He does not meet the natural born citizen clause of the Constitution
Father’s race on the Obama birth certificate: only a curiosity or a smoking gun?
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I would like to begin by stating unequivocally that, for me, it does not matter if Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii because he has never been eligible to be President. He does not meet the natural born citizen clause of the Constitution i.e. born in the United States, of parents who were both U.S. citizens at the time of the candidate’s birth.
I admit that I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, an expert on birth documents nor am I terribly familiar with the details of the current birth certificate controversy.
Nevertheless, there is one thing that I don’t quite understand.
On the Certification of Live Birth (COLB), now widely available on the internet, Obama’s father’s race is listed as “African”.
First, “African” usually defines a location not a race.
Second, the common usage for the race of black Africans in 1961 would have been “Negro” or “Negroid”.
Third, “African” is not listed as a race in the federal Office of Management and Budget policy documents (1977, 1997).
For the sake of argument, let’s say that the terminology is peculiar to Hawaii and Obama filed a Late Certificate of Birth or perhaps his documents were updated in recent years.
In that case, the publicly available COLB must reflect what is written on the source birth documents, even updated ones.
In Appendix B “Hawaii Model – Standard for Clustering Race/Ethnicity Categories” contained in an article published in 2003 by employees of the Hawaii Department of Health, the word “African” appears as an “Aggregated Ethnic Group” under the race category “Black (non-Hispanic)”. That differs from the categories in Appendix A, which apparently represented an earlier version and did not contain the word “African”.
Unless I am mistaken, that information might suggest that Barack Obama’s birth data were updated around 2003 or thereafter.
I don’t know. Just asking. Perhaps someone can enlighten me.