Gov.-elect Deal to meet with Obama

Republican Nathan Deal is set to meet with a man he lambasted throughout his campaign for governor: President Barack Obama.

Deal will join with other incoming governors Thursday at the White House.

Deal, a former congressman, blasted his Democratic gubernatorial opponent Roy Barnes throughout the general election campaign this fall for his ties to the "liberal" Obama. He voted against the Obama-backed healthcare law.

In 2009, Deal wrote a letter to the White House calling on Obama to produce his birth certificate to resolve questions about whether he was born in the United States. He has said since then that he was simply passing along concerns from his constituents and believes the matter is settled.

Deal is set to be sworn in as governor Jan. 10.