Our Framers inserted “Natural Born Citizen” for a specific reason as a requirement for the office of the President of the United States – concern of foreign influence on the Executive.
The Framers were concerned that “divided interests” could influence how the US President makes decisions, either while protecting the US in time of crisis or as a normal course of affairs and policy.
Being ONE person ...
there are fewer checks and balances for the Executive.
By contrast, a member of Congress was left without the Constitutional requirement of being a Natural Born Citizen – because there are more internal checks and balances with hundreds of members in the Legislative Branch.
Remember this from Fight The Smears: “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.”
Obama was born a UK citizen via his father, Barack Obama Sr. Barack Obama Jr’s British citizenship was changed to Kenyan citizenship on Dec. 11, 1963, when the African nation become independent from the UK (See Section 90 of the Kenyan Constitution )
Now, that's all in context …
Here are some comments of the Kenyan Parliament from Nov. 5, 2008, on the morning after Barack Obama win of the US Presidential election on Nov. 4
(comments are from the 41 page document, with emphasis added):
Wednesday, 5th November, 2008
The House met at 9.00 a.m.
Back-up copy: http://www.scribd.com/doc/9606845/Kenyan-National-Assembly-Wednesday-5th-November-2008-51108A
Dr. Khalwale: On a point of order, Mr.
Deputy Speaker, Sir. You have heard none other
than the Leader of Government Business
acknowledge that because of Obama's win in the
United States of America (USA), the House is
crippled. Could we allow him to move a Motion
for Adjournment so that we could also continue
the celebrations of having a Kenyan ruling the
USA? I humbly request!
Mr. Deputy Speaker: Order, Mr.
Vice-President! We are citizens of the Republic of
Kenya! This is a supreme institution of this
country. Our responsibility is to our country, first
and foremost. We are not citizens of the USA!
Much as we appreciate and we are all happy;
nonetheless we are a country ourselves.
So, it is not an excuse for a Minister to be
away from his own Parliament, because he is
celebrating the victory of another presidential
candidate in another country.
The Assistant Minister for Water and
Irrigation (Mr. Kiunjuri): Mr. Deputy Speaker,
Sir, as you can see, people are really celebrating.
However, I am wondering whether the Americans
have not reported to work and yet it is their
victory. I am also hoping that there will be no
homecoming for Obama. If there is one, the Leader
of Government Business should alert us in good
time so that we can set up a committee to organize
for his homecoming.
Ms. Odhiambo: … Mr. Deputy Speaker, Sir, the
President-elect, Mr. Obama, is a son of the soil
of this country.
Mr. Deputy Speaker: President-elect has
not been sworn-in yet. The election of
President-elect Obama is of utmost national
importance to the United States of America. Ms.
Odhiambo, you are a lawyer. You had better be
very careful where you transgress between
watching your own sovereignty and what can be
interpreted in some quarters as some form of treason
(Ed. note: the threat of "treason" is not directed to Ms Odhiamdo personally, but rather concern over how Obama's "former" Kenyan Citizenship may be viewed by outsiders)
Mr. Affey: … For the first time, we have a leader of
a great country in this world whose blood is
COMMUNICATION FROM THE CHAIR
CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO
PRESIDENT-ELECT BARRACK OBAMA
Hon. Members, as you may be aware,
the people of the United States of America
have just had a historic election where the son
of this soil, Barrack Hussein Obama, has been
elected the 44th President of the United States
The Vice-President and Minister for
Home Affairs (Mr. Musyoka): …
As we do, as you said from the Chair, this is a
sovereign country. We know we can learn a lot.
To be able to support that blood relation, I
think we owe it to ourselves to make sure that
we have a peaceful country as Kenyans; a
country that will uphold the true principles of
the rule of law, democracy and tolerance
At the beginning of this year, Senator
Barrack Obama called me at midnight and told me:
"Mr. Vice President, could you make sure you sort
out this problem?" I want to assure him that the
problem has since been sorted out.
The Assistant Minister for Higher
Education, Science and Technology (Dr.
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, I
would like to take this opportunity to also
congratulate Barrack Obama on his victory and
also say that even as we look at that victory say it
is possible, it is only possible because there are
structures in place in the US that make it possible
for any potential candidate to win, irrespective of
whether they have a lot of money which they have
gotten legally or illegally, they are from a different
ethnic group and how old they are.
Mr. Chanzu: … I highly congratulate Obama and
salute Americans, Black, White and other races,
for what they have done in showing the world that
a leader can come from any community. I also
want to congratulate Kenyans for the support they
have shown. It showed the Americans that we
were supporting our own.
Mr. Ethuro: …
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, we
have done it! That is why I like this Motion coming
at this time of Obama - yes we can! We did it with
the Parliamentary Service Commission. We did it
with the Leader of the Official Opposition. We are
doing it with the Official Opposition Bill. We
are doing it with the establishment of the
Budget Office and we are doing it with the
Cabinet size! Yes we can!
Curb your Enthusiasm
It should be noted that after the Kenyan National Assembly returned for their afternoon session on Nov. 5, there is NO further mention of Barack Obama. Obama’s name was not uttered for the rest of that day and very rarely is he mentioned since Nov. 5 in sessions of the Kenyan Parliament.
Possible related story here: Kenya gags Obama’s extended family
It should be noted that these comments made by Kenyan officials do not necessarily prove that Barack Obama Jr was born in Kenya.
However, the comments DO show that Kenyan officials believe that Obama is one of their own – and subject to their influence in US foreign affairs.