There’s a bit of a mystery that I don’t believe has ever been brought up before regarding Obama’s Illinois driver’s license record.
This is BHO’s Illinois driver’s license abstract:
In addition to showing Obama’s Illinois driver’s license number, O150-0686-1221-0, it does show a clean record. But what’s with the “Cont. Lic. Date” of 8-19-96? The date seems to be when he first applied for his Illinois Driver’s License, which he held consistently through its expiration date of 8-4-08.
Obama first moved to Chicago in 1985 and may have used some mass transit occasionally as a Community Organizer. In 1989, Obama worked briefly at the Sidley Austin Law Firm in Chicago, as a summer associate from Harvard Law School, where he met Michelle. They had a “long distance relationship” until he graduated from Harvard in May 1991. They were married on Oct. 3, 1992.
BHO definitely owned and drove a car while wooing Michelle in Chicago sometime after they met during summer of 1989. THIS is from the “60 Minutes” interview last year, reminiscing of their early years together:
Kroft: It is one bedroom? Studio?
Mr. Obama: Yeah, it was sort of a one bedroom. It had kind of the vintage, college dorm, pizza…
Kroft: Community organizer, right?, feel to it.
Michelle Obama: It reminded me of a little better version of the apartment you were in when we first started dating. That was a dump too.
Mr. Obama: Right near Harold's Chicken Shack.
Michelle Obama: Yeah.
Mr. Obama: Yeah. That's when I had the car with the-the hole in it.
Michelle Obama: And you could see the sidewalk, because the rust had gone through.
Mr. Obama: The air-conditioning.
Michelle Obama: So that was my side. I would look and see the ground going past. And I still married him.
One consideration might be that he let his Illinois driver’s license lapse while he was at Harvard from Fall 1988 to May 1991. In 2007, to clean his record for his presidential run, Obama paid for 17 parking tickets he received between Oct. 5, 1988 and Jan. 12, 1990. However, it is unknown if he had a Massachusetts drivers license during that time. It’s more likely that he kept his Illinois drivers license and drove his rusty car back and forth 1000 miles, nearly 16 hours, between Harvard and Chicago when visiting Michelle (see Obama finally pays local parking ticket).
Regardless, it’s unlikely he neither owned nor drove a car in Illinois for five years after returning to Chicago in mid-1991 (post-Harvard) until the date on the Illinois driver’s license abstract of Aug 19, 1996.
So why the 1996 date, just months before his first run (and win) as an Illinois State Senator with the socialist New Party in November 1996?
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Thirty days have have passed and yet another Obama promise has been broken.
Most people don't remember, but he signed this Oath as a candidate back on Aug. 8, 2007 (Original here: http://www.reason.org/oath/):
Background on the FFAT (wiki):
The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (S. 2590) is an Act of Congress that requires the full disclosure to the public of all entities or organizations receiving federal funds beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2007. The website USAspending.gov opened in December 2007 as a result of the act, and is maintained by the Office of Management and Budget.
Obviously, no Executive Order exists 30 days after "accession to the Presidency" (http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing_room/executive_orders/ as of Feb. 21, 2009):
January 22, 2009
- Review and Disposition of Individuals Detained at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and Closure of Detention Facilities
- Review of Detention Policy Options
- Ensuring Lawful Interrogations
January 21, 2009
BUT there is THIS from Feb 19, 2009:
White House: DoD Officials Must Vow Secrecy on Budget
By JOHN T. BENNETT
Published: 19 Feb 20:52 EST (01:52 GMT)
The Obama administration has directed defense officials to sign a pledge stating they will not share 2010 budget data with individuals outside the federal government.
Full story here: http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=3956514&c=AME&s=TOP
Monday, December 29, 2008
Our Framers inserted “Natural Born Citizen” for a specific reason as a requirement for the office of the President of the United States – concern of foreign influence on the Executive.
The Framers were concerned that “divided interests” could influence how the US President makes decisions, either while protecting the US in time of crisis or as a normal course of affairs and policy.
Being ONE person ...
there are fewer checks and balances for the Executive.
By contrast, a member of Congress was left without the Constitutional requirement of being a Natural Born Citizen – because there are more internal checks and balances with hundreds of members in the Legislative Branch.
Remember this from Fight The Smears: “As a Kenyan native, Barack Obama Sr. was a British subject whose citizenship status was governed by The British Nationality Act of 1948. That same act governed the status of Obama Sr.‘s children. Since Sen. Obama has neither renounced his U.S. citizenship nor sworn an oath of allegiance to Kenya, his Kenyan citizenship automatically expired on Aug. 4, 1982.”
Obama was born a UK citizen via his father, Barack Obama Sr. Barack Obama Jr’s British citizenship was changed to Kenyan citizenship on Dec. 11, 1963, when the African nation become independent from the UK (See Section 90 of the Kenyan Constitution )
Now, that's all in context …
Here are some comments of the Kenyan Parliament from Nov. 5, 2008, on the morning after Barack Obama win of the US Presidential election on Nov. 4
(comments are from the 41 page document, with emphasis added):
Wednesday, 5th November, 2008
The House met at 9.00 a.m.
Back-up copy: http://www.scribd.com/doc/9606845/Kenyan-National-Assembly-Wednesday-5th-November-2008-51108A
Dr. Khalwale: On a point of order, Mr.
Deputy Speaker, Sir. You have heard none other
than the Leader of Government Business
acknowledge that because of Obama's win in the
United States of America (USA), the House is
crippled. Could we allow him to move a Motion
for Adjournment so that we could also continue
the celebrations of having a Kenyan ruling the
USA? I humbly request!
Mr. Deputy Speaker: Order, Mr.
Vice-President! We are citizens of the Republic of
Kenya! This is a supreme institution of this
country. Our responsibility is to our country, first
and foremost. We are not citizens of the USA!
Much as we appreciate and we are all happy;
nonetheless we are a country ourselves.
So, it is not an excuse for a Minister to be
away from his own Parliament, because he is
celebrating the victory of another presidential
candidate in another country.
The Assistant Minister for Water and
Irrigation (Mr. Kiunjuri): Mr. Deputy Speaker,
Sir, as you can see, people are really celebrating.
However, I am wondering whether the Americans
have not reported to work and yet it is their
victory. I am also hoping that there will be no
homecoming for Obama. If there is one, the Leader
of Government Business should alert us in good
time so that we can set up a committee to organize
for his homecoming.
Ms. Odhiambo: … Mr. Deputy Speaker, Sir, the
President-elect, Mr. Obama, is a son of the soil
of this country.
Mr. Deputy Speaker: President-elect has
not been sworn-in yet. The election of
President-elect Obama is of utmost national
importance to the United States of America. Ms.
Odhiambo, you are a lawyer. You had better be
very careful where you transgress between
watching your own sovereignty and what can be
interpreted in some quarters as some form of treason
(Ed. note: the threat of "treason" is not directed to Ms Odhiamdo personally, but rather concern over how Obama's "former" Kenyan Citizenship may be viewed by outsiders)
Mr. Affey: … For the first time, we have a leader of
a great country in this world whose blood is
COMMUNICATION FROM THE CHAIR
CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO
PRESIDENT-ELECT BARRACK OBAMA
Hon. Members, as you may be aware,
the people of the United States of America
have just had a historic election where the son
of this soil, Barrack Hussein Obama, has been
elected the 44th President of the United States
The Vice-President and Minister for
Home Affairs (Mr. Musyoka): …
As we do, as you said from the Chair, this is a
sovereign country. We know we can learn a lot.
To be able to support that blood relation, I
think we owe it to ourselves to make sure that
we have a peaceful country as Kenyans; a
country that will uphold the true principles of
the rule of law, democracy and tolerance
At the beginning of this year, Senator
Barrack Obama called me at midnight and told me:
"Mr. Vice President, could you make sure you sort
out this problem?" I want to assure him that the
problem has since been sorted out.
The Assistant Minister for Higher
Education, Science and Technology (Dr.
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, I
would like to take this opportunity to also
congratulate Barrack Obama on his victory and
also say that even as we look at that victory say it
is possible, it is only possible because there are
structures in place in the US that make it possible
for any potential candidate to win, irrespective of
whether they have a lot of money which they have
gotten legally or illegally, they are from a different
ethnic group and how old they are.
Mr. Chanzu: … I highly congratulate Obama and
salute Americans, Black, White and other races,
for what they have done in showing the world that
a leader can come from any community. I also
want to congratulate Kenyans for the support they
have shown. It showed the Americans that we
were supporting our own.
Mr. Ethuro: …
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, we
have done it! That is why I like this Motion coming
at this time of Obama - yes we can! We did it with
the Parliamentary Service Commission. We did it
with the Leader of the Official Opposition. We are
doing it with the Official Opposition Bill. We
are doing it with the establishment of the
Budget Office and we are doing it with the
Cabinet size! Yes we can!
Curb your Enthusiasm
It should be noted that after the Kenyan National Assembly returned for their afternoon session on Nov. 5, there is NO further mention of Barack Obama. Obama’s name was not uttered for the rest of that day and very rarely is he mentioned since Nov. 5 in sessions of the Kenyan Parliament.
Possible related story here: Kenya gags Obama’s extended family
It should be noted that these comments made by Kenyan officials do not necessarily prove that Barack Obama Jr was born in Kenya.
However, the comments DO show that Kenyan officials believe that Obama is one of their own – and subject to their influence in US foreign affairs.