Politics

When Judson Miner, the mayor of Chicago's lawyer, called Harvard to offer a job to a graduating student named Barack Obama he didn’t expect the woman who answered the phone at the Harvard Law Review to say, "You can leave your name and take a number. You’re No. 647."

That was 1991 and even then Obama was a hot commodity. As the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama had his pick of top law firms. He chose Miner’s Chicago civil rights firm, where he represented community organizers, discrimination victims and black voters trying to force a redrawing of city ward boundaries.

While in the Illinois State Senate, Obama supported homosexual marriage, racial preferences, the banning of all firearms, flag-burning, socialized medicine and the absolute right to abortion, including partial-birth abortions.

He voted against requiring medical care for aborted fetuses who survive an abortion. He is anti-war, voted against the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act, against privatizing Social Security and opposes the death penalty, three strikes laws and school vouchers. He strongly supported the decriminalization of marijuana. He has no military service record.

And before anybody knew it, Obama was in the U. S. Senate.

In January 2008 the National Journal published its rankings of all U.S. senators -- based on how they had voted on a host of foreign and domestic policy bills -- and rated Barack Obama "the most liberal Senator of 2007." In the area of domestic policy voting, the study found that "Obama voted the liberal position on 65 of the 66 key votes on which he voted … [and] garnered perfect liberal scores in both the economic and social categories."

Barack Obama, then junior United States Senator from Illinois, announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States in Springfield, Illinois, on February 10, 2007. On August 27, 2008, he was declared nominee of the Democratic Party for the 2008 presidential election. He was the first African American in history to run on a major party ticket. On August 23, 2008, Barack Obama's campaign announced that Senator Joe Biden of Delaware would be the Vice Presidential nominee. On November 4, 2008, Obama won the election -- and then America asked, "who is this guy?"

After 143 days in the U. S. Senate, Obama was elected to the White House. After a year in office, at the beginning of 2010, folks were saying, "I thought he was a moderate?"