Natural Born? I think not. Look at this exchange in the arguments in Tuan Anh Nguyen v. INS:
Justice Souter: Maybe it would be simpler if I asked the... I think I can ask the question a different way.
Do you think that the... the... the act of recognizing citizenship here for children born abroad is naturalization within the meaning of the naturalization clause?
Mr. Davis: Yes, Your Honor, it is naturalization within the meaning of the constitutional naturalization clause.
Naturalization CANNOT be Natural Born.
You understand that the justice only *asked a question*, right? And one of the lawyers answered it, with his opinion, right?
This is the root problem the birthers have. They latch on to any fragment they can find that sounds like it backs up what they *already want to believe*, whether it is actually meaningful or not. That is not how you find the truth. That's just how you convince yourself that you were right to begin with. Whether you really were or not.
The purpose of the “Natural Born” citizen clause in the Constitution is to prevent some foreign potentate from purchasing the Presidency. It also prevents a domestic faction from importing a President (such was common in Europe at the time). These were big concerns in 1789. They’re still concerns in light of the activities of George Soros. It is not meant to limit the opportunites of a child born to US citizen parents while abroad. Many of our Founding Fathers, including Franklin, Adams and Jefferson spent several years abroad and would well understand the concept that US citizens could very well give birth while abroad.
Natural born citizen means the individual was a citizen by virtue of birthright- either his parents were citizens or (since Reconstruction) he was born wihin the United States. In the case of the former it may take the State Department awhile to complete the paperwork (they need to know that the child the two US Citizens have is really their child).
Complicating this would be the citizenship laws of whatever country the child was born in. If that country has a “born within the boundaries” policy as we do, then the child born to US citizens could posses dual citizenships.