes, I'm excluding territories, but not embassies).
- The person does not currently hold citizenship for any country other than the United States of America.
- If the person has the right to citizenship of any other country by birth or circumstance, that right must be alienated.
What I find particularly interesting is that all of these criteria could be established by a Supreme Court ruling in regards to President-Elect Obama's eligibility.
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