Birtherist response highlights racial undertones of ‘debate’: MD Alam

During the 2008 campaign, questions about John McCain’s birth in the Panama Canal Zone on a U.S. military base prompted some to ask whether McCain was eligible to be president, since the Constitution stipulates that anyone not born in the United States is not eligible to be president.

Amid a flurry of news reports, McCain’s own campaign announced in February 2008 that it was conducting an investigation. When a bipartisan pair of lawyers announced the following month that McCain was indeed eligible, the issue virtually died–apart from a Senate resolution that pretty much laid the question to rest by attesting to the facts surrounding McCain’s birth and citizenship.

But the winner of the 2008 election, Barack Obama, has faced a relentless campaign questioning his U.S. citizenship–and thereby the legitimacy of his presidency–that has disregarded the facts.

Questions regarding Obama’s birth certificate have persisted for more than two years, as the president noted Wednesday at a press conference announcing the release of his long-form birth certificate. A vast array of evidence attests to Obama’s citizenship–including a certificate of live birth, signed affidavits from people who viewed Obama’s long-form birth certificate, confirmation by Hawaiian officials, and independent investigations by news outlets. Nevertheless, “this thing just keeps going” as Obama said this morning. Even after the White House released the long-form certificate of Obama’s birth, birther leader Orly Taitz—who has filed unsuccessful lawsuits seeking to obtain access to Obama’s birth certificate—sought to cast doubt on the document’s authenticity, suggesting that in 1961, Hawaiian officials would have classified Obama as “Negro” rather than using designation “African,” which suggests, in her view, a more contemporary concern for “political correctness.”

So what’s fueling the dogged questioning of Obama’s origins? Many critics of the birther movement say its core tenets–and its stubborn resistance to evidence disproving those beliefs–can be traced to racial hostilities. The fundamental birtherist conviction, these critics say, is that an African-American can’t have legitimately won the presidency–and that his elevation to power therefore has to be the result of an elaborate subterfuge.

“There is a real deep-seated and vicious racism at work here in terms of trying to de-legitimate the president,” Peniel Joseph, a professor of history at Tufts University, told The Ticket.

“This is more than just a conspiracy,” Peniel added. “I think this is fundamentally connected to white supremacism in this country.”

Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. in early April called for the connection to be publicly drawn between birthers and racism: “So it is time to call this birther nonsense what it is–not just claptrap, but profoundly racist claptrap.”

And columnist Michael Tomasky wrote for The Guardian Wednesday that the birther conspiracy “had to be the only explanation for how this black man got to the White House.” He added: “And if you think race isn’t what this is about at its core, ask yourself if there would even be a birther conspiracy if Barack Obama were white and named Bart Oberstar. If you think there would be, you are delusional.”

In a similar vein, Rev. Jesse Jackson told Politico yesterday that Donald Trump’s campaign to get Obama to release his birth certificate is deeply rooted in race.

“Any discussion of [Obama’s] birthplace is a code word,” Jackson said. “It calls upon ancient racial fears.” Jackson later added that, in his view, Trump “is now tapping into code-word fears that go far beyond a rational discourse.”

Birthers emphatically deny such criticism. But it’s difficult to apprehend the ongoing resistance to proof of Obama’s citizenship without crediting racial fear as a significant factor. At first, after all, many adherents of birtherism argued that the administration fueled speculation by failing to release the long-form version of Obama’s birth certificate, but now that this version has been released to the public, the call continues to go out for other kinds of information about Obama’s past to be released–a level of scrutiny that neither McCain nor Obama’s 43 predecessors in the Oval Office were expected to face.

Trump, who has railed against Obama as he floats himself as a presidential contender, on Wednesday at a press conference in New Hampshire called for Obama to release his academic transcripts:

The word is, according to what I’ve read, that he was a terrible student when he went to Occidental. He then gets to Columbia. He then gets to Harvard. I heard at Columbia he wasn’t a very good student. He then gets to Harvard. How do you get into Harvard if you’re not a good student. Maybe that’s right or maybe that’s wrong. But I don’t know why he doesn’t release his records. Why doesn’t he release his Occidental records?

Trump and others have accused Obama of not authoring his memoir, while many Obama detractors continue to argue he is secretly Muslim. Both Jackson and Peniel noted that never before has a sitting president’s nationality been questioned.

Meanwhile, an eye-opening recent study from the University of Delaware appears to confirm that race-minded detractors of Obama view him as “less American”–as Dan Vergano writes for USA Today.

The study, which surveyed blacks and whites on their opinions of Obama compared to Vice President Joe Biden, found that whites classified as “higher prejudice-predicted Whites” viewed Obama as “less American”–a view that, in turn, resulted in lower evaluations of the president’s performance.

“Finally, many in the media have speculated that current criticisms of Obama are a result of his race, rather than his agenda. We believe that the current results are an empirical demonstration that this is sadly the case,” the study concluded in its analysis. “As the United States approaches important decisions regarding issues such as economic reform, health care, and overseas military interventions, the intrusion of racial attitudes in the evaluation of political leaders’ performance is ironically inconsistent with what many believe to be ‘American.’ ”

Two separate national polls conducted this spring found that about half of Republicans don’t believe Obama was born in the United States.

But Democrats and Republicans alike say that “birther” talk will be a political liability for whoever propagates the discussion.

“I don’t think it’s an issue that moves voters,” Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus told reporters Tuesday. “It’s an issue in my opinion that I don’t personally get too excited about, because I think the more important question is what’s going on in this country in regards to jobs, to debt, and the deficit and spending. Those are the things that people are worried about. People aren’t worried about these other issues.”

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Obama first made history at Harver Law School (HLS). Excerpted from the November 2008 Harvard Law Bulletin: MD Alam

It was as a law student that Obama first made history—and national headlines—when he was elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review in the spring of 1990.

And as a law student, Obama met many professors and classmates who would prove helpful in his meteoric political rise from state senator to president of the United States in five years.

Each seems to have a story about how much Obama stood out.

Sure, Obama’s unique, and by now, familiar personal history, set him apart. He arrived on campus at the age of 27 in the fall of 1988, older than many of his classmates after a stint as a community organizer in Chicago. Professor Kenneth Mack ’91, his classmate and friend, says Obama didn’t speak much at first about other aspects of his unique background, including a childhood spent in Hawaii and Indonesia or the fact that his mother was white.
Most remarkable, given his complex identity, was how comfortable Obama seemed with himself. “Barack’s identity, his sense of self was so settled,” recalled Cassandra Butts ’91, who met him in line at the financial aid office, in an interview with PBS’ “Frontline.” “He didn’t strike us in law school as someone who was searching for himself.”

Obama’s performance inside and outside the classroom attracted more notice than his distinctive personal story. In the spring of his first year at law school, Obama stopped by the office of Professor Laurence Tribe ’66 inquiring about becoming a research assistant.

Tribe rarely hired first-year students but recalls being struck by Obama’s unusual combination of intelligence, curiosity and maturity. He was so impressed in fact, that he hired Obama on the spot—and wrote his name and phone number on his calendar that day—March 31, 1989—for posterity.

Obama helped research a complicated article Tribe wrote making connections between physics and constitutional law as well as a book about abortion. The following year, Obama enrolled in Tribe’s constitutional law course.

Tribe likes to say he had taught about 4,000 students before Obama and another 4,000 since, yet none has impressed him more.

Professor Martha Minow recalls: “He had a kind of eloquence and respect from his peers that was really quite remarkable,” Minow says. When he spoke in her class on law and society, “everyone became very attentive and very quiet.”

Artur Davis ‘93 still vividly recalls how much Obama inspired him with a speech he gave during orientation week on striving for excellence and mastery. Davis, now a United States Congressman from Alabama, insists he left that speech by Obama convinced he’d just heard a future Supreme Court justice—or president.

Obama displayed other traits in law school besides eloquence that would define his success as a presidential candidate.“You could see many of his attributes, approach to politics and ability to bring people together back then,” says Michael Froman ’91, who worked with Obama on the Law Review.

As a campus leader, he successfully navigated the fractious political disputes raging on campus. By 1991, student protestors demanding the school hire more black faculty had staged a sit-in inside the dean’s office and filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination.

Obama spoke at one protest rally, but largely preferred to stay behind the scenes and lead by example, recalls one of the protest leaders, Keith Boykin ‘92. Obama opted against taking sides in the ideological disputes that often divided the politically polarized Law Review staff, casting himself instead as a mediator and conciliator. That approach earned the enduring respect of Law Review members including those not necessarily inclined to agree with his political views today.

“He tended not to enter these debates and disputes but rather bring people together and forge compromises,” says Bradford Berenson ’91, who was among the relatively small number of conservatives on the Law Review staff.

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US President Obama holds Facebook Townhall Meeting on April 20′ 2011: MD Alam

President Obama has been holding town hall conversations this week to discuss the future of our country. It has been clear from both the President’s remarks and the questions asked that Americans are following the current debate on our country’s budget and fiscal situation and are concerned about the need for continued economic progress.

As 04/20/2011’s town hall at Facebook’s headquarters in San Francisco kicked off, President Obama pointed out the significance of using technology to connect with young people and the importance of being well informed: 

And historically, part of what makes for a healthy democracy, what is good politics, is when you’ve got citizens who are informed, who are engaged. And what Facebook allows us to do is make sure this isn’t just a one-way conversation; makes sure that not only am I speaking to you but you’re also speaking back and we’re in a conversation, were in a dialogue. So I love doing town hall meetings. This format and this company I think is an ideal means for us to be able to carry on this conversation.

The President fielded a question from Lauren from Detroit about job creation and America’s economic recovery, the need to increase federal investments in targeted areas, and the shift to a debate about spending cuts and the deficit. Here’s the President’s response:

Well, you’re exactly right that when I first came into office our number-one job was preventing us from getting into another Great Depression. And that was what the Recovery Act was all about. So we helped states make sure that they could minimize some of the layoffs and some of the difficult budget choices that they faced.  We made sure that we had infrastructure spending all around the country. And, in fact, we made the biggest investment in infrastructure since Dwight Eisenhower built the Interstate Highway System.

We made the largest investment in history in clean energy research, and it’s really paying off. For example, when I came into office, we had about 2 percent of the advanced battery manufacturing here in America. And as everybody here knows, what’s really holding us back from my goal of a million electric vehicles on the road is that battery technology is still tough. It’s clunky; it’s heavy; it’s expensive. And if we can make significant improvements in battery technology then I think the opportunities for electric vehicles, alternative vehicles that are much cheaper — our opportunities are limitless.

The President noted that the economy is now growing again, though still more can be done. Because the recession occurred while our country was already carrying a debt, however, that burden could end up slowing our recovery without a serious approach to balance our checkbook:

Anybody every driven a clutch car? I mean, you got to sort of tap and — well, that’s sort of what we faced in terms of the economy, right? We got to hit the accelerator, but we’ve got to also make sure that we don’t gun it; we can’t let the car slip backwards. And so what we’re trying to do then is put together a debt and deficit plan that doesn’t slash spending so drastically that we can’t still make investments in education, that we can’t still make investments in infrastructure — all of which would help the economy grow.

In December, we passed a targeted tax cut for business investment, as well as the payroll tax that has a stimulus effect that helps to grow the economy. We can do those things and still grow the economy while having a plan in place to reduce the deficit, first by 2015, and then over the long term. So I think we can do both, but it does require the balanced approach that I was talking about.

If all we’re doing is spending cuts and we’re not discriminating about it, if we’re using a machete instead of a scalpel and we’re cutting out things that create jobs, then the deficit could actually get worse because we could slip back into another recession.

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Re-Elect Obama as our President in 2012…He is the 44th President, MD Alam

Obama for 2012 Presidential Election…. Let’s Re-Elect Obama in 2012
By MD ALAM
Many of us are not involved and engaged. People of USA needs to be more concerned and be imprative to be politically engaged. Here is a big problem, when we are not engaged, and we have no real idea what’s happening in the political circle, that time we stay un-informed. As a nation we have to be focusing devoloping pro-political schema and need to be fair with our president. President Obama came in power on Jan 20, 2009 when as a nation we were facing economic disaster and no doubt it was very hardship for him to takeover, howwever he did took the job. As we are standing on the sideline we need to be helping the man and give him support that he can perform the job as it needed. Yet we are creating problems, so please dont blame Obama, if you have to blame some one then blame Tony Blair and his close friend our former president W. Bush. because the war on-terror and so called Iraqi MAS-Distruction brought us as nation where we are in deep down recession.

Bottom line, Obama needs his 2nd term. Just dont be ignored like as we proved ourselves in 2003 with the vogus Iraqi War and still we are paying for it. So here is my request please come out and support Obama for his 2nd term. Obama for US Presidnet in 2012. God Bless Obama and God bless usa.

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Obama is up for 2nd Term, Let us Re-Elect Obama in the 2012 US Presidential Election…MD Alam

Obama for 2012 Presidential Election…. Let’s Re-Elect Obama in 2012
By MD ALAM
Many of us are not involved and engaged. People of USA needs to be more concerned and be imprative to be politically engaged. Here is a big problem, when we are not engaged, and we have no real idea what’s happening in the political circle, that time we stay un-informed. As a nation we have to be focusing devoloping pro-political schema and need to be fair with our president. President Obama came in power on Jan 20, 2009 when as a nation we were facing economic disaster and no doubt it was very hardship for him to takeover, howwever he did took the job. As we are standing on the sideline we need to be helping the man and give him support that he can perform the job as it needed. Yet we are creating problems, so please dont blame Obama, if you have to blame some one then blame Tony Blair and his close friend our former president W. Bush. because the war on-terror and so called Iraqi MAS-Distruction brought us as nation where we are in deep down recession.

Bottom line, Obama needs his 2nd term. Just dont be ignored like as we proved ourselves in 2003 with the vogus Iraqi War and still we are paying for it. So here is my request please come out and support Obama for his 2nd term. Obama for US Presidnet in 2012. God Bless Obama and God bless usa.

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Who is the 45th US President? Or Will Barack Obama be Re-Elected in the 2012 Presidential Election?

Prediction of MD Alam, April 6' 2011

Pic: 44th US President Barack Obama, Will be Re-Elected in 2012 Presidential Election. Prediction by MD Alam, April 4′ 2010

Barack Obama is the current and 44th US Presidnet. In 2012 He will be Re-Electing as US President in 2012.

This is my prediction and it will happen. MD Alam, April 4′ 2010, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

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Barack Hussein Obama II, the 44th President of the United States of America, was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. After graduating from Columbia University, Obama spent the next 5 years working with community service organizations in various roles. In 1989, he attended Harvard Law School, where he became the first African American to become president of the Harvard Law Review. After graduating magna cum laude, Obama settled in Chicago and worked until 2004 with a firm that specialized in civil rights law and neighborhood economic development. During this time, he also served as a professor of constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School.

Obama entered politics in 1997 as an Illinois State Senator, where he was noted for gaining bipartisan support for legislation on reforming ethics and health care laws and sponsored laws benefiting low income workers and for welfare reform. In 2004 he ran for, and won, the seat of junior US Senator from Illinois in a landslide election and drew national attention for his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

During his time in the Senate, Barack Obama sponsored legislation on immigration, weapons reduction, governmental transparency, consumer protection, and foreign policy. He was known as one of the more liberal voices in the Senate and one of its more powerful members. From its beginning, Obama was one of the few public and vocal dissenters to the Iraq War in Congress.

In February 2007, Obama entered a crowded field of Democratic nominees for President, promoting a platform of ending the Iraq War, increasing energy independence, and providing universal health coverage. By the spring of 2008, the field had narrowed down to Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton, a Senator from New York and wife of former President Bill Clinton, highlighted her experience and moderate agenda, while Obama concentrated on creating hope with a message of change, employing the mantra ‘Yes, we can.’

Barack Obama s campaign ignited the popular imagination in a dramatic way, garnering support and record breaking donations through the revolutionary use of modern media. His campaign s usage of the internet created grassroots fervor and produced an unprecedented flood of small donations. This populist tide allowed him to secure the Democratic nomination for President. It also gave him the momentum to defeat, along with running mate Senator Joe Biden, the Republican ticket of Arizona Senator John McCain and Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. The American public chose the optimism and change of the Obama/Biden ticket over the experience and fiscally conservative platform of their Republican counterparts, sending Democratic majority into Congress along with them.

Obama responded decisively to America s growing fiscal crisis. Within the first 100 days of becoming the United States first African American President, he initiated and signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, an ambitious $787 billion program designed to stimulate the economy. With mounting opposition from the Republican Congressional minority that began with the stimulus plan, Obama also launched a sweeping new budget and oversaw the reorganization of GM and sale of Chrysler, 2 of the Big 3 automakers and backbones of American industry. During the summer of 2009, President Obama turned his focus to universal health coverage, proposing the passing of a plan by the middle of August.

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