Barack Benefits

Could actress Jeri Ryan be one of the reasons Barack Obama is weeks away from possibly becoming America's next president?

Pregnant and happy with her new man, running against Obama miles awayYes, actually!

It was Jeri Ryan's husband, Jack, who was running for Senate in 2004 against Barack Obama in Illinois.

Jack Ryan was a formidable candidate, but a sex scandal involving his wife Jeri would derail his Senatorial dreams and illuminate those of Obama.

It was late in the campaign and the Republicans had no one set to run against Obama after his history-making speech at the Democratic National Convention. The Republicans would eventually run Alan Keys, who lost to Obama in a landslide.

Jeri Ryan divorced her husband in 1999 because of numerous reasons, but the foremost was the way he alledgedly treated her. It was said that the Senator-wanna-be took his wife to sex clubs across the world and forced her to perform acts while he watched. Ryan has denied ever taking part in these activities.

Eventually, Jeri would grow tired of this lifestyle and break free. But it was when a reporter sued to have the files of their custody hearing in Illinois that the news broke about their supposed sex club adventures and Jack's candidacy was buried - even five years later.

Could he have beaten Barack Obama? It is hard to say. He never got the chance.

But what is clear is that Senator Obama could not have even attempted to run for president if he had a more measured foe in his 2004 Senate run. Thanks to actress Jeri Ryan and her custody battle, Obama was a shoe-in. Well, thanks to that reporter.

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Comments on "How the Jeri Ryan scandal gives us Barack Obama"

Jadee August 29, 2010 | 8:10 PM

So again, we have it! Some "F"ing perv has to inflict his sickness on everyone around him, walk among us and pretending to be a human capable of a leadership position.... a REPUBLICAN RIGHT WING, yet... No "F"ing wonder I'm an embarrassed Republican watching one more "Christian" right winger be a total loser and liar. You know, Jesus did walk the walk and many of us do too. No drugs, and secrets for me... I'm a Republican. I DIDN'T vote for Obama, oppose a lot he has done, but still would rather have him than one more addict leading our country. He may be corrupt as hell, doing the same thing as Jack-O- Ryan there, but he has done some long over do good things as well, and I think he's clean of addictions and most mental illnesses.... I'd rather go down burning with the belief we have a fairly clean, just mafia corrupt President as our betrayer than the added bonus of the porn, perverse, fetish, reprobate child molesting, addict bull-s!*t shoved down my throat one more time as everything fades to black... All mine baby, say Whatever TF you want! (..and yes, I am guilty of the sin of profanity and exaggeration.)

JDA October 25, 2008 | 1:45 PM

Thanks for the comment, Seftiri! The sentiment remains the same, that regardless of when the problems for Jack Ryan happened, it was their coming into the public's consciousness that produced his exit from the 2004 campaign and thus, gave us Barack Obama. It's not Jeri we're thanking, per se, but she is at the heart of this entire story. Thanks again for your comment. It's so fantastic to hear from our readers!

seftiri October 21, 2008 | 10:38 AM

Please do a little fact checking before you print something like this. 1) "It seems the Senator-wanna-be took his wife to clubs across the world and forced her to perform acts while he watched." Jeri never participated in these acts. Jack allegedly took her to clubs and asked her to perform these acts but she refused every time. 2) "But it was in the custody hearing of their children in Illinois that the news broke about their club adventures and Jack’s candidacy was buried." Jack and Jeri Ryan had one child, a son, at the time of their divorce. Her second child is a product of her marriage to chef Christophe Eme. 3) "Thanks to actress Jeri Ryan and her custody battle, Obama was a shoe-in." The records that were released were sealed at the request of both Jeri and Jack Ryan. It was a reporter who sued to have them released and a judge who allowed it. Jeri and Jack both counter-sued to keep the records sealed but lost. The "thanks" should go to the judge and not to Jeri Ryan. Her divorce occurred in 1999, long before the 2004 campaign.

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