President Obama

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President Obama

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For Barack Obama, public service has not been just the slogan of a campaign; it has been the cause of his life.

Obama began his career by moving to the South Side of Chicago to direct the Developing Communities Project. Together with a coalition of ministers, Obama set out to improve living conditions in poor neighborhoods plagued by crime and high unemployment. After graduating from law school, Obama passed up lucrative law
firm jobs to head Project Vote, which helped register 150,000 new African American voters in Chicago, the highest number ever registered in a single local effort.

Michelle Obama was founding executive director of Public Allies Chicago, a leadership development program that identifies and prepares talented young adults for careers serving the public good. Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe public service is transformative, helping both the individuals that serve and the communities that benefit.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe the American people are ready to serve their communities, but not enough have been asked or know how. Their presidential campaign has been at the leading edge of citizen engagement.

Campaign supporters have performed more than 6,400 community service events such as tutoring, building playgrounds, and volunteering at shelters, using the organizing tools at As president
and vice-president, Barack Obama and Joe Biden will work to inspire Americans from all walks of life to serve and will help build the architecture for them to do it. The Obama-Biden plan will:

• Encourage national service to address the great challenges of our time, including combating climate change, extending health care, improving our schools and strengthening America overseas by showing the world the best of our nation.

• Expand AmeriCorps to 250,000 slots and double the size of the Peace Corps.

• Integrate service-learning into our schools and universities to enable students to graduate college with as
many as 17 weeks of service experience under their belts.

• Provide new service opportunities for working Americans and retirees.

• Expand service initiatives that engage disadvantaged young people and advance their education.

• Expand the capacity of nonprofits to innovate and expand successful programs across the country.

• Enable more Americans to serve in the armed forces.


Barack Obama calls his years working as a community organizer in Chicago’s South Side the best education he ever had. He believes that all students should serve their communities. Studies show that students who participate in service-learning programs do better in school, are more likely to graduate high school and go to college, and are more likely to become active, engaged citizens. Schools that require service as part of the educational experience create improved learning environments and serve as resources for their communities.

The Obama-Biden plan sets a goal for all students to engage in service, [uthevet her] with middle and high school students performing 50 hours of service each year, and college students performing 100 hours of service each year.

Under this plan, students would graduate college with as many as 17 weeks of public service experience under their belts.
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Innlegg Vegard Martinsen 19 Nov 2008, 12:43

Det er snakk om at Obama vil utnevne Hillary Clinton til utenriksminister. ... 3Butenriks

Under hele presidentvalgkampanjen kjørte Obama kraftig mot Hillary fordi hun hadde stemt for krigen i Irak, noe som ifølge Obama var et katastrofalt feilgrep og tydet på en svært dårlig vurderingsevne.

Nå er hun altså muligens aktuell som Obamas utenriksminister.

Change indeed.
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"A Giddy Sense of Boosterism," Howard Kurtz, Washington Post, November 17

Perhaps it was the announcement that NBC News is coming out with a DVD titled "Yes We Can: The Barack Obama Story." Or that ABC and USA Today are rushing out a book on the election. Or that HBO has snapped up a documentary on Obama's campaign.
Perhaps it was the Newsweek commemorative issue—"Obama's American Dream"—filled with so many iconic images and such stirring prose that it could have been campaign literature. Or the Time cover depicting Obama as FDR, complete with jaunty cigarette holder….

The endless campaign is over, and there's nothing wrong with the country pulling together, however briefly, behind its new leader. But we seem to have crossed a cultural line into mythmaking….

The Chicago Tribune trumpets that Michelle "is poised to be the new Oprah and the next Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis—combined!" for the fashion world.

Whew! Are journalists fostering the notion that Obama is invincible, the leader of what the New York Times dubbed "Generation O"?

Each writer, each publication, seems to reach for more eye-popping superlatives. "OBAMAISM—It's a Kind of Religion," says New York magazine. "Those of us too young to have known JFK's Camelot are going to have our own giddy Camelot II to enrapture and entertain us," Kurt Andersen writes. The New York Post has already christened it "BAM-A-LOT."…

MSNBC, which was accused of cheerleading for the Democratic nominee during the campaign, is running promos that say: "Barack Obama, America's 44th president. Watch as a leader renews America's promise." What are viewers to make of that?
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Innlegg Vegard Martinsen 20 Nov 2008, 08:56

"By 'Change', Perhaps They Meant 'Keep The Same'," Jim Geraghty, National Review Online, November 18

Hope and change, hope and change...

"Barack Obama's incoming administration is unlikely to bring criminal charges against government officials who authorized or engaged in harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists during the George W. Bush presidency. Obama, who has criticized the use of torture, is being urged by some constitutional scholars and human rights groups to investigate possible war crimes by the Bush administration.

"Two Obama advisers said there's little—if any—chance that the incoming president's Justice Department will go after anyone involved in authorizing or carrying out interrogations that provoked worldwide outrage."

Hope and change, hope and change...

"National security experts believe that Mr. Brennan, who endorsed Obama early in the campaign, has the inside track to Langley, where he served as deputy executive director under George Tenet and the founding director of the Terrorist Threat Analysis Center....

"Brennan and Obama have not always agreed on intelligence policy. Brennan supported retroactive legal immunity for telecom companies who helped the government's surveillance programs after 9/11; Obama did not.

"Brennan's long association George Tenet and with the CIA during the first few years of the Bush administration may give civil liberties advocates and Congressional Democrats some pause; it is not clear to what degree Brennan participated in or was read into many of the intelligence community's controversial post 9/11 /Iraq programs, including extraordinary renditions and orders that sanctioned coercive interrogation techniques."

Hope and change, hope and change...

"When he takes office, Mr. Obama will inherit greater power in domestic spying power than any other new president in more than 30 years, but he may find himself in an awkward position as he weighs how to wield it. As a presidential candidate, he condemned the NSA operation as illegal, and threatened to filibuster a bill that would grant the government expanded surveillance powers and provide immunity to phone companies that helped in the Bush administration's program of wiretapping without warrants. But Mr. Obama switched positions and ultimately supported the measure in the Senate, angering liberal supporters who accused him of bowing to pressure from the right…."

So other than interrogations, CIA leadership, domestic wiretapping, the Iraq withdrawal, we're looking at dramatic wholesale changes to policies related to the war on terror.
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Innlegg Vegard Martinsen 21 Nov 2008, 18:43

Obama får litt å hanskes med:

Celente Predicts Revolution, Food Riots, Tax Rebellions By 2012
Paul Joseph Watson
Thursday, November 13, 2008

The man who predicted the 1987 stock market crash and the fall of the Soviet Union is now forecasting revolution in America, food riots and tax rebellions - all within four years, while cautioning that putting food on the table will be a more pressing concern than buying Christmas gifts by 2012.

Gerald Celente, the CEO of Trends Research Institute, is renowned for his accuracy in predicting future world and economic events, which will send a chill down your spine considering what he told Fox News this week.
Celente says that by 2012 America will become an undeveloped nation, that there will be a revolution marked by food riots, squatter rebellions, tax revolts and job marches, and that holidays will be more about obtaining food, not gifts.

“We’re going to see the end of the retail Christmas….we’re going to see a fundamental shift take place….putting food on the table is going to be more important that putting gifts under the Christmas tree,” said Celente, adding that the situation would be “worse than the great depression”.
“America’s going to go through a transition the likes of which no one is prepared for,” said Celente, noting that people’s refusal to acknowledge that America was even in a recession highlights how big a problem denial is in being ready for the true scale of the crisis.

Celente says that by 2012 America will become an undeveloped nation, that there will be a revolution marked by food riots, squatter rebellions, tax revolts and job marches, and that holidays will be more about obtaining food, not gifts.

Celente, who successfully predicted the 1997 Asian Currency Crisis, the subprime mortgage collapse and the massive devaluation of the U.S. dollar, told UPI in November last year that the following year would be known as “The Panic of 2008,” adding that “giants (would) tumble to their deaths,” which is exactly what we have witnessed ..........
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Innlegg Vegard Martinsen 26 Nov 2008, 09:03

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- Obama beholder forsvarsministeren til Bush
25.11.2008 kl. 23:08 Kilde: VG NETT

(VG Nett) Barack Obama vil beholde forsvarsminister Robert M. Gates, som sitter i regjeringen til George W. Bush.

FORTSETTER: USAs forsvarsminister Robert Gates skal ha sagt ja til å fortsette i Obamas nye regjering. Det anerkjente nettstedet siterer flere kilder i begge partier som forteller at Gates har sagt ja til å fortsette.

Ved å velge Gates, som er en del av den innerste sirkelen til den sittende presidenten, innfrir Obama valgløftene om å ha republikanere i sin nye regjering.

Gates har bakgrunn fra etteretningsmiljøet, og var ikke aktiv i det republikanske partiet før han ble utnevnt til ministerposten.

LES OGSÅ: Obamas inngående granskning kan skremme vekk kandidater


Utnevnelsen av Gates vil også ha store fordeler for Obama i arbeidet med å trekke amerikanske tropper ut av Irak. Nå kan han få hjelp fra en av arkitektene bak Bush-regjeringens «troop surge»-strategi, som skulle sørge for mer stabilitet i landet.

Robert M. Gates overtok jobben som forsvarsminister fra Donald
Rumsfeld etter republikanernes valgnederlag i 2006, da de mistet flertallet i kongressen.

FLERE UTNEVNELSER: USAs nye president Barack Obama kommer med stadig flere navn på nøkkelpersonene i den nye administrasjonen. Foto: AFP

Gates er tidligere leder for CIA, og har jobbet i etteretningsorganisasjonen i 26 år.

LES OGSÅ: Robert Gibbs blir Obamas pressetalsmann

Flere utnevnelser

Amerikanske medier melder også at Obama har bestemt seg for hvem som skal bli nasjonal sikkerhetsrådgiver. I denne nøkkelposisjonen vil han etter alt å dømme utnevne den pensjonerte generalen James L. Jones.

Jones har tidligere tjenestegjort som øverstkommanderende for USAs og NATOs styrker i Europa.

Jones vil dermed lede Rådet for nasjonal sikkerhet, som arbeider med utenrikspolitikk for presidenten.

Jobber med regjeringen

Barack Obama kunngjorde mandag at Timothy Geithner blir USAs nye finansminister.

Den nyvalgte presidenten presenterte også Lawrence Summers, som var finansminister for Bill Clinton, som blir leder for National Economic Council og Christina Romer, som skal lede presidentens team med økonomiske rådgivere i Det hvite hus.

Hillary Clinton skal også ha takket ja til å bli USAs neste utenriksminister
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Innlegg Vegard Martinsen 26 Nov 2008, 14:25

No War on Terror under Obama
By Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | Wednesday, November 26, 2008 ... 79DE8FF470

Lost in the dramatic disaster unfolding on Wall Street and the brazen hypocrisy of the Hillary Clinton nomination is President-elect Obama’s double signal that the war on terror is now over. His appointment of Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as Secretary of Homeland Security signals that the Department will once again focus on southern border immigration issues rather than on fighting terrorism.

He could have selected a Rudy Giuliani or a Louis Free or a Ray Kelly anyone with real life experience in battling terrorists. Instead he chose a governor with no knowledge of the subject whose obvious credential is her proximity to the border. The Department of Homeland Security is a polyglot agency which includes immigration enforcement (the old INS) among its many missions. It is also charged with fighting drugs (the old DEA), and battling terrorism. By appointing someone who knows nothing about terrorism but everything about immigration, Obama has signaled the lack of priority he will give to domestic efforts to keep us safe.

Imagine if President George W. Bush had named the governor of Arizona as his Homeland Security director when the post was created in the aftermath of 9/11! The nation would have howled in protest. But now that nobody is focused on terrorism (except the terrorists who still want to strike at us), Obama has felt free to bury the task of battling terrorism in the bureaucracy dedicated to policing the Mexican border.

Just as troubling is Obama’s appointment of Eric Holder as his Attorney General. While criticism of the nomination has focused, justifiably, on his sell-out of the public interest by recommending the pardon of fugitive Marc Rich, it is his approval of commutations for the FALN - the Puerto Rican terrorists - that should raise red flags. Before 9/11, when we were not hyper-sensitive to terrorism, Holder did Hillary Clinton’s bidding in approving the pardon of those who bombed Fraunces Tavern in New York City, killing four people and injuring fifty others. Facing a run for Senate in New York State, with its sizable Puerto Rican population, Hillary was anxious to deliver a signal of her empathy with the desires of New York’s Hispanics. Bill, eager to please, sought Justice Department approval for the commutations. Even though the prisoners themselves had not asked for commutation (two refused to accept it), Holder approved the action and cleared the way for a pre-election gift to New York’s Puerto Rican community.

If these two appointments presage Obama’s approach to the war on terror, we are going to be in deep trouble, indeed. There is not a hawk in the bunch.

Add to the mix that this is the first President/Secretary of State combo that has no combined experience in foreign policy since Woodrow Wilson appointed William Jennings Bryan in 1912, and we face real danger. Past presidents with no foreign experience have had the wisdom to appoint secretaries of state with significant experience in international relations. Truman had Byrnes and General Marshall. Johnson had Dean Rusk. Carter had Cyrus Vance. Reagan had Al Haig and George Schultz. Clinton had Warren Christopher and Madeline Albright. Each reached out to supplement their lack of experience, but not Obama. The appointment of Hillary Clinton does nothing to remedy Obama’s inexperience and the appointments of Holder and Napolitano indicate that terrorism in general is a low priority for the upcoming Administration.
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Innlegg Vegard Martinsen 27 Nov 2008, 11:34

JMartins skrev:Litt om hvordan Obama ble valgt:

Jeg vil tro at McCains tilhengere er like velorienterte som disse som intervjues. Ja, faktisk, amerikanere flest er antaglig like velorienterte som disse.

Problemet her er skoleverket som er ... (big surprise) offentlig.
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Innlegg Vegard Martinsen 27 Nov 2008, 14:11

Video of Obama's Bankrupting Coal Industry Remarks

On Sunday ... P. J. Gladnick helped break the story about Barack Obama discussing how his carbon cap and trade proposals would bankrupt coal-fired power plants.

Hot Air's Ed Morrissey has found a video of that interview with the San Francisco Chronicle ... ry-remarks
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Innlegg Vegard Martinsen 30 Nov 2008, 10:25

Robert Tracinski kommenterer slik det siste om Obama:

....Barack Obama announced his key economic appointees early last week. They include a line-up of inside-the-Beltway, center-left types who represent the Establishment—with a capital "E."

The human chameleon who spent his youth blending in with Marxist academics and rabble-rousing race hustlers on Chicago's South Side has moved to a new neighborhood—Pennsylvania Avenue—and found a new crowd to blend in with.

Some are characterizing Obama's appointments as a third Clinton term. But the appointment to Treasury of Timothy Geithner, one of the men currently in charge of the Bush bailout, as well as the near certainty that Obama will keep Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense, makes this look more like a third Bush term.

For hawks and pro-free-marketers, the bad news is that it is a continuation of everything that has been bad about the Bush term: the big-government bailout panic in economics, and the evasion of the Iranian threat in foreign policy.
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Innlegg Vegard Martinsen 30 Nov 2008, 10:28

Den venstreorienterte William Greider om Obamas utnevnelser:

"Past and Future," William Greider, The Nation, November 24

A year ago, when Barack Obama said it was time to turn the page, his campaign declaration seemed to promise a fresh start for Washington. I, for one, failed to foresee Obama would turn the page backward. The president-elect's lineup for key governing positions has opted for continuity, not change [uthevet her]. Virtually all of his leading appointments are restoring the Clinton presidency, only without Mr. Bill. In some important ways, Obama's selections seem designed to sustain the failing policies of George W. Bush.
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Innlegg QIQrrr 30 Nov 2008, 11:58

    Talk to the chief executives of America's preeminent health-care institutions, and you might be surprised by what you hear: When it comes to medical care, the United States isn't getting its money's worth. Not even close.

    "We're not getting what we pay for," says Denis Cortese, president and chief executive of the Mayo Clinic. "It's just that simple."

    "Our health-care system is fraught with waste," says Gary Kaplan, chairman of Seattle's cutting-edge Virginia Mason Medical Center. As much as half of the $2.3 trillion spent today does nothing to improve health, he says.

    Not only is American health care inefficient and wasteful, says Kaiser Permanente chief executive George Halvorson, much of it is dangerous.

    Those harsh assessments illustrate the enormousness of the challenge that awaits President-elect Barack Obama, who campaigned on the promise to trim the average American family's health-care bill by $2,500 a year. Delivering on that pledge will not be easy, particularly at a time when the economic picture continues to worsen.

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) has already warned that improving and expanding health care will cost money in the short run -- money that his Republican counterpart, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (Iowa), argues the government does not have
    - U.S. 'Not Getting What We Pay For'
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Innlegg Vegard Martinsen 30 Nov 2008, 17:40

JMartins skrev:"We The People Foundation" har gitt ut følgende skriv om Barack Obama:

Sitat fra linken: "An Open Letter to Barack Obama: Are you a Natural Born
Citizen of the U.S.? Are you legally eligible to hold the Office of President?"

Det er enkelte ting som tyder på at Obama ble født i Kenya (og derfor ikke kan være POTUS), men dette vil ikke bli noe problem for ham.

Selv hvis dette skulle være sant vil det ikke få noe gjennomslag.

Obama blir president 20/1-09.
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Innlegg lpride 30 Nov 2008, 19:30

Vegard Martinsen skrev:Det er enkelte ting som tyder på at Obama ble født i Kenya (og derfor ikke kan være POTUS)

Jeg har ikke satt meg særlig inn i saken, så jeg vet ikke av hvor stor betydning dette er, men for de som er interessert:
Jeg har lasta opp ei side fra søndagsutgaven av Honolulu Advertiser fra 13. august 1961 her, hvor man på venstreside har ei kolonne med "Health Bureau Statistics" som lister fødsler, vigsler og dødsfall. Nr 4 fra bunnen finner vi Obama født 4. august.
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