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This has the potential to be very interesting:

There seem to be two major aspects to this case, the first is that the Federal Government may not have had the authority to do what they did in the GM and Chrysler bailouts. The other is that since Obama’s father never became a US citizen, he does not meet the Constitutional definition of a natural born citizen, and is therefore not eligible to serve as President. If he is ineligible to be president, any legislation he signed is null and void.

Personally I believe the challenges to Obama’s constitutional qualifications to be without merit. The challenge to the bailouts, on the other hand, will have legs. While we won’t know how the courts will rule, and the final ruling is likely years away, I have always believed the bailouts of GM and Chrysler to be unconstitutional.

2 Comments to “Bailout and Eligibility”

  1. HDD — December 9, 2009 @ 9:07 pm

    *IF* the Birther’s accusations are true, then, Barack Obama isn’t the President of the United States. And, up to this point, Barack Obama has not yet provided actual proof of his US citizenship. At one point in Obama’s life, he was listed as a citizen of a country which did NOT allow joint US citizenship at that time (Indonesia), which means, at that point, he had to go through Immigration to become a US citizen, or prove that he was born in the US. Again, *IF* the Birther’s charges are true, then, there is written, legally admissible evidence that he was born in Kenya (several birth announcements in Kenyan newspapers), and was later registered multiple times as a non-US citizen in foreign agencies. At this point, I have no reason to believe their charges, BUT, I also have no reason to disbelieve their charges. What I do know is that the Birthers have a lot of ‘evidence’ that Barack Obama is not, nor has he ever been, a US citizen, and Barack Obama has refused to release the one piece of paper that would prove he was a US citizen: his birth certificate. According to what I’ve read (from the Birthers, admittedly), a Hawaiian ‘Certificate of Live Birth’ is NOT a birth certificate, and Hawaii spent a lot of years handing CoLB’s to foreign nationals. Until Barack Obama can legally prove that he is a US citizen, this problem won’t go away for him. It makes one wonder why he doesn’t just release his birth certificate, and be done with it.

    Of course, if the Birthers *are* right, then, Joe Biden is our president. That’s hardly an improvement.

  2. David Hartung — December 10, 2009 @ 4:36 pm

    HDD, as I understand, if Obama is ineligible to serve, ha has never been president, and the sitting Vice president would serve until a qualified president is chosen. The sitting Vice President when this supposedly unqualified man won, was Dick Cheney. My understanding is that Mr. Cheney would become president Cheney, at least temporarily.

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