Talk:Barack Obama

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Does anyone think the foreign policy section is too long?[edit]

I find it well-written and carefully sifted through personally. - Informant16 14 May 2018

This page is for improvements in the article, not personal opinion. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:46, 9 November 2018 (UTC)

No link to the United States[edit]

Hi, is it intended that there does not exist a single direct link to the wikipedia page of the US? If not, could we add one? FS100 (talk) 11:33, 14 October 2018 (UTC)

It's probably intentional per a guidance called MOS:OVERLINK. Basically, we expect readers of this article to now about US already. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 21:45, 14 October 2018 (UTC)
Nah, more likely a simple error, we don't "expect" or "assume" that. Anyway there be a link now. Vsmith (talk) 01:55, 15 October 2018 (UTC)
"Unless a term is particularly relevant to the context in the article, the following are not usually linked:... The names of subjects with which most readers will be at least somewhat familiar..." It sounds to me like we do, but either works. And one can of course argue that the US is particularly relevant to this article. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 06:52, 15 October 2018 (UTC)

No mention of death of Justice Scalia, nomination of Merrick Garland[edit]

It seems strange to me that there is no mention of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dying in Feb. 2016, Mitch McConnell announcing the same day that Senate Republicans would not consider any Obama nominee to replace Scalia, or Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland about a month later. It seems to me a mention of the events, with at least a link to the Merrick Garland page, would be appropriate. Virago2 (talk) 22:41, 30 October 2018 (UTC)

I have no opinion on if it should be in this article, but I see it's mentioned in Presidency of Barack Obama. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 18:30, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
And that's where it belongs. Neither the death of someone else, nor Republicans being political bastards, are biographical information about Obama. HiLo48 (talk) 02:32, 6 November 2018 (UTC)


Please restore the direct hatnote link to his father, as it was before this edit. (talk) 01:51, 8 November 2018 (UTC)

 Question: Hey MZMcBride could you help and explained why you tweaked the hatnote? ♪♫Alucard 16♫♪ 15:58, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
Hi. Hatnotes should generally be pretty short, in my opinion. I don't think there's any need to link to his father in such a prominent place. Very few people searching for "Barack Obama" are looking for Barack Obama Sr. If they are, they can click one of the two disambiguation links we provide. --MZMcBride (talk) 06:50, 9 November 2018 (UTC)