According to the state laws in Hawaii that were in effect at the time of Obama’s birth, a child must be born to “TWO” U.S. Citizen parents (this law was in effect from “December 24, 1952 to November 13, 1986,“ which means it applies to Barack’s birth.
If only one parent was a U.S. Citizen at the time of your birth, that parent must have resided in the United States for at least ten years, at least FIVE of which had to be after the age of 16.”
It appears that Obama’s mother was only 18 when Obama was born, which means she was shy of the 21 years of age required by the law. In other words, she was not old enough to qualify her son for automatic U.S. Citizenship. At what point was Barack Obama Jr., son of Barack Obama Sr., recognized by the U.S. Government as an American citizen? When he moved to Indonesia with his mother and step-father in the mid-1960s I am assuming he had a U.S. passport.
The law cited in Johnson's post is not a state law as claimed, but a provision of the federal Immigration and Naturalization Act. It applies only to children of U.S. citizens who are born abroad. Because Obama was born in the state of Hawaii, he became a natural born citizen upon birth, notwithstanding his father being a citizen of Kenya. I also note this post by Johnson to point out that a lot of the most strident anti-Obama posts on the Internet are being made by Democratic bloggers who supported the candidacy of Sen. Hillary Clinton. Many on the Left are blaming right wing Republican bloggers when they really ought to be taking a look in their own backyard. While I questioned the Obama campaign for earlier refusing to produce a copy of his birth certificate to reporters to demonstrate he met the constitutional qualification, once the campaign produced it, I accepted the legitimacy of it. Some Democratic bloggers, however, including Johnson, questioned its authenticity.