Tomorrow night, there will be a debate with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on ABC.
Next week Pennsylvania votes. Obama and his thug campaign tried to force Hillary out of the race. Obama and his thug campaign did not want Pennsylvania nor the next scheduled primaries to take place. Now we know why.
Rezko, Wright, Bitterness – Three torpedoes headed towards the S.S. Obama.
The debate over Michigan and Florida is heating up too as more and more Americans are demanding Florida and Michigan voters have their votes counted and respected.
Right now the Hillary campaign must stay focused on Obama, the bitter snob. This is no time to let up on this revealing moment. Obama and his thug campaign will try to shift the debate to race. The Hillary Campaign must not allow this diversion/distraction orchestrated by Obama’s Big Media masters to take place. The Hillary Campaign must press the issue again and again. The Hillary Campaign must issue the same standing order every morning as U.S. Grant did: Advance!
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While the immediate issue in Pennsylvania is Obama’s condescension towards white working class voters who will not vote for him, yesterday, at the slumlord Rezko trial, the “Obama Bomb Dropped“.
When Tony Rezko held a reception at his home for Iraqi-born billionaire Nadhmi Auchi on April 3, 2004, White House hopeful Barack Obama and his wife were also there, Stuart Levine testified just now at Rezko’s trial.
Auchi is the man who provided Rezko a $3.5 million loan that Rezko did not disclose to the court — resulting in his January arrest.
“Mr. and Mrs. Obama were there, were they not?” Rezko lawyer Joseph Duffy asked.
“Yes, sir,” Levine said.
Obama and his aides have said Obama has no recollection of ever meeting Auchi.
Rezko’s lawyer was the one who bought up Obama’s name. And Michelle’s name too.
At the time of the reception for Auchi, Rezko paraded Obama as a soon to be U.S. Senator (Obama had just won the Democratic primary on March 16, 2004) in the same way Rezko would parade Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich.
Obama, in a South Carolina debate, implied he barely knew Rezko. Obama, until recently, was befuddled as to how Rezko knew about the house Obama was about to buy – until Obama recalled that indeed Rezko and Obama had strolled through the house together.
Otherwise, Obama said he and Rezko met for breakfast or lunch infrequently, dined once in Chicago with their spouses, and got together another time with their wives in Lake Geneva, Wis., where Rezko owned a home. Aside from the fundraiser, no mention was made of any other get-together at Rezko’s home.
Levine testified that he was at the Auchi party and saw the Obamas there as well as other political luminaries, including Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn and various cabinet officials in the Blagojevich administration. The governor was not in attendance, Levine said.
Monday’s testimony from Levine was not the first time it has been suggested that Rezko may have tried to capitalize on Obama’s growing celebrity in 2004 to impress potential investors in the Roosevelt Road project.
A published report last year highlighted a small private dinner Rezko hosted in February of that year at Chicago’s Four Seasons Hotel for two bankers from Qatar. Obama, then in the thick of his Democratic primary race for the Senate, took a brief detour from the campaign to pop in on the event. [snip]
But if Levine’s contention is correct, Obama was back at another Rezko event tied to the Roosevelt Road investment a few weeks later, this time as the freshly minted Democratic Senate nominee riding a crest of national publicity.
Auchi came to the rescue as Rezko’s business ventures began to crumble and his legal troubles mounted in recent years. Auchi, who heads General Mediterranean Holding SA, bought about 15 Wisconsin pizzerias from Rezko, court records show. He also took a stake in Rezko’s South Loop development at Roosevelt Road and Clark Street.
Rezko’s lawyer bringing up Obama’s name at the trial even raised the eyelids of the New York Times:
A government witness testified on Monday at the trial of the Chicago businessman Antoin Rezko that Senator Barack Obama attended a party in 2004 that Mr. Rezko held to court a controversial Iraqi-born investor for a large real estate project.
Mr. Obama’s presidential campaign has long said that the senator does not recall meeting the investor, Nadhmi Auchi, a billionaire who has been convicted on fraud charges in Europe. Mr. Obama’s spokesman, Bill Burton, said again Monday that the senator had no recollection of attending any such event.
Questions about the senator’s ties to Mr. Rezko, a former political fund-raiser who is on trial on corruption charges, have dogged his campaign. Mr. Obama has repeatedly said he never did anything to help Mr. Rezko.
The witness, Stuart Levine, who once served on state boards, said Monday that Mr. Rezko held the party at his Mediterranean-style home in a Chicago suburb. News reports from the courtroom said Mr. Rezko wanted to impress Mr. Auchi, who ultimately poured nearly $170 million into the real estate venture.
Several former Rezko associates have said that Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois attended a similar dinner that Mr. Rezko hosted for Mr. Auchi at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. And while Mr. Obama was not at that dinner, he recently acknowledged that he had stopped by the hotel at another time when Mr. Rezko was entertaining business associates.
Mr. Obama, an Illinois Democrat, has said that Mr. Rezko raised at least $250,000 for his earlier political campaigns. Mr. Rezko also bought a lot next to the Obamas’ house and later sold them a 10-foot-wide strip to expand their yard in a set of transactions that Mr. Obama has since described as “boneheaded” on his part.
Obama, the bitter bonehead, stuck by slumlord Rezko even as the Chicago machine ran from Rezko.
Former business associates of Mr. Rezko say Illinois newspapers had raised enough questions about Mr. Rezko’s influence in state government by 2005 that Mayor Richard M. Daley of Chicago told them he would not approve city-related financing for part of the real estate project if Mr. Rezko was involved. They said that decision came a month or two before the Obamas closed on their house and Mr. Rezko bought the adjacent lot.
Prosecutors in Mr. Rezko’s case have said that Mr. Rezko asked Illinois officials to help obtain a visa for Mr. Auchi’s visit to Chicago. The officials have not been identified, and Mr. Obama’s campaign has said he was not involved in that effort.
Citizens who require help with passports or visas usually turn to elected officials for assistance. They do not call the Mayor. They do not call their city or town councils. They do not call the Governor. They do not call the dog catcher. They call federal office holders (or soon to be federal office holders).
The visa Auchi required in 2005 to enter the country required the federal government to issue it. Obama has merely denied having a recollection of personally helping Auchi but typically expresses legalistic befuddlement as to whether the staff that worked for him assisted with the Auchi visa.
The London Times recently discussed the “Obama Bagman” a.k.a. slumlord Antoin “Tony” Rezko as well as Nahmed Auchi.
We too previously discussed an earlier London Times article which discussed many of the Iraq/Auchi/Rezko/Hussein/Obama entanglements.
We wrote: The London Times strongly implied recently that it is a “British-Iraqi billionaire” by the name of Nadmi Auchi who provided the money which paid for the Obama house to “bagman” Rezko and Mrs. Rita Rezko. Mr. Auchi of course has been convicted of corruption in France and has ties to such lovely figures as former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Why did Rezko’s lawyer mention Obama at the trial? It could be one final lurid attempt by Rezko to use Obama’s celebrity to try to convince the jury that he, Rezko, is not a corrupt crook.
Or, it could be a signal to
Superdelegates Prosecutors that Rezko, were he ever to flip, has a great deal of knowledge about Obama.
It appears from earlier trial testimony that if the Prosecutors decide to target a certain Governor, they already have sufficient evidence and witnesses to gain a conviction. Therefore Rezko does not have many bargaining chips to avoid a very long (equivalent to a life sentence at Rezko’s age) prison sentence if he is convicted, by merely offering up a certain Governor.
Likely, it was Rezko that provided the Obama campaign with a photograph of Rezko at a robo-photo session with Bill and Hillary Clinton at a fundraiser for an Illinois campaign. So Rezko and Obama are still friends. Rezko, were he ever to flip, could possibly point to houses as gifts, government money funneled to scam operations, favors exchanged, all as overt acts.
Rezko’s lawyers could be paving the way for Obama as a Rezko character witness (which would force the prosecution to raise questions about the Rezko and Obama business relationship).
Or Rezko, via his lawyers, might be signaling to prosecutors, that were he ever to flip he has a very tasty senatorial dish to offer prosecutors in exchange for a reduced sentence.
Time will tell. Which is why Obama wants Hillary out now. Time is not on Obama’s side. Obama knows there is a torpedo headed his way by the name of Rezko and when he blows up he does not want Hillary still there as an alternative for Superdelegates.
There are two more torpedoes headed Obama’s way.