Last updated on: 2/19/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Barack Obama, JD Biography

Title:
44th US President
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“As a father and an avid sports fan, I understand the dangers that performance enhancing drugs pose for athletes, as well as the teenagers who seek to emulate them, not to mention the effect that these drugs have on the integrity of sports. As president, I would use the bully pulpit of my office to warn Americans about the dangers of performance enhancing drugs, and I would put greater resources into enforcement of existing drug laws. I would also convene a summit of the commissioners of the professional sports leagues, as well as university presidents, to explore options for decreasing the use of these drugs.”

David Jackson, Kathy Kiely and Jill Lawrence, “Where the Candidates Stand on Sports Issues,” USA Today, May 9, 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports. 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 performance enhancing drugs and sports.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 44th US US President, Jan. 20, 2009-Jan. 2017
  • US Senator (D-IL), 2005-2009
  • Democratic Party Nominee for United States President, 2008
  • Member, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
  • Member, Foreign Relations Committee
  • Member, Veterans’ Affairs Committee
  • Member, Environment and Public Works Committee, 2005-2006
  • Member, Illinois State Senate, 1997-2004
  • Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School, 1996-2004
  • Attorney, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 1993-2004
  • Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School, 1992-1996
  • Community Organizer, Chicago, 1985
Education:
  • JD, Harvard University, 1991
  • BA, Political Science, Columbia University, 1983
Other:
  • Born on Aug. 4, 1961 in Honolulu, HI
Quoted in:
  1. Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?
  2. Should the US Congress Be Involved in Setting Drug Policies for Professional Sports?