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Barack “I-didn’t-know” Obama

Vetting our two Democratic presidential candidates has definitely been a mixed bag. On one hand, Hillary Clinton’s life and political history has been in the news and reported online for many years. Barack Obama is another deal. He has essentially gotten a free ride in the national media, only being questioned seriously when the news was so shocking that the mainstream media had no choice but to report it.

So I went hunting, and was often surprised at what I found. It amounts to a pattern that I find dismaying. There are a lot of links here, documenting sources for my conclusions, and there is a lot to read.

Here is my list, in no particular order. See if you agree with me, and answer the questions for yourself… did he really not know, or is it just that he didn’t mind?

1. He joined and remained active in a church where racism and anti-American hate is routinely preached. He and his family attended, and heavily contributed for about 20 years. This has received worldwide attention, as show in the link below.
Ten Must-See Videos from The Times Online
Obama first claimed not to know about Wright’s inflammatory statements. He later admitted he did.
CBS News
Flip-Flip Video
CBS News
OOPS… didn’t notice. Or else he forgot.
Rev Wright, one of the ministers, even promoted Obama and denigrated Hillary Clinton from the pulpit spurring an IRS investigation as to the validity of their non-profit status. The Obama campaign is also reported to have campaigned on at least one occasion at church events, furthering the curiosity of the IRS.
WCBS TV

Obama Speech at General Synod of the United Church of Christ

But, OOPS… he didn’t know. Or didn’t mind.

2. Senator Obama bought stock in two companies whose investors included his 2004 campaign political donors. One, in fact, was developing medicine to treat avian flu — with the stock purchase coming right before Obama introduced legislation to increase funding to combat the virus.
The other company, SkyTerra, received government permission to build a national wireless network on the day Obama purchased his shares. Among the principal owners of this business were four people who had raised more than $150,000 for Obama. Attorney Obama claimed later that they were in a semi-blind trust, that just didn’t legally work out. When this became public, Obama sold the stock.

Chicago Sun-Times
New York Times
Oops… he didn’t know. Or didn’t he mind?

3. Senator Obama came into politics through the famously corrupt Chicago political machine, with the help of some of the slimiest characters imaginable. (Several major players who helped him are have been indicted for graft, fraud, etc. Obama now keeps a rep at Rezko’s trial every day to monitor testimony.) Obama has had to donate to charity much of the money they gave him to get his start, though the admitted dollar amount keeps increasing as time goes on. It’s now up over $250,000. Tony Rezko, currently at trial on federal charges of attempted extortion, money laundering, and fraud, was also involved in the purchase of Obama’s home at well below market value.

Huffington Post
Chicago Sun-Times
New York Times
Not so well publicized is the fact that Obama wrote letters to the Illinois Dept of Housing, recommending Rezco’s company, North Kenwood, LLC, for the housing projects that soon became slums, causing inhumane hardship for their residents.

Obama Letters
These slums, later repossessed, were in Obama’s district while he was an Illinois senator. In fact, some are about a mile from his home, and several are still boarded up. Obama professed to be unaware of any problems. During the Democratic debate on January 21, 2008, Obama, in fact, gave the impression that he had merely done about 5 hours of legal work for “this individual.”
The Rezko Foreclosed Properties
telegraph.co.uk
No Quarter
Rezko Watch
Chicago Tribune: Almost Believable
OOPS… he didn’t know. Or did he care?

4. According to the Sun-Times, Barack Obama, “allegedly decent guy and agent of change” in Washington, requested an earmark in 2006 for $1 million taxpayer dollars for the University of Chicago Hospitals, where is wife, Michelle Obama, was a vice president. Said hospital, by the way, gave Michelle Obama a huge raise (nearly $200,000, more than doubling her salary) in 2005 after Barack was elected to the United States Senate.
Michelle Obama
Chicago Sun-Times
According to The Chicago Tribune, “Obama had a special connection to Maytag: Lester Crown, one of the company’s directors and biggest investors whose family, records show, has raised tens of thousands of dollars for Obama’s campaigns since 2003.” Maytag closed its refrigerator plant in Galesburg, Ill during Obama’s 2004 Senate campaign, but Crown says Obama never raised the fate of the Galesburg plant with him. Obama’s campaign responded “that the senator did not know Crown sat on Maytag’s board until the Tribune noted it last September in a story about the closing of the Maytag headquarters in Newton, Iowa.”

Chicago Tribune
Obama Truth
Oops… he didn’t know? Or didn’t he care?

5. 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 — and began speaking out against it — when he launched his presidential campaign in February 2007. However, he still takes hundreds of thousands of dollars from their high level employees.
Politifact
The Hill
Politifact
Oops… he didn’t know? Or doesn’t mind?

6. Opponents have asked Senator Obama to release the records from his term of state office in Illinois. Since he has little other experience in politics (he did, after all, declare his presidential candidacy barely 2 years after election to the US Senate), this doesn’t seem an unreasonable request. The records might also shed light on his relationship with Rezko and some of the other corrupt individuals he rubbed shoulders with during his climb up through Chicago politics. But lo and behold, the records all seem to have mysteriously disappeared.
Politico
The Pantagraph, a central Illinois newspaper

Questions have also been raised about Obama-sponsored legislation during the last year he was in office there. It is alleged that, in the interest of making Obama appear more prolific, then Illinois Senate Majority Leader Emil Jones appointed Obama as sponsor of many pieces of legislation, even though other senior senators had spent many years working on the bills.

“I took all the beatings and insults and endured all the racist comments over the years from nasty Republican committee chairmen,” State Senator Rickey Hendon, the original sponsor of landmark racial profiling and videotaped confession legislation yanked away by Jones and given to Obama, complained to me at the time. “Barack didn’t have to endure any of it, yet, in the end, he got all the credit.”
“I don’t consider it bill jacking,” Hendon told me. “But no one wants to carry the ball 99 yards all the way to the one-yard line, and then give it to the halfback who gets all the credit and the stats in the record book.”

As a result, Todd Spivak of the Houston Press noted, “During his seventh and final year in the state Senate, Obama’s stats soared. He sponsored a whopping 26 bills passed into law — including many he now cites in his presidential campaign when attacked as inexperienced.”
Houston Press

Oops… he didn’t know? Or did he mind?

7. Obama’s website sported a page for the New Black Panthers organization until it was discovered and reported by the media. It was quickly removed. Obama denounced their support, but the New Black Panthers’ Winter 2008 newsletter still carries a full page ad for his campaign on page 36. Though the origin of the ad is not stated, it contains logos, graphics and quotes from the Obama website, which Obama could have ordered removed as a copyright violation.
The NBP page, before its deletion.
NBP Winter 2008 Newsletter
OOPs… he didn’t know.

8. In addition to the controversy concerning his numerous “present” votes while in the Illinois legislature, Obama also maintains that he just pushed the wrong button on 5 or 6 other votes. (Let’s not even go there!)

According to the New York Times, however, an examination of Illinois records shows at least 36 times when Mr. Obama was either the only state senator to vote present or was part of a group of six or fewer to vote that way, causing many to question whether he was really just trying to avoid taking a stand.
LA Times on Obama votes

Real Clear Politics
New Your Times
Obama also has an exceptionally high no-show ration for votes since coming to the Senate.
Media Matters
OOPS… he didn’t know? Or didn’t he care?

9. On Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008, CTV reported that a senior member of Obama’s campaign, Austan Goolsbee, spoke directly with the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago to assure them that if Obama publicly spoke about opting out of NAFTA, they should not take it seriously. It would just be political posturing… campaign rhetoric. Obama flatly denied the report, attacking both Senator Clinton and Senator McCain for their comments on the issue.
On March 4, the New York Times, among other sources, revealed that the conversation had indeed taken place, and published the memo. The Canadian government announced that an investigation would begin to find out who was responsible for leaking the memorandum concerning the conversation.
CTV News
New York Times
New York Times published the memo
OOPS… he didn’t know.

10. Obama’s position on the war in Iraq, in spite of the October 2002 speech, has not been as unwavering as he would have us believe.

  • He wrote in The Audacity of Hope that by March of 2003, “I began to suspect that I might have been wrong.”
  • In July, 2004, he told the Chicago Tribune, “There’s not that much difference between my position and George Bush’s position at this stage.”
  • Once elected to the US Senate, he told Charlie Rose on PBS, “Once the decision was made, then we’ve got to do everything we can to stabilize the country, to make it successful, because we’ll have too much at stake in the Middle East. And that’s the position that I continue to take.”
  • Obama continued that tack in his speech of November, 2005. Mirroring the Bush administration’s position, he asserted on January 26, 2006, that “it remains my position that we have a role to play in stabilizing the country as Iraqis are getting their act together.” In this interview on Meet the Press, he further stated, “My position has been that it would not be responsible for us to unilaterally and precipitously draw troops down regardless of the politics, because I think that all of us have a stake in seeing Iraq succeed.”
  • It wasn’t until October of 2006 that he called for “all the leadership in Washington to execute a serious change of course in Iraq.”
  • A month before he announced his presidential candidacy he repositioned himself again, saying for the first time, “It’s time to start bringing our troops home.”
  • It wasn’t until May of 2007 that Obama voted against funding for the war for the first time.
  • In June, 2007, Obama voted no to Senator John F. Kerry’s proposal to remove most combat troops from Iraq by July 2007, warning that an “arbitrary deadline” could “compound” the Bush administration’s mistake. He voted instead for a Republican-sponsored resolution that stated the Senate would not cut off funding for troops in Iraq.
  • Commentary Magazine
    Obama Gets the Facts Wrong
    Clinton Takes on Obama
    MSNBC
    The Boston Globe
    OOPS… did he forget?

    11. Senator Obama is chair of of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Europe, having been appointed in early 2007. According to Congressional Records, the subcommittee’s jurisdiction includes “all matters, policies and problems concerning the continent of Europe, including the European member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.” That means it has jurisdiction over NATO.
    As Senator Clinton asserted in a recent debate, “NATO is critical to our mission in Afghanistan. He’s held not one substantive hearing to do oversight, to figure out what we can do to actually have a stronger presence with NATO in Afghanistan.”
    Politifact
    OOPS… he didn’t know… or did he forget?

    12. Senator Obama told Tim Russert in January of 2006 that “I will serve out my full six-year term.”

    From the official transcript of Meet the Press:
    MR. RUSSERT: But there seems to be an evolution in your thinking. This is what you told the Chicago Tribune last month: “Have you ruled out running for another office before your term is up?” Obama answered, “It’s not something I anticipate doing.” But when we talked back in November of `04 after your election I said, “There’s been enormous speculation about your political future. Will you serve your six-year term as United States senator from Illinois?” Obama, “Absolutely.”

    SEN. OBAMA: I will serve out my full six-year term. You know, Tim, if you get asked enough, sooner or later you’re going to get weary and you start looking for new ways of saying things. But my thinking has not changed.

    MR. RUSSERT: So you will not run for president or vice-president in 2008?

    SEN. OBAMA: I will not.

    Obama formed an exploratory committee in January of 2007 and declared his candidacy two months later.
    Meet The Press Transcript January 22, 2006
    “Obama Takes the Russert Test” from The Swamp
    Obama Learns the Washington Ways
    OOPS… he forgot.

    13. Senator Obama promised to use public financing for the general election if his Republican opponent would do the same. Now, apparently after he realized how much more money he could have at his disposal, he has reversed himself.
    League of Women Voters
    Mr Obama’s Waffle
    OOPS… he forgot.

    14. Obama bragged in the Iowa debate about the “nuclear legislation I’ve passed.” When he encountered resistance from the nuclear industry… including Illinois-based Excelon, the country’s largest nuclear plant operator and one of Mr. Obama’s largest sources of campaign money, he edited his bill several times, making it weaker each time. The bill, however, never passed. It died. But Mr Obama gained a chief political strategist… David Axelrod. In October 2007, Obama resubmitted the bill in its watered-down version.
    Nuclear Leaks and Response Tested Obama in Senate
    OOPS… he forgot.

    15. Senator Obama purports to be in favor of “universal” health care, utilizing private insurance, on the campaign trail. In fact, he adamantly denied advocating single payor. But there was a time when he was in favor of the single payor system.

    Video
    The Swamp
    OOPS… he forgot.

    16. While campaigning, Obama told several hundred people in Iowa, “No lobbyists need apply to my White House.”
    However, in contrast to his pledge to fight against the influence of special interests, his record on employing lobbyists isn’t quite so pristine. Several high level members of his campaign are registered lobbyists, including his New Hampshire campaign manager. Lately, he has softened his campaign line to, “They are not going to run my White House.”
    The Boston Globe
    The Wall Street Journal
    Politico
    The Washington Post
    The Hill
    Obama actually seems very comfortable working with lobbyists on legislation. To site just one example…

    According to ABC, Obama “has quietly worked with corporate lobbyists to help pass breaks worth $12 million,” that gave two overseas companies tariff suspensions. Both companies also have facilities in Illinois.
    One of these companies, Nufarm, told its shareholders it was making “more money than ever before in North America because it had increased its prices on its U.S. and Canadian customers, predominantly farmers.” This had the effect of profiting business interests in his state, while punishing its farmers.
    According to ABC News, “With a dozen tariff suspension bills to his name, Obama stands out as the most prolific of any Democratic presidential hopeful on the topic.”
    Despite Rhetoric, Obama Pushed Lobbyists’ Interests
    OOPS… he forgot. Or didn’t he mind?

    How many other things are we going to find that Senator Obama conveniently forgot? It is my hope that the political powers-that-be will lay off the talk about ending the primaries early, and that the media and the internet diggers will help us truly vet Senator Obama. Use a little old-fashioned, objective journalism… remember that?
    If he has nothing more to hide, it can only help him.
    But if we don’t know the whole story yet, it might just help us be certain that we can indeed put a Democrat in the White House in November.
    That is, after all, what Democrats want, isn’t it?

    Cross-posted at MyDD.com.

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    • Vero

      Great article! I wonder how we can forward this to all of the States that still need to vote.

    • Sharin Bowers

      Dear Larry,

      Where would we be without your fact-checking. Thank you for all the research.

      I am wondering if you know when Hillary Clinton first came out against the war? The date? Was it about the same time as Obama, before or after? This is being discussed at DU and daily kos and everywhere and I have tried to find it and cannot. I really need some help.

      Thank you,
      Sharin Bowers
      CA

    • Athy

      http://mediamatters.org/items/200804040007?lid=210162&rid=6329027

      With a wildly off-base prediction record, Morris said Hillary Clinton “might have some trouble … getting re-elected senator from New York”
      Summary: On The O’Reilly Factor, Dick Morris claimed that Hillary Clinton “might have some trouble, though, getting re-elected senator from New York, particularly if the blacks give her a primary fight.” Morris has made previous predictions about Clinton that have proved wildly off the mark.
      I do not respect anything Dick Morris says about the Clintons.

      Morris that had to resign from the Bill Clinton in 1996 because of affairs that he was involved with a prostitute. Is this the same Morris who had been listed by the Morris’ failure to pay his income taxes. The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services as the seventh-largest delinquent taxpayer for 2007. Morris is known as a brilliant strategist however, his integrity his highly questionable.

      According to Howard Kurtz, 2/3/99 Washington Post article, Morris, “After two decades as one of President Clinton’s closest friends and advisers” he turned on Clinton with a vengeance.
      This is the man who is accused of “spilling his guts” to the public about personal family matters, financial matters, political matters of the Clinton family while he worked for Pres. Clinton.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/stories/morris020399.htm

      http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,19960902,00.html Before the scandal

      http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,19960909,00.html

      Voters, PLEASE check the following links for information about questionable attacks on Sen Clinton and MORE UNANSWERED questions that are being neglected by the Main Street Media.
      Issues that need to be discussed about Sen Obama.

      http://www.stop-obama.org/?page_id=8

      http://www.stop-obama.org/

      http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/03/24/barack-i-didnt-know-obama/#more-1919

    • Athy

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxDwv-G3YYg&eurl=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charlie-rose/my-conversation-with-davi_b_95121.html

      Mr Charlie Rose,
      Instead of asking David Axelrod about the horserace with respects to campaign strategies, I wish…I really really wish you could have asked him the following questions:

      1- Mr Axelrod, is it true that Sen Obama hired you because your specialty is getting black candidates elected by causing ‘race issues’ to pop up in each campaign. Is it true that using the race card is a major Obama campaign strategy so that Sen Obama can divide the voters and then scoop up the angry black votes and sympathetic white votes?

      Mr Axelrod, please comment on what these 2 articles say about the intentional race baiting that Obama
      campaign is engaged in?

      http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=aa0cd21b-0ff2-4329-88a1-69c6c268b304

      The New Republic, “Race Man” by Sean Wilentz.

      http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070219/hayes

      “Obama”s Media Maven” by Chrisptoher Hayes. 2/19/08 issue

      2- Mr Axelrod , is it true that you are involved with another company that works for corporate clients in helping shape public opinion about the company. Who are clients of this other company? Many have accused you of conflict of interest. Any comments? Also, what do you think about the fact that Illinois does not require public-affairs firms to register as lobbyists unless they seek to influence officeholders directly. Doesn’t this go against principles of transparency? Doesn’t this hurt the Illinois citizens while help the corporations doing business there? Why do you think Sen Obama allows this situation to exist?

      http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/content/mar2008/db20080314_121054.htm?campaign_id=rss_daily

      Businessweek, “The Secret Side of David Axelrod -The master of “Astroturfing: has a second firm that shapes public opinion for corporations- by Howard Wolinsky 3/14/08

    • Athy

      Sen Obama Sponsors Bill dealing with Blackwater and other private contractors…

      Thanks…but no thanks…

      http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080331/scahill (BTW, Excellent publication)

      Blackwater Seeps into the Campaign by Jeremy Scahill, posted online 3/18/08.

      In February 2007, Obama introduced contractor reform and oversight legislation that has become the Democrats’ major plan in the Congress.

      Scahill says legislation would give private military industry tremendous PR victory. The companies could finally claim that legally accountable structure governed their operations, yet they would be well aware that such legislation would be nearly impossible to enforce. Perhaps that is why industry has passionately backed this approach” Scahill.

      Sen Clinton supports banning private contractors altogether but Scahill says not enough.

      http://www.democracynow.org/2008/3/28/amy_goodman_questions_sen_obama_on

      Obama sponsored Private contractor legislation-however many view as “toothless tiger” because no way to monitor actions of private contractors.

      Recent investigations into Obama”s legislative record (introduction, support, passage of bills) leaves many scratching heads because bills appear to be “gutted” with regards to helping citizens versus the corporations . Blackwater bill is example.

      http://www.beyondchron.org/articles/The_Obama_Craze_Count_Me_Out_5413.html

      Beyondchron.org, The Obama Craze: Count Me out ” by Matt Gonzalez 2/27/08

      http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080211/fraser
      The Nation, “Subprime Obama” by Max Fraser 1/24/08 Post 2/11/08 issue

      http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/columns/2008/03/i-am-barack-obama.html
      Mother Jones, ” I am Barack Obama” by Mark Winston Griffith 3/17/08

    • Carolina

      Obama in the end you will be going:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsljOR1KFso

    • Carolina

      Retired Enlisted Association: our veterans

      Obama – 12%,

      Hillary – 41%

      Our retired veterans are supporting Hillary in mass.

    • Elise MacDonald

      Wow. Looks like the rumors you’re digging up regarding Obama outweigh Clinton’s outright repeated lies regarding Bosnia, at least in your mind.

      I’m sure the actual soldiers dodging sniper fire in Iraq are *really* loving her stories.

      http://kitchensink08.blogspot.com/

    • karen for Clinton

      There are so many things wrong with Obama that one of the things that particularly peeved me isn’t mentioned above: Exelon (reported about excellently in the New York Times.) The bill was written in March and it was watered down but the nuclear waste in his constituents drinking water was forgotten about and he wheeled and dealed with them.

      Clinton signed on in Sept. to Obama’s bill, because she was having issues with Indian Point at the time. See her senate page on Indian Point for the old articles related to this matter.

      The Nuclear plant Rezko wanted to build in Iran is somehow tied to Obama’s nuke buddies too.

      His history is all one big circle of filth.

      His fabrication based books too. See Hazel Johnson.

      And his prior senate races, Alice Palmer and running uncontested. See Chicago Tribune on his races.

      I agree with the poster that thinks he will end up in jail. He is past due for his fitting for an orange jumpsuit.

    • Athy

      Update about what REALLY happened with NAFTA and the Canadian embassy…and how Obama dealing with it…

      CTV News

      http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080227/dems_nafta_080227/20080227?hub=CTVNewsAt11
      The controversy began last week when CTV, a Canadian television network, reported that an Obama official had called the Canadian ambassador in Washington to play down the significance of Mr. Obama’s criticism of Nafta.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/04/us/politics/04nafta.html?_r=2&st=cse&sq=obama+nafta&scp=9&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
      The Obama campaign and the Canadian Embassy issued denials that were, it appears, technically accurate. But they were incomplete because they did not address Mr. Goolsbee’s meeting with Canadian officials.
      When WKYC-TV in Ohio asked Mr. Obama about the CTV report, he said:
      “I don’t have to clarify it.
      The Canadian Embassy already clarified it by saying the story was not true.
      And our office has said the story was not.
      And so I think it’s important for viewers to understand that it was not true.”
      When pressed, he said, “It did not happen.”

      Memo published by New York Times

      http://www.nytimes.com/images/promos/politics/blog/20070303canmemo.pdf

      Now, Obama is lying about what may have happened and Obama supporters are ‘pushing’ this lie as truth on blogs. Here is 1 story hitting the blogs…

      “Canadian Consulate in Chicago reached out to an econ professor at the U of Chicago (Goolsbee)-who happens to be an Obama advisor. U of Chicago professor comes to visit but doesn’t think enough of it to tell the campaign. Consulate scribe writes a disputable interpretation of the conversation. Disputed interpretation gets leaked by Conservative Party (~Canada’s GOP) PM’s office in a way that makes the actual conversation difficult to identify since the purported speaker doesn’t remember making those comments and the details of the conversation didn’t match the initial description provided:”

      My response….
      Hmmmm…..
      This is the second time that I can recall where Sen Obama claims that he did not know that someone from his campaign made a ‘high-level’ controversial visit to foreign govt but the campaign staff member….f o r g o t ….to tell Obama….

      http://www.nysun.com/article/71123
      The New York Sun 2/12/08 “Obama Adviser Leads Delegation to Damascus By Eli Lake Supposidly Sen. Obama had no idea that ZB, one of his foreign advisors at the time, was making a trip to Syria several weeks ago???

      ZB…forget to tell Obama? U of Chicago professor…forget to tell Obama?…….What’s wrong with this picture?

    • mbolack

      Thanks again for your kind words. I’m working on additions and revisions to this, and hope to have more up next week. In the meantime, please don’t take comments made by anyone who calls himself “imadickhead” too seriously. Unfortunately, that name speaks for itself.

    • Athy

      Well-researched, well-documented investigative report…

      http://www.stop-obama.org/?p=476

      “Professor” Obama, Rascist Media, and Obama Supporters in Rut” 4/1/08 by Juanita Gonzales

      An excerpt:

      While America’s Clean Black darling has stopped calling himself a Professor, the first thing you get when you Google “Professor” and “Obama” are just these sources, with their unanimous verdicts that Obama was indeed a Professor. This is the work of the University of Chicago’s appallingly mendacious statement,

      http://www.law.uchicago.edu/media/index.html whose results have now permeated the media.

      http://www.time-blog.com/swampland/2008/03/professor_obama.html

      How convenient, that Hussein’s better half, has been an Associate Dean

      http://chronicle.uchicago.edu/960606/obama.shtml at the University since 1996 and a Vice President for community and external Affairs

      http://www.uchospitals.edu/news/2005/20050509-obama.html
      at the University Hospital since 2005. How convenient, that one of Borack’s peers at the University of Chicago happens to be one of his political patrons, Abner Mikva,

      http://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/mikva
      who runs the University’s Legal Aid Clinic and writes pro-Obama screeds

      http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/mikva-021608/index.html

      prominently domesticated on the University server.

      Convenient but hardly as wonderful as one of the Universities Trustees being non other than Thomas Pritzker
      http://trustees.uchicago.edu/
      whose sister is Obama’s Finance Chair.

      http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2007/01/sweet_blog_scoop_penny_pritzke.html

      Thoma’s pro-Obama bias is well known, as he features among Obama’s billionaire http://www.newsmeat.com/fec/bystate_detail.php?st=IL&last=Pritzker&first=Thomas
      donors

      http://www.suntimes.com/news/sweet/867973,CST-NWS-sweet30.article

      No ‘Professor’ Obama at U. of C. TAUGHT CLASSES | Political flap over his precise law school title by Lynn Sweet, Sun-Times Columnist , 3/30/08

    • Athy

      Some more interesting news:

      http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?sid=a9Iwr1aLiyzw&pid=20601070

      Obama Wins Backing of 9/11 Commission Co-Chairman Lee Hamilton by Julianna Goldman 4/2/08

      Is this the man currently serving on Pres. Bush’s Homeland Security Council; the same man who, as Chair of the Select Committee To Investigate Arms Transactions with Iran-chose NOT TO INVESTIGATE PRES. G.H.W.Bush or Pres. Reagan because he felt it would not be good for the country;

      So much for transparency and accountability in government-right Sen Obama?.

      Hamilton, who co-chaired the commission that investigated the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
      (BTW ask how many citizens still think the govt is not telling us the whole truth about 9/11)
      and headed the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

      He and James Baker co-chaired The Iraq Study group (ISG), also known as the Baker-Hamilton Commission.

      This Commission was created by the United States Congress, to assess the situation in Iraq and the US-led Iraq War and make policy recommendations.

      Critics of the ISG’s final report say the study focused too much on Iraqi oil and so they concluded that the Iraq Study Group would extend the Iraq War until American oil companies have guaranteed legal access to all of Iraq’s oil fields.

      Iraqi President Jalal Talabani called the group’s conclusions “very dangerous” to Iraq’s sovereignty and constitution, according to CNN. “As a whole, I reject this report,” Talabani said.

      http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/12/10/iraq.main/index.html

      Iraq president rejects Baker-Hamilton report 12/11/06

      Iraqi President Jalal Talabani rejected the Iraq Study Group’s report Sunday, calling it “very dangerous” to Iraq’s sovereignty and constitution.

      http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-juhasz8dec08,0,4717508.story?coll=la-opinion-rightrail

      “It’s still about oil in Iraq” A centerpiece of the Iraq Study Group’s report is its advocacy for securing foreign companies’ long-term access to Iraqi oil fields. By Antonia Juhasz 12/8/06.

      Again, so much for transparency and accountability in gov’t…

      I wonder what Hamilton will expect from Obama as payback in case Obama wins the election?

      Sen Obama ALWAYS pays back – ask Sen Lieberman.

    • Athy

      Hi DH,
      What’s your point here?

      The case is still open. This is America. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. She is not saying that she will not ever return it…

      http://deepbackground.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/02/29/718285.aspx

      By Lisa Myers and Jim Popkin, NBC News 2/29/08

      Sen. Clinton accepts donations from troubled firm

      Clinton Campaign Response:

      Sen. Clinton’s spokesman, Howard Wolfson, told NBC News in a statement that the senator decided to keep the funds because the lawsuit is “ongoing” and because none of the sexual harassment allegations has been proven in court. “With regard to the pending harassment suit, as a general matter, the campaign assesses findings of fact in deciding whether to return contributions,” Wolfson said.

      Wolfson dismissed the notion that keeping IPA money reflected a lack of concern about sexual harassment. “Sen. Clinton is proud of her long record of championing women’s causes,” he said. “When the EEOC rules on the allegations involving Burgess, we will consider that outcome in assessing if there is any reason to return his contribution.” Of the $170,000 total in donations from all IPA officials and employees, Burgess and his family members personally contributed $16,000 to Sen. Clinton, campaign records show.

      “Other prominent Democrats also have returned IPA’s donations including Sen. Ted Kennedy and then-Senate candidate Claire McCaskill.

      On the same day in 2006, Sen. Barack Obama received $4,000 in campaign donations from a senior IPA official and his wife.

      Obama quickly returned $2,000 from the senior IPA official, campaign records show.

      But the campaign has held onto the matching $2,000 donation from the IPA official’s wife, the Obama campaign confirms.

      IPA Reaction:
      For its part, IPA vigorously denies any wrongdoing and said it has been fighting the EEOC lawsuit for more than six years. “Since a lawsuit was filed in June 2001, IPA has continually and consistently denied the allegations,” IPA spokeswoman Jennifer Cumbee wrote in an email to NBC News. “At IPA, we have zero tolera http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/03/24/barack-i-didnt-know-obama/#comment-176158nce approach when it comes to sexual harassment.”

    • http://deepbackground.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/02/29/718285.aspx youradickhead

      foreign contributions are illegal. but clinton has accepted them so all of this Obama bashing has to stop. The Blogger on this site has nerve when he’s suping a known liar. How can you MISSPOKE something? She told that story on 3 separate occasions. She was well aware of what happened and what didn’t happen. She flat out out told lies. If you want to trust someone who was wrong about the war on Iraq, Told lies on numerous occasions, Supported NAFTA until she decided to run for president, lies about her experience, Takes money from from foreign contributors, and is currently hiding something in her taxes then be my.

    • http://deepbackground.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/02/29/718285.aspx youradickhead

      Sen. Hillary Clinton has declined to return $170,000 in campaign contributions from individuals at a company accused of widespread sexual harassment, and whose CEO is a disbarred lawyer with a criminal record, federal campaign records show.

      The federal government has accused the Illinois management consulting firm, International Profit Associates, or IPA, of a brazen pattern of sexual harassment including “sexual assaults,” “degrading anti-female language” and “obscene suggestions.”

      In a 2001 lawsuit full of lurid details, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims that 103 women employees at IPA were victimized for years. The civil case is ongoing, and IPA vigorously denies the allegations.

      “This is by far, hands down, the worst case I’ve ever experienced,” said Diane Smason, one of the EEOC lawyers handling the lawsuit. “Every woman there experienced sex harassment, they were part of a hostile work environment of sex harassment. And this occurred from the top down.”

      • Athy

        Hi DH,

        What’s your point here?

        The case is still open. This is America. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. She is not saying that she will not ever return it…

        http://deepbackground.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/02/29/718285.aspx

        By Lisa Myers and Jim Popkin, NBC News 2/29/08
        Sen. Clinton accepts donations from troubled firm

        Clinton Campaign Response:

        Sen. Clinton’s spokesman, Howard Wolfson, told NBC News in a statement that the senator decided to keep the funds because the lawsuit is “ongoing” and because none of the sexual harassment allegations has been proven in court. “With regard to the pending harassment suit, as a general matter, the campaign assesses findings of fact in deciding whether to return contributions,” Wolfson said.
        Wolfson dismissed the notion that keeping IPA money reflected a lack of concern about sexual harassment. “Sen. Clinton is proud of her long record of championing women’s causes,” he said. “When the EEOC rules on the allegations involving Burgess, we will consider that outcome in assessing if there is any reason to return his contribution.” Of the $170,000 total in donations from all IPA officials and employees, Burgess and his family members personally contributed $16,000 to Sen. Clinton, campaign records show.

        “Other prominent Democrats also have returned IPA’s donations including Sen. Ted Kennedy and then-Senate candidate Claire McCaskill.

        On the same day in 2006, Sen. Barack Obama received $4,000 in campaign donations from a senior IPA official and his wife. Obama quickly returned $2,000 from the senior IPA official, campaign records show.

        But the campaign has held onto the matching $2,000 donation from the IPA official’s wife, the Obama campaign confirms.

        IPA Reaction:

        For its part, IPA vigorously denies any wrongdoing and said it has been fighting the EEOC lawsuit for more than six years. “Since a lawsuit was filed in June 2001, IPA has continually and consistently denied the allegations,” IPA spokeswoman Jennifer Cumbee wrote in an email to NBC News. “At IPA, we have zero tolerance approach when it comes to sexual harassment.”

    • Athy

      False Information About Sen Obama’s Legislative Record Has Been Refuted…

      http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/substance_abuse.html

      Substance Abuse
      April 1, 2008
      A widely forwarded e-mail claims that Obama’s bills are more substantive and numerous than Clinton’s.

      Don’t believe it.

      Summary

      A misleading e-mail has been making the rounds, alleging that Clinton has fewer legislative accomplishments than Obama, and that they are less substantive. We’ve had questions about it from a number of readers, and blogs have jumped into the fray. So what’s the real story on the Senate careers of the Democratic presidential candidates?
      We find that the e-mail is false in almost every particular:

      • It sets up a face-off between apples and, well, broccoli, comparing only the Clinton-sponsored bills that became law with all bills sponsored or cosponsored by Obama, whether they were signed into law or not.

      • It includes legislation Obama sponsored in the Illinois state Senate, a very different legislative body.

      • It tells us that Obama has sponsored more legislation than Clinton, when in fact he has sponsored less.

      • It implies that Obama has passed more bills into law than Clinton, when the opposite is true.
      Contrary to the e-mail’s assertions, Clinton’s and Obama’s contributions are not qualitatively different, and quantitatively, Clinton has the edge. For more details-visit website listed above.
      Also, read these 3 articles for more indepth analysis about particular bills worked on by Sen Obama- his efforts have sabatoged these bills that were supposed to help the middle class and working families.

      http://www.beyondchron.org/articles/The_Obama_Craze_Count_Me_Out_5413.html

      Beyondchron.org, The Obama Craze: Count Me out ” by Matt Gonzalez 2/27/08

      http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080211/fraser

      The Nation, “Subprime Obama” by Max Fraser 1/24/08 Post 2/11/08 issue

      http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/columns/2008/03/i-am-barack-obama.html

      Mother Jones, ” I am Barack Obama” by Mark Winston Griffith 3/17/08

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Factcheck.org information ABOUT Factcheck.org

    • Athy

      Please tell me who was playing games here with the DNC ruling not to campaign in states that have not been authorized…Sen Obama got caught…

      http://www.tvweek.com/news/2008/01/obama_is_first_democratic_cand.php

      Obama Is First Democratic Candidate to Advertise Nationally By Ira Teinowitz 1/21/08 TV Week

      http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/clinton-says-obamas-national-ad-buy-violates-fla.-pledge-2008-01-21.html

      Clinton campaign: Obama is violating Florida ban
      By Aaron Blake 1/21/08
      “The campaign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) on Monday accused Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) of knowingly breaking a pledge not to campaign in Florida by paying for cable TV ads that reach households there.”

      http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/01/29/clinton_thanks_florida_voters.html

      Clinton Thanks Florida Voters by Anne E. Kornblut

      “DAVIE, Fla. — After winning Florida’s non-binding Democratic primary, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton thanked Florida voters for their support. “I could not come here to ask in person for your votes, but I am here to thank you for your votes today,”

      http://video1.washingtontimes.com/bellantoni/2008/01/team_clinton_obama_violates_ea_1.html

      National Obama ad that ran in Florida

    • Athy

      http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/obamas_oil_spill.html

      “Obama’s Oil Spill” 3/31/08
      Obama says he doesn’t take money from oil companies. We say that’s a little too slick.
      Summary
      In a new ad, Obama says, “I don’t take money from oil companies.”

      Technically, that’s true, since a law that has been on the books for more than a century prohibits corporations from giving money directly to any federal candidate. But that doesn’t distinguish Obama from his rivals in the race.

      We find the statement misleading:Obama has accepted more than $213,000 from individuals who work for companies in the oil and gas industry and their spouses. Two of Obama’s bundlers are top executives at oil companies and are listed on his Web site as raising between $50,000 and $100,000 for the presidential hopeful.
      This Factcheck expose is an excellent example of what the Columbia Journalism Review author reported on:
      Sen Obama has accused Sen Clinton of soliciting $ from lobbyists and stating how this is not ethical�
      See how Sen Obama receives lobbyists” money- he hides it well.

      http://www.cjr.org/campaign_desk/obamas_lobbyist_line.php

      “A “more complicated truth” on campaign contributions” , by Trudy Lieberman 2/15/08 , Columbia Journalism Review. Article describes how Sen Obama was able to receive “cloaked” lobbyist money. The lobbyists contributed to funds being collected by their industry or company “so $ was lumped together under a different category-. This is why people need to ask the tough questions. Check out the author”s credentials.

    • LLw

      You could write a similar article with links and paint the same picture with any candidate.

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