Wednesday, September 17, 2008

obama factoids

Here are some good Obama factoids for use with your right-wing brother-in-law (much more detail here):

I have found all the Republican mockery of Obama’s experience as a community organizer to be amusing. Yes, he was a community organizer for three years between the time he graduated from Columbia and the time he started Harvard Law School in 1985-1988. (When you graduate from college in four years, as Obama did, instead of six years, as Sarah Palin did, you have more time to do other things.) At a comparable stage in her life (in the midst of her higher education) Palin was a beauty queen, winning the Miss Wasilla Pageant beauty contest and then finishing third in the Miss Alaska pageant. So how come you don't hear Republicans comparing Obama's experience as a community organizer with Palin's experience as a beauty queen?

More relevant, of course (which is why Republicans never mention it), is the 12 years Obama spent teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago (not up there with the University of Idaho, I admit, but still one of the best universities in the world) from 1992 to 2004, and the eight years he spent in the Illinois legislature from 1997 to 2004. (Obama’s district had a population of 210,000 at the time he represented it, which is about 40 times larger than the population of Wasilla when Palin was part-time mayor.) And, of course, Obama has spent four years on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and two years traveling the country talking to voters.


Anonymous said...

Brin sent me...Nice compilation, Thanks, Russ.

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