April 3rd, 2010
02:19 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama's Census form – signed, sealed, delivered

President Obama checked the box labeled 'Black, African Am., or Negro' on his Census form.
President Obama checked the box labeled 'Black, African Am., or Negro' on his Census form.

Washington (CNN) – President Obama last week urged Americans to fill out their Census forms and, as a way of setting an example for the rest of the country, he filled one out himself.

The White House press office even released a photo of the President filling out the ten-question form in the Oval Office.

And in completing the form, President Obama made official what we have long known: He is the nation's first African-American president.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday that the President checked the box labeled "Black, African Am., or Negro" when asked his race.

Like many Americans, Obama – the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas – could have selected multiple races, but there is no check box for Americans that consider themselves multi-racial.

The Census first started collecting data on race in 1790, and according to the Census bureau, the question "is key to implementing many federal laws and is needed to monitor compliance with the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act."


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  1. Ken

    Barry has declared war on the remaining American Tax Payers. He is on record consistently stating his disdain and disrespect for the Constitution that he has sworn to “Defend”. His policies demonstrate that he has no respect for the laws of the United States that have created the single beacon of freedom and hope in the world. His vision of “re-making” America includes the destruction of personal property rights, the destruction of incentive to perform and achieve, the destruction of privacy from government, the destruction of accountability, the destruction of our currency and personal wealth through un-checked federal spending, and the centralizing of power into the Government. The world has seen this many times before. It always ends with an increase in human misery.

    April 3, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. Wrong Role Model

    In a situation where the President could have races together and stood up for my children, who have been told they are not black enough or not white enough, he choose to once again separate vice unite. like it or not, he is not black, he is not white, he is multi-racial and should not be shamed of it

    April 3, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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