One can’t help but wonder if Billionaire Donald Trump’s stated ambitions toward the White House in 2012 are in earnest, or is the gentleman “putting us on”? Trump is one of the richest men in America; there is a feeling among voters that this alone may qualify him for the Presidency. Trump enjoys his outspoken style; sometimes it is wiser, though, to keep a low profile.
Trumps recent claim to fame has been much founded on his questions about the current American President, Democrat Barack Obama. Trump has chosen to harp, and harp some more on President Barack Obama’s birthplace. Early in the election for the 2008 Presidency, some accused Obama of having been born in Jakarta, Indonesia. Trump lately has been insistent that Obama was born in Kenya. To serve as President, one must have been born in these United States. Trump was unrelenting in his demand for a “Long Form Birth Certificate” registering Obama’s birth.
Early the week of April 26, 2011, Barack Obama received his requested Certificate of Birth from the State of Hawaii, and forthwith released it to the press, proving his citizenship and qualification to be President. Undaunted, Trump made the resounding and general statement to interviewer Larry King that “Our President is Incompetent!” Trump got even more derisive after that. In an interview with Bill O’reilly, at Fox News, he pontificated, “People have birth certificates. He doesn’t have a birth certificate. He may have one but there’s something on that –maybe religion. Maybe it says he is a Muslim! I don’t know… maybe he doesn’t want that. Or — he may not have one!”
Trump seems slow in addressing political issues; issues of domestic or global import; those issues that fill the lives of ordinary politicians, and pundits. Trump responds to the beat of another drum. He moved swiftly to questions he had about Obama’s education. In an interview in late April, Trump made the accusation that Obama was a poor student – clearly not Ivy League material. Trump, still the ultimate CEO, completed his tirade saying, “I have friends who have smart sons with great marks, great boards, great everything and they can’t get into Harvard!” Trump said, “We don’t know a thing about this guy! There are a lot of questions that are unanswered about our president.”
Let’s take a quick look at what we Americans do know about President Obama. Our President, Barack Obama is indeed Christian, a member of the United Church of Christ. President Obama is named after his father who grew up in Kenya herding goats, but gained a scholarship to study in Hawaii. In Hawaii the Presidential father met and married Barack Obama’s mother, originally from Kansas, who had moved to Honolulu with her parents. Barack Obama’s parents later divorced. When now President Obama was six, his mother, Ann, re-married, this time to an Indonesian oil manager and the family moved to Jakarta. The boy lived there for four years, but then moved back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents and attend school. Both his parents are now dead.
Obama went on to study political science at Columbia University in New York in 1983 earning a degree in political science. In 1988 he attended Harvard Law School, where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He graduated magna cum laude 1991. After Harvard, Obama returned to Chicago to practice civil rights law, rejecting the big corporate law firms to represent victims of housing and employment discrimination. He is married to Michelle Obama, herself a lawyer, and they have two young daughters. Prior to winning the Presidency, Senator Obama still practiced law, and did some teaching at the University of Chicago Law School which he said “kept him sharp” when it came to issues like abortion, civil rights and affirmative action.