For one to compare an Adam’s apples to a Macintosh apple would be similar to incorrectly comparing a Citizen to a Natural Born Citizen.
Article I Section 2 reads: “No Person shall be a Representative who shall not…[be] a Citizen of the United States,”
Article I Section 3 reads: “No Person shall be a Senator who shall not …[be] a Citizen of the United States,”
Article II Section 1 reads: “No Person except a natural born Citizen,… shall be eligible to the Office of President;”
“or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President;”
The exception clause obviously adds a third classification of citizen; 1. citizen [Art.1 Sec2 & 3]; 2. natural-born citizen[ Art. 2 Sec. 1]; 3. exception
None of these three classifications include any naturalized citizens. Congress was tasked with developing “…an uniform Rule of Naturalization….”, but had at the signing of the Constitution yet to make those uniform rules. Therefore, the fourth classification of citizen had not yet been legislated and was obviously not one of the classifications in Articles 1 or 2. The Framers did not know when Congress would make those uniform rules of naturalization and needed to seat the Congress and President as soon as possible.
If the two remaining classifications of citizen are then compared, there is an obvious difference since one required the exception clause and the other did not. What did the exception clause, except?
At the time of the signing of the united States Constitution, there were only original citizens of age to serve in Congress or as President. Original citizens were those men that had twice sworn allegiance to the united States of America, in public and their names were recorded by the municipality in which they took the oath. All natural born citizens from original citizen parents would in time be able to serve as President (Martin Van Buren).
On a side note, the House of Representatives had the additional requirement of seven years a citizen, (1790 – 7 = 1783 [The War for Independence was over]) in the Senate it was fourteen years (1790 – 14 = 1776 [The beginning of the War for Independence]). For What It’s Worth.
These were very learned and intelligent men that wrote our founding documents. Each may have had a say in the exact wording and meaning of the language used, and each word was written and agreed to by the framers. This was not, as some want to portray, a haphazard document in which the language was vague and generalized.
The term natural born citizen has a specific meaning for a specific reason. Barack Hussein Obama II is not a natural born citizen.