Year Two Day 59 Obama Administration March 19, 2010 - History

9:30AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

10:00AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors

11:35AM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on health insurance reform

George Mason University’s Patriot Center


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House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) on Monday unveiled a continuing resolution to continue government operations and cut federal spending. The resolution eliminates earmarked funding and some federal programs for a total savings of about $4 billion. Below are summaries of the cuts provided by Rogers and the full text of the resolution.

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Obama was born on August 4, 1961, [6] at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu, Hawaii. [7] [8] [9] He is the only president who was born outside of the contiguous 48 states. [10] He was born to a white mother and a black father. His mother, Ann Dunham (1942–1995), was born in Wichita, Kansas she was mostly of English descent, [11] with some German, Irish (3.13%), Scottish, Swiss, and Welsh ancestry. [12] His father, Barack Obama Sr. (1936–1982), was a Luo Kenyan from Nyang’oma Kogelo. Obama’s parents met in 1960 in a Russian language class at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where his father was a foreign student on a scholarship. [13] [14] The couple married in Wailuku, Hawaii, on February 2, 1961, six months before Obama was born. [15] [16]

In late August 1961 (a few weeks after he was born), Barack and his mother moved to the University of Washington in Seattle, where they lived for a year. During that time, the elder Obama completed his undergraduate degree in economics in Hawaii, graduating in June 1962. He then left to attend graduate school on a scholarship at Harvard University, where he earned an M.A. in economics. Obama’s parents divorced in March 1964. [17] Obama Sr. returned to Kenya in 1964, where he married for a third time and worked for the Kenyan government as the Senior Economic Analyst in the Ministry of Finance. [18] He visited his son in Hawaii only once, at Christmas time in 1971, [19] before he was killed in an automobile accident in 1982, when Obama was 21 years old. [20] Recalling his early childhood, Obama said, “That my father looked nothing like the people around me – that he was black as pitch, my mother white as milk – barely registered in my mind.” [14] He described his struggles as a young adult to reconcile social perceptions of his multiracial heritage. [21]

In 1963, Dunham met Lolo Soetoro at the University of Hawaii he was an Indonesian East–West Center graduate student in geography. The couple married on Molokai on March 15, 1965. [22] After two one-year extensions of his J-1 visa, Lolo returned to Indonesia in 1966. His wife and stepson followed sixteen months later in 1967. The family initially lived in the Menteng Dalam neighborhood in the Tebet sub district of south Jakarta. From 1970, they lived in a wealthier neighborhood in the Menteng sub district of central Jakarta. [23]


Obama started out in St. Francis Pre-Education from age three to five. From age six to ten, he then attended local Indonesian-language schools: Sekolah Dasar Katolik Santo Fransiskus Asisi (St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Elementary School) for two years and Sekolah Dasar Negeri Menteng 01 (State Elementary School Menteng 01/Besuki school) for one and a half years, supplemented by English-language Calvert School homeschooling by his mother. [24] [25] As a result of those four years in Jakarta, he was able to speak Indonesian fluently as a child. [26] [27] [28] During his time in Indonesia, Obama’s step-father taught him to be resilient and gave him “a pretty hardheaded assessment of how the world works”. [29]

In 1971, Obama returned to Honolulu to live with his maternal grandparents, Madelyn and Stanley Dunham. He attended Punahou School—a private college preparatory school—with the aid of a scholarship from fifth grade until he graduated from high school in 1979. [30] In his youth, Obama went by the nickname “Barry”. [31] Obama lived with his mother and half-sister, Maya Soetoro, in Hawaii for three years from 1972 to 1975 while his mother was a graduate student in anthropology at the University of Hawaii. [32] Obama chose to stay in Hawaii with his grandparents for high school at Punahou when his mother and half-sister returned to Indonesia in 1975 so his mother could begin anthropology field work. [33] His mother spent most of the next two decades in Indonesia, divorcing Lolo in 1980 and earning a PhD degree in 1992, before dying in 1995 in Hawaii following unsuccessful treatment for ovarian and uterine cancer. [34]

Obama later reflected on his years in Honolulu and wrote: “The opportunity that Hawaii offered – to experience a variety of cultures in a climate of mutual respect – became an integral part of my world view, and a basis for the values that I hold most dear.” [35] Obama has also written and talked about using alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine during his teenage years to “push questions of who I was out of my mind”. [36] Obama was also a member of the “choom gang”, a self-named group of friends that spent time together and occasionally smoked marijuana. [37] [38]

After graduating from high school in 1979, Obama moved to Los Angeles to attend Occidental College. In February 1981, Obama made his first public speech, calling for Occidental to participate in the disinvestment from South Africa in response to that nation’s policy of apartheid. [39] In mid-1981, Obama traveled to Indonesia to visit his mother and half-sister Maya, and visited the families of college friends in Pakistan and India for three weeks. [39] Later in 1981, he transferred as a junior to Columbia University in New York City, where he majored in political science with a specialty in international relations [40] and in English literature [41] and lived off-campus on West 109th Street. [42] He graduated with a BA degree in 1983 and worked for about a year at the Business International Corporation, where he was a financial researcher and writer, [43] [44] then as a project coordinator for the New York Public Interest Research Group on the City College of New York campus for three months in 1985. [45] [46] [47]

Administration to Throw Anti-Tea Party Hail Mary?

So, the New York Times reports, the White House is mulling an idea surely culled from reading papers like that Old Gray Lady:

President Obama’s political advisers, looking for ways to help Democrats and alter the course of the midterm elections in the final weeks, are considering a range of ideas, including national advertisements, to cast the Republican Party as all but taken over by Tea Party extremists, people involved in the discussion said. . . .

“We need to get out the message that it’s now really dangerous to re-empower the Republican Party,” said one Democratic strategist who has spoken with White House advisers but requested anonymity to discuss private strategy talks.

More dangerous than a Democratic Congress that has been on a spending and regulating spree? No wonder R.S. McCain cautions:

If Democrats were smart, they’d ignore that kind of advice. Polls have shown that the Tea Party is more popular than Obama and if there is one thing the American people have gotten sick and tired of hearing in the past 18 months, it’s that anyone who disagrees with the president’s policies is a racist kook.

To quote Travis Tritt: “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’ Anymore.”

The incumbent party can only get so much mileage this year in demonizing the opposition. Perhaps had the president laid off the blame game in the 20 months preceding the fall campaigns, he might (just might) be able to get this dog to hunt.

People are not just voting against the Democrats because they’re the party in power, but also because we don’t like what this party has done with its power. We just don’t like the snake oil this Administration has been selling. We know it doesn’t work.

Attacking the Tea Party won’t change those numbers. Maybe if Obama were to commit himself to that “net spending cut” he promised “throughout” his campaign, people might once again warm to his message.

Leo Haffey, Nashville attorney, Political prisoner, Court hearing, May 17, 2010, 9:00, Obama thugs, Nashville TN corruption

Leo Haffey, the Nashville attorney incarcerated last year without bond as a political prisoner of the pro Obama thugs in TN with his constitutional rights stripped by a rogue judge, has a hearing on May 17, 2010 at 9:00. From Leo.

“If you can be in Nashville on May 17th , please be there for your Family, your Country, to prevent what was done to my Family from being done to your Family by the Criminally Corrupt BHO regime.

With the DEVASTATING FLOOD, it may be difficult to get to Nashville on May 17th unless you are already in Nashville. If you can be in Nashville at the Birch Courthouse, please be there.


If you can not be there in person, send emails to the “legal” authorities in Nashville that the Criminal Acts of Criminally Corrupt BHO supporters in Nashville will STOP in Nashville and will NOT be permitted in your Hometown.


Leo Haffey also states:

“We got GREAT NEWS in Nashville this week when it was announced that BHO Cohort Former Nashville Police Chief Serpas is GONE to New Orleans, but most of the NASHVILLE MAINSTREAM MEDIA like the NATIONAL MSM is ignoring the CRIMES COMMITTED by BHO COHORTS in Nashville.

We Nashvillians need all of you in the INTERNET MEDIA to get the message out about the CRIMES COMMITTED by BHO COHORTS in Nashville. CITIZEN WELLS is a GREAT EXAMPLE of what can be accomplished by PATRIOTIC members of the INTERNET MEDIA.

Please help Nashville LEGALLY REMOVE of the rest of these BHO Cohorts.

The Night before the WORST FLOODING BHO Supporter Mayor Dean was on Television laughing with Serpas about the FLOOD and saying, “The worst is over. You’ll wake up tomorrow and see the Sun shining.”

(BHO Supporter)
Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN Chairman BHO TN Campaign)
605 Church Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37219
(615) 736-5295 Phone
(615) 736-7479 Fax”

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101 responses to &ldquo Leo Haffey, Nashville attorney, Political prisoner, Court hearing, May 17, 2010, 9:00, Obama thugs, Nashville TN corruption &rdquo

Leo Haffey…………………………….
While I know very little about the arrest and subsequent confinement without charge, it would seem to me that your case would generate a lot of lawyers jumping out of trees to prepare and file a civil law suit against Dumas.and the City of Nashville,in your behalf. Dumas must be totally ignorant of the rights of her victims. Had it been me I can guarantee you that there would now be a $50,000,000.00 lawsuit against the perpetrator,and her boss. Your name has been permanently DAMAGED, and it will effect your income for a very long time to come. Your loss of income will effect the lives of your family as well. Nail her ,and her boss to the cross.

As a California resident, it isn’t likely I can attend your hearing in Nashville. Know that I will be there in spirit. I am vitally interested in what occurs.

I am a firm believer in the power of prayer along with visualitzation of postive outcomes. Know I am praying for you and visualizing great success for you.

I am also a firm believer of exposing the facts–which you have been doing an excellent job on Citizenwells site. Whatever the results of your pending hearing–keep us all informed so we may shout out your experience.

If this government is going to commit crimes against its own citizens for merely revealing truth and facts, then its citizens will expose its actions in loud detailed voice.

It ain’t over until the fat lady sings!

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s bad joke about fearing to be returned to Austria if he went to Arizona really revealed his ignorance about the law. The law is targeting ILLEGALS. Either Arnold just admitted he is an illegal or he is just plain stupid. Is it any wonder California is in the problem it is in? Illegals cost California several billion dollars a year. California refuses do acknowledge the problem—instead it wants to cut back on services to senior citizens, cut teacher pay, and cut state employees to 4 day work schedules.

Can you tell us any more? Like the purpose of the hearing, order or events, possible outcomes?

No. 1 Tennessee (photo: AP/FBI)

“Public Corruption: 18
Racketeering & Extortion: 11
Fraud Rank: 7
Forgery & Counterfeiting: 5
Embezzlement: 9

Recent Scandal: Here’s a foolproof recipe for corruption: a former policeman commingling with gang members. Milburn Williams, a retired police captain from Newport, ringleaders Raymond Hawk and Grant Williams, and 20 others were indicted on racketeering, drug trafficking and a slew of other charges last year in Greenville. The sting operation was headed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and centered around a chop shop called ‘H-1 Auto’, later renamed ‘A Automotive.’ For six years the chop shop was the command post for an operation that allegedly moved stolen property and goods across state lines and sold cocaine and marijuana. The most serious of the charges carry up to $2 million in fines and 40 years in prison.”

Citizen Carlyle (FUBO) // May 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Can you tell us any more? Like the purpose of the hearing, order or events, possible outcomes?”

It is a status hearing. It starts at 9 am in the Birch Courthouse in Nashville. I would appreciate every who can be there to come with Videos Cameras. I will be glad to discuss details there. It is important to expose this corruption by BHO Cohorts so that other families are terrorized like mine was for over a year.

Best wishes with the proceedings, Mr. Haffey.

Linda from NY // May 12, 2010 at 2:56 pm

No. 1 Tennessee (photo: AP/FBI)

I didn’t know that, but I do know that since I have lived in Nashville at least 3 judges have committed suicide because they were under investigation another, judge Tom W. Brothers was INDICTED for DRUG MONEY LAUNDERING a Sheriff was sent to Prison and several Lawyers have committed suicide or gone to prison.

They call Nashville the Buckle on the Bible Belt but, the judiciary in Nashville seems to have lost its moral compass.

oldsalt78 // May 12, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Leo Haffey…………………………….
While I know very little about the arrest and subsequent confinement without charge, it would seem to me that your case would generate a lot of lawyers jumping out of trees to prepare and file a civil law suit against Dumas.and the City of Nashville,in your behalf.”

No Nashville lawyer has stepped forward. I can’t go into details but I have a lawsuit against 2 major corporations, a few mid to minor corporations, numerous individuals with personal fortunes in the millions, the city and that’s even if the judge persists on not dropping charges against me. I am innocent of all charges but it is unlawful, unconstitutional to treat even the guilty in the manner I was treated.

usapatriots-shout // May 12, 2010 at 2:04 pm

As a California resident, it isn’t likely I can attend your hearing in Nashville. Know that I will be there in spirit. I am vitally interested in what occurs.

I am a firm believer in the power of prayer along with visualitzation of postive outcomes. Know I am praying for you and visualizing great success for you.

I am also a firm believer of exposing the facts–which you have been doing an excellent job on Citizenwells site. Whatever the results of your pending hearing–keep us all informed so we may shout out your experience.

If this government is going to commit crimes against its own citizens for merely revealing truth and facts, then its citizens will expose its actions in loud detailed voice.”

Thanks Patriot! I too have a strong faith that is what kept me going in jail and separated from my Family for nearly a year, Faith in God. Faith in our Constitution and Faith in People like the Patriots here at Citizen Wells.

Leo, I join with the others here in praying for the best outcome possible! There is one thing certain – what happened to you is no longer in the dark, and we will all be closely following events. When you first mentioned the 5/17 date, it all seemed to far away. Here we are fast approaching! Living in AZ and unable to travel distances, I can’t come, but I have always loved Tenn. I’m formerly from Ohio (50 years ago) and we used to spend many summer vacations in the Smokies – dear to my heart. God be with you, Patriot.

Oops – “to far away” should be “so far away.” Sorry.

I’m formerly from Ohio (50 years ago) and we used to spend many summer vacations in the Smokies – dear to my heart. God be with you, Patriot.”

With the Terror campaign of BHO Cohort Gov Bredesen, I expect much less vacationing in the Smokies. Madisonville is on the Interstate 75 between Chattanooga & the Smokies. Bredesen’s Gestapo actions can’t be helping tourism in East Tennessee.

Cabby – AZ // May 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Oops – “to far away” should be “so far away.” Sorry.

No problem, Cabby – AZ…too far away or “so far away” is suffice. Words matter, but it’s what in your heart that matters most, and judging from your posts, you love our nation and care to protect it from tyranny. God Bless America!

Cabby – AZ // May 12, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Good observation about “staying safe.” I remember about 25 years ago when AZ state government was being undermined, there was an investigative reporter in Phx who was really “onto big news” about corruption. He died in a car bomb incident, and it was years before the criminals were apprehended. Yes, there is a difference here. This investigator had not yet been able to go fully public with his findings. So the important thing here is – there is greater protection in exposing it, if it can be made public without jeopardizing the investigation.”

The first BHO/Serpas Cohort, to arrest me
threatened my life, my wife’s life and the life of NewsChannel5 Reporter Phil Williams. Phil kept on investigating Serpas, the second of his investigative reports on Serpas aired last night and Serpas was shipped off to New Orleans just before the first investigative report on him aired. He had also gotten a UNANIMOUS NO CONFIDENCE vote from the Fraternal Order of the Police. So is the best testament to the good in exposing evil that I know of.

Remember the Murder of NFL Quarterback Steve McNair?

What is the TRUTH re: NFL Great Steve McNair’s Murder? Ask Ronal Serpas.

Notes from Nashville police news conference
July, 8, 2009
Jul 8

Posted by’s Paul Kuharsky

Some points of interest from the news conference just held by Nashville police in the Steve McNair case, which has now been ruled a murder-suicide by Sahel Kazemi. The news was delivered by police Chief Ronal Serpas:

Police believe that McNair was asleep when he was shot and that Kazemi then positioned herself to fall on his lap when she shot herself. They believe she did land on his lap, but ultimately slipped to the ground at his feet. There was no note.

Although the 44-minute delay between Wayne Neely’s discovery of the bodies and a 911 call was a concern to police, Serpas said such a delay is not uncommon because such a discovery can leave people dazed and blur their sense of time. Police are confident nothing in the room was moved or staged, with the exception of one shell casing Neely moved because he was nervous, scared and didn’t know what to do. That has been fully accounted for, Serpas said

From excellent discussion of the Grand Jury Process last night.

Prairie, sorry I missed your Question re: Step 12.
Serve on Judiciary simply means deliver it to the presiding Criminal Court Clerk in your County in front of lots of video cameras.

1. Get a group of 25 Grand Jurors.

3. Select Private Attorney General to make presentments.

5. Gather all criminal info.

8. Schedule Presentment of all government documents obtained.

12. Serve Indictments on the Criminal Court Clerk in your County for the issuance of arrest.

In short Leo, how do-able is this by someone with no legal background? I may be able to pull in one lawyer

Leo, I wish you the very best at your hearing.

Please email every Patriot Lawyer that you know, particularly Lawyers in States near Tennessee. We need an Army of Patriots Lawyers to clean up the BHO Corruption in Tennessee.

twe // October 9, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Reposting my 1028 re Batya and possible O connection:

OK–Here’s a connection. She has worked with Dr. Brian Weiss. And, Brian Weiss has been on Oprah. Bingo! O Connection!

I looked up Weiss and he got lots of press on Oprah. He does past life regression therapy. Batya worked for/with Weiss before he got big on Oprah. If he regressed Batya and discovered something in her background that is blackmailable, that would be the lever on Batya…just saying!

twe // October 9, 2009 at 10:24 pm

She is also in Pompano Beach, Florida:

The Nashville Writers Meetup

Nashville, TN
1,712 Amazing Writers

Friday, Aug 22, 2014, 7:00 PM
19 Attending

twe // October 9, 2009 at 10:25 pm
Another of her sites:
Batya D. Wininger

No doubt about AKAbo cohort TN Gov Bredesen targeting PATRIOTS. He made an announcement to the Press that he was going after PATRIOTS.

This is what is happening to visitors to Tennessee under the AKAbo regime of AKAbo cohort Bredesen:

MEMPHIS is ranked by FORBES just behind Detroit as the 2nd MOST DANGEROUS CITY IN AMERICA. NASHVILLE is ranked #9.

IT IS NOT SAFE TO VISIT TENNESSEE with the AKAbo Cohort Governor Bredesen ordering SWAT TEAMS to ATTACK peaceful PATRIOTS!


There is an ongoing criminal conspiracy among Obama supporters in Nashville to cover up crimes committed by his campaign in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. These crimes include, but are not limited to, VOTER FRAUD, IDENTITY THEFT, COMPUTER THEFT, INVASION OF PRIVACY and petty BURGLARIES similar to WATERGATE.

These seemingly petty burglaries are to the Nashville BO Campaign what Watergate was to the Nixon

Crimes at the Al Farooq terror mosque:

The violent Jihadists ideology is being taught to innocent Muslim children across America. The child in the video clip informed one of my female CT researchers her Islamic teachers had hit her and her legs were hurting. This was at a Nashville mosque. Have the Nashville, TN Police Department checked on the welfare of the child? Ask them.

David Gaubatz and a team of investigators recently unveiled evidence of child abuse at the radical Al Farooq Nashville mosque at a recent NER symposium.

Pam Geller at Atlas Shrugs

Free Speech // May 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Margie // May 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm

LOL! We will have to hold our noses and keep the few that are finally speaking out against bo after he has DESTROYED the GULF COAST and is targeting all Southern States for attack starting with AZ and including Southern California.

In Nashville, AKAbo & his cohorts Gov Bredesen & Mayor Dean have brought in hordes of illegals and they are now protecting these CRIMINALS from prosecution for Murder, Identity Theft & Vote Fraud.

Free Speech // May 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Michelle // May 28, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Free Speech @ 6:31 pm
“It is almost comical to me now but back on May 2, 2009, when the DIRTY cop, who was working for bo’s DIRTY cohort Serpas, busted in my Family’s Home while we were watching Saturday Night Live, I had NO IDEA WHY they had come after me.”
The having no idea why would have driven me nuts. No citizen should have to playing guessing games as to why the police are at their home besides that late at night. Wait until all of America finds out what Obama/minions have been doing behind the scenes-from Man’s Country to Gulags-sickening.”

The thing that was most hurtful to me is that they arrested for the second time on the night of my Daughter’s band recital. I had just bought her a Beatle Bass and I and she were really looking forward to the concert.

The CRIMINAL COHORTS of bo who were judges on my case forced me out of my Daughter’s life from the time she was 11 1/2 till the time she was 12 1/2.

The DA Torry Johnson is a Catholic & he had the Teachers at the Catholic School TERRORIZE my Daughter.

When I went away, she excelled at everything: Music, Sports & Art as well as being a A average student.

When I came back the TERRORISTS at St. Henry’s had kicked my Daughter out of the band & sp0rts teams and traumatizes her so much I was afraid that she might fail the 6th grade.

I have known of the DUMB lawyer bob bauer for about a year and a half now. I know it is unkind but he and jimmie devaney of perkins coie are 2 of the DUMBEST lawyers that I have ever seen “practice” law.

Free Speech // May 28, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Please note that I was 1st arrested on FALSE CHARGES, the week after I sent this email to jimmie devaney of the FIRM Perkins Coie.

Sent: Fri, Apr 24, 2009 01:14 pm

Free Speech // May 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Sent: Mon, May 04, 2009 05:49

Free Speech // May 28, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Sent: Sat, Apr 25, 2009 09:34 AM

These seemingly petty burglaries are to the Nashville BO Campaign what Watergate was to the Nixon Campaign.

Free Speech // May 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Continuing Legal Education

Sent: Fri, Apr 24, 2009 12:52

1) Find the CROOKED politicians in your City or Town that supported BO.

2) Link these CROOKED politicians to crimes committed by the BO Campaign.

3) Charge CROOKED politicians and BO as co-conspirators in the commission of campaign crimes and you have a Criminal Case against BO that can be prosecuted in Court in your County Seat.

4) Of course, you add all the other Crimes that BO committed elsewhere to your INDICTMENT also. But to prosecute BO in your State you have to link him as a co-conspirator to crimes committed in your State.

Free Speech // June 10, 2010 at 10:13 am

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Free Speech // June 14, 2010 at 10:09 am

In the law, the term is Res Ipsa Locquitor, the thing speaks for itself.

That boBot democRAT should be INDICTED & SUED civilly for assault. The same Grand Jury that indicts the democRAT should also INDICT him and other boCohorts for the CRIMES committed by the bo campaign in North Carolina. I can practice in North Carolina on a Pro Hac Vice basis. Also I have considered moving to North Carolina since Tennessee is the most corrupt State in the Nation and ashville is the 9th Most Dangerous City in America according to Forbes Magazine.

Free Speech // June 14, 2010 at 10:15 am

Btw, Memphis is the 2nd Most Dangerous City in America and we all know what happened to the Patriots in Memphis & Madisonville, near Knoxville, Tennessee.

Patriots should be very careful in traveling through TN.

William // June 14, 2010 at 10:33 am

I recently moved back to the Chattanooga area. My mother passed away in Feb. Here. in 2007, my job was relocated to Huntsville Alabama. Then my job was cut there. Still unemployed.

Nevertheless, I agree with you, Tennessee is becoming more corrupt, more dangerous, more gangs and thugs. Its ashame.

Yes, William, it is sad to see how TN has gone downhill since 2002 when boCohort Bredesen was elected Gov. and Nashville has become the 9th Most Dangerous City in America since boCohort Karl Dean was elected Mayor in 2007.

Aristotle wrote yesterday about why the national online grand juries had failed. I won’t reiterate those astute statements by Aristotle other than to say all of the online grand juries were not properly or legitimately formed. It is regrettable that Patriots did not listen to Aristotle when he stated how to properly form a Grand Jury.

Those Grand Juries that were properly formed in Texas by Gerry Donaldson and in Tennessee will bear fruit now that the MSM has realized that support of bo is a mistake.

The time is ripe for Patriots, who have not properly formed a Citizens Grand Jury, to do so now. If Patriots don’t start convening Grand Juries in Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Illinois, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama etc. we will soon be under the control of Terrorist Totalitarian Regime.

For criminal information for Grand Jury Indictments of bo go here:

For information on forming a legitimate Grand Jury go here:

Radio Interview regarding illegal arrests in Tennessee.

Aristotle wrote about why the national online grand juries had failed. I won’t reiterate those astute statements by Aristotle other than to say all of the online grand juries were not properly or legitimately formed. It is regrettable that Patriots did not listen to Aristotle when he stated how to properly form a Grand Jury.

Those Grand Juries that were properly formed in Texas by Gerry Donaldson and in Tennessee will bear fruit now that the MSM has realized that support of bo is a mistake.

The time is ripe for Patriots, who have not properly formed a Citizens Grand Jury, to do so now. If Patriots don’t start convening Grand Juries in Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Illinois, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama etc. we will soon be under the control of Terrorist Totalitarian Regime.

For criminal information for Grand Jury Indictments of bo go here:

For information on forming a legitimate Grand Jury go here:

I hate to be pessimistic, Michelle, but IMHO the bo Crime & Terror Syndicate is too firmly entrenched in Chicago for anyone to get justice in Chicago now.

Justice will be done in Tennessee, Texas & Virginia. The best thing we Patriots can do is bombard the media with links to sites like CW that are reporting the truth.

I know you must feel sick about what bo has done to your hometown. Downtown Nashville is beginning to look like a Third World Country with businesses boarded up and gaping holes in the streets downtown.

It is really sad to see the way bo & his cohorts gov bredesen, mayor dean, congressman cooper & DA torry johnson have DESTROYED NASHVILLE.

The murder of the Republican Monroe County Election Commissioner by boCohorts can not be tolerated. Please contact TN Republican Senators Alexander & Corker regarding this murder.

DC Address: The Honorable Lamar Alexander
United States Senate
455 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-4204
DC Phone: 202-224-4944
DC Fax: 202-228-3398
Email Address:
WWW Homepage:

3322 West End Avenue, #120
Nashville, TN 37203 Voice: 615-736-5129
FAX: 615-269-4803

DC Address: The Honorable Bob Corker
United States Senate
185 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-4205
DC Phone: 202-224-3344
DC Fax: 202-228-0566

10 West Martin Luther King Boulevard, 6th Floor
Chattanooga, TN 37402 Voice: 423-756-2757
FAX: 423-756-5313

” I forwarded the name of assiatant US attorney Matt Everett in Nashville TN, who originally wanted to investigate the connection between the death of Catherine Smith, an emplyee of Nashville DMV, who was burned in her car a day before she was supposed to testify in court in regards to forged drivers licenses five Muslim men got there…

He later called and said that he was told by his superiors, that he cannot investigate it.”

The murder of Nashville DMV employee Catherine Smith (burned to death in her car) just before she was about to testify re: Identity Theft in Nashville sounds very similar to the murder of the Republican Election Commissioner in Madisonville and other Identity Theft crimes in Nashville.

Evidently boCohort Nashville judge eisenstein is now under investigation for an alleged coverup in investigation of boCohort judge dumas.

eisenstein is the judge who kept me falsely imprisoned after dumas’ first illegal order revoking my bond.

The People of Madisonville TN say the suspect democRats in the murder of the Republican Election Commissioner.

Patriots need to demand that TN Republican Senators Alexander and Corker investigate if TN democRat gov. Bredesen was involved in the cover up of the murder of Katherine Smith who was testifying regarding Identity Theft in TN.

SirWilliam // July 25, 2010 at 10:51 am

Thanks for the links Freespeech.

Also the candidates need to state their plans for the investigation of the most corrupt governor in the history of TN, democRat phil bredesen.

Specifically the candidates should be questioned about bredesen’s alleged involvement in the cover up of murders and intimidation of Identity Theft Whistleblowers like Katherine Smith of Memphis, the Monroe County Elections Commissioner Jim Miller and the good Patriots of Nashville.

A major investigative advantage of the grand jury is its use of the subpoena ad testificandum… Moreover, as various courts have noted, the grand jury may utilize subpoena authority on no more substantial grounds than “tips” or rumors. This enables the grand jury to serve as “a grand inquest, a body with powers of investigation and inquisition, the scope of whose inquiries is not limited narrowly by questions of propriety or forecasts of the probable result of the investigation” (Blair v. United States, 250 U.S. 273, 282 (1919)).

Free Speech // July 30, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Mia, I sent the report to Media in Nashville. We need to hound the local press to investigate boCohort gov Bredesen’s involvement in this. As you may recall, Bredesen ordered a 200 Man SWAT Team to Monroe County to intimidate peaceful Patriots.

Mia // July 30, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I know you good people are staying on top of the TN corruption, so I wanted to be sure you saw this: Report: Monroe County, TN officials threaten citizens distributing information about local corruption

Mia, THANK YOU! The People of Monroe County need to demand that Sens. Alexander and Corker call for an investigation of demRat boCohort gov Bredesen’s involvement in this and the coverup of the murders of the Identity Theft & Voter Fraud Whistleblowers, Katherine Smith and Jim Miller.

State Rep. Rob Briley Arrested For DUI and Vandalism. Suspect in Hit and Run. Whiskey and Pills found in Car. Briley is former law clerk for judge Tom w. Brothers.

Briley was the chairman of the State Legislature Judiciary Committee responsible for choosing judges throughout the State of Tennessee.

State Rep. Rob Briley Arrested For DUI, Vandalism

Police charged Tennessee House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rob Briley with drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident after two separate incidents.

On Saturday, a Watertown police officer arrested the Nashville Democrat after they stopped Briley’s sports utility vehicle. He was charged with driving under the influence, evading arrest and violation of the implied consent law.

Earlier in the evening state troopers cited Briley for allegedly ramming a truck in the rear in Dowelltown before driving toward Watertown. Troopers cited Briley for driving under the influence, evading arrest and violation of the implied consent law.

Police said he tried to escape officers who attempted to pull him over in Wilson County. Watertown police said the chase topped speeds of more than 100 miles an hour.

During a search of Briley’s Nissan Xterra police found an empty bottle of whiskey and several containers of pills. Police discovered he damaged a squad car during his previous arrest.

On Monday, officials at the Wilson County jail started to book Briley for vandalism before Briley was escorted out of the jail in shackles to an undisclosed location.

Even though officials did not say where Briley was going, they did say that Briley would be brought back to finish his booking.

Briley’s vandalism charges stem from the incidents Saturday night. Briley damaged the back inside window of the squad car that was taking him away from the scene of the crime.

On February 7, 2006 a mission vehicle was maliciously incinerated by arson. Thirty days later, Mr. Ahearn personally abducts assaults and threatens George in a bank parking lot, stating “the vehicle fire is just the beginning, drop the case or I’ll run you out of town.”

As a final solution, it appears Mr. Ahearn did contract individuals to detain torture and kill George on May 17, 2006 at 3:00 am at God Wins House, Office to Appalachian Youth Missions. Mr. Ahearn’s plot fails after two hours of torture, according to George. “My captor tried to gouge my eyes out, break my neck and suffocate me, used a knife and metal bar on me and demanded money. I struggled the whole time in and out of consciousness believing my captor was going to kill me. My captor asked me if I wanted to say a last prayer before my demise, I agreed. I never once thought, Oh God help me! I was ready and had a peace about my ending.” See details of the abduction at: on mission update.

Numerous complaints and affidavits were filed with the 10th Judicial District Attorneys office, the Tennessee Appellate Courts and the Monroe County Sheriffs Department against Mr. Ahearn and his associates Joe & Marlene Duncan, addressing their anti Christian agenda of hate. To date, no interest has been taken to Investigate George’s brutal abduction.

Free Speech // August 1, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Al Gore protects local corruption?

Vice president’s home state ‘evil place,’ says investigator

By Charles C. Thompson II and Tony Hays
© 2010

A senior FBI official said public corruption in Tennessee was “too extensive” to successfully prosecute and that protection for the corrupt officials in the state came from Vice President Al Gore’s office, according to a career undercover policeman.

The stunning declaration came after a five-month investigation into narcotics trafficking and public corruption in Warren County, Tenn. ran into twin brick walls at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Targeted as alleged drug trafficker by federal, state law enforcement

By Charles C. Thompson II and Tony Hays
© 2010 Charles C. Thompson II and Tony Hays

SAVANNAH, Tenn. — Vice President Al Gore’s uncle and confidant, retired judge Whit LaFon, has been targeted as an alleged drug trafficker by federal and state law enforcement officials in Tennessee.

The allegations arose out of a year-long investigation that included elements of the FBI, the inspector general’s office at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force and the Tennessee Highway Patrol. According to federal agents, LaFon’s alleged connection may stretch from providing protection to narcotics traffickers to the use of his Tennessee River cabin in southern Decatur County, a place often visited by the vice president and his family.

Gore plays fixer to ‘crooked’ uncle

How vice president used police to ‘take care’ of friends, family

By Charles C. Thompson II and Tony Hays
© 2010 Charles C. Thompson II and Tony Hays

SAVANNAH, Tenn. — According to a senior official with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the state’s premier law-enforcement agency, Vice President Al Gore Jr. routinely contacted his longtime friend and supporter TBI Director Larry Wallace for assistance with criminal matters involving Gore’s family and political cronies.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official stated that on at least four occasions during the past two years, while sitting in Wallace’s office, a secretary would enter the room and announce, “Director Wallace, Vice President Gore is on the line for you.” The official, who was intimately involved in criminal investigations, understood that the calls were related to criminal cases. According to this same source, Wallace frequently told senior staffers that Gore had put the arm on him to “take care” of criminal matters involving Gore’s “crooked [expletive] uncle,” retired judge Whit LaFon, brother to Gore’s mother, Pauline LaFon Gore.

Congradulations to CW and Leo H. for their good work on Chalice Patriot’s Radio. I just listened to the 2 hours of it…

SirWilliam | September 16, 2010 at 11:27 am |

I did and have noticed that. But as you are an Attorney, and my understanding a defense Attorney (please correct me if mistaken), you know full well of this:

“When the Prosecutor has no case, attack the witness”
“When the the Government is the defendant, attack the Plantiff. Not the claim”

To be honest, prior to being arrested on false charges by the criminal co-conspirators of bo in Nashville, I naively thought that the DA of Nashville, Torry Johnson, was a good man who would respond justly to the pleas of Pamela Geller and myself to prosecute the bo supporters in Nashville who were abusing children by having the child abusers arrested.

To my shock, the Nashville DA suborned perjury and in collusion with judge gloria dumas had me illegally/unconstitutionally imprisoned without bail in the Nashville jail for 60 days.

Based upon my family’s horrific experience, I can say that you are absolutely correct in your judgment of bo’s cohorts employed as government prosecutors. There is no doubt that all of bo’s cohorts are CRIMINALS and I look forward to seeing bo’s co-conspirators prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Dr. Sam Sewell: “I think CGJ is the quickest, most effective, and most practical way to clean up government corruption. I have yet to see a viable argument against that premise.”

Justice Lewis Powell ruled:“ Such an (Grand Jury) investigation may be triggered by tips, rumors… or the personal knowledge of the grand jurors.”

Mark Levin: “The possibility of impeachment does not immunize the president from criminal prosecution. He remains, at all times, a citizen of the United States who is answerable to the law.”

For information on forming a Secret Grand Jury to investigate crimes go here:

For information on Crimes committed by the BHO regime:

After I reported that computers were stolen from the Nashville/Davidson County Election Commission by the bo cohorts in Nashville, bo cohort Nashville DA Torry Johnson had me arrested on false charges.

The computers stolen by bo cohorts contained the names, social security numbers and dates of birth of every registered voter in Nashville. Since then bo cohorts in Nashville have used this stolen information to engage in identity theft and voter fraud.

All of these crimes have been covered up by bo cohorts: Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, DA Torry Johnson and former Police Chief Ronal Serpas.

As we now know, bo and his local co-conspirators engaged in identity theft and voter fraud in cities throughout the USA in 2008.

For information on Crimes committed by the BHO regime:

Dr. Sam Sewell: “I think CGJ is the quickest, most effective, and most practical way to clean up government corruption. I have yet to see a viable argument against that premise.”

Justice Antonin Scalia: “…In fact, the whole theory of its (the Grand Jury) function is that it belongs to no branch of the institutional Government, serving as a kind of buffer or referee between the Government and the people

Justice Lewis Powell ruled:“ Such an (Grand Jury) investigation may be triggered by tips, rumors… or the personal knowledge of the grand jurors.”

Mark Levin: “The possibility of impeachment does not immunize the president from criminal prosecution. He remains, at all times, a citizen of the United States who is answerable to the law.”

You see our Founding Fathers never intended for us to be lorded over by corrupt criminals in the White House and Congress. To the contrary, our Founding Fathers intended for We the People to have control over our Government and our politicians.

That is one of the primary reasons that they bestowed upon us that extraordinary Bill of Rights which provided for the Grand Jury System controlled by the people not the politicians.

In our Founding Fathers’ prescient wisdom, they designed a Grand Jury System in which no man, not even the President of the United States, is above the Law.

For information on forming a Secret Grand Jury to investigate crimes go here:

For information on Crimes committed by the BHO regime:



David “Popcorn” Kernell’s appeal has been denied, with a judge ruling this week that his felony conviction for destroyed evidence and impeding an FBI investigation should stand.

His sentencing is scheduled for October 29th, where he’s expected to get between 15-21 months in prison for his crimes against Governor Palin.
In 2008, Kernell, an Obama operative in Tennessee, broke into Governor Palin’s email account, gave access to her emails to the public via a website, and then tried to delete all evidence from his computer once he realized the FBI was coming for him.

Kernell is the son of disgraced Tennessee state Representative Mike Kernell, a fellow Obama operative who taught his son to do absolutely anything to make sure Obama was elected.

“popcorn” is about to pop on bo co-conspirators from Memphis to Nashville to Knoxville. kernell knows all the bo cohorts who have committed identity theft and vote fraud across him. Many of them like him are demRat delinquent sons of demRat criminals in Tennessee.

For information on Crimes committed by the BHO regime:

For information on forming a Secret Grand Jury to investigate crimes go here:

Michelle | September 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm |

Years ago when Jane Byrne was running for Mayor of Chicago (she won) she kept referring to a Cabal of Evil Men , but did not specify. There is something so sick (you don’t need to be a psychiatrist to figure it out) about this group-just sick-control freaks that found each other and formed a band of sickos.

They are all NARCISISSTIC PSYCHOPATHS. Chicago certainly is the center for the Cabal of Evil Men, but DC has more than its share as does algore’s hometown, Nashville. Remember algore had Bill Daley of Chicago run his 2000 campaign and algore imported all that chicago filth to Nashville.

Remember algore hosted bo at the Nashville Debate with McCain and held a FUNDRAISER for bo at his mansion in Nashville.

It is good that the Truth is finally coming out about bo’s entire Cabal.

Philo-Publius | September 28, 2010 at 2:34 pm |

FBI Investigating Obama Confidant and Union Chief Andy Stern

FBI Investigating Chief Steward for SEIU

FBI Terror Targets Tied To Obama’s Socialist New Party

FBI Raids Home of Obama Associate & Radical AAAN Leader in Terrorism Sweep

Free Speech | September 28, 2010 at 2:41 pm |

These seemingly petty burglaries are to the Nashville BO Campaign what Watergate was to the Nixon Campaign.

Philo-Publius | September 28, 2010 at 2:34 pm |

FBI Investigating Obama Confidant and Union Chief Andy Stern

FBI Investigating Chief Steward for SEIU

FBI Terror Targets Tied To Obama’s Socialist New Party

FBI Raids Home of Obama Associate & Radical AAAN Leader in Terrorism Sweep

Free Speech | September 28, 2010 at 2:41 pm |

These seemingly petty burglaries are to the Nashville BO Campaign what Watergate was to the Nixon Campaign.

Guess the pages were scrubbed, but as I reported in 2009 before I was arrested on false charges by bo cohorts, the bo campaign in Nashville stole computers from the Nashville Election Commission and TN Hospitals for the criminal purpose of identity theft and voter fraud.

More links to reports of CPU Thefts by bo co-conspirators in Nashville.

bo’s THUGS had no right to take Mr. Irish and Ms. Taylor’s child because of their political beliefs.

UPDATE: We have now obtained a copy of the affidavit which is reprinted below. This confirms that Irish was targeted partly because of his association with Oath Keepers, in addition to the fact that he bought guns. Apparently, exercising the second amendment is now reasonable justification for the state to steal your child in America.


For information on Crimes committed by the BHO regime:

Free Speech | October 9, 2010 at 10:42 am | |

Since August of 2002, officials in the states of California, Tennessee, and Michigan have disclosed that hundreds of children are similarly “missing” from their foster care systems.

Free Speech | October 9, 2010 at 10:46 am | |
The Oathkeeper case is unique because the parents were targeted because of their political view, but children are being abducted by government agencies across America and put into abusive homes with pedophiles.

Free Speech | October 9, 2010 at 10:47 am | |
bo is a co-conspirator in a international crime syndicate involved in drug & sex slave trafficing, financial fraud among other major crimes.

Nashville DA Torry Johnson refused to investigate this case of hideous criminal abuse by bo cohorts

Alex Jones re: government child abductions

Being in shock over my false arrests, I did not realize at the time that TN DCS was attempting to abduct my child, but it is now obvious as a result of the revelations by Alex Jones pertaining to government child abductions in the US.

If this can happen to innocent citizens like me and Mr. Irish, then it can happen to anyone who speaks out against the tyranny.

What the government criminals do is charge innocent patriots with crimes based on perjured testimony. Then the government criminals claim that innocent patriots have “criminal ” when in truth the Patriots were never convicted of any crime. I don’t know about Mr. Irish, but that is exactly what the Nashville DA did in my case.

Michelle | October 20, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Free Speech @ 5:28 pm |

No one who has knowledge of their activities could respect them-with these two I cannot image what could be scandalous at this point.

It is interesting that the WH Insider termed it a “serious” scandal. I suspect that algore et al have offered incriminating evidence against bo, and agents now have prima facie evidence that ties bo directly the identity theft and vote fraud scandal in Nashville and elsewhere.

Remember, it is alleged that bo’s campaign stole computers from the Nashville Election Commission with the names, social security numbers and Dates of Birth of every voter in Nashville.

It is incredible that bo, algore, jim cooper, karl dean, torry johnson, ronal serpas et al thought that bo could get away with crimes like that.

The indictment alleges that between 2000 and 2010, members and associates of the gangs transported underage Somali and African-American females from the Minneapolis area to Nashville for the purpose of having the females engage in sex acts for money and other items of value. The indictment alleges the females being used by the defendants for the sex trafficking included some who were 13 or and younger.

Within days of my speaking out about young girls in Nashville being abused by muslims in Nashville, I was arrested on false charges and wrongfully prosecuted by the Nashville DA.

The indictment details several instances in which young Somali or African American girls were taken from place to place and forced to engage in sex acts with multiple people. One girl was under 13 when she was first prostituted. Another girl was 18 when she was raped by multiple men in a hotel room, the indictment said.

Law enforcement officials said Monday that 12 of the indicted people were arrested in Minnesota, eight in Tennessee…

Along with sex trafficking, the indictment charges some of the defendants …committed burglaries, and engaged in credit card fraud…

Free Speech | November 10, 2010 at 9:14 am | Jason De’beau | November 10, 2010 at 6:52 am | You need to know that the members of congress won’t TOUCH Obama. He will remain president for the next 6 years. They know a little bit of information that would scare you to death — that Obama has ARMED a lot of us in the secret creation of a civilian militia.
If it were true that bo has “armed” a secret militia, then why didn’t he use them before the Republicans took the House. Looks like disinformation to me.
Jason De’beau | November 10, 2010 at 6:58 am | So keep calling the FBI, TBI, Martials, judges, whoever the heck you want. They are all in Obama’s pocket and that’s not changing.
I agree Jason, that Patriots should keep calling the FBI, TBI, and (you misspelled Marshals), but I know for a fact that all judges are not in bo’s pocket. Some are, but that is changing, because none want to be involved in bo’s crimes.
Jason De’beau | November 10, 2010 at 7:00 am | You are about to get an EXTREMELY rude awakening of just how little control you have (None) and how irrelevant we’ve made elections in this country. It doesn’t matter. You puny fake patriots don’t have a say in the matter. The America you love is already gone. You might as well move somewhere else because this country will NEVER EVER be the same and NEVER EVER be yours again.

I can’t speak for all Patriots, but this is my Country, the Land that I love and I will never stop fighting for the our Freedoms and for Our Country to prevail.

Jason De’beau | November 10, 2010 at 7:09 am | We’re about to arrange for Free Speech (leo) to be picked up as a prime suspect in Mr. Millers death. We may even get him and Walter to be able to rot in the same prison.
bo’s Nashville Cohorts had me arrested last year on false charges, so it is possible that they will do so again, but I have faith that good Patriots will continue to call the National Press and the offices of Senators Alexander and Corker and that we Patriots will prevail against this tyranny in Tennessee and others parts of America.

I recall reading that a Monroe County Sheriff Deputy who had threatened Mr. Miller was the primary suspect but was never charged. Now they are withholding the autopsy report.

The FBI should be investigating this murder. Gov Haslam should order the TBI to investigate as soon as he takes office. It is outrageous that the Republican Elections Commissioner was murdered and nothing is being done about it.

I would say that it is unbelievable that Darren Huff was charged when he clearly committed no crime, but having been arrested on false charges myself nothing that happens to Patriots in Tennessee surprises me anymore.

Even if you believe the bank teller who said that he said he was “going to take over the town,” I see no commission here, i.e., he clearly made no attempt to take over the town.

After reading this interview it becomes clear that BHO’s DHS attempted to manufacture a Waco-type attack on the citizens of Tennessee. All of the Tennessee officials who participated in this outlawry should be ashamed of themselves.

This interview should be sent to all of the National Press so that American Citizens know what happens to Patriots who travel to Tennessee.

BTW, Monroe County is on I-75 on the way to the Smokey Mountains. I have never traveled through that area of Tennessee and after reading about what happened to Darren Huff, I will not go near Monroe County and I advise all others to stay away as well.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is now in charge of the investigation. So far, Sheriff Bill Bivens has been tight lipped about the county election commissioner’s death.

Perhaps the reason for the sheriff’s silence is because the case is too close to home.

During a phone interview with 6 News Monday night, one of Bivens’ deputies revealed he is a suspect.

Kenny Hope said he was questioned by TBI agents over the weekend and says he was told he is a suspect in Miller’s death.

According to Forbes, the top 10 most dangerous cities are:

Tennessee also ranks 6th in the nation for rates of police misconduct

A 52-year-old Davidson County inmate who suffered from inflammation in his stomach and an untreated ulcer died last year from lack of medical care, claims a federal lawsuit filed Friday.

With a bloated stomach, Roy Glenn Hall Jr. was feeling ill while he sat in jail on May 24.

Hall was found unresponsive on the floor of his cell at the Criminal Justice Center on Second Avenue. He was not treated while he was in Davidson County Sheriff’s Office custody, even though medical staff was aware of his illness, the lawsuit states.

Wiki-gate Links of BO to WikiLeaks:

Then, in late 2008, documents show that Judge Eisenstein wanted to put Casey on staff using federal money, writing in a memo that Casey had proven himself “an excellent psychologist.” In that same document, the judge noted that Casey had previously “conducted weekly group therapy” for Mental Health Court defendants.

“You told the Department of Justice that he was an excellent psychologist. What gave you that idea?” NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked.

His lawyer says the judge later learned that Casey wasn’t licensed, although he felt that Casey could still be useful in other roles. Casey’s contract with the Mental Health Court Foundation — which began in February 2009 — is unclear on his exact duties.

But more than a year later, the Mental Health Court Foundation’s tax return — sworn to by the judge himself — listed Casey as “staff psychologist.”

“If you knew that he wasn’t licensed, why would you tell the IRS that he was your staff psychologist?” we asked again.

Still, the judge had nothing to say.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A laptop stolen in Chicago contained the names and Social Security numbers of more than 10,000 Tennesseans, and still none of the affected people has been notified.

Music City Center employees returned to work Monday morning to find four Metro-owned laptop computers had been stolen from a construction trailer over the weekend.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Davidson County voters are asking for answers after computers were stolen that contained Social Security numbers, but Channel 4 has had a tough time finding someone to discuss the issue.

Did bo cohort judge eisenstein LIE on STATEMENTS to the GOVERNMENT? Did Did bo cohort judge eisenstein COMMIT FEDERAL and STATE CRIMES?

“He literally said, ‘I am God in this courtroom. You’re going to do what I say you’re going to do,'” recalled Mental Health Court graduate Jessica Poe.

Under Tennessee law, it’s illegal for a person to present himself or let others present him as a “psychologist” — unless that person is indeed licensed by the state as a psychologist. It’s also illegal for them to provide “counseling, psychoanalysis [or] psychotherapy.”

Through an attorney, Eisenstein claimed he never hired Casey to do the work of a psychologist.

Then, in late 2008, documents show that Judge Eisenstein wanted to put Casey on staff using federal money, writing in a memo that Casey had proven himself “an excellent psychologist.” In that same document, the judge noted that Casey had previously “conducted weekly group therapy” for Mental Health Court defendants.

“You told the Department of Justice that he was an excellent psychologist. What gave you that idea?” NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked.

His lawyer says the judge later learned that Casey wasn’t licensed, although he felt that Casey could still be useful in other roles. Casey’s contract with the Mental Health Court Foundation — which began in February 2009 — is unclear on his exact duties.

But more than a year later, the Mental Health Court Foundation’s tax return — sworn to by the judge himself — listed Casey as “staff psychologist.”

“If you knew that he wasn’t licensed, why would you tell the IRS that he was your staff psychologist?” we asked again.

Still, the judge had nothing to say.

Then, in late 2008, documents show that Judge Eisenstein wanted to put Casey on staff using federal money, writing in a memo that Casey had proven himself “an excellent psychologist.” In that same document, the judge noted that Casey had previously “conducted weekly group therapy” for Mental Health Court defendants.

“You told the Department of Justice that he was an excellent psychologist. What gave you that idea?” NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked.

His lawyer says the judge later learned that Casey wasn’t licensed, although he felt that Casey could still be useful in other roles. Casey’s contract with the Mental Health Court Foundation — which began in February 2009 — is unclear on his exact duties.

But more than a year later, the Mental Health Court Foundation’s tax return — sworn to by the judge himself — listed Casey as “staff psychologist.”

“If you knew that he wasn’t licensed, why would you tell the IRS that he was your staff psychologist?” we asked again.

Still, the judge had nothing to say.

(Mar. 26, 2011) — Keith Richardson met with Special Agent Mark Shaffer (the duty agent) yesterday afternoon (Friday, 25 March 2011).

Keith reported to S/A Shaffer events that are part of the larger criminal enterprise now discovered in Tennessee State, and the United States more widely. Keith was sure to connect his experience to building reports to the FBI regarding the experiences of others in this state.

I know for a fact that the regime does this because they tried to lure me to Madisonville, TN for a false arrest. They even had one of their agents offer to drive all the way from Atlanta to Nashville to drive me to Madisonville to set me up for arrest along with Commander Fitzpatrick, who as we all know now, was unlawfully and inhumanely imprisoned for months in Madisonville.

The day after Cmdr Fitzpatrick’s arrest. A FBI agent showed up at my house. I saw him with his hand on his gun so I did not open the door. He left his card in my door. When I called him to question why he left his card in the door. He questioned me about Madisonville. Evidently he thought I had been lured over there.

Now they have agents trying to lure me to my old secluded farm house that I have not gone to, out of fear for my life, since before they arrested me on false charges and tried to kill me in 2009.

The regime routinely plants false evidence and entraps Patriots to frame them for “Domestic Terrorist” plots to further their assault on the Second Amendment. The Boston Massacre reeks of a regime false flag operation that was foiled when the Terrorists hired by Al Harbi went rogue and set off their bombs before the regime could come to the rescue and stop the “Domestic Terror” plot that they planned to blame on Patriots on Patriots’ Day.

The first thing to remember is that this is the task of the FBI these days. They use CIs, people with criminal charges hanging over their heads, to lure unsuspecting, often half-witted dupes into entrapment plots that the FBI can then foil and claim they saved us from a terrorist attack they themselves made. There are multiple examples of even the main stream media exposing this fact on both sides of the artificial ideological divide in the press. Greenwald and many others have written about this standard operating procedure of the FBI much better than I have and to more critical acclaim. But perhaps the most well known example of this being exposed even by the main stream is the Judge Napolitano segment on Fox News.

The Nashville District Attorney General’s office does not even investigate reports of child abuse – possibly child rape – or the promotion of terrorism.

NEW YORK, April 29, 2013 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –The human rights organization American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) has called upon government and law enforcement authorities to close three U.S. mosques that have been established as breeding grounds for jihad terror.

The call follows the issuance last week of AFDI’s 18-point Platform for Defending Freedom, which offered practical steps to protect the nation from jihad terror in the wake of the Boston jihad bombings.

Those 18 points included a call for “immediate investigation into foreign mosque funding in the West and for new legislation making foreign funding of mosques in non-Muslim nations illegal,” as well as for “surveillance of mosques and regular inspections of mosques in the U.S. and other non-Muslim nations to look for pro-violence materials. Any mosque advocating jihad or any aspects of Sharia that conflict with Constitutional freedoms and protections should be closed.”

AFDI Executive Director Pamela Geller said in a statement: “In accord with those calls for responsible law enforcement regarding subversive activities in U.S. mosques, we are asking that government and law enforcement officials launch immediate investigations into the Islamic Society of Boston, the Dar al-Hijrah Mosque of Fairfax County, Virginia, and the Noor Center of Columbus, Ohio.”

Geller emphasized: “These mosques are not unique. There are many others like them. But they are the tip of the spear. It is time that our officials demand that they obey American laws, or be held accountable for not doing so.”

The reasons for the calls for closure include:

Islamic Society of Boston (two mosques, one in Cambridge and one in Boston)

•Founded by Abdulrahman Alamoudi, who served as its first president. He is now in prison for financing al-Qaeda.
•Aafia Siddiqui attended this mosque. She is now serving an 86-year-sentence for plotting a jihad attack in New York City, and firing at military officers and FBI agents when under arrest.
•Tarek Mehanna attended this mosque. He is now serving 17 years in prison for conspiring to aid al-Qaeda.
•Ahmad Abousamra attended this mosque. He was Mehanna’s co-conspirator. He fled to Syria and is wanted by the FBI.
•Jamal Badawi of Canada was a former trustee of the Islamic Society of Boston Trust. He was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation Hamas terror funding trial.
•Yusuf al Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader who has praised Hitler and called on Muslims to finish his work, was a mosque trustee and has addressed congregants via recorded video message to raise money for the Boston mosque.
•Yasir Qadhi, who lectured at the Boston mosque in April 2009, has advocated replacing U.S. democracy with Islamic rule and called Christians “filthy” polytheists whose “life and prosperity … holds no value in the state of Jihad.”
•Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon jihad bombers, attended the Cambridge mosque.

The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, Fairfax County, Virginia.

•The Saudi-backed North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), a Muslim Brotherhood group, bought the mosque’s grounds in 1983.
•Mohammed al-Hanooti, the mosque’s imam from 1995-1999, was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
•Anwar al-Awlaki, the mosque’s imam from 2001-2002, has extensive contact with three 9/11 hijackers, the Fort Hood jihad murderer, and the Christmas underwear bomber.
•Johari Abdul-Malik, the mosque’s director of outreach from 2002 to the present, has defended Abdulrahman Alamoudi, who is in prison for financing al-Qaeda.
•Ahmed Omar Abu Ali taught Islamic studies and was a camp counselor at the mosque he is now in prison for plotting to assassinate President George W. Bush.
•Shaker Elsayed, the mosque’s imam from 2005 to the present, was Secretary General of the Muslim American Society, a Muslim Brotherhood group.
•Nidal Malik Hasan, the Fort Hood jihad mass murderer, attended this mosque.
•Abdelhaleem Hasan Abdelraziq Ashqar, a member of the mosque’s Executive Committee, was convicted in November 2007 of contempt and obstruction of justice for refusing to testify regarding Hamas, and received an eleven-year prison sentence.

Noor Mosque, Columbus, Ohio

•The leader of the mosque, Dr. Hany Saqr, was previously an imam for another area mosque which at that time was the base of operations for the largest known Al-Qaeda cell in the U.S. since 9/11, including convicted jihadists Iyman Faris, Nuradin Abdi, and Christopher Paul. Saqr is one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America.
•Dr. Salah Sultan was the mosque’s unofficial scholar in residence. A protégé of Qaradawi, Sultan is now in the Middle East and has appeared on Egyptian television approvingly quoting the genocidal hadith about how the end times will not come until Muslims kill Jews, and previously appeared at events in support of Hamas and Qaradawi.
•The Noor Center has been directly linked to the Somali Muslims who have gone from the U.S. back to Somali for jihad terror training.
•Siraj Wahhaj, a friend of the Blind Sheikh and a potential unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, has spoken at the Noor Mosque.
•Mosque members threatened the life of Rifqa Bary, a teenage girl who left Islam for Christianity.

•The freedom of speech – as opposed to Islamic prohibitions of “blasphemy” and “slander,” which are used effectively to quash honest discussion of jihad and Islamic supremacism
•The freedom of conscience – as opposed to the Islamic death penalty for apostasy
•The equality of rights of all people before the law – as opposed to Sharia’s institutionalized discrimination against women and non-Muslims.

The Nashville District Attorney General’s office does not even investigate reports of child abuse – possibly child rape – or the promotion of terrorism.

How Citizens can use our Grand Jury Process to control our Government and Clean up Corruption in government:

1) Advertise and Promote the Fact that you are forming a Grand Jury in Blogs, Local Newspapers and Community Organizations.

2) Form the Grand Jury and select a Foreman.

3) Select a Private Attorney General to make Presentments to Grand Jury, if local DA refuses to make presentments.

4) Select a convenient Meeting Place.

5) Communicate with all Citizens who have criminal information to present.

6) Schedule presentments by said Citizens.

7) Subpoena documents from Government Offices and Officials.

8) Schedule presentment of said Documents to Grand Jury by Grand Jury Attorney General.

9) Have Grand Jury Attorney General present said Documents to Grand Jury.

10) After investigation and deliberation is completed, vote and issue a True Bill (Indictment) or No True Bill.

11) Serve the Indictment on the Judiciary
at Court House News Conferences for the Issuance of Arrest Warrants.

ATTENTION: Grand Jury Attorney Generals
When indicting B. Hussein Obama and his co-conspirators be sure to add counts of Voter Fraud in the elections in your local County of B. Hussein Obama in your indictments and list B. Hussein Obama as a co-conspirator in every indictment.

Listed below are the Ninety Three Articles of Impeachment.

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

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 “logistical troops.” 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 – against the consult of his experienced field commanders – 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’s Failure to enforce U.S. law, the Defense of Marriage Act. He’s 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) – 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 “repel invasions” 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 – 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’s power of judicial review with a preemptive striking against justices who might contemplate an unfavorable ruling on ObamaCare.

14.”Open Mic ” gaffe in which he explained Russian President Dimitri Medvedev that he’d have more “flexibility” to sacrifice American security after his re-election

15. Occidental College Transcripts Reveals Obama Claimed Foreign Citizenship to Get Scholarship?

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

17. Obama’s offer of a seat at the table for our avowed enemy the Taliban

18. Barack Hussein Obama’s Ineligibility to be POTUS because he was born in Kenya

19. Obama and his Administration leaking previously classified information about our intelligence communities’ efforts to slow down Iran’s 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..

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, “something forbidden by the Camp David Accords”

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

26. Obama apologizing on 9/11 day to our sworn Islamist enemies, the Salafists, the same day these terrorists massacred the American Ambassador and three other American officials in the Benghazi Embassy, Libya. and ramsacked and looted the Cairo Embassy in Egypt.

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 Can we trust Pres. who games system – 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’

34. Obama’s Illegal Foreign Campaign money.

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’s minority students. They routed the money to Obama’s 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.

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’s efforts to bring the US under the UN’s 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’s 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…

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’s homeland of Kenya move to a communist nation where the freedom of speech, private property rights, and other rights are subservient to “social justice”. 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 and taxpayer money to do so. He repeated this with AttackWatch.

50. Obama ran a website that asked Americans to report on other Americans, in the area of ObamaKare, using 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, “Cornhusker Kickback”, “Louisiana Purchase” and the DoI increasing water allocations toCalifornia’sCentral 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’s 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.

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’s 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’s 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 “reinterpreting” 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.

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: “No. I reject the Bush Administration’s claim that the President has plenary authority under the U.S. Constitution to detainU.S.citizens without charges as unlawful enemy combatants.”

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. “No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law.” 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’ll all be Obomobots) Violates policy.

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.

81. Obama deliberately interfering in the elections of our chief ally in the Middle East, Israel to try and influence the result.

82. Obama supplying the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt with F16 Jets and 220 Abram Tanks, sworn enemies of the USA and our Chief Ally Israel.

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

84. Obama nominating Chuck Hagel, a sworn enemy of our Chief Ally Israel, to be Secretary of Defense

85. Obama and Holder breaking Constitutional Law, by introducing Drone attacks on Americans.

86. Obama is using his Executive Decree to allow 80,000 Muslims to enter America next year, and 100,000 Muslims for the next five years.

87. The Obama administration failed to enforce a century-old law meant to prevent immigrants from taking root in the U.S. only to live on the government dole

88. The Obama administration’s release of hundreds and potentially thousands of illegal-alien criminals from U.S. detention centers

89. The sequester is actually a plot by Obama to cut defense spending and transfer money to “ACORN-like” groups that would help elect Democratic candidates.

90. The Obama administration’s allegedly revealing his political opponents’ private tax information to the media.

91. Obama allowing the third Saudi Bomber in Boston be deported to Saudi Arabia – Arch Terrorist Osama Bin Laden’s son

92. Obama Will Not Charge Boston Jihad Bombers as Enemy Combatants

93. White House Link to Illegal Taping of Sen. McConnell

This thread is almost 3 years old.

Better here than on the more recent threads, at least for those of us who HATE wading through your blabbering.

citizenwells | May 3, 2013 at 9:57 am |
Don’t know if I ever told you but I contacted the TN Judiciary Committee.

Free Speech | May 3, 2013 at 10:14 am |
citizenwells | May 3, 2013 at 9:57 am |

Don’t know if I ever told you but I contacted the TN Judiciary Committee.

I did not know. I was falsely imprisoned at the time and you don’t get much information while falsely imprisoned in the Nashville Jail.

My wife did bring me the article about Gloria dumas being under investigation and I was overjoyed by that news. Later dan Eisenstein came under investigation and the Nashville Police Chief who conspired with my neighbors to bring false charges against me was forced out of Nashville after the Nashville Press began to expose Serpas for fraudulently reporting crime stats.

Obama’s Social Security Disability policy busting Calif. general fund

Here’s the dirty secret of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 tax increase of $8.5 billion. Most of it would not go to education, as advertised. Instead, it indirectly would go to plugging a gaping budget hole created by the Obama Administration’s policy of taking people off unemployment rolls and putting them on permanent disability benefits. The Obama policy blew a $11.7 billion budget hole in California’s budget.

The Obama Administration’s loosened eligibility requirements for Social Security Disability have swelled the number of those on Medicaid in California. It is Obama’s relaxed requirements for Social Security Disability — put into place by Obama Administration appointees and coupled with declining federal funds — that is busting the California general fund budget at this time.

Medicaid in California has grown $27.1 to $38.8 billion, an $11.7 billion increase over just the last five years.

From 2007 to 2011, state general fund revenues have gone from $102.9 billion to $92.5 billion, a $10.4 billion decline.

However, federal funds for California have gone from $56.2 billion to $78.7 billion over the same period, a $22.5 billion per year increase.

The total combined general fund and federal fund revenues have gone from $129.1 to $165.3 billion from 2007 to 2012, a $36.2 billion increase. Federal funds have increased 25 percent over the last 5 years.

Trend in Medicaid & K-12 Funding 2007 to 2011 — Billions $ and Percent

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Percent Medicaid of Fed. Funds $27.148.2% $33.6
$39.233.2% $38.849.3% N/A
Percent K-12 of Gen. Fund $27.827% $36.1
$37.943.5% $36.139.5% $33.038.2% N/A
Gen. Fund Revenues $102.9 $90.9 $87.2 $91.5 $86.5 $92.5
Fed. FundRevenues $56.2 $73.0 $89.0 $84.7 $78.7 $72.8
Total Gen. & Fed. Fund Revenues $129.1 $163.9 $176.2 $176.2 $165.2 $165.3
Percent Medicaid of Gen.Fund & Fed. Funds $27.121% $33.620.5% $38.822% $39.222.25% $38.823.5% N/A
Source: California Department of Finance

Statistics for the number of recipients or amount of expenditures for SS Disability in California for 2012 are not available. Nonetheless, the state budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year indicates a decline of $30.1 billion in federal funds and a $6.0 billion increase in the state general fund. The net effect on the combined general fund and federal funds is a $24.1 billion decline in total revenues for 2012-13 — see Table 2 below.

No Apparent Need for New Tax for K-12 Education

California population grew from 36,207,622 in 2007 to 37,691,912 in 2011. This indicates 1,484,290 more people over the last four years, for an annual compound growth rate of less than 1 percent (0.8 percent) per year. Population was over-estimated by demographers by 1.2 million people during the last decade because they expected more people to move in and fewer to move out.

Hispanics represent the largest group of new arrivals. The number of white children dropped 21 percent in the last 10 years. As Dowell Myers, a demographer at the University of Southern California, has stated, slow growth will make it easier for state officials to plan in an era of budget deficits.

Concurrently, K-12 education funding increased $5.2 billion from 2007 to 2011. The percentage of funding out of the general fund for K-12 education rose 18.7 percent. But that is a statistical fluke due to the total dollars in the annual general fund budget declining by $16.4 billion from 2007 to 2011.

The number of children enrolled in K-12 public education declined over the last five years by nearly 1 percent (0.98 percent), or 61,265 children. It is not apparent that California needs a new tax for K-12 public schools that would equate to about a 9 percent increase in general fund revenues.

Brown’s Tax Increase Would Plug Rising Medicaid Costs

Brown’s 2012-13 state budget is predicated on an expected $8.5 billion in new taxes from Proposition 30 on the November ballot. It now appears that most of Brown’s tax increase would really have to go toward plugging the increase in Medicaid costs due to Obama’s SS Disability policies.

Brown is claiming that 89 percent of Prop. 30’s funds would go to K-12 schools and 11 percent to community colleges. But budget line items are fungible or interchangeable. So by funding $8.5 billion to K-12 schools and community colleges, this frees up an equal amount of funds to be allocated elsewhere — such as to Medicaid.

But Prop. 30 could not be easily sold to the voters if they knew that the tax increase would indirectly go to funding Medicaid. So like in a pea shell game, Brown has switched, to public education rather than Medicaid, the public perception of what shell his $8.5 billion tax is under.

Loose SS Disability Rules Led to Rise in Recipients

The eligibility requirements for Social Security Disability may not be an official policy of the Obama Administration. But Obama’s appointed program heads have interpreted its policies for nearly three years. Relaxed eligibility rules have led to a large increase in SS Disability recipients.

According to, the Social Security Administration shifted to placing more weight on self-reported pain, loosened screening of mental illness, and now accepts evidence from the applicant’s own doctor. Mental illness recipients grew from 16 percent in 1983 to 33 percent in 2010. Back pain awards grew from 13 to 28 percent. Over half of SS Disability recipients are considered mentally ill or have back pain.

In 2008, when Obama was elected, there were 7.2 million adults age 18 to 64 on Social Security disability. By 2011, there were 8.7 million, for an increase of 1.5 million — reflecting a 20.8 percent jump. Parking 1.5 million formerly employable people on SS Disability has lowered the official national and California unemployment rates. This is a strategy borrowed from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair when he came into office in 1997 to make the unemployment rate look better.

This tactic is helping the image of the Obama Administration by lowering the public perception of the unemployment rate. But it is ending up busting California’s general fund budget. This fact has been quietly kept under the radar in California up to now. Voters are more likely to vote for “school children” than those put on disability, with easily feigned mental illness and back pain to cover up a higher unemployment rate than is being shown.

A look at the California state general fund budget from 2007 to 2012 indicates that a $46.7 billion increase in federal funds has mostly plugged the rise in Medicaid costs from 2007 to 2011. But in 2012-13, federal funds will decline by more than $30 billion. This will make it difficult to fund an $11.7 billion increase in Medicaid costs resulting from the Obama administration’s shift of the unemployed to the Social Security permanent disability program.

Brown has ended up being a political water carrier for Obama’s policy to artificially reduce the unemployment rate by shifting people to permanent SS Disability, resulting a hole in California’s general fund budget. The Obama administration should now be compelled to own up to a budget deficit they created and go to the well of the federal treasury rather than the California taxpayer to finance it.

Effect of Obama-Cal Policy on Swing State Elections

Voters in those key swing states in the upcoming national election need to know that it has been the Obama administration’s policies to reduce the perceived unemployment rate in California with an $11.7 billion per year increase in SS Disability payments. Swing states have been subsidizing California to the tune of $11.7 billion over the past 5 years for new lax SS Disability payments for mental illness and back pain may bear on the mental calculation that voters make for who shall be the next president.

Medicaid & K-12 Education as Share of State General Fund — 2007 to 2011

Aaron Clarey talks about my new book

I was just getting around to reading some of the Archie comics digests that I’d purchased over the past few years, and I came across this panel from issue #64 of World of Archie Comics Double Digest:

Since the digests are reprints of older stories, the original story was almost certainly published many years (or even decades) before anyone had ever heard of Barack Obama.

I’m not sure when or in which issue this story was originally published. My guess is that it’s from the late 1970s or early 1980s.

Also, since this is a modern day reprint of an older story, they edited the text to remove Svenson’s Swedish accent. This alteration is an unfortunate symptom of today’s political correctness. Decades ago, the whole point of the Svenson character was his accent. Without it, all of his personality is gone.

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A portrait shot of a serious looking middle-aged African-American male (Barack Obama) looking straight ahead. He has short black hair, and is wearing a dark navy blazer with a blue striped tie over a light blue collared shirt. In the background are two flags hanging from separate flagpoles: an American flag, and one from the Executive Office of the President.

44th President of the United States
Assumed office
January 20, 2009
Vice President Joe Biden
Preceded by George W. Bush
United States Senator
from Illinois
In office
January 3, 2005 – November 16, 2008
Preceded by Peter Fitzgerald
Succeeded by Roland Burris
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 13th district
In office
January 8, 1997 – November 4, 2004
Preceded by Alice Palmer
Succeeded by Kwame Raoul
Born August 4, 1961 (1961-08-04) (age 49)[1]
Honolulu, Hawaii[2]
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Michelle Robinson Obama
Children Malia
Residence White House (official)
Chicago, Illinois (private)
Alma mater Occidental College
Columbia University
Harvard University
Profession Community organizer
Constitutional law professor
Religion Christianity[3]
Signature Barack Obama
Website The White House
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Background · Illinois Senate · U.S. Senate · Political positions · Public image · Family · 2008 primaries · Obama–Biden campaign · Transition · Inauguration · Electoral history · Presidency (Timeline '09 '10, First 100 days) · 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

Barack Hussein Obama II (Listeni /bəˈrɑːk huːˈseɪn oʊˈbɑːmə/ born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. Obama previously served as a United States Senator from Illinois, from January 2005 until he resigned after his election to the presidency in November 2008.

A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004.

Obama served three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. Following an unsuccessful bid against a Democratic incumbent for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, he ran for United States Senate in 2004.[4] Several events brought him to national attention during the campaign, including his victory in the March 2004 Democratic primary and his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004. He won election to the U.S. Senate in November 2004. His presidential campaign began in February 2007, and after a close campaign in the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries against Hillary Rodham Clinton, he won his party's nomination. In the 2008 general election, he defeated Republican nominee John McCain and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009.

As president, Obama signed economic stimulus legislation in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February 2009 and the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 in December 2010. Other domestic policy initiatives include the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – a major piece of health care reform legislation which he signed into law in March 2010 – and the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which forms part of his financial regulatory reform efforts, which he signed in July 2010. In foreign policy, Obama gradually withdrew combat troops from Iraq, increased troop levels in Afghanistan, and signed an arms control treaty with Russia. In October 2009, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

* 1 Early life and career
o 1.1 Chicago community organizer and Harvard Law School
o 1.2 University of Chicago Law School and civil rights attorney
* 2 Legislative career: 1997�
o 2.1 State Senator: 1997�
o 2.2 U.S. Senate campaign
o 2.3 U.S. Senator: 2005�
+ 2.3.1 Legislation
+ 2.3.2 Committees
* 3 Presidential campaign: 2008
* 4 Presidency
o 4.1 First days
o 4.2 Domestic policy
+ 4.2.1 Economic policy
+ 4.2.2 Health care reform
+ 4.2.3 Gulf of Mexico oil spill
o 4.3 Foreign and defense policy
+ 4.3.1 Iraq war
+ 4.3.2 War in Afghanistan
o 4.4 2010 midterm election
o 4.5 Cultural and political image
* 5 Family and personal life
o 5.1 Religious views
* 6 Notes
* 7 References
* 8 Further reading
* 9 External links

Early life and career
Main article: Early life and career of Barack Obama

Obama was born August 4, 1961, at Kapi'olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii.[5][6] His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was born in Wichita, Kansas, of mostly English, some German,[7][8][9] and Irish descent.[10] His great-great-great grandfather hailed from County Offaly.[11] His father, Barack Obama, Sr., was a Luo from Nyang’oma Kogelo, Nyanza Province, Kenya. Obama is the first President to have been born in Hawaii.[12][13] Obama's parents met in 1960 in a Russian language class at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, where his father was a foreign student on scholarship.[14][15] The couple married on February 2, 1961,[16] but separated when Obama Sr. went to Harvard University on scholarship, and divorced in 1964.[15] Obama Sr. remarried and returned to Kenya, visiting Barack in Hawaii only once, in 1971. He died in an automobile accident in 1982.[17]

After her divorce, Dunham married Indonesian student Lolo Soetoro, who was attending college in Hawaii. When Suharto, a military leader in Soetoro's home country, came to power in 1967, all Indonesian students studying abroad were recalled, and the family moved to the Menteng neighborhood of Jakarta.[18][19] From ages six to ten, Obama attended local schools in Jakarta, including Besuki Public School and St. Francis of Assisi School.[20][21]

In 1971, Obama returned to Honolulu to live with his maternal grandparents, Madelyn and Stanley Armour Dunham, and attended Punahou School, a private college preparatory school, from the fifth grade until his graduation from high school in 1979.[22] Obama's mother returned to Hawaii in 1972, remaining there until 1977 when she went back to Indonesia to work as an anthropological field worker. She finally returned to Hawaii in 1994 and lived there for one year, before dying of ovarian cancer.[23]
A young boy possibly in his early teens, a younger girl (about age 5), a grown woman and an elderly man, sit on a lawn wearing contemporary circa-1970 attire. The adults wear sunglasses and the boy wears sandals.
Barack Obama and half-sister Maya Soetoro, with their mother Ann Dunham and grandfather Stanley Dunham, in Hawaii (early 1970s)

Of his early childhood, Obama recalled, "That my father looked nothing like the people around me—that he was black as pitch, my mother white as milk—barely registered in my mind."[24] He described his struggles as a young adult to reconcile social perceptions of his multiracial heritage.[25] Reflecting later on his formative years in Honolulu, Obama wrote: "The opportunity that Hawaii offered—to experience a variety of cultures in a climate of mutual respect—became an integral part of my world view, and a basis for the values that I hold most dear."[26] Obama has also written and talked about using alcohol, marijuana and cocaine during his teenage years to "push questions of who I was out of my mind."[27] At the 2008 Civil Forum on the Presidency, Obama identified his high-school drug use as a great moral failure.[28]

Following high school, Obama moved to Los Angeles in 1979 to attend Occidental College.[29] In February 1981, he made his first public speech, calling for Occidental's divestment from South Africa.[29] In mid-1981, Obama traveled to Indonesia to visit his mother and sister Maya, and visited the families of college friends in India and Pakistan for three weeks.[29]

Later in 1981 he transferred to Columbia University in New York City, where he majored in political science with a specialty in international relations[30] and graduated with a B.A. in 1983. He worked for a year at the Business International Corporation,[31][32] then at the New York Public Interest Research Group.[33][34]
Chicago community organizer and Harvard Law School

After four years in New York City, Obama was hired in Chicago as director of the Developing Communities Project (DCP), a church-based community organization originally comprising eight Catholic parishes in Greater Roseland (Roseland, West Pullman and Riverdale) on Chicago's far South Side. He worked there as a community organizer from June 1985 to May 1988.[33][35] During his three years as the DCP's director, its staff grew from one to thirteen and its annual budget grew from US$70,000 ($142,911 in 2010) to US$400,000 ($742,647 in 2010). He helped set up a job training program, a college preparatory tutoring program, and a tenants' rights organization in Altgeld Gardens.[36] Obama also worked as a consultant and instructor for the Gamaliel Foundation, a community organizing institute.[37] In mid-1988, he traveled for the first time in Europe for three weeks and then for five weeks in Kenya, where he met many of his paternal relatives for the first time.[38] He returned in August 2006 for a visit to his father's birthplace, a village near Kisumu in rural western Kenya.[39]

In late 1988, Obama entered Harvard Law School. He was selected as an editor of the Harvard Law Review at the end of his first year,[40] and president of the journal in his second year.[41] During his summers, he returned to Chicago, where he worked as a summer associate at the law firms of Sidley Austin in 1989 and Hopkins & Sutter in 1990.[42] After graduating with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) magna cum laude[43] from Harvard in 1991, he returned to Chicago.[40] Obama's election as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review gained national media attention[41] and led to a publishing contract and advance for a book about race relations,[44] which evolved into a personal memoir. The manuscript was published in mid-1995 as Dreams from My Father.[44]
University of Chicago Law School and civil rights attorney

In 1991, Obama accepted a two-year position as Visiting Law and Government Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School to work on his first book.[45] He then served as a professor at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years—as a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996, and as a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004—teaching constitutional law.[46]

From April to October 1992, Obama directed Illinois's Project Vote, a voter registration drive with ten staffers and seven hundred volunteer registrars it achieved its goal of registering 150,000 of 400,000 unregistered African Americans in the state, and led to Crain's Chicago Business naming Obama to its 1993 list of "40 under Forty" powers to be.[47] In 1993 he joined Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, a 13-attorney law firm specializing in civil rights litigation and neighborhood economic development, where he was an associate for three years from 1993 to 1996, then of counsel from 1996 to 2004, with his law license becoming inactive in 2002.[48]

From 1994 to 2002, Obama served on the boards of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago, which in 1985 had been the first foundation to fund the Developing Communities Project, and of the Joyce Foundation.[33] He served on the board of directors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge from 1995 to 2002, as founding president and chairman of the board of directors from 1995 to 1999.[33]
Legislative career: 1997�
State Senator: 1997�
Main article: Illinois Senate career of Barack Obama

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.[49] Once elected, Obama gained bipartisan support for legislation reforming ethics and health care laws.[50] He sponsored a law increasing tax credits for low-income workers, negotiated welfare reform, and promoted increased subsidies for childcare.[51] 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.[52]

Obama was reelected to the Illinois Senate in 1998, defeating Republican Yesse Yehudah in the general election, and was reelected again in 2002.[53] 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.[54]

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.[55] 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.[51][56] 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.[57] Obama resigned from the Illinois Senate in November 2004 following his election to the U.S. Senate.[58]
U.S. Senate campaign
See also: United States Senate election in Illinois, 2004

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.[59]

Obama was an early opponent of the George W. Bush administration's 2003 invasion of Iraq.[60] On October 2, 2002, the day President Bush and Congress agreed on the joint resolution authorizing the Iraq War,[61] Obama addressed the first high-profile Chicago anti-Iraq War rally,[62] and spoke out against the war.[63] He addressed another anti-war rally in March 2003 and told the crowd that "it's not too late" to stop the war.[64]

Decisions by Republican incumbent Peter Fitzgerald and his Democratic predecessor Carol Moseley Braun not to contest the race resulted in wide-open Democratic and Republican primary contests involving fifteen candidates.[65] 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.[66]

In July 2004, Obama delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts,[67] and it was seen by 9.1 million viewers. His speech was well received and elevated his status within the Democratic Party.[68]

Obama's expected opponent in the general election, Republican primary winner Jack Ryan, withdrew from the race in June 2004.[69] Six weeks later, Alan Keyes accepted the Illinois Republican Party's nomination to replace Ryan.[70] In the November 2004 general election, Obama won with 70% of the vote.[71]
U.S. Senator: 2005�
Main article: United States Senate career of Barack Obama
Obama delivering a speech at the University of Southern California, on October 28, 2006.

Obama was sworn in as a senator on January 4, 2005,[72] at which time he became the only Senate member of the Congressional Black Caucus.[73] CQ Weekly characterized him as a "loyal Democrat" based on analysis of all Senate votes in 2005�. The National Journal ranked him among the "most liberal" senators during 2005 through 2007[74] (the ranking has been criticized by liberal groups such as Media Matters for America[75][76]). He enjoyed high popularity as senator with a 72% approval in Illinois.[77] 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.[78]
See also: List of bills sponsored by Barack Obama in the United States Senate
A man with glasses and Obama sit and hold a sheet of paper. Obama points at the paper and talks. Both men wear dark suits and ties.
Senate bill sponsors Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Obama discussing the Coburn–Obama Transparency Act[79]

Obama cosponsored the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act.[80] He introduced two initiatives bearing his name: Lugar–Obama, which expanded the Nunn–Lugar cooperative threat reduction concept to conventional weapons,[81] and the Coburn–Obama Transparency Act, which authorized the establishment of, a web search engine on federal spending.[82] 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.[83]

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.[84] 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.[85]
Gray-haired man and Obama stand, wearing casual polo shirts. Obama wears sunglasses and holds something slung over his right sholder.
Obama and U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) visit a Russian mobile launch missile dismantling facility in August 2005.[86]

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.[87] 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.[88] Obama also introduced Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act, a bill to criminalize deceptive practices in federal elections,[89] and the Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007,[90] 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.[91] This amendment passed the full Senate in the spring of 2008.[92] 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.[93] 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.[94]

Obama held assignments on the Senate Committees for Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works and Veterans' Affairs through December 2006.[95] 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.[96] He also became Chairman of the Senate's subcommittee on European Affairs.[97] 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 Authority, and gave a speech at the University of Nairobi condemning corruption within the Kenyan government.[98]
Presidential campaign: 2008
Main articles: United States presidential election, 2008, Barack Obama presidential primary campaign, 2008, and Barack Obama presidential campaign, 2008
Obama stands on stage with his family. They wave.
Obama stands on stage with his wife and two daughters just before announcing his presidential candidacy in Springfield, Illinois, Feb. 10, 2007.

On February 10, 2007, Obama announced his candidacy for president of the United States in front of the Old State Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois.[99][100][101] The choice of the announcement site was viewed as symbolic[99][102] because it was also where Abraham Lincoln delivered his historic "House Divided" speech in 1858.[101] Obama emphasized the issues of rapidly ending the Iraq War, increasing energy independence, and providing universal health care,[103] in a campaign that projected themes of "hope" and "change".[104]
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Obama delivers his presidential election victory speech in Chicago's Grant Park.
A large number of candidates entered the Democratic Party presidential primaries. The field narrowed to a duel between Obama and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton after early contests, with the race remaining close throughout the primary process but with Obama gaining a steady lead in pledged delegates due to better long-range planning, superior fundraising, dominant organizing in caucus states, and better exploitation of delegate allocation rules.[105] Clinton ended her campaign and endorsed him on June 7, 2008.[106]

Obama announced on August 23 that he had selected Delaware Senator Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate,[107] from a field speculated to include Senator Evan Bayh and Virginia Governor Tim Kaine.[108] At the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, Hillary Clinton called for her delegates and supporters to endorse Obama, and she and Bill Clinton gave convention speeches in support of Obama.[109] Obama delivered his acceptance speech, not at the convention center where the Democratic National Convention was held,[110] but at Invesco Field at Mile High to a crowd of over 75,000[111] and presented his policy goals the speech was viewed by over 38 million people worldwide.[112]
Obama meets with Bush in the Oval Office. Both sit at a distance in front of the presidential desk with their legs crossed and their backs on an angle toward the camera. They sit at right angles to each other.
President George W. Bush meets with President-Elect Obama in the Oval Office on November 10, 2008.

During both the primary process and the general election, Obama's campaign set numerous fundraising records, particularly in the quantity of small donations.[113] On June 19, 2008, Obama became the first major-party presidential candidate to turn down public financing in the general election since the system was created in 1976.[114]

McCain was nominated as the Republican candidate and the two engaged in three presidential debates in September and October 2008.[115] On November 4, Obama won the presidency by winning 365 electoral votes to 173 received by McCain,[116] capturing 52.9% of the popular vote to McCain's 45.7%,[117] to become the first African American[118] to be elected president. Obama delivered his victory speech before hundreds of thousands of supporters in Chicago's Grant Park.[119]
Main article: Presidency of Barack Obama
See also: Confirmations of Barack Obama's Cabinet and List of presidential trips made by Barack Obama
First days
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The inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President, and Joe Biden as Vice President, took place on January 20, 2009. In his first few days in office Obama issued executive orders and presidential memoranda directing the U.S. military to develop plans to withdraw troops from Iraq,[120] and ordered the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp "as soon as practicable and no later than" January 2010.[121] Obama also reduced the secrecy given to presidential records[122] and changed procedures to promote disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.[123] The president also reversed George W. Bush's ban on federal funding to foreign establishments that allow abortions.[124]
Domestic policy
Barack Obama takes the oath of office as President of the United States.

The first bill signed into law by Obama was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, relaxing the statute of limitations for equal-pay lawsuits.[125] Five days later, he signed the reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to cover an additional 4 million children currently uninsured.[126]

In March 2009, Obama reversed a Bush-era policy which had limited funding of embryonic stem cell research. Obama stated that he believed "sound science and moral values. are not inconsistent" and pledged to develop "strict guidelines" on the research.[127]

Obama appointed two women to serve on the Supreme Court in the first two years of his Presidency. Sonia Sotomayor, nominated by Obama on May 26, 2009, to replace retiring Associate Justice David Souter, was confirmed on August 6, 2009,[128] becoming the first Hispanic to be a Supreme Court Justice.[129] Elena Kagan, nominated by Obama on May 10, 2010, to replace retiring Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, was confirmed on August 5, 2010, bringing the number of women sitting simultaneously on the Court to three, for the first time in American history.[130]

On September 30, 2009, the Obama administration proposed new regulations on power plants, factories and oil refineries in an attempt to limit greenhouse gas emissions and to curb global warming.[131][132]

On October 8, 2009, Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a measure that expands the 1969 United States federal hate-crime law to include crimes motivated by a victim's actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.[133][134][135]

On March 30, 2010, Obama signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, a reconciliation bill which ends the process of the federal government giving subsidies to private banks to give out federally insured loans, increases the Pell Grant scholarship award, and makes changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[136][137][138][139]

In a major space policy speech in April 2010, Obama announced a planned change in direction at NASA, the U.S. space agency. He ended plans for a return of manned spaceflight to the moon and ended development of the Ares I rocket, Ares V rocket and Constellation program. He is focusing funding (which is expected to rise modestly) on Earth science projects and a new rocket type, as well as research and development for an eventual manned mission to Mars. Missions to the International Space Station are expected to continue until 2020.[140]
Economic policy

On February 17, 2009, Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a $787 billion economic stimulus package aimed at helping the economy recover from the deepening worldwide recession.[141] The act includes increased federal spending for health care, infrastructure, education, various tax breaks and incentives, and direct assistance to individuals,[142] which is being distributed over the course of several years.
President Barack Obama signs the ARRA into law on February 17, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. Vice President Joe Biden stands behind him.

In March, Obama's Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, took further steps to manage the financial crisis, including introducing the Public-Private Investment Program for Legacy Assets, which contains provisions for buying up to $2 trillion in depreciated real estate assets.[143]

Obama intervened in the troubled automotive industry[144] in March 2009, renewing loans for General Motors and Chrysler to continue operations while reorganizing. Over the following months the White House set terms for both firms' bankruptcies, including the sale of Chrysler to Italian automaker Fiat[145] and a reorganization of GM giving the U.S. government a temporary 60% equity stake in the company, with the Canadian government shouldering a 12% stake.[146] In June 2009, dissatisfied with the pace of economic stimulus, Obama called on his cabinet to accelerate the investment.[147] He signed into law the Car Allowance Rebate System, known colloquially as "Cash for Clunkers", that had mixed results.[148][149][150]

Although spending and loan guarantees from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department authorized by the Bush and Obama administrations totaled about $11.5 trillion, only $3 trillion had actually been spent by the end of November 2009.[151] However, Obama and the Congressional Budget Office predict that the 2010 budget deficit will be $1.5 trillion or 10.6% of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP) compared to the 2009 deficit of $1.4 trillion or 9.9% of GDP.[152][153] For 2011, the administration predicted the deficit will slightly shrink to $1.34, while the 10-year deficit will increase to $8.53 trillion or 80% of GDP.[154]

Unemployment numbers rose briefly to as high as 10.1% in October 2009 (the highest since 1983)[155] before decreasing to 9.5% in June 2010.[156] In the first quarter of 2010, the U.S. economy expanded at a 2.7% pace[157] after growing at its fastest rate in six years in the fourth quarter, 5.7%.[158] In July 2010, the Federal Reserve expressed that although economic activity continued to increase, its pace had slowed and its Chairman, Ben Bernanke, stated that the economic outlook was "unusually uncertain."[159]

The Congressional Budget Office and a broad range of economists credit Obama's stimulus plan for economic growth.[160][161] The CBO released a report stating that the stimulus bill increased employment by 1𔃀.1 million,[162][163][164][165] while conceding that "It is impossible to determine how many of the reported jobs would have existed in the absence of the stimulus package."[166] Although an April 2010 survey of members of the National Association for Business Economics showed an increase in job creation (over a similar January survey) for the first time in two years, 73% of the 68 respondents believed that the stimulus bill has had no impact on employment.[167]

Within a month of the 2010 midterm elections, Obama announced a compromise deal with the Congressional Republican leadership that included a temporary, two-year extension of the 2001 and 2003 income tax rates, a one-year payroll tax reduction, continuation of unemployment benefits, and a new rate and exemption amount for estate taxes.[168] The compromise overcome opposition from some in both parties, and the resulting $858 billion Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 passed with bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress before Obama signed it on December 17, 2010.[169]
Health care reform
Main article: Health care reform in the United States
Obama signs bill at desk while others look on.
Barack Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House, March 23, 2010.

Obama called for Congress to pass legislation reforming health care in the United States, a key campaign promise and a top legislative goal.[170] He proposed an expansion of health insurance coverage to cover the uninsured, to cap premium increases, and to allow people to retain their coverage when they leave or change jobs. His proposal was to spend $900 billion over 10 years and include a government insurance plan, also known as the public option, to compete with the corporate insurance sector as a main component to lowering costs and improving quality of health care. It would also make it illegal for insurers to drop sick people or deny them coverage for pre-existing conditions, and require every American carry health coverage. The plan also includes medical spending cuts and taxes on insurance companies that offer expensive plans.[171][172]

On July 14, 2009, House Democratic leaders introduced a 1,017-page plan for overhauling the U.S. health care system, which Obama wanted Congress to approve by the end of 2009.[170] After much public debate during the Congressional summer recess of 2009, Obama delivered a speech to a joint session of Congress on September 9 where he addressed concerns over his administration's proposals.[173]

On November 7, 2009, a health care bill featuring the public option was passed in the House.[174][175] On December 24, 2009, the Senate passed its own bill—without a public option—on a party-line vote of 60󈞓.[176] On March 21, 2010, the health care bill passed by the Senate in December was passed in the House by a vote of 219 to 212.[177] Obama signed the bill into law on March 23, 2010.[178]
Gulf of Mexico oil spill
Main article: Deepwater Horizon oil spill

On April 20, 2010, an explosion destroyed an offshore drilling rig at the Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico, causing a major sustained oil leak. The well's operator, BP, initiated a containment and cleanup plan, and began drilling two relief wells intended to stop the flow. Obama visited the Gulf on May 2 among visits by members of his cabinet, and again on May 28 and June 4. He began a federal investigation and formed a bipartisan commission to recommend new safety standards, after a review by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and concurrent Congressional hearings. On May 27, he announced a 6-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling permits and leases, pending regulatory review.[179] As multiple efforts by BP failed, some in the media and public expressed confusion and criticism over various aspects of the incident, and stated a desire for more involvement by Obama and the federal government.[180][181][182][183][184]
Foreign and defense policy
President Obama in discussion with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the 2009 Pittsburgh G-20 Summit
Main article: Foreign policy of the Barack Obama administration

In February and March, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made separate overseas trips to announce a "new era" in U.S. foreign relations with Russia and Europe, using the terms "break" and "reset" to signal major changes from the policies of the preceding administration.[185] Obama's granting of his first television interview as president to an Arabic cable network, Al Arabiya, was seen as an attempt to reach out to Arab leaders.[186]

On March 19, Obama continued his outreach to the Muslim world, releasing a New Year's video message to the people and government of Iran.[187] This attempt at outreach was rebuffed by the Iranian leadership.[188] In April, Obama gave a speech in Ankara, Turkey, which was well received by many Arab governments.[189] On June 4, 2009, Obama delivered a speech at Cairo University in Egypt calling for "a new beginning" in relations between the Islamic world and the United States and promoting Middle East peace.[190]
British Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama, during the 2010 G-20 Toronto summit.

On June 26, 2009, in response to the Iranian government's actions towards protesters following Iran's 2009 presidential election, Obama said: "The violence perpetrated against them is outrageous. We see it and we condemn it."[191] On July 7, while in Moscow, he responded to a Vice President Biden comment on a possible Israeli military strike on Iran by saying: "We have said directly to the Israelis that it is important to try and resolve this in an international setting in a way that does not create major conflict in the Middle East."[192]

On September 24, 2009, Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to preside over a meeting of the United Nations Security Council.[193]

In March 2010, Obama took a public stance against plans by the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to continue building Jewish housing projects in predominantly Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem.[194][195] During the same month, an agreement was reached with the administration of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to replace the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with a new pact reducing the number of long-range nuclear weapons in the arsenals of both countries by about one-third.[196]

During his presidential campaign, Obama supported allowing gays and lesbians to serve in the military.[197] As president, he continued to call for the end of policies restricting gays from serving[198] which culminated in both houses of Congress repealing the ban on December 18, 2010.[199]
Iraq war
Obama declares the end of combat operations in Iraq.
Main article: Iraq War

During his presidential transition, President-elect Obama announced that he would retain the incumbent Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, in his Cabinet.[200]

On February 27, 2009, Obama declared that combat operations would end in Iraq within 18 months. His remarks were made to a group of Marines preparing for deployment to Afghanistan. Obama said, "Let me say this as plainly as I can: By August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end."[201] The Obama administration scheduled the withdrawal of combat troops to be completed by August 2010, decreasing troops levels from 142,000 while leaving a transitional force of 35,000 to 50,000 in Iraq until the end of 2011. On August 19, 2010, the last US combat brigade exited Iraq. The plan is to transition the mission of the remaining troops from combat operations to counter-terrorism and the training, equipping, and advising of Iraqi security forces.[202][203] On August 31, 2010, Obama announced that the U.S. combat mission in Iraq was over.[204]
War in Afghanistan
Main article: War in Afghanistan (2001–present)

Early in his presidency, Obama moved to bolster U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan.[205] He announced an increase to U.S. troop levels of 17,000 in February 2009 to "stabilize a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan", an area he said had not received the "strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires".[206] He replaced the military commander in Afghanistan, General David D. McKiernan, with former Special Forces commander Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal in May 2009, indicating that McChrystal's Special Forces experience would facilitate the use of counterinsurgency tactics in the war.[207] On December 1, 2009, Obama announced the deployment of an additional 30,000 military personnel to Afghanistan.[208] He also proposed to begin troop withdrawals 18 months from that date.[209][210] McChrystal was replaced by David Petraeus in June 2010 after McChrystal's staff criticized White House personnel in a magazine article.[211]
2010 midterm election

Obama called the November 2, 2010 election, where the Democratic Party lost many seats in, and control of, the House of Representatives,[212] "humbling" and a "shellacking".[213] He said that the results came because not enough Americans had felt the effects of the economic recovery.[214]
Cultural and political image
Group portrait of five presidential men in dark suits and ties
President George W. Bush invited then-President-elect Barack Obama and former Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter to a meeting in the Oval Office on January 7, 2009.
Main article: Public image of Barack Obama
See also: International media reaction to Barack Obama's 2008 election

Obama's family history, early life and upbringing, and Ivy League education differ markedly from those of African-American politicians who launched their careers in the 1960s through participation in the civil rights movement.[215] Obama is also not a descendent of American slaves.[216] Expressing puzzlement over questions about whether he is "black enough", Obama told an August 2007 meeting of the National Association of Black Journalists that "we're still locked in this notion that if you appeal to white folks then there must be something wrong."[217] Obama acknowledged his youthful image in an October 2007 campaign speech, saying: "I wouldn't be here if, time and again, the torch had not been passed to a new generation."[218]

Obama is frequently referred to as an exceptional orator.[219] During his pre-inauguration transition period and continuing into his presidency, Obama has delivered a series of weekly Internet video addresses.[220]
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Obama presents his first weekly address as President of the United States on January 24, 2009, discussing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

According to the Pew Research Center, Obama's approval ratings dropped from 64% in February, 2009 to 49% in December, a trend similar to Ronald Reagan's and Bill Clinton's first years.[221] Polls show strong support for Obama in other countries,[222] and before being elected President he has met with prominent foreign figures including then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair,[223] Italy's Democratic Party leader and then Mayor of Rome Walter Veltroni,[224] and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.[225]

According to a May 2009 poll conducted by Harris Interactive for France 24 and the International Herald Tribune, Obama was rated as the most popular world leader, as well as the one figure most people would pin their hopes on for pulling the world out of the economic downturn.[226]

Obama won Best Spoken Word Album Grammy Awards for abridged audiobook versions of Dreams from My Father in February 2006 and for The Audacity of Hope in February 2008.[227] His concession speech after the New Hampshire primary was set to music by independent artists as the music video "Yes We Can", which was viewed by 10 million people on YouTube in its first month[228] and received a Daytime Emmy Award.[229] In December 2008, Time magazine named Barack Obama as its Person of the Year for his historic candidacy and election, which it described as "the steady march of seemingly impossible accomplishments".[230]

On October 9, 2009, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that Obama had won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".[231] Obama accepted this award in Oslo, Norway on December 10, 2009, with "deep gratitude and great humility."[232] The award drew a mixture of praise and criticism from world leaders and media figures.[233][234] Obama is the fourth U.S. president to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the third to become a Nobel laureate while in office.

A 2010 Siena College poll of 238 Presidential scholars found that Obama was ranked 15th out of 43, with high ratings for imagination, communication ability and intelligence and a low rating for background (family, education and experience).[235]
Family and personal life
Barack and Michelle Obama, their children, and her mother, along with a costumed Easter Bunny, on a balcony waving.
Barack Obama together with his family and a costumed Easter Bunny, as they wave from the South Portico of the White House to guests attending the White House Easter Egg Roll.
Main articles: Early life and career of Barack Obama and Family of Barack Obama

In a 2006 interview, Obama highlighted the diversity of his extended family: "It's like a little mini-United Nations", he said. "I've got relatives who look like Bernie Mac, and I've got relatives who look like Margaret Thatcher."[236] Obama has seven half-siblings from his Kenyan father's family – six of them living – and a half-sister with whom he was raised, Maya Soetoro-Ng, the daughter of his mother and her Indonesian second husband.[237] Obama's mother was survived by her Kansas-born mother, Madelyn Dunham,[238] until her death on November 2, 2008,[239] two days before his election to the Presidency. In Dreams from My Father, Obama ties his mother's family history to possible Native American ancestors and distant relatives of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War.[240] Obama's great-uncle served in the 89th Division that overran Ohrdruf,[241] the first of the Nazi concentration camps to be liberated by U.S. troops during World War II.[242]

Obama was known as "Barry" in his youth, but asked to be addressed with his given name during his college years.[243] Besides his native English, Obama speaks Indonesian at the conversational level, which he learned during his four childhood years in Jakarta.[244] He plays basketball, a sport he participated in as a member of his high school's varsity team.[245]
Obama holding a basketball above his head in midair while four other players look at him. He looks toward the camera over his right shoulder.
Obama playing basketball with U.S. military at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti in 2006[246]
Obama receiving a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey from Steelers owner Dan Rooney, who campaigned for Obama in 2008[247]

Obama is a well known supporter of the Chicago White Sox, and threw out the first pitch at the 2005 ALCS when he was still a Senator.[248] In 2009, he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the all star game while wearing a White Sox jacket.[249] He is also primarily a Chicago Bears fan in the NFL, but is known to also support the Pittsburgh Steelers,[247] and openly rooted for them in their victory in Super Bowl XLIII 12 days after Obama took office as President.[250]

In June 1989, Obama met Michelle Robinson when he was employed as a summer associate at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin.[251] Assigned for three months as Obama's adviser at the firm, Robinson joined him at group social functions, but declined his initial requests to date.[252] They began dating later that summer, became engaged in 1991, and were married on October 3, 1992.[253] The couple's first daughter, Malia Ann, was born on July 4, 1998,[254] followed by a second daughter, Natasha ("Sasha"), on June 10, 2001.[255] The Obama daughters attended the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. When they moved to Washington, D.C., in January 2009, the girls started at the private Sidwell Friends School.[256] The Obamas have a Portuguese Water Dog named Bo, a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy.[257]

Applying the proceeds of a book deal, the family moved in 2005 from a Hyde Park, Chicago condominium to a $1.6 million house in neighboring Kenwood, Chicago.[258] The purchase of an adjacent lot and sale of part of it to Obama by the wife of developer, campaign donor and friend Tony Rezko attracted media attention because of Rezko's subsequent indictment and conviction on political corruption charges that were unrelated to Obama.[259]

In December 2007, Money magazine estimated the Obama family's net worth at $1.3 million.[260] Their 2009 tax return showed a household income of $5.5 million—up from about $4.2 million in 2007 and $1.6 million in 2005—mostly from sales of his books.[261][262]

Obama tried to quit smoking several times over the years and has used nicotine replacement therapy.[263][264][265] However in June 2010, during a congratulatory phone call to president-elect Benigno Aquino of the Philippines, Obama told Aquino that he had quit and would offer advice on how to stop smoking when Aquino was himself ready for that step.[266]
Religious views

As he described in The Audacity of Hope, Obama is a Christian whose religious views developed in his adult life. He wrote that he "was not raised in a religious household". He described his mother, raised by non-religious parents (whom Obama has specified elsewhere as "non-practicing Methodists and Baptists"), to be detached from religion, yet "in many ways the most spiritually awakened person that I have ever known". He described his father as "raised a Muslim", but a "confirmed atheist" by the time his parents met, and his stepfather as "a man who saw religion as not particularly useful". Obama explained how, through working with black churches as a community organizer while in his twenties, he came to understand "the power of the African-American religious tradition to spur social change".[267]

More recently, Obama has commented on his religious views in the following statement:

I'm a Christian by choice. My family didn't—frankly, they weren't folks who went to church every week. And my mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew, but she didn't raise me in the church. So I came to my Christian faith later in life, and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead—being my brothers' and sisters' keeper, treating others as they would treat me. I think also understanding that Jesus Christ dying for my sins spoke to the humility we all have to have as human beings, that we're sinful and we're flawed and we make mistakes, and that we achieve salvation through the grace of God. But what we can do, as flawed as we are, is still see God in other people and do our best to help them find their own grace. That's what I strive to do. That's what I pray to do every day. I think my public service is part of that effort to express my Christian faith.
—President Barack Obama, September 27, 2010[268][269]

Obama was baptized at the Trinity United Church of Christ in 1988 and was an active member there for two decades.[270] Obama resigned from Trinity during the Presidential campaign after controversial statements made by Rev. Jeremiah Wright became public.[271] After a prolonged effort to find a church to attend regularly in Washington, Obama announced in June 2009 that his primary place of worship would be the Evergreen Chapel at Camp David.[272

The Hitchhiker's Guide to National Affairs

As the economic stimulus package is going through the Senate, Democratic senators have shown signs of considering Republican amendments to the bill, specifically in the portions of housing and infrastructure spending. One Republican proposal Democrats are considering is instituting a $15,000 tax credit for all home buyers, raising it from its original $7,500 tax credit. Senator Charles E. Schumer (Democrat-New York), a member of the Finance Committe, said he was also interested in lowering mortgage rates to 4.5 percent, but also said that that might go into the next part of the bailout measure approved by Congress last year, not this stimulus package. Senators of both parties also said that they expect to add a large amount of money, approximately $20 billion to $30 billion, for infrastructure spending, such as for roads and bridges. The Obama administration and Democrats have already struck two parts of the bill passed by the House, which was $200 million to fix up the National Mall and millions for family planning that Republicans claimed financed contraceptives.

However, there are still numerous disagreements. Senator Jon Kyl (Republican0-Arizona) criticized the Obama administration's $500 tax credit to working families, which some economists say will not result in sufficient additional spending. He also criticized the creation of numerous new government programs and giving billions of dollars to the states. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson (Republican-Texas) wanted cuts on "social spending provisions" that total around $200 million in the bill. She, and some fellow Republicans, feel additional tax cuts would be more effective than large-scale government spending programs. Senator Kyl warned that Republicans will not support the bill until there are "major structural changes to it."

Outside the Beltway

Despite the conciliatory language after Tuesday, it's unlikely that much will change in Washington in the next two years.

Listening to the comments from President Obama, Speaker John Boehner, and presumptive Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell one could easily find oneself confused as to what the path forward in Washington, D.C. is likely to be now that Republicans have regained control of both Houses of Congress for the first time since losing it in the 2006 midterm elections. In their post-election press conferences, held in the days immediately after Tuesday’s big election successes for the GOP, all three men struck conciliatory ones and talked about working together to get things done, for example. Senator McConnell, for example, struck a conciliatory tone and talked about restoring what he has long called “regular order” to the Senate by requiring most bills to go through the committee process and allowing members to offer Amendments on the floor, something that the GOP has long complained that outgoing Majority Leader Harry Reid has failed to do. McConnell also sent what many saw as a clear message to the Ted Cruz wing of the Senate GOP Caucus by vowing there would be no government shutdowns, and no default on the national debt. At his press conference later that same day, President Obama said he was similarly eager to find common ground to work with Congress going forward, a task that will be much harder for him than it has been since the start of his Presidency, but also sent hints about possible confrontations in the future over immigration and other issues. For his part, Speaker Boehner’s post-election tone was more combative, in no small part because he was the last of the three to speak in the wake of the election results and was, at least in part, reacting to the President’s comments that he would take unilateral action on issues like immigration unless the House took the action he demanded, but at the same time the Speaker also put forward the face of someone who wanted to appear to be open to working across party lines to pursue progress on issues that have been moribund for years now, including tax reform and international trade issues that have largely been ignored by both sides for various reasons. The three men, along with other members of the House and Senate leadership, closed out the week with a long working lunch at the White House from which there were very few leaks, but what we did hear was largely a repetition of the same conciliatory tone we’d heard since Tuesday night.

Most of this, of course, is the same sort of feel-good rhetoric you hear after every election not matter what the result. It’s become something that the voters, the press, and the pundits expect, especially in an era of divided government such as this, and, as always, it’s largely all just rhetoric and that, for both parties, the incentives are likely to push everyone toward a continuation of the confrontation that has epitomized the first five years of the Obama Presidency and will likely be a large characteristic of the next two. For one thing, the political realities that dictated how Republicans in the House and Senate proceeded forward in the years after the 2010 elections have not really change after last Tuesday. It’s true that the Tea Party movement and hard core conservatives in the GOP had a rough year backing candidates to either challenge sitting members of the House or Senate or win the nominations for open seats, especially in the Senate, however as I’ve said before that only tells half the story. To a large degree, the Tea Party has already won the ideological battle inside the GOP and is going to have a lot to say about how the party proceeds now that it has a lot more power in Washington. One sign of this can be seen in a post-election editorial from National Review, which cannot fairly be considered part of the Tea Party movement per se, in which the magazine pushes back against the suggestion from McConnell, Boehner, and others that the GOP needs to show the American public that it can “govern” and get things done. Instead, the editors argue that the party should use this new found power to lay out an agenda for 2016, a course of actions which essentially means eschewing deal making and compromise in favor of setting things up for the next election, strategy that makes it less likely that we’d see progress on controversial issues like immigration reform.

There’s nothing new in the suggestion that Republicans ought to use the next two years to set the stage for 2016, of course. The final two years of any President’s eight years in office are seldom one in which major progress is made on controversial issues as a general rule. We did see major immigration and tax reform in the final two ears of President Reagan’s term, of course, but both of those measures had been in the works well before being signed into law late in 1986 after the GOP had lost control of the Senate and the Iran/Contra scandal had broken in the weeks afterwards. From that point forward, Washington found itself consumed by hearings on that scandal and the President, after righting the ship from the crisis that the scandal had caused inside the White House, turned his attention to foreign affairs and working out historic arms control and other agreements with the Soviet Union that helped end the Cold War and, albeit unintentionally, hasten the demise of the nation he had once called an evil empire. The final two years of President Clinton’s time in office were remarkably similar, with a scandal that led to only the second attempt to impeach and convict a President in American history and the President turning his attention outward, that time to the always tempting effort to bring Middle East peace.

In all likelihood, things will likely unfold the same way in President Obama’s final two years. Emboldened by their election victories, Republicans are likely to step the oversight hearings that we’ve seen since 2011 up a notch, with the Senate how looking in to many of the same alleged scandals that the House of Representatives has been looking into. Both parties will be looking ahead to 2016, and will likely be unwilling to reach broad deals on issues that they believe will benefit them in that election, such as immigration, tax reform, and entitlement reform, The fight against ISIS, the crisis in Ukraine, and the fight against Ebola in western Africa, are likely to distract the nation significantly from domestic politics for the foreseeable future, as well as likely serve as the vehicle by which President Obama will take advantage of his inherently greater powers to act instead of worrying so much on domestic policy. And, most importantly, within a matter of mere months, candidates for President, including those who can be safely said to be “serious” candidates rather than merely vanity candidates like Ben Carson and Bernie Sanders, will start announcing their candidacy for the White House, All of this essentially guarantees that the status quo in Washington will be political posturing, playing to the base, and preparing for 2016. In the end, neither party really has an incentive to do much of anything else at this point.

On a final note, one thing would seem to guarantee that little will be done in Washington should President Obama go forward with it, and that’s immigration. In a tone that was strangely combative given the electoral drubbing that his party had just taken, President Obama threatened Congress with unilateral action on immigration reform if it fails to act by the end of the year, This, of course, is the same unspecified threat of unilateral action that the President made over the summer, only to postpone it just prior to the start of the post Labor Day campaign season, much to the chagrin of many immigration activists and pundits on the left. We still don’t know exactly what it is the President is contemplating, but from various hints it would appear to entail some kind of expansion of the temporary relief granted by the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program he announced in 2012. While this action may well be well within the discretion granted to the President by applicable law, it seems obvious that such unililateral action will indeed “poison the well” as Speaker Boehner has put it and make it far less likely that he and other Republicans in leadership will be able to convince back bench members and the grassroots to go along with compromise on other issues Moreover, establishing a deadline for action in this area of the end of this year is completely unrealistic given that the new Congress will not take office until January and there isn’t any realistic possibility of the House Leadership putting immigration reform bills passed by a Senate that won’t exist after December 31st before a House composed of many lame duck members. If that’s the measuring stick the President intends to use on this issue, then he’s going to get the inaction he appears to want, the excuse he wants to act, and the result will be a new 114th Congress that he will be starting off with on completely the wrong foot.

Perhaps the pessimism will be proven wrong, but the idea that we’ll see anything other than more of the same from Washington between now and the 2016 General Election is rather Pollyannaish in any case.