Day 39 of the Obama Administration - History

Day 39 of the Obama Administration - History

The President Gave his weekly radio speech to the American people Complete Speech

Obama’s First Term: A Romantic Oral History

Four years ago, on the eve of Barack Obama’s inauguration, this magazine devoted nearly an entire issue to a photo essay, “Obama’s People.” The photographs, 52 of them, depicted a team arriving on a wave of hope despite inheriting an economy in trouble, a collapsing auto industry, two wars and a continuing terrorist threat.

Four years later, they have met some of those challenges, been daunted by others and created new ones of their own. The economy is better but still anemic. Osama bin Laden is dead and the Iraq war over, but Afghanistan remains a morass and the prison at Guantánamo Bay remains open. The auto industry has been saved and health care expanded, but national debt has soared. A dictator in Libya has been toppled, but a dictator in Syria slaughters his own people undeterred.

Roughly half of the people in the photo essay are now gone, some embittered by realities they did not anticipate or cast aside by a president cutting losses. The gauzy hope of 2009 has faded into the starker realism of 2013. The Washington they promised to transform is as divided as ever. As the president prepares to take the oath of office for a second term, his team looks back at the four years that brought them to this point. Told in their own voices, the story is, unsurprisingly and perhaps out of necessity, a romantic one.

Melody Barnes, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council (2009-11): I remember coming out of the transition office the day before the inauguration, and it was like walking into a street festival. It was sunny, and people were happy, and there were tons of people, and it was very, very festive.

Desirée Rogers, White House social secretary (2009-10): We had a certain amount of time to prepare the home for the first family. Someone asked me, “What side of the bed does the president sleep on?” I’m like, Yikes, I don’t know if I know that. For people that look like me, for my race, to be there and to have witnessed that — I just kept thinking about my grandfather and how he would feel had he lived to see this day, because in so many instances the gentlemen that served the president looked like my grandfather.

During the swearing in of the president, Chief Justice John Roberts mangles the words in the oath.
Gregory Craig, White House counsel (2009-10): This opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel says that if the president does not say all the words of the oath, then he is not president of the United States. I said, “Is there anybody over there that really thinks he’s not president?” David [Barron, acting head of the Office of Legal Counsel] said: “No, no, no, we all think he is president. But there may be a judge somewhere, or some hearing could be called on this, or it could be a problem in the future.” I thought, We gotta fix this. There was a long line of people waiting to shake hands with the president in the residence. We said, “Mr. President, can we talk to you a second?” There was a little bit of, “You gotta be kidding.” I said, “I’ll call the chief justice’s chambers and see if he can come down.” The chief justice carried his robes, and the president arrived. The chief justice goes into the corner and says, “This is a ceremonial occasion, I’m going to put on my robe.” The chief justice is doing it from memory again, and I thought to myself, Would it be wrong for me to go forward and say something? At which point, the president says, “Now, let’s keep this real slow.” They did it, and that was it.

Shortly after taking office, Obama decides to sign a large spending bill with thousands of earmarks to avoid undercutting Congressional support for his $800 billion stimulus package. In doing so, he helps establish an image of himself as a big spender.
David Axelrod, White House senior adviser (2009-11): He was very much of a mind to veto the bill. We were in the midst of trying to pass the Recovery Act, and some of his legislative folks said, “Mr. President, you can veto the bill, but if you do, you jeopardize our ability to pass the Recovery Act.” He was very frustrated. He just kind of glared, and he ultimately sort of nodded. I’m not sure he even said anything. But I know in retrospect that was probably one of the decisions he regretted the most.

In March 2009, after a sharp debate among his advisers, Obama decides to bail out the auto industry.
Rahm Emanuel, White House chief of staff (2009-10): All the advisers were divided, the public was absolutely against it. Nobody is giving you consensus, there is no consensus. Nobody had ever done what we were about to do. And he picks the hardest option.

Justice David Souter resigns from the Supreme Court in June. Obama chooses Sonia Sotomayor as a replacement.
Axelrod: It was late in the day, and many people weren’t in the White House, and the Senate had just confirmed Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. The president came walking down the hall just looking for people. He saw me and gives me a fist bump and says: “We just put the first Latina on the Supreme Court. Pretty cool, huh?” But he was frustrated because there weren’t enough of us around. He was seeking out people to celebrate with.

By summer, Obama’s health care proposal has generated opposition among many voters. After a special election in Massachusetts costs the Democrats their filibuster-proof supermajority in the Senate, Rahm Emanuel recommends ratcheting back the health care plan to a “skinny bill” with more modest aims.
Emanuel: People forget how close we were to that thing falling apart. To his credit, he wanted honest advice, and I told him: “Look, it’s going to take you extra amounts of time. That means a lot of this other stuff is going to get sidelined in the process.”

Dan Pfeiffer, White House communications director (2009-present): We had a meeting with his senior advisers in the process of preparing for the State of the Union. That was the meeting where we argued it out: big or small. And he said that big was a risk worth taking, and he wasn’t going to back away. It was a decision of massive political risk. Some believe — I don’t know if this true or not — his entire presidency was at stake.

Valerie Jarrett, White House senior adviser (2009-present): We’re sitting in the Oval Office, and the president asked [the legislative director] Phil Schiliro — who always could figure out what’s that third way — “Phil, what’s the third way?” Phil said, “Mr. President, unless you’re feeling lucky, I don’t know what the third way is.” And so the president gets up from his chair and he walks over and he looks out the window, and he says, “Phil, where are you?” Phil says, “I’m in the Oval Office.” He goes, “What’s my name?” Phil says, “President Obama.” He goes, “Of course I’m feeling lucky.”

Barnes: When the votes were over, we were gathering in the Roosevelt Room. I remember Phil Schiliro and Nancy-Ann DeParle [the health care adviser] coming in, and people cheering and clapping for them, two amazing people. And then we later went to the residence to celebrate, and it was a beautiful night, unusually warm for March. We were out on the Truman Balcony, and there’s the monument, and the president’s sense that this is better than Election Day because this is why we’re here — we came here to do something important.

Facing Congressional opposition, Obama fails to keep his promise to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
Craig: As late as September, we thought it was still possible, but the president and the senior staff were totally focused on what was happening to the economy. All attention and all energy and all political resources were focused on a single set of problems that were way at the top of the agenda, and everything else, understandably, was in a lesser location. And this may have been naïve on our part, but we had thought that the Republicans supported closing Guantánamo. [Senator John] McCain had been for closing Guantánamo, and President Bush in the last two years had been for closing Guantánamo.

By the end of the first year, many supporters feel disillusioned. They complain that Obama did not do enough to create jobs, reverse President George W. Bush’s terror policies, tackle climate change, revise immigration policies, crack down on Wall Street or build bipartisan consensus in Washington.
Barnes: There was the sense that he could kind of wish it so and being frustrated because people then turned that into, “You just don’t want to, you don’t care enough.” The desire was in no short supply.

Pete Rouse, White House counselor, former senior adviser (2009-present): We were struggling with the challenge of trying to reconcile our promise to change Washington with the reality of working with established institutions in a crisis situation, and I guess history will judge how well we did that. I think our record is strong, but obviously maybe the public perception is not what we would like it to be.

A week after announcing a troop surge in Afghanistan, Obama flies to Norway to accept the Nobel Peace Prize, which many deemed premature. He uses the speech to talk about just wars.
Jon Favreau, White House director of speechwriting (2009-present): The morning we leave for Oslo, he comes to us with an entirely new draft that is not finished yet, that he stayed up until 3 in the morning doing. He gives it to us and says: “This is kind of rough, but this is the general idea of what I want.” Everyone goes to bed on the plane and the only people up are Ben [Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser] and the president and myself and Samantha [Power, a national security aide], and we’re just still working on this thing. It was so last-minute that as the president was taking the elevator down from his room to go to the speech, he handed us the last page of edits, and we put those into the prompter as he was walking up to the stage to give the speech.

Gregory Craig, one of the early campaign advisers, departs in January 2010 after clashing with Rahm Emanuel over various issues. Rogers resigns after gate crashers slip into a state dinner.
Craig: White House counsel was not my first choice of a job in the new administration.

Rogers: That’s politics. That’s just the way it is. I don’t feel any remorse. It’s unfortunate that at a time when we needed to be talking about so many other things, we were focused on this. For the rest of my life I’m going to be that girl. People have made whatever judgments they need to make. It’s over.

Obama’s Final Drone Strike Data

As Donald Trump assumes office today, he inherits a targeted killing program that has been the cornerstone of U.S. counterterrorism strategy over the past eight years. On January 23, 2009, just three days into his presidency, President Obama authorized his first kinetic military action: two drone strikes, three hours apart, in Waziristan, Pakistan, that killed as many as twenty civilians. Two terms and 540 strikes later, Obama leaves the White House after having vastly expanding and normalizing the use of armed drones for counterterrorism and close air support operations in non-battlefield settings—namely Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia.

Throughout his presidency, I have written often about Obama’s legacy as a drone president, including reports on how the United States could reform drone strike policies, what were the benefits of transferring CIA drone strikes to the Pentagon, and (with Sarah Kreps) how to limit armed drone proliferation. President Obama deserves credit for even acknowledging the existence of the targeted killing program (something his predecessor did not do), and for increasing transparency into the internal processes that purportedly guided the authorization of drone strikes. However, many needed reforms were left undone—in large part because there was zero pressure from congressional members, who, with few exceptions, were the biggest cheerleaders of drone strikes.

On the first day of the Trump administration, it is too early to tell what changes he could implement. However, most of his predecessor’s reforms have either been voluntary, like the release of two reports totaling the number of strikes and both combatants and civilians killed, or executive guidelines that could be ignored with relative ease. Should he opt for an even more expansive and intensive approach, little would stand in his way, except for Democrats in Congress, who might have newfound concerns about the president’s war-making powers. Or perhaps citizens and investigative journalists, who may resist efforts to undermine transparency, accountability, and oversight mechanisms.

President Obama on the Passing of Steve Jobs: "He changed the way each of us sees the world."

Following the loss of visionary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, President Obama released this statement:

Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.

By building one of the planet&rsquos most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve&rsquos success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve&rsquos wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.

Photo shows real gas prices during Obama-Biden administration, but that’s not the whole story

If Your Time is short

&bull A photo shows real gas prices from May 7, 2012, during the Obama-Biden administration.

&bull The $5.49 per gallon price of gas appears to have been cherry-picked from a spike in the price of gas in summer 2012.

People are sharing a viral image on social media that shows gas prices at more than $5 per gallon to suggest that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were responsible for the remarkably high prices during their time in the White House.

One Facebook post includes an image of an Exxon sign that lists the per-gallon prices for various types of gas: regular at $5.49, plus at $5.59 and supreme at $5.79.

"Just a reminder of what things looked like the last time Biden was in the White House," the text added to the bottom of the photo reads.

The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

A reverse image search revealed that the photo is real.

PolitiFact found the photo on two stock photo websites: Alamy and Shutterstock.

"WASHINGTON, DC, USA - $5 gas price sign at Exxon service station on May 7, 2012, near Watergate complex at intersection of Virginia Ave NW and Rock Creek Parkway NW," the caption provided with the Alamy photo reads.

At that point, Obama and Biden had been in the White House about three years. But the photo is from spring 2012, a period when gas prices spiked.

FACT SHEET: The Affordable Care Act: Healthy Communities Six Years Later

President Obama promised that he would make quality, affordable health care not a privilege, but a right. After nearly 100 years of talk and decades of trying by presidents of both parties, that’s exactly what he did.

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law, putting in place comprehensive reforms that improve access to affordable health coverage for everyone and protect consumers from abusive insurance company practices. Today, the ACA is working: thanks to the ACA, 17.6 million previously uninsured people had gained coverage prior to this year’s open enrollment period, and the law has driven the uninsured rate below 10 percent – for the first time since we started keeping records. The ability to buy portable and affordable plans on a competitive marketplace is giving Americans the freedom to move, start businesses and dream big American dreams, which is especially important as more consumers become entrepreneurs. And thanks in part to the law’s focus on reducing costs and inefficiencies, health care prices have risen at the slowest rate in 50 years since the law passed, which will benefit all of us for years to come.

These access gains are due in large part to the efforts of local and state elected officials, community organizations and leaders, and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to help their neighbors find access to quality, affordable coverage. During the most recent open enrollment period from November 1 through January 31, the Administration and its partners on the ground nationwide undertook an unprecedented local and regional effort to sign up the remaining uninsured who are eligible for Marketplace coverage.

As part of this effort, the White House launched its “Healthy Communities Challenge” to engage 20 key communities with large numbers or high percentages of uninsured in states across the country where strong federal, state, and community collaboration can have a meaningful impact on reaching the uninsured. Last month, the White House announced that the winner of the challenge is Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Under the leadership of Mayor Tom Barrett and County Executive Chris Abele, about 38,000 people in the Milwaukee area newly selected a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace during this open enrollment period. Together with returning Marketplace consumers, about 89,000 people in the Milwaukee area selected a 2016 Marketplace plan. Nationwide, nearly 13 million Americans signed up for 2016 Marketplace coverage, including people who were previously uninsured, as well as Americans finding coverage as they go through changes in life such as being in between jobs or aging off their parents' plans.

Ahead of the upcoming sixth anniversary of the ACA, tomorrow President Obama will travel to Milwaukee to celebrate the city’s victory and discuss how Americans in communities across the country are benefitting from the law. The President will deliver remarks at the Bruce-Guadalupe Middle School on the campus of the United Community Center, which is a part of the Milwaukee Latino Health Coalition and has hosted ACA outreach efforts. The President will also sit down for a conversation with local residents who have written him about the impact of the law on themselves and their families.

Because of the Affordable Care Act, This is What Health Care in America Looks Like Today:

  • 17.6 million consumers have gained health insurance thanks to the ACA, prior to this year’s open enrollment period. From 2010 through the first nine months of 2015, the uninsured rate has fallen by more than 40 percent and, for the first time ever, more than 9 in 10 Americans now have health insurance. In Wisconsin, Gallup recently estimated that the adult uninsured rate in 2015 was 5.9 percent, down from 11.7 percent in 2013.
  • As many as 129 million Americans who have some type of pre-existing health condition, including up to 19 million children, are now protected from coverage denials and reduced benefits – practices that were routine before the law’s enactment.
  • 105 million Americans, including 39.5 million women and nearly 28 million children, have benefited from annual limits on out-of-pocket spending on essential health benefits – and the elimination of lifetime and annual limits on insurance coverage. These are protections that did not exist before the ACA.
  • Americans now have access to critical preventive services at no cost, like flu shots, yearly check-ups, and birth control. These are benefits that did not exist before the ACA.
  • Over 14 million more Americans have received coverage through Medicaid since the ACA’s first open enrollment period in 2013. States have an option to expand Medicaid to all non-eligible adults with incomes under 133 percent of the federal poverty level, and to date, 31 states and the District of Columbia have chosen to expand the program. In these states that have already expanded Medicaid, 4.4 million uninsured people will gain coverage. If the remaining states expand Medicaid, over 4 million more uninsured people would gain coverage.
  • The ACA has provided new transparency in how health insurance plans disclose reasons for premium increases and requires simple, standardized summaries so over 170 million Americans can better understand their coverage information and compare plans. These consumer protections did not exist six years ago.
  • 2.3 million young Americans gained coverage between 2010 and October 2013 because they could now stay covered on their parents’ health care plans until they turn 26 – a benefit that did not exist before the law.
  • The ACA created tax credits that, as of September 2015, have helped 7.8 million Americans who otherwise often could not afford it purchase health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces.
  • Health insurers are now required to provide consumers with rebates if the amount they spend on health benefits and quality of care, as opposed to advertising and marketing, is too low. Last year, 5.5 million consumers received nearly $470 million in rebates. Since this requirement was put in place in 2011 through 2014, more than $2.4 billion in total refunds will have been paid to consumers.
  • Out-of-pocket costs have been eliminated for preventive services like immunizations, certain cancer screenings, contraception, reproductive counseling, obesity screening, and behavioral assessments for children. This coverage is guaranteed for more than 137 million Americans, including 55 million women.
  • Out-of-pocket costs have been eliminated for 39 million Medicare beneficiaries for preventive services like cancer screenings, bone-mass measurements, annual physicals, and smoking cessation.
  • The ACA expands mental health and substance use disorder benefits and parity protections to over 60 million Americans.
  • The ACA phases out the “donut hole” coverage gap for nearly 10.7 million Medicare prescription drug beneficiaries, who have saved an average of $1,945 per beneficiary.
  • Accountable Care Organizations now exist, consisting of doctors and other health-care providers who come together to provide coordinated, high-quality care at lower costs to their Medicare patients. Over 477 ACOs are serving nearly 8.9 million Medicare beneficiaries nationwide.
  • Overpayments through the Medicare Advantage system have been phased out, while Medicare Advantage plans are required to spend at least 85 percent of Medicare revenue on patient care. Medicare Advantage enrollment has grown by 50 percent to over 17.1 million while premiums have dropped by 10 percent since 2009.
  • Hospitals in Medicare now receive incentives to reduce hospital-acquired infections and avoidable readmissions. A collaborative health-safety learning network, the Partnership for Patients, includes more than 3,200 hospitals to promote best quality practices.

In addition, other legislation and executive actions are allowing us to continue to build on this progress and advance the cause of effective, affordable and accountable health care. This includes:

Eight Years of Trolling Obama

Some of the many false viral claims about Barack Obama's faith and citizenship.

Posted on January 19, 2017


Barack Obama will be succeeded as president of the United States by Donald Trump, who long challenged the legitimacy of Obama’s presidency by questioning whether Obama, the first African American president, was, in fact, born in America.

Trump wasn’t alone. For years, many of Obama’s fellow Americans questioned his citizenship.

But the so-called “birther” claims weren’t the only spurious rumors about Obama. Over his eight years in office, we have written about hundreds of viral claims about the president, his family and his policies. Perhaps no bogus claim has persisted more than the falsehood that Obama is an anti-Christian Muslim.

According to a 2015 CNN/ORC poll, 80 percent of Americans correctly believe that Obama was born in the U.S., but only a plurality, 39 percent, know that he is a Christian. Twenty-nine percent believe that he is a Muslim.

For the record, Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1961. He is also a self-proclaimed Christian who adopted that faith as an adult.

Below are some of the biggest whoppers we’ve addressed about Obama’s religion and background, as well as baseless claims that he is anti-America in general.


Not a Muslim

In a 2006 speech, Obama said that it “nagged” him in 2004, when Alan Keyes, his opponent in the Illinois U.S. Senate race, suggested that Obama wasn’t a “true Christian.”

And not long after Obama announced that he would run for president in 2007, the New York Times wrote an article detailing exactly how Obama, whose Kenyan father was born a Muslim, came to Christianity while attending church in Chicago.

Then, Obama told his own conversion story to those attending the National Prayer Breakfast in February 2009, just two weeks after he was sworn in as president.

Obama, Feb. 5, 2009: I was not raised in a particularly religious household. I had a father who was born a Muslim but became an atheist, grandparents who were non-practicing Methodists and Baptists, and a mother who was skeptical of organized religion, even as she was the kindest, most spiritual person I’ve ever known. She was the one who taught me as a child to love, and to understand, and to do unto others as I would want done.

I didn’t become a Christian until many years later, when I moved to the South Side of Chicago after college. It happened not because of indoctrination or a sudden revelation, but because I spent month after month working with church folks who simply wanted to help neighbors who were down on their luck — no matter what they looked like, or where they came from, or who they prayed to. It was on those streets, in those neighborhoods, that I first heard God’s spirit beckon me. It was there that I felt called to a higher purpose — His purpose.

And Obama has talked about his faith annually at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast.

None of that has swayed those who continue to wrongly believe that Obama is not a Christian, but also that he is a Muslim. His middle name is “Hussein” after all.

A YouTube video titled “Obama Admits He Is A Muslim” has been viewed nearly 17 million times since April 2009. But it’s totally bogus and the result of deceptive editing.

For example, when Obama says “I am one of them,” he doesn’t mean that he is a Muslim. He was talking about being like others who either have Muslim relatives or have lived in countries with large Muslim populations. At other times, the video edits out the words “I’m a Christian” and “my Christian faith” from Obama’s quotes.

Obama also didn’t attend a radical “Wahabi” school in Indonesia, as a false viral email claimed. That rumor originated with an inaccurate 2007 Insight Magazine article that said Obama “was educated in a Madrassa as a young boy and has not been forthcoming about his Muslim heritage.” CNN interviewed the school’s deputy headmaster, Hardi Priyono, who said: “This is a public school. We don’t focus on religion.”

That same viral email also claimed that Obama was sworn in as a U.S. senator using a Koran. Wrong. Obama reportedly used his own Bible during his swearing-in ceremony in 2005. It was Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress, who used a Koran for his own ceremony in 2007.

President Barack Obama bows his head during the closing prayer at the Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House in 2015. Photo Credit: White House/Flickr

Year after year, concerned readers asked us if Obama had canceled the National Day of Prayer. Our answer was always no. The false rumor started in 2009 when Obama didn’t hold a public service in the White House as George W. Bush had done as president. However, Obama issued a National Day of Prayer proclamation in 2009 and every year after. The National Day of Prayer Task Force has also debunked the cancellation claim.

Not only did viral rumors claim that Obama canceled the National Day of Prayer, they also incorrectly faulted Obama for allowing a Muslim prayer event to take place on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. The permit for the event in September 2009 was issued by the U.S. Capitol Police, not the White House. Obama’s only connection to the event was that its chief organizer, Hassen Abdellah, said that he was inspired by the president’s inaugural address in January 2009 and a speech Obama gave in June that year.

And Obama didn’t issue a policy in 2009 preventing an Army veteran from speaking at a faith-based event, as an email claimed. The event in question was a fundraiser and had nothing to do with religion. A previously existing policy prohibited the veteran from participating in the fundraiser in an official capacity.

Another viral email expressed outrage at the Obama administration for using “tax dollars to rebuild Muslim mosques around the world.” But the State Department’s program to preserve overseas cultural landmarks started funding projects under President Bush in 2001. And the program funds the rebuilding of historic churches and temples, too.

Obama also didn’t write that “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction” in his 2006 book, “The Audacity of Hope.” We looked through the book and found that Obama actually said that he would stand with American immigrants from Pakistan or Arab countries should they be faced with something like the forced detention of Japanese American families in World War II.

And Obama didn’t exempt Muslims from having to purchase health insurance as required by the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Nor does Obama’s health care law mention the word “dhimmitude,” which is an academic concept, not a tenet of Muslim faith.

Another viral email misquoted Obama as saying that the U.S. is “no longer a Christian nation.” What he actually said was that “whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation — at least, not just.” Obama stumbled when he delivered the quote live, but his prepared remarks show that he had intended to say that “we are no longer just a Christian nation,” but a nation of many faiths.

Yet another viral email wrongly accused Obama of creating a postage stamp commemorating the Muslim holidays Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. But Obama had nothing to do with the stamp, which was originally announced in 2001 when Bush was president. The stamp has been reissued in different designs several times whenever the postage rate has increased.

And while we’re on holidays, Obama’s White House never stopped referring to the “White House Christmas Tree” as just that. The zombie claim about the White House “holiday tree” was first proved wrong in 2009, but has circulated online annually during the holiday season.

Not an Immigrant

President-elect Trump acknowledged last year that Obama was born in the U.S. and not in Kenya. But many Americans still haven’t accepted that fact about Obama. It hasn’t helped that some have gone out of their way to spread false information about the soon-to-be former president’s background.

A widely shared graphic promoted the falsehood that many of Obama’s early records are “sealed,” including his “original birth certificate.” That’s nonsense. Obama released a copy of his short-form certification of live birth in 2008 — which staffers examined and photographed — and then released a copy of his long-form certificate of live birth in 2011. Both versions were validated by state health officials in Hawaii who have said repeatedly that Obama was born there.

Obama’s college records aren’t sealed, either, as the graphic claimed. It’s simply illegal under federal law for Occidental College, Columbia University or Harvard Law School to release Obama’s records to the press or the public without Obama’s written permission. Presidential candidates almost never voluntarily release such information.

That viral email on Obama’s “sealed” records was mostly a rehash of one we had debunked long before. The earlier version, from a so-called “Colombo,” also repeated the fanciful “birther” claim that Obama traveled to Pakistan in 1981 with a non-U.S. passport. According to the theory, U.S. citizens were barred from traveling there at the time, so Obama must have done so with a foreign passport, proving that he wasn’t a citizen. Hogwash. Americans traveled to Pakistan with no problem, as shown by a travel piece that appeared in the New York Times in June 1981.

In addition, an April Fools’ Day hoax tricked some into believing that the Associated Press reported that Obama attended Occidental on a Fulbright scholarship for foreign students, proving that he isn’t a U.S. citizen. Not so. The AP confirmed to that the story attributed to the news agency was a fake.

We received an email asking about Obama’s Fulbright scholarship as recently as May 2016, seven years after we first debunked the claim. So the April Fools’ joke is still fooling some people.

And another viral email questioning what we know about Obama suggested that he didn’t attend Columbia University, calling it “very, very strange” that “no one ever came forward” to say that they knew Obama in school. Not only does the university proudly claim Obama as one of its own, but the New York Times wrote about Phil Boerner, who knew Obama in 1979 when they both attended Occidental, and then roomed with Obama after they both transferred to Columbia in 1981. Boerner wrote an article for the university’s student magazine in 2009, describing how he and Obama met and what it was like living with Obama in New York.

Not Anti-America

We also have seen false claims purporting to show Obama doesn’t respect or like the country much.

Obama didn’t say, as an email claimed, that he wouldn’t wear a U.S. flag pin because “I don’t want to be perceived as taking sides.” Nor did he suggest changing the lyrics of the national anthem because the current version “conveys a war-like message.” Those fake quotes were written as a joke by satirist John Semmens for his “semi-news” column.

And Obama didn’t tell his supporters that “we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world” and then ask them to “join with me as we try to change it.” That quote, too, was intended as a joke, according to former National Review contributor Mark Steyn, who said it was sent to him by a reader as “an all-purpose stump speech for the 2008 campaign.”

Obama also didn’t ban the Pledge of Allegiance in U.S. public schools. That was a claim from yet another satirical article on a fake news website. But long before we wrote about that, there was the equally fictitious claim that Obama wouldn’t even recite the pledge. The support for that one? A 2007 photo of Obama without his hand over his heart during the national anthem, not the Pledge of Allegiance.

And if Obama wasn’t actively being anti-America, he was reading about it, according to another off-base email. The anonymous author of that viral message jumped to the wrong conclusion after seeing a photo of Obama carrying a popular book by journalist Fareed Zakaria. The book, “The Post-American World,” is about America’s role in a new global era. It isn’t an apocalyptic vision of a world “after America,” as the email claimed.

This is just a sampling, really, of the bogus claims that have been made up about Obama over eight years. He also didn’t create the “Obamaphone,” call for a “new world order,” criminalize free speech, create a “private army,” or attempt to declare martial law.

In all, we’ve written close to 200 Ask FactCheck articles about Obama and the first family, including Bo, the dog. But the attacks on Obama’s religion and patriotism stand out — not for what they purported to say about Obama, but for what they say about the biases of people who write and spread such nonsense.

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Day 39 of the Obama Administration - History

Years from now?….There is not going to be but a couple more years at most and Christ is coming to judge all the ungodly and to receive all those who are His unto Himself!

For all who know not Jesus as their Lord, you still have time to seek His mercy and forgiveness and ask that He give you a new heart to believe the truth of the Bible which tells all mankind of their sins and their need for Christ alone to save them, therefore, turn now from your sinful ways and follow Him, lest you perish in all your sins.
There really is but a few more years to go, at most and then the judgment day.

Time is short…Eternity is not!

Well folks, what did you expect from a phoquing niggah? Just the worst this country ever had as president, even jimmy carter looks good now! This thing (yes, thing) is an impostor, moosleen who got away with sh_t during 8 years. Karma will be sitting right beside him when he is counting his ill-gotten money. Patience is a virtue and I am willing to live long enough to see he get what he deserves — and then more.

He needs to be fired. No pension. No nothing. Glad I didnt vote for him. I would feel guilty. He has to be the worst president. Horrible!

Pension, this POS needs to be in Guantanamo for life and punish administered there, get my point ?

his head on a stick in front of the white house as a warning to others. and slop the hogs with the rest of him.

Impeachment, Prison, and maybe even a Guiltine for him

obama would not know the truth if it jumped up and bit him in his muzzie butt.

Can’t wait for that day!! All of them, their possessions, their beloved money and power will all burn in hell! Of course, God changed Saul, who was persecuting and murdering Jews, into Paul! He sure can change these morons. Only time will tell (you’re right, not much time left!!)

Saul was persecuting Christians.

Amen. Even so, come quickly Sweet JESUS.

Amen and thank you for the courage to tell of God’s plan for His love, mercy, forgiveness and life in Heaven after you take that last breath on earth, death. Sorry no 72 virgins, just love, peace and joy. Thank you Father

i know we are living in the end days and people better wake up and i also believe, much to my dislike , hiliary will be our next president and then the days will become shorter as the end is so close at hand. i pray TRUMP will win, but i dont see that happening, but GOD will deal with the evil ones.

I guess my question is this: are we the American people l e insane? Insanity is repeating the same process and expecting different results.
Why on earth would Hillary, the most astounding liar be even considered by one for president?
Possibly we are masochistic and we enjoy continual pain! Something is definitely wrong!

Yes I agree,the thing is He does not Care!!

Those of you who tell us the end is near need to read your Bibles again. According to Mark 13: “But as for that day or hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Get ready but don’t hold your breath…

What it does NOT say is that you won’t get a clue-by-four as to the week month, or year.

I have been reading that for the last 50 years. He hasn’t showed up yet.

go ahead – mock God. but stand over there. I’m allergic to lightning.

The Koran states that it is OK to lie to achieve your objectives. Obama is a ‘good’ Muslim and lies all the time.

And the Revelation of John says all liars will have their part in the lake of fire, which is the second death.

Unfortunately “Bizarre Barry” will probably have no remorse or even self reflection. I am just about convinced he is a borderline sociopath, those that never feel guilty about their actions…

Consider this, he was born in Kenya (grandmother said she visited him at Kenya hospital when he was born). He is a Muslim (has a Muslim saying inscribed inside his wedding ring), and he had to be a Muslim in Kenya to attend school there when he lived with his father. He was a figure in a church for 20 years, and was married in that church, who preached “God Damn America”, and, according to his preacher, only left that church when he knew he would not be elected if he didn’t. Millions were paid to hide any birth, financial or academic records. He refused to salute our flag, or wear flag pin, during his campaign because he didn’t want “to give anyone the wrong impression” of his loyalties. People who went to the same college, and took the same classes he claimed to attend, never saw him in any of those classes. When pushed by Trump to produce his birth records he produced a phony one that bore the name of the hospital he claimed to be born at in Hawaii that had a different name during the time he claimed to have been born there. Even the liberal Newsweek Magazine published what a phony he was in their final issue. And, by the way, his DNA is Arab, white, and black, in that order, so we have our first Arab president. He has made a mockery of our presidency and our country, with outrageous spending, lavish vacations, lying to the public and using the DJ, FBI, and IRS to attack his political enemies, and to protect his crooked ally.

the father is the one that controls the “Natural Born Citizen” read the 1792 naturalization act and amendments there to. The words are clear.

If you watch him closely, you can tell he is lying. He is close to sociopathic. He talks to the American people like they are a bunch of kids and need scolding. Why people fall for this condescending attitude is beyond comprehension. He wants to be a dictator.

whatever he sez, believe the opposite

He isn’t borderline he is a full grown sociopath. He and Hillary should be linked together (make that handcuffed) together and go down as the most corrupt couple to ever hold public office. Of course many more could be added to that list but it would take too long to enumerate.

When it comes to lies, Hillary will make Obama look like Mother Teresa.

Obama is Honorary President of the International Liars Club. The Honorary Vice-President of the club is Hillary Clinton.

She wants to be the President of it

So what else is new. Here are just two excerpts of political correctness Acts as an excuse for any crimes committed in its name and Resentment of Tradition…As he was “ELECTED” President, without telling us what he REALLY had in mind of how to Fundamentally change America and I guess nobody asked either, in his mind he was totally accepted to operate under this nonsense. Question for me just is, is this even LEGAL?? I mean it sounds totally like he just made HIS OWN rules to run this country and that is why he ignores the laws of the land and the Constitution, some are calling him TRAMPLING on the laws and the Constitution. I don’t know but to me it all looks and sounds like that he has stepped over all boundaries and should be impeached. I mean changing something should be okay, but to literally act like a loony tone and disregard the laws sounds really criminal to me.

I am very afraid that lying is not enough for him – martial law could make lying look like a picnic!

Of course Obama is a liar. Sensed it before he was even elected. ALL THE DAMAGE HE’S DONE TO CITIZENS AND COUNTRY WILL COME BACK TO HAUNT HIM. GOD IS WATCHING.

Obama is lies from beginning to end. You can’t expect truth from a godless, corrupt person. He is a smear on the US presidency. Hillary would just be like him. She doesn’t tell the truth either.

Nothing about Obama is a surprise he and Hillary do nothing but lie I just pray our country can survive until his term is up and pray to the LORD that Hillary will not get elected we need God’s help desperately

I have said from the beginning that obama was the antichrist, and i am beginning to really believe he is, hes no chriatian, he lied and said he was to get elected, but his lies are coming to let the people know exactly who he is a muslim. if the american people had known he was a muslim, does he think for i minute he would dhave gotten elected? i dont think so. i pray TRUMP gets elected, anyone that votes for hiliary , deserves exactly what they get.

I cant believe the people of the democratic party cant see how Hillary is so crooked and why would anyone that loves America would vote for her. We know how dishonest she is and any Vet that votes for her should move out of this country. Please Vote for Trump and lets save our great Land America.

Yea. …but it would be worse for those that won’t be voting for her ugly azz.

I have said from the beginning that obama was the antichrist, and i am beginning to really believe he is, hes no chriatian, he lied and said he was to get elected, but his lies are coming to let the people know exactly who he is a muslim. if the american people had known he was a muslim, does he think for i minute he would dhave gotten elected? i dont think so. i pray TRUMP gets elected, anyone that votes for hiliary , deserves exactly what they get.

obama is a liar and a con artist.No telling how much tax dollars he has put in his pockets.He will go down in history as the worse president of all.He deserves not one penny more from the USA.

Just another piece of trash in his transparent administration. Go Trump

He’s a Democrat this is a prerequisite to be a “Liberal” so we expect him to be a liar – also a “Do Nothing”, “Coward”, “Racist”, “Self Serving” ” and “Jerk”.

You are absolute correct Dolores we hope the hard working Americans can see the light no more liers in the White House we need somebody in there who will tell the truth to the American people

He is indeed the worst in our lifetime. He has some catching up to do if he wants to catch up with our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Lincolns lies and deceit are responsible for more than 630,000 American military deaths (in the millions if you count civilian casualties). The continuous lies about him have most Americans thinking he was one of the best, if not the best president we have ever had. It doesn’t take a lot of research to find the truth, but most never will. Just take the #1 lie about the so-called Civil War… The war was fought over slavery. If that was the case, U.S. Grant was fighting for the wrong side. Grant didn’t free his slaves until after the war. That’s easy enough to look up.
Obama could surpass him if (God forbid) his weakness invites an attack from one of our enemies.

The Civil War was fought to free the slaves, not to keep them!! Sheesh.

“My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause.”
— Abraham Lincoln(1809-1865) 16th US President
Source: Letter to Horace Greeley, August 22, 1862

You appear to have been thoroughly brainwashed in the Public Fool System.

i would recommend that you re-program yourself, perhaps starting with “The Real Lincoln,” by DiLorenzo(iirc).

It might surprise you to learn that in the original “Emancipation Proclamation,” Lincoln freed ONLY the slaves still in the Confederate States he freed NONE in Union territory, even in Southern territory the North was OCCUPYING.

This could be roughly compared to a S. Korean president proclaiming that all N. Korean political prisoners are freed.

Obama believes everything he say to the American people that they believe him becouse he thinks he is above every one on this earth But he is so wrong we the people should have demanded he be impeached a long time ago

Its funny how “WE THE PEOPLE” can’t even have $1.00 in our pocket because they won’t be able to track our every move or we are doing something illegal(supporting Terrorist) w/it and then they give IRAN pallets loaded w/cash. Whose supporting the TERRORISTS here? wake up Democrats if you want to live to see the next 4 years you better make sure that Crooked Commie Clinton gets booted on her ass this next election

You haven’t seen anything if clinton gets in office. Her lies will make him look like a JV team. When it comes to lies nobody does it better then her. Oboma has people lie for him most of the time. Clinton will lie right to your face and then call you stupid for questioning her about the lies Then will lie even more to prove they weren’t lies. But that’s the Dem way.

I hope someone bumps him off on his porch in Hawaii. No president has done so much damage to America as he has. And Hillary will most likely finish the job. And any one who votes for Hillary votes for muslims and an economic collapse, one that Obama didn’t complete, maybe.

I disagree Bush said there was weapons of mass destructions and started a war where a lot of people got killed and maned and the weapons haven.t been found yet.Bush said no new taxes and then increased taxes

Worst lying American President ruler since Hitler ruled Germany.
He is right up there with him. Hitler would be proud of him.

Now Nixon is in a distant 2nd place?

Now just wait a dog gone minute here. You all are missing the mark. Obama lies because he needs to get his agenda through all the people who hold this country as a functioning society. “We are just five days away from fundamentally transforming America” as I remember. Many now think that his executive orders are needed to do this. A Congress and a Supreme Court are just in his way. Well, if Hillary gets the job, she will take care of this little problem. The DOJ has become an ORGANIZATION to literally embrace the views of this and Hillary Clinton’s Administration. Yep, I said it Hillary’s Administration. She is protected by the current DOJ. What is going to be a sad day is when the Democratic voters find themselves with less money, less safety, less freedom and much less Power. They are shooting themselves in the foot.

Trump’s first day in office.
1. cancel all of sh*thead’s excutive orders.
2. have hitlery and slick willy arrested.
3. bring all of our military home from islamic conflicts. let ’em duke it out with each other.
4. deploy the military to gaurd the borders with orders to shoot.
5. deport ALL illegals
6. cancel all forigen aid to islamic countries
7. no arms sales of any type to anybody. you want our guns? they come with our soldiers.

Barry your face is going to be etched on the gate at Gitmo. They haven’t got a nuff room at Mount Rushmore for your big head . Besides there’s not a golf course there for you to play. You better go back to Chicago and straiten out your old stomping grounds before you leave Dodge. Watch out when you get to Hawaii , the dog is looking for you. There will be no security for you and yours when you leave Washington. Pack you own gun stupid. By your own tickets also, or maybe Hillary will let you use her left over campaign money.

Soon after Donald Trump wins in November, the congress should start impeachment proceedings against barack hussain obama and barack hussain obama’s legacy should state: “IMPEACHED BARACK HUSSAIN OBAMA”.

D’OweBama should never be impeached. Only LEGITIMATE officeholders can be impeached. D’OweBama NEVER had the right to take or exercise the office of the presidency, because he’s NOT NATURAL BORN!

He should just be arrested, tried, and convicted before he’s hanged/shot/electrocuted/gassed for Treason, easily proven by the VERY Constitution he swore an oath to “preserve, protect, and defend” “against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic” – which INCLUDES HIM!

This country does not need a Professional Politician any more. Look at us now!

Amazing how anyone can support Obama or Hillary because of their pathological lying and just goes to show you how many people living in this Country share the same unethical and immoral characteristics as the people they support. We have really fallen a long way to allow things to reach this stage.

Barack Obama’s administration has been a failure from the standpoint of making America better. He came into office with a lot of hope. He even received a Nobel Peace Prize for all the potential people saw in his presidency. When he leaves office he will leave with a track record of incompetence, corruption, lawlessness and missed opportunities. Fortunately for America Obama’s reign of error is getting shorter by the day.

The Reign of Terror is getting Shorter…..ONLY if H-BOMB Clinton does not win the Election BY FRAUD & CRIMINAL ACTIONS….and bring Billy Boy…The /SEXUAL PREDATOR… and the Complete CLINTON CRIME SYNDICATE along with their MONEY LAUNDERING FOUNDATION…back to the White House…

Here is the list of the DC DICTATOR’S 10 Greatest Accomplishments….

Hillary has learned from the best

There is no accurate method of determining which USPresident was the biggest liar. However, available evidence documents that the alias, Barrak H. Obama, began telling lies upon “appearing” in Chicago, and hasnt stopped. His lies have been made increasingly apparent by Republicans, seekers of truth in politics and many individual persons, more recently by former CIA agent Dr. Jim Garrow. Whether alias Obama is a bigger liar than George H. W. Bush has not been established. The CIA has covered the lies of George H. W. Bush since prior to its formal establishment in 1947 as an element of the National Security Act. Bush´s affiliation with Judaism´s MOSSAD is documented variously in the semi-autobiography of former MOSSAD agent, Ari Ben-Menashe. “Profits of War Inside the Secret U.S.- Israeli Arms Network,” 1992, reveals many secrets of the Bush Crime Family, in which Ben-Menashe participated, which were covered up by the CIA and Reagan-Bush administrations. Similarly, retired general Russell S. Bowen revealed similar personal experiences with George H. W. Bush in his book, “The Immaculate Deception: The Bush Crime Family Exposed,” 1990. Both books should be translated into 5 major languages so that the world will comprehend the destruction by the Bush Crime Family in collaboration with Judaism´s MOSSAD.

The end days? IMO the end days of islam are here. Islam is a bigger lie than O. A billion people claim to be allah’s people using the teachings of a 7th Century guy and has crossed swords, a peace symbol. on their flag. And there is no evidence miracles, other prophets supporting what this one guy said he was told. How does anyone know his book is not a lie? Not just a novel written to mimic what Jesus said and did. Mo didn’t do anything except make up what is in the koran, or others just used him to cover up what they made up? He never walked on water, has not risen from the dead and there is nothing in the bible suggesting someone greater than Jesus would come. Plus, also IMO, islam implements sharia law in nations where there are large numbers of muslims. Sharia law everywhere is the goal of jihad meaning they are in pursuit of a global kingdom of man instead of the Kingdom of God Jesus taught. Their use of the idea of a “nation of Islam” is consistent with their hope for a caliphate to head the nation of islam. Meaning their nationality is “islam” instead of Iran, Kuwait, S Arabia, etc.. But islam, is supposed to be a religion, what you believe while a nationality is related to the place, nation, you belong as a citizen. And the nature of sharia law means there are no citizens in places that are part of the “Nation of Islam” collection of states because people have no rights. Citizens have rights that the govt can not take away, which is why they are called rights. People that have no rights are actually subjects. And in recent years our pols have apparently made it their business to make us subjects to them. Since they fancy themselves as “rulers” instead of public servants to oversee the work of govt employees that are hired to implement govt for the people . Neither the president, the SC or congress, that’s all of them folks, are authorized to change the Constitution. Which incidentally has a list of all the rights we have. Changing the Constitution is a legislative process that involves approval of elected officials in all 52 states. 52 is the number O counted. It is going to be really hard to get all them to vote on an amendment. If there is any martial law declared it needs to be in DC to arrest and keep O from fleeing the country to avoid an impeachment. He is so fond of islamic laws and lifestyle that he is a risk of fleeing to a country where he can’t be extradited.

Many of us… I dare say all of us knew every bit of this (or suspected it) even before he was put in office the first time! This Muslim didn’t even know how many states there were in the Union, not to mention calling Military Corps a corpse! ……. Well, he has almost made it a corpse, so maybe that isn’t that far fetched. The major thing that I am perplexed about is not what this POS is doing, but the way it is tolerated. Who is responsible for keeping these sorry lowlifes in check? Don’t say that it is We The People, because we don’t have any say anymore in fact what we want isn’t even considered when it comes to the stupidity that has inundated the Federal Government. As ludicrous as it sounds, it would not surprise me at all if he didn’t become supreme dictator of the USA! Obviously, if Hildabeast gets the vote, it will only mean another Oslumababa term!

The Character of people does matter. The American people have been living in a world of deceit and lawlessness, a bad economy, and persecution. They are ready for new leadership, and it isn’t in the form of Hillary.

Islamites think nothing of lying! If it suits their purposes they lie! Over and over and over again!
So sad that this will be a shameful 8-years of history for America and for the presidential seat,
And let us not forget the shameful legislators who let it all happen! Just hope and pray that Mr
Trump will be prepared with a running start when he takes office for he has an awful lot of work
to do in fixing this nation. Kow towing to any one or any group is WRONG. We should all be
doing what is best for this country as a whole and it certainly is not a one world government,
Globalism is the worst possible thing that could happen! The English people have set a bright
example! We must fight for what is right and good for America first and foremost and an
incredible ridiculous seriously huge debt is WRONG! Very wrong!

His nose has grown so long from all of this lies he has told the American citizens. And he promised “transparancy.” He can’t even spell the word. This guy duped everyone that voted for him, seeming to be a well spoken black, Harvard educated, making false promises. It is not in his nature to be a leader, or even an honest individual. He should’ve been impeached a few years back.



Interesting article. But maybe the following change would be more accurate.
“Years from now, when he’s sitting in poverty on the porch in his birthplace in Kenya, having been finally found out and had the financial carpet jerked from under him, perhaps Barack Obama will finally come to his moment of truth…”
Millions of Americans really do believe this man is actually an illegal alien who has enjoyed a profound cover up by the radical liberal media. God seems to have ordained that the historians of time eventually erode away the cover ups and expose raw reality.

Millions of Americans believe this about D’OweBama for good and sound reasons. One of these is that his alleged “birth certificate” was never a paper document.

One of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s lead investigators was sent to Hawaii with orders to clear up the birth certificate “nonsense” once and for all – but this investigator found just the opposite multiple experts examined the purported birth certificate and found SEVEN LAYERS of fraudulent information put on to it. It’s life began as a .pdf doc., and still is, today.

I did believe that George W. Bush was the worst liar until Obama got into office.

You are correct that we do not know the day or time of the end, but We are told to studyIf we do study we see many of the things that have been told in prophecy.

We know that promises were made to Abraham both for his time and for the end times.
WE know he had two sons. Ishmael and Isaac. The promises were passed on to Isaac but Ishmael thought he should have received them. That has been a problem between the Hebrew and Islam. We know that the promises were later defined as Juda keeping the promise of the Scepter or Christ, and Joseph would inherit the promise of wealth and multitudes. Israel passed those promises on to Joseph’s two sons, (Ephraim and Manasseh and said the younger would be the greater. The kingship was from the clan of Ephraim when Judah and Benjamin separated from the other ten tribes. We also know that David would always have a king on the throne until the second coming. It is taught that the but in fact it only says they were lost from site. Remnants of all the tribes can be located today. most everyone looks at Israel and assumes the tribes of Israel are gathered there. Tat is the land mass Israel that was promised but it is occupied by tribes of Judah and Benjamin.

The ten tribes were taken into captivity and carried into Assyria which is now Iraq. When they were released from captivity they traveled North and East following the East wind and left a trial that could be followed. Jeramiah was allowed to take the daughters of king and leave Assyria. We are told that we can find the throne by looking to the North and West Across the land an in the sea. The only land there would be the British Isles. We are told that that nation would form a company of nations as a vine runs over a wall and a nation that came out of that company of nations would be greater. At their peak they would hold the gates to all their enemies. This country would Ephraim and Manasseh. Add an ‘I’ to Saxons Since the Hebrew had problems with the vowels. We can easily get Isaac’s sons. Also Maybe someone can explain where the word Britain came from when we form a nation from Scotland, Ireland, England , and Wales. Doesn’t fit but if we look at British as a Hebrew word we can get
Brit – ish. or brith for covenant and ish for man. Prophecy tells us that would inherit the promises of great wealth and multitudes
If they would keep the covenants. We are told that it would be taken away if we did not.. We are also told that we would lose our will to fight at the peak of our power. The ten tribes of Israel will come together in the end time but we have o be punished for becoming the corrupt nation that we are first. Britain has moved out of the EU and other nations will probably follow soon. Once we recognize who we really are and change our ways we can come together and form the real Israel. Then will be the end.
It appear to me that most of the prophecies have been fulfilled so that is probably soon.

I had almost forgotten how sweet it sounds to hear a real American speak about what he plans to do to change our country back into the place most of us love and remember. Like all of us, I’d heard Obama whining, demagoguing, and demoralizing so long that I had simply forgotten how it sounds to hear things that are authentically American: both encouraging and hopeful. I am beginning to feel a new excitement in the air, a feeling of a very real future that is right around the corner, the kind of future that we haven’t heard anyone even mention for a long time now. Sounds to me like America is making a comeback–thanks to Donald J. Trump.

i hope and pray you are correct.
What with the precariousness of the “dollar,” combined with D’OweBama’s provocative attempts to instigate war with China or Russia or both, there’s a strong possibility that in the next 2 months a “crisis” might emerge that would justify D’OweBama’s implementation of “emergency Executive Orders” which essentially burn the Constitution and make it “legal” for him to steal everything every American has, including our time and even our lives.

The only thing 0bama will be doing years from now is laughing at Americans who he destroyed while we pay to protect him. One of his first executive orders was life time secret service protection. He will be a proud Iranian.


About o bomba. The truth hurts .may the lord have mercy on him …I would
Not mind if he burned For a while.

2,000 days of Obama: How have stocks done?

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LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch)—In case you didn’t notice, Saturday marked President Barack Obama’s 2,000th day in the Oval Office, and so it’s fitting to measure the stock market’s performance during his tenure with that of recent administrations.

Obama was sworn in amid extreme financial turmoil in January 2009, roughly six weeks before the stock markets hit bottom in the depths of the Great Recession. Pretty much the only direction for stocks to go was up.

How far up, though? More important, how do gains under Obama compare with those under other presidents who made it to 2,000 days?

Answer: He’s in the top half of the eight presidents since the Great Depression whose time in office lasted that long. That can always change, of course. And there’s considerable debate over whether he—or any president, for that matter—can influence the stock market or whether White House incumbents are just along for the ride.

“I wouldn’t be looking to give the administration a lot of credit for the stock market’s [performance],” said Sam Stovall, managing director of U.S. equity strategy at S&P Capital IQ. He noted, however, that stocks generally do better under Democrats than Republicans, particularly when stocks start out low.

As of right now, Obama ranks third behind top finisher Bill Clinton and runner-up Franklin Roosevelt in terms of stock gains, according to our calculations. After Obama, in order, it’s Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman, George W. Bush and Richard Nixon. (Yes, Nixon barely made it into the club he resigned 2,027 days into his presidency amid the Watergate scandal.)

There are a few surprises in the data. First, Obama not only finished ahead of Reagan, thought by many to be the architect of one of the greatest economic recoveries of the 20th century, but as of Friday’s trading session, the last before Obama’s 2,000th day, he was well ahead of Reagan. Major stock indexes have averaged gains of more than 142% under Obama, while they were up 88% at this same point in the Reagan years.

Pan the economic lens out, though, and the gap closes. You’ll see stock gains averaged just under 113% by the time Reagan had completed his full eight years, or 2,922 days in office. That’s still short of the market’s current advance under Obama, but all it would take is a cumulative drop of roughly 9.4% in the three indexes over the next 2 1/2 years, and Obama could fall below that mark by the time his second term ends.

Which is within the realm of possibility. Note that the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.20% thrived during Reagan’s last 2 ½ years despite the 1987 crash and ended up gaining more than 130% in all, well ahead of Obama’s current 105% gain. On the other hand, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.79% has flourished under Obama: It’s up 190% thus far, compared with 94% for Reagan’s two full terms.

For now, the president seems to be basking in that glory. Obama pointed out in a speech on Thursday that Americans are doing better by “almost every measure.”

Democrats over Republicans 4-1

Another surprise, also sure to rankle the right, is that the average stock-market gain under four post-Depression Democrats through each one’s 2,000th day in office has outpaced the average gain of the four Republicans in the era by a factor of nearly 4 to 1. Democratic gains have averaged 133%, while Republican market advances have had a mean of 33%.

Stovall noted that the pattern follows historic precedent. When there’s a split Congress, Democratic presidents see four times the gains that Republicans do, as well as when Democratic administrations do battle with a unified Republican Congress. Markets, however, do better under Republicans when they control the White House and both houses of Congress than Democrats do when in the same catbird seat.

Before embarking further, a word about MarketWatch’s methodology. We averaged the changes in the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 SPX, +0.51% for the first 2,000 days for four of the eight post—Great Depression presidents who made it that far: Reagan, Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama. For Eisenhower and Nixon, only Dow and S&P data were available. And for Roosevelt and Truman, it was just the Dow.

Starting with a Jan. 20 date for Inauguration Day, the 2,000th page on the office daily calendar turned for six of the presidents halfway through their sixth year on July 12. The dates were different for Roosevelt, who was first sworn in back when Inauguration Day was March 4, and Truman, who assumed power when Roosevelt died shortly into his fourth term in April 1945.

We didn’t limit our examination to 2,000-day presidents we also looked at stock gains under all chief executives since F.D.R. In that study, Obama would remain in the top three even if stocks were flat for the rest of his term, and he would climb to second behind Clinton if they grew at their current pace. If they drop, of course, it’s anyone’s guess where the Obama presidency ends up in investing history.

A few caveats: Economists have done similar examinations that probably are more scientific than MarketWatch’s. One potential flaw is that we didn’t take dividends or inflation into account the percentage gains are based solely on nominal numbers available.

We figure that we’re looking at percentage gains during that 5 ½-year window where inflation largely remained a constant through that period. Feel free to poke holes in that logic. Morgan Housel, senior analyst at Motley Fool, wasn’t afraid to do so.

“Including dividends is not only fair but essential, as over time they represent a large chunk of the market’s overall returns,” Housel said.

He pointed out that Gerald Ford would top the S&P list when dividend returns are entered into the mix. Those dividends were strong enough to keep him there even when you factor in the crippling inflation of the day. His immediate successor, Jimmy Carter, falls down Housel’s list mostly because inflation severely hampered returns and led to his loss after one term to Reagan.

Still, Obama does well by Housel’s measure, finishing second to Ford among presidents in the post-Depression era, one spot ahead of Clinton. That’s due mostly to extremely low inflation during Obama’s term.

Further, our time range is limited. Since the modern economy and government’s role in it took shape during and after the Great Depression, we decided to examine gains or losses dating back only to the Roosevelt administration.

The relatively small sampling of 2,000-day presidents also may skew the data. A broader look at all 13 chief executives from F.D.R. to Obama offers a more impressive view of the current president, but it also closes the gap between Democrats and Republicans on overall stock performance.

By including all seven Democrats in this category, it drops their party’s average gain to 109%, while the addition of two more Republicans brings that group of six’s average up to 46%.

“I don’t think we have a big enough sample size,” Housel said. He said other databases over a longer time frame still would show a slight advantage for Democrats, but the gap is minimal.

Yet Democrats seem to generally be doing better than Republicans in the modern era. While the gains have been meager at times, all seven Democrats have presided over stock gains. Two Republican administrations—that of the scandal-plagued Nixon and the crash-riddled George W. Bush—posted the only losses.

One thing to note is that No. 2 Roosevelt and No. 3 Obama came to power when stocks were in or near a trough. In F.D.R.’s case, his predecessor, Republican Herbert Hoover, presided over a spectacular crash in stocks that led to the Great Depression. For Obama, the George W. Bush years laid the groundwork for a big upward swing when a number of banks failed and the markets tumbled late in that presidency.

Starting from scratch

“It would have been a good time to start for any president,” said Allan Drazen, professor of economics at the University of Maryland. “Given the large drop, it’s not surprising that [Obama] does well.”

By far, though, the most impressive stock-market gains were made in the Clinton era, when the stock market far outgained the market during any other administration, leaping nearly 244%. All three stock indexes more than tripled, while the Nasdaq nearly quadrupled amid the dot-com boom.

“How much of Clinton’s over-the-moon performance was due to his ability to have pretty good policy, and how much was his ability to not mess things up?” Drazen asked. He theorized that, because Clinton was up against an uncooperative Congress, deficits came down and thus halo effect emerged over the stock market. Republicans aim to put Obama in a similar situation after the midterm elections this fall.

So, when all is said and done, how will stocks have fared under Obama as leaves office in January 2017?

If growth remains on its current pace, average gains for the three indexes should more than triple to 208%, putting Obama in second place behind Clinton. That’s a big if, though.

Another prospective surprise: It could do better.

Some economists who follow presidents and stock markets theorize that the third year of a four-year term usually is productive for investors, as the government is trying to push through programs that appeal to the public and help boost the economy. The idea is to prepare for the fourth year, when elections take place and incumbents either are trying to get re-elected or set the table for their party’s nominee.

The third year of Obama’s second term starts in January, so, under that theory, stocks could rise at an even faster pace. And if Drazen is correct, that could be amplified if Republicans seize control of both chambers of Congress.

Peter Cohan, a management consultant and professor at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., said there still is room for growth in stocks, if price-to-earnings ratios are any indication. “The P/E ratios aren't at speculative levels,” he said. “Even though [the market] has gone up so much, it’s not in bubble territory.”

Cohan said P/E ratios now stand at 19 or 20. At the height of the dot-com bubble, they were 40. During the 2007 housing bubble, ratios had climbed to 60.

Others aren’t so sure that Obama will follow the typical third-year path. For one, the third year of his first term, 2011, didn’t bring a remarkable bonanza for stocks the markets were largely flat that year.

Since then, stocks have been on a tear, and many are predicting they’re due for a fall. And as this term’s third year approaches, many of the things presidents try to do in preparation for the next election, such as keeping inflation down, don’t really apply to Obama. The Federal Reserve, in fact, is looking to finally raise interest rates after so many down years.

And given Obama’s rancorous relationship with Republicans in Congress, any attempts he might make to stimulate the economy could be met with stiff resistance.

“I think there’s a fairly good presumption of, even if he wanted to do that, he couldn’t,” said Drazen.

Where Obama Ranks Among All Presidents

Former President Barack Obama appears in C-Span's Historians Survey of Presidential Leadership for the first time, and he has placed just outside of the top 10 in the overall ranking. On Friday, the television network released the results of its survey of 91 historians, its third following versions in 2000 and 2009.

Members of the advisory team for the survey had varied reactions to Obama's placement. "That Obama came in at number 12 his first time out is quite impressive," Douglas Brinkley, a professor of history at Rice University, said in a statement. Edna Greene Medford, a history professor at Howard University, had a different take: "Although 12th is a respectable overall ranking, one would have thought that former President Obama's favorable rating when he left office would have translated into a higher ranking in this presidential survey."

The top slots in the overall rankings are unchanged since the 2009 survey: Abraham Lincoln at No. 1 (he also earned the top rank in 2000), George Washington at No. 2, Franklin D. Roosevelt at No. 3 and Theodore Roosevelt at No. 4. Others in the top 10 are Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman, Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Lyndon Johnson.

At No. 12, Obama falls in between Woodrow Wilson and James Monroe. As for recent presidents, Bill Clinton continued to occupy the No. 15 slot, and George W. Bush improved three spots, to No. 33. That president "has benefited somewhat from the passing of the years," C-Span said in a statement.

The biggest change in the overall ranking was Andrew Jackson, who fell to 18 from 13. The seventh president of the United States was a populist to whom some have compared President Donald Trump. Last April, the United States Department of the Treasury announced it is replacing Jackson on the front of the $20 bill with abolitionist Harriet Tubman. (Jackson will now appear on the reverse side.)

The historians ranked James Buchanan last, as they had done in previous years.

The survey is based on 10 leadership qualities, each of which has its own individual presidential ranking: public persuasion, crisis leadership, economic management, moral authority, international relations, administrative skills, relations with Congress, vision/setting an agenda, pursued equal justice for all and performance within context of times. Obama did very well in one of those categories (No. 3 for pursuing equal justice) and very poorly in another (No. 39, near the bottom, for relations with Congress).

Obama's rankings could change in the future, those behind the survey said in the statement. "Of course, historians prefer to view the past from a distance, and only time will reveal his legacy," Medford said.

C-Span's is not the first presidential survey to include Obama. In 2012, toward the end of the president's first term, Newsweek ranked him as the 10th best president since 1900, behind Clinton and Reagan. In 2015, the Brookings Institution put him at No. 18.