It seems “clear” to whom….you? I saw nowhere were the judge “thinks the whole affair is a circus” and “didn’t care that Obama or his attorney were not present”.
The article itself is misleading by mentioning that the hearing is supposedly about Obama being born in Kenya and therefore not a natural born citizen…. when actually it’s about whether he qualifies to be on the presidential ballot in Georgia because of his parents qualifications as naturalized citizens.
There was no dispute in this case that President Obama was born on American soil; (however, many citizens even dispute that based on reported conversations with his Kenyan Grandmother who said he was born in Kenya.)
According to this complaint, he was born of one parent who was American and one who was subject to the United Kingdom.
If the Constitution requirement is that a candidate for US President be that of a “natural born” citizen – and the determination is that both parents must be either born in America or be a naturalized citizen and the child born in America – then President Obama would not qualify.
As far as your question on Georgia being a state and the president being federal is answered by:
In Georgia, state law requires “every candidate for federal” office who is certified by the state executive committees of a political party or who files a notice of candidacy “shall meet the constitutional and statutory qualifications for holding the office being sought.”
The Judge determined that Georgia Law allows any citizen to challenge a candidate’s qualifications to be on the state ballot.
The decision before the Judge now is to decide over the next week as to whether or not President Obama documented his eligibility to the satisfaction of the court.
It was reported by Bob Unruh of World Net Daily that the judge considered granting a default judgment because President Obama did not appear. However, this was not what those attorneys who brought the case wanted. They wanted a definitive decision based on the facts; and for them to be recorded as part of the court records for any future appeals.
Not appearing may have been a big mistake on Mr. Obama’s part as often times appeal judges do not wish to hear evidence that was not presented in the original hearing.