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January 23, 2012
Georgia on Obama's Mind?
As reported here on American Thinker, "the 'birthers' went down to Georgia, lookin' for an election to spoil"...and spoil it they may.
The story began last November, when Georgia citizen David Welden filed a formal challenge over Obama's qualifications to appear on Georgia's 2012 presidential ballot.
Although the mainstream media pejoratively label those who question Obama's eligibility as conspiratorial "birthers" and defines "birtherism" as belief in a Kenyan birthplace, Welden stipulates otherwise:
Welden is assisted by the Liberty Legal Foundation and Constitutional attorney Van Irion. Two other groups of Georgia residents have filed similar ballot challenges which question, in addition, the validity of Obama's records, and are represented separately by attorneys Orly Taitz and J. Mark Hatfield.
Attorney Irion filed a thorough and brilliant opposition to Obama's motion to dismiss Welden's challenge, and on January 3, Judge Michael Malihi of Georgia's Office of State Administrative Hearings denied all three of the motions to dismiss in one order.
Although the court had consolidated all three challenges in the order, at the request of attorneys Irion and Hatfield, Judge Malihi later severed the cases, and three separate hearings are scheduled for January 26 in Atlanta.
Taitz had also filed a subpoena requiring Obama's testimony and production of several personal documents. In response, Michael Jablonski, Obama's attorney in Georgia, filed a motion to quash, stating that: "The sovereignty of the State of Georgia does not extend beyond the limits of the State." Jablonski further argued that such an action interrupted the duties of the president, and asserted that the plaintiff was merely attempting to "further her political agenda."
In her opposition, Taitz countered that Obama's motion to quash:
Last Friday, in a stunning turn of events, Judge Malihi denied Obama's motion with a succinct one-page denial, in which he asserted:
Apparently, although Jablonski questions the reach of authority of the State of Georgia, he operates from a sphere somewhere above the law -- as often does his employer. Will Obama comply with the subpoena?
According to the White House Dossier, on Thursday, Obama is scheduled to be nowhere near Atlanta, rather "promoting the agenda he plans to lay out in Tuesday's State of the Union address," in Las Vegas and Denver.
Last week at another fundraiser in New York, Obama sang a line from Al Green's "Let's Stay Together."
Perhaps Thursday in Vegas he'll be humming..."Georgia on My Mind". I doubt he'll be there in person.
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