Longtime WorldNutDaily columnist Craige McMillan has penned an open letter to Chief Justice John Roberts calling for him to not swear President Obama in for a second term. The reason? The oft-quoted birther shibboleth that since Obama's father is not a citizen, Obama is not a natural-born citizen.
Now that Mr. Obama has been re-elected and is preparing to serve a second term of office, there can be no doubt regarding his qualifications. This is because by Mr. Obama’s own admission, his father was of Kenyan nationality and perhaps holding British citizenship as well.In typical WorldNutDaily style, McMillan makes a veiled threat--if Roberts does swear in Obama, he will face calls for his impeachment and removal from office.
In addition to the nationality of Mr. Obama Sr. listed on Barack Obama’s birth certificate, we know that Obama Sr. was not an American citizen because of correspondence surrounding his stay in this country.
Because Obama Sr. lacked American citizenship, Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen, as required by our Constitution. He is not natural born, and can never be natural born, because of his father. Therefore, Barack Obama is not qualified to be president and never will be qualified. This would still be true, even if he received every vote cast.
Your own oath of office, sworn before God and the American people, requires you to uphold the Constitution. (If not you, then who?) If you now administer the oath of office for the presidency to a man who by his own admission fails to meet the natural born citizen requirement imposed by that Constitution, you have violated your own oath of office and are rightly subject to impeachment by any House of Representatives, at any time, now or in the future.The notion that both parents must be citizens in order for a president to meet the "natural-born" requirement has been debunked several times over. The Wong Kim Ark case established definitively that under the 14th Amendment, everyone born in this country is automatically a citizen.
For those who don't know, Obama will actually have to take the oath twice this year. Since January 20 is a Sunday, Obama will be sworn in for a second term in private that morning and in public the next morning.
4:03 PM PT: Several commenters have pointed out that by the birthers' logic, two Repubs frequently mentioned as prospective candidates in 2016--Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio--wouldn't be eligible. Jindal's parents are both from India, and in fact he was conceived before they came to this country. Rubio's parents came over from Cuba three years before Castro took over.
4:22 PM PT: Apparently the wingers don't know that under current precedent, it looks like that any federal judge can swear in a president. Calvin Coolidge was sworn in by his notary father, but was resworn by a judge the next day.