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Obama’s father…


Obama says still wonders about his absent father

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Barack Obama, whose Kenyan father left his family when the future U.S. president was 2 years old, said Saturday he still thinks about how things would have worked out had his dad been there.

“I felt his absence. And I wonder what my life would have been like had he been a greater presence,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address a day before Father’s Day in the United States.

The statement that his “Kenyan father left his family when the future U.S. president was 2 years old,” is factually incorrect.

In fact the father left Hawaii when Obama was still not a year old, while the infant Obama and his mother were still in Seattle, Washington.

Scoop of the century?


Europe is next test for weakened Obama

INDONESIA-OBAMABorn in Hawaii and raised partly in Indonesia, Obama — who lacks the instinctive European focus of his predecessors — has declared he wants to be America’s first “Pacific president.”

You keep using this line, but Obama will not produce a Valid Birth Certificate like my two children born there have.

Backing the mosque?


Obama backs controversial New York mosque project USA-NEWYORK/MOSQUEWASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday backed construction of a proposed mosque and Muslim cultural center near the site of the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York — a project opposed by conservatives and many New Yorkers.

“As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country,” Obama said to applause at an event attended by diplomats from Islamic countries and members of the U.S. Muslim community.

It is flat-out dishonest to have a title that says “Obama backs controversial New York mosque project” but it is drawn directly from the dishonest story itself.

How often is often?


Race issues beset Obama’s ‘post-racial’ presidency

Conservatives had linked the tape to the NAACP asking the conservative “Tea Party” political movement to denounce racism by some of its members. Images such as Obama with a bone through his nose and the White House with a lawn full of watermelons are often displayed at Tea Party rallies.

USA/What exactly constitutes ‘often’ in this sentence? To most, it implies that these images are seen at a majority of the rallies. This has never been shown to be the case. That would make it a false statement and should be retracted.

The secret dreams of presidents?


Obama has honor, and burden, of Nobel award

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Every U.S. president secretly harbors dreams of winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

I saw the headline about Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize. The reporter writing about the event starts off the article with pushing out his own opinion, that every U.S. president secretly longs to win a Nobel Peace prize.

Obama at U.N.


U.S. does not see settlement building as legitimate

Separately, Obama also said that the United States would now allow al Qaeda to launch attacks from safe havens in Afghanistan or any nation.

I think it should read, “the United States would NOT allow.”


Yes. We corrected: GBU Editor

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the 64th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York September 23, 2009.     REUTERS/Mike Segar

Stating the obvious?


Uninsured Americans Hope Reform Brings Health Coverage

WITHOUT question the dumbest headline I’ve seen in my 65 years.

Now, if people where OPPOSED to getting free taxpayer provided health care, with no ellort on their part, THAT might be a headline. Stating the obvious is not a headline…….


As headlines go, it isn’t exactly a startling click-magnet: GBU Editor

President Barack Obama holds a town hall meeting on health care in Grand Junction, Colorado August 15, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Where is the coverage?


Obama warns against scare tactics over healthcare

Protesters in Washington brandished American flags and home-made signs venting their anger at Obama and the Democrats who control both houses of the U.S. Congress, accusing them of pushing the country toward bankruptcy with reckless spending.

“Taxed Enough Already!” one man shouted, while others listened to speakers and traded leaflets. The crowd appeared to be one of the largest rallies against Obama since he took office, although it did not come close to matching the turnout on the National Mall for his inauguration in January.

A niggling concern?


US housing, confidence data point to recovery

In addition, President Barack Obama nominated Ben Bernanke to a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve, removing some niggling doubt from investors’ minds. The move promised a consistent approach to monetary policy in the years ahead.

My suggestion based on the story tonight on housing and consumer confidence pointing to recovery. My request is that the editor play a greater role in the reporter’s choice of words. It doesn’t seem to be coincidence anymore of the use of the word “niggling” in the same paragraph as President Obama is mentioned.

Regret the remarks?


Obama looks to rebound from tough week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Barack Obama will look to rebound from one of the most difficult weeks of his six-month presidency, one in which his legislative priority, healthcare, stumbled and he got caught up in a racial controversy.

The remark intensified the controversy and eventually forced Obama to back down in a surprise appearance in the White House press briefing room on Friday in which he said he regretted the remark.