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Q&A: E-mail propaganda about Obama circulating again

Obama e-mail propaganda

I received some disturbing e-mail questioning just how Sen. Barack Obama, a man of such modest means, could afford to go to Harvard University. All these innuendos are creating fear about who helped Obama at that time and whether he will be an open ear to their causes once he's in the White House.

This e-mail has started making the rounds again. It uses questions, suppositions and conjecture with a large dose of conspiracy theory to conclude that Sen. Obama's education was paid for by foreign interests, and ends with the ominous implication that we must "beware the enemy from within."

Obama has addressed this question many times in the past two years. He says he took out student loans and had some scholarship money to pay the approximately $75,000 for his three years at Harvard.

His wife, Michelle, also a Harvard Law School graduate, has said the family didn't get out of debt until Obama wrote two bestselling books, The Audacity of Hope and Dreams from My Father. She said the monthly payments on their school debt was larger than their mortgage.

The Obamas reported income of almost $1.7-million in 2005, about $1-million in 2006 and about $4-million in 2007.

McCain statement out of context

I've heard that Sen. John McCain once said on television that he had bombed innocent women and children in Vietnam. Is that true?

No, that's a statement that was taken out of context and misrepresented. The quote came from a 60 Minutes interview in 1997 with Mike Wallace.

McCain was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967 and held as a prisoner of war for more than five years. While imprisoned, he signed a statement "confessing" that he was "guilty of war crimes against the Vietnamese people" and that he "intentionally bombed women and children."

He said he wrote the statement under the pain of torture and coercion.

Bottom of the class

Where did John McCain graduate in his class at the U.S. Naval Academy?

Sen. McCain, who has acknowledged in his book, Faith of My Fathers, that he "took a four-year course in insubordination" at the Naval Academy, ranked 894th out of 899 graduates in the class of 1958.

Ohio's crystal ball

Has a Republican ever lost Ohio and won the presidency?

Not since Abraham Lincoln in 1860.

Since 1904, Ohio has chosen the president correctly in 24 of 26 elections. Only Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1944 and John F. Kennedy in 1960 lost Ohio and won the presidency.

Q&A: E-mail propaganda about Obama circulating again 10/26/08 [Last modified: Monday, October 27, 2008 4:54pm]
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