Barack Obama, Natural Born U.S. Citizen
One of the more bizarre controversies that refuses to die this campaign is the subject of Barack Obama’s birth certificate and whether in fact he is a “natural born citizen” of the United States and thus eligible to become president pursuant to Article II of the Constitution.
Second, as Dean Esmay points out, it makes no difference whatsoever where Obama was born because his mother was an American citizen at the time of his birth. (Because only 42 men have ever been elected president and they were all born here, this has technically never been tested in court. FindLaw explains, though, why there’s every reason to presume that someone who is, by statute, a citizen at the time of their birth would pass muster.)