A Perspective on Obama Politics
This is my take on Barack H. Obama and his politics, yet in the scheme of things I may not be able to change or affect anyone else when it comes to politics.
When I look at current situations concerning border security, immigration and the world’s nuclear proliferation in the context of Barack Obama and his coming onto the political stage it’s easy to see that he affected the outcome of these events as a U.S. Senator from Illinois 2005 – 2008, and as President of the United States 2009 – 2016.
You might ask, how could he possibly singlehandedly affected either of these situations?
Well let me tell my theory on Barack Obama since I normally don’t delve into anything with his name on it for personal reasons.
Before you get all huffy on me, let me ask, “What have you done to inform Barack Obama of YOUR concerns about him or his presidency?” Have you spoken to him about them? Have you written him at the White House? Have you went online and filled out that WH questionnaire to the President? How about email or twitter contact?
Until you have at least recognized a problem and proposed a solution to him via one of the above methods while he was a state or U.S. Senator or as POTUS, don’t talk to me about being biased or racist or whatever. (Never mind, I’m trying to do this logically, ok?)
I’ve gone online to a number of different websites to gather information on Barack Obama. You can get detailed information here http://www.barackobama.net/index.html
I’m not going to delve into his biography as it is available at the link above. Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961 and raised in Hawaii. His higher learning education was first at Occidental College in Los Angeles, then graduating in 1983 from Columbia University in NYC.
In 1988 “Barry” enrolled at Harvard Law School, was the first black elected president of the Harvard Law Review and graduated from Harvard in 1991.
Obama returned to Chicago where he worked in a civil rights law firm and a lecturer at the University of Chicago. He began working as a community organizer and spreading the ideology of Saul Alinsky in his academic corner of the world.
He won his first election as an Illinois state senator in 1996, then served for 8 years.
In 2004 he gave this impressive keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention:
“There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America,” he declared, “There’s a United States of America. There’s not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America. There’s a United States of America.”
In 2004 he became a US Senator from Illinois and the Obama website above lists his US Senate voting record by year.
Giving credit where credit is due Obama was primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- 906 (110th Congress) Mercury Export Ban Act of 2008
- 1513 (110th Congress) Predominantly Black Institution Act of 2007
- 2125 (109th Congress) Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act of 2006
- 3757 (109th Congress) A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 950 Missouri Avenue in East St. Louis, Illinois, as the “Katherine Dunham Post Office Building”
These are the key votes of Barack Obama in the Senate
- Yea – HR 6304 (110th Congress) FISA Amendments Act of 2008
- Not Voting – HR 2419 (110th Congress) Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
- Yea – On the Nomination PN177 – General George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
In 2005 when Barack Obama was a US Senator from Illinois North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) vowed to close their nuclear program, but instead announced they had successfully conducted their first nuclear test with an underground explosion in 2006.
This is potentially the first time Senator Barack Obama had the opportunity to stop North Korea, but legislative action didn’t work. So what our legislators or the president do next?
In 2007 Obama launched his presidential campaign and at the same time North Korea announced it was preparing to shut down its main nuclear facility. North Korea even agreed to disable the facility in exchange for fuel and aid and normalized talks between the US and Japan.
In 2008 Barack Obama secured the DNC nomination selected fellow Senator Joe Biden as his vice-presidential running mate. After winning the 2008 election and inaugurated in 2009 as president.
Then in April 2009 North Korea launched a satellite and the agreement fell apart and became a full-fledged nuclear power. On May 25, 2009 a second nuclear test was conducted.
In April 2012 North Korea conducted a long-range missile test.
On January 6, 2016 North Korea claimed to test a hydrogen bomb.
On February 7, 2016 North Korea claimed to have put a satellite into orbit.
On 9 September 2016 North Korea conducted a fifth nuclear test.
On November 8, 2016 Donald Trump won the election.
On January 6, 2017 North Korea confirmed it had nuclear weapons.
Donald Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017 as President.
In 2017 North Korea test-launched two ICBMs and announced the test of another hydrogen bomb.
After a brief Twitter “war”, on June 12, 2018 Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un met face to face at the Singapore Summit and signed an agreement for total denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The details have been spelled out and not we’re awaiting results while continuing sanctions.
I guess my question is at any time in his presidency did Barack Obama offer to sit down with Kim Jong Un? If so when? If not, why not?
The North Korean problem has been in existence for 70 years without a US president taking the unprecedented steps to have a sit down, drag out, face to face meeting and nobody has offered any reasons why it didn’t happen sooner?
As for the DACA debacle of 2012 that is entirely Obama’s creation. Congress is at fault for not having taken steps to conduct Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
After Obama took office he hammered Congress over CIR. Then he just got tired of waiting and circumvented Congress using an Executive Order unconstitutionally. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to know one does not use illegal techniques to combat illegal immigration.
Remember back in 2000 when Bill Clinton’s DOJ forcibly extracted Elian Gonzalez from his family in the US, after his mother drowned in 1999 trying to escape Cuba with her 5 year child.
We’ve been dealing with a “broken” immigration system for years neither Clinton, nor Obama (or previous presidents for that matter) had been able to get Congress to fix immigration problems.
After taking office Donald Trump had a meeting in the White House and told Congressional representatives of both parties to draft up a CIR package and fix DACA. They still haven’t fixed it.
Now today I have yet to see Obama come out in support of a Trump CIR plan that is identical to the one he proposed to Congress after taking office. So yes it is Obama, Congress, and each previous president’s fault when given the opportunity to fix some serious problems did nothing. – I am the Real Truckmaster!