Obama said he was a community organizer and activist for the Catholic church
President Barack Obama was hired by the Catholic Church in Chicago as a community organizer in 1985. It was for their Developing Communities Project. He was paid $10,000 a year.
President Barack Obama is pictured above to the right. To the left is Pope Francis. They met for the first time on March 26th, 2014.
According to the church, Obama's job in 1985 was to organize "the people living in the South Side to take back their neighborhoods from unsafe streets, poor living conditions, and political neglect."
President Bill Clinton said Obama is "a typical Chicago thug."
In 2008. President Bill Clinton's wife, Hillary, ran against Obama for President in the Democratic primaries. Obama was elected President in November 2008.
President Barack Obama said he worked as a community organizer with the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago with money from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
Obama "soon understood the chain of command and who had influence in individual parishes", said Gregory Galluzzo, his mentor. Galluzzo is a former Jesuit priest who has retired.
"It was not politically advantageous to be in a Catholic church” if one was a black person and interested in politics said Galluzzo.
“That’s the way (Mayor Richard) Daley worked,” Galluzzo said. “He was in some ways a great community organizer. His hands were not on any one thing. His hands were on everything.”
Archbishop Gregory said Obama was "a persuasive man".
Archbishop Gregory of Atlanta
President Obama entered Harvard in 1988.
Cynthia Norris, then the director of the Chicago Archdiocese’s Black Catholics' office, wrote the President a Harvard Law School recommendation.
President Obama (left) with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Jan. 19th, 2012.
Pope Benedict said Obama was “attentive and ready to listen. The President (Obama) explicitly expressed his commitment to reducing the numbers of abortions and to listen to the church’s concerns on moral issues".
The President gave the Pope a liturgical stole that had been on the remains of St. John Neumann, the first U.S. male citizen to be proclaimed a Saint.
Here are four receipts involving President Obama's work for the Catholic Church in 1986.