Barack Obama listened to Jeremiah Wright in person or on audiotape for more than 20 years, going back to college days, and now Obama wants us to believe he did not know Wright was saying what Wright was saying.
Barack Obama was friends with Antoin “Tony” Rezko for about 20 years, going back to college days, and now Obama wants us to believe he did not know Rezko was a slumlord who tormented Barack Obama’s African-American constitutents in buildings Obama himself helped Rezko obtain.
Is Rezko still a friend?
“Yes,” Obama said, “with the caveat that, obviously, if it turns out the allegations are true, then he’s not who I thought he was. And I’d be very disappointed with that.”
Slumlord Rezko, who tormented African-American constitutents of Barack Obama in vermin infested, heatless tenements is still Obama’s friend. To hell with the people who froze, Obama has chosen whose side he is on.
Superdelegates and voters in upcoming primaries must know that Obama sided with the rich and powerful in his state senate district and turned a large deaf ear to the suffering of his constituents. Now Obama wants a promotion to help the rich and powerful nationwide and turn both ears away from Americans without health care and suffering from Republican rule.
Shameless, Obama once again thinks Americans are stupid.
Sen. Barack Obama is trying to air his dirty laundry — even some items that might appear just a little wrinkled — as he prepares a full assault on Sen. Hillary Clinton over ethics and transparency. [snip]
With a gap between campaign contests, Obama is trying to unload controversies. On Friday he held extended conversations with the Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times about his longtime relationship with indicted developer and fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko. [snip]
Obama again rejected remarks of his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, calling them “incendiary” and encouraging Americans to look past racial divisions.
“If all I knew was those statements that I saw on television, I would be shocked,” he said. “We’ve got a tragic history when it comes to race in this country. We’ve got a lot of pent up anger and bitterness and misunderstanding.”
Obama has spent the past year expressing befuddlement as to how Rezko found out about the lush side yard whose sale allowed Obama to purchase a house he could not afford. Now a wealth of detail is recalled by Obama as to how Michelle and he plotted to bring the topic up with slumlord pal Rezko. As the Rezko trial progresses, we will find out more facts. Obama must be vetted throughly before the Denver convention.
Likewise, Obama, who listened to “Pastor” Wright’s sermons 20 years ago in college (presumably the speeches of a 20 years younger Wright must be humdingers with even more vivid “God Damn America” language) is expressing befuddlement that such language could ever be used by his close friend and “Pastor”.
Obama must think Americans are really really stupid – a hall mark of all flim flam artists is well disguised contempt for those he flim flams.
Sen. Barack Obama, who had been declining to reveal earmarks he requested in 2005 and 2006, finally did so Thursday and probably would prefer the story to be about how his campaign challenged Democratic presidential rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, to do the same for her entire Senate tenure.
Instead, since I have some reporting history here, I am noting a pattern that has emerged: This is Obama’s third ethical conversion of convenience — taking on a higher standard, but only when it appears to be politically expedient. Obama is making government transparency and ethics a centerpiece of his presidential campaign.
The Obama record:
• • Obama took 23 subsidized rides on corporate jets in 2005, the first year he was in office. In January 2006, the very week he became the lead Senate Democrat on ethics, his office announced that in the future, his political war chest would pay the entire cost of using private planes.
• • Obama took donations from federal lobbyists and political action committees for his House and Senate races and his own Hopefund political action committee. He only stopped taking this political money — speaking out against it — when he launched his presidential campaign in February 2007.
• • Obama did disclose earmark requests he made in 2007; however, his office has been refusing since June, without explanation, to disclose earmarks Obama had sought previously. Thursday’s decision to disclose came on the very day the Senate voted on a one-year earmark moratorium. It failed 71-29. Clinton and Obama voted in favor.
Obama and Clinton have signed on to this moratorium measure knowing one of them will face the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, who is leading the drive against earmarks and does not request them. Last month, McCain taunted Obama on lack of earmark disclosure. Obama will seek no earmarks for Illinois this year.
Obama’s presidential campaign hosted a conference call Thursday to trumpet his new disclosures even as they were being posted on the Internet. The call featured Obama ally Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). McCaskill praised Obama’s openness and said, “And I think if we are not willing to share things, like, you know, appointment calendars or earmarks, I think it is a bad sign for truly making a change in the way this place operates.”
Since McCaskill raised the point: Obama has provided bare-bones information about his Senate schedule. I asked McCaskill about this. “I would think he would be happy to share information about how he spends his days,” she said. He is not. [snip]
Earmarks are tucked into legislation, controversial because they bypass review. Obama requested and did not secure $1 million for a hospital pavilion at the University of Chicago. Obama’s wife, Michelle, is vice president for community and external affairs, now on leave, at the U. of Chicago Hospitals. Obama also sought money for the Center for Neighborhood Technology, where his neighbor Jacky Grimshaw is a honcho.
In 2005, Obama asked for $500,000 for Kids Voting USA, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization encouraging young people to vote.
In 2006, Obama requested $250,000 for the Chicago Park District’s Obesity Prevention-Affordable Fitness Centers. He also asked for $8 million for a defense contractor linked to General Dynamics. Obama’s Illinois co-finance chairman, Jim Crown, is on the company’s board of directors.
We’ll await the Obama assault on Hillary and we will respond in kind.
We do wonder if the gorgeous mansion Obama lives in was built on some sort of native American burial ground and therefore all sorts of calamities befall dwellers in the house of comfort. Like a sequel in the Poltergeist films, the Obama/Rezko house has many ghosts. The latest ghost is none other than “Pastor” Wright – who “blessed” the house.
It is hard to imagine, though, how Mr. Obama can truly distance himself from Mr. Wright. The Christianity that Mr. Obama adopted at Trinity has infused not only his life, but also his campaign. He began his presidential announcement with the phrase “Giving all praise and honor to God,” a salutation common in the black church. He titled his second book, “The Audacity of Hope,” after one of Mr. Wright’s sermons, and often talks about biblical underdogs, the mutual interests of religious and secular America, and the centrality of faith in public life. [snip]
In an interview in March in his office, filled with mementos from his 35 years at Trinity, Mr. Wright recalled his first encounters with Mr. Obama in the late 1980s, when the future senator was organizing Chicago neighborhoods. Though minister after minister told Mr. Obama he would be more credible if he joined a church, he was not a believer. [snip]
Still, Mr. Obama was entranced by Mr. Wright, whose sermons fused analysis of the Bible with outrage at what he saw as the racism of everything from daily life in Chicago to American foreign policy. [snip]
In “Dreams From My Father,” Mr. Obama described his teary-eyed reaction to the minister’s words. “Inside the thousands of churches across the city, I imagined the stories of ordinary black people merging with the stories of David and Goliath, Moses and Pharaoh, the Christians in the lion’s den, Ezekiel’s field of dry bones,” Mr. Obama wrote. “Those stories — of survival, and freedom, and hope — became our story, my story.”
Mr. Obama was baptized that year, and joining Trinity helped him “embrace the African-American community in a way that was whole and profound,” said Ms. Soetoro, his half sister.
It also helped give him spiritual bona fides and a new assurance. Services at Trinity were a weekly master class in how to move an audience. When Mr. Obama arrived at Harvard Law School later that year, where he fortified himself with recordings of Mr. Wright’s sermons, he was delivering stirring speeches as a student leader in the classic oratorical style of the black church. [snip]
In the 16 years since Mr. Obama returned to Chicago from Harvard, Mr. Wright has presided over his wedding ceremony, baptized his two daughters and dedicated his house, while Mr. Obama has often spoken at Trinity’s panels and debates. Though the Obamas drop in on other congregations, they treat Trinity as their spiritual home, attending services frequently. The church’s Afrocentric focus makes Mr. Obama a figure of particular authenticity there, because he has the African connections so many members have searched for. [snip]
Despite the canceled invocation, Mr. Wright prayed with the Obama family just before his presidential announcement. Asked later about the incident, the Obama campaign said in a statement, “Senator Obama is proud of his pastor and his church.”
In March, Mr. Wright said in an interview that his family and some close associates were angry about the canceled address, for which they blamed Obama campaign advisers but that the situation was “not irreparable,” adding, “Several things need to happen to fix it.”
Asked if he and Mr. Wright had patched up their differences, Mr. Obama said: “Those are conversations between me and my pastor.”
Mr. Wright, who has long prided himself on criticizing the establishment, said he knew that he may not play well in Mr. Obama’s audition for the ultimate establishment job.
“If Barack gets past the primary, he might have to publicly distance himself from me,” Mr. Wright said with a shrug. “I said it to Barack personally, and he said yeah, that might have to happen.”
Obama wants us to believe that for over 20 years of listening to “Pastor” Wright he never heard anything wrong.
Obama wants us to believe that he distanced himself on the day he announced he was running for president from “Pastor” Wright, although he never heard anything wrong.
Obama wants us to believe the house Rezko bought and Wright blessed should not keep him from moving to the White House.
Obama wants us to believe in him. The facts tell us not to believe in him or what he says.
Obama is trapped in the house of Rezko – the house Wright blessed.
Obama won’t get to the White House. Obama is trapped in the Wright house.