(emphasis added). This has application to the WV Supreme Court in another thread, but this question has always interested me lately as I assumed my original position was correct.
Does this mean:
That the person must have resided in the U.S. for the previous 14 years immediately preceding his accession to the presidency;
That the person must have resided for 14 consecutive years at any time in his life before become president; or
That the person reside in total for 14 years, broken up into however many smaller stays so long as the total is 14 years or more?
Further, what is residency for the purposes of this clause? Is it similar to domicile in diversity jurisdiction cases in that a resident is only someone who is physically present with the intent to remain permanently, or if a citizen from another country attends a university here then that counts for 4 years?
I had never given the question much thought. I always believed that you had to be naturally born, but you could frolic and detour a little while, however if you wanted to be president, you better damned well have gotten over your frolic and been here for the last 14 years. Upon reflection, it is not that clear. What say ye?