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)


Dear President,

As a Jewish American citizen, I find it very disturbing that your state of the Union speech did NOT address the extreme threat that has been reported along our borders, and within the US. from Isis. The threat to our safety and sense of security that the government has failed to address is concerning at best. The fact that a visit to Israel has yet to happen, as many of our former commanders in chief made a priority but the constant support with the visits to the mid east makes many Americans, and I speak for many that have expressed the same dismay, us confused.

The focus on Ebola, while a serious health threat, I find very interesting considering our real threat lies in this extremist group that was barely addressed, and continues not to be addressed, while Ebola has become the forefront of your administrations focus.

When formal General's and Secret Service members talk freely on the radio about the state of America, and the threat that lies within our own Country and on our is disturbing that it is NOT addressed.

I am not into politics, and just so happened to have been listeneing to a talk radio show while on a 3 hour drive, was riveted given the fact that homeland security does not even have an office let alone a building near the White house, whereas a Muslim group, has an entire building directly across the street from our White House, and in fact is directly connected to supporting Hamas and other extremist groups is appalling. But the fact that our government has luncheons that are hosted by this group, and they have direct contact to the White House, is just beyond my ability of comprehension.

With the fall of our financial system, which put our Country into almost another depression, it is amazing to me that we the people, were offered no financial support from our government, yet the companies directly responsible for the downfall, were given hundreds, and millions of US tax dollars to bail them out. These two major events that have transpired while you have been in office is just another reason people who do not have a voice find great frustration with our government.

Last, the racial division that seems to be perpetuated is astonishing to me. A violent crime was committed, we really have no concrete evidence what transpired after this crime, yet somehow it has become a racial issue which our administration led by you, has vastly supported this investigation. Had it been a white kid with the same exact situation, would the interest or outcry have been accepted? I grew up where color was never seen. But now, with the help of the media and such, it is so obvious this sort of division is accepted and justified.

A recent poll has shown that this congress is the worst in history and during the 13th anniversary of September 11th, the entire congressional group, was on vacation. Our congress is more interested in large supporting large corporations with deep pockets, for their own financial gain, and re-election than ensuring we live in a country that supports this government, who should protect we the people not their and your own interests.

My husband and I just watched the movie about the interest own. A young man being indicted for obtaining educational materials as well as downloading PUBLIC COURT RECORDS, which the citizens of America paid taxes for the public defenders, Judges, and government buildings, yet, in order to obtain these files or cases, as an American, you have to PAY additional monies to get public records. What kind of democracy is that when a government outsources and contracts with private companies to capitalize on that which is of public record?

Where does it stop? Our states seem to be breaking away from wanting to be part of the union which as we know as the United States. Believing that running each individual state only within that state, our voices will once again be heard.

This is all very sad at best. My bigger concern is for my children's future. and how and what that will look like.....will they receive social security? Will they have a say in how our countries future looks?

I am not a social activist, but my desire to make a change no matter how little is starting to move me to do something to make social awareness of our social injustices

Amy Ballon

(Joe Biden was the guest lecturer at my daughters high school graduation for Cypress Bay.....which had the highest passing AP test scores in the Country......we are an educated family, and concerned about our future.....MAKE A CHANGE)

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