Friday, August 05, 2011

Obama State Senate Records Show Him as Confused, Off-Topic

Barack Obama served in the Illinois State Senate from 1997-2004 before being elected to the United States Senate that year. President Obama has characterized his tenure in the body as a time of building consensus between the two parties and pushing through important legislation.

Upon a look of the actual transcripts of his Senate tenure, there is a different picture. While he does address some issues, such as lead poisoning, rent control, and municipal issues, many of these are not earth-shattering or reducing regulation or taxes.

You can find some of his transcripts per year simply by looking at the Illinois legislative record. Let's take a look at some examples from his first year on the job in 1997.

From October 30, 1997, he even admits to his colleagues that he was not paying attention to legislation already passed with his consent:

So why was he not paying "sufficient attention"? Just look back two weeks, to the October 17th transcript, in which he wasn't even there:

Or another absence from November 1999:

Or this confused response from November 2000?

So he got better with experience, eh? From May 2001, what about following talk of the Energy and Environment Committee meeting with... birthday wishes?

Wow. The bill of the century.

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  1. Thanks for doing the job the sycophant media won't do.

  2. Look, we already know this clown is not the brightest bulb in Washington-question is...what to do about it.

  3. So we have some transcripts from his time in the state senate and he comes off less than "the smartest man in the room" possibly because he didn't have a teleprompter at the time.....Just for fun, I would like to see classes he took in college and the grades he received.

  4. I have read that a person under the influence of illegal drugs acts and speaks like Obama in these early speeches (?) or whatever you call them. Without a teleprompter, he's a silly-willy! Gawd help us.