Bobby Jindal Releases Birth Certificate
[Louisiana] Gov. Bobby Jindal arrived in the United States in utero, his mother about three months pregnant.
As he wrote last year in his book, “Leadership and Crisis,” his mother had been offered a scholarship in 1970 to complete a graduate degree in nuclear physics at LSU.
When she informed the university that she couldn’t accept the scholarship because she was pregnant, “LSU wrote back and promised her a month off for childbirth if she changed her mind. LSU was so accommodating, and the opportunity to come to America so thrilling, that my parents accepted.
“So, my parents stepped out on faith, secured green cards, packed up a few suitcases, said their goodbyes, and took off for this exotic new place called Baton Rouge, Louisiana.”
They arrived Feb 1, 1971, and a bit over six months later, on June 10, 1971, Piyush Jindal was born at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, a natural-born U.S. citizen, who like every other child born in America, could, constitutionally, grow up to be president.
Now, I’m not gonna get into the wacky theories of the birthers… this story is interesting for other reasons which are indirectly connected to the whole birther thing.
Simply put, in the current political atmosphere, there’s only one reason for Piyush “Bobby” Jindal to release the birth certificate… he’s thinking he might be on the 2012 GOP Presidential ticket, and is “clearing the decks” of possibly distracting minor issues.
Now, whether or not he can win, and whether he’d be the first or second name on the ticket, is still open for discussion, but if nothing else, Jindal has probably bought himself at least a day or two of discussion by the talking heads, at little cost to himself.
Oh, by the way… a small aside. Some folks seem to want to push the idea that in order to run for President, not only must the candidate be a natural-born citizen, but his/her parents must be as well… not only would that leave a big hole in the list of past presidents, right where Chester A. Arthur’s name used to appear–Arthur’s father was a British citizen who wasn’t naturalized as a US citizen until his son was about 14–it would also take Piyush Jindal, born of two Indian citizens with legal resident status (green cards) right out of the equation. Is that what you people really want?
I’m still waiting to hear if there’s a .pdf of Jindal’s birth certificate that has layers.