In a speech given in Kogelo, Kenya, late last week, President Barack Obama stunningly admitted to his audience that he was not a natural born citizen of the U.S. ‘It’s good to be back’.
At an event to launch the Sauti Kuu Foundation, a non-profit organization run by the president’s stepsister, Auma, that helps orphans and other impoverished children in the East African nation of her birth, he spoke at length about his “first visit” to Kenya at the age of 27, when he came to learn about his father and extended family. He then added:
“Three years ago, I visited Kenya as the first sitting American president to come from Kenya.”
Although the president had joked about having “cousins” everywhere he went in the country, he made the statement above with a serious expression on his face from his prepared remarks. He later referred to himself as a “citizen of the world with a connection to Africa.”
The immediate question many observers wondered: did Barack Obama just admit to being born in Kenya? While semantically, that’s certainly what he suggested, he also insisted he had never been in Kenya prior to the age of 27.
If he was not a natural born citizen of the U.S. when he was elected, technically, everything he accomplished in his eight years in office could be voided. But to do so would almost certainly require a bipartisan effort—at a time when the two parties can rarely agree on anything.