Is President Obama Unconstitutional? I'm not a Birther. I'm a Titler.

October 9th, 2009

Officers of the United States cannot receive titles from a foreign state without congressional approval. President Obama is set to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. If the Peace Prize is a Title from Foreign State, Obama would not be eligible to receive it without Congressional consent. Therefore, is President Obama unconstitutional? lol. I’m not a Birther. I’m a Titler.

H/T J.P. Freire, Pointer Volokh

Article II, Section 9 provides:

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Per Wikipedia, the Nobel Prize is awarded as follows:

“…the Norwegian Nobel Committee consists of five members elected by the Norwegian Storting (the Norwegian parliament).[9] In its first stage, several thousand people are asked to nominate candidates. These names are scrutinized and discussed by experts in their specific disciplines until only the winners remain. This slow and thorough process is arguably what gives the prize its importance. Despite this, there have been questionable awards and questionable omissions over the prize’s century-long history.”

Freire writes, “While the Norwegian Parliament has no say in who receives the prize, the role it plays in selecting the committee ties it to the state. Congress will have to vote on whether to allow Obama to accept the prize.”

So if President Obama recieves this award without Congressional Authorization, does that make him unconstitutional? I guess you can call me a Titler.