UNDERNEWS

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January 15, 2009

DEPARTMENT OF HMMM. .

Obama's first official photo has him wearing an American flag lapel. A year ago he said, "Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we’re talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism."

Times UK - Barack Obama suggested last night that removing Osama bin Laden from the battlefield was no longer essential and that America's security goals could be achieved merely by keeping al-Qaeda "on the run". . . . His comments. . . appear to contradict Mr Obama's own statements made in the election campaign. As recently as October 7, in a presidential debate, Mr Obama said: "We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al-Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority."

Chicago Daily Observer - She hasn't shown up for work very regularly over the last year or so, so when Michelle Obama's $300,000 job was cut at the University of Chicago Hospitals, it may have been hard to notice the difference. . . The Tribune announced the layoff without much analysis, but let the cat far enough out of the bag to prompt our Don Rose to question how important Michelle Obama's job must have been, as it was so easily eliminated.

Politico - In a 1996 questionnaire filled out for a Chicago gay and lesbian newspaper, then called Outlines, Obama came out clearly in favor of same-sex marriage, which he has opposed on the public record throughout his short career in national politics. "I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages," Obama wrote in the typed, signed, statement.. . . On another questionnaire the same year, Obama said he would support a resolution in support of same-sex marriage. . . Obama now says he opposes same-sex marriage, though he backs giving gays and lesbians a parallel package of marriage-like rights, and opposes a federal ban on same-sex marriage.


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