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By Paul Rutledge:
Hell to the Chief
The 2012 State of the Union Address Tuesday night featured a president on the ropes. With President Obama facing record national debt, low approval ratings and high unemployment, his charge — determined by a mix of Constitutional requirement and political precedent — was to report on the state of a struggling union, and set the agenda for Congress in the critical year to come. It is a times such as this where the challenge of leadership are greatest. The ultimate agenda-setting venue, the State of the Union speech, could be a final opportunity for President Obama to advance his vision of the United States.
As I read and write about the “birther bill” that is apparently scheduled to appear before the Georgia Legislature’s Government Affairs subcommittee, I am struck with a few responses. First, I agree with columnist Kyle Wingfield of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a conservative ironically, that the bill is an embarrassment to Georgia and to conservatives in general. Coming from a faculty member at a university, I am sure this surprises no one, but those same sentiments being expressed by a conservative columnist I feel debunks the notion of ideological bias this response is likely to elicit.
Since the “birther” movement began, evidence has been readily available documenting that President Obama is an American citizen …