There are rumors floating around on the Internet that Obama is not legally qualified to be our president. They falsely explain that he is not a U.S. natural-born citizen, because Hawaii was not yet a state when he was born; and therefore, he would be ineligible to run for president of the United States.


This claim is wrong on two counts: Hawaii was admitted as the 50th state almost two years before Barack Obama was born there ( 21 August 1959 for statehood vs. 4 August 1961 for Obama’s birthdate); and even before it achieved statehood status Hawaii was a U.S. territory, so persons born there were entitled to claim the status of natural-born U.S. citizens.

Even in the latter case, Barack Obama would not be the first person to qualify for the office of President of the United States by virtue of having been born in a U.S. territory. Senator Barry Goldwater, the 1964 Republican presidential candidate, was born in Phoenix, Arizona, three years before that territory was admitted to the U.S. as a state.

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