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Cold1nhand

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Ten facts about Obama that might come as a surprise:

RENEGADE: The code name used for Obama by his Secret Service detail. He was given his choice of several names starting with R, and that's the one he picked. Aside from former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama is the only presidential candidate with Secret Service protection.

MALCOLM X: Today Obama quotes Martin Luther King Jr, but in his college days it was the autobiography of militant Malcolm X that grabbed his attention more than any other black writer. "His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me," Obama has said. This also was the period when Obama stopped using the nickname "Barry" in favour of his full name.

NEVER FACED A SERIOUS OPPONENT: Running in heavily Democratic Chicago, Obama never faced a significant Republican foe in his state Senate races. In his US Senate race, the original Republican nominee dropped out, and Republican leaders brought in commentator Alan Keyes from Maryland. Keyes had little money and managed to alienate voters from both parties. Years earlier, Obama got his first opponents knocked off the ballot. He challenged the petition signatures that three rivals filed, and election officials concluded he was the only one with the proper paperwork, leaving him unopposed in the 1996 Democratic primary.

NO SMOKING: His wife, Michelle, used her leverage when the couple was discussing whether he should run for president. She would agree only if Obama agreed to give up smoking, a vice he had been hiding from the public. So far, he hasn't been spotted relapsing.

ROBERT KENNEDY'S DESK: Obama's desk in the Senate is the same one used by Bobby Kennedy, the former attorney general, New York senator and 1968 Democratic presidential candidate who was assassinated in Los Angeles. Other senators who had the desk included Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. of Massachusetts, Bill Bradley of New Jersey and Paul Simon of Illinois.

RELIGION: Obama grew up without any particular religious beliefs. His mother was not religious, and his father was an atheist. Obama joined the United Church of Christ as a young man in Chicago, saying he was inspired by the good work of Christians he had met and "felt God's spirit beckoning me".

ENCOUNTERS WITH RACISM: Obama's book "Dreams From My Father" gives several examples of racist remarks he says he encountered while growing up in multicultural Hawaii. A schoolmate called him a "coon" and got a bloody nose in response. A tennis pro joked that Obama shouldn't touch a schedule because his colour would rub off on it. A basketball coach used the "N word" to complain about losing to a team of black players.

LOBBYISTS: Obama doesn't accept campaign contributions from lobbyists or political action committees, but that's a change from his past practices. He accepted their donations until he launched his presidential campaign.

HAD A PET APE AS A CHILD: Obama lived in Indonesia for nearly five years as a child and had a pet ape named Tata. He also sampled exotic foods - dog, snake and grasshopper. Obama says living in Indonesia helped him appreciate life in America and understand this country's place in the world.

BASKETBALL AND POKER: Obama's favourite sport is basketball. Opponents say he's a skilled, tenacious player, making up for athletic limitations with hustle and brains. He also played poker frequently when he was a state lawmaker, developing a reputation for studying the cards and playing the odds.
 

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Don't know where you got your info, but it is far different in some respects than most sources show..sources that have been cited here.. !
Obama's father wa a Muslim, and started the boy out that way..his step father may have been an atheist ..neither one a big plus for a US pres candidate..attended Muslim dominated grade school..(some say Wahabist).

He uses RFK's desk..is that somehow germain ? I have an axe that is 300 years old..only 3 new heads and seven new handles ! One statement as important as another I guess.

Obama claims that living in Indonesia ( a Muslim only nation) has shown him America's proper place in the world...Next question;...What does he think is America's place in the world ?

barak hussein Obama may have been a Malcolm X fan..he was also a fan of "poet" Frank Marshall Davis..calls him his
"mentor" in his book "My Father's dreams"..calling him "Frank" in the book.
Let's have a look www.aim.org/aim-column/obamas-red-mentor-praised-red-army If you wish, just go to www.aim.org

and then search for Obama/Davis or any such combination.
the way this America-hater writes, it is no won der Obama takes up with the Rev Jeremiah G--D--- America Wright !

Obama may not accept donations from lobbyists..but "Move on .Org" and millions of $$$ in "earmarks" is a different story ..
 

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I don't understand all the banter about Obama.
He's not going to win.
And neither will Hillary.

McClain is your next president.
 

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Don't know about that Timoniz;
But things sure look a lot different than they did 6 months ago. Those that were "shoo-ins" back then, don't look so sure now..Politics make strange bedfellows indeed..and a month is a long time during campaign season..and there is about 6 of those left before election day.
 

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