Written by: Davina
It is believed that to run and become the president of America, that person must be born in one of the U.S. states. This is, however, not confirmed since section one in Article II of the U.S. Constitution merely states,
“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.”
This means that any citizen in America is eligible to become president as long as they are 35 years old and have been a resident for 14 years, at the very least.
The whole belief that Obama is not an American citizen was created by a group of conspiracy theorists called ‘Birthers’. They focus on investigating the history of president Barack Obama and try their best to provide evidence as to why Barack Obama should not have been president because he is not a citizen of America.
The most common story was that Hillary supporters started this entire ‘Birther’ movement during her campaign for president against Obama in 2008. According to The Political Insider, this whole theory was said to be planned by Mark Penn who was Hillary Clinton’s chief political strategist. He made references to Obama’s ‘lack of American roots’ and got the Clinton supporters to target Obama for that reason.
This eventually caught Obama’s attention, forcing him to release his true birth certificate to the public to prove that he is indeed an American citizen. But even with evidence, dedicated followers of Clinton continued to find possible flaws in the certificate, and succeeded.
One of the discrepancies they discovered was the change of quality in the pixels of the certificate. Numbers would seem more pixelated than others, and color shades would differ as well. Some claimed that the birth certificate was edited by Photoshop and the watermarks were added with the help of the exact same program.
One man in particular went as far as to research and state that if one were to scan the certificate and convert it to a PDF, then optimize it and open it up in Adobe Illustrator, we would be able to see the different layers, which means it was edited and tampered with. This can be tried at home.
So what do you think about this? Do you suppose Barack Obama was telling the truth about his nationality, or was lying about it to become the president? Tell us in the comments section.
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