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Barack Obama

"He needs to be investigated"

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Barack Hussein Obama II is an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. Obama is a member of the Democratic Party, and was the first person of African American descent to serve as president. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was 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. He served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, running unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives in 2000. [1]

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img Yuri Michael posted a review

It's clear that Obama has plenty to do with an organization he founded and promotes on his post-presidency website (see link below), and it has been reported that he wants to merge Organizing for Action with his Foundation. Secondly, it does not matter if he can or cannot actually overthrow the government. The law only requires that he is trying to do it -- not that he is able to do it. Finally, all I am asking for is an investigation. No one is above the law -- not even ex Presidents. https://barackobama.com/

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img John Adams posted a review

During the last days of his presidency, Barack Obama greatly expanded the government's ability to access domestic surveillance information on Americans. According to the New York Times, Obama's “new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.”

Essentially, instead of acting as a firewall between the massive amount of information it collects and the rest of the government, the new rules mean the N.S.A. must now share its raw surveillance data with other departments.

The move was largely ignored by the media, but is now being reexamined in light of revelations that someone with access to the N.S.A.'s surveillance programs used it to eavesdrop on then private citizen Michael Flynn's phone conversations and leaked it to the media. The conversations included several with Russian officials regarding U.S. sanctions on that country. The conversations were politically damaging (though likely not illegal) and their exposure led to Flynn resigning as National Security Advisor.

Whether the new rules made it easier for someone to use the N.S.A. surveillance info against Flynn is unknown, but a debate currently rages over whether it would enable future abuse of power.

1 week ago
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img Ian Da Silva posted a review

But now people want to pretend like they are sticking up for Muslims???

Freaking out over Trump's Muslim policy is very disingenuous.

on January 29, 2017
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img Justin Thomas posted a review

The huge transfer was one of Mr Obama’s last acts in the White House with the cash being released just hours before Donald Trump was inaugurated last Friday. 

However, the new president’s administration attempted to freeze the transfer, with two Republican congressman requesting a hold. 

These holds, however, while usually respected are not legally binding and the Palestinian president's office confirmed the transfer had gone through succesfully. 

on January 28, 2017
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img Lucas Lynch posted a review

Incoming US President Donald Trump has said he will wage war on Isis, vowing to "bomb the s*** out of 'em".

And as the world gears up for a seemingly more violent four years, it is worth reflecting on President Obama's tenure

 
According to newly released figures, President Obama had already upped the number of bombs on foreign countries.

US forces dropped over 3,000 more bombs in 2016 than 2015, taking the grand total of strikes for the year to at least 26,171.

on January 26, 2017
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img Yuri Michael posted a review

POLITICAL NARRATIVE: Barack Obama was a popular, well liked president, finishing with approval ratings higher than many recent presidents.

REALITY: President Obama's average approval ratings for the entirety of his presidency compare poorly to his predecessors. According to Gallup, “Barack Obama finished his tenure as president with a 47.9% average job approval rating. That ranks below eight presidents and ahead of only three -- Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Harry Truman -- in Gallup's polling history.”

It should be noted that some of those above him on the list had approval averages that benefited from events that, for a time, rallied the nation behind them. George H.W. Bush places third, for example, despite losing his reelection, because of high ratings during the first Gulf War. His son George W. Bush experienced a period of extremely high ratings of 90%+ approval for time following the 9/11 attacks. These increased their overall averages, offsetting the periods of low ratings they experienced.

Still, the numbers lay bare the false claim that he was a popular president. His approval at the end of his last term only rose after he withdrew from the spotlight and the nation turned its attention to the viciously negative campaign to succeed him.

on January 25, 2017
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img Lucas Lynch posted a review

• 1/20/09 - Obama inaugurated as 44th president.

• 1/22/09 - Signs executive order announcing the closure of the Guantanamo Bay within a year.

• 1/23/09 - Orders the first two Predator drone airstrikes of his presidency.

• 2/3/09 - Two of Obama's cabinet nominees and several other choices for high level administration positions withdraw from consideration after various embarrassing revelations.

• 2/4/09 - Cancels 77 leases sold by the Bush administration to oil and gas companies, while letting only 39 leases stand.

• 2/17/09 - Signs into law the $787 billion Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a.k.a. the Stimulus.

• 2/17/09 - Deploys 17,000 additional troops to Afghanistan.

• 2/18/09 - GM and Chrysler ask for a second bailout loan. George W. Bush approved the first just 2 months earlier.

• 2/27/09 - Cancels leases for oil shale development on 1,900,000 acres of federal land in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

• 3/2/09 - Pledges $900 million in aid to the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

• 3/6/09 - Secretary of State Clinton gives a "reset" button to the President of Russia.

• 3/11/09 - Signs the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, which, along with the stimulus and the other 2009 budget appropriations, comprise the biggest increase in spending in American history.

• 3/19/09 - Releases a video message to the Iranian people and government offering "a new beginning".

• 3/30/09 - Adds two million acres land in in California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia to the National Wilderness Preservation System.

• 4/3/09 - Makes one of many speeches in foreign countries that will become derided as the "Obama Apology Tour." In this one, in Strasbourg, France, Obama says "there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive."

• 4/5/09 - Makes speech in the Czech Republic saying he will "seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons" while recognizing right of developing nations to pursue nuclear power.

• 4/12/09 - Approves military action to free Richard Phillips, captured by pirates in the Maersk Alabama hijacking.

• 5/19/09 - Announces plan to require all cars and light trucks to have a fuel efficiency of at least 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016, in an attempt to reduce the United States' contributions to global warming.

• 5/26/09 - Nominates Sonia Sotomayor to replace retiring Supreme Court justice David Souter.

• 6/4/09 - Obama gives a speech in Cairo, Egypt "introducing himself to the muslim world".

• 6/17/09 - Announces the largest increase in regulations in history, what will eventually become the Dodd-Frank law.

• 6/26/09 - Signs "Cash-for-Clunkers", a law intended to boost fuel efficiency and stimulate American automakers. It is now recognized as having backfired. It led to a gain in American market share for Japanese and Korean manufacturers at the expense of U.S. car makers (while Japan's own program excluded U.S. cars) and improved the average fuel economy by just 0.6 mpg.

• 6/27/09 - The removal of American combat troops from Iraqi cities begins.

• 7/17/09 - Elaborates on plans to overhaul healthcare.

• 7/30/09 - After saying Boston police "acted stupidly" in arresting African-American Henry Gates and claiming police are prejudiced, Obama holds a "beer summit" with Gates and the arresting officer.

• 9/23/09 - Addresses the U.N., saying he envisions a "common future" of a world in which "the interests of peoples and nations are shared."

• 10/2/09 - Travels to Denmark with Oprah Winfrey in a failed attempt to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics to Chicago.

• 10/9/09 - Is awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".

• 11/5/09 - The first major terror attack since 9/11/01 occurs at Ft. Hood, TX when Maj. Nidal Hasan killed 13 and wounded 30 others. The Obama administration refuses to categorize the attack as terror.

• 11/16/09 - Visits China.

• 12/25/09 - Al-Qaeda operative Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempts but fails to detonate plastic explosives concealed in his underwear during a flight to Detroit with 290 people on board.

on January 22, 2017
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img Simi Rehman posted a review

Let me acknowledge up front that Obama's tenure was marked by several failures, chief of which was in the realm of foreign policy especially toward the Middle East.

But there is one accusation many hurl at Obama that I think is patently unfair and really irks me to hear it.

"Obama set race relations back 50 years" or "Barack Obama has made the racial divide worse."

Sorry, this is utter rubbish. You can accuse President Obama of many things but the one thing he has always been above is identity politics. After the incidents in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and Dallas, he was human enough to express measured sympathy for the victims, but always called for reconciliation and unity, much to the chagrin of many in the black community who feel that Obama did not do enough to speak to and for black Americans as the first black American President.

He was always caught between a rock and a hard place as the first President of Color (

on January 21, 2017
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