Born in the U.S.A.

I have gotten mail during the past year that questions whether President Obama is a native-born American.

It has come from those who doubt the president is qualified legally to serve in office.

Goodness. I have a two-word answer: Secret Service.

The issue has boiled up in Congress with legislation that requires future presidential candidates to provide a birth certificate to prove they were born in the United States, which is required by the Constitution.

The Secret Service is charged with protecting the president. It’s also charged with all manner of national security issues. Does anyone really believe that the crack security arm of the Treasury Department would allow someone to run for president if it felt there was some doubt that he or she was qualified under the Constitution? I think not.

Baby Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961, two years after the island state joined the Union. The state has a birth certificate. There is no doubt — none, zero, zilch — that he is a citizen of the United States.

Will the crazies among us please stop this nonsense?

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