What makes the First Family first?

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According to Webster: “first,” (in context) n. The one coming, occurring, or ranking before or above all others.

Interesting, at least until you come to the word (ranking), at which point Merriam-Webster’s definition falls flat on its face if one is rating our current First Family.

According to Webster: “rank·ing,” Of the highest rank; preeminent.

Albeit, when placed in (in contest), “rank,” A relative position in a society. 

Another interesting word as its meaning can “vary” from one thing (apples to oranges), and/or, it could refer to the kinship between one person and another. 

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Of course for my purpose, I choose to compare America’s current First Family using the measure (apples to oranges), because I have absolutely no doubt that history will record Barack and Michelle Obama as two of America’s… 

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5000 years ago, the Regent, the King, the Pharaoh or the Lord of any particular geographical domain maintained their status by planting wheat.

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Why wheat? 

Wheat, at least in the most progressive “European” societies was the mainstay staple that fed the population.

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Not to mention that when distilled or fermented, (depending on the process), you get a beverage known as beer or ale.

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Of course, the Regents, Kings, Pharaohs, and Lords neither plowed or planted the fields themselves, as Regents, Kings, pharaohs and Lords were a (cut above) those that preformed  manual, and/or, (physical) labor because of their status and wealth.

According to Webster: “sta·tus,” Ones’ position relative to that of others; standing and prestige.

According to Webster: “pres·tige,” The level of respect at which one is regarded by others.

Which is subjective and will vary dramatically depending on whether the judgment is being made at my house or his…

For me, Barack Obama is… 

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..fulfilling the legacy of his father a little more every day. 

So I pose the question once more; … 

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Prior to throwing his hat in the political arena, Barack Obama was a community organizer, and/or, (a simple street hustler) “pushing” government entitlements…

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Barack Obama’s political timeline…

by Kathy Gill

Updated January 03, 2009

When Barack Obama decided he wanted to run for the Illinois Senate in 1996, he ensured his candidacy by successfully challenging the nomination petitions of his four competitors.

Obama’s entry into federal politics was also marked by competitors falling by the wayside. He won both the 2004 primary and general election for the US Senate “after tough challengers imploded when their messy divorce files were unsealed,” the Chicago Tribune writes.

The NYT reports that “the Tribune reporter … acknowledged in print that the Obama camp had ‘worked aggressively behind the scenes’ to push the story. But there are those in Chicago who believe that [David] Axelrod had an even more significant role – that he leaked the initial story.”

Then on 25 June 2004, Obama’s Republican opponent, Jack Ryan, withdrew due to yet-another a sex scandal.

This article provides a detailed (and in-work) timeline of Obama’s political career through 2007.

1988 – Obama is a summer associate at the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin

1992 – Obama graduates from Harvard and returns to Chicago

1992, Oct – Obama marries fellow attorney Michelle Robinson

1995, Jul – Obama, at 34, publishes his first memoir, “Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance”

1995, Aug – Obama files paperwork to run for Palmer’s Illinois Senate seat

1996, Jan – Obama has his four competitor petitions invalidated; he emerges as the only candidate

1996, Nov – Obama is elected to Illinois Senate, which is controlled by Republicans

1999 – Obama begins running for Congress

2000 – Obama loses his challenge for Congressional seat held by Rep. Bobby Rush

2001 – Obama receives legal services contract with Illinois firm owned by Robert Blackwell, Jr. A few months later, Obama writes a letter on Illinois Senate letterhead in support of a tourism grant for a different Blackwell company. The next day, “Obama’s U.S. Senate campaign received a $1,000 donation from Blackwell… In the presidential race he is credited on Obama’s website with committing to raise $100,000 to $200,000 for Obama’s campaign.”

Obama reported $98,158 income for providing legal services; $80,000 was from Blackwell’s firm.”Illinois ethics disclosure forms are designed to reveal possible financial conflicts by lawmakers… Obama did not specify that EKI provided him with the bulk of the private-sector compensation he received… he attached a multi-page list of all the law firm’s clients, which included EKI among hundreds.”

2002, Nov – Democrats usurp Republican control of the Illinois Senate

2003-2004 – Obama amasses his legislative record, serves as chair of the Health and Human Services Committee

2003 – Obama begins running for US Senate; the leading Democratic candidate will withdraw in 2004 due to a sex scandal that Obama’s campaign urged the Chicago Tribune to report.

2003 – David Axelrod [begins having] camera crews virtually everything Obama has done in public.” He uses this footage to create a five-minute Internet video for the 16 Jan. 2007 announcement that Obama is running for president.

2004, Mar – Obama wins the primary with 52% of the vote

2004, Jun – Obama’s Republican opponent withdraws due to sex scandal

2004, Aug – Democratic National Convention address

2004, Nov – Obama is elected to US Senate with 70% of the vote

2005, Jan – Obama files paperwork for his leadership PAC, The Hope Fund (PAC website no longer active)

2005 – Obama purchases land from neighbor and now-indicted political fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko

2005 – “Shortly after his election to the U.S. Senate, he delivered a well-received address arguing faith should have a greater role in public discourse.”

2006 – Obama publishes the book, <em>The Audacity of Hope</em>

2006, Oct 22 – Obama announces he is considering a run for the Presidency.

2007, Jan – Obama begins running for US President

2007, Mar – Obama endorses controversial Chicago alderman Dorothy “The Hat” Tillman, who reportedly “[deployed] city resources to hire her family and reward campaign contributors.”

2007, Apr – Controversy over Obama’s MySpace page

2007, May – Obama’s campaign releases its sophisticated Facebook application, only hours “after the company launched the developer platform.” TechPresident argues that Facebook gave the Obama camp an advantage: “the other campaigns found out about Platform’s with the rest of us, on Friday, May 25” and reports that “Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, is working on the Obama campaign.”

2007, September – Presented a plan for “full withdrawal” of American troops in Iraq.

2007, December – Campaigns with Oprah Winfrey in Iowa and South   Carolina. (Source,  …

(http://uspolitics.about.com/od/senators/a/barack_obama.htm) 

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Was Obama’s brilliant grin his path from (street hustler) to the Oval Office…

..or did the (not mentioned) since: 

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..pave the road to the White House for him? 

America has much to ponder, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

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