E-mails constantly fly here, there, and everywhere regarding who can and can't be president or vice president. Can Barack Obama be president? How about Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for vice president? Can he serve? Here are some answers to those questions which have churned up comments on blogs across the Internet.
Thanks goes out to Fox News' Bret Baier for providing a least some bit of clarity to an issue which drives some people absolutely into a stupor.
The Constitution requires that the president be a "natural born citizen," but does not define the term. That job is left to federal law, in 8 U.S. Code, Section 1401. All the law requires is that the mother be an American citizen who has lived in the U.S. for five years or more, at least two of those years after the age of 14. If the mother fits those criteria, the child is a U.S. citizen at birth, regardless of the father's nationality.
The brouhaha over President Obama's birth certificate -- has revealed a widespread ignorance of some of the basics of American citizenship. The Constitution, of course, requires that a president be a "natural born citizen," but the Founding Fathers did not define the term, and it appears few people know what it means.
Brett lists several examples of who would be considered a natural born American. In short, people like Marco Rubio or Bobby Jindal can breathe a sigh of relief. They are good to go.