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    Because Barack Obama's father was a British citizen, Obama may not be eligible for the presidency


    Because Obama was born inside the U.S., he is eligible to be president

    The legal foundation for Obama’s citizenship is not in question. In 2011, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) noted that the courts have dismissed several lawsuits based on the claim that Obama is not a citizen because of his father. The CRS concluded:

    The constitutional history, the nearly unanimous consensus of legal and constitutional scholars, and the consistent, relevant case law thus indicate that every child born in and subject to the jurisdiction of the United States (that is, not children of diplomatic personnel representing a foreign nation or military troops in hostile occupation), is a native born U.S. citizen and thus a “natural born Citizen” eligible to be President under the qualifications clause of the Constitution, regardless of the nationality or citizenship of one’s parents. The legal issues regarding “natural born” citizenship and birth within the United States, without regard to lineage or ancestral bloodline, have been well settled in this country for more than a century, and such concepts date back to, and even pre-date, the founding of the nation.