The Chicago Tribune:
Obama said in the interview Monday that he was unaware of the scope of properties owned by Rezmar or the problems surrounding them. He said none of the affected residents personally sought his help and that aides at his state Senate district office did not recall any inquiries. Still, he said it was “possible” that during his tenure in the legislature that a constituent may have written or called his office “saying, ‘We’re in a building, and we’re unhappy with the service here.’”
Such problems, he said, would normally be brought to the attention of an alderman or the city’s Housing Department. “Had I known that there were buildings that were in deteriorating or poor condition, that certainly would have given me pause. But I didn’t know,” Obama said.
Of course Obama says he does not know where his state senate papers are located so he presumes we will never find out if an angry tenant confronted Obama over the slum conditions at the housing his slumlord friend Rezko owned.
The question, as Obama himself initially framed it, is still: Should Obama Have Known?
This is what we wrote in July 2007:
Obama claims that his work as a “community organizer”, “working with families who are struggling” and as a “state legislator” are credentials the American electorate should be impressed with and elevate him to the highest office in the land. How impressive are those credentials? What exactly did Obama do in Illinois? How did his experience as a “community organizer” inform his work as a state legislator?
How indeed did this much vaunted “community organizer” experience inform Obama’s work? Here are the central questions we raised in July of 2007 which remain unanswered by Obama to this day:
What use was Obama’s “community organizer” experience to those shivering tenants?
What use was Obama the state senator to those shivering tenants?
What relationships did Obama build during his “community organizer” days that proved useless when he became state senator, and failed to keep him in touch with the community?
What was Obama doing in his plush state senator office that kept him too busy to know that these “struggling families” were without heat “For more than five weeks during the brutal winter of 1997″?
If Obama with all his “community organizer” experience did not know what was happening in his small district office in Chicago, how in blazes does anyone think he will respond to the needs of an American electorate that numbers in the hundreds of millions?
This past Sunday more questions.
Where is the Senate Ethics Committee? McLaughlin raises the question regarding the apparent gift to Obama of a house.
Michelle, whom we have obliquely and not so obliquely referred to in previous posts finally gets some scrutiny too.
As Pat Buchanan says, only after a conviction will the prosecutor move to flip Rezko. Superdelegates beware.
“Suicidal to level with the American people.”