Barack Obama's Long List of Accomplishments

  • yogadudeSEATT...

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    Jun 07, 2008 11:12 PM GMT
    Now that Obama is the Democratic nominee I wanted to post this long list of his accomplishments as a public servant.

    His College experience and career:

    Upon finishing high school, Obama studied for two years at Occidental College in California, before transferring to Columbia University in New York City. There he majored in political science, with a specialization in international relations. Upon graduation, he moved to Chicago, where he took up community organizing in the Altgeld Gardens housing project on the city's South Side. While in Chicago, he joined the Trinity United Church of Christ.

    He left Chicago for three years to study law at Harvard University, where he was elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. He graduated Magna Cum Laude. While working one summer at a corporate law firm in 1989, Obama met Michelle Robinson, whom he married in 1992. Robinson is also a graduate of Harvard Law.

    While in Chicago as a community organizer once again, Obama organized an aggressive voter registration effort that aided in the election of President Bill Clinton and Senator Carol Moseley Braun. The campaign registered over 100,000 voters. Soon after, his talents earned him a position at a local civil rights law firm, and he became a lecturer of constitutional law at the University of Chicago, where he served as a professor until his election to the U.S. Senate.

    Barack Obama and Politics

    Illinois General Assembly:

    In 1996, Obama was elected to the Illinois State Senate from the south side neighborhood of Hyde Park, in Chicago. He served as chairman of the Public Health and Welfare Committee when the Democrats regained control of the chamber. The Chicago Tribune called him "one of the General Assembly's most impressive members."

    Regarded as a staunch liberal during his tenure in the legislature, he helped to author a state Earned Income Tax Credit which provided benefits to the working poor. He also worked for legislation that would cover residents who could not afford health insurance. Speaking up for leading gay and lesbian advocacy groups, he successfully helped pass bills to increase funding for AIDS prevention and care programs.

    In 2000, he ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary for Illinois' 1st Congressional district against incumbent Representative Bobby Rush.

    After the loss, Obama rededicated his efforts to the state Senate. He authored one of the most progressive death penalty reform laws in the nation, under the guidance of his mentor, former U.S. Senator Paul Simon. He also pushed through legislation that would force insurance companies to cover routine mammograms.



    Accomplishments in the United States Senate:

    - Obama passed legislation with Republican Senator Jim Talent to give gas stations a tax credit for installing E85 ethanol refueling pumps. The tax credit covers 30 percent of the costs of switching one or more traditional petroleum pumps to E85, which is an 85 percent ethanol/15 percent gasoline blend.

    - After a number of inmates on death row were found innocent, Senator Obama worked with law enforcement officials to require the videotaping of interrogations and confessions in all capital cases.

    - His first law was passed with Republican Tom Coburn, a measure to rebuild trust in government by allowing every American to go online and see how and where every dime of their tax dollars is spent.

    - Obama created the Illinois Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income working families in 2000 and successfully sponsored a measure to make the credit permanent in 2003. The law offered about $105 million in tax relief over three years.

    - Obama joined forces with former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon (D-IL) to pass the toughest campaign finance law in Illinois history. The legislation banned the personal use of campaign money by Illinois legislators and banned gifts from lobbyists. Before the law was passed, one organization ranked Illinois worst among 50 states for its campaign finance regulations.

    - As a member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, Senator Obama has fought to help Illinois veterans get the disability pay they were promised, while working to prepare the VA for the return of the thousands of veterans who will need care after Iraq and Afghanistan.

    - He traveled to Russia with Republican Dick Lugar to begin a new generation of non-proliferation efforts designed to find and secure deadly weapons around the world.

    - Obama has been a leading advocate for protecting the right to vote, helping to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act and leading the opposition against discriminatory barriers to voting.

    - In the U.S. Senate, Obama introduced the STOP FRAUD Act to increase penalties for mortgage fraud and provide more protections for low-income homebuyers, well before the current subprime crisis began.

    - Obama sponsored legislation to combat predatory payday loans, and he also was credited with lobbied the state to more closely regulate some of the most egregious predatory lending practices.

    - Barack Obama introduced the Patriot Employer Act of 2007 to provide a tax credit to companies that maintain or increase the number of full-time workers in America relative to those outside the US; maintain their corporate headquarters in America; pay decent wages; prepare workers for retirement; provide health insurance; and support employees who serve in the military.

    - Obama worked to pass a number of laws in Illinois and Washington to improve the health of women. His accomplishments include creating a task force on cervical cancer, providing greater access to breast and cervical cancer screenings, and helping improve prenatal and premature birth services.

    - Obama has introduced and helped pass bipartisan legislation to limit the abuse of no-bid federal contracts.

    - Obama and Senator Feingold (D-WI) took on both parties and proposed ethics legislation that was described as the "gold standard" for reform. It was because of their leadership that ending subsidized corporate jet travel, mandating disclosure of lobbyists' bundling of contributions, and enacting strong new restrictions of lobbyist-sponsored trips became part of the final ethics bill that was signed into law.

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    Jun 08, 2008 1:51 AM GMT
    If Obama thinks he has what it takes to be president, then he needs to grow a set and take a stand on hard issues. When he was a member of the Illinois State Senate, he voted "Present" 130 times instead of Yes or No so he could save face. I don't want a President who can't be a man (or a woman) and take a position instead of pandering to whatever group he needs to get reelected.

    Check out this article from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/20/us/politics/20obama.html
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    Jun 08, 2008 2:11 AM GMT
    RealAmericanHero saidIf Obama thinks he has what it takes to be president, then he needs to grow a set and take a stand on hard issues. When he was a member of the Illinois State Senate, he voted "Present" 130 times instead of Yes or No so he could save face. I don't want a President who can't be a man (or a woman) and take a position instead of pandering to whatever group he needs to get reelected.


    Yeah, of over 4,000 votes cast lets just focus on 130 and totally disregard everything else he actually got done.
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    Jun 08, 2008 2:14 AM GMT
    Oh Jeez.......
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    Jun 08, 2008 2:16 AM GMT
    As a big Jew boy myself....I wish my choices were not Obama or Mcain.
  • SkyMiles

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    Jun 08, 2008 2:23 AM GMT
    For me, Obama's vote AGAINST the war resolution on Iraq speaks way louder than anything. Even then he saw the kind of disaster that would lead to.
    McCain, on the contrary, voted FOR the war and with Bush 100% of the time for the last two years!

    What MORE does anyone need to know?
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    Jun 08, 2008 2:26 AM GMT
    HOw about a litle more about him besides all the crap that has come out already. Can you really trust a man w/his little experience to run this country? I won't even start on his wife but c'mon. It's like having Michael J Fox runing the country. Puh-leeze.
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    Jun 08, 2008 2:30 AM GMT
    HellskitchenManNYC saidHOw about a litle more about him besides all the crap that has come out already. Can you really trust a man w/his little experience to run this country? I won't even start on his wife but c'mon. It's like having Michael J Fox runing the country. Puh-leeze.




    I tend to agree.. I kind of chuckled with "all the accomplishments of Obama" in the US Senate by CosmicJewBoy.. Some of those were certainly a stretch... and not worthy of someone who's running for President.

    But I am willing to give him a chance. Lets see what he offers. We have no choice now.
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    Jun 08, 2008 2:38 AM GMT
    That list of Obama "accomplishments" is like a padded resume. We've all embellsihed our resumes when we were not quite qualified for a job or any job. The job of President, however, is a bit too important to just fake.

    I'm not a McCain lover by any stretch, but if you compare his accomplishments to Obama's "accomplishments", it would be laughable. On that front McCain wins hands down.

    If you're voting in terms of public speaking, Obama's the man. Methinks, however, you're just beholden to a party and would praise any democrat.
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    Jun 08, 2008 2:43 AM GMT
    That's the problem we have NO choice now. If BO had been 100% white or 100% black it wouldn't have mattered to me. I vote for the man or woman. He had a shakey debate style ala that other nut John Kerry....."I have a PLAN".... I'm just gonna say that over and over and not tell you what it is.....
    BO IMHO managed, despite his newsworthy downfalls, captured the hearts of liberals (I am one) and people who don't bother to read or listen to anything and just wanteed him in. IMHO Hillary outdid him on the debates and when he's president (and he will be) all the people behind the scenes will be running his tenure as president b/c he has no REAL experience.
    I wish I had a diff opinion as he tried so hard to come off as JFK did....but I can't support someone w/such a fishy past. The church, this new thing w/the guy that paid for his house, the people that tried to bomb the white house? AM I INSANE? Why would I vote for him?
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    Jun 08, 2008 2:44 AM GMT
    HellskitchenManNYC saidHOw about a litle more about him besides all the crap that has come out already. Can you really trust a man w/his little experience to run this country? I won't even start on his wife but c'mon. It's like having Michael J Fox runing the country. Puh-leeze.



    I just don't get the experience dillema a lot of people have expressed to me about Obama. The only experience that resembles being president...is being president. My thing is, get somebody who has good judgement, good philosphical priorities and who is smart enough to find competant people for the cabinet posts...a Bush antithesis if you will icon_wink.gif

    As for McCain's 'experience', well, that's what got this country to our current lamentable state, so it's not worth much IMHO.

    As for specifics on Obama and McCain's backgrounds, experiences and judgements, it's best to hit credible news sources and make up your own mind.
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    Jun 08, 2008 2:47 AM GMT
    Are you insane?! Do you know what's going on in the world now? D You really wnat someone w/like 3 yrs experience in the senate to decide what's going to happen?
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    Jun 08, 2008 2:49 AM GMT
    3 years experience.
    2 of which have been campaigning for President.

    Not too contrived - Hello !
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    Jun 08, 2008 2:50 AM GMT
    Never mind Iraq and Iran oil and unemploymeIsrael is a big issue. I don't want a president who decided t wear an Israel pin ONCE when he wanted it to be seen and the threw it away. There are ALOT of issues at hand and I'm sorry, he's not the man to COMMAND and take command of them all. He has a HUGE chip on his shoulder and I think it informs him too much. That's why he even dogged his grandmother who he claims practically raised him.
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    Jun 08, 2008 2:50 AM GMT
    crispro saidThat list of Obama "accomplishments" is like a padded resume.


    Actually, no, it's public record.
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    Jun 08, 2008 2:51 AM GMT
    HellskitchenManNYC saidHOw about a litle more about him besides all the crap that has come out already. Can you really trust a man w/his little experience to run this country? I won't even start on his wife but c'mon. It's like having Michael J Fox runing the country. Puh-leeze.


    Well since we already trusted JFK, then yes. Granted JFK had accomplishment after accomplishment - and many were because of "Papa Joe", but just because someone is inexperienced, you should not immediately pass judgement. You have mentioned earlier that you are a "big Jew boy" where Obama has stated that he will work tirelessly for the safety of Israel and its people. I ask that you Google Obama and Jewish if you are interested several articles come up from the Jerusulam Post and particularly this one about how Obama "gets it"...[url]http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull&cid=1203589810710[/url] (***CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHY MY LINKS NEVER WORK LOL...SO ANNOYING)If this is not important to you then no worries however for many people of Jewish heritage, it is crucial to hear this - especially in the times that we are currently in.

    As we have seen in the last 8 years with GWB, effective leaders can not be created - they just are. To me, Obama is a welcome change just as Hillary would have been - and POSSIBLY as McCain could be as he has gone against party lines several times (though for the most part will not be working for my needs as a mixed but brown and gay-ish american in a middle tax bracket). We shall see - the times are changing...it will certainly be an interesting election!
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    Jun 08, 2008 2:53 AM GMT
    Padded resumes are often true, but embellshed to sound way more substantial than what they are.
    Just like your sad list.icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 08, 2008 2:55 AM GMT
    this is an impressive list for the average American, but not for the leader of the most powerful country in the world.
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    Jun 08, 2008 2:56 AM GMT
    LaSalle you are right. Ans trust me I wish I could get behing BO and rhetoric. Don't you think the idea of change and a new fronteir appeals to me? Ye sit does big time. And Mcain is no big deal for gays either. Esp after viweing his appearance on Ellen. Of course she totally dropped the ball and didn't reall call him on anything. Of course it wouldn't have made a diff. b/c he is staunch in his opinions. But she SHOULD HAVE taken him to task.
    Either way I'm faced w/a hard decision...a democrat I don't belive in or a republican I could never believe in. If O picks Hill for the VP he has my vote. Nuff said.
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    Jun 08, 2008 2:57 AM GMT
    Good enough is not good enough.

    When you hire someone for a job, you choose the better candidate - not the good enough candidate.
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    Jun 08, 2008 3:00 AM GMT
    On a diff note had we all now been living in Kennedy's time or any othe time, it might be a good choice to take a chance on Obama. There's uts too much at risk, if you're a person who actually thinks about this and doesn't just read his flyers.
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    Jun 08, 2008 3:00 AM GMT
    crispro saidGood enough is not good enough.

    When you hire someone for a job, you choose the better candidate - not the good enough candidate.



    Def. but ack....where is our better candidate now?
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    Jun 08, 2008 3:05 AM GMT
    crispro saidGood enough is not good enough.

    When you hire someone for a job, you choose the better candidate - not the good enough candidate.


    I couldn't have said it better myself. The Democrat's are going to kick themselves in November when McCain wins at least 40 states.
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    Jun 08, 2008 3:09 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]LaSalle04

    Well since we already trusted JFK, then yes. Granted JFK had accomplishment after accomplishment - and many were because of "Papa Joe", but just because someone is inexperienced, you should not immediately pass judgement
    As we have seen in the last 8 years with GWB, effective leaders can not be created - they just are. To me, Obama is a welcome change just as Hillary would have been - and POSSIBLY as McCain could be as he has gone against party lines several times (though for the most part will not be working for my needs as a mixed but brown and gay-ish american in a middle tax bracket). We shall see - the times are changing...it will certainly be an interesting election![/quote]


    Papa Joe may have had some swerve in getting him in the public face but JFK got himself elected.
    Leaders are...and they are created by themselves. They cretae themselves by honest public service (yeah short on that for most) and yrs of dedication. It doens't matter now, all that matter sis a democrat gets in.
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    Jun 08, 2008 3:10 AM GMT
    RealAmericanHero said[quote][cite]crispro said[/cite]Good enough is not good enough.

    When you hire someone for a job, you choose the better candidate - not the good enough candidate.


    I couldn't have said it better myself. The Democrat's are going to kick themselves in November when McCain wins at least 40 states.[/quote]


    DON'T say that! OUCH