Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Quick Biography of Barack Obama by Jeffrey Lewis

New York City comic book artist and antifolk songwriter/performer Jeffrey Lewis performs his "low budget video" about presidential candidate Barack Obama

With a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas,
Barack was born in the storms of our Honolulu Island.

From Jakarta to Hawaii to Columbia U. in New York,

where he studied International Relations and Political Science.

In the '80s, in his 20s, in Chicago, he did plenty,

working as director of Developing Communities.

He started job training programs and tenants' rights organizations,

where folks needed hope he helped at all opportunities.

After doing so much good for Chicago's poor neighborhoods,

Barack saw Europe and Kenya and learned the world is one home.

At Harvard Law School he was elected head of the Law Review,

and as its first black president he first became nationally known.

He kept fightin' for ya as a civil rights lawyer,
and at Chicago U. he taught Constitutional Law.

In the state legislature he worked on welfare and healthcare,

and he was elected to the US Senate in 2004.

As Senator, Barack opposed the wasteful war in Iraq,

he knows people need help more than big corporations.

What happens next is a guess, but I'm hoping that yes,

Barack Obama will become a great president of our nation.

That is all.
x Shivers

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