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Venting: Why Question Obama’s Citizenship?

Updated on March 23, 2019

When I was a child I had no clue that I had to register for school. My parents took care of that for me. Recognizing this simple fact of my childhood caused me to wonder if Obama’s parents and guardians were any different?

I received an e-mail back in 2008 the gist of which said that Obama’s right to be president was to be challenged in Arizona court January 10, 2009. At the same time I got another e-mail that offered evidence that, as a child, Obama claimed foreign citizenship (of Indonesia) to go to a foreign school and used an assumed name to do so.

My reaction, ever so slowly, was, so what?


Consider the Times

Consider that Obama was born and went through his earliest formative years in the 1960’s. Back then, violence was an everyday occurrence on many city streets here in the United States. We were exposed to video broadcasts on new technology televisions that showed us the horrors of the war in Vietnam, showed us the political demonstrations, and showed us the racial violence that was rampant across the country. It was almost normal to hear of the latest assassination, whether it be Jack Kennedy, Malcolm X, Bobby Kennedy, or Martin Luther King.It was the decade of the beginning of desegregation, and to a child it looked like the hatred was extending to the assassination of leadership representatives. Blacks were being bused to white schools, and (lesser publicized) whites were being bused to black schools. Other races and nationalities were being mixed in. We were taught to fear communism, and regard with suspicion anyone who had spent time in another country, or who showed sympathy for other countries. Radical groups of various sorts abounded, some groups focused on religion, some groups focused on race, and some groups focused on the war. Violence was an everyday occurrence. Everybody wanted to show how strongly they cared about their view of the world, and they were willing to resort to violence to provide the emphasis.

Consider the Situation

Now, consider the situation. Think about it. Picture yourself in this situation if you can. A white mother separated from a black husband, with the mother left alone to raise a mixed race son, alone in the United States of the 1960s. In fact, the laws in the United States criminalizing interracial marriage were not ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court until 1967. To many of the people of the United States, such a thing was regarded, by both races, as a sin.

Divorce was also a rarity rather than the norm. Divorce was generally frowned upon by the society of that time. Bigamy was also illegal in the United States, but was legal in other parts of the world. In an environment of religious hatred, racial hatred, changing schools environments, and nearly casual day-to-day violence, how can you fault a mother for finding a way to safely raise her son?

The times were a sad and changing time of growth and maturation for the people of the United States. And yet, it seems the growing and general acceptance of that change was not yet complete.

Resolution & Thank You

"All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother" - Abraham Lincoln

Now, look at how it was resolved. The mother found a new father and moved away from the violence to allow the child to survive and be schooled in Indonesia; away from the hatred, away from the violence, and in a more controlled protective environment. My guess is the child did not do that, the parents did. Children, no matter how smart they are, just do not have the capacity to force a move to a new country or a new situation. Children also are not usually savvy enough to create new names for themselves, no matter the reason. That is what parents are for.

I think about this, and I ask, why try to fault that child now, decades later? Instead, we should thank the parents and grandparents and others who raised him.

Responsible parents do what they can to protect their children. What the parents do is not a fault of the child.

Additional Information Learned AFTER this Commentary was Written.

The book "Dreams From My Father" talks about Obama Sr. returning to Kenya after his student Visa was revoked. It is plain that when his father returned home at direction of the US government, that his father left behind a wife (apparently one of two wives at the time), and a child who was to become future President of the United States.


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    • FitnezzJim profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Joan, Thank you for commenting.

      Facts matter, and to all appearances the birth certificate is an old fashioned ‘red herring’, a distraction meant to be discovered and investigated, and meant to waste the time of those who seek truth.

      All too sadly, our political system nowadays is viewed as a game. Who can play what card to trump who? Who can come up with a legal loophole that puts the other at disadvantage? Who can outmaneuver who on the floors of our House or Senate so that they can manipulate the game to their best advantage? This perception is why both our Congress and our President have such low approval ratings tight now. It's not about any one issue, including the concern over Obama's citizenship.

      ‘We the taxplayers’ suffer because our governance system has followed our political system to become a partisan win-lose system, rather than the representative system it was intended to be. That is what matters, and both ‘sides’ should be ashamed of themselves.

    • Joan King profile image

      Joan King 

      9 years ago

      Questioning Obama's citizenship appears to be the only trump card that the Radical right has left to play. Think of it, Obama beat all the odds to become president on the United States. The only way to prevent him from keeping his office is if a conspiracy theory can be hatched to cast doubt on his citizenship. Great hub.

    • FitnezzJim profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia


      This looks like good work by the gentleman in Cedar Rapids, but personally I would have hesitated before asking the Senate or Congress to act.

      In all things, it is usually wise to consider possible consequences. In this case, do we really want to ask for action that might bring someone like Pelosi one step closer to the White House?

    • vrajavala profile image


      10 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      Our friend, Lucas Dani smith, PI, has now offered to testify in the senate and has written to Senator Jeff Sessions. he claims he has the Kenyan BC.

      Of course, he knows that if he lies under Oath before the senate, he will go to jail

    • Wealthmadehealthy profile image


      10 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

      The whole point in my estimation is this: The man has proven he is unfit to lead this country. His allegiance is not to us as is seen by his own affiliations in the past and the present time. If this is not so, why will he not release his records of any kind for us to view...most normal American people have no problem in telling people where they are born nor having their school records released....This is in everyones opinion not correct politically nor otherwise....he is violating law --- Does any decent law abiding citizen get away with this?? Or have as many social security numbers as he has??? Certainly this must raise some kind of red flag somewhere in thought....His past and his present show affiliation with anti American organization....this IS the truth...

    • FitnezzJim profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      It's taken nearly a year, but it is now my opinion that the birth certificate question is a red herring, that is, something that causes our attention to be focused on the wrong aspect of concern. Legally, citizenship is a matter of good record-keeping regarding birth. In the absence of good records (and the sixties were a time of poor record-keeping), all of our individual citizenships are conveyed to us by our parents, both on paper and in the values we are taught as we mature. It is the values we are taught as we grow that truly form our citizenship and loyalty, not the circumstances of our birth.

      Whether we have interpreted the wording in our Constitution as originally intended is another matter. If a loophole exists because we've changed the understanding of the words over the last two centuries, then that loophole may need to be closed through either Supreme Court ruling, or through Constitutional ammendment. If that turns out to be the case, we simply thank the man for bringing it to our attention and move forward with restoring a government that belongs to the people. Anything else will ultimately be a waste of taxes.

      As you point out, the real concerns are his advisors and his affiliations. He has sworn the oath, and we reserve the right to doubt those of his advisors and affiliates who have not.

    • Wealthmadehealthy profile image


      10 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

      Man, you opened up an entire can of worms here. The answer to this whole thing is this, and there are several parts to this answer. Numero UNO...It is a law. A law many years old that the person who is our "leader" is a valid born 100% American Citizen. Numero DOS...The loon is a subversive terrorist....he is a liar and a deceitful cheat. His cabinet is made up of people who are against the US and have been in known anti American terrorist groups all of their lives.

      Numero Tres....Number Three should be number one...He does not believe in God and as he has been affiliated with things against the US all his life, Well, he is against us....Remember in November... or you will be will we all.... Please pick up a copy of the Manchuran President. This information is all explained in great detail...for crying out loud, A Communist Czar in the white House??? I wrote a hub on it a while back....Read the book...a can of worms indeed....

    • FitnezzJim profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Thank you Vrajavala.

      It is good to have facts presented and shared.

      Googling 'Kenyan Citizenship' provides a link to a article that provides the insight. For Obama, the brief Summary is: At birth - American Citizen, and citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (that's Britain?). At age two, citizen of the United States and Kenya. At age twenty-three, citizen of the United States only. At age forty-seven, elected President of the United States.

      Next Question?

    • vrajavala profile image


      10 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      Well, to a certain extent you are right. However, the child is formed by the parent, and will receive knowingly, unkowingly certain values and passions about his "identity."

      Our Founding Fathers were very astute and understood that complete dedication and patriotism in the Executive Office, the office of the Commander-in-Chief could not be compromised. Even our first Suprem Court Justice, John jay wrote a letter to George Washington advising him that in the office off POTUSA, only a "natural born citizen" should be allowed: i.e., born of 2 American parents, on American soil.

      Barack Obama even says on his own website, fight the smears, that he was born a British subject because of his father's British citizenship (British Nationality Act 1948). "

      “When Barack Obama Jr. was born on Aug. 4,1961, in Honolulu, Kenya was a British colony, still part of the United Kingdom’s dwindling empire. As a Kenyan native, Barack Obama Sr. was a British subject whose citizenship status was governed by The British Nationality Act of 1948. That same act governed the status of Obama Sr.‘s children.

      Since Sen. Obama has neither renounced his U.S. citizenship nor sworn an oath of allegiance to Kenya, his Kenyan citizenship automatically expired on Aug. 4,1982.”

    • FitnezzJim profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Yup, that's all too true of politics in general. Each team looks to dig up dirt on members of the other team. They've created a field muddy enough that it all looks like mud now.

    • Pete Maida profile image

      Pete Maida 

      11 years ago

      All of that stuff is all stirred up by the far right. They look for anything to shoot Obama down. They jump all over him because of his middle name and they'll find more things to use against because it is easier than debating him on the issues.


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