Nathan Deal says he’ll ask for Barack Obama’s birth certificate

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, now a Republican candidate for governor, this morning declared himself in sympathy with those questioning whether President Barack Obama was born in the U.S.A.

The occasion was an online chat the congressman had with supporters this morning. And the question came from Tom Crawford of Capitol Impact.

Do you believe that Barack Obama is a native-born American citizen who is eligible to serve as president? I am asking because your comments on this issue have been a little ambiguous. I would appreciate your clearing this up.

At 9:17 a.m., Deal tapped out this:

I am joining several of my colleagues in the House in writing a letter to the President asking that he release a copy of his birth certificate so we can have an answer to this question.

This is a new position for Deal. Back in August, my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin asked much the same question. This was the response he received from Deal campaign spokesman Harris Blackwood:

“He began receiving letters and e-mails about this long before the president took office. He has maintained in response to each one that he believes the president was born in the state of Hawaii two years after it became a state, is an American citizen and therefore is fully qualified to be president of the United States.”

“Awkward” will not describe the next meeting to discuss water negotiations between Deal and U.S. Rep. John Lewis.

In a subsequent Twitter message, Deal declared his online chat to be a “huge success.” And attempting to sweep up the birthers may not hurt him in a Republican primary. But it doesn’t polish Deal’s credentials as a general election candidate.

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November 5th, 2009
1:38 pm

Real, Deal Ghetto, Steal no surprise that someone who is focused on making his family rich instead of looking out for his district would flip flop on the birther issue.

When it comes to the water issue, his lack of leadership is very telling, he hasn’t accomplished anything during his tenure, and now isn’t willing to lead the charge in congress to protect Georgia’s water rights. Lake Lanier is in his district.

My man Ox is the only one in the race with true leadership experience. He has focuses on customer service in his agency, and is open until 8:00 at night. Elect a leader not a rudderless legislator.

One question I would have asked, is how much did the federal budget grown while Real, Deal, Ghetto, Steal was in office.


November 5th, 2009
1:39 pm

LOL, well, what do you expect. It’s Georgia after all. He’s tryin to “seal the deal” with the wingnut party base.


November 5th, 2009
1:39 pm

My god. What an idiot. This guy represents our state in Congress? As a voting Republican for years, it’s tough for me to watch the party go so far off into the deep end.


November 5th, 2009
1:44 pm

Nice strategy – admit your a birther to take the focus off the fact that you have been named one of the top 15 most corrupt members of congress.


November 5th, 2009
1:45 pm

T-Bone, if you feel bad, it even worse for me because I am a Democrat and now have watched my party become hi-jacked by the kooks on the far left who want the government to control every aspect of my life. if I even bother to vote next year, I will vote out any incumbent politician regardless of party. We need real change!


November 5th, 2009
1:56 pm

Bullet, I hardly believe you are a Democrat, but if you are, what aspects of your life have the Democrats taken control of over in the past few years? I’d really like to understand what you are referring to?

I have a feeling you are either lying about your party affiliation or don’t have any substance to back up your comment, “kooks on the far left who want the Government to control every aspect of my life.”

You appear to be more of a lying right-wing kook, but I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and let you explain yourself.


November 5th, 2009
2:03 pm

Bullet: What aspects of your life are the Democrats trying to control? Is it your right to have a private phone conversation? Is it who you can marry? Is it your right to organize a union? Is it your (or your wife’s) right to have an abortion? Is it your right to find affordable healthcare? Oh, no. That’s right. That’s the Republicans who are trying to control you. Get your facts straight and turn off Fox News.


November 5th, 2009
2:03 pm

How exactly will focusing on the birther debate help solve the nation’s economic woes and put people back to work? How exactly will focusing on the birther debate help solve the problems we have in our educational system? How exactly will focusing on the birther debate help attract new businesses and investors to Georgia when whackjobs like this make the people of the state appear to be small-minded, backwards individuals?
He won! Drop it! Let the issue go before you make yourself look like a jerk. Please!


November 5th, 2009
2:10 pm

In about 3 1/2 years Obama will show a copy of a birth certificate from somewhere. He just does not feel it’s anybody’s business now. Constitutional government will disappear before then.

Joe Wilson's Brain

November 5th, 2009
2:12 pm

Not knowing the exact time and place (not just the hospital, but which room) of Barack Obama’s birth could results in a giant comet striking the earth. Come on Bafack, the fate of humanity lies in the vaults ay the Hawaii DOH.


November 5th, 2009
2:20 pm

If the people of Georgia elect a Birther for governor, I’m leaving.


November 5th, 2009
2:20 pm

this is stupid.

if he really thinks he is illegal why doesn’t he start lobbying for impeachment. Grow some courage if thats what you really feel

Dawg Fan 74

November 5th, 2009
2:23 pm

Dear Why?

Good bye.

nathan deal is a POS

November 5th, 2009
2:30 pm

Release your birth certificate Deal, and then once you have, morons can keep saying that you need to release it. Never let the truth get in the way of ideological blindness. I hate you all.

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November 5th, 2009
2:33 pm


Has anyone asked Rep. Deal why his birth certificate is not available on either his Congressional or gubernatorial candidate websites?

What is Rep. Deal hiding? Why will Rep. Deal not make his birth certificate available to the public?

I understand that Rep. Deal served in the U.S. military. Perhaps Rep Deal will contend that military service defines his citizenship.

That would be incorrect. Non-citizens may serve in the U.S. military. Hence, military service is not the equivalent of U.S. citizenship.

Perhaps you could contact Rep. Deal’s office or campaign and report on their reason(s) why Rep. Deal’s birth certificate is not available for viewing by the voting public.


November 5th, 2009
2:42 pm

To Mr. Deal:

See if you can get one of his credit cards while your asking for stuff from him.


November 5th, 2009
2:43 pm

xandr, private phone calls under the Bush Admin were never at risk. KNOWN terrorist sympathizers phone calls in/out of the country were targeted. who you can marry? check polls (Dems LOVE polls) that show the LARGE majority of Americans don’t believe that GAYS should have all the rights that come with “marriage.” Your union point? If you had a clue you’d know that it’s the Dems who want to do away with secret ballots! What’s up with that? Abortion? Show me how the heck that’s a RIGHT protected by the Constitution. A RIGHT to affordable health care? Get an education which makes finding a good job with these perks easier to find. It’s the Dems who want the FCC to up their control over radio because they know that’s one way to shut up the conservatives. Who wants to listen to liberal crap? It was the YoMama administration that wanted you to turn in your friends and co-workers who were denigrating the Dems and their ideas. It’s the Dems who want to block my RIGHT, yes my RIGHT, to self protection and the protection of my family. You might say that’s the job of the police? Well, when someone about to assault is only seconds away a cop is many minutes away. Since I, with a Georgia Firearms License granted to me because of my clean record, currently carry a weapon, I will take care of myself until the cops show up. It’s the Obama administration that is working with internet providers for programs that will constantly cull the internet for opposition. More govt control? What are you smoking? Barney Frank has even said, for the record, that govt will necessarily become bigger. The Obama team is trying to take over 1/6 of the economy just with an insurance takeover. Combine that with portions of the auto industry and banking and what might that percentage go to? And once the govt sets compensation limits for CEO’s, etc, what keeps them from setting pay for anyone else in any industry they decide is “too big to fail?” Earth to xandr… need to wake up. Don’t be a sheeple!


November 5th, 2009
2:51 pm

Deal has not responded to the rumors that he is part lizard. He should release his birth certificate to dispell those rumors. WHAT IS HE HIDING?


November 5th, 2009
2:53 pm

Ammused wrote: “whackjobs like this make the people of the state appear to be small-minded, backwards individuals?”

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You mean they are not?


November 5th, 2009
3:05 pm

Deal is crazy. Crazy like a FOX!

Who do you think votes in Georgia Republican gubernatorial primaries? Those who watch Fox opinion programming as their only news source, those who believe that their is a vast conspiracy dating back to Obama’s birth to disguise his Kenyan citizenship so he can become Harvard Law Review’s editor-in-chief and then the very first African-American President in history, OR…

those who know that people who work in federal government are just like everybody else, that there are no conspiracies, and that electoral politics necessarily stretches truth from both sides to get re-elected.

All Nathan Deal needs to do is convince the base that he accepts their crazy theories. Once he wins the primary, he takes the governorship, and then he can do whatever he wants.

The Snark

November 5th, 2009
3:08 pm

Hasn’t anyone told Deal that President Obama’s birth certificate has been shown to the public and the press over and over again for the last two years? that it has been posted on the internet? That the records office in Hawaii has actually let reporters come in and physically handle their records of his birth, turn them sideways under bright lights to photograph the raised seal, etc.?

This is pure pandering.


November 5th, 2009
3:09 pm

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal need to get a life he has bigger fish to fry than to be hawking over that…..Obama is President and if he don’t like it he needs to move to Iraq….respect the man for what he is the President of the United States of America….now what…..

Audrey in Georgia

November 5th, 2009
3:25 pm

Nathan Deal, with all the problems and possible solutions in Georgia, is this what you have to offer
as a representative? Do you have your birth certificate? Why don’t you and President Obama exchange certificates? Better yet, why don’t you contact the CIA, FBI, GBI, the Pentagon and
the Secret Service to investigate this alleged atrocity?!?

NY Yankee

November 5th, 2009
3:36 pm

Are you guys positive you don’t want to secede? I promise we’ll let you go quietly this time.


November 5th, 2009
4:21 pm

I, for one, am glad that Deal is asking for a simple solution — provide your birth certificate, sir. Why can’t he just do that?

Now I wish he or the other GOP candidates would resume their calls for secession. We talked about this a few months ago, now no one seems to have the spine to do it. Let’s see what you’ve got GOP.
Let’s rise again!!


November 5th, 2009
4:44 pm

As much as i hate the NY Yankees, I have to agree.

Goodbye Georgia and take Louisiana and Alabama with you.

Road Scholar

November 5th, 2009
4:46 pm

Dumass your a dumb a$$!

Nathan Deal will pander to whoever promises to get him elected.

Yankee in Gooberville

November 5th, 2009
4:49 pm

Racist idiot playing off the willful ignorance of a deranged fringe. God, you know how dumb the south looks to the rest of the US? I hate having to have moved to this miserable part of the country.


November 5th, 2009
4:55 pm

Jimmy, I hope you know that Obama now has control of the FBI, CIA and NSA, which means that he has control of the Patriot Act tools. Are you happy that he is now deciding who the “terrorists” are? Are you still happy that the White House has those powers, because you’ll never know if he’s spying on you for being an anti-American “terrorist”.

Also, as far as gay marriage, a majority of people in the US still wanted to keep the slavery system in place and didn’t want to give blacks civil rights or women voting rights. Did that make it right?

Healthcare shouldn’t be a “perk”

And your fear of the FCC is unfounded unless you can point to something that Dems have done, rather than just speculating. Same goes with your right to protect your family – how have the Dems even tried to stop you (please cite specific examples)? Also show me how they are “culling the internet for opposition”.

And lastly, for your economic concerns, healthcare makes up 1/6 of the economy, not insurance; and Obama is only trying to provide a low income insurance OPTION and will not take over anything. As for auto and banking – the bailouts were requested and accepted by those banking institutions and the bailouts were only loans, not takeovers. If you get a loan from the bank for your business, are they taking you over? No. Moron. And the executive salary caps only apply to companies that received bailout money, and I as a taxpayer do not want executives looting all the money we lent them. They need to be held accountable if we, the taxpayers, are going to give them billions to spend as they please.

You, Jimmy, are the biggest of all the sheeple. Get your head out of Fox News’ a$$!

cletus T Rockafella

November 5th, 2009
5:04 pm

Oh for crying out loud, I have a steaming pile of dog poo in my yard that has more value than Deal has ever exhibited. Deal is a moronic opportunist who can’t function in the private sector, so he has to suck from the taxpayer teet for a job. Give me a break. Nathan Deal = Jimmy Swaggart. Same crap, different goal. oh, wait, maybe not.


November 5th, 2009
5:12 pm

Is this pandering or stupidity? Or both? Let’s hope Nathan Deal gets fined just like the wacko ex-lawyer who kept bringing federal lawsuits alleging the same garbage.

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November 5th, 2009
6:49 pm

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November 5th, 2009
6:53 pm

Greetings All,

We’re quite perplexed over here at the secret underground Libertarian Command Center at all the Hoo-Rah over our boy Nathan’s gift to the birther movement this morning. It’s simply a method of pandering to a base element that will get in the car on primary day and cast their votes. Considering that the turnout for the impending 2010 republican primary is gonna set records for non-attendance, we think Nathan’s wise to make a pitch to any crowd that’ll give him a listen. Besides, we still haven’t decided which primary us Libertarians want to play in yet and if he manages to contain the Ox and keep Karen at arms length, maybe we’ll head over to the democrat love fest and see if we can have an impact there.

As far as his ranking on the Crew list, we couldn’t help but notice that he’s got pretty impressive company. Stars like Charlie Rangel, Jesse Jackson Jr and the redoubtable John Murtha (Fourth Year for Big John) also made the list as well as other notables from both sides of the aisle. We did notice that this was the first year that Nathan received this singular honor, but don’t worry, he’ll try harder next time.

The upshot of the whole thing is that there is not a dime’s worth of difference between Nathan, The Ox, Karen Handel or King Roy. Machine politicians are machine politicians no matter what colors they fly. And for Libertarian purposes in 2010, we do hope that Nathan and Roy make the cut in their primaries and are their parties standard bearers in the general election because Libertarian John Monds is gonna make hash out of both of them.

So remember kids, Smaller Government, Lower Taxes and More Freedom! Vote Libertarian! Vote John Monds!


November 5th, 2009
9:05 pm

Jimmy: Polls do NOT determine rights. If it was a question of public opinion, the slaves would not have been freed and made full citizens. Lincoln did not emancipate the slaves and Congress did not amend the US Constitution because they were popular; those things were done because they were the right thing to do. Furthermore, please name one bill passed by Congress and signed into law by the President which restrict your right to bare arms? Please name one bill before a committee in Congress which has any popular support that’ll restrict your right to bare arms? You can’t. Not surprised. Lastly, please provide evidence to support your claims that either of the two bills currently fronted as likely to be passed by either house of congress will amount to a government takeover of healthcare. And no, the asinine ramblings of Republican congresswomen from North Carolina who refuse to read the bills do not count as “evidence.” The rest of your dribble doesn’t merit a response, and I feel that I’ve just wasted 5 minutes of my life writing this.

Deal. Real. Birther? — Peach Pundit

November 5th, 2009
9:27 pm

[...] same lib’ral media jumped on this story as well today, with Jim Galloway daring to suggest that Deal’s birther talk was in direct contradiction to an earlier stance [...]


November 5th, 2009
9:52 pm

A child born to a US citizen is a natural born US citizen, whether or not they are born in Kansas, Hawaii, Kenya, or wherever. Unless there is a doubt about the President’s birth mother, isn’t this a moot and purely distracting point?

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GoOx brainwash

November 5th, 2009
10:33 pm

Deal is more electable than the slow, dumb, and pandering OX. OX wants to put planned parenthood out of business. Ox has no record and just panders to the right.

Tom Wyatt

November 5th, 2009
10:55 pm

I’m writing this post in full disclosure- using know alias. I have many friends and family in Atlanta, but I also have friends in rural areas of Georgia. To the degree that public discourse during this election season has dipped in the racial trash can I am disgusted. I coin myself as a moderate conservative, but I’m also a fan of solid leadership that impacts an issue in a positive manner regardless of skin color or partisanship. When will the debate move beyond black atlanta or white atlanta?

Many voters are awaiting the day when the state elects an Asian Lt. Governor, or when an openly gay individual obtains a state-wide constitutional office in Georgia.

Aren’t there more important issues to debate such as how Georgia will impact traffic congestion & fund rail, or how we might shore up Peach-Care, or how we might continue to make Georgia one of the most business friendly states in the Union?

I didn’t vote for Obama, but one Federal Judge has already thrown out a case asserting a similar notion having sent the attorney who brought the case with a pretty hefty fine “stinging” out of the court room.

On the heels of two victories in Gubernatorial races the elephants from a strategy stand point need to focus on how to duplicate those successes instead of chasing empty efforts.

Natural born citizen

November 6th, 2009
12:15 am

While the commies in D.C. creat non-stop divertions,the immigration problem are being ignored.Thanks Liberals traitors.

Of course B.HUSSEIN is an illegal alien.
That’s what Kenyan do.


November 6th, 2009
2:16 am

obaba u prezident now so dill wid it albino


November 6th, 2009
2:18 am

It is about time he shows the American People that he was born in the USA. A certifcate of live birth from Hawaii simply stating is was “filed” and not “accepted” does not prove anything.

Righty Racists....

November 6th, 2009
2:57 am

Reading this is so entertaining…even more entertaining than watching these righties on TV and hearing them on the radio with their racist, bigoted remarks. So you have to request the birth certificate of a mixed race president, are you freakin kidding me? You people act as if this country is made op of one race and everyone else is beneath you. So I have a question for you Righties….Look around at your fellow republications, any shade besides white standing next to you. Wake up, it’s 2010…I consider myself a independent because I can’t stand these radicals on either side but you have to be kidding me when you say basic heathcare is a “perk” Do you realize everyone can’t afford college, do you realize people are born into this world to families just trying to make it until next paycheck, do you realize everyone doesn’t grow up with a trust fund, do you realize this is a country made up of different types of people, Man it’s funny to see just how racist this country is, specifically the right……….

Righty Racists....

November 6th, 2009
3:02 am

So if he was white and was named John Smith would anyone question his country of birth…..Better yet why don’t you righties ask you governor of Louisina Bobby Jindal for his birth certificate he isn’t white and has an enthnic name….So tell me that you want to see his birth certificate as wsell. I can’t believe how any logical individual reading this stuff can’t see the racism…..Incredible.


November 6th, 2009
6:45 am

Like comedian John Hodgeman explained, Obama was not born in Hawaii, and he wasn’t born in Kenya. In fact he wasn’t born on Earth, he is from planet Krypton. His father is Jor-El. This explains his superhuman abilities (eg. the beer summit).

But this also means that Nathan Deal is really Lex Luthor. Deal must be stopped!

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Reality Train

November 6th, 2009
7:18 am

With some politicians, the more you know, the less you like them. Ross Perot is a good example. Nathan Deal is another. I guess since he no longer has to devote his time to the car inspection business, he has the free time to devote to other issues. Idle hands are the devil’s workshop. The Ox, The Deal and Karen Handel — what an unimpressive bunch of posturing scheming wheeler-dealers. None that you would really characterize as “thoughtful”. If the Dems weren’t in total shambles themselves, the GOP would be routed in the governor’s race in 2010.


November 6th, 2009
7:38 am

This is to ‘Tom Wyatt” You stated that the California Judge Carter has thrown out the case about Obama and also set some heavy fines, why dont you get the facts right and tell the truth? He just WIMPED OUT and if anyone wants to read Judge Carters ruling go to his link and you can read what he said, this was afer he had Hillary Clinton come in for a discovery hearing on this case so you can bet he was told what to do. OBAMA is hiding something.

it's me

November 6th, 2009
8:21 am

The bottom line is simple, whether you like Deal or not. Show a true birth certificate and your problem goes away, Obama. Why does this continue to be an issue for you? Because you won’t show the certificate. I don’t care if you did or didn’t come into this world in Hawaii. I just know that by not showing it, you lend yourself to speculation of something that should be easy to clarify. That means one of two things – you are either so arrogant that you believe you don’t have to show anything OR this does feel like you are hiding something. It’s that simple.