reply to post by alienstar
Prior to that Hawai'i was an American territory. Just like Puerto Rico - a Puerto Rican person could be president just fine, because they were born
in a United States holding, to United States citizens.
This stuff is just as goofy as the John McCain "born in Panama" thing... EVEN IF you are born overseas, so long as your parents are American
citizens, you are considered to be an American citizen as well.
Title 6, Section 1401 of the U.S. Code defines the following as people who are "citizens of the United States at birth:"
Anyone born inside the United States
Any Indian or Eskimo born in the United States, provided being a citizen of the U.S. does not impair the person's status as a citizen of the tribe
Any one born outside the United States, both of whose parents are citizens of the U.S., as long as one parent has lived in the U.S.
Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S.
Any one born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year
Any one found in the U.S. under the age of five, whose parentage cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not provided by age
Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for
at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)
A final, historical condition: a person born before 5/24/1934 of an alien father and a U.S. citizen mother who has lived in the U.S.
Even IF his mother cranked him out in Kenya (Or Bangladesh, or Queen Maude's Land) Obama is still a natural-born American citizen under US law.