Michelle Obama fought back Wednesday against criticism that her husband is elitist, painting the presidential candidate as an ordinary man whose family once lived on food stamps and saying they both understand the plight of working America.
And the man himself:
In an interview with Joe Klein in 2006, Obama said the following: "I was going to a fancy prep school, and my mother was on food stamps while she was getting her Ph.D."
Let us look at the truth.
The USDA Food Stamp program started in 1961 in a few pilot cities (Honolulu was not one of them). It was expanded nationwide in 1974 and the program as it is today was implemented in 1977.
From Sweetness and Light
They don't give food stamps to people going to fancy Prep Schools like the Punahou School in Hawaii. And they don't give food stamps to people in Indonesia. So when was little Barak Hussein Obama on food stamps? The answer is never. A lie to make him look like the poor, black kid from a broken home. I have always been a Christian
Now we learn that Obama’s destitute mother was on food stamps. But I would like to know when.
There is a possibility that if she was, she was scamming the system.
[Barack Obama] was born in 1961 but his mother could not get food stamps then because a) she was married and b) they were not available then.
Then [Barack Senior] moved to a foreign country. I don’t think that we were sending food stamps to foreign nations.
When she moved back in 1965, food stamps were not available in Hawaii in 1965.
In 1967, she married the second time and moved to Jakarta. Nope, no food stamps then.
By the time she moved back once again, he was living with his grandparents who had jobs and food stamps were not being handed out like Halloween candy in those years.
It would be interesting if someone did a FOI request to see if his mother ever collected food stamps. Since she is deceased, it should be no problem. But my guess? It is all bull crap.
I don't give a damn what religion a person practices. That's his or her business. But here we hear how Obama proclaims his Christian roots. From his own mouth via Chicago Sun-Times:
Obama said he was a Christian, that he has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, that he reads the Bible regularly and prays constantly. He described his conversion experience in his mid-20s, how he walked the aisle at Trinity United Church of Christ one Sunday in a public affirmation of his private change of heart. But we didn't talk labels, I didn't ask him for one, and he didn't offer.The Truth: From Daniel Pipes:
His former Roman Catholic and Muslim teachers, along with two people who were identified by Obama's grade-school teacher as childhood friends, say Obama was registered by his family as a Muslim at both schools he attended. That registration meant that during the third and fourth grades, Obama learned about Islam for two hours each week in religion class.Registered as a Muslim. Attended Friday prayers. The lies are getting thicker. The advantages of being poor. Obama claims that he is from a poor family. That he had to struggle to overcome his poverty.
The childhood friends say Obama sometimes went to Friday prayers at the local mosque. "We prayed but not really seriously, just following actions done by older people in the mosque. But as kids, we loved to meet our friends and went to the mosque together and played," said Zulfin Adi. … Obama's younger sister, Maya Soetoro, said in a statement released by the campaign that the family attended the mosque only "for big communal events," not every Friday.
From his own sister Maya Soetoro-Ng:
Obama's parents - Barack Obama Sr., a black man from a poor village in Kenya, and Ann Dunham, a white woman whose parents grew up in Kansas - met at the University of Hawaii and married in Honolulu. In his 1995 memoir, "Dreams from My Father," Obama wrote about growing up with the island's unique food and culture: poi and roast pig, choice cuts of aku for sashimi and spearfishing off Kailua Bay. Living in his grandparents' downtown apartment, he attended the prestigious Punahou School and drove to parties at Army bases.Now the truth: His so called poor childhood gave him the opportunity very few poor children have. To attend Columbia University and Harvard Law School. Both very expensive schools. He wasn't a scholarship student. No his family and student loans paid for his education.
Now for the biggest lie of all: Where was Obama born?
His biography and web page says he was born on 4 August 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. But there is a problem here. NOBODY CAN FIND HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE!!!! I have looked for it. Others have looked for it. Hawaii has temporarily closed their site on Birth records, the State Department will not do a search of their database, and the Kenyans have removed the pages from their records for that day.
So where was he born? If he was born in Hawaii, he is eligible to become President. But if he was born in Kenya, then he is ineligible to become President.
US Constitution Article II, Section 1:
No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States.A man born in Kenya to American parents is an American citizen. They are given State Department Birth Certificates. The territories do not count as they are considered US soil.
So where was Barak Hussein Obama born? That's the $64,000 question. I'd just like to see his Birth Certificate. Wouldn't you?