Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Who is Obama?

Can somebody tell me why Barack Obama is so popular? It's not that I dislike the guy; it's that I don't even know what he's all about and have yet to meet anyone who does. From what I can tell, he's popular because people say he's popular. So please, if you're an Obama fan, let me know why.

I have read a little about Obama, including an uninformative recent New Yorker article. He is a junior senator from Illinois. He is the only current serving senator of African descent (his father was born in Africa). He was opposed to the Iraq war despite not being a member of Congress in 2002. He is your typical populist democratic presidential candidate: a liberal idealist and completely un-electable.
You are right, he is popular because people say he is popular, in 12 months when the Iowa primary crushes his aspirations (see Dean 2004) he will go away quietly. Or maybe not.
Possible 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 atheist 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 relocated to Indonesia.
Obama attended 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 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 Obamas 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.
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