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I think you are asking who is responsible for making sure the president meets the constitutional requirements for taking office. If so, I am not sure, but what I think is that any citizen can file suit in federal court to dispute the president's credentials and the judge would rule. (Unless they was a very strong case, it would be thrown out of court quickly) If the judge rules against the president, the ruling would undoubtedly go to the Supreme Court which would make a final ruling. In practice, the nominating parties vet their candidates carefully for any possible question in their background that would cause trouble if it came up later during the campaign.

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I am not sure what you mean by who "vets" them -- as in, looks into their career and considers whether they are qualified? By the time a person is considering a run for president, he or she has usually served in government before. Perhaps the person was a governor, or a senator, or a representative. So, they have a track record already, and their party then considers whether the person might be a viable candidate for higher office. There are primaries, and if the person wins some of them, he or she usually gets even more serious consideration. Success at the primary level also leads each political party to ask questions of the person (such as whether he or she is prepared for the rigors of a presidential campaign, and whether they believe they can raise enough money). So, in a way, both the voters and the political parties vet their candidates.

In the case of President Obama, he had been a state representative, and was re-elected several times. He was also a U.S. senator. Thus, he had a track record in his state and also in congress, and gradually, he won over primary voters, who decided he was the right person to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2008.

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