For a long time Big Pink was a lonely, little, squeaky, demure, bird voice, chirping “rezko, rezko”. There is now a harmonious choir of full-thoated voices singing along “REZKO, REZKO.”
We always think of ourselves as a public service and especially a service to true Democrats everywhere.
Indeed, our first of many articles regarding REZKO, when no one else was paying attention, were sweet pleas of logic for Obama to come clean. We warned Big Media was missing the “big picture” and that Prosecutor Fitzgerald would bring out the facts at the worse possible moment. Neither Obama nor Big Media listened.
The Republicans, we argued, would in any general election race run extremely tough ads tying Obama to REZKO. Obama, we argued, in order to save Democrats from his ethical lapses (recall Democratic leaders had foolishly made Obama an “ethical” spokesman) had to come clean and explain quickly and fully – and with documentation – all the Obama/REZKO entanglements, which were many and going back decades.
But, Obama/Axelrod and Michelle (we’ll explain the Michelle angle and entanglements, including the medical community twists and turns, in even greater detail than we already have, soon) decided to turn even more negative and ugly than they already were. They had already stood by smiling, if not involved, when an ugly video using the Obama logo smeared Hillary as a “Big Brother” type fascist. They again took a “hands off” approach when their allies, such as David Geffen, smeared Hillary. Michelle took to the road to smear Hillary, denying any smear was intended, and not so subtly bringing up marital problems. Obama/Axelrod/Michelle spewed anonymous memos smearing Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. The anonymous memos not only smeared the Indian-American/East Asian community as somehow nefarious, they also labled Hillary the representative not of New York, but rather Punjab (Hillary Clinton (D-Punjab)). After this Obama vileness we took to labeling Obama as the representative of REZKO (Barack Obama (D-REZKO).
Obama, the supposed “community organizer” as state senator either did not know what was going on in his own district, in tenements he helped his slumlord friend purchase with government money, OR, Obama screwed those African-American constituents in order to get even more money from their slumlord tormentor – REZKO. Big Media never interviewed those tenants. Americans never saw or knew about those suffering tenants. Big Media and Big Blogs remained silent.
[Hint to Hillary campaign: When the Illinois February 5 primary heats up, consider a press conference with Hillary right outside those tenements in Obama’s old state senate district. A picture of the community Obama “organized” for a screwing should be seen by Democrats nationwide.]
Big Media cooperated fully with Barack Obama (D-REZKO). Not a word was whispered about Obama’s ties to the indicted slumlord. Nary a word was whispered about Obama’s ties to Norman Hsu and the money Obama solicited and received from Hsu. Norman Hsu mentioned Obama in his (failed) suicide note – not a word from Big Media. A Rezko business associate (elder Stroger’s godson) under investigation by authorities committed “suicide“. Suicide during criminal investigations is normally a Big Media obsession, but in this case – not a whisper from Big Media.
[Hint to Big Media: Follow the money trail of Michelle Obama (and her years on the Landmark Commission, as well as her hospital flack work), Stroger (father and son, and other hospital connections), Doctor Ray, the doctor who sold the Obamas/REZKO the house, “Barack’s Brain” and her housing connections, Giannoulias (the reputed Chicago underworld financier and Obama fundraiser). Also check out the Chicago suicide.]
[Bigger hint to Big Media: follow the money. It’s the hospital real estate investors and holdings.]
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In recent weeks, including during the debate, Obama sought to minimize the nature of that relationship… A review by the Los Angeles Times shows that Rezko, a businessman long active in Chicago politics, played a deeper role in Obama’s political and financial biography than the candidate has acknowledged..
For example, Rezko, his employees and business associates — such as his consultants, lawyers and their families — have provided
Obama more than $200,000 in donations since 1995, helping fuel his rapid ascent in Illinois and U.S. politics. Although Rezko is not Obama’s largest bundler, he was there at the start and at critical moments along the way, helping support the candidate when few others were.
In addition to being a campaign benefactor, Rezko also surfaced when Obama and his wife purchased their house on Chicago’s South Side in 2005. On the day the Obamas bought their house, Rezko’s wife, Rita, bought an adjacent lot from the same sellers, part of which Obama later bought back.
Rita Rezko’s purchase, at the $625,000 asking price, came just as the Obamas successfully bid in a slow market to buy the house for $300,000 below the asking price, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Larry Johnson, at the pro-Obama site, posing as impartial, called TPM, breaks with Josh Marshall and questions – Obama’s JUDGMENT:
During Monday night’s Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton brought up Obama’s past association with Rezko. Wolf Blitzer gave Obama a chance to set the record straight:
BLITZER: I’m going to go to Suzanne Malveaux in a second, but I just want to give you a chance, Senator Obama, if you want to respond. Senator Clinton made a serious allegation that you worked for a slumlord. And I wonder if you want to respond.
OBAMA: I’m happy to respond. Here’s what happened: I was an associate at a law firm that represented a church group that had partnered with this individual to do a project and I did about five hours worth of work on this joint project. That’s what she’s referring to.
So he was just associated with a law firm that partnered with Rezko? Just some guy? This is not true. In some circles it is called a lie. Now I don’t know about you, but when someone starts tap dancing about simple, easily investigated facts it means they are covering something up. Obama had more than an incidental relationship with Rezko.
One of the classic lines last night revolved around a subject that the national press has been ignoring for some time. Barack Obama couldn’t even bring himself to utter the guy’s name. There’s a reason for that, which you’ll understand soon enough, that is unless you’re from Chicago; to you this will be old news. The exchange between Clinton and Obama is not unlike how the national press has been handling the subject. Only the Chicago Sun-Times has had the temerity and investigative spine to go after it. It is nothing short of a political godfather story. The tale of an eager, brilliant, ambitious man wanting to rise in politics, and the man who had the money to make it happen. It’s the real true tale of Barack Obama and Antoin “Tony” Rezko and the Faustian political deal made in the quest for power, fame and political prowess, which would eventually lead to a bid for the presidency. The fact that Obama won’t mention the name of the guy who made his rise to political prominence possible out loud illustrates the efforts to which Obama, with the aid of a mostly negligent press, has been able to make Rezko a forbidden word to utter, instead of an issue that we all should know a lot more about.
Obama has tried to sell his judgment as something of value.
Until Obama explains and documents how his judgment was so off when it came to REZKO – Obama’s judgment cannot be trusted.
REZKO, the slumlord who tormented Obama’s constituents, did so in a small state senate district Obama represented. Obama now wants to represent a nation of hundreds of millions. Americans can’t afford Obama’s type of “representation”.
Obama abandoned his Chicago constituents freezing in their tenements in the same way that Obama’s health care plan abandons 15 million Americans. Americans’ can’t afford Obama’s type of “representation”.