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Who is Barack Obama–FACT CHECK

Posted by republicrat on January 10, 2008

I have received an e-mail now from two individuals that contains falsehoods and slander in regard to Barack Obama.  I’ll admit that I disagree with Barack Obama on many issues, but I do not believe that is reason to slander him.  The following was a reply that I sent to both individuals who sent me the e-mail. The forward that I was sent is after my reply.  
 
My reply: 
 

I am writing this e-mail in reaction to an e-mail I recently received in which the subject was “Who is Barack Obama”.  The e-mail is an excellent example why you can not trust everything that you read on the internet.  Some sources are more reliable than others.  Anyone can introduce false information as fact on the internet.  I can log into Wikipedia and edit the entry on elephants to state that the population of African elephants has tripled during the last six months (this was done by Stephen Colbert).

First and foremost, I am not a supporter of Barack Obama.  His message of “hope” does not resonate with me.  At this point in the electoral process I am not sure who I am going to back.  Most likely it will be a Republican.  However, I believe in the politics of civility.  It is OK to disagree with someone, but disagreements should be grounded in reason. Too often people resort to name calling, bigotry, & slander towards those of different ideological views.  A five year old is capable of this. 

Anyone with any political savy, awareness of current events, or access to an internet search engine could quickly disprove many of the claims made in the e-mail that I was sent.  I am going to try and set the record straight on a number of these.

The e-mail says you can check the facts they stated on snopes.com.  The following link from Snopes will crush many of the claims written in the e-mail:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/muslim.asp

In regard to Barack Obama being educated in a “Wahabi school in Jakarta”.  Insight Magazine and Fox News went crazy with this story in January 2007 and attributed it to an unnamed source in the Clinton campaign.  In reality, the school that Obama attended while living in Indonesia was not a radical Muslim school, but secular school.  CNN disproved these allegations and reported on them:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/01/22/obama.madrassa/

A CNN video on the report is available here:

http://thinkprogress.org/2007/01/22/cnn-obama-debunk/

In regard to Obama taking his oath of office on a Koran, this is also false.  This page from the St. Petersburg Times’ PolitiFact looks into those claims:

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/238/

Minnesota Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison took his oath of office on a Koran when he assumed office in January 2007.  This Koran had belonged to Thomas Jefferson.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Ellison_%28politician%29#Quran_Oath_Controversy_of_the_110th_United_States_Congress

There is no requirement that a president or any other office seeker place his/her hand on the Bible.  Theodore Roosevelt did not place his hand on anything when he took his oath.  John Quincy Adams placed his land on a book of laws.

In regard to Obama not showing reverence to the flag by refusing to place his hand over his heart, slouching, and turning his back.  I believe this is largely attributed to a picture that appeared in Time Magazine and was widely circulated via e-mail

http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1662530_1446035,00.html

To top it off here’s a YouTube video from when the above picture was taken:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxfvxKBXRM4

Obama  may not have his hand over his heart, but I don’t see slouching, a back turned, or blatant disrespect.

In regard to Obama not reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, I provide you with a YouTube video in which he does so in the Senate Chamber:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC9veEouqqQ

Some have accused Obama of not being a patriot because he fails to wear an American flag on his lapel.  Obama in his own words on the subject:

“Somebody noticed I wasn’t wearing a flag lapel pin and I told folks, well you know what? I haven’t probably worn that pin in a very long time. I wore it right after 9/11. But after a while, you start noticing people wearing a lapel pin, but not acting very patriotic. Not voting to provide veterans with resources that they need. Not voting to make sure that disability payments were coming out on time.

“My attitude is that I’m less concerned about what you’re wearing on your lapel than what’s in your heart. And you show your patriotism by how you treat your fellow Americans, especially those who served. You show your patriotism by being true to our values and our ideals and that’s what we have to lead with is our values and our ideals.”

Source:
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/04/obamas-lapels/

For everyone who actually read through this e-mail.  I apologize for my ranting, but I can’t stand these types of things from EITHER side of the political spectrum.  It doesn’t matter if someone is Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, Mormon, or even atheist.  The Constitution specifically prohibits any type of religious litmus test.  Article VI of the Constitution states, “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

In many ways I believe Barack Obama represents what is amazing about America.  His father was a man from Kenya and was a goat herder at one point in his life.  His mother was a white woman from Kansas.  He’s a former law professor, U.S. senator, and a rising star in U.S. politics.  He’s gone from an obscure Illinois legislator to political rock star almost overnight.  My disagreements with Obama are ideological and policy related, but I will not slander the man simply because I disagree with him. 

 

The forwarded e-mail:

Subject: Fwd: Who is Barack Obama?

 

We checked this out on ” snopes.com“. It is factual. Check for

yourself.

 

Who is Barack Obama?

 

Probable U. S. presidential candidate, Barack Hussein Obama was born

in Honolulu , Hawaii , to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a black MUSLIM

from Nyangoma-Kogel , Kenya and Ann Dunham, a white ATHIEST from

Wichita , Kansas

Obama’s parents met at the University of Hawaii When Obama was two

years old, his parents divorced. His father returned to Kenya . His

mother then married Lolo Soetoro, a RADICAL Muslim from Indonesia.?

When Obama was 6 years old, the family relocate to Indonesia . Obama

att ended a MUSLIM school in Jakarta . He also spent two years in a

Catholic school.

 

Obama takes great care to conceal the fact that he is a Muslim. He is

quick to point out that, “He was once a Muslim, but that he also

attended Catholic school.”

 

Obama’s political handlers are attempting to make it appear that

that he is not a radical.

 

Obama’s introduction to Islam came via his father, and that this

influence was temporary at best. In reality, the senior Obama returned

to Kenya soon after the divorce, and never again had any direct

influence over his son’s education.

 

Lolo Soetoro, the second husband of Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham,

introduced his stepson to Islam. Obama was enrolled in a Wahabi school

in Jakarta .

 

Wahabism is the RADICAL teaching that is followed by the Muslim

terrorists who are now waging Jihad against the western world. Since

it is politically expedient to be a CHRISTIAN when seeking major

public office in the United States , Barack Hussein Obama has joined

the United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim

background. ALSO, keep in mind that when he was sworn into office he

DID NOT use the Holy Bible, but instead the Koran.

 

Barack Hussein Obama will NOT recite the Pledge of Allegience nor

will he show any reverence for our flag. While others place their hands

over their hearts, Obama turns his back to the flag and slouches.

Let us all remain alert concerning Obama’s expected presidential

candidacy.

 

The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the US from the inside

out, what better way to start than at the highest level – through the

President of the United States , one of their own!!!!

 

Please forward to everyone you know. Would you want this man leading

our country?…… NOT ME!!!

 

 

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5 Responses to “Who is Barack Obama–FACT CHECK”

  1. Charles said

    Anyone who spreads lies about anyone else is stupid, stupid, stupid.

  2. Thanks for saving me task of disproving all the claims in this sickening, vile message. I received it myself yesterday forwarded by a friend.

    You are absolutely on point – regardless of one’s political or ideological views, this attempt to slander and smear an individual’s credibility is simply inappropriate.

    After receiving the email and attempt to find a source – a Kevin Neugebauer from Katy, TX actually blogged it on Barack’s website!! Needless to say, it was later removed (Google had it cached yesterday, but even that is gone now). I don’t know if he was the original author of it or simply an ignorant fool who decided to be cute. Further research shows his email address to be mongo9584@sbcglobal.net, if anyone want to let him know what an ignorant fool he is.

  3. Rob said

    Thanks for posting this. I’m referencing it in an e-mail whenever I here about the aforementioned smear e-mail about Obama.

    2008 is going to be a real fun year.

  4. Rick said

    I was watching Bill Maher’s show last night and Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) stated on National TV that Obama does not place his hand on his heart when saying The Pledge Of Allegiance. So even elected officials are spreading the rumors too. I find it hard to believe that Mr. Kingston really believes that!

  5. Amber Woods said

    I received an e-mail today that Barack Obama belongs to a church in Chicago that is only black and it only supports Africa. Do you know if this is true? I vote in Ohio on Tuesday and am trying to check this out. I do not find a web-site strictly for questions to him, only his Ohio website is available to me. Please respond before Tuesday, March 4th. I appreciate your time in this matter.

    Best regards,
    Amber Woods

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