Is Barack Obama a dual citizen of Kenya? The "Things you might not know about Barack Obama" post from "The Rocky" of the Rocky Mountain News (link) drops this bomb in the middle of their list:
Holds both American and Kenyan (since 1963) citizenship.
That's from four days ago and no correction is appended. But, the sources listed (biography.com, Internet Movie Database, Atlanta Journal Constitution) don't appear to have anything I can find that would confirm it. "Texas Darlin" (more on her below) says she's talked to the author and he thinks more corroboration is needed.
"to announce that U. S. Senator Barack Obama is a citizen of Kenya and became a citizen of Kenya under the Independence Constitution of Kenya in 1963. Obama has never renounced his Kenyan citizenship. He is also a U. S. Citizen."
However, a search didn't find any documentation or a followup to that press release. To add to our skepticism, this site believes it based on the foregoing cites. The comment from "Bud" here provides quotes from the alleged Kenya Constitution which would seem to rule out BHO being a dual citizen. However, the site containing that "Constitution" doesn't appear to be a government site and the various loopholes involved would have to be analyzed by someone familiar with both U.S. and Kenyan laws. Finding someone to do that is left as an exercise.
But, wait, there's more! BHO might actually instead be a citizen of Indonesia. At least, that's what "Texas Darlin" says in a comment:
The more important issue is Indonesian citizenship. In fact, the Kenyan thing could be a diversion.
On that post, Larry Johnson promises dire news to come:
I confirmed today that several teams/individuals visited Jakarta during the last six months to gather up critical documents regarding Barack. It is amazing what money can buy. The information includes details of how Barack made his way to Pakistan. Oh! Did I mention there have been similar efforts underway in Pakistan... Did I also mention how small Hawaii is? Republican operatives, with help from their own island backers, have unearthed critical information on Obama and are just biding their time until after the convention to drop it on him. Such as? Having a birth certificate that lists you as Barry Soetoro.
Meanwhile back in the U.S., an effort is underway regarding BHO's supposed birth certificate, with one Ted Moran saying:
"I am looking for 50 brave men or women from 49 states and the District of Columbia to join me in suing the secretaries of state in our respective states to prevent them from posting the name Barak H. Obama on the November 2008 ballot until he presents incontrovertible proof that he is a … U.S. citizen,"
Also meanwhile, "Sister Maya's Name Uncovered on Alleged Obama Birth Certificate" (link).
I'm not entirely dismissing their concerns, but they're going to need to actually produce something one of these days in order to avoid being completely dismissed.
And, in the meantime, if they want to actually have an impact using things that are indisputable, go to a BHO appearance and call him on one of his documented lies or misleading statements.
HIGHLY CONFUSED UPDATE: Thanks to Dave Weigel for pointing out over at reason.com that Soetero is the last name of BHO's step-father, and thus his name would not appear on a birth certificate. However, someone in comments there says a new certificate could have been issued when BHO was a child. Meanwhile, "Texas Darlin" assures us that "I am neither a Larry Sinclair operative nor a con-person working in collaboration with someone impersonating a forensics examiner." I'm going to leave reading the other posts at that site to you, the intrepid finder of fact.
Politics · Sun, 08/10/2008 - 10:10 · Importance: 1