Barack Obama

The 44th President of the United States and former US senator from Illinois, Barack Obama is the first African-American to hold the presidential office.

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How old is Michael Oliver?

Michael Oliver is 29 years old (birthdate: October 10, 1981).

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Name Origins

How do you pronounce Malia Obama?

It is pronounced like "ma-LEE-ah", so that it forms three syllables, with with the accent on the second syllable.

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Is the pirate Bile Hussein any kin to President Obama?

Probably not. President Obama is of American and Kenyan heritage while Bile Hussein is Somali. In addition, Hussein is Obama's Middle Name and thus a given name (as opposed to a surname) and does not indicate family lineage whereas Hussein in Bile Hussein does indicate family lineage. Furthermore, Hussein is an incredibly common surname in the Moslem world (it comes from the name of Mohammed's grandson and means "beneficent").

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Is Barack Obama a Muslim?

No, there is no evidence of this. There is solid evidence that he has participated in the Christian faith since the early 1990s. According to Barack Obama's interviews and writings, he is a Christian and chose that religion himself; he was not "born into" any specific religion. He has said his mother was spiritual but not religious. His father left before he was old enough to practice religion, but, although his father was raised a Muslim, he was non-religious by that time-- in fact, he had become an atheist. His stepfather was from Indonesia, but has been described as very moderate in his views. When the president lived in Indonesia, he first attended a Catholic private school, and later a public school where Muslims, Christians, and Hindus (as well as some American children) also attended. The president has stated his step-father did not ask him to participate in any religion.

When the president moved back to Hawaii to complete middle school and high school, he lived with his maternal grandparents, who were Protestant Christians. But President Obama got more interested in religion when he moved to Chicago and fell in love with Michelle Robinson (later his wife). He wanted to have a religion in which to raise his children, and decided upon Christianity. It should also be noted that numerous internet myths say he was sworn in as president by using the (Qur'an) Koran. This is false, and video of the ceremony exists, showing he used a Bible. Further, the myth that his father raised him Muslim is false-- his father was no longer a Muslim by the time Mr. Obama was born, and did not participate in raising him.

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What is the 44th president's full name?

Barack Hussein Obama, II.

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How old is Barack Obama?

Barack Obama is 58 years old. He was born on August 4, 1961.

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Budgeting and Forecasting

Did President Obama spend more money than all the former presidents of the US combined?

No. Let's start with two stipulations, then go on to interpretations of existing facts.

Firstly, remember that CONGRESS spends the money, not the Presidents. That is, Congress appropriates (spends) Federal money - it decides the particular details as to where money is to be allocated. While any President has some persuasive effect on this spending, the truth of the matter is that Congress (not just this congress, but Congress as an institution over the last several decades) is to blame for the current debt situation of the country. Also, when accounting debt and budgets, one must look at Fiscal Years (FY), which run October to October, so a new President (who starts in January) doesn't actually get to propose a budget until over 9 months into his term.

Secondly, even if we ignored this fact (spending = Congress), the aggregate size of ALL federal spending over President Obama's term (FY2010 to FY2012 - the current FY) is roughly 11 trillion dollars. Given that, even in absolute dollar amounts (i.e non-inflation adjusted dollars), the size of the US budget had been increasing about $100 billion (5%) per year for about 20 years now. [EXCLUDING the war costs in FY 2003-2009, which were "left off" (hidden from) the budget accounting.]

Accordingly, for instance, the size of the federal budget in 2000 was about $1.8 Trillion, and about $2.4 Trillion in 2005, one can see that the aggregate amount of money spent during Barack Obama's Presidency is, while notably more than predecessors, is not outlandishly so. Roughly speaking, President Obama's 3 FY budgets are about equal to the last 4 FY budgets under his predecessor, G.W. Bush, assuming one does not include the "emergency" war appropriations. If one includes the war appropriations, then Obama's first three years spent about 10% more than Bush's last three years.

So, the absolute answer to the question, as posed, is factually a NO.

The link in the related links section shows a graph that has been verified to be based on facts and it shows the *growth* in spending is well below all the Presidents back through Ronald Reagan's term.

See the discussion section for additional comments, opinions and discussion. Please add additional discussion in that section.

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What college degrees does Barack Obama have?

Barack Obama attended Occidental College, but received his undergraduate degree in political science from Columbia University, an Ivy League member currently ranked 9th in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

President Obama also graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Law School, where he also served as President of the Harvard Law Review. Harvard Law School is ranked the second best Law School in America after Yale according to US News. (The most recognized law school rankings are those by US News and World Report).

His degree at Columbia University - B.A. political science with a specialization in international relations.

His degree at Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude

[Columbia COLLEGE is one of the undergraduate schools of Columbia UNIVERSITY. They are, essentially, the same school.]

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Major world events from 1998-2009?

President Obama became first black president of UnitedStates. The WTC attack.

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Does Barack Obama have his PHD?

He has a J.D. (Juris Doctor).

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Is Barack Obama a Five Star General?

No. But as President and Commander in Chief, he commands the US military and all five star Generals there are.

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Who ran for president against Barack Obama?

In 2008, Mr. Obama's principal opponent was Republican John McCain, a senator from Arizona.

In 2012, President Obama's Republican opponent was former Massachusetts governor and business executive Mitt Romney.

In both elections, Mr. Obama won.

Third party candidates included Chuck Baldwin, Cynthia McKinney, and Bob Barr.

Since Barack Obama first needed to secure the Democratic nomination for president, his first opponent was Hillary Clinton. Once he got the nomination, his Republican opponent was John McCain. Obama defeated McCain and in November 2008, was elected president. In the 2012 election cycle, President Obama's opponent is former Massachusetts governor Willard "Mitt" Romney.
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How well does Barack Obama speak Indonesian?

He has said that he barely speaks any of it and can only recall a few words.
Not well at all. Indonesia is a country where a young Barack Obama, his mom and his new step-dad moved when the future president was five years old. While young Barack did learn some of the language (which is called Indonesian, and is derived from the Malay language), he has said that he no longer remembers much of it, because he has not lived in Indonesia since he was ten years old.

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When and where was President Barack Obama born?

Barack Obama was born on Friday, August 4, 1961, at 7:24 pm in Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital, in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA.

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What college in California did Barack Obama attend?

President Barack Obama attended Occidental College for two years after he moved to Los Angeles in 1979. He then transferred to Columbia University in New York, and finished his bachelor's degree there.

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Does Obama have the Spear Jesus was stabbed with?

The spear Christ was stabbed with is known as the Holy Lance. There is no definite way to prove that it is even in existence, although there have been many claims.

Some feel that the Vatican Lance housed under the Dome of St. Peter is the Holy Lance. There are other lances in Romania, Poland, and England with these claims.

Barrack Obama has made no claims to owning any type of spear or lance connected with Holy Lance lore.

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What is the sexual orientation of Barack Obama?

Barack Obama is heterosexual. He is also a strong supporter of equal rights for LGBT people.
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Political Theory

What are some of the reasons political systems breakdown and lead to political revolutions?

There are many theories on why polities breakdown into revolutions. Some include:

  1. Class struggle (historical materialism) - people exist is distinct 'classes' and these classes have different interests. When technology changes significantly, our relations also change and thus the old system is changed. When change is repressed, a revolution might begin.
  2. Political violence - elites struggle for power over a polity (state) and will use revolution as a means to achieve mass popular support.
  3. Relative deprivation - in conditions of economic downturns or high levels of wealth inequality, people feel a dissonance between what they consider 'rightfully theirs' and what they have. They correct this imbalance by resorting to revolution en masse.
  4. State or military breakdown - polities often maintain their rule using force. When the ability to use force weakens, revolutions might start because people exploit their chances to change politics forcefully (as opposed to within the system).
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What education does Barack Obama have?

After graduating high school from Punahou School in Hawaii, Barack Obama attended Occidental College in LA for two years, then got his B.A. from Columbia University. He later got his law degree from Harvard Law School (where he became the Harvard Law Review's first African American president), graduating magna cum laude.

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Who is Barack Obama?

44th President of the United StatesBarack Obama (born August 4, 1961), is the current president of the United States of America. He was the Democratic US Senator from Illinois who beat Republican rival Senator John McCain in the 2008 race for the US presidency. He was also re-elected after winning the 2012 election. President Obama is also the first African-American President in US history and a Nobel Prize Winner.

Elected in November 2008, he ran as the nominee of the Democratic party. Prior to the Office of US President, Barack Obama served as the Junior Senator of Illinois, having been elected to serve as such in 2006. His rise to prominence mirrored that of the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, whom also was elected as an Illinois Senator and became President two years into his first Senate term. Barack Obama wrote a best seller titled 'The Audacity of Hope'.

The following is taken from Obama's official website bio (see Related Links for more):

Barack Obama was raised by a single mother and his grandparents. They didn't have much money, but they taught him values from the Kansas heartland where they grew up. He took out loans to put himself through school. After college, he worked for Christian churches in Chicago, helping communities devastated when steel plants closed. President Obama turned down lucrative job offers after law school to return to Chicago, leading a successful voter registration drive. He joined a small law firm, taught constitutional law and, guided by his Christian faith, stayed active in his community. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are proud parents of two daughters, Sasha and Malia.

Early YearsBarack Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4th, 1961. His father, Barack Obama Sr., was born and raised in a small village in Kenya, where he grew up herding goats with his own father, who was a domestic servant to the British. Barack's mother, Ann Dunham, grew up in small-town Kansas. Her father worked on oil rigs during the Depression, and then signed up for World War II after Pearl Harbor, where he marched across Europe in Patton's army. Her mother went to work on a bomber assembly line, and after the war, they studied on the G.I. Bill, bought a house through the Federal Housing Program, and moved west to Hawaii. It was there, at the University of Hawaii, where Barack's parents met. His mother was a student there, and his father had won a scholarship that allowed him to leave Kenya and pursue his dreams in America. Barack's father eventually returned to Kenya, and Barack grew up with his mother in Hawaii, and for a few years in Indonesia. Later, he moved to New York, where he graduated from Columbia University in 1983. The College YearsRemembering the values of empathy and service that his mother taught him, Barack put law school and corporate life on hold after college and moved to Chicago in 1985, where he became a community organizer with a church-based group seeking to improve living conditions in poor neighborhoods plagued with crime and high unemployment. The group had some success, but Barack had come to realize that in order to truly improve the lives of people in that community and other communities, it would take not just a change at the local level, but a change in our laws and in our politics. He went on to earn his law degree from Harvard in 1991, where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. Soon after, he returned to Chicago to practice as a civil rights lawyer and teach constitutional law. Finally, his advocacy work led him to run for the Illinois State Senate, where he served for eight years. In 2004, he became the third African American since Reconstruction to be elected to the U.S. Senate. Political CareerIt has been the rich and varied experiences of Barack Obama's life - growing up in different places with people who had differing ideas - that have animated his political journey. Amid the partisanship and bickering of today's public debate, he still believes in the ability to unite people around a politics of purpose - a politics that puts solving the challenges of everyday Americans ahead of partisan calculation and political gain. In the Illinois State Senate, this meant working with both Democrats and Republicans to help working families get ahead by creating programs like the state Earned Income Tax Credit, which in three years provided over $100 million in tax cuts to families across the state. He also pushed through an expansion of early childhood education, and after a number of inmates on death row were found innocent, then Senator Obama worked with law enforcement officials to require the videotaping of interrogations and confessions in all capital cases.

In the U.S. Senate, he has focused on tackling the challenges of a globalized, 21st century world with fresh thinking and a politics that no longer settles for the lowest common denominator. 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. He has also been the lead voice in championing ethics reform that would root out Jack Abramoff-style corruption in Congress.

As a member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, then 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. Recognizing the terrorist threat posed by weapons of mass destruction, 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. And knowing the threat we face to our economy and our security from America's addiction to oil, he's working to bring auto companies, unions, farmers, businesses and politicians of both parties together to promote the greater use of alternative fuels and higher fuel standards in our cars.

Whether it's the poverty exposed by Katrina, the genocide in Darfur, or the role of faith in our politics, Barack Obama continues to speak out on the issues that will define America in the 21st century. But above all his accomplishments and experiences, he is most proud and grateful for his family. His wife, Michelle, and his two daughters, Malia, and Sasha are with him in the White House, along with Bo, the First Dog, a Portuguese Water Dog.
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Same-Sex Marriage

Does Barack Obama support same-sex marriage?

Yes. On May 9, 2012, President Obama announced that he supports same-sex marriage, three days after Vice President Biden suddenly announced that he was "perfectly comfortable" with marriage equality, and believed that gay men and lesbians should have the same marriage rights as heterosexuals. The president explained that he had "evolved" on the issue, and that his wife and daughters encouraged him to change his view.

President Obama now favors the complete repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) because "federal law should not discriminate in any way against gay and lesbian couples, which is precisely what DOMA does." In the past, Mr. Obama had stated that he was opposed to same-sex marriage, a view he continued to express when he was campaigning for the presidency in 2008. He had stated previously that his religious belief led him to a traditional view of marriage, that it should be between a man and a woman only. On the other hand, Mr. Obama did support civil unions at that time. It should also be noted that although the president now supports marriage equality, he does not believe religious institutions should be forced to perform ceremonies that run counter to their beliefs. What he supports is civil marriage.

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How many years has President Obama been in office?

Barack Obama was sworn into the Office of President on January 20, 2009, for his first term. On November 6, 2012, he was re-elected, and will serve his second term (that will, upon completion, mean he has served eight years total). Prior to becoming president, Mr. Obama served as a US Senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008; and as a Member of the Illinois Senate, from the 13th District from 1997 to 2004.

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Did Barack Obama dodge the Draft?

No, this is an internet myth, and it's not very logical. During the last war when there was a draft-- Vietnam-- in the 1960s, Barack Obama was a young child (he was born in 1961). By the time he was in his teens and old enough to join the military, the Vietnam War had been over for a while. There were no other wars at that time, and there was no draft either, since the US had gone to an all-volunteer force. Barack Obama went to college, and did not "dodge" anything.

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What is Barack Obama's age and height?

Barack Obama celebrated his 52nd birthday on August 4, 2013; as for his height, he is 6 feet, 1 and 1/2 feet tall.

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