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« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2009, 08:04:55 pm »

Tony “the Fixer” Rezko

 

In 1990, Obama turns down a job offer from Antoin “Tony” Rezko’s low-income housing development company. This may have been one of Obama’s first contacts with Tony “the fixer” Rezko. Rezko, born in Aleppo, Syria, maintains varied contacts with Obama until he is convicted and jailed in 2008. It is not known for certain how Obama first connected with Rezko. Ayers, Obama, and Rezko have all dealt with the Broadway Bank in Chicago, run by the mob-tied Giannoulias family, and it may have been Ayers or a Giannoulias family member who brought Obama’s name to the attention of Rezko. That first Obama-Rezko contact may have been initiated by David Brint, a Rezko partner (along with Daniel Mahru). Rezko is alleged to have had ties with the Syrian Mukhabarat, or Shu’bat al-Mukhabarat al-’Askariyya (the Syrian Department of Military Intelligence). [48, 245, 558, 664, 1278]

 

 
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« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2009, 08:05:37 pm »

1991–1992

 

ACORN, Slum Housing, and “Dreams”

 

In 1991, Obama receives his law degree from Harvard Law School. He returns to Chicago, where he is named the Illinois head of Project Vote” (an affiliate of ACORN, a group now infamous for its involvement in voter registration fraud) to help increase the number of black voters. Project Vote is required to remain non-partisan to retain its tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code (IRS code), but it adds an estimated 125,000 new voters in Illinois in 1992, mostly Democrats, to help an inordinately unqualified Carol Moseley Braun win a U.S. Senate seat. [45, 55, 240, 283]

            In 1991, Michelle Robinson is hired by Valerie Jarrett to work as a mayoral assistant at a generous salary of $60,000 per year. (Jarrett is later rumored to be first choice for chief of staff in an Obama Administration.) Jarrett was born in Iran in 1956, to American parents, while her father was working there on the staff of the Nemazee Hospital. It is said that Obama makes few major decisions without referring to Jarrett. After Jarrett interviews Robinson, Obama joins them for dinner—where Robinson tells her, “My fiancÚ wants to know who is going to be looking out for me and making sure that I thrive.” The dinner meeting with Jarrett introduces Obama to the inner circle of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Chicago politics. Michelle Robinson is already familiar with the Chicago “machine.” Her father is a precinct captain and is employed by the city’s incredibly corrupt water department. (The owners of a surprising number of buildings in Chicago never pay any water bills or property taxes. With a wink and a nod, and bribes to the right city officials, the buildings are eventually put up for sale for payment of unpaid bills. They are then re-purchased by the same owner, under a new company’s name. The process is repeated ad infinitum. While the bills go unpaid, the city does not bother shutting off the water service. Many buildings in the city do not even have water meters. Employees of the Water Department who are not corrupt have likely witnessed some of its corruption.) [245, 246, 352, 664, 1278, 1363]

            Soon after Michelle Robinson is hired as a mayoral assistant, Jarrett is transferred from the Chicago Transit Authority’s Citizen Advisory Committee to run a new Department of Planning and Development. Michelle Robinson follows Jarrett, serving as a “troubleshooter.” [1278]

            Valerie Jarrett is the daughter-in-law of the late Vernon Jarrett. Vernon Jarrett was a friend of Frank Marshall Davis, with whom he worked at the Chicago Defender, a leftist newspaper that advocated the radicalism of the Communist Party. Vernon Jarrett later became the Chicago Tribune’s first black syndicated columnist and was a strong supporter of Chicago’s black mayor Harold Washington, who had defeated the Daley machine’s candidate with the help of Chicago’s Communist Party and the Democratic Socialists of America. (Jarrett later moved to the Chicago Sun-Times and eventually became a member of its editorial board.) Valerie Jarrett is CEO of Habitat Company, a company that managed Grove Parc Plaza, a 504-unit housing project in Chicago that fell into disrepair and is famous for its atrocious living conditions, such as collapsed roofs, unrepaired fire damage, rodent infestations, and backed up sewage. (Another even larger of Chicago’s subsidized housing complexes managed by Jarrett’s company was seized by the federal government in 2006 after widespread problems were identified.) While Jarrett was CEO of Habitat, she also served as Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s planning commissioner. Daley also names Michelle Obama to the Chicago Landmark Commission. [478, 479, 480, 545, 664, 832, 1660]

            On December 17, 1991, Obama is admitted to the Illinois Bar, enabling him to practice law. He lies at least three times on his application, failing to disclose that he had previously used other names (“Barry Soetoro,” and perhaps “Barry Dunham”), neglecting to disclose his record of drug use, and failing to disclose his approximate $400 in outstanding parking fines. [345]

            One of Obama’s tasks at ACORN, where he works with Madeline Talbott, is teaching community activists how to use “direct action” and be more forceful in demanding change. The “in your face” style preached by Obama is used by activists to stage sit-ins and demonstrations at banks to garner publicity and support for more bank loans for (sometimes unqualified) poor people. (ACORN stages a two-day sit-in at the House Banking Committee room in1991.) ACORN tactics include picketing at the homes of bank executives and calling them racists for not lending to the poor. Among the banks targeted by Talbott and Obama is Chicago’s Bell Federal Savings (which no longer exists). The Chicago Tribune, in September of 1992, refers to the ACORN agenda as “affirmative action lending.” (The federal government later pushes banks to lower lending standards even more in an effort to help more people become homeowners. Critics refer to those mortgages as “Ninja” loans, for “No Income, No Job, or Assets,” or “liar’s loans,” because the bank takes the applicant’s word for his stated income, assets, and job stability without substantial verification. Fannie Mae buys up more and more of those risky loans to keep the process going.) [225, 227, 491, 836]

            In October of 1992, Obama marries Michelle LaVaughan Robinson. The ceremony is performed by Reverend Jeremiah Wright, at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. [329]

            Obama plans his first book, Dreams From My Father. Using literary agent Jane Dystel, he receives a $125,000 advance from publisher Simon and Shuster’s Poseidon Press imprint but fails to write the book (which is supposed to be about race relations, not an autobiography). Obama uses some of the cash advance to travel with his wife to Bali, in Indonesia, to gain the “peace and quite” to write, but he produces no manuscript. The contract is canceled by the publisher, and Obama is asked to return part of the advance payment he received. (The amount Obama was made to return is not known.) Obama returns to Chicago and signs a new contract (with Times Book, a Random House Division) for $40,000, and finally delivers a completed manuscript. It is believed by some that Dreams From My Father was at least partly ghost-written by Obama’s close friend, William Ayers, based on the similarities of Ayers’ writing style and the style of the Obama book, the fact that Obama’s only previous public writings were atrocious poetry he had written in college and one article in the Harvard Law Review promoting abortion, and Obama’s frequent difficulties speaking coherently when not reading from a script or off a teleprompter. Some also argue that the later audio version of Dreams From My Father, recorded by Obama, comes across as unnatural, as though the words are not entirely his. (In January of 2009, an anti-war article written by Obama in 1983 is discovered. Its many errors and poor writing quality lend credence to the argument that Obama had considerable help with Dreams From My Father.) [57, 58, 224, 250, 812]

            It is unclear how Obama managed to obtain an unbelievable $125,000 advance for his book, when he had no writing experience and the publisher certainly had no guarantee of high-volume book sales of an autobiography written by a 31-year-old no one had ever heard of. The $40,000 advance from the second publisher is also remarkable, especially if it was aware of the previous unfulfilled $125,000 contract. (It must be assumed that Obama and his agent neglected to provide that information.) An advance of $5,000–$10,000 for an unknown is not uncommon today, and would have been more than generous in 1992. It may be that Obama’s Harvard “benefactor” also worked his magic in publishing circles. (Dreams From My Father sells only a few thousand copies when first published in 1995 and the publisher loses money on the printing.) [1275, 1276]

            In 1992, Obama helps found Public Allies, a voluntary public service organization (modeled after Alinsky’s AIF) that recruits youths to perform public service—while they are indoctrinated in socialist ideology. Obama’s wife Michelle becomes the group’s Executive Director in 1993. The program is the model for candidate Obama’s Universal Voluntary Public Service program, which he stealthily promotes as an expansion of Kennedy’s Peace Corps. Hillary Clinton hosted a reception for Public Allies at the White House Rose Garden in 1993; thus, it appears Michelle Obama may have met Hillary Clinton years earlier than most would have believed. [51, 52, 461, 2347]

            Obama is hired by Miner, Banhill and Galland, a law firm which specializes in negotiating government contracts to develop low-income housing, and which deals with Tony Rezko’s firm Rezar. Obama’s specific duties at the law firm are not known. (He refuses to provide a list of his clients.) Obama is also a law lecturer at the University of Chicago during these years, but is believed to have never published even a single work of legal scholarship. (No Obama documents appear in the HeinOnline database of law journals.) Obama likely remained on the payroll of the Miner law firm until his 2004 Senate campaign, although his law license became inactive in 2002. He works only during the summers after 1996. It is believed that Obama never tried a case in court; he instead worked on teams with other lawyers to draw up briefs and contracts. (Arguably, Obama never tried a case because he is perhaps unable to think on his feet… as is required in a trial setting. There is no teleprompter between the lawyer and the jury, and attorneys need skills beyond reading or memorizing stump speeches, sound bites, and talking points.) [42, 53, 245, 324, 345, 420, 2500, 2501]

            There is some dispute over whether Obama is a lecturer, senior lecturer, or constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago. It appears he was a lecturer (1992–1996) and senior lecturer (1996–2004), an adjunct or part-time appointment. Although constitutional law was the subject he allegedly taught, he was not a full law professor. Obama appears never to have published any law articles, reviews, opinions, or scholarly writings that are expected of faculty members. Obama was not a tenured professor and shied away from friendships with others on the staff—except for Cass Sunstein, who later becomes an advisor and who believes animals should be allowed to file lawsuits. (Strangely, the alleged constitutional law professor Obama does not seek a spot on the Senate Judiciary Committee when he later becomes a U.S. Senator.) [819, 1311, 2500, 2501, 2510]

            The law firm’s Judson Miner had been a classmate of Bernardine Dohrn at the University of Chicago Law School in the late 1960s, when both were involved in anti-war activity. Miner had also been counsel to Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, and former Illinois Senator Carol Moseley Braun had worked briefly at the firm. Mr. Allison Davis, co-founder of the firm, later became a wealthy Chicago land developer, with ties to Tony Rezko and Valerie Jarrett. [345]

            Allison Davis has 51 per cent ownership in several Chicago real estate development businesses. Because he is black, his ownership allows him to take advantage of laws favoring minority ownership. Davis is, however, a multimillionaire with no need for special minority treatment, and is thus merely taking advantage of rules meant to help disadvantaged others. As a state senator, Obama steers millions in state development money to firms owned by Rezko and Davis. Some of the housing developments built by Davis are managed by a company owned by his son, Cullen Davis. Robert Vanecko—a nephew of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley—owns 49 per cent of DV Urban Realty Partners, a pension investment company, and Davis owns 51 per cent. Allison Davis has donated more than $400,000 to dozens of political campaigns; top beneficiaries include Obama, Daley, and Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Vanecko, along with the Mayor’s son Patrick, held hidden ownership in Municipal Sewer Services, which performed work for the City of Chicago. DV Urban Realty, which received $68 million from five city pension funds, is under investigation. [664, 842 p. 133; 1998]

            Judson Miner later says of Obama’s work at his law firm, “The ‘game of law’ irritated (Obama) more than fascinated him. There are people who just like the game. Barack didn’t like the game.” Former Miner partner Allison Davis states that Obama “…spent a lot of time working on his book (Dreams From My Father).  Some of my partners weren’t happy with that, Barack sitting there with his keyboard on his lap and his feet up on the desk writing the book.” [1607]

 

 

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« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2009, 08:06:19 pm »

1993 – 1996

 

The Foundations and William Ayers

 

In 1993, Obama is placed on the board of the Woods Fund by William Ayers. In his first year on the board, Obama votes to approve a $1 million payment to the Neighborhood Rejuvenation Partners, a partnership run by Allison Davis. Davis is the founder of the law firm where Obama works (Miner, Banhill and Galland). [259, 297, 664]

            During 1993, Obama also runs leadership-training sessions on the subject of “power” for ACORN leaders (and continues to do so until at least 2003). Obama also helps train the staff of high-ranking ACORN leader Madeline Talbott, who promotes intimidating and often-illegal direct action protest techniques; Obama is a “fellow traveler.” (Talbott is arrested in 1997 for leading an aggressive protest at the Chicago City Council.) [283, 836]

            Obama buys a townhouse in Chicago’s Hyde Park for $277,500 with a loan provided by Broadway Bank. Obama’s down payment is $110,000 (arguably a substantial amount for someone who, according to Michelle Obama, was still saddled with substantial education loans until shortly before his presidential campaign). The bank, owned by the politically connected Giannoulias family, is alleged to have long-standing mob ties, as well as connections with Tony Rezko and William Ayers. Obama gets a sweetheart deal on the townhouse, ostensibly in exchange for future favors. (Obama later endorses Alexi Giannoulias when he runs for Illinois State Treasurer, even though the chairman of Illinois’ Democrat Party and Speaker of the Illinois House, Michael Madigan, refuses to do be associated with him.) [281, 291, 329, 1278]

            Obama purchases the townhouse in 1993, but various names are listed as the owner and the payer of the property tax while Obama lives there. The Warranty Deed changes from the name of the prior owner, Stephen Anderson, to Obama, in 1993, but the release of the Anderson mortgage is not recorded until 1998, at which point it is sent to Obama’s former law firm. There may be reasonable explanations for the various names and events, or Cook County, Illinois bookkeeping may be less than perfect, but the oddities—not all of which are listed here—may also be the result of a complicated real estate deal arranged for Obama. [291]

            Sometime in 1993, Michelle Obama’s law license is suspended. The Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) reports her malpractice insurance status as “No malpractice report required as attorney is on court ordered inactive status.” The ARDC is an agency of the Supreme Court of Illinois (not the Illinois Bar) which investigates attorney malpractice complaints. The inactive status is court ordered—it is not the result of a voluntary request by Michelle Obama (who had failed to pass the bar on her first attempt). The reason for the court’s suspension of the license has not been made public. [677, 738, 739, 1087, 1096]

            In 1994, Obama represents ACORN and a client suing Citibank for denying mortgages to blacks (Buycks-Roberson v. Citibank Federal Savings Bank). The lawsuit is an attempt to force the bank to give subprime loans to customers it thinks are poor credit risks. [225, 263, 497, 531, 1252]

            While serving as director of the Joyce Foundation board (1994–2001), Obama distributes millions of dollars to gun control organizations like the Council Against Handguns and the Violence Policy Center. (Between 1994 and 2001, the Joyce Foundation gives $18.6 million to about 80 anti-gun and anti-Second Amendment projects, including $1.5 million to the Violence Policy Center.) The Joyce Foundation is closely linked to the Soros Open Society Institute, which advocates a worldwide ban on civilian firearm ownership. [346, 444, 834, 1282]

            The syllabus for a class Obama teaches in the spring of 1994, “Current Issues in Racism and the Law,” covers the topics, “Discussion of Reconstruction and Jim Crow,” “Discussion of Black Response,” and “Discussion of Civil Rights/Backlash.” Student discussion topics suggested by Obama include, “The All-Black, All-Male School,” “Interracial Adoptions,” “Racial Gerrymandering,” “Race and the Criminal Justice System,” “Racial Bias in the Media,” “Welfare Policy and Reproductive Freedom,” “Affirmative Action,” and “Reparations.” (For the slavery reparations discussion, Obama poses such sample questions as, “Do such proposals have any realistic chance of working their way through the political system?” and “Would there be any legal impediments to such a broadly-conceived reparations policy?”) Required reading assigned by Obama includes works by Derrick Bell, his critical race theory professor at Harvard. If most of the classes taught by Obama are in a similar vein (another of his classes was called “Race, Racism, and the Law”), he should be considered a teacher of race and the law, rather than a professor of constitutional law. His choice of subject matter suggests that the issue of race affects every aspect of his life. [2620, 2621, 2622, 2623]

            In the fall of 1994, Obama’s mother becomes ill with ovarian cancer. It is believed that Obama does not visit her. [324]

            In 1995 Obama’s first book, Dreams From My Father, is published. It sells only a few thousand copies and is remaindered. (A “remaindered” book is one that sells so poorly that the publisher discounts its price dramatically just to rid its warehouse of the unsold copies.) Critics call Obama’s book “overwrought” and “self-indulgent.” An autobiography by someone not even 35 years old, Dreams From My Father is essentially a book by someone obsessed with himself, and about his confused mental state, desires, yearnings, and race. This is not altogether surprising inasmuch as Obama was abandoned by his father, his stepfather, and his mother. A family friend remarked that Obama is “…haunted by his father’s failures. He grew up thinking of his father as a brilliant intellectual and pioneer of African independence only to learn that in Western terms he was basically a drunken lecher.” (Feelings of inferiority promoted by abandonment can cause shame and an unstable self-image, which prompts some individuals to conceal their feelings by hiding them, wearing an emotional mask, and creating an artificial image. The image then becomes that of others, and the individual becomes a “blank slate” upon which others project themselves. Obama even writes in his second book, The Audacity of Hope, that he serves “as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.” Some argue that these traits of narcissistic personality disorder describe Obama, as well as Bill Clinton. Being all things to all people, however, generally works better on the campaign trail than in the Oval Office.) Dreams From My Father is published again with some changes in 2004, after Obama becomes famous, and it then earns him a fortune. Obama dumps his original literary agent, Jane Dystel (despite her having negotiated for him unbelievable advances of $125,000 and $40,000), replacing her with Washington lawyer Robert Barnett. Dystel was reportedly and justifiably furious. [57, 58, 842 p. 23; 1100, 1154, 1276]

            A 1995 article in the Chicago Reader describes how Obama had rejected the “…unrealistic politics of integrationist assimilation.” [264]

            On August 9, 1995, Obama gives a radio interview with Bill Thompson’s Eye on Books to push his recently published Dreams From My Father. When asked by host Thompson, “What was the most difficult part of the book to write,” Obama responds, “You know, I tell the story—just to take one of the clearest examples—of my grandmother, who loves me dearly and has made all kinds of sacrifices on my behalf, expressing at one point when I was a teenager her fear of black men on the streets. To discuss that honestly, and to discuss how that felt, to discuss how my grandmother felt, and then to be able to arrive at some sort of peace with that, some greater understanding and some forgiveness, I think was probably the most difficult part of writing it.” Talking about a trip he made to Africa, Obama makes the ridiculous claim that blacks in America, like Africans, face political suppression. “And the truth of the matter is that many of the problems that Africa faces, whether it’s poverty, or political suppression, or ethnic conflict, is [sic] just as prominent there, and can’t all be blamed on the effects of colonialism. What it can be blamed on is some of the common factors that affect Bosnia or Los Angeles or all kinds of places on this earth, and that is the tendency for one group to try to suppress another group in the interest of power or greed or resources or what have you.” Obama’s response to a question about the future of race relations in America clearly demonstrates his resentment toward white Americans. He states, “I think that whether you are a white executive living out in the suburbs, who doesn’t want to pay taxes to inner-city children for them to go to school, or you’re an inner-city child who doesn’t want to take responsibility for keeping your street safe and clean, both of those groups have to take some responsibility if we’re going to get beyond the kinds of divisions that we face right now.” (Note the way Obama cleverly condemns the white suburbanite by equating him with someone in the city who ignores litter and crime. In doing so, he is trying to get the listener to subconsciously assign blame and responsibility for inner-city problems to tax-paying white suburbanites—who are responsible for neither its litter nor its crime, and who are already shouldering the educational expenses of heir own children. Obama is a master of the use of such “linking phrases.”) [2255]

            Obama sues the State of Illinois on behalf of ACORN to get the state to comply with the federal Motor Voter Law, which Republican Governor Jim Edgar correctly argued would invite voter fraud, partly because government officers registering new voters are “under orders not to ask anyone for identification or proof of citizenship.” ACORN has been prominent in the fight against photo I.D. for voting and other means of voter identification. ACORN specifically sought out Obama to represent them in the lawsuit; the case was not simply assigned to him by a law firm. [54, 240, 255, 284]

            Obama and several other attorneys represent black voters and aldermen to force the City of Chicago to redraw its ward boundaries. An appeals court states the ward map violates the federal Voting Rights Act. Attorneys for both sides draw a new map, including a district that favors an Obama State Senate run. [1281]

            Urged by Obama, the Woods Fund gives more money to ACORN and other community activist groups. The Woods Fund publicly lies about its ideology, allowing it to obtain donations more easily from many who are not aware of its radical inclinations. Obama’s own committee report even brags that its claim to be “…non-ideological has enabled the Trustees to make grants to organizations that use confrontational tactics against the business and government ‘establishments’ without undue risk of being criticized of partisanship.” During Obama’s tenure with the Woods Fund, and under his direction, the organization gives money to the Gamaliel Foundation and more than $200,000 to ACORN. [232, 297, 835]

            William Ayers (who may have met Obama as early as 1981) selects Obama as chairman (1995–2000) of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge on Excellence in Education (CAC), an educational reform program that proves to be remarkably wasteful and unsuccessful. (A 2003 audit states, “There were no statistically significant differences between Annenberg schools and non-Annenberg schools in rates of achievement gain.”) Ayers and Obama approve grants of $175,000 and $482,662 to groups founded by Ayers and run by former communist party leader Mike Klonsky. Ayers’ Small Schools Workshop, run by Klonsky, receives over $1 million from the CAC. (Obama may have worked with the CAC as early as 1993.) The Woods Fund and the Joyce Foundation give $761,000 to the “Leadership for Quality Education” (LQE) organization, run by John Ayers (William Ayers’ brother). Obama is also on the board of LQE. [59, 60, 61, 155, 156, 201, 204, 428, 1282]

            For several years (at least until 1999 or 2000), the offices of the CAC are at 115 South Sangamon in Chicago. The Small Schools Workshop (Mike Klonsky is co-director and his wife Susan Klonsky, another former SDS member, is an employee) is also located at 115 South Sangamon. Both organizations are on the third floor. [366, 1282]

            Obama approves so many grants with CAC money that the Chicago Reader refers to Obama as a philanthropist. Obama’s time with the CAC is arguably his only executive experience. While with the CAC, Obama and Ayers distribute amounts totaling as much as $100 million, and achieve essentially none of the group’s stated educational goals. The selection of Obama, a 33-year-old junior lawyer at a small law firm, as chairman of the educational reform group CAC is strange inasmuch as the board also includes several older and experienced university presidents. One of them, Stanley O. Ikenberry of the University of Illinois, later remarks, “It was unusual, here you had a person trained in the law chairing a board on school reform.” [65, 297, 428]
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Into Politics

 

In 1995, Obama’s political career starts with a fundraiser at the home of William Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn. Ayers and Dohrn are former 1960s radicals and former Weather Underground militants, who disappeared in 1970 after their bomb—designed to kill U.S. Army officers at Fort Dix, New Jersey—accidentally destroyed a Greenwich Village townhouse on March 6, killing three of their co-revolutionaries. Ayers and Dohrn eventually turn themselves in to authorities in 1980, but because of improper FBI surveillance, Ayers and Dohrn are not prosecuted for their alleged involvement in at least 25 bombings. [60, 66, 67, 71, 2271]

                Ayers and Dohrn (who has met with communists in Cuba and Viet Cong representatives in Budapest) are alleged to have been occasional baby-sitters for the Obama children. The North Vietnamese have presented both Ayers and Dohrn with rings made with metal from an American plane shot down in North Vietnam. Obama lies when he says that the 1995 fundraiser is the first time he met William Ayers. [68, 69, 70, 71, 259]

            Ayers and Dohrn are the adoptive parents of Chesa Boudin, whose parents, David Gilbert and Kathy Boudin, are serving three consecutive 25 year prison terms for felony murder, having killed three Brinks guards in a 1981 robbery to get cash to fund their Weather Underground, SDS, Black Liberation Army, and Black Panther Party activities. (Dohrn, who was Boudin’s best friend, may have been the forger who produced fake I.D.s for Weatherman radicals to enable them to rent getaway cars under false names.) Chesa Boudin was named a Rhodes Scholar through the help of Dennis Hutchinson, a professor at the University of Chicago where Ayers and Obama taught. (It may be interesting to see if a President Obama grants commutations or pardons to Boudin and Gilbert.) Both William Ayers and Chesa Boudin serve on an education advisory board of Venezuelan socialist President Hugo Chavez. [205, 1347, 2271]

            Valerie Jarrett is Obama’s campaign finance chairman for his Illinois State Senate run. Helping Obama’s campaign are Tony Rezko, Rita Rezko, Allison Davis, and William Daley (brother of the mayor). David Axelrod is Obama’s top campaign strategist. On July 31, 1995, Obama’s campaign receives a $1,000 donation from Rezko Foods. [1278]

            In October of 1995, Obama attends the male-only Million Man March organized by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. [284, 286]

            Obama successfully seeks the endorsement of the New Party (NP), a Marxist third party in Chicago, for his 1996 state senate run. The endorsement of the New Party requires that the candidate “…sign a contract with the NP. The contract mandates that they must have a visible and active relationship with the NP.” Obama receives the endorsement with an in-person appearance with the NP; it is not an unsolicited endorsement. After his victory in the election, the NP states “Barack Obama, victor in the 13th State Senate District, encouraged NPers to join in his task forces on Voter Education and Voter Registration.” (Democrat candidates need to cater to the New Party or risk New Party candidates running against them in the primaries. The New Party essentially blackmails Democrat into taking far-left positions—if they do not already have those positions.) [72, 243, 253, 431, 1280]

            The platform of Obama’s New Party’s includes: full employment, a shorter work week, a guaranteed minimum income for all adults, a universal “social wage,” full public financing of all elections, universal voter registration, more progressive taxes, reductions in military spending, and the nationalization of the banking system. The New Party has worked with ACORN on a number of issues. (Race activist Al Sharpton once considered seeking a New Party endorsement for a U.S. Senate run.) [1281]

            A February 12, 1996 Chicago Sun-Times article with the headline “Candidate Not What He Seems, Foes Insist” quotes Northwestern University professor of political science Adolph Reed, Jr., who calls Obama a politician with “impeccable do-good credentials and vacuous-to-repressive neo-liberal politics.” Obama is called a tool of forces outside the black community by Robert T. Starks, chairman of the Task Force for Black Political Empowerment. [2463]

            Obama also receives the support of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Obama was then an associate of the DSA’s Chicago branch. The members of the New Party, the DSA, and ACORN are largely interchangeable. Obama is a panelist for a discussion, “Employment and Survival in Urban America,” sponsored by the DSA on February 25, 1996. The DSA is associated with the Congressional Progressive Caucus, of which Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is its most prominent member. After an expose of the DSA in 1999, it scrubs its Web site of connections to the Congressional Progressive Caucus and removes a number of inflammatory postings (including song lyrics about “shootin’ that Wall Street throng.”) [239, 243, 253, 432, 1282]

            The Marxist New Party refers to Obama as one of its own party members in an October, 1996 “Running to Win: The Key Races” announcement, that reads, “Illinois: Three NP-members won Democratic primaries last Spring and face off against Republican opponents on election day: Danny Davis (U.S. House), Barack Obama (State Senate) and Patricia Martin (Cook County Judiciary).” Clearly, Obama was a member of the New Party. [244, 422]

            The Progressive Populist magazine runs an editorial that states, “New Party member Barack Obama was uncontested for a State Senate seat from Chicago.” The New Party’s parent organization is the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). The New Party’s short-term objective is to move the Democrat Party far to the left, helping establish the conditions for an eventual Marxist party. (It is difficult to argue that Obama joined the New Party not because he believed in its socialist philosophies but only to gain votes—because he had no opposition on the ballot. He could have completely ignored the New Party and still won the election.) [253]

            Obama’s state senate run also receives the support of Dr. Quentin Young, a neighbor and a long-time advocate of a socialized health care system. Young is believed to be a member of the Communist Party of the USA, and had been active in Chicago socialist circles since the 1930s. In 1992, Young received from the Chicago Democratic Socialists its highest honor, the (Eugene) Debs Award. While in the Illinois State Senate, Obama supports Young’s single-payer health care program and introduces several bills in failed attempts to get it established statewide. [73, 74]

            On November 7, 1995, Obama’s mother dies of ovarian cancer. Her body is cremated and there is no funeral. Involved with his State Senate campaign, Obama, who rarely saw his mother after 1975—although she did attend his high school graduation in Hawaii in 1979—is not with her in her final days. Obama did not attend a memorial service for Dunham held at the University of Hawaii, but reportedly helped scatter her ashes in the ocean. Some might argue that Obama’s refusal to see his mother toward the end of her life was his payback for her having abandoned him. There has also been at least one report suggesting that before she became ill Dunham was considering adopting a child from South Korea who had a black American father. If that story is true, Obama would certainly have been distraught to learn that the mother who had repeatedly abandoned him was suddenly eager to accept a stranger as a child. [324, 560, 2288, 2655]

            Although Ann Dunham died of cancer in Hawaii in 1995, researchers have not been able to identify the hospital where she was treated. There are unconfirmed reports that Dunham’s Social Security Number is purportedly still active and being used by a “Kelly Ann Dunham” or “Anna Soetoro.” That charge certainly warrants investigation because the odds against the Social Security Administration reissuing Stanley Ann Dunham’s number to someone with either of those names are astronomical. The first three digits of Dunham’s number, 535, are used only for SSNs assigned in the state of Washington, even further limiting the odds of reissuing her number to another Dunham or Soetoro in that state alone. (Some go so far as to argue that Ann Dunham is still alive and has been a CIA employee for decades; they do not explain why she needs to be in hiding.) [674, 675, 676]

            Ann Dunham’s mother, Madelyn Dunham, purportedly worked as a volunteer in the probate department of the Oahu Circuit Court. She would have had access to the Social Security Numbers of deceased individuals, which could have been given to Ann Dunham or Obama to falsify records. While attending Harvard Law School, Obama is said to have fraudulently used a Social Security Number belonging to a deceased resident of Connecticut who was born about 1890. [1182]

 
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1996–1997

 

The Illinois State Senate

 

In September of 1996, as a candidate for the Illinois State Senate, Obama completes a candidate questionnaire. In the document Obama states he supports increasing the personal exemption “as part of a shift to higher income tax,” supports increasing Illinois income taxes to reduce local property taxes, supports public campaign financing, favors adding sexual orientation to the (Illinois) Human Rights Act, opposes mandatory AIDS testing for insurance or employment, favors “comparable worth” programs, supports the right of public employees (including police and fire department employees) to strike, supports a single-payer state-run health plan for Illinois, supports Medicaid funding of abortions, supports parental abortion notification only for the very young (age 12–13) but opposes all other abortion restrictions, supports cost-of-living adjustments for public aid recipients, supports “workfare” (but only if coupled with free training, child care, and health care), opposes restrictions on welfare benefits for teen mothers, opposes restrictions on benefits for women on welfare who have additional children, favors repealing the six-month limit on general assistance benefits, supports energy assistance for the poor, supports more tax money for the Chicago Transit Authority, opposes electronic eavesdropping, opposes capital punishment, opposes mandatory sentencing guidelines, opposes the manufacture, sale, and possession of all handguns, and supports banning assault weapons.

            Obama is elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996. He takes the seat long held by Democrat State Senator Alice Palmer (also an official of the U.S. Peace Council, an affiliate of the Soviet front group World Peace Council), who agrees to let Obama run for her state seat only if she loses her bid for U.S. Congress. By a wide margin Palmer then loses the Congressional election (a special election held in November of 1995, with Jesse Jackson, Jr, and Emil Jones finishing ahead of her), but Obama reneges on his agreement and works with lawyers to get Palmer and three other opponents (Mark Ewell, Gha-is Askia, and Ulmer Lynch) removed from the primary ballot on technicalities, in order to insure an opponent-free victory. On January 2, 1996, a group of Obama operatives descends on the offices of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners to challenge, one by one, all the signatures on the nominating petitions of all of Obama’s challengers. They do not stop until Obama is the sole name on the ballot. [75,269]

            The Congressional seat Alice Palmer attempted to win had been held by disgraced Congressman Mel (“I won the Lotto”) Reynolds, who was sentenced to seven years in jail for having sex with a 16-year-old campaign volunteer. His resignation prompted the special election in November 1995. (Reynolds’ sentence was later commuted by Bill Clinton, perhaps because of a special affinity for elected officials who have sex with young campaign workers. After leaving prison in early 2001, Reynolds is hired by Reverend James Meeks to work at his Salem Baptist Church in Chicago. Reynolds also works with Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition/Operation PUSH organization as a youth counselor—an arguably unlikely position for someone who served prison time for sex with a minor.) Palmer was popular among the district’s voters, but her fate was sealed when Jesse Jackson Jr. also decided to run for the seat. This explains some of the animosity between Obama and Jesse Jackson. Had Jackson’s son not entered the Congressional race Alice Palmer would have won and Obama would not have had to resort to signature challenges to get the popular incumbent Palmer off the State Senate ballot. The main animosity, of course, is that Obama could win the presidency, which Jackson failed to win because he was considered too radical when Obama is exponentially more radical than Jackson ever was. [269, 1361, 1470, 1471]

            With the Palmer petition signature challenges, Obama follows the practice preached by his campaign consultant and “guru of petitions” Ronald Davis, as well as Chicago political machine operative David Axelrod: don’t try to beat your opponents, remove them from the playing field entirely. Obama’s reliance on petition challenges runs counter to his self-made image of a reformer and crusader for voter’s rights. (Alice Palmer will later campaign for Hillary Clinton in 2008.) One of Obama’s primary opponents is Gha-is Askia, who says of Obama, “Why say you’re for a new tomorrow, then do old-style Chicago politics to remove legitimate candidates? He (Obama) talks about honor and democracy, but what honor is there in getting rid of every other candidate so you can run scot-free? Why not let the people decide?” (The answer, of course, is that Obama would not have won the election without eliminating his opposition.) [75, 329]

            Timuel Black, a mutual friend, tries unsuccessfully to mend the rift between Obama and Palmer. Black is a long-time socialist who associated with communists and Trotskyists in the 1930s, allegedly joined the Communist Party of the USA, was active in the Progressive Party, was president of the local chapter of the communist Negro American Labor Council, and was involved with the annual Chicago Debs Day Dinners, an awards celebration for Illinois socialists. [74]

            Obama’s campaign is alleged to have received financial assistance from the politically connected Giannoulias family, possibly in exchange for future favors. (Obama will later support and endorse the young, inexperienced Alexi Giannoulias in his run for Illinois State Treasurer.) [281]

            Obama also benefited from a process called “fusion,” where a candidate would appear on the primary ballot for more than one party. Obama’s name appeared on the ballot twice, both as a Democrat and as the candidate for the New Party. He thus drew the votes of traditional Democrats, but voters who were socialist understood that Obama was “one of them” and voted for him as the New Party candidate. Obama’s final vote tally would be the total of his Democrat votes and his New Party votes. (The Supreme Court eventually ruled the fusion practice unconstitutional—but not until after Obama had become an Illinois State Senator.) [1281]

           

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More Rezko, More Ayers

 

In January and February of 1997, renters of several Chicago slum tenements owned by Tony “the fixer” Rezko go without heat for five weeks. (The City of Chicago sued Rezko’s real estate development company, Rezmar, at least a dozen times during 1996–1997 to get heat turned on in its apartment buildings.) Rezko doesn’t come up with the money to turn on the heat, but manages to contribute $1,000 to Obama’s Illinois State Senate political campaign; Obama then seeks state funds for even more Rezko housing developments. The Syrian-born Rezko can afford to travel widely in the Middle East, yet at one time has as many as 11 run-down and foreclosed properties in Obama’s State Senate District. Obama continues to have associations with Rezko and other corrupt housing developers in Chicago. Obama gets state money for them and, in exchange, they contribute to his campaigns. Obama thus becomes, indirectly, one of the biggest slumlords in Chicago. [76, 238, 408, 664]

            In 1997, Obama and William Ayers appear together as speakers on several occasions; at the University of Chicago their topic is, “Should a child ever be called a ‘super predator?’” The announcement of their November joint appearance states, “Ayers will be joined by Sen. Barack Obama, Senior Lecturer in the Law School, who is working to combat legislation that would put more juvenile offenders into the adult system.” [71, 83, 237]

            Obama endorses William Ayers’ book on juvenile justice, praising it with an article in the Chicago Tribune in which he calls it a “searing and timely account of the juvenile court system.” Michelle Obama (who at the time is the University of Chicago’s dean of student services and director of the school’s Community Service Center) hosts a panel discussion of the book in which both Obama and Ayers participate. (In 2008, seeking to distance the candidate from Ayers, the campaign lies, claiming Obama did not “write a blurb for his book.”) [77, 84, 279, 333, 2448]

            Ayers mentions Obama in his book where he writes, “Our neighbors include Muhammad Ali, former mayor Eugene Sawyer, poets Gwendolyn Brooks and Elizabeth Alexander, and writer Barack Obama. Minister Louis Farrakhan lives a block from our home and adds, we think, a unique dimension to the idea of ‘safe neighborhood watch’: the Fruit of Islam, his security force, has an eye on things twenty-four-hours a day.” In April of 2008, when Obama’s relationship with Ayers is brought up in a primary debate, Obama lies, saying he doesn’t know him well and that he is only “a guy who lives in my neighborhood.” (Obama repeatedly votes for and introduces anti-gun legislation, while certainly knowing that the average Chicago resident does not also enjoy the 24 x 7 security of Louis Farrakhan’s “Fruit of Islam” bodyguards.) [78, 279, 297, 333]

            Obama introduces Illinois Senate Resolution 110, declaring November 1, 1997 Islamic Community Day. [347]

 

 
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1998–1999

 

Still More Rezko and ACORN

 

In March 1998, Obama delivers the eulogy at the funeral of Saul Mendelsen, a leader of Chicago’s far left and a socialist community organizer and activist. [79]

            At a June 14, 1998 State of the Cities Forum, Obama is asked about the 1996 welfare reform bill and how it can be reversed. (The 1996 legislation gave states fixed amounts of federal money to spend on welfare, rather than continuing to give them additional money based on how many people were on the welfare rolls—which had given states no incentive to reduce the welfare population.) Obama answers, “I was not a… huge supporter of the federal plan that was signed in 1996. Having said that, I do think that there is a potential political opportunity that arose out of welfare reform and that is to desegregate the welfare population, meaning the undeserving poor, black folks in cities, from the working poor, deserving white rural as well as suburban. Now you’ve got just a bunch of folks who are struggling at the bottom of the economic ladder. And that means that at least from my perspective the political strategy and the political coalition to put together… is to think about where are the areas where you are not just helping welfare people, you know folks on welfare, but how are you helping folks who are not currently making enough money in the economy to support a family and pay a mortgage and send their kids to school.” Obama is here accusing those who passed welfare reform of racism. He believes the welfare reform bill passed in 1996 was anti-black, and that supporters of the bill considered “black folks in cities” undeserving of welfare while the poor working whites in rural or even suburban areas were considered deserving. Obama’s “political strategy” is to get poor blacks and poor whites working together to demand benefits… a strategy no doubt inspired by Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. (Obama argues that welfare reform does not work. In fact, it does. In the years following the passage of the welfare reform bill the number of black children living in poverty drops dramatically—reaching record lows—because welfare reform prompts their mothers to get jobs. But in 2009 Congress votes to restore the old system, rewarding the states with more money as they sign up additional people for welfare benefits.) [2260]

            On July 4, 1998 Obama’s daughter Malia Ann is born. Some wonder whether she was named in honor of one of the daughters of Malcolm X, Malika Shabazz, or after Malcolm X himself, whose tombstone is inscribed with “Hajj Malik.” Malik means “king” in Arabic, while Malikah means “queen.” (Malcolm X became a Sunni Muslim and after a pilgrimage to Mecca, he called himself El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz; his children use the surname Shabazz.) [527,2421]

            In October 1998, Obama writes a letter supporting plans for low-income senior citizen housing. The project’s site, a large empty space owned by the city of Chicago, is sold to Obama’s friend Tony Rezko, and Obama’s former law firm boss, Allison Davis, for one dollar. The project, Cottage View Terrace, eventually consumes $14.6 million in taxpayer dollars, with a substantial amount going to Rezko and Davis as development fees. Still more taxpayer funds are later given to Rezko for additional housing projects, despite the fact that many of his prior projects had fallen into disrepair. (In 2007 and 2008 Obama says he “never did any favors” for Rezko; persuading the city to sell Rezko a large plot of land for only one dollar is apparently not considered a favor by Obama.) Obama’s former boss, Davis, donates more than $400,000 to dozens of political campaigns, including those of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and Obama. [80]

            In November of 1998, Obama is re-elected to the Illinois State Senate. Obama attends a speech given by Columbia University Professor Edward Said, who calls for a non-violent campaign “against settlements, against Israeli apartheid.” [387]

            In 1999, Obama casts the only vote against Illinois Senate Bill 485, which would make felons convicted of sexual abuse crimes serve their full sentences without getting credit for time served in the county jail. Obama votes against a bill that specifically allows homeowners the right to use a gun in self-defense during a home invasion. The Illinois Governor vetoes the bill; Obama votes to uphold the veto. Obama proposes increasing Illinois firearm and ammunition excise taxes from 11 to 66 per cent. (A $55 tax on a $500 rifle would increase to $330.) The tax would be changed from a legitimate wildlife preservation fee to a gun-punishing penalty. [93, 315, 444]

            Obama continues to serve (until 2002) with William Ayers on the board of the Woods Fund. Grants from the fund are given out to Reverend James T. Meeks (a fiery, anti-white and anti-Semitic Chicago preacher, in the style of Obama’s reverend Jeremiah Wright), and Father Michael Pfleger, who once stated, “America is the greatest sin against God.”  Pfleger is perhaps best known for encouraging his parishioners to buy time from prostitutes as a way of inviting the women to counseling and job training. Obama also joins the anti-Semite Pfleger (who has been called “the white Jeremiah Wright”) in an ACORN demonstration protesting payday loans. [81, 227, 284, 842 p. 110]

            The Woods Fund also gives money to ACORN, which registers voters in poor black neighborhoods—a convenient way to garner additional support for Obama. Arguably, these actions by Obama and ACORN are illegal. As an allegedly independent, apolitical, tax-exempt, non-profit group, ACORN cannot legally “pimp for Obama,” but that is essentially what it does in registering voters while at the same time drumming up support for the candidate who is financing its operations. Its tax-exempt status is thus violated by ACORN. [227, 284]

            Obama addresses a 1999 fundraiser for the Deheisha refugee camp in Israel’s occupied West Bank. Obama’s anti-Semite Palestinian friend, Ali Abunimah, introduces him to the audience. Abunimah serves on the board of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), an anti-Israel group. [974]

            On September 30, 1999, the New York Times reports that Fannie Mae is easing credit requirements on loans it will purchase from banks and mortgage lenders. The Times notes “Fannie Mae, the nation’s biggest underwriter of home mortgages, has been under increasing pressure from the Clinton Administration to expand mortgage loans among low and moderate income people and felt pressure from stock holders to maintain its phenomenal growth in profits.” It continues, “In addition, banks, thrift institutions and mortgage companies have been pressing Fannie Mae to help them make more loans to so-called subprime borrowers. These borrowers whose incomes, credit ratings and savings are not good enough to qualify for conventional loans, can only get loans from finance companies that charge much higher interest rates— anywhere from three to four percentage points higher than conventional loans.” Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines brags that “Fannie Mae has expanded home ownership for millions of families in the 1990’s by reducing down payment requirements,” but argues that “…there remain too many borrowers whose credit is just a notch below what our underwriting has required who have been relegated to paying significantly higher mortgage rates in the so-called subprime market.” The Times article states that by moving into this new (subprime) area of lending, Fannie Mae is “taking in significantly more risk, which may not pose any difficulties during flush economic times. But the government-subsidized corporation may run into trouble in an economic downturn.” The Times quotes Peter Wallison of the American Enterprise Institute, who warns, “If they fail, the government will have to step up and bail them out.”  (Fannie Mae CEO Raines later becomes an Obama economic advisor.) [1320]

            On November 6, 1999, Obama allegedly shares crack **** and homosexual activities in the back of a limousine with a man named Larry Sinclair. The activities, according to Sinclair, continue the next day at a Comfort Suites motel in Gurnee, Illinois. (Sinclair makes these allegations in late 2007, when he states that he also had telephone conversations about the 1999 activities with the gay choir director of Obama’s church, Donald Young—who was then murdered on December 23, 2007.) [1242]

            In November 1999, the Senate voted 90–8 and the House voted 362–57 to pass the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which allowed banks to underwrite and trade mortgage-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations, and mortgage-backed securities. The bill was signed into law by Bill Clinton, after which subprime loans ballooned from five per cent of all mortgages to 30 per cent, by 2008. (Some argue that the legislation contributed to the financial crisis of 2008; others say that it kept some banks from failing.) [2683]

 

 
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2000–2001

 

The Election Obama Lost

 

Obama enters the 2000 Illinois primary for U.S. Congress. In a television interview during the campaign, he cites as a qualification his experience with the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, the educational reform project on which he worked with William Ayers. (The project ended up wasting over $100 million, without accomplishing any of its stated goals.) [60, 204]

            To help finance his run for Congress, Obama secures a $20,000 personal loan. The Chicago scuttlebutt is that Obama’s 2000 campaign for Congress is also funded by what some call the “Hyde Park mafia,” a group of University of Chicago leftists, and that there is a master plan to “push him up the political ladder.” [86, 332]

            Obama’s tone in the campaign comes off as condescending to many (“I gave up a career with a high-priced law firm to run for public office!”) and he loses the primary to opponent Bobby Rush—who defeats him by 30 per cent. Rush says of his elitist opponent, “Barack Obama went to Harvard and became an educated fool. Barack is a person who read about the civil-rights protests and thinks he knows all about it.”  Obama, realizing he cannot win a fair fight with Rush, then works with Democrat consultant John Corrigan to get the district’s borders redrawn (gerrymandered) to favor his political goals. They are able to establish a new district which is still heavily black but which also includes liberal North Shore whites, who would be more inclined to vote for Obama than Rush (a former member of the radical Black Panthers). The demographics of the new district makes sense to Obama acquaintance Adolph Green, a political scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, who later calls Obama a “vacuous opportunist, a good performer with an ear for how to make white liberals like him.” [87, 88, 193, 842 pp. 93, 219; 1600]

            Obama’s dislike for the Clintons may have originated at this time. Obama had been executive director of Project Vote in 1992, which helped elect the outrageously unqualified candidate Carol Moseley Braun to the U.S. Senate. (The Chicago Tribune editorial board interviewed Moseley Braun and later described the discussion. “We were asking her fairly obvious questions. Things you’d expect a candidate for Senate to be familiar with. She was dumbfounded the entire time. She just sat there…  Then she’d fumble around with some half-baked answer. It was very awkward for all of us.”) From Obama’s perspective, he had also helped Clinton get elected president. When Clinton endorsed Bobby Rush for the Congressional seat that Obama wanted in 2000, he likely felt betrayed. [842 p. 93; 1253]

            Having lost the Congressional primary to Bobby Rush, Obama returns to drumming up support for his re-election to the Illinois State Senate. Campaign volunteer Kenny B. Smith donates $550 to Obama’s Illinois State Senate campaign, and in 2001 Obama steers $100,000 in state tax dollars to a newly-formed Smith organization to build a gazebo, “parrot sanctuary,” and “walk of fame” in a blighted Chicago neighborhood. (By 2008 only the gazebo had been built, the neighborhood was still blighted, and there was no sign of the rest of the $100,000.) [89]

            Obama’s half-sister, Maya Soetoro, fails to pay taxes due the State of New York and is served with a tax lien dating back to 1996 totaling $6,837.99 with penalties and interest. [1184]

 

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More Votes and Guilt by Association

 

In 2000 Rashid Khalidi, a former PLO operative and backer who justifies Palestinian terrorism as contributing to “political enlightenment,” hosts a fundraiser for Obama. Khalidi taught at a university in Beirut, Lebanon in the 1970s, and frequently spoke to reporters on behalf of terrorist Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). From 1976 to 1982 Khalidi was reportedly director of the Palestinian press agency, Wikalat-al-Anba al-Filastinija (WAFA), which was operating in exile from Beirut with the PLO. In the 1990s, Khalidi advised the Palestinian delegation during peace negotiations. (He is currently a professor of Arab studies at Columbia University. Khalidi also taught at the University of Chicago, lived near the Obamas in Hyde Park, and has been their friend and frequent dinner companion.) [384, 387, 395, 416, 521]

            Obama attends the 2000 Democrat National Convention in Los Angeles, where his credit card is rejected when he attempts to rent a car. Obama and his wife Michelle declare income of $240,505 for 2000. [1278]

            Obama reports income from speaking fees on his 2000 (and 2002) federal income tax returns. Because it is illegal for state legislators in Illinois to accept fees for speeches, Obama is in violation of Illinois law. [394]

            In April 2001, President George W. Bush submits his 2002 budget proposal with the warning that mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are a “potential problem” because financial troubles in either one of them could “cause strong repercussions in financial markets.” [2317]

            Obama’s daughter Natasha (Sasha) is born on June 10, 2001. [2318]

            In 2001, Obama votes against Illinois House Bill 1812, a law designed to toughen penalties for crimes committed in furtherance of organized gang activities. He also votes against a bill that would allow people who receive protective orders (such as domestic violence victims) to carry firearms. When the bill fails, Obama remarks, “…authorizing potential victims to carry firearms would potentially lead to a more dangerous rather than less dangerous situation. It was a bad idea and I’m glad it failed.” [92, 444]

            While Obama serves on the board of the Woods Fund, it approves (in 2001) a $40,000 grant to the Arab American Action Network (AAAN). A second grant, for $35,000, is approved in 2002. President of the AAAN is Mona Khalidi, wife of Rashid Khalidi, the anti-Semitic professor Obama had met while at Columbia University. Khalidi, former spokesman for Yasser Arafat, strong critic of Israel, and supporter of Palestinian terrorism, later holds fundraisers for candidate Obama. AAAN calls the founding of Israel a “catastrophe,” supports liberal immigration reform in the United States, and encourages giving drivers licenses to illegal aliens. [85, 395]

            Serving on the board of the AAAN is Ali Abunimah, a Palestinian-American, anti-Semite, co-founder of ElectronicIntifada.net, and long-time friend of Obama. Abunimah refers to Jews as malicious liars and suggests they lied about the Holocaust, writing, “if Zionists could lie about their present and ongoing torment of my (Palestinian) people, usurpation of my homeland and arrogation of my rights, and they do it rather obscenely, couldn’t they likewise lie, equally obscenely, about the holocaust, an event that took place over half a century ago?” [335]

            Other groups receiving money from the Woods Fund include the voter-registration group ACORN (which has been highly criticized for thousands of questionable and illegal voter registrations), Bernardine Dohrn’s Children and Family Justice Center, and Trinity United Church of Christ (Obama’s church, home of Reverend Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright). The Woods Fund gives Obama’s church $6,000 in 2001—after which Wright purchases a new Porsche. [62, 63, 64, 82, 842 p. 97]

            In a 2001 radio interview with Chicago station WBEZ-FM, Obama discusses the forced redistribution of wealth from whites to blacks. Obama remarks, “…and one of the, I think, the tragedies of the civil rights movement was, because the civil rights movement became so court-focused, I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and, and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change. And, uh, in some ways we still suffer from that.” He continued, “I’m not optimistic about bringing about major redistributive change through the courts. The institution just isn’t structured that way.” (Obama is thus not opposed to the redistribution of wealth; he merely feels that the courts should not be the institution forcing it.) “You can craft theoretical justifications for it legally,” he adds, without elaborating on why or how it should be legal to take money from someone who earned it to give directly to someone who didn’t. (After Fox News broadcasts the interview in October of 2008, the Obama campaign, not wanting the voters to know what the candidate had in mind for their futures, cries foul, charging Fox with creating a “fake news controversy.”) [383, 386, 396]

            In August of 2001, William Ayers is photographed trampling on the American Flag for a cover article in the Chicago Magazine titled “No Regrets.” The magazine is very popular in Chicago and is prominently displayed on newsstands throughout the city; Obama would have had a difficult time not seeing the magazine cover. [279]

            After the 9/11 terrorist attacks Obama writes, in a “blame America” op-ed piece in the Hyde Park Herald that the essence of the tragedy “derives from the fundamental absence of empathy on the part of the attackers: an inability to imagine, or connect with, the humanity and suffering of others,” that the terrorist attackers “lacked empathy,” and their attitude “…grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair.” (Obama believes the terrorists could not “imagine” the “suffering of others”—but that suffering was exactly what they wanted to accomplish.) [90]

            At least six of the 19 terrorists involved in the attacks of September 11 are illegally registered to vote in the United States, partly because of ACORN’s activities in spreading “motor voter” laws. [240]

            In a September 11, 2001 article in the New York Times, William Ayers is quoted as saying, “I don’t regret setting bombs… I feel we didn’t do enough.” At the time Ayers makes that statement he and Obama are serving together on the Board of the Woods Fund. [279]

            In 2001, Obama introduces Senate Bill 750, the Halal Food Act, which requires the Illinois Department of Agriculture to conduct inspections to insure that all food labeled Halal is prepared according to Islamic law. [348]

            Obama obtains $75,000 in state funds for a charity called Forum, Incorporated, to help churches and community groups obtain Internet access. Five Forum employees, including one who had filed bankruptcy, had each donated $1,000 to Obama’s state senate campaign. After the Illinois Attorney General files a suit against the charity on unrelated kickback scheme charges, Obama quietly returns the $5,000. [842 p. 207]

            During 2001, Obama is given a legal services contract with a business owned by Robert Blackwell. The legal services Obama performed for Blackwell are unknown, and Obama does not fully disclose his relationship with Blackwell as required by Illinois legislator ethics rules. (In 2004 Obama writes a letter on Illinois State Senate stationery recommending a grant for another Blackwell company involved in tourism. The next day Blackwell donates $1,000 to Obama’s U.S. Senate campaign.) [1314]

            Obama and his wife Michelle declare income of $272,759 for 2001. [1278]

 
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2002–2003

 

Controversial and “Present” Votes

 

Obama opposes a bill that defines as a person a fully born baby who survives an abortion. Obama argues that defining “…a pre-viable fetus” that survives an abortion as a “person” or “child would essentially bar abortions, because the Equal Protection Clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an anti-abortion statute.” (Obama is thus arguing, “We can’t call it a person because then we can’t kill it.”) Testifying in favor of the law is an Illinois nurse, Jill Stanek, who had witnessed infants being left to die by abortionists, and who later writes, “Obama articulately worried that legislation protecting live aborted babies might infringe on women’s rights or abortionists’ rights. Obama’s clinical discourse, his lack of mercy, shocked me.” In a state senate hearing Obama also argues it would be a burden to require that surviving babies be treated because, in his view, “…essentially adding an additional doctor who then has to be called in an emergency situation to come in and make these assessments is really designed simply to burden the original decision of the woman and the physician to induce labor and perform an abortion.” (Obama doesn’t wish anything to interfere with the killing of the child.) Although a “pre-viable fetus” that survives an abortion is not considered a “person” by Obama, he has yet to provide a reasonable or legally acceptable name for those living, breathing, kicking, and crying viable “non-persons.” [346, 412, 2262]

            Obama votes against the similar Induced Infant Liability Act, a law meant to protect the lives of babies who “inadvertently” survive attempted abortions and then need medical attention to survive. Obama’s is the only vote against the state bill, and a similar bill later passes unanimously in the U.S. Senate. Obama’s vote is consistent with the Alinsky philosophy (in Rules for Radicals) that “…all values are relative in a world of political relativity.” Obama also votes against an Illinois bill banning state funding of late term abortions. [91, 272]

            Obama is the only Illinois State Senator to vote against a bill prohibiting early release for sexual predators. Obama also votes to make a criminal out of a homeowner who uses a gun in his own defense in his own home. Obama refuses to vote for a bill in the Illinois State Senate that would increase penalties for drug traffickers. Obama votes against making it a criminal offense for convicts on probation or on bail to have contact with a street gang. Obama votes against a bill that imposes the death penalty on gang members who murder first responders (paramedics, firemen, police officers). [346]

            Ayers and Obama appear together at the University of Illinois for a discussion called, “Intellectuals: Who Needs Them?” [94]

            During the course of his Illinois State Senate career, Obama votes “present” at least 130 times. A present vote is a way to avoid responsibility on a controversial issue if something goes wrong; it is usually an effort by a cowardly politician to avoid being pinned down on issues that might later be used against him by an opponent in a campaign. (By voting present, no matter what the issue, the candidate can later truthfully say he did not vote for the bill, or he can say he did not vote against the bill—depending on what works to his advantage at that moment.) Obama’s is the sole present vote on a bill to allow victims of sexual crimes to petition judges to seal court records to protect their privacy. All other state senators vote in favor of the bill. (Obama apparently believes that if a woman is raped she is not entitled to privacy, although he uses a right to privacy as his argument in support of unrestricted abortions.) [95, 96, 328]

            Obama votes for a bill in the Illinois Senate that would ban most hunting rifles, shotguns, and target rifles. The bill would also authorize the Illinois State Police to raid homes and forcibly confiscate banned guns. Obama also votes for a bill that would shut down all Illinois firearm-manufacturing businesses (Springfield Armory, Armalite, Rock River Arms, and Les Baer). Obama votes for a bill (S 2579) prohibiting Illinois citizens from purchasing more than one gun per month. [326, 445]

            Obama votes for a bill that bans most single-shot and double-barreled shotguns as “semi-automatic assault weapons” (even though they are not), along with hundreds of models of rifles and handguns. (Had the bill had passed, Illinois residents would have had 90 days to turn in their guns or face felony charges.) [444]

            During his Illinois Senate career Obama votes four times against legislation that would allow a homeowner to use a firearm in defense of his home and family. To avoid criticism of his anti-gun agenda, Obama enlists an organization known as the American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA) to distribute literature stating that he is “pro-Second Amendment.” On its surface, the AHSA supports hunting, but it also supports strict gun controls on non-hunters. The AHSA is known to be a sham organization set up solely to endorse leftists who need political cover for their anti-gun leanings. [326, 353]

            As a State Senator Obama opposes legislation prohibiting the sale of pornography near churches and elementary schools, and supports allowing criminals to sue their victims if the victim injures the criminal while defending himself or his property. [1281]

 
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Against the War… But With Some Cover

 

Obama speaks at an anti-war demonstration on October 2, 2002, in front of a crowd of approximately 2,000 people at Chicago’s Federal Plaza. The event, sponsored by the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS), is organized by Marilyn Katz, former SDS activist, Chicago public relations consultant, and long-time friend of Obama’s political guru David Axelrod. (Katz’s Vietnam War protest activities included throwing nails in the street to stop police cars.) There are no known recordings of Obama’s speech, thus giving him the opportunity to recreate his words to his liking at any time. Before the event, Obama talks with Axelrod about the “political ramifications” of the speech because he is looking ahead to his Senate run in 2004. The speech turns out to be only mildly critical of the likely war. While Obama remarks that a war in Iraq could lead to “an occupation of undetermined length with undetermined costs,” he also emphasizes that military intervention is sometimes necessary. The speech is clearly not anti-war enough for the crowd, but it gives him the opportunity to say he was against the war from the beginning if it turned sour, while providing some cover if it proceeded successfully. (The text of Obama’s 2002 anti-war speech no longer appears on official Obama Web sites.) [34, 837, 842 pp. 224–226; 1282]

 
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Inflating the Resume

 

In November of 2002, Obama is re-elected to Illinois State Senate (with no opponent on the ballot) and Democrats take control of the Illinois Senate. Essentially a non-productive water carrier for Chicago’s Mayor Daley during his previous years in the State Senate, Obama persuades Senate President Emil Jones to steer bills his way in 2003 so he can make a name for himself to help his 2004 campaign for the U.S. Senate. Democrat colleagues in the Illinois State Senate are intensely critical of Obama’s legislative tactics in taking credit for bills he had virtually nothing to do with. State Senator Ricky Hendon says, “No one wants to carry the ball 99 yards all the way to the one-yard line, and then give it to the half-back who gets all the credit and the stats in the record book.” Hendon is the original sponsor of Illinois’ racial profiling and videotaped confession legislation. Jones takes the bills away from Hendon so that Obama can put his name on them. (Once in the U.S. Senate, Obama repays Jones with tens of millions of dollars in federal spending for his district, which Jones glibly refers to as “steak” rather than “pork.”) [98, 99, 239, 292]

            Obama and his wife Michelle declare income of $259,294 for 2002. [1278]

            During his four terms in the Illinois State Senate, Obama works, on average, less than two days per week. He has virtually no accomplishments during his first six years, and then gets 26 bills passed in his final year—with the help of senate President Emil Jones, who has Obama’s name placed on bills as their author even though many of them were written by other state legislators. The Illinois State Archives never receives a request from Obama to archive any records in his possession, suggesting it was his intention to personally retain details of his work and not make records public. [346]

            By late 2003, with a slew of Jones-fed legislation under his belt and some “substance” for him to run on, Obama starts working on his plans to enter the 2004 U.S. Senate race. Aiding him is political pro David Axelrod, who has camera crews following almost all of Obama’s public appearances even before his election to the U.S. Senate. (Axelrod eventually uses the footage for a five-minute Internet video linked to Obama’s announcement that he is running for president.) [245, 1314]

 

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Anti-Israel and Pro-Abortion

 

In 2003, Obama attends a dinner held in honor of Rashid Khalidi, former PLO operative, harsh critic of Israel, and advocate of Palestinian rights. Obama, who has consistently denied a close relationship with Khalidi (even though the Obamas have dined more than once at the home of Khalidi and his wife, Mona, and used them as occasional baby-sitters), praises Khalidi during the decidedly anti-Semitic event. William Ayers also attends the dinner, and both Ayers and Obama sign Khalidi’s guest book. The event is a going away party for Khalidi, who is leaving Chicago and moving to New York. The dinner is sponsored by the Arab American Action Network, to which Obama had funneled cash several times while serving on the board of the Woods Fund. One speaker at the dinner remarks that if Palestinians cannot secure a return of their land, Israel “will never see a day of peace.” [384, 387, 395, 418, 419]

            The Los Angeles Times has a videotape of the Khalidi dinner but refuses to make it public. It is assumed the tape’s contents are damaging to Obama, likely because the event includes anti-Semitic sentiments and Obama heaping praise on Khalidi. Further, appearing as entertainment at the Khalidi dinner is a children’s dance group, the Sanabel AlQuds Dabka troupe. The Milwaukee-based Muslim children’s dance group typically performs the “debka,” a Middle-Eastern dance. The group’s performances have been known to include simulated beheadings with fake swords, and stomping on American, Israeli, and British flags. It has been alleged that, in his speech at the Khalidi dinner, Obama states “Israel has no God-given right to occupy Palestine,” and there has been “genocide against the Palestinian people by (the) Israelis.” [438, 439, 440]

            Obama tells the AFL-CIO in 2003 “I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care program… and that’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, and we have to take back the House.” Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama denies that he seeks a total government takeover of the nation’s health care system, despite proposing legislation for just such a system while in the Illinois State Senate. [74, 404]

            In 2003, the Born Alive Infant Protection Act again comes up in the Illinois Senate. Obama, chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee Obama, shelves the bill and prevents it from even being brought to the Senate floor for a vote. Obama’s Health and Human Services Committee is known for its “kiss of death” treatment of any legislation that is not leftist. Although specialty license plate legislation (for example, license plates to honor veterans or to support other causes) is normally directed to the Transportation Committee, legislation supporting Choose Life and Choose Adoption license plates is instead directed to Obama’s committee—where he refuses to allow a vote. Obama states he is “not in favor of a (license) plate benefiting adoption,” even though he says on the campaign trail that he “favors adoption as a means to reduce abortion.” [412, 413]

            Reverend Scott and Janet Willis, whose six children were killed in a tragic accident (involving Ricardo Guzman, an immigrant truck driver from Mexico who could barely speak English and who had obtained his commercial drivers license through bribery), drive three hours to the state capital in Springfield to testify in favor of a Choose Life license plate. Proceeds from the specialty license plate would be used to help fund adoption expenses. Echoing pro-abortion groups, Obama calls the issue “contentious.” The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) calls it “aggressive propaganda,” and the vice-president of the Illinois National Organization for Women (NOW) calls it “a violation of free speech.” Reporters fill the hearing room, eager to record the expected emotional Willis testimony. Obama instead calls only his friendly witnesses, completely ignoring Scott and Janet Willis, and then abruptly adjourns the hearing. Obama reconvenes the hearing the next day (after the reporters have returned to Chicago), listens to brief testimony from the Reverend and Mrs. Willis, and then has his Democrat-controlled committee kill the legislation. [412, 413, 414, 2627, 2628]

            In the fall of 2003, the Bush administration pushes Congress to establish a new oversight agency to regulate and supervise Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) fights the request, saying “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not in a crisis,” and “The more people in my judgment exaggerate a threat of safety and soundness the more people conjure up the possibility of serious financial losses to the Treasury, which I do not see; I think we see entities that are fundamentally sound financially and (can) withstand the [sic] some of the disaster scenarios, and even if there were a problem the federal government (would) bail them out, but the more pressure there is there then the less I think we see in terms of affordable housing.” The oversight legislation is blocked by Democrats. [2317]

            Obama and his wife Michelle declare income of $238,327 for 2003. [1278]

 

 
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2004

 

Loose Ends and Toward Washington

 

Obama pushes legislation in the Illinois Senate (SB 1332) to reduce the number of members of the Health Facilities Planning Board from 15 to 9, and (with the help of Tony Rezko, Stuart Levine, and Governor Rod Blogojevich) gets three of his campaign contributors appointed to the Board. One of the doctors on the board, Robert Weinstein, is later convicted, along with Stuart Levine, of embezzling millions from charities and a medical school. FBI agents record Rezko telling Levine that he influences the board. Michael Malek, one of those appointed to the board, donates $10,000 to Obama on June 3, 2003, and $25,000 to Governor Rod Blagojevich on July 25, 2003. Appointee Fortunee Massuda gives $25,000 to the governor and $2,000 to Obama. Dr. Imad Almanaseer gives $3,000 to Obama. [207, 209, 346]

            During 2004, Obama illegally uses state funds for a political mailing. [97]

            In 2004, Obama enters the Democrat primary for U.S. Senate. During the campaign in February, Michelle Obama sends a fund-raising letter with “alarming news” that “right-wing politicians” had passed a law preventing partial-birth abortions, which she refers to as “a legitimate medical procedure.” She asks supporters to pay $150 to attend a luncheon for her candidate husband, to help him fight against “cynical ploy(s)” to stop late-term abortions. [412]

            There are 15 candidates in the primary, and Obama’s most formidable is wealthy executive Blair Hull. Obama’s campaign manager is David Axelrod, the long-time political pro in Chicago (whose frequent job had been defending Mayor Daley from charges of corruption). Hull leads in the polls, but four weeks before the primary an operative (probably Axelrod) leaks to the Chicago Tribune information that Hull’s divorce documents reveal a request for a protection order from Hull’s wife. A wife-beating assumption (whether true or not) sinks Hull, and Obama wins the primary with 52 per cent of the vote and the help of Chicago’s large black population. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Obama team had “worked aggressively behind the scenes” to push the Hull divorce story. [100, 842 p. 242; 1314]

            By 2004, Obama and ACORN are old friends. Over the years Obama receives campaign support and voter registration help from ACORN. In exchange, Obama helps obtain funding for ACORN via the Woods Fund, Joyce Foundation, and the Illinois legislature, and he introduces or supports ACORN-friendly legislation (like job-killing minimum wage increases, preventing the construction of new Wal-Mart stores in poor neighborhoods that need the jobs, forcing banks to lend more to unqualified poor people and donate to voter turnout drives, fighting welfare reform and workfare rules, and imposing punitive “exit fees” for businesses that dare to relocate outside the city of Chicago). [243]

            In 2004, Obama says he is “…consistently on record and will continue to be on record as opposing concealed (weapons) carry (laws),” and would back “federal legislation that would ban (all) citizens from carrying weapons, except for law enforcement.” He also votes, in March, to allow prosecution of citizens who use guns for self-defense in their own homes (SB 2165). [444, 445]

            The Chicago Communist Party endorses Obama for the U.S. Senate. He also receives volunteer support from the Young Communist League. [101]

            On April 3, 2004, Iraqi-born billionaire Nadhmi Auchi attends a dinner party held in his honor at the home of Tony Rezko. Obama and his wife are guests, and Obama toasts Auchi. Auchi later says he never met Obama, and Obama says he “can’t recall” attending the event. (In 2005, Auchi loans Rezko $3.5 million, three few weeks before Rezko’s wife, Rita, pays full price for an empty lot adjacent to a mansion that Obama buys on the same day.) [296, 651, 842, p. 199]

            In an April 5 interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Obama claims he is a Christian but states Christians “may presume a set of doctrines… I don’t necessarily subscribe to,” and strangely and egocentrically defines sin as “Being out of alignment with my values.” (Most Christians believe in their doctrines, rather than simply subscribe to them, and few would define sin as does Obama.) To the question, “Who’s Jesus to you?” Obama has said, “Jesus is an historical figure for me, and he’s also a bridge between God and man, in the Christian faith, and one that I think is powerful precisely because he serves as that means of us reaching something higher. Moreover, he’s also a wonderful teacher. I think it’s important for all of us, of whatever faith, to have teachers in the flesh…” That unusual answer is remarkably acceptable to Muslims. [2589, 2590, 2591, 2592]

            In June of 2004, billionaire and former Nazi collaborator George Soros (who bankrolls leftist candidates and organizations like the radical Web site MoveOn.org) hosts a fundraiser in New York for Obama’s Senate campaign. Soros chips in $60,000. (George Soros was born in Hungary in 1930 and is a billionaire hedge fund manager and currency trader. He has donated millions of dollars to MoveOn.org, which brags that it owns the Democrat Party, “Now It’s Our Party: We Bought It, We Own It, And We’re Going To Take It Back.” Soros earned $2.9 billion in 2008 betting against the U.S. economy. The fortune he made trading currencies led Time magazine to call him the “Man Who Broke the Bank of England.” Soros is believed by some to be intentionally working to destroy economies in order to precipitate a move to world socialism. Soros has donated tens of millions of dollars to Democrat political campaigns and socialist causes.) [239, 2528]

            Between June 26 and July 1 of 2004, Michelle Obama joins a Women’s Event panel discussion at a Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Conference held at Trinity United Church of Christ. Those in attendance include Louis Farrakhan and his wife, Khadijah, and Mrs. Jamell Meeks (wife of Reverend James Meeks). Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby speak at the conference, but at different events than Michelle Obama. Allegations later surface that Michelle Obama’s talk developed into a rant against the evils of America and how whites are to blame for Africa’s problems. The more the crowd reacted, the more rabid she became in her comments. Some claim that her repeated denunciations of “whitey” were recorded. If such comments were made and a recording exists, it has not been made public. The recording (purportedly on DVD and briefly sold via the Church Web site) allegedly reveals Michelle Obama saying, “Once again, the white man keeps us down, what’s up with Whitey, why’d he attack Iraq? Why’d he let Katrina happen? Why’d he leave millions of children behind? This is the legacy the white man gives us.” When asked about the incident, candidate Obama refused to deny that his wife made the remarks and instead criticized the reporter for asking the question, saying, “Frankly, my hope is people don’t play this game. It is a destructive aspect of our politics.” Obama’s tap-dancing suggests to some that the story is true, and arms have been twisted (or money has exchanged hands) to keep the recordings from being made public. [843, 844, 842 pp. 304–307; 2213]

 
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The Speech

 

On July 27, 2004, Obama gives the keynote address at the Democrat National Convention that nominates John Kerry for president. This is a clear signal that the powers in control have bigger plans for the mediocre Chicago machine politician. Although Obama’s speech is mundane, boilerplate, and unoriginal, he impresses the crowd with his delivery. The television commentators do their best to persuade those who were unimpressed that it was impressive. (The speech reminds some of the remark by Austrian writer and journalist Karl Kraus, who wrote, “The secret of the demagogue is to make himself as stupid as his audience so that they believe they are as clever as he”) According to Obama, immediately before the speech his wife warns him, “Just don’t screw it up, buddy!” [1989, 1990, 2215]

 
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