Barack Obama


[last update: 2012/05/18, original: 2008/09/11]



His Religion


According to “they attend Trinity United Church of Christ”. According to “said he ‘was not raised in a religious household’, joined the Trinity United Church of Christ.


Since he was raised in a secular non-religious household and realizing that in America, a politician needs to be Christian, he selected a church when he was 26 years old. He selected the Trinity United Church of Christ on the south side of Chicago where he lived at the time.


According to the Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC) web site [2008] []: “We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black … We are an African people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization.affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community.”  [Emphasis added]. In their 10-point vision, point 4 is “A congregation with a non-negotiable COMMITMENT TO AFRICA.”; Point 7 is “A congregation committed to the HISTORICAL EDUCATION OF AFRICAN PEOPLE IN DIASPORA” [Emphasis in original].


The TUCC web site uses the term “Black” rather than “African-American”, because they do not consider themselves to be American – instead, they are African (in diaspora).


TUCC’s main pastor is (since 1972) Jeremiah Wright, who Obama has called his “spiritual mentor”.  The title of Obama’s second book (The Audacity of Hope) came from one of Wright’s sermons. In 1984 Wright went with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to visit Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi at a time when Gadhafi was an international pariah []. In 2007 the TUCC’s Trumpet newsmagazine awarded its Jeremiah A Wright Jr Trumpeter Lifetime Achievement Award to a man it says “truly epitomizes greatness” – Louis Farrakhan []


According to the New York Times: “In “Dreams From My Father,” Mr. Obama described his teary-eyed reaction to the minister’s words. “Inside the thousands of churches across the city, I imagined the stories of ordinary black people merging with the stories of David and Goliath, Moses and Pharaoh, the Christians in the lion’s den, Ezekiel’s field of dry bones,” Mr. Obama wrote. “Those stories — of survival, and freedom, and hope — became our story, my story.” … Services at Trinity were a weekly master class in how to move an audience. When Mr. Obama arrived at Harvard Law School later that year, where he fortified himself with recordings of Mr. Wright’s sermons, he was delivering stirring speeches as a student leader in the classic oratorical style of the black church.” []



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His Formative Years


Born in 1961 in Hawaii to Ann Dunham (white American) and Barack Obama Sr. (black Kenyan) - at the time both were East-West Center students at the University of Hawaii. His father was on a scholarship from his native Kenya, his mother’s parents lived in Hawaii.


According to []


  • His father … was born and raised in a small village in Kenya. … Barack's mother, Ann Dunham, grew up in small-town Kansas. Her father worked on oil rigs during the Depression, and then signed up for World War II after Pearl Harbor, … after the war, they studied on the G.I. Bill, bought a house through the Federal Housing Program, and moved west to Hawaii.


·         Barack's father eventually returned to Kenya, and Barack grew up with his mother in Hawaii, and for a few years in Indonesia. Later, he moved to New York, where he graduated from Columbia University in 1983. … Remembering the values of empathy and service that his mother taught him, Barack put law school and corporate life on hold after college and moved to Chicago in 1985, where he became a community organizer with a church-based group seeking to improve living conditions in poor neighborhoods plagued with crime and high unemployment.


A somewhat different picture is obtained at - the missing years are filled in a little more. According to his biography   []: “Obama's parents separated when he was two years old and later divorced. Obama's father went to Harvard to pursue Ph.D. studies and then returned to Kenya. His mother married Lolo Soetoro, another East-West Center student from Indonesia. In 1967, the family moved to Jakarta, where Obama's half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng was born.  Obama attended schools in Jakarta, where classes were taught in the Indonesian language. Four years later when Barack (commonly known throughout his early years as "Barry") was ten, he returned to Hawaii to live with his maternal grandparents, Madelyn and Stanley Dunham, and later his mother (who died of ovarian cancer in 1995) … He saw his biological father (who died in a 1982 car accident) only once (in 1971) after his parents divorced.


In 2006 his literary biography said he was born in Kenya:



While most likely born in Hawaii, the purpose for being “born in Kenya” was likely to obtain foreign exchange student financing at Columbia University.

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In 2006 Obama went to Kenya, where he stated: “I’m so proud to come back home…




His Science


Obama shows his grasp of science and the CO2 issue: "At a time of great fiscal challenges, this legislation is paid for by the polluters who currently emit the dangerous carbon emissions that contaminate the water we drink and pollute the air we breathe(from “Obama urges Congress to move swiftly on climate change bill” [])


Obama: “our planet, because we didn’t adjust from fossil fuels, has gone up 2 or 3 degrees and the polar ice caps have melted and the oceans have gone up and suddenly our ways of life have changed” ( at 1:55 in the video).


John Holdren is Obama’s Science Adviser. He co-authored population alarmist books and papers with Paul Ehrlich on the population bomb. “We are not, of course, optimistic about our chances of success. Some form of ecocatastrophe, if not thermonuclear war, seems almost certain to overtake us before the end of the century. (The inability to forecast exactly which one – whether plague, famine, the poisoning of the oceans, drastic climatic change, or some disaster entirely unforeseen – is hardly grounds for complacency.)” From an earlier book “Human Ecology”, also coauthored with the Ehrlichs (1973): “A massive campaign must be launched to restore a high-quality environment in North America and to de-develop the United States” []






His Connections


The Club of Rome has been a big promoter of the global warming scare for many years (see The Washington State based “Yes” magazine is a big promoter of the global warming scare among “progressives”. It is published by David Korten of the “People-Centered Development Forum”. Korten is a full member of the Club of Rome – one of only four in the USA. (The list of current members is available at [].)

Korten recently published a book called “Agenda for a New Economy” which he launched at the Trinity Wall Street Church. He states: “My presentation … made the case that the Wall Street financial crisis is at its core a spiritual crisis born of a violation of the biblical injunction against the worship of Mammon”. In the book launch, he referred to a Democracy Now interview with his wife, which featured “her relationship with Ann Soetoro, Barack Obama’s mother, when we lived in Indonesia”. [].