Obama is in the news a lot lately. Talks real purrty, and is already starting adverts for his presidential bid in 2008.
With all due respect for the guy, the only worse name for US presidential candidate would be Obama Saddama. It also rhymes with yomamma.
Yomamma for president? Sure, why not.
In this contest you are asked to photoshop Senator Barack Obama of Illinois any way you like, to let us know a bit more about the guy.
babaloo Apparently before he made a speech in New Hampshire, Maureen Dowd had written something about his big ears. Obama, after the speech, made a beeline for Maureen Dowd who was in the audience to tell her that he didn't appreciate her writing about his big ears. OBAMA : You talked about my ears, and I just want to put you on notice: I'm very sensitive about them ''I was teased relentlessly when I was a kid about my big ears.'" Maureen Dowd : "We're trying to toughen you up" Story
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Although the election itself is nearly two years away, the race for the next President of the United States is now clearly underway. Hawaii is home to a grass roots movement designed to draft Senator Barack Obama of Illinois to run for the Presidency. Brian Schatz, a former Hawaiian state representative, spoke for the Hawaii steering committee of the Draft Obama movement. He said that the time had come for new leadership, new energy as well as new approaches. He stated that Obama represented the best choice for the nation and for the world. Hawaiians who want to see Obama run for President are asked to sign a petition at DraftObama.org. At the present time, there are approximately 40 states which do have a movement working to build support for Obama. If he happened to be elected President of the United States, Obama would be the first Hawaiian born President ever. He was born in Hawaii in August of 1961. He also went to school there. His parents actually met one another at the University of Hawaii. His grandmother continues to live in Hawaii. Obama actually plans to spend the holiday season in Hawaii this year.
Obama history (updated as of July 2010):
Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA) – incumbent (since January 20, 2009) 44th president of United States of America. Before being elected to the post of President, Obama was a junior senator of the USA from the State of Illinois.
Obama is the first African American, who has been nominated for the post of President of the USA from one of the two largest parties; unlike the majority of black Americans, Obama is not the descendant of slaves but son of a student from Kenya. Barack Obama is an alumnus of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the first African American editor of "Harvard Law Review" in the entire history of Harvard Law School. Barack Obama also worked as community organizer and an attorney in the field of civil rights. Barack Obama taught constitutional law in the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004 and simultaneously was elected three times to the Illinois Senate during the period from 1997 to 2004,. After unsuccessful attempts to get elected to the US House of Representatives in 2000, Barack Obama ran for the US Senate in January 2003. After the victory in the primaries in March 2004, Obama delivered his key address at the Democratic National Convention in July, 2004. Barack Obama won the election to the US Senate in November, 2004 with 70% of the votes.
As the only member of the Congressional Black Caucus in the 109th US Congress, Barack Obama helped in creating the laws on the regulation of conventional weapons and Federal Funding Accountability and the Transparency Act. Barack Obama also made official trips to Eastern Europe (including Russia) and to the Middle East and to Africa.
During the 110th US Congress, Barack Obama participated in the creation of legislations, regarding deceptive practices in elections, lobbism, climatic change, nuclear terrorism and the de-escalation of American military troops. Obama declared his desire to run for the post of President in February 2007 and was officially nominated at the Democratic National Convention, 2008, along with the candidate for the post of Vice-President Mr. Joseph Biden, a Senator from the State of Delaware.
During the 2008 Presidential election, Obama took the lead over John McCain, the candidate from the ruling Republican Party, collecting 52.7% of the votes from voters and 365 votes in the Electoral College.
On October 9, 2009, Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize with the statement "for extraordinary efforts in strengthening international diplomacy and cooperation between people". Obama became the third US President after Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson to receive the Nobel Peace Prize while active in the post (Nobel Peace Prize was also conferred to ex-President Jimmy Carter).
Childhood, education and the beginning of his career:
Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. His parents met each other in 1960 while studying at University of Hawaii in Manoa.
Father - Barrack Hussein Obama Sr. (1936-1982) - a Kenyan, son of a healer from the ethnic group Luo. Barack Obama Sr. Was brought up in the traditions of Islam but subsequently became an atheist. The missionary school paid for his education in Nairobi and sent him to the University of Hawaii for doing a course in Econometrics. Barack Obama Sr. organized the Association of Foreign Students in the University of Hawaii and stood first in graduation.
Mother - Stanley Ann Danhum (1942-1995) was born in a military base in Kansas in a family of American Christians but later on became agnostic. She, basically, has an English, Scottish, Irish and German descent; in the lines of her mother, Madelyn Lee Payne, Barack Obama also has Cherokee ancestors. Stanley Ann studied anthropology at the University of Hawaii, where she met Obama Sr. Barack Obama lived with his grandmother for a long time and they are attached very much to each other. Barack Obama interrupted his Presidential campaign to visit her in hospital; Madelyn Lee Payne Danhum died on November 2, 2008.
The father of Obama Sr. and parents of Danhum were against the marriage, however, both got married on February 2, 1961. Two years later, after the birth of Obama Jr., his father went to Harvard to continue his education but Danhum and Obama Jr. soon returned to Hawaii. The divorce of his parents took place place in January, 1964.
While studying at Harvard University, Obama Sr. met an American teacher Ruth Nidesand, with whom he returned back to Kenya after graduation from Harvard University. It was his third marriage and he has two children from his third marriage. After returning back to Kenya, he worked in oil company and later served as an economist in the Ministry. Obama Sr. has seen his son Obama Jr. only once, when he was 10yrs old. In Kenya, Obama Sr. met with an accident and lost both his legs and died later in another car accident.
Stanley Ann Danhum, soon after the divorce, met an Indnesian student – Lolo Soetoro and married him and relocated along with her husband and the small Barack Obama to Jakarta in 1967. From this marriage, Barack Obama has a uterine sister Maya. The mother of Barack Obama died of ovarian cancer in 1995.