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Obama was a Kenyan citizen until 1984. He was also a British citizen until he was two.

 
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Obama was a Kenyan citizen until 1984. He was also a British citizen until he was two.
Obama’s Kenyan Citizenship?

[link to factcheck.org]

Q: Does Barack Obama have Kenyan citizenship?

A: No. He held both U.S. and Kenyan citizenship as a child, but lost his Kenyan citizenship automatically on his 23rd birthday.

FULL QUESTION


The Rocky Mountain News has reported (below) that Barack Obama "Holds both American and Kenyan (since 1963) citizenship." Is this true?


FULL ANSWER


The Rocky Mountain News did in fact run an online article asserting that Barack Obama holds both American and Kenyan citizenship. The article was incorrect, and the paper removed the item from the article and ran a correction. The paper’s editor, John Temple, formally apologized for the error in an Aug. 15, 2007, column. Neither the correction nor the apology has prevented the column from circulating across the Internet as part of the latest set of baseless rumors that Obama is ineligible to run for president.

There was a grain of truth to what the Rocky Mountain News reported, though understanding why requires a brief history lesson.

When Barack Obama Jr. was born on Aug. 4,1961, in Honolulu, Kenya was a British colony, still part of the United Kingdom’s dwindling empire. As a Kenyan native, Barack Obama Sr. was a British subject whose citizenship status was governed by The British Nationality Act of 1948. That same act governed the status of Obama Sr.’s children:


British Nationality Act of 1948 (Part II, Section 5): Subject to the provisions of this section, a person born after the commencement of this Act shall be a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies by descent if his father is a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies at the time of the birth.

In other words, at the time of his birth, Barack Obama Jr. was both a U.S. citizen (by virtue of being born in Hawaii) and a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (or the UKC) by virtue of being born to a father who was a citizen of the UKC.

Obama’s British citizenship was short-lived. On Dec. 12, 1963, Kenya formally gained its independence from the United Kingdom. Chapter VI, Section 87 of the Kenyan Constitution specifies that:


1. Every person who, having been born in Kenya, is on 11th December, 1963 a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies or a British protected person shall become a citizen of Kenya on 12th December, 1963…

2. Every person who, having been born outside Kenya, is on 11th December, 1963 a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies or a British protected person shall, if his father becomes, or would but for his death have become, a citizen of Kenya by virtue of subsection (1), become a citizen of Kenya on 12th December, 1963.
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Re: Obama was a Kenyan citizen until 1984. He was also a British citizen until he was two.
1984 is the year Obama lost his Kenyan citizenship. It's also the title George Orwell's famous novel.
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Re: Obama was a Kenyan citizen until 1984. He was also a British citizen until he was two.
Obama was technically born with three citizenships : Kenya, British and American (due to his American mom). He only has one left right now.
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Re: Obama was a Kenyan citizen until 1984. He was also a British citizen until he was two.
BC issue is psy-op

his dad was not US citizen so he is not natural born per supreme court rulings

but all this is just to distract from his family's history in the CIA. grandparents, parents, and step-dad all agents. o(b/s)ama admits to working for known CIA front company in his autobiography. good friends of the infamous brzezinski, director of Af-Pak theater in the days of o(b/s)ama fame.

HOLY SHIT BRO WHO THE FUCK IS IN THE WHITE HOUSE?
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Re: Obama was a Kenyan citizen until 1984. He was also a British citizen until he was two.
and the last REAL president was JFK

so why are you still acting shock?

you think half of congress being sell outs is a coincidence?

the TRIBE has spoken!
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Re: Obama was a Kenyan citizen until 1984. He was also a British citizen until he was two.
Obama may have qualified for Indonesian citizneship,
according to that country's nationality law.

An Indonesian citizen is:

[link to en.wikipedia.org]

a child from a legal marriage whose father is an Indonesian citizen and mother is a foreign citizen.


Obama's stepfather was Lolo Soetero, an Indonesian. He was legally married to Ann Dunham, Obama's biological mother. The Indonesian nationality law says that all children whose male parent is an Indonesian automatically become Indonesian citizens.

This means that Obama may have never lost his Indonesian citizenship and still have it today.
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Re: Obama was a Kenyan citizen until 1984. He was also a British citizen until he was two.
Obama is the only U.S. President to have had four different citizenships in his lifetime. No other President has had this many ; in fact, most people don't even come close to that.





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