- Jun 17, 2005
Being elegible to run is not the same as being elegible to hold the office.and like homer said, you have to meet the qualifications for president and Obama is no longer eligible to run.
It can be successfully argued, I believe, that being eligible to hold the office refers to the original requirements for holding the office of President, namely
The 10th Amendment talks of qualifications for running for the office, not holding it. The 10th Amendment can, and should, be seen as election law, not a constitutional requirement of the President. Otherwise, it creates the logical paradox that being elected President for a second term automatically makes him ineligible to hold the office he was just elected for and he therefor should automatically be removed from the office he is now ineligible to hold.No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.