More on Barack Obama

Obama-Xi talks underscore US war threat in Asia

By Patrick Kelly, 13 November 2014

New military “confidence-building mechanisms” resolve none of the issues underlying Washington’s confrontation of China.

ASEAN summit opens in Myanmar

By Joseph Santolan, 13 November 2014

The summit’s first day was marked by an avoidance of the question of the South China Sea.

Obama doubles US troop strength in Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 8 November 2014

Obama made the announcement three days after an election in which there was virtually no discussion of the war in Syria and Iraq.

Obama in Detroit

By Andre Damon, 3 November 2014

The empty and cynical character of the election was epitomized by President Barack Obama’s campaign appearance Saturday in Detroit.

Proposals to further restrict access to White House follow security breach

By Barry Grey, 24 September 2014

Relatives say the White House intruder, Iraq war veteran Omar Jose Gonzalez, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and needs to be treated rather than dealt with as a criminal.

Obama stimulus plan to include major corporate tax cuts

By Jerry White, 6 January 2009

US president-elect Barack Obama announced on Monday that he favors an economic “stimulus” plan of about $775 billion, a large proportion of which will consist in corporate tax cuts.

Buyer beware! Obama named “Marketer of the Year”

By Tom Eley, 6 December 2008

About three weeks before he won the general election, President-elect Barack Obama was delivered a different sort of distinction—from the advertising world. Obama was named “Advertising Age’s marketer of the year for 2008.” The annual award is voted upon by hundreds of advertising executives and marketers at the annual Association of National Advertisers conference, entitled “Masters of Marketing.”

Obama’s attorney general pick and the illusion of change

20 November 2008

The reported choice of Eric Holder as attorney general is another indication that, far from fleshing out the vague promises of “change” that dominated the election campaign, the transition to the Obama presidency is laying the foundations for the continuation of many of the criminal and reactionary policies of the past eight years.

As Democrats seek to dampen popular expectations

Obama administration begins to take shape

By Tom Eley, 7 November 2008

Three days after Barack Obama’s election victory, the initial moves by the president-elect to prepare his administration already show that his policies will be determined not by popular expectations, but by the domestic and foreign policy interests of the American financial and corporate elite.

Obama begins to “lower expectations” for a Democratic White House

By Patrick Martin, 1 November 2008

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has begun to back away from his promises of social change, even before balloting concludes on Election Day next Tuesday.

Warnings of deep recession as US layoffs spread coast-to-coast

By Patrick O’Connor, 27 October 2008

Mass layoffs in the United States have spread from the financial sector and automobiles to virtually every sector of the economy. But the response of the political establishment, including Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is to rule out any new programs to create jobs.

The New York Times’ endorsement of Obama

25 October 2008

The lineup of major newspapers behind Obama culminated in Friday’s endorsement by the New York Times, the leading US newspaper and the principal voice of the liberal wing of the American political establishment.

The economic crisis and war

24 October 2008

While the world’s attention has been focused on the global economic crisis, the United States has continued to prosecute its neo-colonial war in Iraq and has expanded its military violence in Afghanistan and the adjoining border regions of Pakistan. Early Thursday morning, a US drone fired four missiles into a religious school, or madrassa, in a tribal area of Pakistan’s North Waziristan, killing 11 people, according to Agence France-Presse. It was the latest in a series of US strikes into Pakistan, including at least one commando raid by Special Forces ground troops, launched since the beginning of September.

Letters on “In defense of Bill Ayers,” and a reply by David Walsh

23 October 2008

These letters were sent to the World Socialist Web Site in response to the article, "In Defense of Bill Ayers". The first letter is followed by a reply from David Walsh.

Biden’s chilling remarks at fundraiser

What “incredibly tough” foreign policy actions is Obama preparing?

By Patrick Martin, 22 October 2008

In remarks made over the weekend in Seattle, Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph Biden warned that Barack Obama, if elected president, would be compelled to take deeply unpopular actions in both domestic and foreign policy within months of taking office.

Colin Powell endorses Obama

Growing ruling class consensus behind Democratic candidate

By Barry Grey, 20 October 2008

Retired Gen. Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama on Sunday was the most politically significant of a series of recent statements by influential voices in the American ruling elite calling for the Democratic presidential candidate's election on November 4.

The Washington Post endorses Obama

By Alex Lantier, 18 October 2008

The Washington Post endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama yesterday. Such an endorsement—by the second-most influential liberal paper, headquartered in the nation's capital, and which obtained widespread support for uncovering the Nixon administration's role in the Watergate affair—carries immense weight in the US political establishment.

US Republicans target ACORN: the great “voter fraud” fraud

By Tom Eley, 18 October 2008

A community activist group called ACORN has become a lightning rod for Republican attacks on voting rights as the US presidential election approaches.

Obama floats economic plan: tax breaks and austerity

Bill Van Auken and Socialist Equality Party candidate for vice president, 15 October 2008

On the eve of the Bush administration’s announcement that is injecting another $250 billion into the banks, Barack Obama unveiled his “rescue plan for the middle class.”

The revolutionary implications of the decline of American capitalism—Part 2

By Barry Grey, 14 October 2008

Today we are posting the concluding part of the report delivered by WSWS National Editor Barry Grey to the Founding Congress of the Socialist Equality Party on August 9, 2008. The first part was posted on October 13.

McCain-Palin campaign’s attacks on Obama: a whiff of fascism

Bill Van Auken (Socialist Equality Party candidate for vice president), 10 October 2008

Faced with dwindling poll numbers and an increasingly hostile political environment created by the economy's dizzying downward spiral, the Republican campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin has responded with a virulently right-wing appeal directed to the most politically backward layers in America.

Second US presidential debate

Obama, McCain offer platitudes in the face of an economic disaster

By Patrick Martin, 9 October 2008

The second presidential election debate between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain was an exercise in political deception, as both candidates sought to evade the implications of the US and world financial crisis.

US House backs Wall Street bailout

Democrats credit Obama with shifting vote

By Bill Van Auken, 4 October 2008

In its second vote in five days, the US House of Representatives approved a massive bailout package for the major banks and finance houses. The legislation, passed by a vote of 263 to 171 Friday afternoon, gives US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson virtually unrestricted powers to use at least $700 billion to buy up largely worthless paper assets from Wall Street using taxpayers' money.

The Obama-McCain debate: Right-wing politicians agree on bailout and militarism

By Patrick Martin, 29 September 2008

Friday night’s presidential election debate between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain demonstrated that there is no choice in the 2008 presidential election within the confines of the official two-party system.

Democrats push for quick adoption of Bush plan to bail out Wall Street

By Barry Grey, 26 September 2008

The turn of events at the White House summit announced Wednesday night by President Bush and held Thursday to press for bipartisan agreement on his plan for a bailout of Wall Street has underscored the cynical and reactionary role being played by the Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Barack Obama.

Obama’s embrace of bailout wins favor on Wall Street

By Patrick Martin, 25 September 2008

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has seized upon the financial crisis to increase his support within the US financial elite by giving all-out backing to a federal bailout of Wall Street and providing assurances that an Obama administration will be a reliable and ruthless defender of corporate interests.

Obama says bailout will postpone spending plans

By Patrick Martin, 24 September 2008

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said that the $700 billion bailout of US financial institutions now moving through Congress would force a delay in additional spending by an incoming Democratic administration.

Obama demands deep cutbacks to pay for Wall Street bailout

By Bill Van Auken, 23 September 2008

As the Bush administration and Congress continued negotiations Monday on a trillion-dollar bailout package for Wall Street, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama delivered a speech in Green Bay, Wisconsin in which he promised to carry out sweeping cuts in government spending and impose strict fiscal discipline on the US government.

Obama’s response to financial meltdown: Deception and subservience to Wall Street

Bill Van Auken and SEP vice presidential candidate, 19 September 2008

As hundreds of millions of people in the US and around the world confront the onset of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, with all of its implications for their jobs, livelihoods and the future of their children, the Democratic Party and its presidential candidate Barack Obama have seized upon Wall Street’s implosion as a means of reinvigorating their faltering campaign.

National service forum at Columbia University

Obama calls for US military mobilization

By Patrick Martin, 13 September 2008

In remarks that clearly pointed toward the restoration of the military draft under an Obama administration, the Democratic candidate said Thursday night that his job as president would include demanding that the American people recognize an “obligation” for military service. “If we are going into war, then all of us go, not just some,” Senator Barack Obama declared.

Obama and McCain on 9/11: “unity” in support of war and repression

By Bill Van Auken, 12 September 2008

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his Republican rival John McCain walked side by side down the ramp into the pit where the World Trade Center once stood Tuesday in what was promoted as a demonstration of national unity on the seventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Obama denounces Bush for sending too few troops to Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 11 September 2008

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama blasted as too little and too late the decision announced by President Bush Tuesday to withdraw 8,000 US troops from Iraq and divert combat units to Afghanistan.

Political dissent as terrorism: “Minnesota Patriot Act” charges filed against RNC Eight

By Tom Eley, 11 September 2008

The charges of terrorism leveled against the eight youth who had sought to organize protests and civil disobedience against the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Minnesota last week sound an alarm that political opposition in the US is on its way toward being criminalized.

Letters from our readers

11 September 2008

The following is a selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site.

Obama’s abbreviated Labor Day in Detroit: A sop to the bureaucracy

By Tom Eley, 3 September 2008

On Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama made a campaign stop at Detroit’s annual Labor Day parade. The event took place in Hart Plaza, and drew about 10,000 people, along with about an equal number who waited outside and watched Obama’s speech on a large projection screen.