- Law Cases
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 13, 2010) — An online newspaper based in Tanzania is reporting that “Barack Abdallah Husein Obama,” the “first black US president,” was born outside of the United States.
Written in broken English, the article notes that the President of the United States has historically been required to be born on U.S. soil but that “This might have been the result of racism or belief that a person other than ‘original’ US citizen was capable of effectively leading the powerful nation and help it to maintain its values.”
The writers go on to say that “We witnessed last year a senator with his origins from east Africa, Barack Abdallah Husein Obama, becoming the first black US president. He won the race on Democrat ticket and was sworn on January 20, 2009 as US president.”
The article then compares the events of the 2008 U.S. presidential election to the upcoming election to be held in Tanzania later this year in which a candidate from “Pemba” could win.
The authors state that Zanzibar, which consists of two islands, Pemba and Unguja, has never elected a president from the island of Pemba. The two islands of Zanzibar located in the Indian Ocean are part of Tanzania in East Africa, with the country of Kenya just north of Tanzania.
A comment on a blog following Obama’s “victory” in November 2008 states:
Barack obama is the US president elect!!! Delaware Senator Joe Biden will be the vice president. God is kind! Africans, and especially us from East Africa have to be proud!
OBAMA BE BLESSED!
A blog entry from July 18, 2009 stated that “Tanzania has more obama than Kenya.”
Tanzania obtained independence from British rule in two stages: the mainland in 1961 followed by the islands two years later in 1963.
The Citizen is part of a news organization called “Mwananchi Communications” which is based in Tanzania and was founded in 1999 under the name Media Communications Ltd.
July 14, 2010 Update: The following email was sent to the editor of The Citizen yesterday:
From: Sharon Rondeau
Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:17 AM
To: TheCitizen Editor
Subject: QUESTION FOR THE EDITOR
Hello, I am the editor of The Post & Email (www.thepostemail.com<http://www.thepostemail.com>), an electronic newspaper which is covering the Obama eligibility issue. Your article here:
http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/magazines/32-political-platform/2708-zanzibar-could-reverse-trend-to-have-president-from-pemba.html states that Obama was born outside of the U.S. While many of us here have
suspected that to be the case, Obama refuses to offer proof of where he was born, and insists that he was born in Hawaii.
Can you tell me how you know for a fact that Obama was born in East Africa?
The Post & Email, Inc.
The editor of The Citizen replied:
What our writers in the story you refer to meant to highlight is Barack Obama’s ancestry. There is no doubt that the President’s father, Barack Obama Sr, was a Kenyan, who went to study in the United States and met his mother at university. Surely, the people in the US, the most sophisticated country on earth, have all the research capability to put these rubbish claims to rest. President Obama was born in Hawaii. Isn’t that part of the US? To us in Africa, the increasing lies about Mr Obama’s birthplace are proof of the racism that is so ingrained in American society. Why don’t you send a team to Kenya to scour the records in the birth registry in Nairobi and Kisumu to see if there is any shred of evidence that Barack Obama Jr was born in Kenya? You have made great scientific breakthroughs, including landing a man on the moon, confirming that President Obama was, indeed, born in the US shouldn’t be that difficult.
The Post & Email’s open reply to the editor of The Citizen is:
In my email to you, I did not make a claim of where Obama was born, nor did I mention Kenya. I was asking how you came to the conclusion that he was born in East Africa, as stated in your article. The writers did not mention Obama’s father, whose foreign birth and allegiance automatically disqualify him from holding the office of president. Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution states:
“No person…except a natural born Citizen…shall be eligible to the Office of President…” The definition of “natural born Citizen” is “not only birth on U.S. soil but also birth to parents who are both U.S. citizens by birth or naturalization. This unity of jus soli (soil) and jus sanguinis (descent) in the child at the time of birth assures that the child is born with sole allegiance (obligation of fidelity and obedience to government in consideration for protection that government gives (U.S. v. Kuhn, 49 F.Supp.407, 414 (D.C.N.Y)) and loyalty to the United States and that no other nation can lay any claim to the child’s (later an adult) allegiance and loyalty.” That alone disqualifies Obama, regardless of where he was born. Editor’s Note: Thank you to Atty. Mario Apuzzo for the research.
Others from Obama’s Democrat Party have agreed that citizenship is determined through the father.
Since you never mentioned Hawaii in your article, how do you know Obama was born there? What proof have you seen that Americans have not? If you have proof of that, we in the United States would greatly appreciate seeing it.
Why do you mention racism when in your original article you said:
For more than 200 years US citizen could not pick a president who has roots outside the country. This might have been the result of racism or belief that a person other than ‘original’ US citizen was capable of effectively leading the powerful nation and help it to maintain its values.
But after political changes globally, and strengthening of democracy, things have changed in the US. We witnessed last year a senator with his origins from east Africa, Barack Abdallah Husein Obama, becoming the first black US president. He won the race on Democrat ticket and was sworn on January 20, 2009 as US president.
So first “racism” prohibited someone with foreign ties from becoming president, then according to your article, this hurdle was overcome, only to now reappear since I have asked a question?
When someone seals all of his records, it is difficult to find the truth. With so many accounts of where Obama might have been born (Kenya, East Africa, Hawaii, Canada, Washington State), and his refusal to release any personal information with the collusion of the courts, U.S. Congress and the governors of every state, it is impossible for us to know. Even Obama himself has admitted that there is controversy over his “citizenship” but refuses to put the matter to rest by releasing his birth certificate and other relevant information.