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buzzfeed.com — Senator Barack Obama campaigned loudly to put a stop to no-bid government contracts in 2008 and blasted the Bush Administration for giving "sweetheart deals" to companies like Halliburton. As President, the Obama administration has failed to end such contracts and even awarded a $433-million no bid contract for a smallpox vaccine to a company largely owned by longtime Democratic donor.
buzzfeed.com — The mailings went out across Ohio during the heated 2008 primary, and hit Clinton for the individual mandate and penalzing those who don't buy health insurance. Hillary Clinton said the mailing was a lie and seemed "almost if the insurance companies or the Republicans wrote it."
buzzfeed.com — The Democratic Conventions ends the day before jobs numbers for August will be released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a scenario that is high risk-high reward for President Obama. In 2004, then State Senator Obama dismissed a better than expected jobs report for the Bush Administration.
buzzfeed.com — In 1990 Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. This video from 1991, shot for TBS black history minute features the young Obama telling the audience about Charles Hamilton Houston. Following Obama's graduation from Harvard Law he moved back to Chicago where he worked as community organizer and civil rights attorney.
buzzfeed.com — In 2008 candidate Obama promised to annually raise the minimum wage. But the federal minimum wage, controlled by Congress, today remains at $7.25 an hour, the same rate it has been since January of 2009 when the last round of wage increases signed into law by George Bush went into effect.
buzzfeed.com — It was Barack Obama's first real introduction into the ruthless nature of Chicago-style politics. In a race what would be the first major disappointment of Barack Obama's young political career, one glaring political blunder helped define his campaign. The 38-year-old State Senator was relatively unknown in Chicago's 1st Congressional district, where he was campaigning against incumbent Bobby Rush, a local icon.
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buzzfeed.com — President Obama often fends off attacks he cut Medicare to pay for ObamaCare. But in 2008, Obama was himself attacking John McCain on parallen terrain, saying his plan cut 800 billion dollars from Medicare to pay for his health care reform plan.
buzzfeed.com — "Gas Station For Obama" Prices Are Up 62 Cents From 2008: The Obama-themed gas station starred in the Obama campaign's web video i...
buzzfeed.com — The video is on his official Barack Obama YouTube channel. He delivered the line in 2008, countering warnings from the National Rifle Association.
buzzfeed.com — Politics At Harvard, Obama Dived Into Diversity Fight In this video, not previously available online but licensed by BuzzFeed from a Boston television station, the future president speaks at a 1990 campus protest organized to demand tenure for minority and female law professors .
buzzfeed.com — The President three times said he would help retool the GM plant to re-open, and also commented on the announcement the plant was closing.
buzzfeed.com — The August jobs report released this morningshowed the economy gaining a disappointing 96,000 jobs. While running for Senate in 2004, then state senator Obama twice dismissed and criticized a Bush jobs reporting showing a gain of over 300,000 jobs.
buzzfeed.com — Romney said he would be "delighted" to sign the bill banning all abortions in a hypothetical situation where it was the "consensus" of the entire country. Romney says we wants t...
buzzfeed.com — The President hit Mitt Romney for flip-flopping today on the campaign trail in Iowa saying you can look at videotape of his past positions and not see flip-flops. The President, however, has engaged in his own of political gymnastics as well.
buzzfeed.com — A Justice Department memo that surfaced this week providing legal justification for the Obama administration's use of drone strikes against American citizens suspected of plotting terrorist attacks stands in stark contrast with the platform Barack Obama ran on in 2008 - and the civil liberties he championed as a young, liberal State Senator in Illinois.
buzzfeed.com — President Barack Obama nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell, a one-time Clinton deputy-OMB director and current president on the Walmart foundation, to be his next budget chief Monday. But it was not long ago Obama was using ties to Walmart as a wedge issue attacking Hillary Clinton's service on the board of directors of the world's largest retailer.
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