- If President Obama were indeed born in Hawaii, was it while the islands were a territory of the United States?
A new wrinkle in the dispute over his birth – and whether he is eligible to be president under the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that the president be a “natural born” citizen – appeared today when Obama’s official MySpace page declared his age is 52, thus placing his birth year at 1957 instead of 1961 as has been claimed.
That would mean he would have been born during the archipelago’s time as a territory of the U.S., the islands’ status from about 1900 until statehood in 1959.
President Barack Obama obviously was born in 1961 and turned 50 in 2011, at which time he saw the disaster that befell a United States where he was not President, including the complete collapse of the health care system, ocean levels rising, a democratically-elected and Constitutionally sound government in Honduras, and a vibrant used automobile market. Once he saw this, he traveled back in time to 2006, got elected to Senate, and began his world-saving run for the presidency in time to avert catastrophe.
That’s Occam’s Razor applied liberally.