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TV Host Terry Anderson’s 39 points degrading Barack Obama. What the hell!

After Mccain has said a lot about Obama, and so have a hundred other people, all making news, the last thing you’d expect a country to need is a talk show host jotting down a 39 point list (note 39.. how precise) and then making news. Happens only in the US.

Well, here’s what terry Anderson had to say about Barack Obama anyway. in what Anderson calls the “not exactly” list:
(My very brief, to the point list):

  1. Obama: ” Selma March Got Me Born”
    Anderson: not exactly, Selma came into your life in 1965.
    .
  2. Barack Obama: “My father was a goat herder”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, he was well off and worked with the Kenyan government.
    .
  3. Barack Obama: “My father was freedom fighter”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, because he worked with the government of Kenya, he was involved in one of the most corrupt governments.
    .
  4. Barack Obama: “My family has ties with the freedom movement”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, Raila Odinga, your cousin has attempted corruption and disrupting fair elections in 2007, he contended for the post of president, and tried to enforce Sharia law, destroyed Christian homes, churches and killed people. Worst all, Obama support him.
    .
  5. Barack Obama: “My grandmother was born a christian, and always has been”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, shes one of 14 wives of a man, which is against Christianity and she performs ger Salat prayers at 5am everyday.
    .
  6. Barack Obama: “My name’s origin is Swahili (African)”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, Barak means blessed in Arabic, Hussein is Arabic and so is Obama.
    .
  7. Barack Obama: “I don’t practice Islam, nor have I ever”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, you practiced Islam at school, and you were enrolled a Muslim for 31 years .
    .
  8. Barack Obama: “My Indonesian school was Chistian”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, you were registered as a Muslim. ( So??? )
    .
  9. Barack Obama: “I was fluent in Indonesian”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, none of your teachers confirm that.
    .
  10. Barack Obama: “Because of Indonesia, I have relevant foreing expereince”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, you stayed there for 4 years between the ages of 6 and 10 and learnt nothing but Koran and cartoons.
    .
  11. Barack Obama: “I’m strong on foreign affairs”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, no, you’re not because you’ve only been to middle east, indonesian and Africa. (how lame is that ? )
    .
  12. Barack Obama: “My ethnic confusion can be blamed on elderly drug use”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, you never brought up Kenya when in high school.
    .
  13. Barack Obama: “An Ebony artcle made me run for the office”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, the article doesn’t exist.
    .
  14. Barack Obama: “An article in the life magazine changed my life”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, this article doesn’t exist either.
    .
  15. Barack Obama: “I won’t run in 2008, on a national ticket”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, you are running now.
    .
  16. Barack Obama: “Its common to vote president in illinois”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, only for you, not everyone has 130 “present votes”.
    .
  17. Barack Obama: “Oops I misvoted”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, only when caught by Democrats and Christians, did you bother to change.
    .
  18. Barack Obama: “I was a law professor”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, you were a senior lecturer on leave.
    .
  19. Barack Obama: “I was a constitutional lawyer”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, as mentioned above, you were just a senior lecturer on leave.
    .
  20. Barack Obama: “There wouldn’t be an ethics bill if not for me”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, you didn’t introduce, write or create it.
    .
  21. Barack Obama: “It was hard to pass the ethics bill”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, it took only fourteen days.
    .
  22. Barack Obama: “I also wrote a tough nuclear bill”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, it was rejected by your own party because of its negligence.
    .
  23. Barack Obama: “my state records are released”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, state bills still haven’t been released.
    .
  24. Barack Obama: “I handled the mess at Asbestos Altgeld Gardens”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, it was a large number of people, but you’ve mentioned just yourself.
    .
  25. Barack Obama: “The economics bill by me will help America”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, your bill, which was a collective of your 111 economic policies lost 99 to 0 and you voted against it too.
    .
  26. Barack Obama: “I’ve been a bold leader”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, your supporters don’t believe that.
    .
  27. Barack Obama: “I passed 26 of my bills in 1 year”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, they weren’t your bills, just the ones handed to you.
    .
  28. Barack Obama: “We didn’t contact Canada about NAFTA”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, The Canadian govt has released names and the conversation your campaign had.
    .
  29. Barack Obama: “I’m against terrorism and tough on it”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, Your friend Ali Abunimah supports Israel’s destruction and you missed the Iran resolution.
    .
  30. Barack Obama: “I want all votes to count”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, earlier you had asked the delegates to decide?.
    .
  31. Barack Obama: “I want the Americans to take decisions”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, you prefer small time periods, confuse voters and force a public vote.
    .
  32. Barack Obama: “In state Senate, i passed 900 bills”
    erry Anderson: not exactly, only 26.
    .
  33. Barack Obama: “I don’t believe in tactics, only fairness”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, Alice palmer was removed because of your tactics.
    .
  34. Barack Obama: “My father was a goat herder”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, he was well off and worked with the Kenyan government.
    .
  35. Barack Obama: “I don’t take money for PAC”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, you do, loads of it.
    .
  36. Barack Obama: “1984 advertisement has nothing to do with my election”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, it was made by your campaign worked on his Apple, Mac.
    .
  37. Barack Obama: “I am and have been against Iraq’s policies”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, you’ve been voting to fund Iraq and weren’t in office to to vote against.
    .
  38. Barack Obama: “I support Universal Health Care”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, you plan leaves Americans to pay 15 million, people who don’t have money to buy.
  39. Barack Obama: “Auschwitz concentration camp was freed by my uncle”
    Terry Anderson: not exactly, it was done by the Russian army and your mother had no brothers.

What do you think? Its not only very surprising, and not only do I not believe a word Terry Anderson says anyway, but a real shame for Mccains campaign, which despite millions spent on degrading Obama, was never able to confirm these facts. I’ll be looking out to get more news on this, and possibly a comment from Barack Obama’s campaign.

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10 replies on “TV Host Terry Anderson’s 39 points degrading Barack Obama. What the hell!”

I cannot say every comment is true only because I didn’t do the research. HOWEVER, if Terry said it, I know it’s there.

I have know Terry since school and trust his word.

Most of the “information” in the answer to Point 6 is either misleading or incorrect.

The “exact” information about “Barack” is that it is an Anglicized spelling of Baraka, which is a Swahili name derived from an Arabic name which meant “blessings”. Much of the vocabulary of Swahili goes back to Arabic, just like much of the vocabulary of English goes back to French, Latin, or Hebrew. Barack is both Swahili and Arabic by origin, just like John is both English and Hebrew, depending on what part of its history you are emphasizing.

Obama is NOT an Arabic name. It was originally the given name of the senator’s great-grandfather. It is derived from the DhoLuo language spoken by the Luo tribe. It was created from the verb “bam” which means “to be twisted or bent.” The O- is a masculine prefix; many Luo male names begin with O-, while female ones begin with A-. Luo names were traditionally given by the baby’s mother or grandmother and refer to circumstances around the child’s birth. No one knows why the senator’s great-grandfather was given the name, but the best possibilities are either that the baby was the product of a breech birth, or that one of his arms or legs looked bent right after he was born.

Did Terry Anderson the TV host actually have anything to do with this? Somehow I doubt it — before this list was associated with Anderson, it was a popular chain letter, and it has been refuted by Snopes:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/50lies.asp

snopes.com: Obama’s 50 Lies / Obama Not Exactly

• Message Archive
Home –> Politics –> Barack Obama –> Obama’s 50 Lies

Obama’s 50 Lies

Claim: E-mail lists fifty lies told by Barack Obama.

Status: Multiple — see below.

Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2008]

1.) Selma Got Me Born – LIAR, your parents felt safe enough to have
you in 1961 – Selma had no effect on your birth, as Selma was in
1965.

2.) Father Was A Goat Herder – LIAR, he was a privileged, well
educated youth, who went on to work with the Kenyan Government.

3.) Father Was A Proud Freedom Fighter – L IAR, he was part of one
of the most corrupt and violent governments Kenya has ever had.

4.) My Family Has Strong Ties To African Freedom – LIAR, your cousin
Raila Odinga has created mass violence in attempting to overturn a
legitimate election in 2007, in Kenya. It is the first widespread
violence in decades.

5.) My Grandmother Has Always Been A Christian – LIAR, she does her
daily Salat prayers at 5am according to her own interviews.
According to the New York Times: “I am a strong believer of the
Islamic faith,” Ms. Obama, 85, said in a recent interview in Kenya.’
Not to mention, Christianity wouldn’t allow her to have been one of
14 wives to 1 man.

6.) My Name is African Swahili – LIAR, your name is Arabic and
‘Baraka’ (from which Barack came) means ‘blessed’ in that language.
Hussein is also Arabic and so is Obama.

7.) I Never Practiced Islam – LIAR, you practiced it daily at
school, where you were registered as a Muslim and kept that faith
for 31 years,until your wife made you change, so you could run for
office.

8.) My School In Indonesia Was Christian – LIAR, you were registered
as Muslim there and got in trouble in Koranic Studies for making
faces (check your own book).

9.) I Was Fluent In Indonesian – LIAR, not one teacher says you
could speak the language.

10.) Because I Lived In Indonesia, I Have More Foreign Experience –
LIAR, you were there from the ages of 6 to 10, and couldn’t even
spea k the language. What did you learn, how to study the Koran and
watch cartoons.

11.) I Am Stronger On Foreign Affairs – LIAR, except for Africa
(surprise) and the Middle East (bigger surprise), you have never
been anywhere else on the planet and thus have NO experience with
our closest allies. You seek to disarm America while our avowed
enemy, Iran, will not subject itself to a nuclear ban. Top Hamas
politica l adviser Ahmed Yousef said the Hamas terrorist group
‘supports Obama’s foreign policy vision’.

12.) I Blame My Early Drug Use On Ethnic Confusion – LIAR, you were
quite content in high school to be Barry Obama, no mention of Kenya
and no mention of struggle to identify – your classmates said you
were just fine.

13.) An Ebony Article Moved Me To Run For Office – LIAR, Ebony has
yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn’t, and
never did, exist.

14.) A Life Magazine Article Changed My Outlook On Life – LIAR, Life
has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn’t,
and never did, exist.

15.) I Won’t Run On A National Ticket In ’08 – LIAR, here you are,
despite saying, live on TV, that you would not have enough
experience by then, and you are all about having experience first.

16.) Present Votes Are Common In Illinois – LIAR, they are common
for YOU, but not many others have 130 NO VOTES.

17.) Oops, I Misvoted – LIAR, only when caught by church groups and
Democrats, did you beg to change your misvote.

18.) I Was A Professor Of Law – LIAR, you were a senior lecturer ON
LEAVE.

19.) I Was A Constitutional Lawyer – LIAR, you were a senior
lecturer ON LEAVE.

20.) Without Me, There Would Be No Ethics Bill – LIAR, you didn’t
write it,introduce it, change it, or create it.

21.) The Ethics Bill Was Hard To Pass – LIAR, it took just 14 days
from start to finish.

22.) I Wrote
A Tough Nuclear Bill – LIAR, your bill was rejected by your own
party for its pandering and lack of all regulation – mainly because
of your Nuclear Donor, Exelon, from which David Axelrod came.

23.) I Have Released My State Records – LIAR, as of March, 2008,
state bills you sponsored or voted for have yet to be released,
exposing all the special interests pork hidden within.

24.) I Took On The Asbestos Altgeld Gardens Mess – LIAR, you were
part of a large group of people who remedied Altgeld Gardens. You
failed to mention anyone else but yourself, in your books.

25.) My Economics Bill Will Help America – LIAR, your 111 economic
policies were just combined into a proposal which lost 99-0, and
even YOU voted against your own bill.

26.) I Have Been A Bold Leader In Illinois – LIAR, even your own
supporters claim to have not seen BOLD action on your part.

27.) I Passed 26 Of My Own Bills In One Year – LIAR, they were not
YOUR bills, but rather handed to you, after their creation by a
fellow Senator, to assist you in a future bid for higher office.

28.) No One Contacted Canada About NAFTA – LIAR, the Candian
Government issued the names and a memo of the conversation your
campaign had with them.

29.) I Am Tough On Terrorism – LIAR, you missed the Iran Resolution
vote on terrorism and your good friend Ali Abunimah supports the
destruction of Israel. You state you will open friendly
communication with the Leader of Iran who is attempting to develop
nuclear weapons to destroy us, but refuse to speak to FOX news. You
are against provisions of the Patriot act which would all
wiretapping of the phones of suspected terrorists in the USA.

30.) I Am Not Acting As President Yet – LIAR, after the NAFTA Memo,
a dead terrorist in the FARC, in Colombia, was found with a letter
stating how you and he were working together on getting FARC
recognized officially.

31.) I Didn’t Run Ads In Florida – LIAR, you allowed national ads to
run 8-12 times per day for two weeks – and you still lost.

32.) I Won Michigan – LIAR, no you didn’t.

33.) I won Nevada – LIAR, no you did not.

34.) I Want All Votes To Count – LIAR, you said let the delegates
decide.

35.) I Want Americans To Decide – LIAR, you prefer caucuses that
limit the vote, confuse the voters, force a public vote, and only
operate during small windows of time.

36.) I passed 900 Bills in the State Senate – LIAR, you passed 26,
most of which you didn’t write yourself.

37.) My Campaign Was Extorted By A Friend – LIAR, that friend is
threatening to sue if you do not stop saying this. Obama has stopped
saying this.

38.) I Believe In Fairness, Not Tactics – LIAR, you used tactics to
eliminate Alice Palmer from running against you.

39.) I Don’t Take PAC Money – LIAR, you take loads of it.

40.) I don’t Have Lobbysists – LIAR, you have over 47 lobbyists, and
counting.

41.) My Campaign Had Nothing To Do With The 1984 Ad – LIAR, your own
campaign worker made the ad on his Apple in one afternoon.

42.) My Campaign Never Took Over MySpace – LIAR, Tom, who started
MySpace issued a warning about this advertising to MySpace clients.

43.) I Inspire People With My Words – LIAR, you inspire people with
other people’s words.

44.) I Have Passed Bills In The U.S. Senate – LIAR, you have passed
A BILL in the U.S. Senate – for Africa, which shows YOUR priorities.

45.) I Have Always Been Against Iraq – LIAR, you weren’t in office
to vote against it AND you have voted to fund it every single time,
unlike Kucinich, who seems to be out gutting you Obama. You also
seem to be stepping back from your departure date – AGAIN.

46.) I Have Always Supported Universal Health Care – LIAR, your plan
leaves us all to pay the 15,000,000 who don’t have to buy it.

47.) I Only Found Out About My Investment Conflicts Via Mail – LIAR,
both companies you site as having sent you letters about this
conflict have no record of any such letter ever being created or
sent.

48.) I Am As Patriotic As Anyone – LIAR, you won’t wear a flag pin
and you don’t put your hand over your heart during the Anthem. There
is a Cuban Flag with Che Guevara Displayed at Barack Obama Campaign
Office which you allow to be displayed. You voted against making
english the official language of the United States. You voted to
give illegal aliens social security benefits, which would bankrupt
the social security system for Americans legally paying into it.

49.) My Wife Didn’t Mean What She Said About Pride In Country –
LIAR, your wife’s words follow lock-step in the vain of Rev. Wright
and Louis Farrahkan, in relation to their contempt and hatred of
America.

50.) Wal-Mart Is A Company I Wouldn’t Support – LIAR, your wife has
received nearly a quarter of a million dollars through Treehouse,
which is connected to Wal-Mart.

Origins:

Selma Got Me Born – LIAR, your parents felt safe enough to have you in
1961 – Selma had no effect on your birth, as Selma was in 1965.
This criticism is based on an overly-literal interpretation of Barack
Obama’s 2007 speech in Selma, Alabama, which we covered in a separate
article.

Father Was A Goat Herder – LIAR, he was a privileged, well educated youth,
who went on to work with the Kenyan Government.
These attributes are not mutually exclusive: Barack Obama’s (biological)
father was all of these things at different times in his life, as Obama
described in his book, Dreams from My Father:
[My father] was as African, I would learn, a Kenyan of the Luo tribe, born
on the shores of Lake Victoria in a place called Alego. The village was
poor, but his father — my other grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama — had
been a prominent farmer, an elder of the tribe, a medicine man with
healing powers. My father grew up herding his father’s goats and attending
the local school, set up by the British colonial administration, where he
had shown great promise. He eventually won a scholarship to study in
Nairobi; and then, on the eve of Kenyan independence, he had been selected
by Kenyan leaders and American sponsors to attend a university in the
United States.

Father Was A Proud Freedom Fighter – LIAR, he was part of one of the most
corrupt and violent governments Kenya has ever had.
We are unaware of Barack Obama’s ever having claimed his father was a
“proud freedom fighter.” Obama has written (and spoken) at length about
his father’s returning to Africa from America to work for the Kenyan
government, with that country’s political turmoil eventually leaving him a
“bitter drunk” and “a defeated, lonely bureaucrat.”

My Family Has Strong Ties To African Freedom – LIAR, your cousin Raila
Odinga has created mass violence in attempting to overturn a legitimate
election in 2007, in Kenya. It is the first widespread violence in
decades.
As we discussed in a separate article, Kenyan politician Raila Odinga has
recently claimed to be Barack Obama’s cousin, but there is no substantive
evidence documenting his claim, and the two men share no meaningful
familial connection.

My Grandmother Has Always Been A Christian – LIAR, she does her daily
Salat prayers at 5am according to her own interviews. According to the New
York Times: “I am a strong believer of the Islamic faith,” Ms. Obama, 85,
said in a recent interview in Kenya.’ Not to mention, Christianity
wouldn’t allow her to have been one of 14 wives to 1 man.
The author has apparently confused Obama’s grandmothers. In the instance
cited above, Obama was speaking of his maternal grandmother, Madelyn
Dunham, not his paternal grandmother. (In 2007 Obama described his
maternal grandparents as “nonpracticing Baptists and Methodists.”)

My Name is African Swahili – LIAR, your name is Arabic and ‘Baraka’ (from
which Barack came) means ‘blessed’ in that language. Hussein is also
Arabic and so is Obama.
Many Swahili words and names are of Arabic origin (just as many English
words originated with other languages). “Barack” is a Swahili name that
entered the language via historical trade and cultural ties with Arabia.

I Never Practiced Islam – LIAR, you practiced it daily at school, where
you were registered as a Muslim and kept that faith for 31 years, until
your wife made you change, so you could run for office.
The topic is already covered in our separate article about the (false)
claims that Barack Obama is a Muslim.

My School In Indonesia Was Christian – LIAR, you were registered as Muslim
there and got in trouble in Koranic Studies for making faces (check your
own book).
Barack Obama attended more than one school in Indonesia, one of which was
a public school that included Islamic religious instruction among its
curriculum, and one of which was a private Catholic school.

I Was Fluent In Indonesian – LIAR, not one teacher says you could speak
the language.
We are unaware of Barack Obama’s ever having claimed he was “fluent” in
any Indonesian language (beyond the level of competence that could
reasonably be expected of the non-native child speaker he was at the time
he lived in that country). He did acquire (and apparently still has) a
passable command of Bahasa, as Time magazine noted in a 2007 article:
When prominent Indonesians visit the U.S., the first person they want to
meet is Obama, says Parnohadiningrat Sudjadnan, the Indonesian ambassador
to the U.S. “Back home people think of him as one of us, or at least one
who understands us,” he says, adding that they are delighted to find that
Obama speaks passable Bahasa, the language spoken in Indonesia and
Malaysia.

Because I Lived In Indonesia, I Have More Foreign Experience – LIAR, you
were there from the ages of 6 to 10, and couldn’t even speak the language.

We have not found any citation for Obama’s having claimed that his
childhood in Indonesia qualified him as having “more foreign experience”
(what the comparative “more” refers to also isn’t clear). Barack Obama did
live in Indonesia for four years as a child, and he could in fact speak
the local language passably well. Whether his time in that country
provided him more “foreign experience” is argumentative, but people other
than Obama himself have suggested that it might:
Some would argue that his childhood experiences, as well as his mixed
heritage (his father was Kenyan, his mother from Kansas), gives him a
better inner compass on foreign policy than most Americans. They cite the
pioneering work of Ruth Hill Useem, the late sociologist of Michigan State
University, who spent her career studying what she called Third Culture
Kids — the millions of U.S. children (an estimated 20 million since the
advent of mass air travel) who have been carted abroad by their
missionary, diplomatic, corporate or military parents. These
frequent-flier kids don’t spend enough time in their adopted countries to
become fully bicultural, but they take pieces and add it to their home
values and traditions — creating millions of “Third Cultures.” Studies
have shows that kids who have spent time abroad are more likely to go to
college, to relate to one another despite the influences of vastly
differing cultures, and to latch on to one aspect of their culture — in
Obama’s case African Americanism.

I Am Stronger On Foreign Affairs – LIAR, except for Africa (surprise) and
the Middle East (bigger surprise), you have never been anywhere else on
the planet and thus have NO experience with our closest allies.
Barack Obama has lived in, traveled to, or otherwise spent time in
countries in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, including Russia, Ukraine,
Azerbaijan, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, the Palestinian Territories,
Afghanistan Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Africa, as well as
serving as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Whether his
experiences make him “stronger on foreign affairs” is argumentative, but
again, people other than Obama have suggested that it might:
“Living abroad does give you a wider view of the world,” says Zbigniew
Brzezinski, former National Security Adviser under Jimmy Carter, and a
Polish-American who spent four years as a child living in Germany with his
diplomat father. Obama is “a person with genuine sensitivity of world
affairs,” says Brzenzinski, who is supporting Obama. “It’s not the
conventional mouthing of culture sensitivities.” Brzezinski points to
Obama’s greater willingness to meet leaders of hostile nations and his
early resistance to the war in Iraq as examples of his superior intuition
on foreign policy.

I Blame My Early Drug Use On Ethnic Confusion – LIAR, you were quite
content in high school to be Barry Obama, no mention of Kenya and no
mention of struggle to identify – your classmates said you were just fine.

Obama wrote at length in his two books about his experiences growing up as
the child of mixed-race parents and the issues that accompanied that
status, and he noted in his first book, Dreams From My Father that before
entering politics he had used marijuana and cocaine. His drug use, he
wrote, was “… something that could push questions of who I was out of my
mind, something that could flatten out the landscape of my heart, blur the
edges of my memory” and said in a 2006 interview that his drug use was
“… reflective of the struggles and confusion of a teenage boy. Teenage
boys are frequently confused.”

An Ebony Article Moved Me To Run For Office – LIAR, Ebony has yet to find
the article you mention in your book. It doesn’t, and never did, exist.
We could not find an instance in either of Barack Obama’s books (or
elsewhere) where he claimed that his decision to run for public office was
influenced by an article in Ebony magazine.

A Life Magazine Article Changed My Outlook On Life – LIAR, Life has yet to
find the article you mention in your book. It doesn’t, and never did,
exist.
In Dreams from My Father, Barack Obama writes of a childhood experience
occurring on a day when his mother dropped him off at a library on her way
to work, and he began thumbing through issues of LIFE magazine:
Eventually I came across a photograph of an older man in dark glasses and
a raincoat walking down an empty road. I couldn’t guess what this picture
was about; there seemed nothing unusual about the subject. On the next
page was another photograph, this one a close-up of the same man’s hands.
They had a strange, unnatural pallor, as if blood had been drawn from the
flesh. Turning back to the first picture, I now saw that the man’s crinkly
hair, his heavy lips and broad fleshy nose, all had this same uneven,
ghostly hue.

He must be terrible sick, I thought. A radiation victim, maybem or an
albino — I had seen one of those on the street a few days before, and my
mother had explained about such things. Except when I read the words that
went with the picture, that wasn’t it at all. The man had received a
chemical treatment, the article explained, to lighten his complexion. He
had paid for it with his own money. He expressed some regret about trying
to pass himself off as a white man, was sorry about how badly things had
turned out. But the results were irreversible. There were thousands of
people like him, black men and women back in America who’d undergone the
same treatment in response to advertisements that promised happiness as a
white person.

I felt my face and neck get hot. My stomach knotted; the type began to
blur on the page. Did my mother know about this? What about her boss — why
was he so calm, reading through his reports a few feet down the hall? I
had a desperate urge to jump out of my seat, to show them what I had
learned, to demand some explanation or assurance. But something held me
back. As in a dream, I had no voice for my newfound fear. By the time my
mother came to take me home, my face wore a smile and the magazines were
back in their proper place. The room, the air, was quiet as before.
As far as we know, no one has yet found any matching article in the pages
of LIFE magazine. However, that does necessarily not mean Barack Obama saw
no such article; it may simply mean that, writing decades after the fact,
he misremembered the title of the magazine he was viewing.

I Won’t Run On A National Ticket In ’08 – LIAR, here you are, despite
saying, live on TV, that you would not have enough experience by then, and
you are all about having experience first.
In 2004, just after winning election to the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama said
during a press conference, in response to a question about his possibly
running for national office, that:
I am a believer in knowing what you’re doing when you apply for a job, and
I think that if I were to seriously consider running on a national ticket
I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the
Senate. Now, there are some people who might be comfortable doing that,
but I’m not one of them.

Present Votes Are Common In Illinois – LIAR, they are common for YOU, but
not many others have 130 NO VOTES.

A legislative “present” vote (which essentially counts as a “No” vote but
does not go on record as such) is, as the New York Times observed, “not
unusual in Illinois,” a tactic often used in concert with other party
members and leaders:
An examination of Illinois records shows at least 36 times when Mr. Obama
was either the only state senator to vote present or was part of a group
of six or fewer to vote that way.

In more than 50 votes, he seemed to be acting in concert with other
Democrats as part of a strategy.

In other cases, Mr. Obama’s present votes stood out among widespread
support as he tried to use them to register legal and other objections to
parts of the bills.

In Illinois, political experts say voting present is a relatively common
way for lawmakers to express disapproval of a measure. It can at times
help avoid running the risks of voting no, they add.
Oops, I Misvoted – LIAR, only when caught by church groups and Democrats,
did you beg to change your misvote.

We’re unsure what supposed “misvote” this line references.

I Was A Professor Of Law – LIAR, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.
Barack Obama was indeed a professor at the University of Chicago’s Law
School, a fact verified by that institution itself:
The Law School has received many media requests about Barack Obama,
especially about his status as “Senior Lecturer.”

From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama
served as a professor in the Law School. He was a Lecturer from 1992 to
1996. He was a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004, during which time he
taught three courses per year. Senior Lecturers are considered to be
members of the Law School faculty and are regarded as professors, although
not full-time or tenure-track. The title of Senior Lecturer is distinct
from the title of Lecturer, which signifies adjunct status. Like Obama,
each of the Law School’s Senior Lecturers has high-demand careers in
politics or public service, which prevent full-time teaching. Several
times during his 12 years as a professor in the Law School, Obama was
invited to join the faculty in a full-time tenure-track position, but he
declined.

I Was A Constitutional Lawyer – LIAR, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.

Between 1993 and 2002, Barack Obama worked as a civil rights lawyer with
the Chicago law firm of Miner, Barnhill & Galland.

Without Me, There Would Be No Ethics Bill – LIAR, you didn’t write it,
introduce it, change it, or create it.

It’s unclear what ethics bill this statement references. Obama did help
pass a major ethics reform bill as an Illinois State Senator, and 110th
U.S. Congress passed the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act,
which “closely mirrored and drew key provisions from a bill (S. 230) that
Senators Obama and Feingold introduced in January 2007.” We could find no
reference to document Obama’s supposedly having said that neither of those
bills would exist if not for him.

The Ethics Bill Was Hard To Pass – LIAR, it took just 14 days from start
to finish.

Again, it’s unclear which ethics bill this statement references, nor could
we find any reference to document Obama’s supposedly having said such a
bill was “hard to pass.’

I Wrote A Tough Nuclear Bill – LIAR, your bill was rejected by your own
party for its pandering and lack of all regulation – mainly because of
your Nuclear Donor, Exelon, from which David Axelrod came.

As the New York Times reported in February 2008:
When residents in Illinois voiced outrage two years ago upon learning that
the Exelon Corporation had not disclosed radioactive leaks at one of its
nuclear plants, the state’s freshman senator, Barack Obama, took up their
cause.

Mr. Obama scolded Exelon and federal regulators for inaction and
introduced a bill to require all plant owners to notify state and local
authorities immediately of even small leaks. He has boasted of it on the
campaign trail, telling a crowd in Iowa in December that it was “the only
nuclear legislation that I’ve passed.”

“I just did that last year,” he said, to murmurs of approval.

A close look at the path his legislation took tells a very different
story. While he initially fought to advance his bill, even holding up a
presidential nomination to try to force a hearing on it, Mr. Obama
eventually rewrote it to reflect changes sought by Senate Republicans,
Exelon and nuclear regulators. The new bill removed language mandating
prompt reporting and simply offered guidance to regulators, whom it
charged with addressing the issue of unreported leaks.

Those revisions propelled the bill through a crucial committee. But,
contrary to Mr. Obama’s comments in Iowa, it ultimately died amid
parliamentary wrangling in the full Senate.

I Have Released My State Records – LIAR, as of March, 2008, state bills
you sponsored or voted for have yet to be released, exposing all the
special interests pork hidden within.

We couldn’t find a reference for Barack Obama’s supposedly claiming that
he had “released” his state records, only that he said he “didn’t have the
resources available to maintain those kinds of records” and that they
might not exist. Politico.com noted in October 2008 that:
Obama’s Senate files became an issue after he pressed Hillary Rodham
Clinton during their nomination battle to release the schedules from her
eight years as first lady.

When her campaign demanded Obama release his state Senate files, he told
reporters he did not “maintain a file of eight years of work in the state
Senate because I didn’t have the resources available to maintain those
kinds of records.” The records “could have been thrown out. I haven’t been
in the state Senate now for quite some time,” he said.

His campaign later said that “files pertinent to ongoing casework” were
passed to his successor, but Obama didn’t save correspondence with the
general public, state associations or lobbyists, or memos on legislation
and correspondence with Illinois state agencies. Some of the records that
have surfaced have done little to dampen the demand for a more complete
accounting.

I Took On The Asbestos Altgeld Gardens Mess – LIAR, you were part of a
large group of people who remedied Altgeld Gardens. You failed to mention
anyone else but yourself, in your books.

In Barack Obama’s book Dreams from My Father, beginning at the start of
Chapter 9, he writes in detail about the efforts of community organizers
to push a grassroots campaign advocating the removal of asbestos from the
Altgeld Gardens housing project in Chicago. Although in his book Obama
emphasizes his own role in the effort, many other people who took part in
are indeed mentioned as well.

My Economics Bill Will Help America – LIAR, your 111 economic policies
were just combined into a proposal which lost 99-0, and even YOU voted
against your own bill.

It is unclear to us what bill or statement is supposedly being referenced
here.

I Have Been A Bold Leader In Illinois – LIAR, even your own supporters
claim to have not seen BOLD action on your part.

We couldn’t find a reference for Barack Obama’s having described himself
as a “bold leader in Illinois,” but certainly some of his supporters have
claimed that of him (just as some of his critics have claimed the
opposite).

I Passed 26 Of My Own Bills In One Year – LIAR, they were not YOUR bills,
but rather handed to you, after their creation by a fellow Senator, to
assist you in a future bid for higher office.

Barack Obama did pass 26 bills in his final year as an Illinois state
senator. We could not find any reference to his claiming that all of them
were “my own” bills, but he certainly received a boost in passing them
from Illinois Senate President (and fellow Democrat) Emil Jones, who
“helped Obama learn the ways of the state legislature and gave Obama the
chance to work on the ethics legislation and death penalty reforms that
Obama now boasts about in his presidential campaign”:
Emil Jones Jr. helped Obama master the intricacies of the Legislature.
When Democrats took control of the state Senate, Jones, though he risked
offending colleagues who had toiled futilely on key issues under
Republican rule, tapped Obama to take the lead on high-profile legislative
initiatives that he now boasts about in his presidential campaign.

And when Obama wanted a promotion to the U.S. Senate, Jones provided
critical support that gave the little-known legislator legitimacy, keeping
him from being instantly trampled by the front-runners.

No One Contacted Canada About NAFTA – LIAR, the Candian Government issued
the names and a memo of the conversation your campaign had with them.

As FactCheck.org noted in March 2008 about the ‘NAFTA-Gate’ controversy:
It’s now clear that a Canadian news report that started this flap wasn’t
accurate. No evidence has surfaced to show that any Obama “staffer”
telephoned the Canadian ambassador in Washington, and all concerned deny
that any such conversation took place. But it is equally clear that
Obama’s senior economic adviser did visit Canada’s consulate in Chicago on
Feb. 8, and that NAFTA was one of the several topics discussed.

Exactly what was said is not so clear, however. The memo says Obama’s
anti-NAFTA stance was described as just “political maneuvering,” but the
adviser says he said no such thing. The campaign says the adviser wasn’t
authorized to convey any message from the candidate anyway. No audio
recording or verbatim transcript of the disputed conversation is
available, and there’s no reason to expect that any exists.

I Am Tough On Terrorism – LIAR, you missed the Iran Resolution vote on
terrorism.

In September 2007, the U.S. Senate voted on a resolution to designate the
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization:
Charged with defending the system put in place after Iran’s 1979 Islamic
Revolution, the Guards answer to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and are
revered by many for their defense of the country during the 1980s war with
Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

The legislative move to classify Shiite Muslim-dominated Iran’s elite
Revolutionary Guard force as terrorist would be first such move against a
foreign government entity and would freeze any of its assets under U.S.
jurisdiction.

It would also allow the U.S. Treasury Department to move against firms
subject to U.S. law that do business with the Guard, which have vast
commercial interests at home and abroad.
Senator Obama was on the campaign trail at the time and did not return to
Washington for the vote.

I Am Not Acting As President Yet – LIAR, after the NAFTA Memo, a dead
terrorist in the FARC, in Colombia, was found with a letter stating how
you and he were working together on getting FARC recognized officially.

On March 1, a Columbian Army strike on a FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces
of Colombia) rebel camp in Columbia killed 24 people, including Raul
Reyes, the FARC’s foreign minister. Files in a laptop computer seized from
the wreckage of the rebel camp included references to U.S. diplomatic
overtures which the Associated Press described as “scintillating, if
vague”:
In a Dec. 11 message to the secretariat, [Ivan] Marquez writes: “If you
are in agreement, I can receive Jim and Tucker to hear the proposal of the
gringos.”

Writing two days before his death, Reyes tells his comrades that “the
gringos,” working through Ecuador’s government, are interested “in talking
to us on various issues.”

“They say the new president of their country will be (Barack) Obama,” he
writes, saying Obama rejects both the Bush administration’s free trade
agreement with Colombia and the current military aid program.
Exactly who the referenced “gringos” were and whether they had any
substantive connection to Barack Obama is unknown.

I Didn’t Run Ads In Florida – LIAR, you allowed national ads to run 8-12
times per day for two weeks – and you still lost.
In August 2007, major Democratic candidates signed a pledge to not
campaign in Florida because that state had moved its primary election up
to 29 January 2008, one week earlier than the Democratic national rules
allowed. In January 2008, the Obama campaign launched national television
advertisements on CNN and MSNBC that were also shown in Florida. Obama
campaign spokesman Bill Burton maintainted that they had asked CNN and
MSNBC to pull Florida from the ad buy, but those networks said they could
not.

I Won Michigan – LIAR, no you didn’t.
Senator Obama didn’t seriously claim to have “won” Michigan; during an 8
March 2008 Today Show interview he misspoke and inadvertently mentioned
Michigan among a list of states which he had won. In accordance with the
agreement mentioned in the previous entry, Barack Obama’s name didn’t even
appear on the Michigan ballot.

I won Nevada – LIAR, no you did not.
Senator Obama didn’t claim to have “won” Nevada (a state that holds
caucuses rather than direct-election primaries); he noted, correctly, that
although Senator Hillary Clinton tallied more overall votes at the Nevada
caucuses, he actually picked up more national delegates from that state:
Mitt Romney took Nevada’s Republican caucuses, while Democrats debated
whether their party had rendered a split decision. New York Sen. Hillary
Rodham Clinton won the vote count among those at the caucuses, but
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama claimed a slight advantage in national
convention delegates on the strength of his showing in rural areas.

Obama said in a statement released by his campaign that he came from 25
points behind and nearly beat Clinton today because he did well across all
of Nevada — “including rural areas where Democrats have traditionally
struggled.”

Obama’s campaign said his performance in rural areas of the state helped
him win a total of 13 national convention delegates, versus 12 for
Clinton.

I Want Americans To Decide – LIAR, you prefer caucuses that limit the
vote, confuse the voters, force a public vote, and only operate during
small windows of time.

Senator Obama has no influence or power over the holding of caucuses
rather than primary elections; that choice is made by each state
individually, and candidates have to abide by whatever is decided.

I passed 900 Bills in the State Senate – LIAR, you passed 26, most of
which you didn’t write yourself.

We could not find any reference to document Barack Obama’s having claimed
he passied “900 bills in the [Illinois] state senate.”

My Campaign Was Extorted By A Friend – LIAR, that friend is threatening to
sue if you do not stop saying this. Obama has stopped saying this.

We are unsure what “extortion” claim this statement supposedly references.

I Believe In Fairness, Not Tactics – LIAR, you used tactics to eliminate
Alice Palmer from running against you.

In April 2007, the Chicago Tribune wrote of Barack Obama’s first campaign
for public office:
The day after New Year’s 1996, operatives for Barack Obama filed into a
barren hearing room of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.

There they began the tedious process of challenging hundreds of signatures
on the nominating petitions of state Sen. Alice Palmer, the longtime
progressive activist from the city’s South Side. And they kept challenging
petitions until every one of Obama’s four Democratic primary rivals was
forced off the ballot.

Fresh from his work as a civil rights lawyer and head of a voter
registration project that expanded access to the ballot box, Obama
launched his first campaign for the Illinois Senate saying he wanted to
empower disenfranchised citizens.

But in that initial bid for political office, Obama quickly mastered the
bare-knuckled arts of Chicago electoral politics. His overwhelming legal
onslaught signaled his impatience to gain office, even if that meant
elbowing aside an elder stateswoman like Palmer.

I Don’t Take PAC Money – LIAR, you take loads of it.
Senator Obama didn’t say that has never accepted money from political
action committees. (He used PAC money in his previous U.S. Senate and
Illinois state Senate races.) He pledged that he would not accept PAC
money for his 2008 presidential bid, a pledge that he has upheld.

I don’t Have Lobbysists – LIAR, you have over 47 lobbyists, and counting.
Senator Obama stated that he does not employ or accept donations from
federally registered lobbyists, and that if he were elected President his
administration would not include any such lobbyists. As Politico.com noted
in May 2008:
In his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, Obama is
refusing donations from federally registered lobbyists and excluding them
from his official campaign staff. (They can still be advisers and
volunteers, and their spouses’ checks are certainly welcome.)
As far as lobbyist donations go, FactCheck.org noted in April 2008 that
Obama employed a somewhat tight definition of “lobbyist” in that regard:
During his presidential run, Obama has raised $115,163 from “lobbyists,”
as of March 20, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive
Politics. The Obama campaign states that this is all from former
lobbyists, not those currently active. That distinction is important for
Obama. As we’ve written before, Obama is doing a bit of a tightrope act
here. He does not accept funds from registered federal lobbyists, but he
does accept money from spouses of lobbyists, non-lobbying partners who
work for lobbying firms or for law firms that do lobbying, ex-lobbyists,
and state lobbyists.

My Campaign Had Nothing To Do With The 1984 Ad – LIAR, your own campaign
worker made the ad on his Apple in one afternoon.
A widely-circulated spoof of Apple Computer’s famous 1984 television
advertisement for their (then-new) Macintosh computer was not created by
an Obama campaign worker. It was, as explained in a statement issued by
the managing director of Blue State Digital (a firm contracted to provide
technology services to the Obama Campaign), created without authorization
by an employee of that company:
Statement from Thomas Gensemer, Managing Director, Blue State Digital

On Wednesday afternoon, March the 21st, an employee at our firm, Phillip
de Vellis, received a call from Arianna Huffington of “The Huffington
Post” regarding the “1984” video currently circulating online. Initially,
de Vellis refused to respond to her requests. He has since acknowledged to
Blue State Digital that he was the creator of the video.

Pursuant to company policy regarding outside political work or commentary
on behalf of our clients or otherwise, Mr. de Vellis has been terminated
from Blue State Digital effective immediately.

Blue State Digital is under contract with the Obama Campaign for
technology pursuits including software development and hosting.
Additionally, one of our founding partners is on leave from the company to
work directly for the campaign at headquarters.

However, Blue State Digital is not currently engaged in any relationship
with the Obama Campaign for creative or non-technical services.

Mr. de Vellis created this video on his own time. It was done without the
knowledge of management, and was in no way tied to his work at the firm or
our formal engagement [on technology pursuits] with the Obama campaign.

I have spoken with David Plouffe, Sen. Obama’s campaign manager, to inform
him of this action and am appreciative of his understanding and ongoing
support of our work.

I Have Always Been Against Iraq – LIAR, you weren’t in office to vote
against it AND you have voted to fund it every single time, unlike
Kucinich, who seems to be out gutting you Obama. You also seem to be
stepping back from your departure date – AGAIN.
Senator Obama expressed opposition to the war in Iraq well before he
gained a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2004. (The vote that authorized U.S.
military action in Iraq was held in 2002.) He has since voted in the
Senate to authorize funding for that war, for reasons he defended in a
February 2008 Democratic debate:
The two Democrats exchanged pointed words over each other’s records on the
war in Iraq, which contrast sharply even as economic and domestic concerns
become dominant in the race. Clinton voted in 2002 to authorize the
invasion, which Obama opposed from the start. After Obama again touted a
high-profile antiwar speech he gave in Chicago before the war, Clinton
pointed out that he, like her, had subsequently voted for war funding, and
that their records on Iraq were similar since he came to the Senate in
2005.

“When it wasn’t just a speech, but it was actually action, where is the
difference?” she said. “Where is the comparison that would in some way
give a real credibility to the speech that he gave against the war?”

Obama shot back: “Once we had driven the bus into the ditch, there were
only so many ways we could get out.”

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And you BELIEVED snopes? I used to..until I found out they are a husband/wife team with NO research experience whatsoever. They are ALSO LIBERALS. They look up most of their answers on google…Oh wait….”you can’t put anything on the internet if it isn’t true” right? EACH and EVERY one of the points, I have RESEARCHED news articles and they are FACTS…..so keep drinking the koolaid sucker

LOSER YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, GET YOUR RESEARCH FACTS RIGHT!!

STOP BEING A HATER!! WE ARE IN THE 2000’S GET WITH IT!!

DON’T BE A PERPETUATER OF LIES!!

THE ONLY LIAR IN THIS SITUATION IS YOU!!!!!

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