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Year Two Day 76 Obama Administration April 6, 2010 - History


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9:40AM THE PRESIDENT hosted an Easter Prayer Breakfast


10:45AM THE PRESIDENT received the Presidential Daily Briefing


12:00PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT received the Economic Daily Briefing


12:30PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT had lunch

2:00PM THE PRESIDENT met with senior advisors


4:30PM THE PRESIDENT met with Secretary of Defense Gates


Obama Health Care

Now that the Obama health care plan has passed in to law, it looks as though more Americans are in favor of the plan. Prior to it being signed in to law by President Obama on March 23rd, it seemed that a big percentage of Americans were opposed to the Obama health care plan. Now, it seems that many are calling the legislation a “good first step” that should be followed by more action.

While it does seem that more Americans are leaning in favor of what is now law, there are still plenty who remain divided about the health care legislation that barely passed the House. A survey conducted by USA Today/Gallup Poll found that 31%, nearly one third of those who were surveyed, believe that the bill makes the wrong types of changes. Approximately one month ago a survey was taken by USA Today concerning the Obama health care plan. Between that survey and the most recent, a noticeable shift toward support of the bill took place among minorities, low-income Americans and individuals under 40 years of age.

With the new health care law, changes will be implementedover the next several years. Many people are concerned about pre-existing conditions, and whether or not they will be covered under the Obama health care plan. As of this year, access to health insurance for those with a pre-existing condition that have been uninsured for 6 months will be available. A high-risk pool is a program that provid

Es insurance for Americans who do not have health insurance but have a pre-existing condition. High-risk pools provide affordable insurance which is temporary until the year 2014, when the Obama health care plan will prevent insurance companies from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions.

The Obama health care plan offers those individuals on Medicare the opportunity to participate in free preventative care beginning January 1 of 2011. This measure means that those who are on Medicare can have preventative services that are not subject to co-payments and exempts these services from being deductibles. Another benefit many favor is the fact that after 6 months of enactment, young people can remain on their parents’ insurance policy until their 26th birthday under new health plans, and certain existing plans will allow people of this age group to be grandfathered in.

House Speaker Nancy Polosi made the statement at a Capitol Hill ceremony that the passage of this bill “makes a tremendous difference in the lives of Americans.” At the same time, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio who is House GOP leader, wasn’t quite as pleased about the Obama health care plan as Polosi, stating that this was a “grim moment for millions.”

Whether politicians or everyday American citizens, President Obama feels that once people realize what the health care law really contains and how it works, those with a negative attitude about it will change their tune. He stated, “From this day forward, all of the cynics, all the naysayer’s – they’re going to have to confront the reality of what this reform is and what it isn’t.” The President said that all of the people against the Obama health care plan will finally come to realize that this is not a government takeover of the health care system.

Although many Americans are now seeing the Obama health care plan in a more positive light, there are still many who are not happy that the bill passed. Now that it is law, it looks as though everyone will have to live with it, whether pleased or not.

Obama-health-care.org


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1 Craig Whitlock and Greg Jaffe, “Afghan War Hero to Receive Medal of Honor,” Washington Post, 11 Sept. 2010, A06 “CNN Poll Shows Growing Pessimism over the Afghanistan War,” CNN, 29 Sept. 2010, available at www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/09/29/afghanistan.poll.

2 Three days before the ceremony, news from Afghanistan included a suicide bombing in a public market, an attempted suicide bombing of a NATO airbase, and a Taliban attack that killed three coalition soldiers. Rod Norland, “Motorcycle Bomb Kills 8 on a Violent Day in Afghanistan,” New York Times, 14 Nov. 2010, A16.

3 For a definitive account see Timothy N. Castle, One Day Too Long: Top Secret Site 85 and the Bombing of North Vietnam (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999), esp. 33–40 and 111–37.

4 As Mary Dudziak, Wartime: An Idea, Its History, and Its Consequences (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), 132, has written, “Military engagement no longer seemed to require the support of the American people, but instead their inattention.”

5 Here I am following the argument of Kristin Ann Hass, Sacrificing Soldiers on the National Mall (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013), 19–20.

6 “Transcript: President Obama's Memorial Day Remarks at Vietnam War Memorial,” FoxNews.com, 28 May 2012, available at www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/05/28/transcript-president-obama-memorial-day-remarks-at-vietnam-war-memorial. For a longer analysis of the speech see David Kieran, Forever Vietnam: How a Divisive War Changed American Public Memory (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2014), 235–36.

7 Christian G. Appy, American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity (New York: Viking, 2015), 237–38. On how the impact of the remembrance of maligned veterans and efforts to rectify it have clouded consideration of the war's broader politics see Jerry Lembcke, The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory, and the Legacy of Vietnam (New York: New York University Press, 1998), 122–23. On those issues see Fredrik Logevall, Choosing War: The Lost Chance for Peace and the Escalation of War in Vietnam (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999) Nick Turse, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (New York: Picador, 2013) Edwin A. Martini, Agent Orange: History, Science, and the Politics of Uncertainty (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2012) and Larry Berman, No Peace, No Honor: Nixon, Kissinger, and Betrayal in Vietnam (New York: Touchstone, 2001).

8 Patrick Hagopian, The Vietnam War in American Memory: Veterans, Memorials, and the Politics of Healing (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2009), 10 Appy, 241.

9 Andrew Bacevich, The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2005), 107.

10 Grimes , Kyle , “ The Entropics of Discourse: Michael Harper's Debridement and the Myth of the Hero, ” Black American Literature Forum , 24 , 3 ( 1990 ), 417 –40CrossRefGoogle Scholar , 423 Bacevich, 107 Hagopian, 190, 402.


Legislative career: 1997–2008

State Senator: 1997–2004

Obama was elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996, succeeding State Senator Alice Palmer as Senator from Illinois’s 13th District, which at that time spanned Chicago South Side neighborhoods from Hyde Park – Kenwood south to South Shore and west to Chicago Lawn. [45] Once elected, Obama gained bipartisan support for legislation reforming ethics and health care laws. [46] He sponsored a law increasing tax credits for low-income workers, negotiated welfare reform, and promoted increased subsidies for childcare. [47] In 2001, as co-chairman of the bipartisan Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, Obama supported Republican Governor Ryan’s payday loan regulations and predatory mortgage lending regulations aimed at averting home foreclosures. [48]

Obama was reelected to the Illinois Senate in 1998, defeating Republican Yesse Yehudah in the general election, and was reelected again in 2002. [49] In 2000, he lost a Democratic primary run for the U.S. House of Representatives to four-term incumbent Bobby Rush by a margin of two to one. [50]

In January 2003, Obama became chairman of the Illinois Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee when Democrats, after a decade in the minority, regained a majority. [51] He sponsored and led unanimous, bipartisan passage of legislation to monitor racial profiling by requiring police to record the race of drivers they detained, and legislation making Illinois the first state to mandate videotaping of homicide interrogations. [47] [52] During his 2004 general election campaign for U.S. Senate, police representatives credited Obama for his active engagement with police organizations in enacting death penalty reforms. [53] Obama resigned from the Illinois Senate in November 2004 following his election to the U.S. Senate. [54]

U.S. Senate campaign

County results of the 2004 US Senate race in Illinois. Counties in blue were won by Obama.

In May 2002, Obama commissioned a poll to assess his prospects in a 2004 U.S. Senate race he created a campaign committee, began raising funds and lined up political media consultant David Axelrod by August 2002, and formally announced his candidacy in January 2003. [55]

Obama was an early opponent of the George W. Bush administration’s 2003 invasion of Iraq. [56] On October 2, 2002, the day President Bush and Congress agreed on the joint resolution authorizing the Iraq War, [57] Obama addressed the first high-profile Chicago anti-Iraq War rally, [58] and spoke out against the war. [59] He addressed another anti-war rally in March 2003 and told the crowd that “it’s not too late” to stop the war. [60]

Decisions by Republican incumbent Peter Fitzgerald and his Democratic predecessor Carol Moseley Braun to not participate in the election resulted in wide-open Democratic and Republican primary contests involving fifteen candidates. [61] In the March 2004 primary election, Obama won in an unexpected landslide—which overnight made him a rising star within the national Democratic Party, started speculation about a presidential future, and led to the reissue of his memoir, Dreams from My Father. [62] In July 2004, Obama delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, [63] seen by 9.1 million viewers. His speech was well received and elevated his status within the Democratic Party. [64]

Obama’s expected opponent in the general election, Republican primary winner Jack Ryan, withdrew from the race in June 2004. [65] Six weeks later, Alan Keyes accepted the Republican nomination to replace Ryan. [66] In the November 2004 general election, Obama won with 70 percent of the vote. [67]

U.S. Senator: 2005–2008

Obama delivering a speech at the University of Southern California, on October 28, 2006.

Obama was sworn in as a senator on January 3, 2005, [68] becoming the only Senate member of the Congressional Black Caucus. [69] CQ Weekly characterized him as a “loyal Democrat” based on analysis of all Senate votes in 2005–2007. Obama announced on November 13, 2008, that he would resign his Senate seat on November 16, 2008, before the start of the lame-duck session, to focus on his transition period for the presidency. [70]

Legislation

Obama cosponsored the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act. [71] He introduced two initiatives bearing his name: Lugar–Obama, which expanded the Nunn–Lugar cooperative threat reduction concept to conventional weapons [72] and the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, which authorized the establishment of USAspending.gov, a web search engine on federal spending. [73] On June 3, 2008, Senator Obama—along with Senators Tom Carper, Tom Coburn, and John McCain—introduced follow-up legislation: Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending Act of 2008. [74]

Obama sponsored legislation that would have required nuclear plant owners to notify state and local authorities of radioactive leaks, but the bill failed to pass in the full Senate after being heavily modified in committee. [75] Regarding tort reform, Obama voted for the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which grants immunity from civil liability to telecommunications companies complicit with NSA warrantless wiretapping operations. [76]

Obama and U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) visit a Russian mobile launch-missile-dismantling facility in August 2005. [77]

In December 2006, President Bush signed into law the Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act, marking the first federal legislation to be enacted with Obama as its primary sponsor. [78] In January 2007, Obama and Senator Feingold introduced a corporate jet provision to the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, which was signed into law in September 2007. [79] Obama also introduced Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act, a bill to criminalize deceptive practices in federal elections, [80] and the Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007, [81] neither of which has been signed into law.

Later in 2007, Obama sponsored an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act adding safeguards for personality-disorder military discharges. [82] This amendment passed the full Senate in the spring of 2008. [83] He sponsored the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act supporting divestment of state pension funds from Iran’s oil and gas industry, which has not passed committee and co-sponsored legislation to reduce risks of nuclear terrorism. [84] Obama also sponsored a Senate amendment to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, providing one year of job protection for family members caring for soldiers with combat-related injuries. [85]

Committees

Obama held assignments on the Senate Committees for Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works and Veterans’ Affairs through December 2006. [86] In January 2007, he left the Environment and Public Works committee and took additional assignments with Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. [87] He also became Chairman of the Senate’s subcommittee on European Affairs. [88] As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Obama made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. He met with Mahmoud Abbas before Abbas became President of the Palestinian National Authority, and gave a speech at the University of Nairobi condemning corruption within the Kenyan government. [89]


Why won't President Obama or Hillary tell rioters to stop?

I'll give you the benefit of the doubt, and assume you aren't lying, but simply a dunce.

"According to the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has appeared frequently in St. Louis with the Brown family and delivered a speech at Mr. Brown’s funeral, Mr. Obama “was concerned about Ferguson staying on course in terms of pursuing what it was that he knew we were advocating. He said he hopes that we’re doing all we can to keep peace.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/17/us/groups-in-ferguson-prepare-for-grand-jury-decision.html?_r=0

That last line was simply a throw-away to give him cover from the import of his message.

You recognize that. don't you?

He's a Leftist. violence is their language.

Georges Eugène Sorel (2 November 1847 in Cherbourg – 29 August 1922 in Boulogne-sur-Seine) was a French philosopher and theorist of revolutionary syndicalism. His notion of the power of myth in people's lives inspired Marxists and Fascists, it is, together with his defense of violence, the contribution for which he is most often remembered. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Sorel

1. I respond directly and forcefully.
I can be nicer if you can be smarter.

2. I've said nothing. not a thing. about any prediction of a Trump presidency..
nor have I gloated.

. The fact is, I have great trepidation about same, as every enemy he had during the campaign will do everything they can to keep him from doing the things that will redound to the benefit of the American people.

3. Let's all remember that Obama said when he won:
"President Obama listened to Republican gripes about his stimulus package during a meeting with congressional leaders Friday morning - but he also left no doubt about who's in charge of these negotiations. "I won," Obama noted matter-of-factly, according to sources familiar with the conversation."
Obama to GOP: 'I won'


Now. what were you saying about "being a graceful winner"?

OldLady

Diamond Member


"Obama doesn't remark on protests"

I'll give you the benefit of the doubt, and assume you aren't lying, but simply a dunce.

"According to the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has appeared frequently in St. Louis with the Brown family and delivered a speech at Mr. Brown’s funeral, Mr. Obama “was concerned about Ferguson staying on course in terms of pursuing what it was that he knew we were advocating. He said he hopes that we’re doing all we can to keep peace.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/17/us/groups-in-ferguson-prepare-for-grand-jury-decision.html?_r=0

That last line was simply a throw-away to give him cover from the import of his message.

You recognize that. don't you?

He's a Leftist. violence is their language.

Georges Eugène Sorel (2 November 1847 in Cherbourg – 29 August 1922 in Boulogne-sur-Seine) was a French philosopher and theorist of revolutionary syndicalism. His notion of the power of myth in people's lives inspired Marxists and Fascists, it is, together with his defense of violence, the contribution for which he is most often remembered. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Sorel

1. I respond directly and forcefully.
I can be nicer if you can be smarter.

2. I've said nothing. not a thing. about any prediction of a Trump presidency..
nor have I gloated.

. The fact is, I have great trepidation about same, as every enemy he had during the campaign will do everything they can to keep him from doing the things that will redound to the benefit of the American people.

3. Let's all remember that Obama said when he won:
"President Obama listened to Republican gripes about his stimulus package during a meeting with congressional leaders Friday morning - but he also left no doubt about who's in charge of these negotiations. "I won," Obama noted matter-of-factly, according to sources familiar with the conversation."
Obama to GOP: 'I won'


Now. what were you saying about "being a graceful winner"?

Divine.Wind

Platinum Member

It's interesting to me that we are willing to accept 33,000 deaths as an unfortunate byproduct of the 2nd Amendment.

But break a few windows as a byproduct of the First Amendment, and everyone loses their mind (insert Joker meme).

1) It's interesting to me that LW anti-gunners think banning guns will stop suicide. Let's not forget that only every year over 40,000 Americans commit suicide. About half of those are with a firearm, which severely undermines the anti-gun/pro-gun ban mob's cries about "gun violence" and their infamously misleading "33,000 deaths" number.

2) Over 30,000 Americans die every year in auto accidents, about half involving alcohol, yet not a single LW anti-gunner gives a fuck about those deaths. No demands to ban private automobiles or alcohol.

3) Protests are good and a First Amendment right. It doesn't give people a right to deprive others of their rights, vandalize property, commit arson, murder or any other crime. The fact you support them doing this says more about your criminal tendencies than your support for the Constitution.


Eighty-Six Articles of Impeachment Against Obama

There is a growing groundswell within American Republican and Tea Party ranks that impeachment proceedings should be initiated against President Obama on a whole list of violations of the Constitution and the War Powers Act

Congressmen Allen West of Florida (R-Florida) and Darrell Issa (R- California) have consistently and loudly criticized the president for overstepping the political mark and bypassing Congress&rsquos approval on a whole range of dubious policies and issues:and the recent Obama attack on the Supreme Court of Justice and the Russian &rdquo Open Mic &rdquo gaffe on National Security, leads to one question: Is Barack Obama making his own case for impeachment? Obama did not become the Democratic nominee for President without the help of several leaders of the Democratic Party who knew that he was not eligible for office

Listed below are the Eighty Six Articles of Impeachment.

1. Appointment of a &ldquoshadow government&rdquo of some 35+ individuals termed &ldquoczars&rdquo who are not confirmed by the Senate and respond only to the president, yet have overarching regulatory powers &ndash a clear violation of the separation of powers concept. Obama bypassed the Senate with many of his appointments of over 35 &ldquoczars.&rdquo

2. No congressional support for Libyan action (violation of the War Powers Act ). Obama lied to the American people when he said that there were no US troops on the ground in Libya and then later said they were only &ldquologistical troops.&rdquo Obama violated the War Powers Act of 1973 by conducting a war against Libya without Congressional authorization.

3. Betraying of allies ( Israel and Great Britain. Obama has placed the security of our most trusted ally in the Middle East, Israel, in danger while increasing funding to the Palestinian Authority (Fatah, just another Islamic terrorist group) whilst they have enjoined a reconciliation pact with long-standing terrorist group Hamas and the disclosure of British nuclear secrets to the Russians in the Start Treaty. Obama gave missile codes to British Trident missiles to Russia.

4. Backdoor implementation of the DREAM Act which would grant 22 million illegals amnesty. Obama passed the Dream Act through an executive order, bypassing Congress again. DREAM is: Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors

5. Telegraphing troop reductions to enemies &ndash against the consult of his experienced field commanders &ndash while embracing negotiations with our enemy, the Taliban, and recognizing another, the Muslim Brotherhood.

6. Betrayal of Arizona. Obama brought a federal lawsuit against a sovereign state, Arizona, seeking to protect its citizens from this threat of mass illegal immigration

7. Obama&rsquos Failure to enforce U.S. law, the Defense of Marriage Act. He&rsquos stripped America of its moral base by his support for homosexuality and the attack on marriage between a man and a women Obama allows the DOJ to refuse to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act.

8. Support of an inept and incompetent attorney general who has failed to prosecute voter intimidation cases (New Black Panther Party), initiated a dangerous gun-smuggling program (Operation Fast and Furious) &ndash which resulted in deaths to one of our own law enforcement agents. Obama allowed Operation Fast and Furious to occur, which allowed hundreds of Mexican nationals and Border Agent Brian Terry to be murdered with illegal arms given out by the ATF and DOJ.

9. Increasing the regulatory burden on American business through bypassing the legislative process with his executive branch agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration.

10. Failure to take the steps necessary to secure our borders and stem the flow of illegal immigration, termed as &ldquorepel invasions&rdquo in our United States Constitution in Article 1, Section 8 and Article 4, Section 4. Obama has failed to defend US soil in Arizona as Mexican troops bring illegals and drugs into the USA, crossing the border doing so. This is a direct violation of Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution.

11. Inappropriately commanding the release of strategic oil reserves and providing Brazil $2 billion for its offshore oil exploration.

12. Illegally soliciting funds from within the White House ($5 dinner video fundraiser). The unalienable rights endowed to us by the Creator life, liberty, and the pursuit (not guarantee) of happiness &ndash are being threatened by the Obama administration. This current government has abridged the consent of the governed and that whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends. It is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it.

13.Taking on the Supreme Court&rsquos power of judicial review with a preemptive striking against justices who might contemplate an unfavorable ruling on ObamaCare.

14.&rdquoOpen Mic &rdquo gaffe in which he explained Russian President Dimitri Medvedev that he&rsquod have more &ldquoflexibility&rdquo to sacrifice American security after his re-election

15. Occidental College Transcripts Reveals Obama Claimed Foreign Citizenship to Get Scholarship? http://tinyurl.com/czldzx8

16. Obama&rsquos secret back channel Nuclear deal with Iran, a sworn enemy of America and our Allies

17. Obama&rsquos offer of a seat at the table for our avowed enemy the Taliban

19. Obama and his Administration leaking previously classified information about our intelligence communities&rsquo efforts to slow down Iran&rsquos march to nuclear weaponry.

20. Obama destabilized Western Ally Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, and allowed the Militant and Anti West Muslim Brotherhood to take over the Egyptian Regime, posing a mortal threat to our Ally Israel and our own Western assets and interests in the region. Obama instigated a revolution in Egypt against an ally in the War on Terror.

21. Obama has appointed Muslim Brotherhood advisers, enemies of the State, to the White House. Aid and comfort to the Muslim Brotherhood is TREASON per Article 3 Sec III of the US Constitution.. http://tinyurl.com/3x88l2s

22. Obama bypassing Congress again by Executive Decree to allow Illegal Immigrants to remain and vote in America for partisan electoral purposes and reasons.

23. Obama selling citizenship to criminals in direct opposition to Federal Law.

24. Obama admin assisted Egypt in remilitarizing the Sinai, &ldquosomething forbidden by the Camp David Accords&rdquo http://is.gd/nDwdbl

25. Obama has attempted to compel religious institutions to pay for abortion services &mdash a clear violation of First Amendment rights

27. Obama spending billions in aid on America´s enemies, while disregarding the needs of the US.

28. Obama is directly responsible for the many wars and murders of Christians in the Middle East

29. Obama has financially ruined this country, and his actions are leading to the demise of the dollar. President Obama is either an idiot or he is purposely trying to destroy the American economy.

30. Obama is hollowing out our military, and destroying our intelligence gathering capability.

31. Obama, aka Barry Soetoro deliberately concealed his true illegal background to be POTUS, TRUTH out: why #Obama records sealed FOREIGN student ID http://twitpic.com/aufduf Can we trust Pres. who games system &ndash lies

32. Criminal cover up by the White House over BengaziGate, where four Americans, including Ambassador Stevens were murdered by Islamic Extremists.

33. #CANDYGATE Collusion with CNN Moderator Candy Crowley at the 2nd Debate to cover up BengaziGate The Candy-Obama Controversy : Get the Transcript&rsquo http://amsp.ec/1P1Dyy

35. Obama Administration defining the Fort Hood Terrorist Act as a Workplace Accident, which gave succour and comfort to our enemies.

36. The Border-gate arms deal offense that resulted in the death of a border patrol agent as well as numerous innocent Mexican civilians.

37. Suspected organized and widespread election fraud engineered by Agents of the Obama Regime at the November 6th Presidential Election.

38. Obama and unrepentant terrorist William Ayers misappropriated over 300 million dollars in donations meant for the education of Chicago&rsquos minority students. They routed the money to Obama&rsquos community activist buddies who then tried to turn the students in radicals. The program was a total failure.

39. Obama, as an Illinois State Senator, redirected tens of millions in Illinois tax dollars to Valerie Jarrett and Tony Rezko, to provide housing for low income families. They returned the favor with political donations. The housing units were built with cheap materials and labor and are uninhabitable after a mere 10 years of use.

40. Obama accepted millions in illegal campaign contributions from foreign credit cards after the credit card filters used to screen out foreign money, was switched off. This also allowed domestic donors, who were over the legal limit, to contribute more.

41. Obama and SecState Clinton&rsquos efforts to bring the US under the UN&rsquos Small Arms Treaty are direct violations of the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.

41. Obama attempted to move control of the Census Bureau from the Commerce Department to the White House, to be managed by then Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel.

42. Obama had provided under the radar amnesty to illegal immigrants by allowing ICE Director John Morton to prohibit ICE officers from enforcing US immigration laws.

43. Obama allowed USAG Holder to ignore the violation of US immigration laws in the sanctuary cities, i.e.,San Francisco, etc.

44. Obama illegally fired the IG Walpin for investigating Obama&rsquos buddy, Mayor Kevin Johnson (Sacramento), for fraud (850K) with AmeriCorps.

45. Obama is in contempt of Federal court for his illegal oil drilling moratorium in the Gulf&hellip

46. Obama spent a month as the UN Security Council Chair in 2009, which raises the question of his conflict of interest between the US and the UN. This is also likely a violation of his Oath of Office as the UN conflicts with our Constitution on many levels, i.e., LOST, UN Small Arms ban, etc.

47. Obama signed an EO in December 2009 that allows Interpol to operate in the US without oversight by Congress, courts, FBI, or local law enforcement.

48. Obama and SecState Clinton misappropriated, er, used $23 million in US taxpayer funds to help Obama&rsquos homeland of Kenya move to a communist nation where the freedom of speech, private property rights, and other rights are subservient to &ldquosocial justice&rdquo. This includes the fact that the Kenyan constitution adopted Sharia Law, which violates the basic human rights of women.

49. Obama was likely involved with then Governor Rod Blagojevich to try and sell his Illinois Senate seat, i.e., pay to play. Jesse Jackson Jr is under investigation for it and it appears that Valerie Jarrett might also have been involved.

50. Obama ran a website that asked Americans to report on other Americans, in the area of ObamaKare, using whitehouse.gov and taxpayer money to do so. He repeated this with AttackWatch.

51. Obama got onto the Indiana ballot through voter fraud in 2008.

52. Obama sealed all of his records that would show that he is possibly an illegal president, that he is feloniously using a false SSN, that his draft registration number is false, that his Fulbright award was falsely awarded as Obama claimed foreign student status, and that his student aid was falsely obtained.

53. Obama violated the Constitution by firing the GM CEO.

54. Obama violated bankruptcy laws by forcing GM bondholders to accept millions of dollars in losses of money that they were legally entitled to.

55. Obama violated bankruptcy laws by awarding the UAW with a share of GM and Chrysler during their bankruptcy proceedings.

56. Obama bought votes for ObamaKare with acts like, &ldquoCornhusker Kickback&rdquo, &ldquoLouisiana Purchase&rdquo and the DoI increasing water allocations toCalifornia&rsquosCentral Valley. This brought in the votes of Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa, both Democrat holdouts.

57. Obama lied about Americans being able to keep their healthcare coverage if they wanted to. ObamaKare is already forcing them out of their current coverage.

58. Obama attempted to bribe Joe Sestak with a job offer in order to get him to drop out of the Senate race against Arlen Specter.

59. Obama bypassed Congress and told the EPA to set carbon emission standards.

60. Obama forced BP to pony up a $20 billion slush fund to compensate Gulf Coast businesses and residents affected by the BP oil spill. It was administered by one of Obama&rsquos political appointees and there is NO Congressional oversight.

61. Obama did nothing to Holder (abetted a felony) when Holder refused to prosecute two New Black Panther Party members for brandishing weapons in front of a voting location in Filthadelphia. A direct violation of the voters Civil Rights.

62. Obama bypassed the Senate with a recess appointment of Donald Berwick as the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Violates policy. http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?postid=273766

63. Obama illegally fired Sherry Sherrod from the USDA over remarks she made at an NAACP meeting in March 2010. He violated her due process.

64. Obama violated contractual law when his regime cancelled 77 oil field development contracts previously approved by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, under Bush 43&rsquos administration. This keeps us from extracting from 2-3 TRILLION barrels of oil.

65. Obama used the DHS to determine the political affiliation of Americans making FOIA requests about the Regime. This led to requests being stalled, lost, etc.

66. Obama acted in April 2009, at the G20 meeting, to expand the Special Drawing Rights, that now gives the IMF more control over the US economy.

67. Obama issued an EO on July 12, 2011, attempting to restrict the Second Amendment rights of US citizens in Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona.

68. Obama&rsquos allowed the FCC to assume authority over the internet, in direct violation of a federal appeals court that DENIED the commission that authority. In December, the FCC voted and passed the first federal regulations on internet traffic.

69. Obama allows the DHS/TSA to routinely violate the 4th/5th Amendment rights of Americans at airports, train stations, and VIPER checkpoints.

70. Obama allows the DOJ in 2009 to stop enforcing federal drug laws in regards to marijuana.

71. Obama attempted to bypass Congress and raise the Debt Ceiling by &ldquoreinterpreting&rdquo the 14th Amendment.

72. Obama just bypassed the Senate AGAIN by appointing Richard Cordray to a new unconstitutional agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Violates policy. http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?postid=273766

73. Obama deprived the due process of two U.S.citizens, Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, by assassinating them via a CIA drone attack in Yemen on Sept. 30, 2011. This also raises the question of an act of war against Yemen for firing into a sovereign nation. Obama said in 2008: &ldquoNo. I reject the Bush Administration&rsquos claim that the President has plenary authority under the U.S. Constitution to detainU.S.citizens without charges as unlawful enemy combatants.&rdquo

74. Obama allowed Education Secretary Arne Duncan to grant waivers to No Child Left Behind however, this is a law enacted by Congress and neither Obama nor Duncan have the authority to authorize that.

75. Obama allowed the bailouts to grant money without the authority to do so. &ldquoNo money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law.&rdquo Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7U.S.Constitution

76. Obama allowed Operation Castaway to occur, which allowed firearms laws to be broken through coercion of legal gun dealers.

77. Obama bypassed the Senate to appoint three people to the National Labor Relations Board. (Naturally, they&rsquoll all be Obomobots) Violates policy. http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?postid=273766

78. Obama twenty three illegal Executive Orders to impose a Gun Grab, which is a direct violation of the Second Amendment.

79. Providing aid and comfort to the enemy by announcing the date for unilateral withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan. Thereby providing the impetus for the escalation of the green on blue attacks

80. Obama by announcing the date for unilateral withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan, thereby triggered the disintegration of the green respect that had been a goal of the training mission.

83. Obama nominating a Muslim John Brennan to be Director of the CIA,when America is at War with Radical Islamic Terrorists.

UNKNOWN: How many exact other violations of his Oath of Office.

&ldquoI do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.&rdquo


100 events that helped shape President Obama's first 100 days

On Wednesday, President Obama marks 100 days in office. It seems that almost every one of those 100 days has created either history or headlines. To commemorate the occasion, Daily News Senior Correspondent David Saltonstall looks at 100 events that have helped define the first 100 days of the Obama presidency.

THE BIGGIES
1. First African-American President.
2. Signs $787 billion stimulus bill.
3. Bans torture by U.S. military and intelligence agencies.
4. Bails out banks, auto companies and others with a $1.1 trillion tab.
5. Signs Lilly Ledbetter Act, giving women who seek equal pay new legal protections.
6. Extends health coverage to 4 million more children.
7. Launches plan to help 9 million homeowners refinance mortgages.
8. Vows to remove combat troops from Iraq by August 2010.

THE FIRSTS
9. Obama became first President to carry a BlackBerry.
10. Hosts a Seder in the White House.
11. In first formal press conference, Obama takes question from The Huffington Post, the first blog so recognized.
12. Obama invites gay parents and their kids to attend the White House Easter Egg Roll.
13. The President's Saturday "radio address" can be seen on YouTube.
14. President's relative faces deportation for over-staying a visa.
15. The White House Web site gets its first presidential blog.

DOH!
16. Retakes oath of office after Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts muffs original on Inauguration Day.
17. Veep Joe Biden gets presidential slap for joking about oath flub.
18. Accepts withdrawal of HHS nominee Tom Daschle for failing to pay $120,000 in taxes.
19. Rants when AIG doles out $165 million in bonuses to execs.
20. On "Tonight Show," says of his meager bowling skills, "it was like Special Olympics" - a gold medal gaffe.
21. Announces with fanfare he was trimming just $100 million from $3.9 trillion federal budget. Er, that's like shaving $1. off a $50,000 car.
22. Takes three swings on getting a commerce secretary. Washington Gov. Gary Locke finally gets nod.
23. Takes heat in Britain for giving Prime Minister Gordon Brown a cheapo gift.

SO COOL
24. Becomes first Prez to hit late-night TV on "The Tonight Show."
25. Michelle Obama beats French First Lady/ former supermodel Carla Bruni in fashion stakes!
26. Obama's pecs make cover of Washingtonian mag.
27. Obama souvenirs take in $2 million during inauguration.
28. More than 300,000 White House wanna-bes submit resumes to work in administration.
29. Michelle decides she has a right to bare her buff arms.
30. Obama installs basketball hoops on White House tennis court.
31. Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire play the White House.
32. Beyonce serenades Obamas during Inauguration Ball.
33. J. Crew sales skyrocket thanks to Michelle.
34. Chia Obama becomes a big seller, but green Afro has some seeing red.

AROUND THE WORLD
35. When Somali pirates hijack an American freighter, Obama doesn't blink. Three pirates wind up dead.
36. Takes Europe by storm during G-20 summit, finding time to hook up Queen with new iPod.
37. Announces start of negotiations to limit nuclear arms.
38. Mediates international tax haven dispute between France and China by suggesting change of a single word.
39. Middle East envoy George Mitchell says a two-state solution is the only way to end the conflict.
40. Lifts travel and money transfer restrictions to Cuba.
41. Shakes hands with Venezualan strongman Hugo Chavez - and gets slapped by conservatives for appearing "weak."
42. On Day 4, ends a ban on federal funding for international organizations that offer abortion counseling.
43. Visits nine foreign lands.
44. 3 a.m. call finally comes - at 4:30 a.m. - when North Korea launches a long-range missile test.
45. Michelle takes heat for touching Queen Elizabeth II. But video shows Her Majesty made the first move.

THE WARS
46. On Day 3, signs orders to close Guantanamo Bay detention center.
47. Makes surprise trip to Iraq on Day 78.
48. Orders 21,000 more troops to Afghanistan.
49. Asks Congress for $83.4 billion more to fund Iraq and Afghanistan.
50. Tells Turkish parliament "the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam."
51. After saying architects of Bush-era torture polices would not be prosecuted, Obama backtracks and leaves door open.
52. Boosts funding for vets suffering from mental health problems or traumatic brain injury.

ALL IN THE FAMILY
53. New "Sweet Sasha" and "Marvelous Malia" dolls from Beanie Baby people are discontinued.
54. Obamas settle on Bo, a Portuguese water dog given by Sen. Ted Kennedy.
55. Obamas celebrate Easter at an Episcopal church near White House.
56. Obamas report $2,656,902 in income.
57. Marian Robinson, the First Lady's mom, moves to the White House to help care for First Kids.
58. White House gets a swing set.
59. On Presidents Day, First Family celebrates by going home to Chicago, a week after visiting Camp David for the first time.
60. On Day 18, Obamas take in Alvin Ailey dance troupe at Kennedy Center.

AT HOME
61. Overturns Bush-era ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
62. Dedicates $5 billion to expand Head Start and childcare options for working families.
63. Holds first online Town Hall meeting from White House.
64. Triples size of AmeriCorps volunteers to 250,000.
65. Promises to tackle immigration reform this year.
66. On Day 18, meets 40 family members who lost relatives on 9/11 or in attacks on warship Cole.

WHITE HOUSE LIFE
67. Obama correctly picks UNC to win NCAA basketball championship, but the rest of his favorites don't get to final weekend.
68. Michelle plants vegetable garden outside the Oval Office.
69. The Obamas refuse $100,000 subsidy to remodel the White House, and will pay for changes themselves.
70. Obama has invited his beloved Chicago Bulls and White Sox to the White House.
71. Obama takes in NBA game between Wizards and Bulls on Day 40.
72. Oprah makes room for Michelle on cover of her magazine.


Europe

Use by the Russian government

During the First Chechen War Chechen President Dzhokhar Dudaev was killed on 21 April 1996, by two laser-guided missiles when he was using a satellite phone, after his location was detected by a Russian reconnaissance aircraft, which intercepted his phone call. [21] [ not in citation given ]

On 20 March 2002 Ibn al-Khattab who during the Second Chechen War participated in leading his militia against Russian forces in Chechnya, as well as managing the influx of foreign fighters and money was killed when a Dagestani messenger hired by the Russian FSB gave Khattab a poisoned letter. Chechen sources said that the letter was coated with "a fast-acting nerve agent, possibly sarin or a derivative". [22]

On 13 February 2004 Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev who served as acting president of the breakaway Chechen Republic of Ichkeria between 1996 and 1997, was killed when a bomb ripped through his SUV in the Qatari capital, Doha. Yandarbiyev was seriously wounded and died in hospital. His 13-year-old son Daud was seriously injured. [23] The day after the attack, Qatari authorities arrested three Russians in a Russian embassy villa. One of them, the first secretary of the Russian Embassy in Qatar, Aleksandr Fetisov, was released in March due to his diplomatic status and the remaining two, the GRU agents Anatoly Yablochkov (also known as Belashkov) and Vasily Pugachyov (sometimes misspelled as Bogachyov), were charged with the assassination of Yandarbiyev, an assassination attempt of his son Daud Yandarbiyev, and smuggling weapons into Qatar. [24] There were some speculations that Fetisov had been released in exchange for Qatari wrestlers detained in Moscow. [25] On 30 June 2004, both Russians were sentenced to life imprisonment passing the sentence, the judge stated that they had acted on orders from the Russian leadership. [26] [27] [28] But on 23 December 2004, Qatar agreed to extradite the prisoners to Russia, where they would serve out their life sentences. The agents however received a heroes' welcome on returning to Moscow in January 2005 but disappeared from public view shortly afterwards. The Russian prison authorities admitted in February 2005 that they were not in jail, but said that a sentence handed down in Qatar was "irrelevant" in Russia. [29]

On 10 July 2006 Shamil Basayev, a Chechen militant leader, who was alleged to be responsible for numerous guerrilla attacks on security forces in and around Chechnya [30] [31] [32] and the 2002 Moscow theater hostage crisis and described by ABC News as "one of the most-wanted terrorists in the world." [33] was killed by an explosion near the border of North Ossetia in the village of Ali-Yurt, Ingushetia, a republic bordering Chechnya. According to the official version of Basayev's death, the FSB, following him with a drone, spotted his car approach a truck laden with explosives that the FSB had prepared, and by remote control triggered a detonator that the FSB had hidden in the explosives. [34] [35]

In Bosnia and Serbia

Referring to human rights abuses during the Bosnian War, the U.S. State Department noted politically or ethnically motivated "targeted killings" in Bosnia in Section 1a., "Political and Other Extrajudicial Killing," of its 1993 report on human rights practices in Bosnia and Herzegovina. [36] [ verification needed ] Targeted killings were also reported by Serbian and Albanian forces during the Kosovo War. [37] Both wars involved largescale targeted killings of journalists. [38]

Use by Iranian government

Alleged and confirmed assassinations were reported to have been conducted by the Islamic State of Iran and previously by the Pahlavi regime. It includes attempts on notable persons who were reported to have been specifically targeted by the various Iranian security and intelligence, most notably against Kurdish dissidents of the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran in 1980s and 1990s. Prior to the establishment of the Islamic State in 1979, the Organization of Intelligence and National Security also allegedly performed a number of political motivated assassinations against dissidents and opposition leaders.

Use by the Israeli Government

Some of the known operations include: [39] [ verification needed ]

    against Black September and Palestinian Liberation Organisation personnel alleged to have been directly or indirectly involved in the 1972 Munich massacre, led to the Lillehammer affair. against top Palestine Liberation Organisation leaders in Beirut, 1973: Muhammad Najar, Kammal Adwan, and Kammal Nasser. [40] [verification needed] known by his nom de guerreAbu Jihad. One of the founders and Military Head of Fatah, killed in Tunis, 1988 [41] [verification needed] (Hamas bombmaker, "the Engineer") in Beit Lahya, Gaza, 1996. Ayyash was killed by a cell phone allegedly containing "50 grams of high-grade explosives." [42] [not in citation given] (Hamas) in Jordan, 1997 (failed) [citation needed] killed by a one-ton bomb during July 2002 in Gaza. Also killed were 11 civilians, including Shehadeh's wife and three sons, and four other children. [43][44] [not in citation given] killed along with 7 other bystanders on Friday morning, 22 March 2004, when an AH-64 Apache helicopter fired Hellfire missiles as he exited a mosque in the al-Sabra neighborhood of Gaza. [45] [not in citation given] [46] [not in citation given]
  • Possible targeted killing: Imad Mugniyah, a senior Hezbollah commander, was killed in February 2008 in a car bomb. The Israeli Mossad is alleged to have been behind the killing. [47] [not in citation given]
  • Possible targeted killing: Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior Hamas commander and one of the founders of the al-Qassam Brigades, was killed in January 2010 by being electrocuted and/or drugged with succinylcholine, a quick-acting paralytic, and then suffocated in his room in a five-star Dubai hotel the Dubai police said that the Israeli Mossad was behind the killing. [48] [not in citation given] [49] [not in citation given] [50] [not in citation given] [51] [not in citation given]

During the First Intifada Palestinian uprising, the Palestinian human-rights group Al Haq condemned Israeli soldiers for what they described as "deliberate, cold-blooded. targeted" killings of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. [52] [ verification needed ] Human rights group Middle East Watch alleged in 1993 that interviewed Israeli soldiers had targeted often unarmed Palestinians, some under the age of 16, for "premeditated assassinations" or targeted killing, a charge denied by Israeli officials. [53] [ verification needed ] The allegations included the execution of Palestinians in custody. [54] [ verification needed ]

Controversy over targeted killings continued during the Second Intifada. Palestinians charged that individuals belonging to the group Hamas and shot in targeted killings were being assassinated. [ original research? ] [55] [ verification needed ] Israeli officials initially accepted responsibility for only some of the killings, and Israeli media termed the practice a "liquidations policy," whereas Palestinians called it "state terrorism." [56] [ verification needed ] In January 2001 Israeli officials confirmed "the practice of targeted assassinations." [57] [ not in citation given ] Conflict in Israeli over the legality of the practice centered on the case of Dr. Thabet Thabet, assassinated as he left his home on New Year's Eve. Dr. Thabet was alleged by the Israeli military to be a senior local leader of Fatah and plotting attacks against Israelis in the West Bank. A dentist, Dr. Thabet was also a friend of many Israeli peace activists and considered one himself. Israeli activists called the killing "a crime," "Mafia-style," and "immoral." Ephraim Sneh, then Israeli Deputy Prime Minister, described the policy as "effective, precise and just." [57]

The Washington Post commented that Israeli policy of targeted killing during the Second Intifada expanded upon previous policies, targeting not only terrorists but also those thought to direct or coordinate them. [57] Another controversial killing, which occurred following the Bush Administration's condemnation of the practice, was that of Mahmoud Madani, a leader of Hamas shot while leaving a mosque in the Balata refugee camp. The Israeli military suspected Madani of plotting bombings in Israel. [58] [ verification needed ]

At that time, spokesman for the American State Department Richard Boucher condemned both violence by Palestinians and targeted killings by Israelis during a State Department news briefing. [59] American Secretary of State Colin Powell registered his opposition to "a policy of targeted killings" and the U.S. State Department urged Israel to stop them. [60]

Then Democratic Party senator Joseph Biden criticized the George W. Bush Administration for condemning the targeted killings the administration continued to oppose them. [61]


Obama's Drilling Plans Increase US Dependence on Foreign Energy (Pt. 2)-A Political Opening For GOP

On April 1st President Obama announced the expansion of oil and gas exploration off the coast of the southern US and in the Gulf of Mexico. In the same policy address, he made another announcement, one that raises concerns about America’s energy future. He declared off-limits Alaska’s northern coast, an area that studies have shown can supply America with a prodigious amount of oil and natural gas for years to come.

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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar says Obama terminated energy development in these areas because of the "unanswered questions" about the environmental impact of drilling in the region’s Chukchi and Beaufort seas.. Salazar insists we need to engage in “the kind of scientific gathering that will give us the answers to some key questions." Geologists think such a rationale unsatisfactory. They contend that prior research has already determined that drilling will not harm the natural environment.

Salazar cited another quite different reason for not drilling off Alaska’s north coast. The Alaska region, he claims, is simply not as productive as everyone thinks! Such a conclusion would seem to fly in the face of an exhaustive 2008 US Geological Survey report which estimated that the Arctic Circle region holds 1.6 quadrillion ( 1600 trillion) cubic feet of undiscovered gas, 30% of the world's supply, and 83 billion barrels of undiscovered oil, 13% of the world's total.

Salazar believes that there is only the equivalent of 3 billion barrels of “economically recoverable” oil, loosely defined as oil worth the price per barrel to pursue.

Since the Obama speech the administration has moved to restrict drilling elsewhere. In response to complaints from environmentalists, the Bureau of Land Management announced it was going to delay a scheduled oil and natural gas lease sale in Montana and North and South Dakota to study the impact of potential greenhouse gases. The American Petroleum Institute says that this decision to factor greenhouse gases into the leasing decision takes BLM into “unchartered territory " and will delay or prevent much-need investment and development in the region.

The Administration is offering little hope that it will ever approve energy development of another major oil and gas repository, the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. "The fact of the matter is that the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge is not on the map for exploration or development," Secretary Salazar said recently. "It never has been under President Obama.”

Obama clearly believes that we do not have to tap into our huge oil and gas reserves to solve our energy problems. He devoted much of his speech to praising alternative “clean and green” energy sources such as biomass, hybrid cars and advanced batteries. Delivering his address in an Air Force hangar, Obama directed the audience’s attention to a nearby fighter plane that “will be the first plane ever to fly faster than the speed of sound on a fuel mix that is half biomass.” If the Air Force can run on biofuels, Obama reasoned, so can the nation’s factories and homes.

The political ramifications of Obama’s decisions are enormous. The price at the gas pump has jumped from $2.00 to $3.00 since Barack Obama assumed the presidency. Political opponents will be quick to link any further increases in the price of gas to Obama’s unwillingness to tap into the Alaskan energy cornucopia. They will also point out that his decision to limit drilling in the nation’s Outer Continental Shelf will cost Americans jobs at a time when we desperately need job creation. According to the American Energy Alliance, opening the OCS will create

1.2 million jobs annually across the country and increase the GDP by $8 trillion.

From now until November, the GOP will most certainly remind Americans that the President is refusing to take the actions necessary to reduce energy dependence, lower gas prices, create jobs,

and shrink the national debt. A few days after the speech former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin , speaking at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, mockingly described Obama’s drilling pronouncement as “stall baby stall,” not “drill baby drill.” At their national rallies the various Tea Parties slammed Obama’s reluctance to drill in the OCS and elsewhere. Libertarians, a growing force in both major parties, have broadened the debate to one over whether the Federal government is overstepping its Constitutional authority in telling states and private businesses where they can and cannot drill for oil, gas, and other minerals.

The President is correct that the US must develop a new generation of fuel sources. Unfortunately, biomass and windmills will not power the factories, cities, and homes of the American nation whose population will expand to 400 million by 2050. We must instead develop 21st century energy sources such as nuclear fusion, wireless energy technologies, as well as clean coal. We must also aggressively drill for the oil and natural gas in our Outer Continental shelf.

Without a pro-growth “expansionary” energy policy, the US cannot retain its position as global economic, political, and military leader.


The influence of Maoist thought

A deep strain of Maoist Thought has pervaded Barack Obama's influences throughout his life and persisted in appointments he has made as President.

SDS veteran and Progressives for Obama webmaster [57] Carl Davidson first met Barack Obama through the Chicago New Party, whose endorsement and campaign workers Obama sought and accepted in his run for the Illinois state senate in 1996. Davidson organized the October 2002 rally at Federal Plaza in Chicago [58] where Obama was established as a chief spokesperson for anti-US foreign policy. Davidson was a leading member of the October League (OL) and the Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist), or CP(M-L) [59] hailed by Chinese Communist Party chairman Hua Guofeng at banquet for CP(M-L) leaders in Beijing in 1977 as the semi-official Maoist party in the United States. Hua Guofeng declared the founding of the CP(ML) a “new victory of the Marxist-Leninist Movement in the U.S.” [60] Davidson is a longtime supporter of the VVAW [61] whose chief spokesman John Kerry charged American servicemen with war crimes. The VVAW worked in collusion with North Vietnam and the Vietcong to organize a domestic insugency [62] and the defeat of the United States in Vietnam. [63] In 2004 Davidson said, "the U.S government, at least over the past 50 years, has been the chief terrorist and sponsor of terrorism in the world." [64]

Obama appointed Anita Dunn as White House Communications Office Director in April 2009. In June 2009 Dunn publicly declared herself, before a group of high students, to be a deep admirer of Chairman Mao's political philosophy. Mao is recognized as the largest mass murderer ever on the planet. [65]

Obama appointee Van Jones was a founder [66] of the "often vulgar Maoist" [67] [68] organization STORM. STORM's own literature describes the organization as laying a foundation to build "Third World communism." The group studied Lenin's theories of the state, revolution, the party, and "the political ideas of Mao Tse-tung." [69] According to the document, the "growing Maoist orientation" within the group was a factor contributing to internal strife and the group's eventual dissolution. [70] The document states that in addition to "the basics of Marxism, including dialectical materialism," it conducted "a group reading of Mao's On Practice and On Contradiction" and "pushed at or went beyond the limits of the traditional Marxist canon, studying such topics as revolutionary feminism, the Palestinian liberation struggle, transgender liberation, methods of evaluation, self-care for cadre and revolutionary mass [community] organizing." [71] The group was extensively involved in the community organizing movement. [72] In 1992 the premier Maoist organization in the United States, the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) [73] and offshoot of SDS was instrumental in fomenting riots in Los Angeles in which 58 people were killed, and more than 2,300 injured in the wake of the trial of four police officers charged with beating Rodney King. [74] Van Jones traveled from Connecticut to be on hand and was arrested in the aftermath. [75] Van Jones is also a founding board member of Apollo Alliance for clean energy and so-called "green-collar jobs." [11] Jeff Jones is the New York State director of Apollo Alliance. [12] Jeff Jones was a member of the Maoist Action Faction of SDS and along with Ayers and Dohrn co-authored Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-imperialism based on the Sayings of Chairman Mao.

Obama Car Czar Ron Bloom declared himself in agreement with Chairman Mao and referred to the free market system as "nonsense." [76]

Obama fundraiser, personal friend, and former employer Dr. Bill Ayers' teaching curricula relies heavily on material that use Mao Zedong, Josef Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, and Fidel Castro as authoritative sources. [77] Ayers has been a committed Maoist since at least 1969. [78] Ayers is said to have ghost written part of Barack Obama's autobiography, Dreams From My Father. [79] Ayers was a leader in the SDS's Maoist "Action Faction" which became the Weather Underground (WUO). Ayers, Jeff Jones, and Mark Rudd of Progressives for Obama paid homage to Anna Louise Strong, author of the The Thought of Mao Tse-tung, [80] after purging deviationist elements from the SDS leadership in 1969. [81]

Ayers wife, former FBI Top Ten Most Wanted terrorist Bernardine Dohrn, worked in the Law Firm of Sidley Austin [82] in the late 1980s where Barack, Michelle Obama, and Dohrn first met. Dohrn participated in the purging of CPUSA elements from SDS leadership and declared the refurbished SDS leadership would be responsible for the correct Marxist-Leninist line and would exclude non-Maoist, "deviationist" views. Dohrn held the leadership position of Inter-Organizational Secretary in the SDS National Office. The Ayers/Dohrn faction of SDS formed the Weather Underground Organization. SDS Regional Community Organizer David Gilbert declared violent Third World revolution was the only way to achieve "world communism," the goal of WUO. [83]

ACORN founder Wade Rathke was an alumnus of the Maoist dominated Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). [84] Obama told ACORN "during the transition, we're going to be calling all of you in to help us shape the agenda. We're going to be having meetings all across the country with community organizations so that you have input into the agenda for the next presidency of the United States of America." [85]

The Honolulu Record, the newspaper Obama's mentor Frank Marshall Davis wrote for was accused of Maoist deviationism during the Sino-Soviet split by its CPUSA overlords. [86]



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