Claims of Obama Proofers Go 'Poof'

Barack Obama is ineligible to become president of the United States because he is not a "natural born citizen" according to the Constitution, having been born not in Hawaii, but in Mombassa, Kenya. Or perhaps, according to a developing theory in some circles, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Or maybe Obama was born in Hawaii, but he is ineligible because his mother wasn't old enough to pass along citizenship to her offspring. Or perhaps the fact that his father was a foreign national holding Kenyan and British citizenships that he conferred to the future president-elect means these citizenships negated his "natural born citizen" status in the United States.

Or maybe Barack Hussein Obama Jr. was born a "natural born citizen," but he lost his citizenship when his mother remarried Lolo Soetoro and they moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, which does not allow dual citizenship.

Am I missing anything?

In various courts, dozens of cases have been filed claiming that Barack Obama is not eligible to hold the presidency because of various alleged citizenship issues. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down a request to review one such case. Another case challenging Obama's eligibility nearly identical to the first was immediately added to the Court's docket for December 12, and yet another case looms in the wings.

What all these cases have in common is a sincere, often irrational belief that Barack Obama does not meet the Constitution's minimal requirements to become president of the United States. Let's look at those requirements and see if we can lay these to rest.

Article II, Section 1

No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of president; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.

Those are the only restrictions in the Constitution; everything else is statutory and easily changed in Congress by merely writing a new law.

Now, let's look at the individual claims and see how they fare against the Constitution.