Friday, January 19, 2007
The media is in full aflutter over Barack Hussein Obama, the US Senator who has served 2 years in the Senate. After all, the media argues, Obama is black, he is black, and - let's not forget - he is black. And he could be the first black President, if elected.
His views? What are Obama's views? What has he done?
Hey! the media yells. Who cares what he stands for? Who cares what he has done? After all, he is black! That has to stand for something, right?
Reporters Swarm Obama After Announcement
WASHINGTON (AP) - A photographer or two on the beach in Hawaii is nothing compared to the Capitol Hill swarm that greeted the newest presidential hopeful - Sen. Barack Obama.
Emerging from a lunch with colleagues Wednesday, reporters pressed the Illinois Democrat, who gave away little about his budding campaign. His appearance at a routine committee hearing drew every camera in the room, while the more senior senators who are thinking of running were ignored.
“Is there something rare at this table among competitors?” a smiling Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., remarked as he sat with Obama on his left and two other potential 2008 candidates - Sens. John Kerry of Massachusetts and Joe Biden of Delaware - on his right.
After months of hype, the freshman senator jumped into the White House race Tuesday by forming a presidential exploratory committee and disclosing that an official announcement would come Feb. 10. Obama got in the race despite saying a day earlier that he was concerned to find a photographer ``lurking in the bushes'' when he was on vacation in Hawaii with his family last month.
Imagine - the reporters were "lurking"! And who could they be lurking at?
Obviously, a nobody. Because if you look at the most whitebread of sites on Obama, you will see a dearth of discussion about his stands on the issues, and even less discussion about his record, which makes him an empty suit.
Barack Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961 to an American mother and a Kenyan father. When he was two, his parents, who had met as students at the University of Hawaii, divorced. Obama's Harvard-educated father then returned to Kenya, where he worked in the economics ministry. Obama lived in Indonesia with his mother and stepfather for part of his childhood, returning to Hawaii to finish high school. He graduated from Columbia University, where he majored in political science and specialized in international relations. He then attended Harvard Law School, graduated magna cum laude, and served as the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, he worked as a community organizer and a civil rights lawyer in Chicago. He also taught at the University of Chicago Law School as a senior lecturer specializing in constitutional law. Obama represented the South Side of Chicago in the Illinois State Senate from 1996–2004 as a Democrat. In 2004, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, winning with 70% of the vote against the conservative black Republican, Alan Keyes. Obama became the only African-American serving in the U.S. Senate (and the fifth in U.S. history). Obama's idealism, commitment to civil rights, and telegenic good looks generated enormous media attention for his Senate campaign. The eloquence of his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic Nation Convention in Boston, Mass., confirmed his status as one of the Democratic party's freshest and most inspirational new leaders.
So...where is his record? The answer?
He has none.
And if Barack Hussein Obama were named Robert Harry Jones, no one would give him one moment of attention, and would laugh if he said he was running for President of the United States.