Friday, August 23, 2013

The Dueling Citizenship of President Barack Obama and Senator Ted Cruz

I wondered when the press would get around to scrutinizing Senator Ted Cruz’s eligibility to run for the highest political office in the land. 

The Dallas Morning Star recently ran a story entitled: "Dual citizenship may pose problem if Ted Cruz seeks presidency."

We all knew it was just a matter of time, despite the love affair with one President Obama and the media's feigned outrage at those who would have the gall to question his eligibility.

Aaron Blake of The Washington Post also authored an article about how Senator Cruz is going to renounce his Canadian citizenship.

Others piled on as well: Ruth Tam from The Washington Post maintained that Senator Cruz had to renounce his Canadian citizenship, and in USA Today,  Steffen Schmidt opined that Senator Ted Cruz’s citizenship could linger as an issue well into the next presidential cycle, stating "…I am certain that the issue of dual citizenship, which was never an issue with Obama, will percolate through the GOP herd of potential presidential contenders.”

While the issue of dual citizenship and the eligibility of Senator Cruz has apparently been laid to rest, Steffen Schmidt could not be more wrong about President Obama's issues. The media protest about the lack of similarity with respect to the nature of the controversies surrounding President Obama and Senator Cruz may be a little premature.

In a case brought against the U.S. Department of State, the Department of Justice denied in court documents that President Obama was ever a citizen of Kenya, or a British subject.

However, according to, President Obama was a citizen of Kenya because his father was a citizen of Kenya. He would have therefore held a dual citizenship until the age of 23.

As an adult, if he did not renounce his Kenyan citizenship, he would maintain a dual status.

However, the fact that there is no record of Obama having renounced his Kenyan citizenship leaves us with a more ominous specter. Did he renounce his US citizenship as a college student in order to receive aid as a foreign student?

If so, it would explain why there is a booklet published in 1991 that claims Obama was born in Kenya. It would also explain further allegations that the president attended college as a foreign student, and his reticence to release his transcripts.

While the press is focused on Senator Ted Cruz’s dual citizenship, I have filed a case in the Alaska Supreme Court asking that the college records of President Obama be made public. After all, if the public has "a right to know" about a candidate for US Senate, doesn't it stand to reason that they also have "a right to know" about the man they call president who also appeared on the ballot in Alaska.

Only when all the facts come out will the controversy surrounding this president be quelled. Mr. President, just release your records so we can move on already!

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