Resolution honoring Obama stuck in Georgia

March 19, 2009 at 3:50 PM
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ATLANTA, March 19 (UPI) -- A state representative in Georgia said Thursday he opposed a resolution intended to honor U.S. President Barack Obama due to the proposal's wording.

State Rep. Austin Scott, a Republican, said he objected to a proposal to make Obama an honorary Georgia Legislative Black Caucus member because of the term "of this body" in state Sen. Emanuel Jones' resolution, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said Thursday.

"If the Black Caucus wants to adopt that resolution, that's fine," Scotts said. "If they want it to be 'this body,' then it becomes different."

"Whereas, throughout his political career, President Barack Obama has enjoyed an unimpeachable reputation for integrity, vision, and passion for public service, and no one could be more worthy of special honor and recognition by the members of this body and the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus than this extraordinary leader," the offending passage reads.

The Journal-Sentinel said a similar resolution that honored former U.S. President George W. Bush was passed by the Georgia Legislature in 2005 without any problems.

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