Barack Obama Amanda Krage January 17, 2012 7th period
Background • Name: Barack Hussein Obama II • Born: August 4, 1961 (age 50) • Religion: Christianity • Family • Parents: Barack Obama Sr. and Stanley Ann Dunham • Wife: Michelle Obama • Children: Sasha and Malia • Education • Graduated from Punahou Academy with academic honors in 1979. • Occidental College in Los Angeles for two years. • Graduate of Columbia University in 1983 and Harvard Law School. • Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004.
Background ctd. • Professional Career: • Civil Rights Leader • While at Harvard Law School, he was the president of the Harvard Law Review. • Lawyer • Illinois State Senator • First African American President of the United States
Fundraising • For the final months of 2011, the Obama campaigners and the Democratic Party had a fundraising goal of $60 million. This goal would increase the complete 2011 goal to $200 million. • Campaigners raised $70 million from July though late September. • Obama has mentioned that his re-election is not going to be a “slam dunk” because people are struggling with unemployment. • Back in 2007, Obama raised much of his funds through the Internet.
Fundraising/Top Contributors • Microsoft Corp. $171,573 • Comcast Corp. $113,800 • University of California $107,501 • Harvard University $99,975 • Google Inc. $95,066 * The contributions did not come from the organizations, but came from PACs, employees, family members, etc.
Primary/Caucus Results • Although I could not find any of Barack’s reactions to the caucus or primary results, one writer claims that Obama “won” the caucus because “President Obama focuses on doing his job as president” whereas the other candidates are too interested in making each other look like fools in the public’s eye (Actual Iowa).
Use of Mass Media • “Obama changed politics forever by…effectively use social media in political campaigns” (Huffman). • For the younger generation: https://twitter.com/#!/BarackObama • Obama graces the cover of many magazines, including GQ, where he was named “Leader of the Year” two times.
Debate Performances: Response • “Has anybody been watching the debates lately? You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change. It’s true. You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have healthcare. And booing a service member in Iraq because they’re gay. That’s not reflective of who we are” (President Obama Comments).
Comments on the GOP Debates: • http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/president-obama-gop-debates-10-25-11/1364457 • Dialogue: • Jay Leno: “Have you been watching the GOP debates?” • Obama: “Um…I’m going to wait until everyone is voted off the island. Once they narrow it down to one or two, I’ll start paying attention.”
Endorsements • Some of Obama’s endorsements include: • Oprah Winfrey • Former President Jimmy Carter • Former President Bill Clinton • Warren Buffett, Russell Simmons • Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune • United Mine Workers Union • Google CEO backs Obama’s campaign • Celebrities such as Alec Baldwin, Will Ferrell, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg
Polling Results • Gallup: • Gallup predicts that Obama will have a “challenging” time on the path towards re-election. • According to Gallup’s daily tracking poll, Obama has an approval rating of 44%, which is “lower than most presidents who have lost their re-election bids” (Jackson). • Americans are very unsatisfied with the economy, unemployment, economic growth, and overall confidence in the government. • Results show that if the election were held today, it would be a very close race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
Gallup Poll Obama’s approval ratings from January 21, 2009 to January 13, 2012, as a result of Gallup tracking polls.
Polling Results • Within the race between Obama and Romney, Obama walked away with 46% and Romney with 45%, making Obama +1. • Within the race between Obama and Gingrich, Obama walked away with 51% and Gingrich with 37%, making Obama +14. • Within the race between Obama and Santorum, Obama walked away with 50% and Santorum with 38%, making Obama +12 (Latest Polls).
Important Issues • Obama strives to: • Revive the economy • Provide affordable and accessible health care • Strengthen public education • Strengthen social security systems • Help calm climate change • End the war overseas
Barack on… • Economy: • Appoint bipartisan fiscal commission and re-establish PAYGO • Making middle class families feel confident about their future and their children’s future. • Military: • Troops will begin to exit Afghanistan in July 2011. • Taxes: • Tax code where everybody pays their fair share. • No tax cuts for the wealthy. • Healthcare: • Repealing healthcare reform would cost $250 B. • Expanding coverage to all Americans.
Campaign Events • Obama is constantly campaigning for his re-election in November 2012. Obama likes to place himself above the “back-and-forth” of the other candidates so that he can “focuses instead on the loftier work of governing” (Werner). • Sources say that the presidents spends only about 5% of his time focusing on the campaign. This number, of course, will increase when the election gets closer. • Obama makes sure to visit his home state of Illinois to check in on his campaign head quarters and to stop by a few fundraisers every once in a while. • First lady, Michelle Obama, is continuously backing her husband by saying “We are blessed to have him” (Werner).
Bus Tour 2011 • In the Summer of 2011, Obama set off in a million dollar bus across the U.S. to talk about job creation. However, he paid for the trip using taxpayer dollars, claiming that this tour was “presidential.” To some critics, it appeared that he was campaigning. • Obama hoped that this bus tour would “refresh the image of this poll-plagued Democrat a year before his re-nomination for POTUS.”
Bibliography • “2012 Presidential Candidates.” On The Issues. 2012. 16 Jan. 2012. < http://www.ontheissues.org/barack_obama.htm#Budget_+_Economy > • “Actual Iowa Caucus Winner: President Obama.” The Bill Press Show. 2012. Web. 16 Jan. 2012. < http://www.billpressshow.com/2012/01/04/actual-iowa-caucus-winner-president-obama/ > • “Barack Obama.” Bio. True Story. 2011. Web. 16 Jan. 2012. < http://www.biography.com/people/barack-obama-12782369?page=2 > • “Barack Obama (D).” OpenSecrets.org. 2012. Web. 16 Jan. 2012. < http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/summary.php?id=n00009638 >
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