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Ready for a Kenyan President?

Absolutely sick of wrapping Christmas presents. Thank god Christmas only happens once a year.

Poll #1319308 Foreign Presidents?

Should there be an amendment to the US Constitution to allow foreign-born US citizens to be President?

Yes
20(58.8%)
No
11(32.4%)
Unsure
3(8.8%)

My political party of preference is ...

Republican
0(0.0%)
Democrat
10(32.3%)
Socialist
3(9.7%)
Libertarian
5(16.1%)
Green
3(9.7%)
Other
9(29.0%)
None of your business
1(3.2%)

I'm sure that by now, you're aware of the conspiracy theorists claiming that Obama's birth certificate is fake and that he's actually a Kenyan citizen. Of course, some are confused because John McCain was born in Panama and they thought he was not eligible for the job of presidency. Of course, Arnie wants to be President, but the US Constitution says "no".

According to the Constitution, to be eligible for President you must be:

  1. 35 years of age
  2. Be a resident of the US for 14 years
  3. Be a natural-born citizen

So let's say, through some horror, we found out that there was a terrible (and for the sake of argument, honest) mistake about Obama's citizenship. Would you want him to step down?

I guess when you get down to it, not allowing people to vote for the person they want to vote for seems, well, undemocratic. Imagine a 50 year old, extremely qualified, talented candidate who was born in London and moved to and lived in the US since he was a month old. Why should we care about an accident of birth?

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