Update: Recall the Obama “mistaken” votes in the Illinois State Senate? Well, apparently Obama not only does not know how to press the right button, Obama can’t get voting with raised arm right either. And, Obama does not bother to tell Americans when he has voted “incorrectly”. Here is the amazing story which demonstrates how little we know about Obama (VIDEOs at the article link) and we wonder what other boneheaded “mistakes” Obama has not told us about.:
Last fall during a nationally televised presidential debate, Sen. Barack Obama hesitantly raised his hand and joined with most of his Democratic rivals to declare that he opposed decriminalizing marijuana.
But as a candidate for the U.S. Senate four years ago, Mr. Obama told Illinois college students that he supported eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana use or possession, according to a videotape of a little noticed debate that was obtained by The Washington Times.
“I think we need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws,” Mr. Obama told an audience during a debate at Northwestern University in 2004. “But I’m not somebody who believes in legalization of marijuana.”
Asked about the two different answers, Mr. Obama’s presidential campaign said he in fact has “always” supported decriminalizing marijuana as he answered in 2004, meaning the candidate mistakenly raised his hand during the presidential debate last fall.
Apparently Obama did not bother to correct his “mistake” vote in a nationally televised debate. Hillary was right when she stated at the last debate that Obama does not take responsibility for his record.
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For a long time we have been writing that Obama is a total unknown. Big Media has avoided vetting Obama. Big Media has protected Obama.
With less than a week to go before the Super Tuesday primaries one major network, ABC, has at least acknowledged (on-line only, not in their broadcasts) that little is known about Obama. Just last week it was uncovered that Obama cannot discern between a green “Yes” button, a red “No” button, and a yellow “Present” button when voting.
The Obama entanglements with indicted Chicago slumlord Rezko only became national news when Hillary, after she was attacked by Obama, called out that poisonous name in a debate. Obama’s many “present” votes became an issue well after 9 months of campaigning by Obama.
The most rudimentary facts about Obama’s history, including his vote history, are still largely unknown, waiting to explode.
The underlying question that this clip raises with me is — what else is there about Obama that we don’t know about? What other clips? What other comments?
Obama is on the cusp of doing well on Super Duper Tuesday and has still never had a negative TV ad run against him, and it seems clear that Hillary Clinton is correct in her implication — he has not been fully “vetted.”
There’s a lot voters — and the media — do not know about him.
The Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn places the blame on Obama for the unanswered questions, at least on the Rezko aspect, of Obama’s unexamined record.
A big question I have about the Rezko rumpus is this:
Why in the world are there still questions? [snip]
And that’s Obama’s fault. At some point early in his campaign for the White House, he apparently decided he’d said all he wanted to say and all there was to say about his dealings with Rezko. He would not grant follow-up interviews on the subject to investigative reporters, and his staff provided written and often inadequate responses to written questions.
Maybe he thought the questions were irritating—picky, repetitive, dripping with insinuations. Maybe he thought there was so little to this would-be scandal that reporters would forget about it and move on to another politician’s curious entanglements. Or maybe . . .
Well, it sure looked like he was hiding something.
This was bonehead deluxe. Megabonehead. Boneheadissimo.
Rezko’s looming trial date (it’s next month) was bound to exhume any part of the story that had died. The national media was inevitably going to want to take a crack at the story that places Obama squarely in the skeezy milieu of Illinois politics.
The trial of Rezko starts next month – after the Super Tuesday vote.
John Kass of the Chicago Tribune paints a vivid and ugly picture of possibilities:
Can Rezko really sing, loudly in a clear voice, in that orange federal jumpsuit he’s forced to wear, after a federal judge on Tuesday [January 29, 2008,] revoked his bond, figuring he’d run to Syria and skip out on his federal political corruption trial? [snip]
He’ll make a fortune if Obama becomes president.
For the good of the Democratic Party Obama must answer questions – throughly – about his financial entanglements with Rezko.
Even if Obama were totally innocent, once the Rezko trial starts Rezko will gain a great deal of power over Obama. At any moment Rezko could plunge Obama into the very middle of his kickback and extortion trial. Rezko could honestly or maliciously cut a deal with prosecutors to “give up” Obama in exchange for a sweet plea deal. Democrats will suffer if Obama is still in contention for the nomination.
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“Skeezy” not only describes Chicago politics. It is also a good word to describe Obama’s latest nastiness towards Hillary and his broken down attempts to explain “The Snub” with flowery words.
ABC News as well as Inside Edition document the nasty Obama snub of Hillary Clinton.