There are some arguments going around over whether the bill that Obama sponsored back in the Illinois State Senate really was a “Stand Your Ground” bill or not.
But it doesn’t really matter.
The bill, like the rest of Obama’s legislative history is fictional. It goes back to his Emil Jones deal in which his Senate prospects were boosted by giving him credit for cosponsoring a lot of legislation.
SHOMAN: President Jones was the godfather, and he likes that role. He relishes that role.
MALVEAUX: In 2002, Democrats took over the state senate. Jones, a former sewer inspector, was now the president of the Senate. Obama went to Jones with a proposal.
JONES: You have a lot of power. Tell me what kind of power I got, Barack. He said, you have the power to make a United States senator. I said, that sounds very interesting. I said, “If I got that kind of power, tell me anyone you know of that I could make a United States senator.”
And he said, “Me.”
HENDON: He owes it all. He owes everything to President Jones. I never let Barack forget that. And we shouldn’t let Barack forget that.
MALVEAUX: With help from on high, Obama got his name on hundreds of bills that he pushed through.
Jones appointed Obama sponsor of virtually every high-profile piece of legislation, angering many rank-and-file state legislators who had more seniority than Obama and had spent years championing the bills.
During his seventh and final year in the state Senate, Obama’s stats soared. He sponsored a whopping 26 bills passed into law — including many he now cites in his presidential campaign when attacked as inexperienced.
The date on the bill suggests that it was one of the Jones’ deal bills. Obama was signing off on the work of others and getting credit for it.