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)
Children
  • Malia
  • Sasha
Parents
Relatives See Family of Barack Obama
Education
Awards Nobel Peace Prize (2009)Profile in Courage Award (2017)
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Torture and the Constitution


Dear President Obama,

I voted for you twice and I have never approved of your continuation of the Bush Administration's use of the CIA to torture and otherwise deny human rights to get at very dubious information. Your speech last Friday left me with my mouth dropping when you so glibly dismissed torture by saying "we tortured some folks" and for people like me not to be "sanctimonious" about it. What was our excuse for torturing? People were "afraid". When is fear an excuse for destroying the Constitution and the Geneva Convention. You have left me feeling disgusted with your point of view.

If you have wondered why I stopped supporting you at this point, now you know.

Respectfully,

Alma Robinson

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