Obama to continue campaign, ignore subpoena on Thursday

Adam Jablonowski Contributor
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California attorney and “birther” Orly Taitz is calling for Obama to be removed from Georgia’s March 6 primary. After Taitz launched a series of failed lawsuits challenging Obama’s natural-born citizenship, Georgia Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi subpoenaed the president to appear before the court on Thursday on the grounds that his filings to Georgia’s secretary of state fail to show why his attendance would be “unreasonable or oppressive,” or why his testimony would be “irrelevant, immaterial or cumulative.”

Obama’s attorney, Michael Jablonski, wrote Georgia’s secretary of state, dismissing the charges as frivolous. “All issues were presented to your hearing officer — the clear-cut decision to be on the merits, and the flagrantly unethical and unprofessional conduct of counsel — and he has allowed the plaintiffs’ counsel to run amok,”  Jablonski wrote. “He has not even addressed these issues — choosing to ignore them.”

“We await your taking the requested action, and as we do so, we will, of course, suspend further participation in these proceedings, including the hearing scheduled for [Thursday,] January 26.”

In response to Jablonski’s letter, Taitz challenged the administration on her blog, writing, “He [Obama] is acting like a 5-year-old brat, saying ‘I am afraid of Orly, I want the secretary of state of Georgia to act like my mommy and protect me from Orly. Some leader of a free world.”

The White House announced that Obama will be out campaigning through several states on Thursday, and Georgia is not one of them.

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