What do you really know about Barack Obama?

What do you really know about Barack Obama?

  • Did you know that Barack Obama is a devout Christian? He has been a member of the same United Church of Christ congregation for 20 years, and was married there to his wife Michelle in 1992.
  • Did you know that Barack Obama often leads the US Senate in the Pledge of Allegiance?
  • Did you know that Barack Obama is a strong friend of Israel and has spoken out strongly against anti-Semitism?
  • Did you know his grandparents from Kansas were part of the “Greatest Generation”? His grandfather served with Patton’s Army during World War II, and his grandmother, a real “Rosie the Riveter”, worked in a bomber assembly plant back home.
  • Did you know that Barack Obama was opposed to the war in Iraq from day one, before we invaded, even while he was running for the Senate, and knowing his opposition might be politically unpopular?

    “I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world and strengthen the recruitment arm of al Qaeda. I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.” –Barack Obama, 2002

  • Did you know Obama favors transparency over secrecy in our government? Did you know that Obama worked with Republican Senator Tom Coburn to pass one of the strongest government transparency bills since the freedom of information act? He’s calling it Google for Government and you can see the results at www.usaspending.gov. Sen. Obama has also released his own tax returns for public review.
  • Did you know that after graduating with honors from Harvard Law School, Barack practiced civil rights law and also taught Constitutional Law for 10 years at the University of Chicago, one of the nation’s best law schools, where he was consistentl y rated by his students as one of their best instructors? Did you also know that he was the first African-American elected pres ident of the prestigious Harvard Law Review?
  • Did you know that Barack Obama is an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and has been a principled defender of the civil rights of women?
  • Did you know that despite the grueling schedule of running for President, Senator Obama remains a devoted family man, making time to do things like pick out a Christmas tree with his wife and two young daughters, or hurrying home to spend Valentine’s Day with them? Did you know he hasn’t missed a single parent-teacher conference while running for President?
  • Did you know that Barack Obama has a stellar environmental record, including having the highest rating from the League of Conservation Voters (96%) of any Presidential candidate, Democrat or Republican?
  • Did you know that Barack Obama has been an elected legislator longer than Senator Clinton?
  • Did you know that Barack is a member of all of these Senate Committees: Foreign Relations; Veteran’s Affairs; Health, Education, Labor & Pensions; Homeland Security and Government Affairs?
  • Did you know that Senator Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored 15 bills that have become law, and has introduced amendments to 50 bills, of which 16 were adopted since he joined the Senate in 2005?
  • Did you know that Senator Obama sponsored legislation working together with Indiana Republican Senator Richard Lugar, to keep Americans safe by keeping dangerous weapons out of terrorist hands? The two senators also visited the former Soviet Union to inspect the decommissioning of nuclear weapons. Sen. Lugar said of Sen. Obama, “He does have a sense of idealism and principled leadership, a vision of the future.”
  • Did you know that Barack Obama is the only candidate running for president who voted against using cluster bombs in Iraq and the only candidate who supports banning the use of landmines?
  • Did you know that, as an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama succeeded in passing legislation requiring the videotaping of police interrogations, gaining the respect and support not only of fellow legislators but that of the police, who had initially opposed the legislation?
  • Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt, Grover Cleveland, Ulysses S. Grant, John F. Kennedy, and Bill Clinton were all younger when they took office than Barack Obama will be?

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    1. Did YOU know Obama’s pastor said blacks should not sing God Bless America, but God Damn America? Did you know the reverend said America supports terrorism against Palenstine? Obama may not openly agree with all his pastor of 20 years says, but I, being an intelligent being think it’s strange for a presidential candidate with strong ties to his church to be a member of that one. Did you know he credits his book title THE AUDACITY OF HOPE to the reverend? I believe Barack agrees with everything his pastor says.

    2. You can believe that, but Barack himself has said he does not. I am able to understand the concept of having differing opinions or approaches with those that I love and respect. Unlike some…

      His campaign has said that the pastor’s words are “inflammatory rhetoric,” and in a campaign appearance earlier this month, Sen. Obama said, “I don’t think my church is actually particularly controversial.” He said Rev. Wright “is like an old uncle who says things I don’t always agree with,” telling a Jewish group that everyone has someone like that in their family.”

      What the United Church of Christ is all about is available online at ucc.org I believe. What that pastor says is his responsibility, not everyone in that congregation.

    3. Jenny, you can believe what Obama says if you want, but if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, hangs with ducks, IT IS A DUCK! Wait til you learn about ALL the other terrorist and sympathizer ducks.

    4. I watched the video of Minister White- so much of what he said is easily taken out of context. I can’t say that I took issue with what he said- the language of the oppressed is always an offense to those who refuse to open their eyes to see things as “the other” sees them. for this is “the offense” that Christ spoke of and for which he was crucified… He was a radical too.

    5. I don’t disagree with this friend’s words either:

      what’s the big fuss about Rev Wright’s comments? I just saw it on msnbc and all I could say was “hell yeah”. he’s right that Hillary will never know what it’s like to be black. We… our country… America… the USA has killed more innocent people in Iraq than were killed on 9-11 and never blinked an eye. We are guilty as hell. I don’t think God is happy with our actions. I don’t think war is what Jesus would do. (for those who focus on the Christian aspect of his commments.) I do think the rich white men like Bush like to keep the black man down and build bigger prisons. I hate the 3 strikes you’re out bullshit.

    6. Just about everyone in our city is appalled by the stuff our ArchBishop has said and done since he took over. The man is a conservative tyrant.

      Catholics just go about their business worshiping the Lord in the way they always have and ignore the stuff coming from the pulpit that they don’t agree with.

      It’s like that in every church.

      Obama should ask the MSM why some Americans are so outraged with him belonging to the same church for 20 years when it saved him from a meaningless life.

      Ministers preach. They do not guide the faithful. The Lord does. Obama knows Who he is suppose to follow. Do those questioning Obama’s loyality to country understand a church belongs to the Lord not to the secular?


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