One more time, we need to be reminded

Yes, he told us in advance what he planned to do. Few were listening.

The following is a narrative taken from a 2008 Sunday morning televised “Meet The Press”.

From Sunday’s 07 Sept. 2008 11:48:04 EST, Televised “Meet the Press”
THE THEN Senator Obama was asked about his stance on the American Flag.

General Bill Gann’ USAF (ret.) asked Obama to explain WHY he doesn’t follow protocol when the National Anthem is played.

The General stated to Obama that according to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171…

During rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present (except those in uniform) are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Or, at the very least, “Stand and Face It”.

NOW GET THIS !!

Senator Obama replied:
“As I’ve said about the flag pin, I don’t want to be perceived as taking sides. There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression. The anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all that sort of thing.”

(ARE YOU READY FOR THIS???)

Obama continued: “The National Anthem should be ‘swapped’ for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song ‘I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing’. If that were our anthem, then, I might salute it. In my opinion, we should consider reinventing our National Anthem as well as ‘redesign’ our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. It’s my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of warring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails – – – perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments ……”

When I become President, I will seek a pact of agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity, and a freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts. We as a Nation, have placed upon the nations of Islam, an unfair injustice which is WHY my wife disrespects the Flag and she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past”.

“Of course now, I have found myself about to become the President of theUnited States and I have put my hatred aside. I will use my power to bring CHANGE to this Nation, and offer the people a new path. My wife and I look forward to becoming our Country’s First black Family. Indeed, CHANGE is about to overwhelm the United States of America ”

Yes, you read it right.
I, for one, am speechless!!!
Dale Lindsborg, Washington Post

Editorial Note: Have we learned anything from Benghazi?

Has America been lied to by this Administration?

When the press refuses to cover what may be the most important event since the New York 9/11, we find that news from those who have no political agenda except the discovery of truth. I have not been a disciple of Glenn Beck, but this is perhaps one of the most articulate explanations of what went down in Benghazi. If Beck is right members of this administration will face impeachment if Obama looses his last election. This video reveals catastrophic implications for our future in America.

Watch On-Demand Video Highlights and Episodes / The Blaze TV

Censorship on the horizon

Our enemies are emboldened when  Americans are forced to no longer use terms such as radical terrorist, jihad and similar words and phrases that describe radical Islamist who seek to destroy everyone who refuses to bow to the Islamic faith.

Authorities and Americans need to be alerted!

A CAIR-Florida “Action Alert” states that it “has received a report that an anti-Islam book has been found in a Broward County Public School Library.” (See below). CAIR-Florida goes on to say that it has “submitted a formal complaint to the Broward County Public School System…”

Here’s a newsflash to CAIR-Florida: Public school libraries contain books that are “anti” the views and beliefs of many people, not just Muslims. This is what happens in a free society where free speech is honored—unlike what happens in, say, Saudi Arabia.

If CAIR-Florida truly believed in “civil rights,” it would accept the fact that our first amendment protects speech that CAIR-Florida doesn’t like.

Speaking of Saudi Arabia, France 24 news recently reported that Saudi King Abdullah has demanded the UN pass a resolution condemning insults to religion. (See article excerpt below).

Of course, given that you can’t publicly carry a Bible in Saudi Arabia, and that Saudi clerics regularly insult Israel and Jews, it’s safe to assume that King Abdullah’s intentions are that speech that is deemed offensive to Islam must be silenced.

Pressure to silence speech that is deemed “anti-Islamic” is rising in America and around the world. Europeans have already lost the right to publicly criticize Islam. Canadians are under the same pressure.

Wake up, America!

Good Reason to Pray for Our Leaders

Vol. 8, No 87

The Obama campaign placed an ad on its website titled “Lena Dunham: Your First Time.” Dunham is the creator of HBO’s hit series “Girls”. Talking directly to the camera, she likens voting for Barack Obama to losing your virginity. [Editor’s note: Link to video under “Sources” at end of blog.]

“Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody.”

“You want to do it with a great guy.”

“It should be with a guy with beautiful (suggestive pause)…someone who really cares about and understands women.”

“Also, it’s super uncool to be out and about, and someone says ‘Did you vote,’ and you say, ‘Uh, no, I wasn’t ready.” (Dunham then gives a critical smirk to such a response).

“My first time voting was amazing. It was this line in the sand. Before I was a girl, now I was a woman. I went to the polling station, I pulled back the curtain, I voted for Barack Obama.”

So let’s add this up.

An ad designed to get out the female youth vote for the presidential campaign intentionally uses losing one’s virginity, clearly outside of marriage and while in college, as an analogy to voting for the first time.

Just as losing your virginity before marriage is special, so is your first vote.

Who you sleep with the first time should be a great guy, so should the person you vote for the first time.

Just as you shouldn’t pass on an opportunity to lose your virginity to an able-bodied candidate, you shouldn’t pass on voting for an able-bodied candidate.

And, of course, when you lose your virginity, it will be amazing. It will transform you from a girl into a woman. So will voting for Obama.

This isn’t about politics. It’s not trying to make you vote for one person over another.

  • It’s bigger than that.
  • It’s about moral outrage.
  • I was, and still am, stunned.
  • Stunned that this was intentionally produced.
  • Stunned that it was put on a campaign website.
  • Stunned at the sexual ignorance and moral decadence.
  • Stunned that it was approved by Obama’s campaign, a candidate who is the father of two young girls.
  • Stunned that there isn’t more outrage and indignation.

I know, it’s a post-Christian, increasingly amoral world. You don’t need to remind me. Which means I shouldn’t be stunned. But when a new line is once again crossed, and once again without blushing, it still wreaks havoc with my spirit.

Quite frankly, I hope it always does.

So if no one else will say it, I will:
Mr. President, you should be ashamed of your campaign. You should remove this ad from your campaign website at once, publicly denounce it, and tell the country you’re sorry it was ever made.

  • You’re a better man than this.
  • You’re a better father to your daughters than this.
  • And we are a better country than this.

James Emery White

Sources

Video: “Lena Dunham: Your First Time,” watch online.

“US election: Barack Obama campaign advert compares voting to losing virginity,” The Telegraph, October 26, 2012, read online.

“Critics blast Obama campaign for new ad that likens voting for Barack Obama to a young woman losing her virginity,” Fox News, October 26, 2012, read online.

Editor’s Note

James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, NC, and the ranked adjunctive professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, which he also served as their fourth president. His newly released book is The Church in an Age of Crisis: 25 New Realities Facing Christianity (Baker Press). To enjoy a free subscription to the Church and Culture blog, log-on to www.churchandculture.org, where you can post your comments on this blog, view past blogs in our archive and read the latest church and culture news from around the world. Follow Dr. White on twitter @JamesEmeryWhite.

Quote of the Decade

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America ‘s debt limit
is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot
pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial
assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless
fiscal policies.

Increasing America ‘s debt weakens us domestically and internationally.
Leadership means that, ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is
shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and
grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.
Americans deserve better.”
Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

Indeed it does Sir.

Father of Slain SEAL: Obama ‘Could Not Look Me In The Eye … Like Shaking Hands With Dead Fish

I feel an ache inside when I see the phenomenal rights of Americans trampled under foot by a press that should be free, objective and forthright with the people of this wonderful country. The story below as reported by the Weekly Standard and later released by one of the Tea Party organizations is a tragedy in itself. As we learn the facts of that massive defeat by radical Muslims in Benghazi. Here is the story.

(Weekly Standard) – Charles Woods, the father of Tyrone Woods, who was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attack at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, reveals details of meeting Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at the publicly broadcast memorial service for the slain Americans at Andrews Air Force Base only days after the attack. And, in a recent radio appearance, Woods publicly questions who made the call not to send in back-up forces to possibly save his son’s life, as well as the three other Americans killed in Benghazi (which includes the American ambassador to Libya). Click on link below for the story.

“When [Obama] came over to our little area” at Andrew Air Force Base, says Woods, “he kind of just mumbled, you know, ‘I’m sorry.’ His face was looking at me, but his eyes were looking over my shoulder like he could not look me in the eye. And it was not a sincere, ‘I’m really sorry, you know, that your son died,’ but it was totally insincere, more of whining type, ‘I’m sorry.’”

Woods says that shaking President Obama’s hands at his son’s memorial service was “like shaking hands with a dead fish.”

“It just didn’t feel right,” he says of his encounter with the commander in chief. “And now that it’s coming out that apparently the White House situation room was watching our people die in real time, as this was happening,” Woods says, he wants answers on what happened—and why there was no apparent effort to save his son’s life.

“Well, this is what Hillary did,” Woods continues. “She came over and, you know, did the same thing—separately came over and talked with me. I gave her a hug, shook her hand. And she did not appear to be one bit sincere—at all. And you know, she mentioned that the thing about, we’re going to have that person arrested and prosecuted that did the video. That was the first time I had even heard about anything like that.”

Woods continues: “Apparently even the State Department had a live stream and was aware of their calls for help. My son wasn’t even there. He was at a safe house about a mile away. He got the distress call; he heard them crying for help; that’s why he and Glen risked their lives to go that extra mile just to take care of the situation. And I’m sure that wasn’t the only one received that distress call—you know, come save our lives … I’m sure that other people in the military, in the State Department, in the White House, received that same call that he would receive. And I’m sure that most military people would jump at the chance … to protect that life [and] not leave anyone behind.”

Woods made clear that he isn’t “mad,” but that he wants to the “truth” to be told because he feels ” abandoned.”

Woods says he was told by military officials that the military could have “come above [the area] and completely carpeted area,” and therefore saved the officials in Benghazi, Libya. But that someone gave the command for the American military not to save the lives of the Americans under attack.

“When I heard, you know, that there’s a very good chance that the White House as well as other members of the military knew what was going on and obviously someone had to say, don’t go rescue them. Because every person in the military–their first response [would be], we’re going to go rescue them. We need to find out who it was that gave that command–do not rescue them.”

Franklin Graham: Dad Making Election Stand for Biblical Values

Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 07:03 PM
By Paul Scicchitano of Newsmax
Read the Editorial note at the bottom!

Franklin Graham said that his father, evangelist Billy Graham, “remains sharp as a razor” as he prepares to celebrate his 94th birthday, and that his recent emergence in election ads is not part of an attempt by the religious right to hijack his popularity.

“Nobody kidnaps my Daddy. He may not see or hear as well, but his mind remains sharp as a razor,” the younger Graham insisted to The Charlotte Observer. “He’s been active in politics since the 1940s. People need to remember that.”

Evangelist Billy Graham meets with Mitt Romney during a visit at Graham’s cabin in Montreat, N.C. on Oct. 11. (Getty Images)

Graham has had the ear of every U.S. president since World War II and has personally visited 185 countries on more than 400 crusades to reach a combined audience of 2.2 billion with his inspirational messages of hope and peace.

The beloved evangelist will celebrate his 94th birthday on Nov. 7, a day after American voters take to the polls to decide between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, who visited with Graham in October.

Collaborating with fellow music luminaries, including Bono, Michael McDonald, Jeffrey Osborne, Kenny Rogers and LeAnn Rimes, legendary singer Pat Boone recently released a musical tribute DVD and bonus music CD to pay tribute to Graham’s decades of service: “Thank You Billy Graham; A Tribute to the Man and his Message.”

During a subsequent interview with Newsmax, Boone said that Graham had expressed concern to him over the direction the country has taken in recent years.

“We seem to be losing some of our moral and traditional constitutional moorings and that greatly distresses him,” according to the singer, who has been friends with Graham for some 40 years. “Even from his bedroom or his living room [he] will find ways to express his concern, loving concern for our nation.”

Religion scholar Michael Hamilton told the Observer that he suspects voters have been seeing a “constructed” Billy Graham in a recent election ad, in which Graham acknowledges “this election could be my last” and he urges Americans to cast their votes for candidates “who base their decisions on biblical principles” and who “protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage.”

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association also removed the Mormon religion from a list of cults on its website last week, following the meeting with Romney at Graham’s home and months of making the case to followers of all sects of Christianity that the candidate’s religion is not a reason to deny him their vote.

The full-page ad was published in The Wall Street Journal and other newspapers with Graham’s personal appeal for Americans to vote for socially conservative politicians.

While the ad did not support a particular candidate, President Obama supports abortion rights and earlier this year declared that his views on same-sex marriage had been “evolving” into support.

Editorial note: Many friends within the conservative camp are in great travail believing according to Mormon theology that a Mormon does not believe in the Jehovah God of Scripture. They also struggle with Mormon theology concerning who Christ is and what he came to earth to accomplish, and in fact did. They are right about Mormon theology, a subject that would create lively exchange with a cup of java in hand. They might also question the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association decision to remove the Mormon religion from a list of cults. On balance they are wrong to believe that a man’s faith or lack of faith has ever been a litmus test for electing our president or any other elected political leader. I would and have challenged the teachings of Mormonism throughout my life, but I would not think a person’s faith or lack of it would justify any thought of denying that person a high office in this country.

On the other hand if a person’s faith dictated that our country should be destroyed by the imposition of Sharia Law, and that  heads could be severed simply because his Allah gave him that right as he screamed “Allah Akbar,” I might have another thought about that candidate. I am not suggesting that the one candidate would scream such a barbaric cry, however it appears that he finds himself  much to comfortable with some radical elements of that faith who do, while at the same time distancing himself from Israel, people who do believe in Jehovah God. Do we vote for a man with whom we disagree with his theology, or do we vote for a man who has banned the terms “radical Islam,” “terrorist,” and etc., a theology that would take our lives because some lunatic demands it?

I am careful in not joining many who believe our president is a Muslim, yet his record as president and his administrative Muslim appointments would suggest there is room for legitimate questions. These questions only take on a life of their own since the President has made the decision to seal personal information that every other president has felt comfortable to release.

I am far more comfortable with a man’s theology (with whom I disagree), but never the less believes in his family, his country and what’s best for American. The other candidate finds it convenient to fly off to a fund raiser in Nevada while the world is ending for four of our great patriots and then shields America from the truth about every detail of that tragic event. We do not know all the facts about Benghazi, but what we do know, it was not a video that caused the attack, and most of what we have been told by our own government has proved to be false.

Some are saying this is the most crucial and difficult election of our lives, and I agree, but not for the reasons that are usually given. If you are one who believes it is difficult, I would suggest you simply haven’t noted the CHANGE promised and delivered yet without HOPE.  The litany of those changes I will not bore you with one more time. If you find it difficult to see them with their implications for America, then you have probably not gotten this far in the piece.

In keeping with my faith and understanding of Scripture, whatever the outcome of the election on Nov. 6, I may or may not like God’s choice, but I will pray for both that president and this country.

In the event that your Christian theology creates a problem about a Mormon president, then carefully consider Mormons who have severed this country well and with distinction (only a partial list):

  • Robert Bennett, US Senator, Republican, Utah
  • Terrel Bell, Secretary of Education, Republican
  • Ezra Taft Benson, US Secretary of Agriculture, Republican
  • Bob Bishop, Congressman, Republican Utah
  • Angela “Bay” Buchanan, US Treasurer, Republican
  • Berkeley Bunker, US Senator, Democrat, Nevada
  • Christ Cannon, Congressman, Republican, Utah
  • Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon, State Senator, Democrat, Utah
  • Howard W. Cannon, US Senator, Democrat, Nevada
  • Jason E. Chaffetz, US Representative
  • J. Reuben Clark, Undersecretary of State, Republican
  • Delwin Morgan Clawson, Mayor of Compton Congressman Eightly-eight Congress
  • Eldridge Cleaver, Ran for President on the Peace and Freedom Movement
  • Mike Crapo, US Senator, Republican, Idaho
  • John Doolitte, Congressman, Republican, CA
  • Larry EchoHawk, Head of the US Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Eni F. H. Faleomavaega, Delegate to US Congress Democrat, American Samoa
  • Jeff Flake, Congressman, Republican, Arizona
  • Jake Carn, Senator, Utah
  • Jim Gibbons, Congressman, Republican, Nevada
  • Muliufi Francis “Mufi” Hannemann
  • Jim Hansen, Congressman, Republican, Utah
  • Orrin Hatch, US Senator Republican, Utah
  • Ralph Harding, US Congressman, Democrat, Idaho
  • Paula Hawkins, US Senator Republican, Florida
  • Wally Herger, Congressman, Republican, California
  • John Huntsman, Jr., US Ambassador to China, Governor, Republican, Utah
  • George Romney, father of Mitt Romney. Governor of Michigan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

I don’t recall one person on the list above ever suggesting that America is not exceptional. They have all served their constituency and nation well.

A Red Carpet for Radicals at the White House

The following was posted today, Oct. 25, 2012 by Act for America, posted originally by Stevee Emerson and John Rossomando, IPT News

The impeccable research done by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) has yielded new—and deeply disturbing—revelations.

As the story below (highlights added) notes:

Court documents and other records have identified many of these visitors [to the White House] as belonging to groups serving as fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and other Islamic militant organizations.

The extent of the access these radical individuals and organizations had to the White House is absolutely breathtaking! This helps explain, in part, the purge of references to radical Islam, jihad, etc. in the national security threat assessment and FBI counter-terrorism training materials. According to the IPT story:

It [Muslim Public Affairs Council] has lobbied for years to strip references to Islam from national security dialogue…

A year-long investigation by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) has found that scores of known radical Islamists made hundreds of visits to the Obama White House, meeting with top administration officials.

Court documents and other records have identified many of these visitors as belonging to groups serving as fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and other Islamic militant organizations.

The IPT made the discovery combing through millions of White House visitor log entries. IPT compared the visitors’ names with lists of known radical Islamists. Among the visitors were officials representing groups which have:

  • Been designated by the Department of Justice as unindicted co-conspirators in terrorist trials; Extolled Islamic terrorist groups including Hamas and Hizballah;
  • Obstructed terrorist investigations by instructing their followers not to cooperate with law enforcement;
  • Promoted the incendiary conspiratorial allegation that the United States is engaged in a “war against Islam”— a leading tool in recruiting Muslims to carry out acts of terror;
  • Repeatedly claimed that many of the Islamic terrorists convicted since 9-11 were framed by the U.S government as part of an anti-Muslim profiling campaign.

Individuals from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) visited the White House at least 20 times starting in 2009. In 2008, CAIR waslisted as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorist money laundering case in U.S. history – the trial of the Holy Land Foundation in which five HLF officials were convicted of funneling money to Hamas.

U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis later ruled that, “The Government has produced ample evidence to establish the association” of CAIR to Hamas, upholding their designations as unindicted co-conspirators. In 2008, the FBI formally ended all contact with CAIR because of its ties to Hamas.

In January 2004, Hussam Ayloush, executive director of CAIR’s Los Angeles office, publicly defended Palestinian terror attacks in comments before Muslim students at the University of California – Los Angeles, saying that terrorists were exercising their “legitimate right” to defend themselves against Israeli occupation.

Ayloush, who was a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., casts the United States as controlled by Israeli interests. At a 2008 CAIR banquet in San Diego, he imagined “an America that respects and humanizes religion. It’s an America that is free to act on its values and not on the interests of any foreign lobby.” In 2004, he said that the war on terror had become a “war on Muslims.” Ayloush attended at least two White House meetings.

The logs show Ayloush met with Paul Monteiro, associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement on July 8, 2011 and Amanda Brown, assistant to the White House director of political affairs Patrick Gaspard, on June 6, 2009.

According to reliable sources, Monteiro was White House liaison for secret contacts with CAIR, especially with Ayloush. IPT has learned that the White House logs curiously have omitted Ayloush’s three meetings with two other senior White House officials.

Louay Safi, formerly executive director of the Islamic Society of North America, visited the White House twice – meeting in intimate settings with Paul Monteiro on June 29, 2011 and July 8, 2011.

Law enforcement first noticed Safi in 1995 when his voice was captured in an FBI wiretap of now-convicted Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian. At the time of his conversation with Al-Arian, Safi served as executive director of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, an organization listed in law-enforcement and in internal Muslim Brotherhood documents as one of the movement’s top front groups in North America.

Safi also wrote for the Middle East Affairs Journal, produced by the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR). That group was established by Hamas deputy political leader Mousa Abu Marzook and part of the Hamas-support network called the “Palestine Committee.”

Safi has repeatedly expressed understanding for the underlying causes that provoke terrorism: “Terrorism cannot be fought by…ignoring its root causes. The first step…is to examine the conditions that give rise to the anger, frustration, and desperation that fuel all terrorist acts.” He also calledPalestinian terrorists “freedom” fighters.

Esam Omeish, former head of the Muslim Brotherhood-created Muslim American Society, visited the White House three times.

In 2000, Omeish personally hired the late terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki to be the imam of Falls Church, VA, Dar al-Hijrah mosque. According to IPT analysis, more terrorists have been linked to Dar al-Hijrah since 9/11 than to any other mosque in America.

Omeish publicly mourned the Israeli airstrike that killed Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin at an April 10, 2004, MAS conference.

According to video captured by IPT, Omeish went a step further at the December 22, 2000, Jerusalem Day rally in Washington’s Lafayette Park, praising Palestinian terror groups, saying they had learned “the jihad way” to “liberate” Palestine.

In a sermon at Dar al-Hijrah in 2009, Omeish called for “an American Islamic movement that transforms our status, that impacts our society, and that brings forth the change that we want to see.”

Last month, Omeish attended a reception for Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi during Morsi’s United Nations visit. Morsi is a longtime Egyptian Brotherhood leader. Omeish posted a picture of the event on his Facebook page and noted: “His Excellency provided great insights and we share important perspectives.”

From Blue Cross Blue Shield

A Message from Blue Cross Blue Shield

MEDICARE Look clearly at the 2014 rate compared to the 2013 rate.

For those of you who are on Medicare, read the following. It’s short, but important and you probably haven’t heard about it in the Mainstream News:
“The per person Medicare Insurance Premium will increase from the present Monthly Fee of $96.40, rising to:

$104.20 in 2012
$120.20 in 2013        And

$247.00 in 2014.”

These are Provisions incorporated in the Obamacare Legislation, purposely delayed so as not to confuse the 2012 Re-Election Campaigns. Send this to all Seniors that you know, so they will know who’s throwing them under the bus.

Peggy Riehle
Internal Representative
Network Contracting – 205-220-6778

CBS on Mitt Romney – Ready for a big Shock?

The woman in this video is Gayle King – Oprah’s best friend. Could this be payback time from the Oprah family for having been thrown under the bus by Obama, the same Obama who never would have seen the light of a presidential day without her support in 2008?

This video is one of the most positive pieces of information I’ve seen on Mitt Romney, and surprisingly it’s on CBS. This is a sharp departure from the very biased reporting from all the major news networks. There will be a very short commercial at the beginning of the clip, but the wait will be well worth it.

Click this link “Doing Business the Mormon Way” – CBS News Video. You will get perhaps your first glimpse of a change in the thinking of the CBS News team … this is the most positive segment that CBS has ever had on an opponent of Barack Obama