re: "Did Obama Fail To Register For The Draft?"
"I thought the whole kerfuffle over the Obama birth certificate was stupid from the start. There are a number of bureaucratic stupidities that can arise from those documents - as I vividly recall when some dumbass at the Kaneohe Satellite City Hall refused to grant me a drivers' license because I showed up for my licensing test because my paper said "Certificate of Live Birth" rather than "Birth Certificate."
I'm therefore maintaining a skeptical distance to this one."
As well one should.
"(F)or ordinary people, failing to register for selective service would disqualify them from federal employment, sure. But it seems clear to me that one would have to accept that the person who wins the majority of electoral college votes is qualified for federal employment by definition. (By the same token, the President is assumed to hold the highest security clearance in government by default. He doesn't have to "apply" to his employees to be granted a clearance. He's the President.)"
There's nothing in the U.S. Constitution (see Art. II, Sec. 1) that says you have to register for the draft to be president. For that matter, I rather doubt that the Framers would have tolerated having a draft in the first place.
As someone who registered for Selective Service around the same time Pres.-elect Obama did, let me note that I lost my registration (including the all-important Selective Service number) within a year of registering. In my defense, I also enlisted within 12 months of having registered, so I didn't consider that piece of paper very relevant any more. Subsequently I never gave it much thought as I was in possession of either a valid military I.D. card or an honorable discharge certificate ever since. Until I wanted to be appointed to, successively, the Civil and Foreign Service(s). Then I had to cough up my Selective Service registration number. Luckily for me they have a website where you can retrieve it if you actually did register.
My point, and I did have one, was that perhaps this is just a replacement form.