Barack Obama's CV
[Barack Obama didn't need my help in writing his résumé, but I'd like to think that my version of it swayed a few votes his way. I'm really proud of this piece. It made me feel like I had done my part, especially since it got so many views. With any luck, Obama won't let us down and we'll be able to add a considerable number of accomplishments to his CV before the 2012 campaign. ;)]
Objective: Continue long record of public service in the interest of working people and the middle class by serving as President of the United States of America
- As Director at the age of 24, grew annual budget of church-based Developing Communities Project in Chicago from $70,000 to $400,000, leveraging resources to launch college prep program, tenants' rights program, and job training program in economically distressed area
- Became first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review based on high grades and writing skills
- Graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School
- Authored two critically acclaimed books
- Directed Illinois Project Vote team to register 150,000 voters
- Taught Constitutional Law at University of Chicago Law School for 12 years
- Civil rights lawyer for 11 years
- Founding member of Public Allies
- Served on boards of several community service-oriented non-profits, each of which made numerous contributions to improved quality of life in Chicago and Illinois
- Served as Illinois state senator, sponsoring legislation to lower taxes for low-income workers and forming bi-partisan coalitions to reform ethics and health care laws; supported Governor Ryan in cracking down on predatory lending to reduce home foreclosures.
- As U.S. senator, sponsored legislation to increase nuclear safety and to increase transparency in awarding of federal contracts.
- Defeated one of most powerful political machines in the United States (the Clinton machine) with grassroots campaign to gain Democratic Party nomination for the presidency
- resisting temptation to earn big money in order to serve public
- rallying people to do their best, as clearly proved by unmitigated success in every endeavor undertaken throughout professional career
- multitasking to produce superhuman quantities of high-quality work (being a successful lawyer, professor, community activist, legislator, and author simultaneously)
- taking the high road even in the low-down business of politics, never stooping to personal attacks even when being dragged through mud by opponents
- speaking truth to power and not backing down from controversial positions
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