In what could be construed by some as a hypocritical question by FoxNews, WorldNetDaily reports today that Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm — interviewed by Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” — attempted to justify that her dual citizenship of being born in Canada and holding American citizenship would not disqualify her from being President:
“Your two terms are up at the end of this year. Do you have any interest in moving here to Washington and working in the administration?” he asked.
“Are you offering me a job? No, I …” she said.
“Yes, because I’m a conduit for the Obama White House. Exactly,” Wallace joked.
“No, I’m totally focused this year on creating every single job I can until the last moment,” Granholm said. “December 31st at midnight is when I’ll stop. So I have no idea what I’m going to do next, but I’m not going to run for president. I can tell you that.”
Wallace then pointed out that she would be unqualified to run, anyway.
“We should point out Gov. Granholm is a Canadian and cannot run for president,” he said.
“I’m American. I’ve got dual citizenship,” Granholm corrected him.
After bantering about who she supports in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Granholm said, “I left Canada when I was 4. Come on.” …
At the Radio Patriot, radio host Andrea Shea King said, “Granholm’s response is indicative of the mistaken belief that because one of her parents is/was a U.S. citizen, she’s eligible.”
“This woman took an oath to uphold the Constitution. Has she even read it?” King wrote.
“With this willful disregard of our founding document, is it any wonder that we have the son of a Kenyan-born British subject in the White House???” she asked.
According to Wikipedia:
Granholm was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to Shirley Alfreda Dowden and Victor Ivar Granholm. Granholm’s paternal grandfather, who emigrated to Canada in the 1930s, came from Robertsfors, Sweden, where his father was mayor. The Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Energy, Maud Olofsson, lives in Robertsfors and when the two met in Sweden it was revealed that Olofsson’s husband is a relative of Granholm’s.
Referring again to Stephen Tonchen’s recently-updated primer on Mr. Obama’s eligibility, the President’s citizenship is also open for questioning, albeit along different lines:
President Obama publicly admits that his father was a Kenyan native who never became a U.S. citizen. At birth, President Obama acquired British/Kenyan nationality by descent from his father. Thus, the 2008 election was the first time in history that the United States knowingly elected a post-1787-born president whose parents were not both U.S. citizens. Moreover, 2008 was the first time that the U.S. knowingly elected a post-1787-born president who, in addition to being a U.S. citizen, was also a foreign national at birth.
U.S.-born children of non-citizen parents are U.S. citizens by modern-day law, but there is unresolved doubt as to whether such children are Constitutional natural born citizens. This doubt is not based on the imaginings of tin-foil-hat-wearing conspiracy theorists on the lunatic fringe of society. This doubt comes from what the Supreme Court has actually said, as well as a variety of other historical and legal sources which are presented and discussed [at the link, above].
Birthers believe (or at least suspect) that Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen. They say that, in order to be a natural born citizen, you must meet two requirements: abirthplace requirement (you must be born in the United States), and a parental citizenship requirement (both of your parents must be U.S. citizens at the time of your birth).
Birthers make two clarifying points regarding the parental citizenship requirement:
- Your parents do not need to be natural born citizens in order for you to be a natural born citizen. They only need to be citizens. It does not matter how your parents became U.S. citizens. They could have acquired their citizenship at birth. They could have, as immigrants, acquired U.S. citizenship through naturalization. At one time in American history, a woman’s citizenship was that of her husband. For you to be a natural born citizen, both of your parents had to be citizens at the time of your birth, but they did not have to benatural born citizens.
- All citizens, regardless of the means by which they became citizens, have the same rights. But serving as president is a privilege, not a right. The only difference between natural born citizens and other citizens is that natural born citizens may become president and other citizens may not .
There is some question as to whether President Obama meets the birthplace requirement. Unsubstantiated rumors suggest he might have been born in Kenya . There is also speculation that the President might have been born in Canada .
Far more importantly, Obama publicly acknowledges he does not meet the parental citizenship requirement. His father was a British/Kenyan citizen who never became a U.S. citizen.
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. … In other words, at the time of his birth, Barack Obama Jr. was both a U.S. citizen (by virtue of being born in Hawaii) and a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (or the UKC) by virtue of being born to a father who was a citizen of the UKC. (FactCheck.org: Does Barack Obama have Kenyan citizenship?)
Birthers believe, based on their understanding of American and English history, that an individual must be U.S.-born of U.S.-citizen parents in order to be a natural born citizen. If the Birthers’ understanding is correct, Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen and is therefore not eligible to serve as president.
Via AmericanGrandJury.org, eligibility attorney and activist Dr. Orly Taitz has retained an attorney to help her petition the United Nations for protection against various threats against her person.
Dr. Levy is licensed in the US and England as an attorney and solicitor. He is on the faculty at two US graduate schools and instructs courses on Diplomacy and Law. Dr. Levy is considered one of the world’s leading experts on topics such as the Vatican Bank and Exile Governments. He is the author of a book on The Intermarium, a geopolitical plan for east central Europe.
A Scribd copy of the press release can be found via a recent Tweet from Dr. Levy:
American Dissident, Dr. Orly Taitz, Seeks Urgent Action by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Re… http://bit.ly/9YPjlh
[Actual release not embeddable at this time]
See the following links regarding the eligibility saga:
- The background:
- Obama’s Presidential Eligibility: What You Need to Know
- Stephen Tonchen’s “primer” updated
- Obama’s Presidential Eligibility: What You Need to Know
- The questions:
- The State Department and Sen. Patrick Leahy’s (D-VT) Natural Born Citizen Resolution (April 10, 2008)
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