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FEBRUARY 1, 2011 7:25PM

Remember When Republicans Wanted A Foreign Born President?

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According to Mother Jones, birthers have a new plan to try to prevent Obama from running for re-election in 2012. Arizona state Representative Judy Burges (R) introduced a bill to bar presidential candidates from appearing on ballots if they do not produce a long form birth certificate to the secretary of state. While most Americans probably feel more than a bit nauseous after reading more nonsense from the rumor mill, something struck me far down in the comments section: “Don’t forget, Republicans once mulled over the possibility of lifting the U.S. born restriction to allow Henry Kissinger to run for president.”

Courtesy Wikipedia

I’m a bit too young to remember that push, but back in 1974 a Democratic Congressman introduced a bill calling for a constitutional amendment to eliminate Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, which requires the President be a natural born citizen. Kissinger isn’t the only foreign born citizen some Americans hoped to have in the White House either. In 2004, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued a joint resolution proposing such an amendment for immigrants who have held U.S. citizenship for 20 years. More recently, there was another push in California to amend the Constitution so that Govern(at)or Arnold Schwarzenegger could make a presidential run. CNN reported in 2007 that an LA Times canvass of California’s Congressional delegation found 6 out of 8 Republicans responded “yes” to allowing a Constitutional amendment allowing naturalized citizens to become president.   Just last year, Schwarzenegger told Jay Leno he’d love to make a presidential run.

Admittedly, using this information would be a straw man argument if I was trying to challenge the validity the measure in Arizona, but I’m not, because the entire presidential eligibility issue has been debunked time and time and time again. Such a law is completely unnecessary and a distraction from much larger issues Americans need to face. However, the fact that this conspiracy won’t die shows that while Birthers may argue that their continued challenges have nothing to do with race, it seems awfully suspicious to act so xenophobic when some of their closest political cousins pushed for a foreign born president before.

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I can't believe this is still an issue.

Even if President Obama were born in Kenya - or on the face of the moon, or flying over the international dateline in a hot air balloon - his mother was an American Citizen.

And thus, so is he.
Neither can I, but they'll make any argument they can. Grasping at straws and such.
nice post and then there is Alexander Hamilton who many would have love to be POTUS...but the birthers are just a tool to make raise funds for like minded orgs.....
The jaw-dropping hypocrisy continues.
These are all great points. Should have made cover!
It wasn't that long ago, they wanted a foreign born President in 2008. Did Panama John McCain ever produce his birth certificate?
I'm with ocularnervosa. McCain was born outside the US also, to parents who were US citizens.

Obama's mother was a US citizen. Thus he is too. He was born that way. End of story.

(someone needs to get a life)