Judge orders Obama to appear in court

2012-01-24 08:55

Washington - A judge in Georgia has ordered US President Barack Obama to appear in court this week in a lawsuit challenging whether he is a natural-born US citizen qualified to be president.

The latest case was spawned by the so-called "birther" movement that has made claims - which have not been substantiated - that Obama was born overseas.

Although it is unclear whether a court could force a sitting president to appear in a court case, Georgia Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi has denied a motion by the president's lawyer to quash a subpoena that requires Obama to show up.

A Georgia resident made the complaint, which is intended to keep Obama's name off the state's ballot in the March presidential primary.

Orly Taitz, a California attorney who brought the legal challenge, said she expects the president's legal team to fight his appearance in the Georgia court but doing so would expose his vulnerability.

An Obama campaign official said the case would not likely proceed.

"As courts around the country have ruled time and again, these claims have no merit and any attempts to compel the president's personal involvement will fail," a statement said.

  • Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-24 09:10

    Isn't it rather too late for that.

      Ryan - 2012-01-24 09:31

      It's for the March elections, not for his current term of office.

      Ouklip - 2012-01-24 09:43

      The election is in November> If it is true he will be jailed but no chance of that.

  • Heineken.Scholtz - 2012-01-24 09:17

    Might be a good excuse to start introspection on what exactly it means to be a citizen of a country. Not that they have the mental capacity though. Maybe someone should pay the Kardashians to have an opinion (slim chance) and then sway the public. Oh well.

      Ouklip - 2012-01-24 09:48

      Only the President and vice Pres has to be natural born citizens for office. All other political positions are open to naturalized citizens.

      Ouklip - 2012-01-24 09:52

      Can only change if 66% of congress votes for the change.

  • Joel - 2012-01-24 09:24

    Anyone who is close to the Barack Obama story will know that the president was born in Hawaai and is a no doubt an American citizen. It is clear that there are many rightwingers who still cannot bring themselves to accept that a black man is now president of the United States. Obama has been accused of all kinds of things among which are devil, terrorist and even though he professes to be a Christian, some people still want to believe that he is a Muslim. The "Birther" movement also has some rightwing Evangelicals as supporters. A true Evangelical has to have appreciation for the truth and should not be going around bearing false evidence. However, it does seem that even some Christians are prepared to do whatever it takes to promote rightwing causes. They could not stop Obama from becoming president. If God wants Obama to serve a second term, there is nothing rightwing evangelicals can do about it.

      John - 2012-01-24 09:51

      @Joel, Obama could be pink, and a Satanist for all it matters. Due process calls for Pres Obama to appear before court, since the Judge obviously thought the request had some merit. It should be an easy matter to lay this whole debacle to rest, if infact he is a Hawaiin, don't you think? Or is he above the law?

      modo - 2012-01-24 10:02

      @John - Every single birther claim has been rebutted. He has released both his short-form and long-form birth certificate and both have been verified for authenticity. Notice that the judge is from Georgia, a notorious red state, what a surprise! This is all totally ridiculous, the President of the United States has more important things to do with his time.

      John - 2012-01-24 10:36

      @modo. Like what? Playing golf? Jokes aside. I take your point. But if he is from Georgia or not, why should that matter? If the judge was a leftwing liberal, would that have been better? It would probably have been worse, since he would have reasoned 'the president has better things to do' and would have flaunted a legal matter.

      modo - 2012-01-24 11:16

      @John - My point is that since the judge is most likely a Republican, the chances are that his ruling is politically motivated. The way the Republicans are acting at the moment makes it clear that they would rather have the country fail while Obama is President simply so that he does not get re-elected. They would rather have him waste time on something completely irrelevant to how well he leads the country than have him attempt to solve the multitude of issues the country is experiencing at the moment. The whole birther movement is extremely childish and screams of bitterness. Aside from the fact that he has repeatedly proven his birthplace as Hawaii, what does it actually even matter where he was born? John McCain was born in the Panama Canal, but since it was in a tiny US territory within the country none of the Republicans batted an eyelid. Is being born in America really the most vital concern when electing a President? This ridiculous sentimentalism the Republican party is so adamant on clinging onto really has no place in first-world twenty-first century politics.

  • Zion - 2012-01-24 09:40

    No offence intended: If this was an American film the judge's wording would go something like: "Get your black ass in jail president Obama" Or: "Get your Black ass in court Mr President"

      Zion - 2012-01-24 11:55

      Actually the ass reference was to a donkey. where is the donkey? dammit.

  • pvuuren - 2012-01-24 09:43

    @JOEL: Rightwing, Leftwing, Chickenwing... ouboet, all's fair in love and war, and U.S. Politics...

  • Mashudu - 2012-01-24 09:44

    It's bcoz his BLACK!

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  • Mike_or_Mpho - 2012-01-24 10:14

    right before their national elections? I smell a political motion here!

  • The-Azanian - 2012-01-24 10:47

    A black man will never prosper in the hands of a white man, its happening here in mzansi too. they always find a way to cap us from development so that we remain their slaves...

      Philip Keeling - 2012-01-24 11:45

      Hey slave did i say you can speak. Learn to speak when spoken to boy.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-24 10:51

    No one is above the law not even the president of the US, he needs to put this to rest once and for all, if he has nothing to hide then no problem, however any attempt to stop him from having to appearing would give the impression that he has something to hide. The US Government has a long history of lying to its citizens and taking actions contrary to the will and best interests of its citizens.

  • Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-24 11:07

    If it's found that Obama is not American then the Americans will be the laughing stock of the world. There will be so many jokes about the blunder.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-01-24 11:50

    Republicans=anc. republicans like anc knows how to play dirty politics while they just managed to sink the nation into debt with unsuccessful middle-east wars.

  • tony.delucchi - 2012-01-24 13:51

    ...personally I could not give a flying hoot!

  • Yolanda - 2012-01-24 15:02

    Shouldn't this issue have come forward BEFORE he was elected President? Obviously some people are unsettled and see him as a real threat with the possibility of being elected for the 2nd term.

  • colleen.rowles - 2012-01-24 20:46

    Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii August 4, 1961. Mother, Ann Dunham, white American from Wichita, Kansas. Father, Barack Obama Sr from Kenya. Parents separated when he was 2 years & later divorced. His father returned to Kenya & was killed in an accident in 1982. His mother married Lolo Soetoro, from Indonesia where Obama attended school until age 10. He returned to Hawaii & lived with his grandparents 1971 to 1979 & graduated from high school there. There is all the facts & I am not even American!

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