Barack Obama
Obama standing with his arms folded and smiling
44th President of the United States
In office January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
Vice President Joe Biden
Preceded by George W. Bush
Succeeded by Donald Trump
United States Senator from Illinois
In office January 3, 2005 – November 16, 2008
Preceded by Peter Fitzgerald
Succeeded by Roland Burris
Member of the Illinois Senate from the 13th district
In office January 8, 1997 – November 4, 2004
Preceded by Alice Palmer
Succeeded by Kwame Raoul
Personal details
Born Barack Hussein Obama II(1961-08-04) August 4, 1961 (age 55)Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michelle Robinson (m. 1992)
  • Malia
  • Sasha
Relatives See Family of Barack Obama
Awards Nobel Peace Prize (2009)Profile in Courage Award (2017)

Ransom when life is at stake

Dear Barack Obama:
Again, I am trying to write you about ransoming. Yes, it was President Bush who announced that he would not pay a ransom when 911 changed our nation. I do not know if you received my first message, so I am trying to send this again. Being a president is an enormous responsibility and I feel very blessed that you are my president and I know that you are doing your best. You have so many obstacles that have to be constantly diffused. You have people that do not want to give you any credibility. You have people that will never accept you as their leader. All these obstacles are ones that you have lived with all your life. You have been in a position that some people never accepted you in, not just due to your presidency, but due to your heritage. But, right now, I am not writing you because of the trials and tribulations that you have gone through. I am writing you because the "Pay No Ransom" needs to be rethought.

What will paying a ransom do? What are the benefits? What are the negative effects of paying a ransom?
By paying a ransom, we could gain knowledge,about the captors. Maybe it is knowledge of location. Or knowledge of some sort of habit that the captors have. Maybe it would be knowledge as to where they are from. We need to play their game in order to defeat them. The benefits: We will be working on their weakness, even though we may look weak doing it. Our weakness is only temporary. It only looks like a weakness but it is actually a strength. Saving a life that carries knowledge of ISIS will be able to help us defeat them. We must reanalyze our stand in regards to ransom. Yes, the negative effects may be that our enemies may want to continue asking for more ransom. Others may feel that they can do the same thing, which is another negative. I believe we will handle those encounters as they occur and with the expertise that we have. Saving the dams from destruction was crucial and in that situ there was nothing that could be done because in giving up one man's life, you have saved thousands. In that case, you have made the right choice and I know your heart and all America's heart is heavy because we had no recourse in that situation.
So, this is my second letter, only because I do not know whether you received my first letter. I thank you for reading this letter and may God bless you. Sincerely Yours, DeVonna Bahta-Teclehaimanot

Ask for support