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Back in Chicago, Obama laments lack of "a father who was around"
reuters.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Steve Holland

Posted on 02/15/2013 8:13:25 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe

President Barack Obama acknowledged on Friday that he wished his father had been a bigger part of his life as he argued that stronger families are just as important as gun control in reducing crime and violence in poverty-stricken neighborhoods.

Obama returned to his old home neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago with a different take on his gun control message - that it will require an improved home environment for children to reduce the possibility that they will one day resort to violence.

To do that, he said, will require better economic conditions for low- and middle-class Americans, one reason he wants to raise the hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $9, a proposal he offered in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday.

Obama, the son of a black Kenyan father and a white mother from Kansas, was raised largely by his mother and grandparents in Hawaii. His father, Barack Obama Sr., divorced Obama's mother when the president was two years old, and he was the central figure in Obama's memoir, "Dreams from My Father."

Pointing to a group of at-risk teenage boys with whom he had met privately before delivering a speech, Obama said he had not been much different than them.

"Don't get me wrong," he said in the address to high school students at Hyde Park Academy. "As the son of a single mom, who gave everything she had to raise me with the help of my grandparents, I turned out okay."

"But at the same time, I wish I'd have had a father who was around and involved," he told the mainly black audience.

Obama worked as a community organizer in the South Side of Chicago but had a more privileged background than many of the children he addressed on Friday.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: banglist; blackfamily; blackmales; chicago; fatherhood; illinois; obamafather; obamaspeech; urban

1 posted on 02/15/2013 8:13:32 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

If the govt is big enough no one needs a father.


2 posted on 02/15/2013 8:16:41 PM PST by lonestar67 (I remember when unemployment was 4.7 percent)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
To do that, he said, will require better economic conditions for low- and middle-class Americans, one reason he wants to raise the hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $9, a proposal he offered in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday.

As is usual, the real effects will be quite different. If the minimum wage gets raised, more young people will be laid off, and some will turn to gangs when they would have been at work.

3 posted on 02/15/2013 8:18:03 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“I turned out okay”

LIAR! LIAR! PANTS ON FIRE!;)


4 posted on 02/15/2013 8:18:11 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I wonder if his daughters like separate vacations.


5 posted on 02/15/2013 8:18:48 PM PST by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Tailgunner Joe. How much worse could it get? G’night all.

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6 posted on 02/15/2013 8:19:24 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The whole country should regret it, too.


7 posted on 02/15/2013 8:21:01 PM PST by Catmom
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To: Tailgunner Joe

So sad, only those “typical white women” and their family, feeding you, clothing you, sending you to school...
Get over your sperm doner already, his “dreams” aren’t worth sh*t.


8 posted on 02/15/2013 8:46:16 PM PST by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

<<”Don’t get me wrong...(he hastens to add) ...I turned out okay.”>>


10 posted on 02/15/2013 8:51:29 PM PST by cyn (Benghazi...the travesty continues.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

11 posted on 02/15/2013 8:54:54 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

His father wanted him aborted.


12 posted on 02/15/2013 8:55:54 PM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Marchione.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Didn’t your mommy and grandpa tell you that your father was the Father of All Mankind Uncle Joe?!


13 posted on 02/15/2013 8:57:10 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
If Barry had a father in his life - perhaps he wouldn't have grown up to be queer.
14 posted on 02/15/2013 8:58:48 PM PST by USMA '71 ((Re-elect no one!))
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Was Hussein O. speaking to the same Comminity that HE was paid to organize years ago?


15 posted on 02/15/2013 9:07:39 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Commune Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Law s, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: BenLurkin
President Obama may very well be Frank Marshall Davis's son. There's definitely a resemblance, and a DNA test would prove it. Even if he knows about it, he's not likely to release the information.

Frankly, it doesn't really matter to me who his biological father was. His mom wouldn't be the first woman in history to sleep around, and it's ridiculous to blame children for the actions of their mother (or father for that matter).

What saddens me about President Obama? His ideology helps create more single mothers by subsidizing single motherhood and immorality. It's fact. The children of single mothers are significantly more likely to be dysfunctional themselves.

16 posted on 02/15/2013 9:20:05 PM PST by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

His Tranny Nanny took good care of him.


17 posted on 02/15/2013 9:23:25 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Yeah, make it even more expensive for employers to hire unskilled black kids. That oughta help.


18 posted on 02/15/2013 9:26:12 PM PST by Argus
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To: donna

donna: “I wonder if his daughters like separate vacations.”

Political ideologies are one thing, but President Obama, Michelle, and the daughters are people. It saddens me when anyone doesn’t live up to their potential, and I’m not talking about riches or power. Just think how Obama would have turned out if he’d had two loving, committed, moral parents? What if he’d had a proper Christian upbringing rather than all the social justice, racial grievance, and black liberation crap? Our president has real problems. So does his wife. I despise his ideology but I don’t hate the man. I pity him.


19 posted on 02/15/2013 9:36:20 PM PST by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: Argus
Argus: “Yeah, make it even more expensive for employers to hire unskilled black kids. That oughta help.”

Legalizing millions of low skill illegal aliens oughta help, too.

20 posted on 02/15/2013 9:38:16 PM PST by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

No, you did not turn out ok. Pulling the old okie done on us.


21 posted on 02/15/2013 9:46:56 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

No, you did not turn out ok. Pulling the old okie doke on us.


22 posted on 02/15/2013 9:48:48 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: CitizenUSA; All

While I agree with you on a general level, Citizen, I think you “generalize” too far, and then try to apply it individually. Just a bit wrong-headed, in my not so humble opinion, and you are missing the mark.

We all have an obligation to get over whatever crap happened to us when we were kids. God gave us brains for a reason. Barry Dunham had many more opportunities than others born in very similar circumstances, and they didn’t become liars, socialists, and deceivers.

Let us call him by his honestly earned original name, and cut the sob psychobabble nonsense.

Barry Dunham, he is. We have no idea who his father is, and it certainly wasn’t the idiot senior Obama, who was an abusive drunkard, and only saw him once in his life (if I remember right).

President Dunham has a certain ring, doesn’t it? Might remind him, if used publicly, that he may have fooled some of the people, but not all of the people, etc.

No matter how lousy his childhood, there is no excuse for his disrespect for the Constitution and the Presidency, his arrogant and egotistical assumptions of power, or his attempt to over-ride the powers given to the congress, flawed as that institution might be .

Many people all over the world have suffered worse than “poor little barry”, but have grown up, overcome bitterness and “poor-me” excuses, and have grown into honorable and trustworthy neighbors and citizens.

And, just do you know - there are many loving, committed, and moral parents who provided a proper Christian upbringing to their children, who then ended up rebelling, making wrong choices, and breaking their parents’ hearts.

Free will, and all that. Do not make excuses for an adult individual’s wrong choices in life.

Barry Dunham had many opportunities given to him, but failed to make the grade. It is his fault alone.

It is also the fault of the “illiterati” among us that he was elected in the first place. We have lost our republic to the greedy, who will vote for anyone promising to redistribute our hard earned dollars, and little Barry Dunham is just another little hitler wanna-be.

Time will tell whether he pulls it off. Given the present state of our brain-dead press, I wouldn’t want to place a bet against him.


23 posted on 02/15/2013 11:23:28 PM PST by jacquej
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To: jacquej

Please don’t misunderstand my point. I wasn’t speaking of political ideologies so much as expressing sadness that there is so much evil in this world. The way I see it, President Obama is hopelessly misguided. He probably thinks he’s doing good, but his ideology always ends in ruin and despair on both individual and cultural levels.

In regards to his upbringing, you’re absolutely right. Some people come out of really dysfunctional families to become truly great people. Others are raised right, like you wrote, but rebel. However, the odds are greatly stacked against someone like Barry Dunham. They really are, and his policies are going to help create even more Barry Dunhams.

That saddens me.


24 posted on 02/15/2013 11:48:04 PM PST by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: CitizenUSA
"I despise his ideology but I don’t hate the man. I pity him."

I just can't feel sorry for that POS.  That freak is the spawn of satan.  Every DAMN THING  out of his mouth is a lie or deception intended to beguile the non-thinking masses.  The only good thing is that at this point, he only has HALF the population fooled.  The other half are NOT fooled.

Your pity is seriously misguided.  I have no more pity for a sociopath like Ocrappy than I do for a serial killer or a child molester.  Yep, the depths of his unscrupulous nepotism put him in a category that is way past understanding.  Way past a humanitarian attempt at sympathy.  Barack is a demon seed.  Unless you really are not up to speed information wise, that is the only way to look at it.

25 posted on 02/16/2013 1:00:46 AM PST by CaptainKrunch (Individual liberty and freedom for the common man is true social justice)
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To: CitizenUSA
One more thing to ponder Citizen.  God has no sympathy for the unrepentant.  Notice that I didn't say that God has no mercy for the unrepentant.  God has mercy for the wicked, but not sympathy.  You have to understand that evil is not understandable.  Evil is forgiveable, but never understandable.

If God has no sympathy for wickedness, then neither should you.  Sympathy for the devil will not win you a ticked to heaven.

26 posted on 02/16/2013 1:29:07 AM PST by CaptainKrunch (Individual liberty and freedom for the common man is true social justice)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

27 posted on 02/16/2013 1:39:21 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

This is the one area where Barack Obama might make a truly good contribution to society.

I put that in the present/future tense because since he most unfortunately was re-elected he still has a chance to do it.

Of course it would have been better if he’d actually tried to do something in this area during his first term, but leave that aside.

Obama DOES know what it is like to not have a dad, and he HAS done a good job getting and staying married and looking after his own children.

Almost all the “gun violence” in our nation aside from the acts of truly crazy people and private issues (neither of which will even be prevented) stems from essentially fatherless minority youths gunning each other (and random bystanders) down.

Obama could, uniquely, encourage a better way to be for the black (and hispanic) community. Of course, he could probably work on this all day, every day, and still not have 100% success. And perhaps he is afraid that, were he to do this, the race-hucksters would turn against him, like they turned against Bill Cosby when he tried to wake black people up.

But still, he should try. He’s got 4 more years (MEGA SIGH), maybe he can still do one more thing (aside from killing OBL) that is good.


28 posted on 02/16/2013 2:29:54 AM PST by jocon307
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To: Tailgunner Joe

No father? life of crime, yeah it fits!


29 posted on 02/16/2013 3:04:34 AM PST by ronnie raygun (Lexington and Concord Americans experience thier first gun grab attempt)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Hey, Barky! Just write an EO requiring every kid to have a father. Problem solved.


30 posted on 02/16/2013 3:31:02 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: BenLurkin

He does look like Marshall in that pic, but I really do not think Marshall is his biological father. When I saw Dinesh D’Sousa’s (sp?) movie last year, seeing Obummer’s half-brother in Kenya being interviewed convinced me that Obama, Sr., was the real father.

I had not been thinking of the paternity issue; it just struck me as I watched the Kenyan brother. The brother just looked too much like the current infestation in the White House for me to think that Obummer’s father could be anyone else.


31 posted on 02/16/2013 4:20:19 AM PST by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: CitizenUSA

If the repubs had any sense at all, they would use this as a wedge.


32 posted on 02/16/2013 5:33:31 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I wonder what his adoptive step-father has to say about this comment?


33 posted on 02/16/2013 6:01:41 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Catmom

“The whole country should regret it, too.”

You got that right! It’s apparent that Obama has been coddled his whole life, when he was in desperate need of being pulled to the woodshed by one of his considerable ears, and a paddle taken to his petulant ass!

It is crystal clear that “dad” wasn’t around to correct the whining, classless, non-stop agitating of this fatherless bully of a half-wit.


34 posted on 02/16/2013 7:56:33 AM PST by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: Catmom

I was about to post that.....


35 posted on 02/16/2013 9:23:43 AM PST by jch10 (Hey GOP! Only Conservatives get my vote.)
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