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An Obama chronology
11/3/2008 7:30:03 AM
Updated with new information
November 2, 2008
RenewAmerica staff

The following is a year-by-year chronology that tracks the relationship between Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.; his father, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr.; his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham; his mother's parents, Stanley and Madelyn Dunham; his mother's second husband, Lolo Soetoro; family friend Frank Marshall Davis — a known communist; Barack's wife, Michelle Robinson Obama; Barack's longtime associate, Weather Underground founder William Ayers; and others connected with the above individuals.

The chronology was gathered from a variety of sources. Every effort has been made to verify accuracy. Additional information will be posted as it can be verified.

1905, Dec. 31 — Frank Marshall Davis was born in Arkansas City, Kansas.

1907 — Davis' parents divorced when Frank was a year old.

1911 — When he was five years old, a group of white children a few years older who had heard about lynching of blacks tried to lynch Davis and nearly hanged him.

1918, Mar. 23 — Stanley Armour Dunham was born in Kansas.

1922, Oct. 26 — Madelyn Lee Payne (Dunham) was born in Peru, Kansas, to Rolla Charles and Leona (McCurry) Payne. Her mother was part Cherokee.

1923 — Frank Davis was educated at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.

1924-27, 29 — Davis was further educated at Kansas State Agricultural College (Kansas State University), where he studied journalism and began writing poetry.

1926 — Stanley Dunham's mother committed suicide. His father abandoned his children after her death. Stanley and his brother Ralph lived with their maternal grandparents in El Dorado, Kansas.

1927 — Frank Davis moved to Chicago, where he worked for the Chicago Evening Bulletin, the Chicago Whip, and the Gary American, all African-American newspapers.

1931 — Davis moved to Atlanta and became editor of a semiweekly paper, the Atlanta World, which he eventually turned into a daily newspaper within two years of taking the job as the paper's managing editor in 1931. Under Davis, the Atlanta Daily World became America's first successful black daily.

As editor, Davis emphasized an agenda of social realism, racial and legal justice, and black activism. He warned against Depression-era remedies advocated by communists.

1935 summer — Davis published his first book, Black Man's Verse.

1935 — Davis returned to Chicago to take the position of managing editor of the Associated Negro Press, and served as executive editor of the ANP until 1947.

1936 — Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., was born near Lake Victoria in Nyang'oma Kogelo, Alego, Siaya, Kenya, to Hussein Onyango Obama (1895–1979), and Akumu Habiba. His family belonged to the Luo tribe. Obama Sr. was raised a Muslim, but later became an atheist. He grew up in Nyang'oma Kogelo, Kenya.

1936 — Lolo Soetoro was born in Indonesia.

1937 — Frank Davis received a Julius Rosenwald Fellowship, participated in the federal Works Progress Administration Writers' Project, started a photography club, and worked for numerous political parties.

1940, May 5 — Stanley Armour and Madelyn Dunham married, after meeting in Wichita, Kansas.

1942, Nov. 7 — Stanley Ann Dunham was born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to Stanley and Madelyn Dunham. In later years, she and her family moved to California, Texas, and Seattle, Washington.

1945 — Frank Davis taught one of the first jazz history classes at the Abraham Lincoln School in Chicago.

1946 — Davis married Helen Canfield, his second wife, a white Chicago socialite who was 19 years younger than he. (His first wife's name has not been publicized.) They had five children — four girls and a boy.

1948 — Davis published 47th Street Poems.

1948 — Davis and his family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, after his friend Paul Robeson (a communist) suggested he do so. Davis operated a small wholesale paper business called Oahu Papers.

1950 — Davis was investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee for his ties to the Communist Party USA, and the committee accused him of being involved in several communist-front organizations. For 19 years, he was under FBI investigation, as well.

1956 — Obama Sr. was married at age 18 in a tribal ceremony to his first wife, Kezia (who currently lives in Bracknell, Berkshire, England), with whom he had four children.

1956 — Ann Dunham's family moved to Mercer Island, Washington, where she attended Mercer Island High School. She later was a student at the University of Washington, and then the University of California, Berkeley.

1958 — Abongo (Roy) Obama was born to Barack Obama, Sr., and his first wife, Kezia.

1959 — Obama Sr. enrolled at the University of Hawaii, leaving behind Kezia and their infant son. At the time, Kezia was three months pregnant with their daughter Auma.

1959 — Frank Davis started Paradise Paper Company and wrote a weekly column, "Frank-ly speaking," for the Honolulu Record, which covered labor and racial issues.

1960 — Auma Obama was born to Obama Sr. and Kezia.

1960 — At age 17, Ann Dunham and her family moved to Hawaii, where she attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, studying mathematics and anthropology. She met Barack Obama, Sr., in a Russian language class.

1961, Feb. 2 — Barack Obama, Sr. (age 25), and Ann Dunham (age 18) married in Maui, Hawaii, after she discovered she was pregnant. The parents on both sides objected to their marriage.

When he married Ann, Obama Sr. was still married to Kezia in Kenya, a fact Ann was unaware of.

1961, Aug. 4 — Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., was born six months after his parents' marriage (reportedly in Honolulu, although his Kenyan grandmother and others claim he was born in Mombosa, Kenya). His mother left school to take care of him while his father completed his degree.

1962, Jun. — Obama Sr. graduated from the University of Hawaii.

1962, fall — Obama Sr. left Ann Dunham and their son Barack Obama, Jr., to do graduate work at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1963 summer — Ann Dunham Obama took one-year-old Barack to join Obama Sr. in Cambridge, stopping on the way for a visit with friends in Mercer Island, Washington. Soon after arriving in Cambridge, she and her son returned to Seattle, where she enrolled in the University of Washington. She then moved back to Hawaii to be with her family.

1964, Jan. — Ann Dunham filed for divorce in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1964, Jan. 17 — Michelle Robinson (Obama) was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Fraser Robinson (who died in 1991) and Marian Shields Robinson.

1965 — Obama Sr. obtained a masters degree in economics at Harvard and met Ruth Nidesand. She followed him to Kenya, and eventually became his third wife and had two children with him (Mark and David), but she later divorced him. She then married a Tanzanian, and they had a son named Joseph Ndesandjo (1980).

Obama Sr. secured a position in the Kenyan government.

1965 — Obama Sr. wrote a paper titled "Problems Facing Our Socialism," published in the East Africa Journal, harshly criticizing the administration of then-President Jomo Kenyatta for moving the Third World country of Kenya away from socialism toward capitalism. "What is more important is to find means by which we can redistribute our economic gains to the benefit of all," said Obama Sr. "This is the government's obligation."

"Theoretically," Obama Sr. wrote, "there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100% of income so long as the people get benefits from the government commensurate with their income which is taxed."

As Barack Obama, Jr., notes in Dreams from My Father, the conflict between Obama Sr. and President Kenyatta destroyed his father's career.

1967 — Ann Dunham married Lolo Soetoro. They met at the University of Hawaii. They moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, with Barack. Lolo worked as a government relations consultant with Mobil Corporation.

1968 — Abo Obama was born to Obama Sr. and Kezia.

1968 — Frank Davis published a hard-core pornography novel, titled Sex Rebel: Black (Memoirs of a Gash Gourmet), which was written under the pseudonym "Bob Greene." In the book, Davis describes a "threesome" relationship he and his wife had with a teenage girl named "Anne."

1969 — William Ayers, son of wealthy Chicago philanthropist Thomas Ayers and future associate of Barack Obama, Jr., created the Weather Underground — a domestic terrorist organization dedicated to promoting communist revolution in the United States.

1970, Aug. 15 — Maya Kassandra Soetoro was born to Lolo and Ann Dunham Soetoro.

1970 — Bernard Obama was born to Obama Sr. and Kezia.

1970 — Frank Davis and his wife Helen divorced.

1970 — Madelyn Dunham became one of the first female vice-presidents of the Bank of Hawaii.

1971 — Barack Obama, Jr., age 10, returned to Hawaii to attend fifth grade at Punahou School, a prestigious preparatory school. Tuition was paid with the aid of scholarships and help from his grandmother.

1971 — Obama Sr. visited Barack Obama, Jr., and his mother Ann in Hawaii. This reportedly was the last time Barack saw Obama Sr. — although his father reportedly corresponded with Barack when Barack was in college.

1971-1979 — Frank Marshall Davis increasingly became an influence in Barack's life — a fact alluded to in Barack's book Dreams from My Father, in which he refers to "Frank" as his mentor and father figure, a friend of the family with whom he often spent his evenings as a teenager.

1973 — Frank Davis made a visit to Howard University in Washington, D.C., to give a poetry reading — the first time he had seen the U.S. mainland in 25 years.

1974 — Ann Dunham returned to graduate school in Honolulu, while also raising Barack and Maya.

1977 — Ann Dunham returned to Indonesia with Maya to do field work. Barack preferred to stay in Hawaii with his grandparents.

1978 — Davis published Awakening and Other Poems.

1979 — Barack Obama, Jr., graduated from high school, moved to Los Angeles, and studied at Occidental College for two years. While at Occidental, he indulged in alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine.

1980 — Ann Dunham and Lolo Soetoro divorce.

1981 — Obama visited his mother and half-sister in Indonesia, then traveled to Pakistan and India with friends from college. Afterward, he proceeded on to Kenya, where he visited his father's family.

1981 — Obama transferred to Columbia University in New York City, where he majored in political science with a specialization in international relations. He maintained communication with his father during this period through letters until his father died in 1982.

1982 — George Hussein Onyango Obama was born to Obama Sr. and his fourth wife, Jael.

1982 — Obama Sr. lost both legs in a car accident, and then lost his job. He died not long afterward at the age of 46 in another car crash in Nairobi.

Obama Sr. was buried in Alego, at the village of Nyang'oma Kogelo, Siaya District, Kenya.

1983 — Barack Obama, Jr., graduated from Columbia University, and then worked for a year at the Business International Corporation, a small newsletter-publishing firm that printed articles relating to global business, and later for the New York Public Interest Research Group.

Obama also became an organizer at Harlem's City College, working with student activists.

1985 to 1988 — Obama relocated to Chicago and became associated with black militants and other leftists. He worked as a "community organizer" for the "Industrial Areas Foundation" (IAF), an organization founded by Marxist radical Saul Alinsky. Its activities over the years have included a "Citizens USA" project to obtain citizenship for illegal aliens.

Obama also worked with the Alinsky group "Developing Communities Project" (DCP), of which Obama became director; "ACORN" (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now); and Project Vote. ACORN was founded by Wade Rathke — an associate of Weather Underground founder William Ayers — and is one of the largest and most powerful leftist organizations in the United States.

Barack received funding from the Woods Fund of Chicago for the DCP, with which William Ayers was reportedly connected.

1986 — Madelyn Dunham retired from the Bank of Hawaii.

1987 — Frank Marshall Davis died in Honolulu, Hawaii, of a massive heart attack at the age of 81.

1987 — Lolo Soetoro died of a liver ailment at age 51.

1988 — Barack Obama, Jr., visited Europe for the first time and spent three weeks there, and he then traveled to Kenya, where he spent five weeks with his Kenyan relatives.

1988 — Obama enrolled in Harvard Law School. After his first year, he was selected — on the basis of his grades and a writing competition — as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He graduated in 1991, magna cum laude.

1989, Jun. — Obama met Michelle Robinson at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin (the owner of which was a close friend of William Ayers’ father), when Barack was hired as a summer associate. She was assigned for three months to advise him at the firm.

Also connected with the firm was William Ayers' wife Bernadine Dohrn, who was working there when Michelle Obama was hired. A member of her husband's former terrorist group, the Weather Underground, Dohrn had planted a bomb at a San Francisco police station in 1970 that killed one policeman and partially blinded another, according to an FBI report.

In the late sixties and early seventies, Ayers and his wife were responsible for bombing the Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol Building, the New York City Police Headquarters, and other buildings. After being on the run for a decade, they surrendered to authorities in 1980, only to be set free on a technicality involving the way investigators had obtained evidence. In 2001, Ayers — who is currently a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago — told the New York Times he regretted he "didn't do enough" during his days with the Weather Underground.

1990, Feb. — Obama was chosen president of the Law Review, a full-time volunteer position in which he served as editor-in-chief and supervised the Law Review's staff of 80 editors. Obama's election as the first black president of the Law Review was widely publicized and profiled. As a law student, he took his summers off and returned to Chicago, where he worked as a summer associate at the law firms of Sidley & Austin in 1989 and Hopkins & Sutter in 1990. After graduating with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Harvard in 1991, he returned to Chicago.

1990 to 1995 — Public awareness of Obama's election as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review resulted in a publishing contract for a book about race relations. To recruit him to join their faculty, the University of Chicago Law School gave Obama a fellowship and an office to work on his book. He initially intended to complete the book in a year, but the project took much longer, as the effort evolved into a personal memoir. So he could work uninterrupted, Obama and his wife Michelle traveled to Bali, where he immersed himself for several months in his manuscript. That's the official version. Recent scientific analysis of the text suggests the manuscript may have been co-authored by William Ayers, by then a nearby neighbor of Barack. The book was published in mid-1995 as Dreams from My Father.

According to one source, Obama initially received a $125,000 advance from publisher Simon and Shuster in 1992 for his book, but failed to produce a manuscript. Although he and his wife did in fact travel to Bali to gain the "peace and quiet" to write, he still produced no publishable draft. Obama was then asked to return part of the advance payment, and the contract was cancelled. He came back to Chicago, signed a new contract (with Times Book) for $40,000, and in time delivered a completed manuscript. This version of the facts reinforces allegations that Obama had a ghostwriter.

1992 — Ann Dunham obtained a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Hawaii with a dissertation titled Peasant blacksmithing in Indonesia: surviving and thriving against all odds. Ann then undertook a career in rural development championing women's work and microcredit for the world's poor, with Indonesia's oldest bank, the United States Agency for International Development, the Ford Foundation, and Women's World Banking — and also worked as a consultant in Pakistan. She dealt with leaders from organizations involved with Indonesian human rights, women's rights, and grassroots development.

1992 — Stanley Dunham died in Honolulu at age 73 and was buried in the Punchbowl National Cemetery.

1992, Apr. to Oct. — Obama directed Illinois' Project Vote in a voter registration drive that succeeded in registering 150,000 of 400,000 unregistered African-Americans in the state, leading Crain's Chicago Business to name Obama among its 1993 list of "40 under Forty" powers to be.

1992, Oct. 3 — Obama and Michelle Robinson were married by Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

1992 — Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years, being first contracted as a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996, and then as a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004.

1992 — Obama helped found Public Allies, an organization patterned after Alinsky's AIF that recruits young people to perform "public service" while they are indoctrinated in socialist theory. Obama's wife Michelle became the group's Executive Director in 1993. The program later served as the model for Obama's "Universal Voluntary Public Service" plan.

1993 — Obama joined Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, a twelve-attorney law firm that specialized in civil rights litigation and neighborhood economic development. He was an associate from 1993 to 1996, then of counsel from 1996 to 2004.

1993 to 2002 — Obama was on the board of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago, which in 1985 had been the first foundation to fund the Developing Communities Project.

1994 — Ann Dunham discovered she had ovarian and uterine cancer. She moved back to Hawaii to live near her widowed mother, who cared for her.

1995 — Ann died at the age of 52. After a memorial service held at the University of Hawaii, Barack and his half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, cast Ann's ashes over the Pacific Ocean on the south side of Oahu.

1995 — Obama launched his first run for the Illinois Senate in the home of William Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrn — who hosted meetings to introduce Obama to their neighbors. Obama and the couple lived only blocks apart in the Hyde Park section of Chicago, and shared the same liberal-progressive circle of friends.

1995 — Ayers founded the 500-million-dollar education foundation Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a radical "school reform" group that at one point granted more than $600,000 to an organization run by the former head of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of America. At its inception, Ayers appointed Obama the chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a position he held until 1999.

From 1995 to 2002, Ayers and Obama worked as a team to advance the foundation's agenda, write and implement its bylaws, and funnel money to such organizations as ACORN, which later worked in behalf of Obama's presidential campaign.

1996 — Obama was elected to the state senate in Illinois.

1998 — Malia Ann Obama was born to Barack and Michelle.

1998 — Obama was re-elected to the Illinois State Senate.

1999 to 2002 — Obama and Williams Ayers were members of the board together of the Woods Fund of Chicago, an anti-poverty group of which Ayers went on to become Chairman of the Board.

2000 — Obama lost a Democratic primary run for U.S. House of Representatives to Bobby Rush.

2001 — Natasha Obama was born to Barack and Michelle.

2001, Mar. 30 — Obama spoke against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act in the 92nd General Assembly of the Illinois State Senate. The number one reason he gave for voting against the act was that it would potentially undermine Roe v. Wade.

2001 — Obama gave a radio interview to Chicago station WBEZ-FM, in which he discussed the "redistribution of wealth" from whites to blacks.

2002 mid — Obama began considering a run for the U.S. Senate and enlisted political strategist David Axelrod. Barack announced his candidacy in January 2003.

2002 — Obama was re-elected to the Illinois State Senate.

2003, Jan. — Obama became chairman of the Illinois Senate's Health and Human Services Committee after Democrats regained a majority in the state senate. He sponsored bipartisan legislation to track racial profiling, and a bill that made Illinois the first state to require videotaping of homicide interrogations.

2003, Mar. — As chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, Obama blocked passage of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act in the state senate.

2003 — Obama's fundraiser and close friend, Tony Rezko, helped raise the seed money for Obama's U.S. Senate race. In 2008, Rezko was convicted of several counts of bribery and fraud.

2003 — Obama paid special tribute to Rashid Khalidi, professor of Mideast studies at the University of Chicago, during a farewell held for Khalidi. A virulent critic of Israel, Khalidi has justified Palestinian terrorist attacks against the Jewish state. Barack and Michelle frequently were dinner companions of the Khalidis.

Former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrn were also in attendance at the farewell for Khalidi.

When Obama and Ayers served together on the left-wing Chicago Woods Fund board, they underwrote the Arab-American Action Network (AAAN) with tens of thousands of dollars. The anti-Israel group was created by Khalidi and his wife Mona.

2004, Jun. 7 — Obama was in socialist billionaire George Soros' New York home for an Obama campaign fundraising event. Soros has reportedly funneled large sums of money to the Obama campaign.

2004, Jul. — Obama keynoted the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts.

2004, Aug. — Obama voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act for the reason that it included provisions that "would have taken away from doctors their professional judgment when a fetus is viable." In his logic, Obama was equating a baby who survived an abortion with an unborn fetus.

2004, Aug. to Nov. — Obama ran against Alan Keyes for the U.S. Senate. Keyes was asked to run late in the election season by the Illinois GOP to fill the vacancy left by Jack Ryan, who stepped down because of a sex scandal. The scandal broke after media who were aligned with Obama pressed to have Ryan's confidential divorce records unsealed.

2005, Jan. 4 — Obama was sworn in as U.S. Senator.

2005 — Obama's family moved from their Hyde Park condo to their $1.65 million house in the Kenwood District of Chicago. The home was purchased on the same day that Tony Rezko's wife Rita purchased the adjoining empty lot.

2006 — Obama visited Kenya to campaign for Raila Odinga, a communist who was running for president to oust the pro-USA incumbent, President Mwai Kibaki. After Odinga lost the election, he incited riots that killed 1,500 Kenyans and displaced more than a half million people from their homes. Christian churches were set on fire, and in one case, 50 parishioners, mostly women and children, were locked inside and burned to death.

2006, Oct. 17 — Obama published The Audacity of Hope.

2006, Dec. 4 — Obama met with George Soros in Soros' Manhattan office. After an hour of discussion, Soros took Obama to a conference room where a dozen people were waiting to talk with Obama. Among them was UBS (Union Bank of Switzerland/Swiss Bank) U.S. chief Robert Wolf. A week later, Robert Wolf had dinner in Washington, D.C., with Obama to map out campaign strategy.

2007, early Jan. — The New York Times announced that Obama had the support of two high-level Democratic fundraisers: George Soros and Robert Wolf. By mid-April, 2007, Wolf alone had raised $500,000 for Obama.

2007, Feb. 10 — Obama announced his candidacy for President of the United States.

2007, Apr. 7 — An Obama fundraising party for elite New Yorkers was held at the home of financier Steven Gluckstern, former chairman of George Soros' Democracy Alliance. A photo of the event — published in New York magazine April 16, 2007 — showed George Soros seated close to Obama.

2007, May 18 — George Soros hosted a party for Obama at the Greenwich, Connecticut, mansion of Paul Tudor Jones, who runs Tudor Investment Corporation. The sponsors collected $2,300 from each of the approximately 300 attendees ($690,000), the local newspaper Greenwich Time reported.

2008, Jun. 3 — Obama became the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, after defeating Hillary Clinton in the primaries.

2008, Aug. 25 — Obama won the nomination of the Democratic Party in Denver, Colorado. Just prior to the convention, he chose Delaware Senator Joe Biden as his running mate. The ticket has been called the most liberal in modern American history.

2008, Oct. 28 — The Obama campaign reportedly set a record by raising $660 million since the beginning of the 2008 election — much of it alleged to have come from foreign sources.

2008, Oct. 29 — An unprecedented half-hour promotion of Obama was aired on all major U.S. networks except ABC, which declined to broadcast the paid political advertisement.
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Re: An Obama chronology
11/3/2008 7:55:46 AM

Hello Geketa, 

Thanks for sharing this information. 

Very thorugh and quite telling. 

Makes you wonder doesn't it?


May Wisdom and the knowledge you gained go with you,

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Re: An Obama chronology
11/3/2008 8:22:49 AM

Hello Geketa,

Love all your posts :) .

Ask T-Senior to decode this you .

After a few days, I was now carefully listening to my TV news. OMG! Hugo Chaves, in such an orgasmic way, SIMPLY CANN`T WAIT TO SEE HIS FAVORITE CANDIDATE TO WIN THE ELECTIONS, and TO TO MAKE A FRIENDSHIP WITH HIM AND CUBA`S LEADERS.

I really cann`t understand WHY you silly Geketa, silly Jim, silly Joe and some others are fighting against his win :) ... Looks like you are so radical Americans and I will think about having love to you :) .

If you could be kind, to give some more reasons for doing that (promoting McCain as a choice of commons sense), I will very appreciate it.



Re: An Obama chronology
11/3/2008 8:51:41 AM
wow, this is why I'm worried.
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11/3/2008 9:33:05 AM
Instead of spreading wealth around, John McCain & Sarah Palin will spread opportunity.

Barack Obama will raise taxes on hardworking Americans to give a government handout to the 40% of Americans who pay no income taxes.

John McCain and Sarah Palin have an economic plan that celebrates the American dream of opportunity, not government giveaways. In this country, we believe in spreading opportunity, for those who need jobs and those who create them. While Barack Obama is ready to "spread the wealth around," John McCain has a plan to get our economy moving so everyone has access to good jobs, a quality education and the opportunity to succeed.

John McCain and Sarah Palin don't just talk about change ... they deliver.

The next President won't have time to get used to the office. America faces many challenges here at home, and many enemies abroad in this dangerous world. We cannot spend the next four years as we have spent much of the last eight: hoping for our luck to change at home and abroad. We need a new direction, and John McCain and Sarah Palin will fight for it.

We can trust John McCain and Sarah Palin because they are reformers with a record who stand by their words and will always put their country first.

Time and time again this team of mavericks has stood up, taken on tough issues and delivered. They're the real deal. They have a clear record that can deliver results, not just rhetoric that delivers votes.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

DECISION 2008: Endorsement

McCain best choice for uncertain times

The Detroit News

The 21st century is not even a decade old and yet already the hope for an era of peace and prosperity that greeted its dawning has been squandered. It is a challenge and opportunity for the man who succeeds President Bush.

Financial markets that rose to incredible heights without an ethical foundation have brought the economy to the brink of collapse. Tyrants emboldened by the often heavy-handed and inept foreign policy of the Bush administration have established rogue regimes in every corner of the world to threaten U.S. interests and security.

During these perilous times, the nation needs an experienced, proven leader in the White House. Sen. John McCain is best equipped for the job.

The Republican presidential candidate has the character, pragmatism and independence necessary to lead a united America past our poisonous partisan divisions and into a more civil and productive future.

We readily acknowledge that McCain has run a distressingly ineffective presidential campaign. He has failed to find his voice on the campaign trail, rarely revealing the appealing personal characteristics and refreshing political views that caused us to endorse him in Michigan's Republican primary in January.

His selection of Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin as his running-mate also gives us pause. Palin is a promising governor and has excited the Republican base, but she is clearly not prepared for the role she was chosen to play and is costing McCain support he might have expected from undecided voters who harbor doubts about the seasoning of Democrat Barack Obama.

But America's knowledge of John McCain goes well beyond the presidential candidate. We've known the Arizona senator for 26 years of stellar service in Congress, and before that as a war hero who endured with courage the unspeakable horrors of a North Vietnamese prison camp.

He is both tested and tempered by his extensive political and military experience. But more than anything else, McCain stands out for being his own man, driven by principle and not afraid to challenge the status quo.

He has been among the Senate's most independent members, repeatedly eschewing ideology to work across the aisle for bipartisan agreements. He has been willing to buck his own party, as he did in leading the push for campaign finance reform, and to rise above political gamesmanship, as he did in negotiating a compromise that broke the judicial nominee logjam. He is nearly alone in the Senate in refusing to thrust his hands into the earmark pork barrel.

And he has been right on the most pressing issues of the day, from climate change to immigration.

Had Congress listened to McCain's warning in 2005 about the dangers of the exploding sub-prime mortgage market, the financial crisis choking the nation today might be less severe. Had the Bush administration heeded McCain's plea for a troop surge earlier in the Iraq War, more of America's soldiers might now be home.

In choosing McCain, we do not ignore the profound significance of Sen. Obama's candidacy. His place atop the Democratic ticket represents a dramatic leap forward for diversity in the national leadership. He has brought an inspiring message of change and hope to American politics and has been unflappable on the campaign trail.

He is a man of tremendous ability who will surely continue to play a vital national role.

But if he wins this election, he will enter the White House as the most inexperienced president since Herbert Hoover in 1928. His proposals reflect the Democratic Party's big-spending orthodoxy. Conservative estimates place the price tag for his new programs at nearly $350 billion a year, and yet he vows even more middle class tax cuts.

Obama would raise taxes on investors and costs for job creators at a time when America needs more investment and jobs.

By contrast, McCain vows to freeze spending while he scours the budget for areas where it can be cut. Though his opponents deride a spending freeze as a simplistic response, we must take a breather from the Bush-era spending spree that has increased the size of government by 50 percent during the past eight years.

McCain has a well-earned reputation as a spending hawk. Although he now supports making them permanent, he opposed the Bush tax cuts in 2001 because they were not matched by off-setting spending cuts. Again, had McCain prevailed, the nation would have had the economic growth the tax cuts helped produce without the appalling deficits the spending generated. If elected, we hope he hews to his original stance that tax cuts and spending cuts should go hand-in-hand.

Though economic concerns are understandably dominating the nation's attention, it can't be forgotten that the world remains a very dangerous place. Within the next year, the new president will have to make difficult decisions about how to answer Iran's push toward nuclear capability. Venezuela's Hugo Chavez continues to agitate in South America, Vladimir Putin appears determined to remove Russia from the league of democratic nations and North Korea is ever volatile.

The next president will be charged with stabilizing Iraq so American troops can leave that country in good conscience. He will also have to find an answer for Afghanistan that doesn't bog down America in another long conflict or provoke Pakistan, a tenuous and nuclear armed ally.

McCain may lack the inspirational qualities of his opponent, but if this were a blind audition judged solely on the resumes of the two candidates, he would win decisively.

John McCain has what it takes to lead America in these very uncertain times.

Posted at 3:27 PM on 10/17/2008 by Michael Goldfarb
Plungers in Virginia

CNN posts this photo from the Obama rally in Roanoke, Virginia:

Posted at 9:37 AM on 10/17/2008 by Michael Goldfarb
Obama First

First he bumps the World Series for a political ad, now he's bumped the national anthem for a political speech. But as his campaign attacks Joe the Plumber for daring to ask a question of a Presidential in front of his own house, it's important to remember that Barack Obama has the same hopes and dreams as the rest of us--caviar dreams:
THOUGH he's battling GOP accusations that he's an Ivy League elitist, Barack Obama has a lifestyle of the rich and famous, like TV show host Robin Leach, who always signed off, "Champagne wishes and caviar dreams!" While he was at a meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Michelle Obama called room service and ordered lobster hors d'oeuvres, two whole steamed lobsters, Iranian caviar and champagne, a tipster told Page Six.

Posted at 10:33 PM on 10/15/2008 by Michael Goldfarb
Fighting for Joe the Plumber

From McCain campaign communications director Jill Hazelbaker:
"John McCain won tonight's debate with strong, clear straight talk about setting a new direction for our country and fighting for working families. He outlined a specific, bold plan for creating jobs, helping those near retirement, keeping people in their homes, curbing spending, lowering health care costs and achieving energy independence. He vowed to fight for 'Joe the Plumber' every day he is President and he affirmed his belief that we shouldn't raise taxes just to 'spread the wealth.' While Barack Obama is measuring the drapes and campaigning against a man not even on the ballot, John McCain demonstrated that he has the experience, judgment, independence and courage to fight for every American."

Posted at 10:18 PM on 10/15/2008 by Debate Facts


Barack Obama has been consistently against a Partial Birth Abortion ban.

The Facts About Barack Obama's Record:

In The Illinois State Senate, Barack Obama Voted Against (S.B. 230) The Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act. (S.B. 230: Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee, Passed, 7-2, 3/4/97, Obama Voted Nay)


Posted at 10:16 PM on 10/15/2008 by Debate Facts


Barack Obama has an extreme voting record on "Born Alive."

The Facts About Barack Obama's Record:

In The Illinois State Senate, Barack Obama Voted At Least Six Times Against Legislation That Would Protect The Life Of A Child Born Alive During An Abortion Procedure. (S.B. 1082: Illinois Senate Health And Human Services Committee, Rejected, 4-6-0, 3/12/03, Obama Voted Nay; S.B. 1093: Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee, Passed, 7-4, 3/27/01, Obama Voted Nay; S.B. 1094: Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee, Passed, 7-4, 3/27/01, Obama Voted Nay; S.B. 1095: Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee, Passed, 7-4, 3/27/01, Obama Voted Nay; S.B. 1662: Senate Floor Third Reading, Passed, 30-12-10, 4/4/02, Obama Voted Nay; S.B. 1663: Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee, Passed, 6-3-1, 3/5/02, Obama Voted Nay)


Posted at 10:11 PM on 10/15/2008 by Debate Facts


Barack Obama's own campaign doesn't know how many small businesses would be exempted under his health care plan.

The Facts:

Barack Obama's Campaign Has Not "Put Out A Specific Number" When Asked To Identify Which Small Businesses Would Qualify For The Small Business Exemption And Tax Credit. "Under Obama's health plan, businesses over an unspecified size would have to either make a 'meaningful contribution' to their employees' health coverage or else pay an undefined percentage of payroll towards the costs of the national plan. Obama has also promised 'small businesses' that he would provide them with a refundable tax credit worth up to 50 percent of what they contribute towards their employees' health premiums. 'We haven't put out a specific number,' said Jason Furman, Obama's director of economic policy, when asked by ABC News to identify who would be covered by Obama's small business exemption and health-care tax credit." (Gregory Wallace and Teddy Davis, "Obama Fuzzy On 'Small Business' Exemption," ABC's "Political Radar" Blog,, 8/5/08)

Posted at 10:09 PM on 10/15/2008 by Debate Facts


Barack Obama's attacks on John McCain's health care plan are "wrong."

The Facts:

The Obama Campaign Is "Wrong" About John McCain's Health Care Plan
  • Michael Dobbs, Washington Post Fact Checker: Obama-Biden Has "Mischaracterized" John McCain's Health Care Plan. "Joe Biden mischaracterized McCain's proposal for giving Americans a tax credit to pay for their own health insurance programs in return for taxing the health benefits they receive from employers. He suggested that the average American family would lose around $7,000 on the deal, receiving a $5,000 tax credit in return for having to pay $12,000 for their own health care program. In fact, the non-partisan Tax Policy Center has calculated that most American families would come out slightly ahead for the next decade at least." (Michael Dobbs, "Vice Presidential Debate: St. Louis," Washington Post Fact Checker, 10/2/08)


Posted at 10:06 PM on 10/15/2008 by Debate Facts


Barack Obama has proposed a costly health care plan with "zero credible evidence" it will help anyone.

The Facts:

Despite Earlier Claims That It Would Cost Less, Barack Obama Recently Said His Plan Will Cost $150 Billion
  • Barack Obama Said On "60 Minutes" That His Plan Would Cost $150 Billion. CBS' Steve Kroft: "How much is it going to cost? $150 billion it's going to cost, right?" Obama: "It is. It is. But we pay for every dime that we propose to spend. I believe in pay as you go. That if you want to propose a new program, you better cut some old ones. If you want to expand a program, then you better figure out where the money's coming from." (CBS' "60 Minutes," 9/21/08)


Posted at 9:59 PM on 10/15/2008 by Debate Facts


Despite his claims, Barack Obama is the "most protectionist U.S. presidential candidate in decades."

The Facts About Barack Obama's Record:

The Wall Street Journal: "Mr. Obama Is Promising Change You Can Believe In. But On Trade, It Is Closer To The Status Quo Americans Will Be Paying For." (Editorial, "Change You'll Have To Pay For," The Wall Street Journal, 5/28/08)


Posted at 9:52 PM on 10/15/2008 by Debate Facts


Barack Obama's energy plan will "do nothing to answer the nation's long-term needs."

The Facts About Barack Obama's Record

The Detroit News: Barack Obama's Energy Plan Will "Do Nothing To Answer The Nation's Long-Term Needs." "The latest additions to Sen. Barack Obama's energy plan, outlined during an appearance in Lansing Monday, may win the Democratic presidential candidate some votes from disgruntled consumers in November, but they'll do nothing to answer the nation's long-term needs." (Editorial, "Obama's Energy Plan Is Fueled By Populism," The Detroit News, 8/5/08)


Posted at 9:50 PM on 10/15/2008 by Debate Facts


Despite what he said tonight, Barack Obama has a long relationship with ACORN that extends back to the early 1990s.

The Facts About Barack Obama's Record:

ACORN's Political Action Committee Endorsed Barack Obama For President. "[A]CORN's political action committee endorsed Barack Obama for President. ... The endorsement reflects a belief that Obama – who worked as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago – understands that change must come from the ground-up, as part of a working coalition, rather than from position papers." (Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Op-Ed, "ACORN: Obama Gets It," The Nation, 2/23/08)


Posted at 9:32 PM on 10/15/2008 by Debate Facts


Barack Obama talks about reaching across the aisle but he hasn't done so in the Senate.

The Facts About Barack Obama's Record:

The Associated Press: "None" Of Barack Obama's Touted Bipartisan Efforts Paced Him "At Odds With The Leaders Of His Own Party Or Gave Significant Offense To Outside Interest Groups With Democrats." (David Espo, "Bipartisanship Marks McCain's Senate Tenure," Associated Press, 7/2/08)


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