Child of two American parents born in Philippines. Any issues becoming POTUS one day?

Child of US Citizen (State Dept employees) born at Clark Field AFB hospital in Philippines.

Any legal impediments to being POTUS one day?

None deriving merely from the information at hand.

There shouldn’t be. The child is a natural born US citizen. The only problem would be if the parents haven’t lived in the US but that seems unlikely for State Department employees.

Your child or you by any chance? Should I follow your future career with considerable interest? Best of luck in order?

The child would still need to live in the US fourteen years prior to being eligible to run for POTUS.

Need to make sure that the child has a “consular report of birth abroad” issued by the US Embassy. This is your official US document in lieu of a US birth certificate. IIRC, The child needs this for their US passport.

To the OP, it matters not that the child was born on a US base. That base is not US sovereign territory.

The child’s citizenship would derive purely from that of the parents. The fact that it was born in the Philippines or on a US military base are irrelevant to the question.

The requirements are found here:

In the case of a child born out of wedlock, since it is specified that both parents are citizens, we only need to consider the citizenship of the mother (requirements if only the father is a citizen differ):

I’m a U.S. citizen born in Israel to two American parents who had lived in the U.S. until their early 20s. It was always my understanding that I could never be the President of the United States (something that caused me a great deal of distress as a child), but who knows?

My son, incidentally, is also a U.S. citizen, as I lived in the States for 5 years as a child and 2 years as an adult. I think there’s an even smaller chance that *he *can be President.

You would satisfy the birth requirements, but not the residency requirement. The Constitution says a president must have been a resident “within the United States” for 14 years. Since it doesn’t say anything about continuous residence, you might be eligible if you went to live there for another 7 years.

He would also appear to be a “natural born citizen” as it is generally understood, although he would also have to meet the residency requirement.

Is the child black? Then there are going to be issues because people are racists.

The situation you describe is similar to the 2008 race between McCain and Obama. McCain was born in Panama in the American Canal Zone to two American citizen parents. Not a peep out of the birthers.

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Didn’t affect McCain at all in 2008. He was born in Panama to US citizens.

It exists, signed by Henry Kissinger.

To be technical, a Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone. It was a territory of the US, too. This might’ve created some questions about his eligibility, but those are moot because of his parents.

Barry Goldwater: Phoenix, Arizona Territory, 3 years before it was a state.

George Romney (Mitt’s dad) Chihuahua, Mexico. Family lived down there because the grandparents were polygamists, which might make some people question for either Romney. They were not practicing that by the time, but criticism about ancestors is stupid.

Of course, all these were valid, unless someone is making nutty claims.

No, technically speaking the Panama Canal Zone was not a territory of the US. And as described in this recent thread, because of a technicality in the way the laws were phrased, McCain did not qualify as a citizen at the time of his birth, although the law was changed so he did qualify shortly thereafter. McCain’s citizenship is basically derived from that of his parents, rather than from his place of birth.

As always with these questions, the answer is necessarily indeterminate, because no court has ever interpreted the natural-born citizen provision. It may equate to US citizenship from birth, or it may vary in some way.

There have been three candidates who were born outside the USA to citizen parents, none won.

A report prepared by the congressional research service came to the conclusion children born to US citizens abroad are natural born citizens.I think its pretty settled but of course some always want to wait for a future supreme court ruling.

Thats about the long and short of it, answer is most likely but it has never happened.