Update: Obama is having yet another horrible day (as noted in the updates to our previous article) due to his inability to think on his feet and articulate Axelrod’s thoughts. Chris Dodd and Joe Biden have been particularly tough on Obama today. Hillary has skewered Obama by lecturing him on presidential demeanor and responsibility.
At some point there will be a book detailing the inner workings of the Obama campaign during these difficult days as they scan the horizon to see flocks of buzzards circling Chicago headquarters. Get ready for leaks from Obama central as self-serving rats begin to squeak in order to avoid responsibility for the chaos and meltdown at Obama Inc.
For decades Hillary Clinton has been tested and tried and she has triumphed. Hillary opponents have tried every type of trick, from voodoo dolls to books, to make her stumble but Hillary keeps on ticking. Earlier this year 2 more books were written about Hillary which some hoped would doom the Hillary campaign. Those books barely sold and were laughed into the discounted bargain bins.
While no other Democratic candidate on the national stage has been as tested as Hillary for the most part they are somewhat well known. All except one.
So far in this election cycle the only source of Obama information has been the 2 books Obama wrote – about himself. It’s rather grotesque, the obvious self-facination involved in a relatively young man writing, not 1 but 2, autobiographies. The other presidential candidates are authors as well but usually have written books of substance and issues before indulging themselves in authoring memoirs.
Obama has been the author and sources for most of what is known about him. He is not the most reliable source of information. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Obama created composite characters in his hagiographies and the L.A. Times among other publications has questioned many aspects and facts in Obama’s adjective laden books.
Later this month the Obama monopoly on information will be challenged. Obama will not be happy. An Obama biography is about to be released. The book challenges most of the carefully crafted Obama myths.
On the stump, presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama suggests his political career was an afterthought. He tells of returning to Chicago from Harvard Law School to be part of a civil rights practice and teach law.
However, a new book reveals a reason Obama joined a politically connected law firm: to give him entree to the powerbrokers in Chicago’s elite liberal political community who helped elect Mayor Harold Washington — a job the new lawyer had his eye on.
The above sheds light not only on the early ambitions of the now demure Obama but also on the Obama-Rezko connection. It is because of this well-connected law firm that Rezko was able to gain over a hundred million dollars in government subsidies for a business neither he nor his company had any experience nor talent in.
And those demure denials of wanting to be president? Are they as believable as anything Obama has also said?
Obama actually pondered a political career early on, even telling Craig Robinson, his future brother-in-law, he might get into politics after Harvard and “maybe I can be president of the United States.”
This supplemental, more opportunistic narrative comes as Obama is relying intensely on his biography to propel him to the White House. It is delivered in a copy I obtained of Obama: From Promise to Power, by Chicago Tribune reporter David Mendell to be published in August.
Last June 19, Obama offered an audience at the Take Back America/Campaign for America’s Future conference a riff from his stump speech. “I joined a civil rights law practice, and I started teaching constitutional law. … And after a few years, people started coming up to me and telling me I should run for state Senate. So I jumped in the race.”
What about the aw-shucks, sweet guy personality?
But another view is offered by Mendell, who covered Obama during his 2004 Illinois Senate race, which is covered in detail in his book. Spending large amounts of time with Obama, Mendell writes about what he calls Obama’s “hidden side: his imperious, mercurial, self-righteous and sometimes prickly nature, each exacerbated by the enormous career pressures that he has inflicted upon himself.”
What about that Iraq speech and Obama’s accusation that others acted out of political calculation?
Mendell also writes on a central premise of Obama’s presidential candidacy: that he had the judgment to oppose authorizing the Iraq war and that his key rival, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, did not.
Obama decided to oppose the impending war “in part as a political calculation that he hoped would benefit him among Democrats,” Mendell wrote.
Obama has said that the more people know him the more they like him “to know me is to love me“. Obama is about to find out just how wrong he is.