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Obama touts life in Asia, Kenyan background
AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/19/07 | AFP

Posted on 11/19/2007 4:23:58 PM PST by NormsRevenge

CLARION, United States (AFP) - Democratic 2008 hopeful Barack Obama argued Monday his childhood years in Indonesia and ties to Kenya would make him a better president than rivals who had seen the world on congressional junkets.

Obama's comments were a veiled swipe at his party foes, including front-runner Hillary Clinton, who has questioned if he is ready for the Oval Office.

The 46-year-old senator, who has family in Kenya and spent four years in Indonesia as a child, said little can be learned from tightly controlled official tours of foreign nations.

"You get picked up at the airport by this big convoy of security details," Obama said in a campaign stop in Iowa, which holds its crucial leadoff caucuses nominating contests on January 3.

"They drive you over to the ambassador's house. You get lunch. Then you go take a tour of some factory or some school. Children do a native dance," he told an audience of about 300 people.

Obama said candidates who did not understand foreign cultures, would have a tough time making good foreign policy decisions.

"If you don't understand these cultures then it's very hard for you to make good foreign policy decisions. Foreign policy is all about judgment," said Obama.

"The benefit of my life of having both lived overseas and traveled overseas ... is, I have a better sense of how they're thinking and what their society is really like," Obama said.

"A lot of my knowledge about foreign affairs isn't just what I studied in school -- I studied international relations when I was in college -- it's not just the work I do on the Senate foreign relations committee.

"It's actually having the knowledge of how ordinary people in these other countries live."

Obama has frequently criticized Clinton's judgement on foreign policy, highlighting her vote in 2002 to authorize the Iraq war, as an example.

But Clinton has touted her countless trips abroad in her own right as first lady between 1993 and 2001, and her more than six years experience as a senator.

"It is important that we have a candidate that is tested and a president who is ready to lead from day one," she said, in a Democratic debate last week, in her own shot at Obama.

Obama's remarks came in response to a question about his perceived lack of experience.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: asia; background; barack; kenyan; obama; touts
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Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., center, shakes hands with voters after a town hall meeting at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on Monday, Nov. 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Kevin Sanders)


1 posted on 11/19/2007 4:23:59 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Please go back to Indonesia, B. Hussein. I’m sure they’d be thrilled to have you.


2 posted on 11/19/2007 4:24:44 PM PST by Tax-chick (Every committee wants to take over the world.)
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To: NormsRevenge

“I’ve never had any foreign policy experience, except for the playgrounds of Indonesia. Everything I needed to know for this job I learned in Kindergarten.”


3 posted on 11/19/2007 4:26:24 PM PST by keepitreal
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To: Tax-chick
"A lot of my knowledge about foreign affairs isn't just what I studied in school...."


4 posted on 11/19/2007 4:27:11 PM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: NormsRevenge

Osama should go back where he came from.


5 posted on 11/19/2007 4:27:22 PM PST by Romneyfor President2008
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To: Romneyfor President2008

Are we ABSOLUTELY sure Obama was born in Hawaii?


6 posted on 11/19/2007 4:32:12 PM PST by Sacajaweau ("The Cracker" will be renamed "The Crapper")
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To: NormsRevenge

Having been to East Africa...including Tanzania,which borders on Kenya and is very similar to Kenya....I can attest to the fact that about the only things of value he could have learned there are about the physiology of goats and the migration patterns of wildebeest and elephants.


7 posted on 11/19/2007 4:33:24 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Wanna see how bad it can get? Elect Hillary and find out.)
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To: Diogenesis

Geeze...you'd think that he'd at least *pretend* to have respect for our flag/national anthem!

8 posted on 11/19/2007 4:38:24 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Wanna see how bad it can get? Elect Hillary and find out.)
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To: NormsRevenge

It’s basic salesmanship to tell the customers that they just happen to need exactly what you just happen to have. Nothing here to take seriously.


9 posted on 11/19/2007 4:42:35 PM PST by Grut
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To: NormsRevenge

Norm....I bet he is out front on his other world education because that is the angle Hillary is gonna hit him with.......Madrassas will be memtioned I bet


10 posted on 11/19/2007 4:46:37 PM PST by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Geeze...you'd think that he'd at least *pretend* to have respect for our flag/national anthem!

According to the web, they're playing the national anthem, not saying the pledge of allegiance. I believe Obama's the only one who isn't screwing up; it's stand for the anthem, hand-over-heart for the pledge.

11 posted on 11/19/2007 4:52:30 PM PST by Grut
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To: NormsRevenge
The 46-year-old senator, who has family in Kenya and spent four years in Indonesia as a child, said little can be learned from tightly controlled official tours of foreign nations.

Pray tell us, Barry. What all did you learn as a 4 year old on your unrestricted travels in Indonesia?

12 posted on 11/19/2007 4:53:06 PM PST by Texas Eagle (Could pacifists exist if there weren't people brave enough to go to war for their right to exist?)
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To: NormsRevenge
"If you don't understand these cultures then it's very hard for you to make good foreign policy decisions. Foreign policy is all about judgment," said Obama.

Okay, Barry, you've convinced me. As someone who has spent a few years in Kenya, how should we deal with North Korea's nuclear ambitions?

13 posted on 11/19/2007 4:55:52 PM PST by Texas Eagle (Could pacifists exist if there weren't people brave enough to go to war for their right to exist?)
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To: NormsRevenge
somebody PLEASE tell Obama her’s running for a nomination to be President of The United States.
Foreign policy is about what is in the best interest of the United States.
14 posted on 11/19/2007 4:56:48 PM PST by stylin19a
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To: Gay State Conservative
Having been to East Africa...including Tanzania,which borders on Kenya and is very similar to Kenya....I can attest to the fact that about the only things of value he could have learned there are about the physiology of goats and the migration patterns of wildebeest and elephants.

Well, just golly gee...ya gotta admit that probably no past president or present candidate can claim that -

Well, maybe Teddy Roosevelt. He probably had a couple wildebeest and elephant heads on his wall

15 posted on 11/19/2007 5:05:27 PM PST by maine-iac7 (",,,but you can't fool all of the people all the time" LINCOLN)
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To: NormsRevenge
" Obama touts life in Asia, Kenyan background"


16 posted on 11/19/2007 5:26:31 PM PST by JOE6PAK (blithering intellectual.)
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To: JOE6PAK

When a Democrat starts bragging it can only mean one thing. Get a firm grip on your wallet.


17 posted on 11/19/2007 5:33:28 PM PST by Combat_Liberalism
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To: NormsRevenge
Obama touts life in Asia, Kenyan background

Yeah. That's a winning strategy, Barack, ordinary Americans have always longed to vote a foreigner into the WH!!

But, why you?? Why not a foreigner with experience running a country . . . . . . . . . like Robert Mugabe!!??

What an idiot!!!!

18 posted on 11/19/2007 5:39:41 PM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Senator Obama believes every American should be educated in a foreign Madrassa for several years.

President Obama will insist that every American be reeducated in a foreign Madrassa for several years....to life.

19 posted on 11/19/2007 5:40:50 PM PST by ricks_place
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To: NormsRevenge

****ing idiot. None of the Democratic candidates (with the exception of Hillary, which is why she is hated by so many Democrats) seem to realize that they are running for PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, not Secretary-General of the UN.


20 posted on 11/19/2007 5:41:01 PM PST by denydenydeny (Expel the priest and you don't inaugurate the age of reason, you get the witch doctor--Paul Johnson)
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To: Tax-chick

Yep, we need a good dose of those Indonesian an Kenyan insights and values. Paradises I tell you.


21 posted on 11/19/2007 6:56:20 PM PST by isrul
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To: Sacajaweau
Even if we found evidence Obama wasn't born in the US, he would still be eligible because his mother was a US citizen when he was born.

Obama should go after Hillary on this issue--she can't have his understanding of Middle East issues because she never studied in a madrasseh.

22 posted on 11/19/2007 7:17:26 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: NormsRevenge
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23 posted on 11/20/2007 8:21:37 AM PST by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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