Last updated on: 9/22/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Barack Obama, JD Biography

Title:
44th President of the United States
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“We reiterate the urgent need for a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians‚Ķ I continue to believe that a two-state solution is absolutely vital for not only peace between Israelis and Palestinians, but for the long-term security of Israel as a democratic and Jewish state.”

“Remarks by President Obama in Press Conference after GCC Summit,” www.whitehouse.gov, May 14, 2015

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 44th President of the United States, Jan. 20, 2009 – present
  • US Senator (D-IL), 2005 – Nov. 16, 2008
  • Honorary JD, University of Massachusetts at Boston, 2006
  • Best Spoken Word Album, Grammy Award, 2006
  • Chairman’s Award, National NAACP, 2005
  • 100 most influential people in the world, Time Magazine, 2005
  • 10 people who will change the world, New Statesman, 2005
  • Honorary Doctorate, Knox College, 2005
  • Harold Blake Walker Award, Christopher House, 2005
  • Rock the Nation Award, Rock the Vote, 2005
  • Democratic Senator, Illinois State Senate, 1996-2004
  • Senior Lecturer, Constitutional Law, University of Chicago Law School
  • Former Editor, Harvard Law Review
  • Outstanding Legislator Award, Campaign for Better Health Care and Illinois Primary Health Care Association, 1998
  • Best Freshman Legislator Award, Independent Voters of Illinois, 1997
  • Monarch Award for Outstanding Public Service, 1994
  • 40 Under 40 Award, Crain’s Chicago Business, 1993
Education:
  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1991
  • BA, Political Science, Columbia University, 1983
Other:
  • Missed 303 votes (46%) during the current (110th) Congress and missed 314 of 1,299 votes (24%) since Jan. 6, 2005 (as of Oct. 9, 2008)
  • Barack Obama attended Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, the United Church of Christ’s largest congregation. At a May 31, 2008 press conference in Aberdeen, SD, Obama announced that he and his wife were “withdrawing as members of Trinity” because of “offensive statements” by church leadership including Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Quoted in:
  1. Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?
  2. Should Jerusalem Be the Undivided Capital of Israel?