Two More Teensy Things
Also, I just ran across this interesting article in the New York Times that asks, "Can John McCain run for President, since he was born in a foreign country?" The answer seems to be a pretty resounding yes, but it's an occasion for an intriguing history of other candidates who've faced the same problem. And it made me think of something else that isn't addressed in the article: Although it seems that a child born to Americans, even if the Americans are abroad (as in McCain's case), almost certainly has a legal right to run for President, what if you were adopted by Americans but born overseas?
Personally, I think the requirement of being born here is kind of silly. Adoptees, naturalized citizens, anyone who identifies reasonably as an American ought to be able to run for President, or what kind of democracy are we? Why not let Schwarzenegger run if he wants to? America's been good to him; he's not going to sell us out to the Austrians.
There must have been some reason for the Founders to put this in the Constitution at the time--some then-reasonable fear or some closely-followed precedent. I'd check it out, but I've got work to get to.
UPDATE: Oh my god! I just remembered that this is a leap year, so we have a February 29th! I have a whole 'nother day with my Metro Card! Hallelujah!