Writings and Links on Barack Obama

This is what a successful Presidency looks like:

President Obama Took Office
(January 2009)
  Today (17 November 2014)
7,949 The Dow Jones Index 17,652
7.8% Unemployment 5.8%
-5.4% GDP Growth 3.5%
9.8% Deficit GDP % 2.8%
37.7 Consumer Confidence 94.5

In 6 years under President Barack Obama, we’ve made incredible progress as a country.

"Americans' Priorities" (20 November 2014)
"On Presidential Authority to Act on Undocumented Persons" (7 August 2014)
VP Joseph Biden in Detroit, 22 August 2012
"Why I'm standing with President Obama (citing America's "strong nationwide transportation system and infrastructure")
"Nurses Union Will Keep Fighting for Medicare for All" (18 July 2012, by Rose Ann DeMoro)
"A LONG List of President Obama's Accomplishments" January 2009 - May 2012 (12 May 2012)
"Elect Obama or Fall Into Tyranny"
Gen. Colin Powell Endorses Obama
"American Psywar Cadres at Home and Abroad:
From Obama to the PRTs in Iraq
"Urge Obama to oppose
warrantless spying and telecom immunity
Rebuttal to Dr. Dobson's Anti-Obama Remarks
Obama Pro-life: When Democrats are in office,
abortion rate goes down

"Free Obama button? Just click here"
"Obama to Make World Safe for the Rich
by Margaret Kimberley (Wednesday, 16 July 2008)
"Obama's Tobacco Control History"
"On some matters, Obama is still an unknown quantity"
by Gene Lyons (Wednesday, 23 July 2008)
"What If You Reversed Information about Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin? Something to Contemplate" (10 October 2008)
"Howard Zinn, Mike Davis, Todd Chretien on Obama" (22 October 2008)
"Racism Is the Prime Cause for Debunked Obama Birth Certificate Conspiracy Theory" (28 July 2009)
"Birther Whack Jobs: Citizens of Idiot America" (30 July 2009) ('White Trash')

Stephen Crockett, "The Tea Party 'Catch 22'" (18 July 2010) ("the Tea Party campaign is . . . is a corporate created public relations/political campaign designed to promote pro-corporate economic policies via government while calling the movement 'anti-corporate and anti-government.' The racism angle is a just a way to hook 'poor and middle class whites' into an effort designed to economically benefit the wealthiest of the wealthy at the expense of 'the poor and middle class of all colors.' Racism has long been used to divide working Americans up along color lines so they do not demand a better deal from the economic and political elite. Racism serves an economic purpose and always has served an economic purpose. Racism is a sucker bet for working Americans. It has been a key element in building the Tea Party movement and the Republican Party since Richard Nixon. Republican Right wing economic policies are a disaster for 90% of Americans and social wedge issues including race have been the key to Republican victories for more than a generation.")
Michael A. Memoli, "For Hawaii governor, discrediting anti-Obama 'birthers' is a top priority" (Los Angeles Times, 24 December 2010) ("Reporting from Honolulu — [Hawaii Governor] Neil Abercrombie knew Barack Obama's parents when the future president was born here in 1961. . . . I . . . tell you, 'I was here when that baby was born.' " One of Abercrombie's aides said the governor is voicing the frustration of many Hawaiians who continue to be troubled by the rumors, which they see as emblematic of the view that Hawaiians are not Americans in the same way as those who live in the continental United States.")
Facts vs. Birthers (Youtube)
More Facts vs. Birthers (Youtube)
Ishmael Reed, Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media: The Return of the Nigger Breakers (Baraka Books, 2010)
Analysis by David Reynolds (Item 10, Para. 1, 8 August 2011) ("on balance I think his instincts are pretty good. But as others have noted (I think in the New York Times), Richard Nixon (granted, under the enormous pressure of events at that time - particularly the Civil Rights movement) was to Obama's left. Those who get the New York Times should read the lead article in today's Sunday Review section. It is fair, but it is devastating. My sense is that a number of the CCDS folks have problems confronting the reality of Obama, or too easily slide into 'yes but think of the alternative' mode.")
"Vatican: Catholic Church 'committed' to universal healthcare" (24 May 2012) ("The Vatican said the Catholic Church is 'committed to universal healthcare coverage' in a release Thursday that described a speech by one of its leaders before the World Health Assembly. Archbishop Zygmunt Zimoski told the meeting in Geneva on Wednesday that the Vatican supports Resolution WHA64.9, a measure that would urge countries to 'plan the transition of their health systems to universal coverage.'"
"The Obamas' Law Licenses" (June 2012)
"If Obama loses the election, here’s why," 27 July 2012
"Regulator says no to Obama mortgage write-down plan" (31 July 2012) (rejecting Obama's effort to aid "about 11 million homeowners [who] owe more than their properties are worth [and Obama wants] to keep people in their homes.")
Michelle Obam's White Ancestors (12 September 2012)
Victoria Collier, "How to Rig an Election (Harper's Magazine, 26 October 2012) (evidence that the right wing has been hacking computer voting systems around the country in order to insure the election of right wing candidates)
Thom Hartmann and Sam Sacks, History of Republican Election Stealing Via Treason, 1968-2004 (20 November 2012) (in context of Republican election stealing efforts in 2012 (and see background)
Behind the General Petraeus Sex Scandal: A Coup Attempt (1 December 2012)
Obama Comedic Speech to Dignitaries (May 2013)
"The real reason for the GOP's all-out war on Obamacare" (11 August 2013) ("Now as for the past 20 years, Republicans have feared not that health care reform would fail the American people, but that it would succeed. . . . . provide Democrats with an enduring majority for years to come.")
What Hate Looks Like: Republicans Blame Obama for 2005 Events Four Years Before He Was President (27 August 2013)

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Post-Election Data:
"Forget the Honeymoon: Getting down to bizness with Obama" by Justin Raimondo (7 November 2008)
"Conned Again," by Paul Craig Roberts, Ph.D. (9 November 2008) ("change ended with Obama's election. The only thing different about the new administration will be the faces.")
"Obama: Beware the Lessons of '93," by Robert Parry (11 November 2008)
"Obama Signs Law Regulating Online Cigarette Sales" (31 March 2010)
"Mr. Obama: Tear Down This War!," by Bernard Weiner (11 May 2010)
"Out of Iraq? Don't Hold Your Breath," by William Rivers Pitt
(t r u t h o u t, 14 May 2010)
" Obama threatens Jonas Brothers with drone strikes," by Alex Pareene (3 May 2010)
"'Hope-and-Change,' A Hoax," by Michael Rectenwald and Lori Price (27 May 2010) ("Obama’s euphuistic campaign rhetoric . . . was a complete fabrication aimed at diverting real energy for change . . . to effect a prestidigitation of incredible proportions.")
Abby Phillip, "Liberals Analyze Their Obama 'Despair'" (Politico.com , 11 July 2010)
Thomas Engelhardt, "The War Addicts: 2016 and Then Some" (Thursday, 30 September 2010) (on "Bob Woodward's new book Obama’s Wars, a vivid account of the way the U.S. high command boxed the Commander-in-Chief into the smallest of Afghan corners")
Scott Nance, "Capitol Idea: Back To The Future, Or Do Voters Want To Party Like It’s 1999? (15 October 2010) ("more jobs have been created this year under Obama than during the entire eight years of the Bush administration. . . . Please remember that it even took Clinton a while to get our economic engine moving again after the recession he inherited. But once it did, boy was it hummin.’ Or we could go back to the conservative voodoo economics promised by Republicans, which drove our economy so far into a ditch that it needed bailouts to save.")
Matt Taibbi, "More Tea Party Hypocrisy" (19 October 2010) (tea baggers denounce government aid while taking government aid!)
Paul Krugman, "Falling Into the Chasm" (New York Times, 24 October 2010) ("What we do know is that the inadequacy of the stimulus has been a political catastrophe. Yes, things are better than they would have been without the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act . . . But voters respond to facts, not counterfactuals, and the perception is that the administration’s policies have failed. The tragedy here is that if voters do turn on Democrats, they will in effect be voting to make things even worse. . . . And if they [Republicans] take one or both houses of Congress, complete policy paralysis — which will mean, among other things, a cutoff of desperately needed aid to the unemployed and a freeze on further help for state and local governments — is a given.")
Paul Krugman, "Divided We Fail" (New York Times, 28 October 2010) ("Barring a huge upset, Republicans will take control of at least one house of Congress next week. How worried should we be by that prospect? . . . Be afraid. Be very afraid.")
Prof. Marjorie Cohn, “The Targeted Assassination of Osama Bin Laden" (10 May 2011) (“When he announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed by a Navy Seal team in Pakistan, President Barack Obama said, 'Justice has been done.' Mr. Obama misused the word, 'justice' when he made that statement. He should have said, 'Retaliation has been accomplished.' A former professor of constitutional law should know the difference between those two concepts. The word 'justice' implies an act of applying or upholding the law.”)
"Fox News poll: Obama's lead grows as Romney's support slips (10 August 2012) (". . . President Obama has opened his biggest lead since Romney became the presumptive Republican nominee. The president would take 49 percent of the vote compared to Romney's 40 percent in a head-to-head matchup if the election were held today, the poll found. Last month, Obama had a four percentage-point edge of 45 percent to 41 percent. This marks the second time this year the president has had a lead outside the poll's margin of sampling error. . . . Obama's advantage comes largely from increased support among independents, who now pick him over Romney by 11 percentage points. Some 30 percent of independents are undecided. Last month, Obama had a four-point edge among independents, while Romney had the advantage from April through early June [2012].)

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