A measure to force Obama to address citizenship in 2012

State Rep. Mark Hatfield (R-Waycross) has just introduced legislation that would require Barack Obama – should he run for re-election – to provide proof of his citizenship before being granted a spot on the 2012 Georgia presidential primary ballot.

The state of Hawaii, of course, has already declared the matter of Obama’s birth proven — and closed.

The new measure stands no chance of passage in the final three days of the current session, but is an indication of what could come next January.

The resolution would require that:

Within 10 days after submitting its list of names of candidates, the state executive committee shall submit to the Secretary of State for each candidate an affidavit by the candidate stating the candidate’s citizenship and age and shall append to the affidavit documents that prove the candidate is a natural born citizen, prove the candidate’s age, and prove that the candidate meets the residency requirements for President of the United States as prescribed in Article II, Section ! of the United States Constitution.

In addition to Hatfield, the resolution is sponsored by some of the most conservative Republicans in the House: Barry Loudermilk of Cassville; Steve Davis of McDonough; Charlice Byrd of Woodstock; Bobby Reese of Sugar Hill; Calvin Hill of Canton; Bobby Franklin of north Cobb County; and Jeff May of Monroe.

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GOP Voter

April 21st, 2010
2:47 pm

Too many right-wing extreme redneck wingnuts in this State. I am embarrassed to be a Georgian at times like this!

griftdrift

April 21st, 2010
2:51 pm

Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends

Reid

April 21st, 2010
2:52 pm

I would like for someone to find another 48 year old born in Hawaii who can provide some “proof of birth” that Obama has not. Because I think the truth is there is simply no document that would convince these Birthers.

Nothing will.

East Lake Ira

April 21st, 2010
2:53 pm

Between this and the implant bill, Georgia drifts further and further into the Twilight Zone.

I’m going to have to start telling folks I’m from Alabama or something… this is embarassing.

GOP Donor

April 21st, 2010
2:54 pm

Good, now I know who to cross off the donations list.

The time is near

April 21st, 2010
2:57 pm

With all the crap going on in Georgia and he is trying to pass this.HELLO ALABAMA,we just out did ya!!!

ABORT the birthers

April 21st, 2010
3:00 pm

Birthers = Overt racists that disguise themselves as only seeking strict constitutional adherence and purity.

As Reid stated, nothing will convince the bigot fools.

DannyX

April 21st, 2010
3:01 pm

This is why you are sitting in traffic Republican suburbanites.

Your problems are barely on the agenda.

egc

April 21st, 2010
3:01 pm

what is the problem, just show the birth certificate….these proves what Obama and God have in common, neither one has a birth certificate

Old Snarky

April 21st, 2010
3:01 pm

Seems to me to be pretty simple. Just provide a birth certificate. I was born in the early 40’s in Mississippi and I had no trouble getting my birth certificate. Duh!!

Mel

April 21st, 2010
3:02 pm

Another pile of garbage to stand on while making election speeches this fall…

pete

April 21st, 2010
3:02 pm

we need to just prove Bush and all menbers of his family are war criminals, would be money well spent

SCS

April 21st, 2010
3:05 pm

I read the story on Thurmond running for US Senate this fall, and having been encouraged to do so by fellow Dems. Dems in general are going to have a rough road this fall, especially in this state. Any Dem opposition to Isakson is purely for show, and an African Ammerican Democrat candidacy is downright sacrificial. Okay, so Thurmond is allowing himself to be used as a tool by DC and GA Dems to boost AA turnout for intown white Dems who may need some help. Wow. Shades of Denise Majette!

paul

April 21st, 2010
3:09 pm

I’m pushing for a constitutional amendment that removes the ‘native born’ restriction on running for president. I would rather have a Harvard educated foreigner as president than some of the fools I’ve seen the ‘other party’ put forward.

Ostrich Racer

April 21st, 2010
3:13 pm

I’m reminded of a line from a great movie: “Morons. I’ve got morons on my team.”

Embarassed Georgian

April 21st, 2010
3:19 pm

Why dosn’t the legislature spend more time on finding revenue streams to fund critical state services? Because they are too busy creating symbolic and meaningless laws designed to court conspiracy theorists who think the President was born in Kenya or paranoid delusionals who fear the Defense Department has implanted tracking chips in their vaginal rectal area.

I’ve voted the straight Republican ticket since Reagan and I’m beginning to wonder about the next election on the state level. This makes us look like a bad joke.

All I'm Saying Is...

April 21st, 2010
3:20 pm

Geez, what a complete and total idiot this sorry excuse for someone with a brain Mark Hatfield is and what a supreme waste of time that this effort will reflect. This will also put our state and state leaders in a poor light.

songbird

April 21st, 2010
3:21 pm

I’m with you Paul.

Rufio

April 21st, 2010
3:23 pm

My kids has to show a certified birth certificate. To run for President, they accept a copy printed in 2007. Can’t Ancestry.com find the original certificate ? LOL Why can’t Hawaiian officials provide an official copy of the original certificate ? This would just stop. Not addressing this just feeds the conspiracy………

snd

April 21st, 2010
3:23 pm

songbird

April 21st, 2010
3:23 pm

I’m probably going to vote for “None of the Above” in the upcoming election. This state is going down the tubes. I wish the housing market was better. I would sell my house and just rent until I can get the hell out of this place.

Don Ho

April 21st, 2010
3:24 pm

The level of incompetency in this state’s government is astonishing. If someone were to write a book about what these clowns are doing, and label it fiction, the book would be panned as “too unbelievable”.

Hey Hatfield, the state’s education system is in shambles, the transportation situation is abominable, and Atlanta may lose its water.

What is wrong with you?

Sandra

April 21st, 2010
3:24 pm

Nobody spends 3 million dollars to keep from showing a 25 dollar document. It either does not exist or theres something else to hide.

self destruct

April 21st, 2010
3:25 pm

Why are they wasting OUR TIME and OUR MONEY on something this stupid. MY GOD, the man is in the WHITE HOUSE; get over it. I dont like his politics either but I’M starting to hate the way republicans are doing things. The republicans dont understand; we the independents dont like them either. they are trying to highjack the tea party and dont even know the tea party wants all of the career politicans gone.

Manny

April 21st, 2010
3:25 pm

Obama’s official birth certificate is online. I saw it. And it was confirmed by the state of Hawaii.

I’m 39. I live in Illinois. I had to recently get my birth certificate and I received the same kind of certificate. Both of my parents are from the US, too.

And also, Barack Obama’s mother NEVER, EVER went to Kenya. Ever. So how can she give birth in a country that she’s never visited?

Fedup

April 21st, 2010
3:26 pm

I’ll bet Hatfield is a product of the “Hatfield v McCoy” clan (a misspelling of “Klan” would work here, too).

PapaSmurf

April 21st, 2010
3:27 pm

Amazing, If these state reps would address our traffic problems with this same voracious appetite, we could get more jobs to come here. Instead money, time and resources continue to go down the political sewer.

John

April 21st, 2010
3:29 pm

Is there anybody with a brain and an education in Georgia who can possibly justify the re-election of the Republicans in our state legislature?

You Asked

April 21st, 2010
3:29 pm

Sandra – keep a sharp eye out for black helicopters.

snd

April 21st, 2010
3:29 pm

Base

April 21st, 2010
3:29 pm

What a waste of legislative time! No wonder the legislature will last 120 days instead of 40.What a circus!

songbird

April 21st, 2010
3:30 pm

Wonder why the state’s unemployment rate is higher than the national average and climbing? Hummm.

Cutty

April 21st, 2010
3:30 pm

Legitimate question: Did Hatfield submit ANY bill this session on Education, Transportation, or Water?

Juan Carlos Diego Raul Sanchez

April 21st, 2010
3:32 pm

what he showed was proof that he was born not where he was born….it is not a birth certificate…McCain had to show a linty paper work since he was born in Panama…I wish Barry was back in Kenya tossing rocks at rabbits with his poor ole half brutha…i was watching discovery channel life the other day i could swear i say A broad shouldered Michael….

songbird

April 21st, 2010
3:32 pm

not to my knowledge

self destruct

April 21st, 2010
3:32 pm

John i hear you,

do NOT relect any of these fools; Dems or Republicans

I am seriouly considering voting independent or 3rd party canidate; we have got to have better than what is there

You Asked

April 21st, 2010
3:32 pm

John- As a voter who has leaned Republican his entire adult life, I’m having a very hard time finding reasons to do so again other than how they compare with some of the Democratic candidates.

10,000,000 people in this state – you think we could find some real leadership and not a collection of idologues.

DannyX

April 21st, 2010
3:33 pm

“Not addressing this just feeds the conspiracy………”

I say lets keep feeding it. This kind of craziness broadcasts why we are in such a mess. I think it would serve Obama well to keep the spotlight on the nuts fueling this sort of thing.

In fact use Georgia as a national laughingstock. The price the country would pay to turn control over to the crazy Republicans again. Who are now obviously crazier!

WARNING AMERICA: Vote Republican and end up like Georgia.

CharonPDX

April 21st, 2010
3:34 pm

This is an embarrassment to Oregon’s now-retired, fiercely-independent long-time Republican Senator (and governor) of the same name…

PR

April 21st, 2010
3:34 pm

Hatfield needs to submit his birth certificate to prove he is human and wasn’t a test tube experiment gone wrong. WHAT AN IDIOT! No onwder everyone laughs at Georgia as a bunch of backwoods morons.

T.A.

April 21st, 2010
3:34 pm

I find it amazing that these people have time to introduce legislation on this topic when it has already been settled. However, these people don’t have time to work out the state’s transportation issues or the various other issues facing the State. This is such a waste of time by the politicians that are being paid by the taxpayer dollars of you and I.

middler and so tired of all the rhetoric :

April 21st, 2010
3:36 pm

OMG Do any of these idiots do any research or just “shoot from the hip? like ol Bush who kept us out of war, free of terrorism, economically sound, with plenty of home grown jobs for the taking! Sandra, are you really so stupid and/or uninformed that you believe some crazy who told you Obama spent “3 million dollars to keep from showing a 25 dollar document?” Rufio and Old Snarky, since the Hawaii equivalent of the GA Dept. of Vital Statistics did show the document and, after continued identical requests, refused to do so again, again, again….. what would satisfy you? Nothing! SCS, why is Thurmond a sacrifice? Perhaps many of us are tired of Isaacs and Chambley and welcome the chance of a real change! If it is too much trouble to do your own research and minimal investigation you should keep quiet and stop showing your stupidity and ignorance.

CrazyInGA

April 21st, 2010
3:37 pm

If this passes (anytime 2010- 2012), I will personally sue the state of Georgia, every Republican and Democrat who votes for it. You Betcha!!

You Asked

April 21st, 2010
3:38 pm

I hear Juan Carlos Diego Raul Sanchez is a space alien spreading sedition through the AJC blogs. Jim Glloway needs to require a birth certificate and a full DNA profile before letting him post again. He is probably one of those Lizard People who want to eat us for dinner. There’s no proof that he isn’t and the state of Hawaii nor any other government agency can prove it to me unless I get the full home video of his natural birth and an affidavid from the Area 51 alien registration department. Time to adjust my tin foil hat again!

Cutefreckles

April 21st, 2010
3:39 pm

This is why Georgia is in the shape it is in today. Those Republicans are crazy and they are drivng this state into the ground.

Bill

April 21st, 2010
3:39 pm

What is the big deal. Let Obama prove he is a citizen and let the legislator look like idiots. Unless someone is hiding something.

You Asked

April 21st, 2010
3:40 pm

Cutefreckles – I’ve gotta give credit to both parties. Teh crazy is bipartisan. It just so happens the Republicans are in power in the state legislature and not in the White House and so its there turn to do nutty things to get attention on the national level. Any attention will do – good or bad.

Don Juan

April 21st, 2010
3:41 pm

Like the Secret Service, Elections Commission, and every other government agency that deals with federal elections and national security would let just anyone walk up and run for President without checking them out first. Get Real! Plus, the Bush administration was running things in 2007, so I highly doubt they would let this slip by.

You Asked

April 21st, 2010
3:44 pm

Bill Obama has proved he is a citizen already. Unless you believe that registrar of the State of Hawaii was involved in some fiendish plot in the 1960s to plant a false record of a kid so some kind of Manchurian candidate could be created to take over for a secret conspiracy 50 years later.

Hey Legislature! Let’s stop wasting time on nonsense and find out ways we can provide critical state services without creating too much of a burden on the taxpayer.

Don Ho

April 21st, 2010
3:44 pm

Bill, prove it by releasing a certified copy of his birth certificate you mean? HE DID!

Factcheck.org also sent people to look at it. They held it in their hand. The state of Hawaii confirmed it.

If there was a slice of evidence that Obama was not a natural born citizen, don’t you think that Hillary Clinton’s people would have found that out and mentioned it in what was probably the most carefully documented primary race in history?

Look, you don’t like the guy. I get it. but he is a citizen. he is the President. There is nothing you can do about it. Just sit tight. You will get another chance to vote against him if you would like.