I guess Senator Obama was just too busy working for the poor and homeless in Chicago to take time to watch the Tom Cruise movie, The Firm. Because if he had the Tony Rezko case would not be biting him in the ass. In case you forgot, Cruise played a white version of Barack Obama–a charming, up-and-comer fresh out of law school idealist who fell in with a crowd of scalawags who were tied to the mob.

But I digress. Here’s the problem. Why is Barack not coming clean about his relationship with Antoin “Tony” Rezko, who is facing charges on federal corruption charges? If there really is nothing there, then don’t do the Bill Clinton shuffle. Just tell the truth.

But Obama can’t or won’t do that. And I wonder why? 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.

FACT. Obama bought property with Tony Rezko. Here are the facts from Obama’s own mouth:

Q: Senator, when did you first meet Tony Rezko? How did you become friends? How often would you meet with him, and when did you last speak with him?

A: I had attracted some media attention when I was elected the first black President of the Harvard Law Review. And while I was in law school, David Brint, who was a development partner with Tony Rezko contacted me and asked whether I would be interested in being a developer. Ultimately, after discussions in which I met Mr. Rezko, I said no.

I have probably had lunch with Rezko once or twice a year and our spouses may have gotten together on two to four occasions in the time that I have known him. I last spoke with Tony Rezko more than six months ago.

Q: Did you approach Rezko or his wife about the property, or did they approach you?

A: To the best of my recollection, I told him about the property, and he developed an interest, knowing both the location and, as I recall, the developer who had previously purchased it.

Q: Why did you not publicly disclose the transaction after Rezko got indicted?

A: At the time, it didn’t strike me as relevant. I did however donate campaign contributions from Rezko to charity.

Doesn’t everybody buy an adjacent piece of property with a casual acquaintance whom you barely know?

FACT. Rezko has been a major contributor to Obama’s political campaigns. According to the Chicago Sun-Times:

During his 12 years in politics, Sen. Barack Obama has received nearly three times more campaign cash from indicted businessman Tony Rezko and his associates than he has publicly acknowledged, the Chicago Sun-Times has found.

Obama has collected at least $168,308 from Rezko and his circle. Obama also has taken in an unknown amount of money from people who attended fund-raising events hosted by Rezko since the mid-1990s….Sources close to both Rezko and Obama, however, said Rezko raised money often for Obama….

Tony was one of the biggest fund-raisers.”

FACT. Obama used his political position to lobby on behald of Rezko’s business interests.

Taylor Marsh provides the details:

There’s also been a lot of back and forth about the letters Obama wrote on behalf of a project that Rezko owned. One story has Rezko’s attorney saying adamantly that his client didn’t ask Obama to write the letters. Obama still wrote them. Another letter written by Obama was on behalf of New Kenwood LLC, a company formed by Obama’s former boss, Davis, and Rezko.

“I am writing in support of the New Kenwood LLC’s proposal to build a ninety-seven unit apartment building at 48th and Cottage Grove for senior citizens,” Obama wrote in separate letters, each dated Oct. 28, 1998, to city and state housing officials. “This project will provide much needed housing for Fourth Ward citizens.”

At the time he wrote the letters, Obama was also a lawyer with Miner Barnhill & Galland, the law firm Davis formerly headed. Among the firm’s clients were several companies owned by Davis and Rezko. The firm did not represent New Kenwood.

Davis and Rezko hired Daley & George, the law firm of the mayor’s brother Michael, to help them get $3.1 million from bonds issued by the city of Chicago. … ..

I am sick and tired of the word parsing. I did not like it when Bill Clinton did it, but at least he could argue he was trying to save his marriage. Hillary took too long to admit her mistake in supporting the Iraq war resolution in 2002. And George W. Bush takes the prize. We have had seven, going on eight years, of him flat out lying about terrorism and war, and Americans have died because of it.

So excuse me if you expect me to take Senator Barack Obama seriously while he claims not to know some guy who was his neighbor. Yeah he ate lunch with him but only twice a year for several years. Tony somebody. And then there’s that matter about Rezko giving him hundreds of thousands of dollars for his campaigns. Anyone who has ever run for public office does not give a rats ass about anyone willing to pony up hundreds of thousands of dollars for their campaign. And I am sure Obama feels the same way. Why would he remember a generous contributor?

And finally, Senator Obama, you don’t know this guy but you’ll write two letters using your good name to shill for his business enterprises? Cut me a break. If you are going to lie at least do it with some style. You don’t know dick about Tony Rezko? I don’t think so.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
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  • Ron Cowin

    With the stock market taking a nose dive, I’m glad that the Republican idea for privatizing Social Security was overwhelmingly rejected. And if we didn’t waste all that money on SDI (Star Wars), maybe we would have enough funds to end the Iraq War. As for Tony Rezko, if someone raised that much money for me, I’d sure remember who he was. Who picked up the check at their lunches?

  • CK

    What happened to the Sibel Edwards page? SUddenly it goes 404? Not the old one, the one LJ posted up today. And to make it even more maddening, it goes 404 right in the middle of a brilliant post by moi.
    Why it is almost enough to make a conspiracy theorist out of a firm believer in co-incidence.

    • It was either Marc Grossman or the FBI. I’m checking. Actually, a consequence of moving to a new server. Moses (not the Ten commandments guy) is trying to recover all.

  • Mr.Murder

    So we’ve now moved the discussion on to Obama’s statement about Reagan.
    He went from being a self proclaimed mirror image of Bush policy in Iraq in 2004 to being in praise of Reagan in 2008.

    At least people forgot about him saying in 2004 he’d have the same Iraq policy as Bush.

    For the record, when he mentions Bill Clinton’s critical review of his words again, reporters will ask of Hillary about the exchange. Barack hasn’t even shown the sense to bury it.

    She should simply remind them that Bill pointed out Barack’s expressed 2004 desire to reflect Bush policy in Iraq. She and others criticized him for pandering to Nevada conservatives in their newspaper’s op-ed praising Reagan and republican ideas of the 1990s in 2008.
    Obama really hasn’t distinguished himself with response to either concern, but to confuse the two statements with who leveled the criticism is to continue being disingenuous.

    Bill pointed out words of Obama in 2004, Hillary pointed out words of his in 2008.

    After reply by Obama others may have invited similar response from Bill in the media, but the article I see claiming this on the first two pages of a search are by Politico(right wing crew given unfair visibility in the beltway, staffed with former republican operatives) and Malkin, attributing Bill the initial claims about Reagan.

    Maybe I’m wrong, but it seems Barack replied with both of them and invited response from both. Were he to try and keep it clear who said what he would have done himself better. That’s probably the difference between lecture and instruction, something a lay person as myself wouldn’t be quite as familiar with. Maybe Northwestern has a noncredit course on the difference…

    Oh, Obama voted against Kerry’s own proposal to set a one year timetable for starting withdrawal, something that would facilitate political change.

    Now he’s amazingly using that as part of his own campaign strategy, aiming for sixteen months, just past a year to perhaps begin withdrawal. Somehow this is supposed to be consistent with Obama’s “against the war” position, and his funding request approvals for the war.

    So if you keep talking about it, it would well appear that you leave open the room for notice that you opposed setting timetables, and could perhaps use that as a default position for plausible continuation of policy.

    Plenty of starch on the collar there, Barack, because it’s been a heavy spin cycle you’re going through.

    • The problem I have with Obama’s Reagan remark is that he said, the GOP was THE party of ideas. Uh, Obama, the Dems had/have plenty of ideas too!

      Other than that, the analogy Obama was drawing was that he wants to be the “transformative” candidate for the Left, the way Reagan was for the Right. I didn’t see Obama’s comments as an endorsement of Reagan’s dismal record on civil rights, poverty, etc. Others may disagree.

      Regarding Iraq, both Obama and Clinton have problems on that subject as far as I’m concerned.

  • So far, there’s no evidence to indicate Obama has done anything illegal.

    I don’t believe Larry is accusing Obama of illegal activity. Larry just wants Obama to be forthcoming about the nature of his relationship with Rezko. As Taylor Marsh says:

    “Mind you, I’m not at all saying Barack Obama did anything illegal, nor is anyone else. He absolutely did not. That’s not the point at all. But he’s running on “hope” and “change,” which does not comport with his record or the people with whom he associated or helped bankroll his political beginnings.”

  • RalphB

    Apparently the Oborg can’t read if the story is not positive about Sen Obama. I don’t have a clue if any of this is illegal or just run of the mill Chicago politics. I do know that if it’s not looked at now, the republicans will use it on him like a sledgehammer later.

    At least they haven’t called you racist, yet.

  • Jay

    “Barack fight for the truth. He refuses to admit the truth. And you admire that nonsense? Scary.”

    What’s even more scarier is your obscene level of hackery – utterly shameless.

  • Barack fight for the truth. He refuses to admit the truth. And you admire that nonsense? Scary.

  • Cee

    I came back to post this. What you and Susan are doing to Obama is no different than what was done to Kerry, Hillary and Bill Clinton. Not only should you be ashamed, it doesn’t help your candidate.

    Kerry: Obama Being Swiftboated

    Tuesday, January 22, 2008 7:44 PM

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    Sen. John Kerry is calling on Democrats to help presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama avoid the fate he endured in the 2004 election — “swiftboating” by political foes.

    In an e-mail sent out Tuesday to Obama’s supporters, Kerry wrote:

    “I support Barack Obama because he doesn’t seek to perfect the politics of Swiftboating — he seeks to end it.

    “This is personal for me, and for a whole lot of Americans who lived through the 2004 election.

    As a veteran, it disgusts me that the Swift Boats we loved while we were in uniform on the Mekong Delta have been rendered, in Karl Rove’s twisted politics, an ugly verb meaning to lie about someone’s character just to win an election. But as someone who cares about winning this election and changing the country I love, I know it’s not enough to complain about a past we can’t change when our challenge is to win the future — which is why we must stop the Swiftboating, stop the push-polling, stop the front groups, and stop the email chain smears.

    “The truth matters, but how you fight the lies matters even more. We must be determined never again to lose any election to a lie.

    “This year, the attacks are already starting. Some of you may have heard about the disgusting lies about Barack Obama that are being circulated by email. These attacks smear Barack’s Christian faith and deep patriotism, and they distort his record of more than two decades of public service. They are nothing short of “Swiftboat” style anonymous attacks.

    “These are the same tactics the right has used again and again, and as we’ve learned, these attacks, no matter how bogus, can spread and take root if they go unchecked.

    “But not this time — we’re fighting back.

    “And when I say ‘we,’ I mean that literally. I know Barack is committed to fighting every smear every time. He’ll fight hard and stand up for the truth. But he can’t do it alone.

    “We need you to email the truth to your address books. Print it out and post it at work. Talk to your neighbors. Call your local radio station. Write a letter to the editor. If lies can be spread virally, let’s prove to the cynics that the truth can be every bit as persuasive as it is powerful. …

    “Barack Obama is committed to bringing our country together to meet the challenges we face, but he knows that power gives up nothing without a struggle — and to win the chance to change America, we must first defeat the hateful tactics that have been used to tear us apart for too long. …

    “The fight is just heating up — we won’t let them steal this election with lies and distortions.”

    © 2008 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

    • Percy

      Cee…don’t mix the issues. Swiftboating is a twist of the truth… or making stuff up about his religious background because his middle name is Hussein, and his father is a Muslim. Still it is legitmate for to ask and verify! HOWEVER … the Renzo stuff.. is factual and documented. He can not escape the facts! So it is not swiftboating. What Kerry refers to is the e mails going around questioning his faith… NOT coming to defense about Renzo. Kerry is headed for policital suicide because he is swiftboating all of us….through the above message. Throwing everything in a pot, under the disguise of the “aww poor Obama” these rumor email going out, distorting.. and this is where the HOPE comes in to play.. Obama is HOPING we are all naive enough to mix evertyhing together and say… everyone is picking on me.. Remember me? I am the candidate of change? HOPE on….

      • norris morris

        It has become clear to me after reading several lenthy dossiers at both Chicago papers, and Google, Factoid, etc., that when the records from state senae are recovered [if right hasn’t already]… Tim Novak and investigative team from Sun Times did a thorough and fair job and asked Obama to respond.

        There will be No Quarter…….. as this is despicable stuff. Using your people to advance your career while helping a thief because he donates for your campaigns as a payback! And taking a sweetheart piece of land…greedy.

        And the poorest people imaginable living in squalid deplorable unheated South Side slums that were paid by for by the government,fed,city,state, to be rehabbed, but were screwed over and abandoned in exchange for patronage. This story has legs and it has nothing whatever to do with swiftboating. Leave that to the GOP, because they will do the Muslim and every rotten thing. But this stuff is factual. All the money wound up in Rezko’s pocket and in his company Remzar Corp.

  • Cee

    But I digress. Here’s the problem. Why is Barack not coming clean about his relationship with Antoin “Tony” Rezko, who is facing charges on federal corruption charges?

    Because there isn’t anything to it. This is so tiresome.

    • How naive can you be? Then why did he lie about his relationship, longstanding, with Rezko? You cannot in good conscience pretend that he was forthcoming on that.

      You make the same pathetic excuses for your boy that the Republicans do for theirs. You are no different from neocons insisting that things are swell in Iraq. It is sickening. You will tolerate any level of shit as long as it comes from Obama’s ass.

      Me, I despise the shit regardless of who is putting it out.

    • norris morris

      Patrick Fitgerald the prosecutor who nailed Libby brought the Rezko indictment. Rezko trial starts 2/24/08

      everything said about Onama is true and verifiable through legal,real estate. title. and other records. His own bio written for ethics comm at senate tells this story.

      his law firm handled biz for rezko

      see chicago sun times at: http://www.suntimes.com
      go to Oama files. it’s all there. he’s lied. he’s been evasive, and far more as it all speaks for itself.

      all of the thousands of apts and bldgs needed permits for Rezko to get subsidized rehabs.these were obtained in Obama’s districts in state senate.

      they were alll left in disrepair and went into foreclosure. government money squandered was ultimately paid by taxpayer.