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Question about Obama?

Was he born in the US?

I just read an email saying that he was born in Kenya.  If that is the case, then how did he become president?  According to the constitution don't you have to have been born in America to become president?  I am confused. 

He was born in Hawaii. His father was born in Kenya, and they have the same name.

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HE'S A TUUURRRRRRRIST!

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YOU CAN KEEP YOUR "CHANGE", I'LL KEEP MY GUNS, MY FREEDOM, AND MY HARD EARNED CASH.

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My (and most of Europe's) question is, what did he actually do to merit a Nobel prize? OK, we all know they are political in nature, but---yeah, so he got elected. But aside from that. What has he done yet to benefit humanity?

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If you type where into Google search (and you have search suggestions turned on) Where was Obama born comes up first! So the question is on a lot of lips.

I asked my jouranliat friend what Obama did to get the Nobel Peace prize and he said: Well he's been bombing the heck out of Afghanistan.....

I believe that the Republicans and the Democrats are the same. Yes, they are in competion like two footballs teams, in competition for the biggest chunk of change, but all belong to the same league. Playing a game for our amusement, and cleaning up financially.

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Here we go again. He won the Nobel Peace Prize which has a history of awarding the prize to people who represent a movement toward peace as opposed to death, destruction, invasion, etc. Asking what he has done for humanity is like asking what colored socks he wears and how pertinent is that!

For example, Desmond Tutu won the prize for advocating peace in South Africa and an end to apartheid. Many years later that has not been acheived but does not tarnish his efforts to do so. Also, can anyone out there name me one person who has been awarded the Peace Prize who has actually brought about world peace? Of course not, because it hasn't been done. It cannot be acheived, but it can be striven for.

As for the "birthright" crap, it's another example of right wingnuts doing ANYTHING to diminish and demean President Obama because of their inability to accept that there is, in the White House, someone who is diametrically the opposite of everything they wish. That, and they're basically racists.  The right wing wacko lady who forged the Kenya birth certificate (check it out) tried to take it to court and when she lost and was told by the judge not to bring this frivolous lawsuit into his court again, she threatened to sue the judge for being biased toward the President!

The GOP has already announced that their job is now to bring down this presidency. Not to fight for conservative causes or promote any social or political agenda, but to bring down this administration any way they can.

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Well excuse me for asking a question, "stevie". I happen to live in Europe and I really wanted to know. As far as I know he hasn't been in office more than a year, and since I don't have access to the US news or newspapers, I thought I'd ask.

I have no idea what you mean by "here we go again." It's the first time I've asked.
Sorry but the US is not the entire world.

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Yabbit, a lot of people in the US have the same question, really.

I feel that he hasn't yet been in office long enough to be criticized OR applauded for anything. Ask me next year.

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I have no idea what you mean by "here we go again." It's the first time I've asked.
Sorry but the US is not the entire world.

Yabbit~
I agree with you.  I'm sorry, but one year of wanting (and striving) towards peace does not equate a Nobel Peace prize.  And no, I am not a racist.

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stevie's racist comment was about the birthers, not the peace prize.  I feel the same way.  There are a lot of legitimate things to debate about Obama, but the prolonged birther angle (well after it's been cleared up) smacks of racism.  A quick visit to Fact Check would have cleared that up for you, sq.  Also check out Salon's handy-dandy guide to refuting the Birthers.  (eta:  I'm not saying that about you, sq, since it sounds like this is the first time you've been exposed to the birther angle.  It has been all over the news for well over a year.  I'm talking about the people who won't let it go and continue to forward emails.)

The Nobel prize committee acknowledged Obama's "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."  There are splitters and joiners.  Bush was a splitter and Obama is a joiner.  I figure the accolade is more a reflection of how the international community felt about Bush than how it feels about Obama.

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Yabbit, a lot of people in the US have the same question, really.

I feel that he hasn't yet been in office long enough to be criticized OR applauded for anything. Ask me next year.

This is what I'm saying.

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The general concensus, even among Obama fans like myself is that he didn't deserve the prize so early in his tenure as president, next year even or at the end of four years, but not this soon. 

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As for the President not achieving anything yet:

He stopped the Bush recession (began in 2006 for any doubters out there)

He has now turned the Recession around by all indicators.

He has returned the office of the Presidency to one of honor.

Our country's reputation in the eyes of the world has already gone up by many polls.

He is the first African American to become overwhelmingly elected President of the US which is in itself an incredible achievment considering the FBI has embarrassingly confessed that threats against the President are the highest they've ever been.

He has become a voice of peace as opposed to murder and for that he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

He has kept the country safer during his first 10 months in office than the previous administration. Remember 9/11 happened under ( and because of) the Bush administration. Also the anthrax murders.

He has exhibited a knowledge of, and respect for, the English language which should be an inspiration.

He has just signed and added "sexual orientation" into the hate crimes bill which is about 20 years later than it should have happened.

He respects science and environmental impact.

He actually has reached across the aisle and has tried to be bipartisan and gets spit upon for doing so.

He is supporting health care reform which this country desperately needs.

I think these are incredible accomplishments for his first 10 months. Worth recognizing and applauding. Especially considering that during Bush's first year he was ABSENT, literally gone a full one third of the time. Mostly he was in Crawford "clearing brush".

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I love Obama, but the voting was done the second week he was in office.  Very little of what you mentioned steviedg had been done yet.

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CNN.com October 30
"Judge Dismisses Suit About Obama's Eligibility to Be President"

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/

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I just have to ask everyone who says its too soon, when is the right time? What would he had to have done later that would make it seem like a better reason and time? I know he's been in for less than a year, something a lot of people tend to forget, but no one can deny the feeling of happiness the days after he won the election. The world was happy that he was elected not just people here. That alone, I think is what makes it worth it.

I think people should just read the statement the committee released when it was announced that Obama recieved the peace prize. They're the one's who decides this, not the world population, so I would assume they had what they thought was a good reason.

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YOU CAN KEEP YOUR "CHANGE", I'LL KEEP MY GUNS, MY FREEDOM, AND MY HARD EARNED CASH.

word haha

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I don't like Obama.  I'm sorry but, I just don't. I also can't support someone who supports abortion.  I feel as if this country has taken a socialist turn.  I also feel sorry for all the people in the immigration process who were hoping Mr. Obama would keep his word on doing something about immigration reform yet, he has said that nothing can be done during his time in office due to more pressing matters.  Yes, I can understand that the economy and health care come first but, immigrants put back a lot into the economy so why wouldn't immigration be important too?  Seriously though the government is considering not giving tax returns to immigrants now.  What ??? Excuse me but, I know of tons of people who get taxes taken out and never file because they are scared to get sent back to there country.  Where may I ask is all that unclaimed tax money?  And what is the purpose of issuing a TIN number if there not going to be able to claim taxes now anyways?  This whole situation sucks and I seriously wish that America wasn't how it is now.  Racism is rampant and Mexicans are getting the worst of it.  Obama supports that racist sheriff in Arizona.  Sorry to those who think I'm pulling the race card but, when you get asked if you are a citizen and the three americans in front of you didn't then you start to feel bad.  When you get stopped and the first thing the cop asks you is if you are born in the us in stupid american spanish then you start to feel offended.  When you get told to go back to mexico when you're not even born in mexico you start to get angry.  I'm sorry but, I can't understand when this whole close the border business happened but, it hurts to all of a sudden be not wanted in the country of your own birth because everyone wants people of your ethnicity out. And I hate the fact that the President of the United States of America can't see it for what it is.  So no I do not support Democrats or this administration.

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I don't like Obama.  I'm sorry but, I just don't. I also can't support someone who supports abortion.  I feel as if this country has taken a socialist turn.  I also feel sorry for all the people in the immigration process who were hoping Mr. Obama would keep his word on doing something about immigration reform yet, he has said that nothing can be done during his time in office due to more pressing matters.  Yes, I can understand that the economy and health care come first but, immigrants put back a lot into the economy so why wouldn't immigration be important too?  Seriously though the government is considering not giving tax returns to immigrants now.  What ??? Excuse me but, I know of tons of people who get taxes taken out and never file because they are scared to get sent back to there country.  Where may I ask is all that unclaimed tax money?  And what is the purpose of issuing a TIN number if there not going to be able to claim taxes now anyways?  This whole situation sucks and I seriously wish that America wasn't how it is now.  Racism is rampant and Mexicans are getting the worst of it.  Obama supports that racist sheriff in Arizona.  Sorry to those who think I'm pulling the race card but, when you get asked if you are a citizen and the three americans in front of you didn't then you start to feel bad.  When you get stopped and the first thing the cop asks you is if you are born in the us in stupid american spanish then you start to feel offended.  When you get told to go back to mexico when you're not even born in mexico you start to get angry.  I'm sorry but, I can't understand when this whole close the border business happened but, it hurts to all of a sudden be not wanted in the country of your own birth because everyone wants people of your ethnicity out. And I hate the fact that the President of the United States of America can't see it for what it is.   So no I do not support Democrats or this administration.

Is this a joke or do you just watch a lot of Fox News? Because it is obviously one the other

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As for the President not achieving anything yet:

He stopped the Bush recession (began in 2006 for any doubters out there)

He has now turned the Recession around by all indicators.

*what have these got to do with peace?*

He has returned the office of the Presidency to one of honor.

*meaningless statement*

Our country's reputation in the eyes of the world has already gone up by many polls.

*that doesn't mean anything other than people think America is less bad, that can be done with all sorts, from mis-information and media bias to being stupid, it does not make America objectively less or more good or bad, that's of course another debate to be had*

He is the first African American to become overwhelmingly elected President of the US which is in itself an incredible achievment considering the FBI has embarrassingly confessed that threats against the President are the highest they've ever been.

*so he should get two prizes, presidency and the noble peace prize?*

He has become a voice of peace as opposed to murder and for that he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

*sorry what? didn't he give the go ahead to bomb Pakistan just as he came into office?*

He has kept the country safer during his first 10 months in office than the previous administration. Remember 9/11 happened under ( and because of) the Bush administration. Also the anthrax murders.

*different circumstances, we don't know if he's stopped another terrorist attack or if there's not been one to stop. We don't know if he would've been able to stop 9/11. We don't even know if 9/11 was an inside or outside job, it was perfect timing, and potentially another pearl harbour*

He has exhibited a knowledge of, and respect for, the English language which should be an inspiration.

*a lot of people in English speaking countries do that...is there something I'm missing?*

He has just signed and added "sexual orientation" into the hate crimes bill which is about 20 years later than it should have happened.

*that's a good thing but surely that doesn't mean he should get the N peace prize.*

He respects science and environmental impact.

*meaningless statement*

He actually has reached across the aisle and has tried to be bipartisan and gets spit upon for doing so.

*what is this in context to?*

He is supporting health care reform which this country desperately needs.

*I'm not sure I fully understands the implications of this but from what I know I agree, is it similar to a national health service type thing, but working with the insurance companies in a way, perhaps a move towards the welfare state?*

I think these are incredible accomplishments for his first 10 months. Worth recognizing and applauding. Especially considering that during Bush's first year he was ABSENT, literally gone a full one third of the time. Mostly he was in Crawford "clearing brush".

*some of them are but, worthy of the N peace prize? I'm not convinced*

*replies in*

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