“YOU HAVE TO BE BORN IN THE UNITED STATES”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 20, 2018) — During the 6 AM hour on Friday’s “Fox & Friends,” co-host Steve Doocy quickly reviewed the qualifications for the President of the United States gleaned from Article II of the U.S. Constitution.
The discussion arose after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called himself “undocumented” in remarks made during an April 12 bill-signing in an effort to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
“The legislation would make it easier for public workers’ unions to recruit members — and allow them to deny extra services to people who refuse to join,” The New York Daily News reported about the bill.
In February, the case of Janus v. AFSCME was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court which could potentially render moot Cuomo’s approval of the legislation, which is seen as strengthening unions.
A decision on the case, which challenges a requirement that public employees must pay union dues, is expected before the court adjourns for the summer at the end of June. The underlying concern in Janus is that at least a portion of union dues are used for political activity with which the member might not agree.
“I’m undocumented. You want to deport an undocumented person, start with me because I’m an undocumented person,” Cuomo said on April 12 in opposition to Trump’s policies. His full remarks can be heard here.
According to Politico in February 2017, Cuomo was considering a run for president in 2020.
In a discussion of Cuomo’s claim to be “undocumented,” Doocy and the other two cohosts segued into presidential eligibility, which Doocy stated as being 35 years old and “born in the United States,” a reference to the “natural born Citizen” Requirement in Article II, Section 1, clause 5.
The Framers also stipulated that the nation’s chief executive needed to have been a resident of the United States for “14 years.”
For more than a century, legal scholars, constitutional attorneys and average citizens have debated the meaning of “natural born Citizen,” with the issue particularly spotlighted in the 2008 election between Democrat Barack Hussein Obama and Republican John McCain.
During a December 2007 broadcast of his “Hardball” show, MSNBC host Chris Matthews stated unequivocally that Obama was “born in Indonesia.” Previously, credible news sources had reported Obama as having been “born in Kenya.”
In 1991 Obama’s own literary agent issued a promotional pamphlet which said that the new author was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.” The publication went unchallenged until April 2007, two months after Obama declared himself a presidential candidate on a cold, windy day in Springfield, Illinois.
As most Americans understand the term “natural born Citizen” to mean “born in the United States,” reportage indicating otherwise cast doubt for some as to Obama’s eligibility. Likewise, McCain’s birth in Panama while his father was serving as an admiral in the U.S. Navy raised doubts as to his presidential eligibility, as it had during the 2000 Republican primaries.
In 2008, then-presidential candidate Cody Robert Judy sued both McCain and Obama, claiming that neither was eligible to serve as president and commander-in-chief. As Obama has for some time publicly claimed he was born in Hawaii, Judy deemed him ineligible as a result of his father’s foreign citizenship.
Barack Hussein Obama the elder was first a British citizen and in 1963 became a Kenyan citizen when the nation won its independence from the Crown. Kenya’s new 2010 constitution includes as citizens the children of anyone who was or is a Kenyan citizen.
In early 2011, then-business mogul Donald J. Trump challenged Obama to prove that he was born in the United States by releasing his “long-form” birth certificate. Trump believed that its production would solidify Obama’s eligibility to serve as president as well as seek a second term. At the time, Trump was himself weighing a 2012 presidential canddiacy.
Trump’s very vocal, months-long calls for Obama to release his detailed birth certificate ultimately resulted in the White House posting what it said was a PDF scan of a certified copy of Obama’s original birth certificate from the State of Hawaii.
During the 2008 campaign, an unknown party had released a “short-form” birth certificate bearing the title “Certification of Life Birth” and Obama’s name, although the form does not contain as many details as the longer version.
The image released at whitehouse.gov was almost immediately declared a poorly-prepared forgery, which several months later prompted the opening of a criminal investigation which would last more than five years.
Under the authority of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), former New Jersey detective and then-leader of the MCSO “Cold Case Posse” Mike Zullo traveled the country conducting interviews, examining microfiches and other evidence, and questioning officials at the HDOH who refused him access to Registrar Dr. Alvin T. Onaka.
On March 1, 2012, Zullo held the first of what would be three press conferences over the life of the investigation, announcing that the long-form birth certificate image had been deemed a “computer-generated forgery.” At the same time, Zullo contended that Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form was also fraudulent.
In December 2016, Zullo gave a final press conference in which he revealed that two forensic analysts conducted a review of the long-form birth certificate image and concluded that it could not have originated with a real, paper document, a fact the mainstream media was loath to report.
In fact, any individuals questioning Obama’s background, birthplace or other details about his life which remain unclear has been labeled the pejorative “birther” by the mainstream media community in an attempt to ridicule and marginalize them into silence on the issue.
However, the media itself has been the source of much of the contradictory information on Obama’s life. In 2008, The Washington Post reported that Obama was “raised in the Kansas heartland,” while the year prior reporting that he was born in Hawaii and taken to Indonesia by his mother at the age of six after she remarried.
In 2008, NPR reported that he was born in Kenya, with a deletion of the statement later made, according to WND.
In 1990, the Associated Press stated that the then-Harvard Law Review president was born in Hawaii and taken to Indonesia at the age of two.
While seeking his U.S. Senate seat from Illinois in 2004, an AP story appeared in The East African Sunday Standard which said that Obama was “Kenyan-born.” In 2006, Will Hoover of The Honolulu Advertiser reported that Obama was “born in Indonesia,” a statement which was quickly changed by Hoover, who said that he had been preparing the article hastily prior to making the trip to the mainland.
Congress and the FBI have refused to investigate why a forgery was posted on the official White House website. Political corruption within the FBI is currently under investigation by three congressional committees and the Justice Department’s inspector general.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.