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October 24, 2006


Obama burst upon the national scene with the Dem convention in 2004. There is little doubt about his communicating skills.

Since then, he has been a darling of the media because he is young, dynamic, a counterpoint to Hillary and, he is African-American. The last point isn't mentionred too often, but it has a lot to do with his popularity.

Some of his votes have cost him support at places like Kos, mainly because the firebrands over there don't like his willingness to work with the enemy.

No Democrat, at this point, is likely to have muchof a legislative record. To be honest, although he i my senator, I m not sure I would, at this point in time see him as President. Things can change in 2 years, an like you, this is way premature.

I think he finally said he was thinking about running just to avoid the question at every stop he made.

He voted the Lieberman way on the bankruptcy bill and I think a few others, he seems to have something of the Lieberman/McCain I'm-bucking-my-party, I'm-so-independent, service-me-now-centrist-media disease, and his Liebermanesque lecturing of someliberals for being anti-religion is really tiresome. I used to be really excited about his wonkish aspects and affect, but it's back to just Clark for me.

rilkefan: in the sense that both he and Lieberman voted against the bill, yes. In the sense that he, like Lieberman, voted for cloture -- no. He voted against cloture (for a filibuster.)

Where did this pervasive idea come from?

Oops - probably misremembering some laundry list of complaints about him from DailyKos, of which one sees a fair number I think (and also a fair number of adulatory diaries).

Ezra Klein's recent comment.

I'm inclined to agree with the moody Rilkefan here, but Hilzoy has assembled a pretty good resume for Obama. The guy has a plan; the deal is we won't know the plan until the Presidential career strategy is fully successful.

One of two things happen in 2006: the Republican Party loses the House (at least) and realizes that Obama rhymes with Osama in 2008 may be a strategy with diminishing returns; or the Republican Party maintains the House and the Senate, and Redstate and Mehlman and Rove convince the frightened, dumb-ass 51% of the American people that swarthiness outside the confines of the Christian Right and the Kudlowian Ayn Randian bad dentistry libertarian clown show (generalizing; I make exceptions and you know who you are) is a cue for bad rhyming poetry.

Hillary, of course, is Stalin. If they run together, they have my vote.

Representative Stoller.

Well, I read Rilkefan's link and I see the point.

So now we can deduce that Obama has a sort of hooded ambition for the Presidency. And he lays low and does a sort of Clinton-esque playing the middle against both sides.

So far, a cipher. With visible calculation.
Not a good thing as so many seek sincerity .... an overvalued trait, in my estimation, or at least unrealistic.

A Mcmanus-like darkness comes over me; I fear for charismatic, liberal leaders in America, especially a black liberal seeking the Presidency.

Someone always shoots them. Colin Powell's wife agrees with me.

hilzoy: I wish he'd spoken up earlier about the torture bill. (Though the speech he gave on the Senate floor was excellent.)

In its way. Which was to go at it with entirely pragmatic arguments, not moral ones.

Now, I'm fine with any truthful argument that works. But here's the man who has lectured other Democrats for being uncomfortable with talking about how faith informs their votes, and he's talking as if his position on torture has nothing to do with belief in the dignity and worth of the person, God's creation.

That spoke volumes to me.

I'm glad he's working on good things, and I hope he gets a Senate on Nov. 7 that will give him much more scope to work, and to reach across the aisle where possible.

But he needs to win an election against a real opponent before he goes anywhere near a national campaign.

I don't particularly have a brief for Obama; I just like that he does good stuff on obscure issues. That said, I dislike the quote on the censure resolution; I would like to read the speeches on religion in their entirety (since the tiny bits pulled out could be almost anything, given the right context); I have heard the "I don't think George Bush is a bad man" quote, and it was at the beginning of a long and detailed criticism of the Bush administration (the point of this was that for Obama it wasn't about personalities); and I think he's right in the Nagourney piece and about filibusters.

I would take a completely different view of the filibuster quote if I didn't know that he actually votes against cloture on the important issues -- at least, all the ones I know about. If this was an excuse not to support filibusters, it would be pathetic. But given that he does vote for them, it has to be a comment on whether filibusters are the best way to get our message across; and I think that the only thing to be said for the answer 'yes' is the absence of an alternative. I mean: obviously it would be better to have some way of doing things that didn't lend itself to caricaturing Democrats as taking advantage of peculiar features of the Senate rules to obstruct the will of the majority. Wouldn't it?

That last comment of mine was about rilkefan's link to Stoller.

"a Mcmanus-like darkness comes over me"

sure; isn't that what they call "Mcmanic depression"?

I waver on him.

He means well, he sponsors good legislation, he seems smart, charismatic, and decent. But he's risked, as far as I can tell, nothing since being elected (and not much since winning the Illinois primary for that matter).

"Isn't that what they call "Mcmanic depression?"

I have my Mcups and my Mcdowns.

I like the man, and your points about his wonkishness are well-taken, especially given the Dems minority status.

That said, if he is going to directly or indirectly criticize me for not being open to people of faith (which is hooey), he damn well better take some strong stands on torture, habeas corpus, and other issues.

He doesn't. So while he is a great politician, he still manages to alienate me. God, faith, bloo blah blee. You can vote the vote, but if you can't muster the gumption to SPEAK OUT, well, what exactly makes you so special?

Not speaking out on the torture bill is a really bad thing in my book. Especially given his previous positions and apparent ability to influence debate. It was a bad decision that seems to point to a calculated self-interest, not an adherence to principle.

That said, I like the guy, but he needs to feel the heat on issues like torture. Don't claim moral authority and then leave it on the shelf.

Here's the thing: people are talking as if Barack Obama is a rising leader of the Democratic Party - or at least a potential one, and indeed a potential president - when he's failed to take the lead or make himself visible on the most important issues of the day.

It's nice that Obama seems to care about some relatively obscure important stuff like nonproliferation. But he's not sticking his neck out on issues that are literally threatening the nature of our democracy. From the war to torture to illegal wiretapping, he has refrained from using his considerable profile to lead opposition to some of the most grotesque horrors this administration has inflicted over the last two years. How is it that a man can seem more interested in getting a glowing cover profile on the cover of Time than in holding the president accountable to violations of law? How am I supposed to take him seriously as a leader - much less a president! - when the guy won't lead?

put me down for two big slices of what abjectfunk and Christmas just said.

Wouldn't Vice President be a natural intermediate step for Obama? Chris Rock notwithstanding, of course.

Thanks, Hilzoy, a very impressive list, indeed.

With respect to Christmas's comment, let me say two things:
1) I'm on Democratic Party donor mailing lists, so I get occasional mail sent out under Obama's name asking me for money. They have included some sharp remarks about detention and related rights issues.

2) Obama is probably one of the greatest experts in the Senate on these subjects, because his day job while he was a State Senator in Illinois was law professor. His class? You guessed it, advanced Constitutional Law.

3) Full disclosure here -- I took that class from Professor Obama (as we knew him then). He was one heckuva teacher, and his enthusiasm for our constitution shone through. It is good strategy for him to lay relatively low on this issue as a very junior Senator, but I can think of nobody in the Senate I would feel safer entrusting our Constitutional rights to.

If Bush can be one certainly Obama can. Be a president that is. I've long thought about how well a doctor or a carpenter or just about anyone with certain kind of ethic and reasonableness could be a fine president. Why not Obama? or hilzoy..or my brilliant and funny aunt Mary.

The idea that Obama voted for the bankruptcy bill has been spread for quite a while. I'm sure rilkefan was well-intentioned but misinformed, but I'm more skeptical about those originally planting the idea. Hell, I've seen people claiming he voted for confirming Gonzales as AG, when Obama was one of the strongest voices against him. So I'm keeping extra grains of salt handy for whenever I hear criticisms of the guy.

"This isn't what Obama does. Obama tries to find people, both Democrats and Republicans, who actually care about a particular issue enough to try to get the policy right, and then he works with them."

And it probably bears stating that this is how a good government would work. There are very few 'party' issues where it wouldn't be better for your cause and for the country to take that approach. You don't need permanent allies on everything.

Choose (discover?) your issues then find your allies.

Great post and comments. It's almomst exhilirating to read real ideas and responses.



I realize that the political tide has changed since 9/11, but that shouldn't stop Sen Obama from seeking the Presidency if he so chooses. Sure he doesn't have much experience, but neither did the current President George W Bush and he did OK. I don't think that experience should be a factor anymore in Presidential elections because Bush has already set the precedent for inexperienced candidates. Furthermore, the fact that President Bush could rise to the occasion after 9/11 shows that on the job training is the best training. Sure he's young, but so was Bill Clinton when he was elected and he did OK. Least we forget there was another young/inexperienced President with the initials "JFK" who handeled the Cuban Missle Crisis well even though we were at DEFCON 2 at the only time iour history.

Isn't Obama older now than JFK was when he won the presidency?

Personally, I'm hoping to see him on the ticket as VP. It might be premature for him to run himself, but I think that he would bring so much to a campaign, that it would be foolishness not to put him on the ticket.

Ara, yes, JFK was elected president at 43, and Obama is 45 now. But JFK was elected to the House at 29 and the Senate at 35.

Someone remind me how we got into the Cuban Missile Crisis - hadn't we made a hash out of our relationship to Cuba leading up to that, and does JFK bear some blame in that?

he seems to have something of the Lieberman/McCain I'm-bucking-my-party, I'm-so-independent, service-me-now-centrist-media disease

I tend to agree with rilke fan here. Hilzoy makes a good case that he's a good legislator but his lecuturing schitck really grates on my nerves. He always seems to be running around telling people what they need to do. And finally, from the Stoller post this quote from Obama's Kos post:

According to the storyline that drives many advocacy groups and Democratic activists - a storyline often reflected in comments on this blog - we are up against a sharply partisan, radically conservative, take-no-prisoners Republican party. They have beaten us twice by energizing their base with red meat rhetoric and single-minded devotion and discipline to their agenda. In order to beat them, it is necessary for Democrats to get some backbone, give as good as they get, brook no compromise, drive out Democrats who are interested in "appeasing" the right wing, and enforce a more clearly progressive agenda. The country, finally knowing what we stand for and seeing a sharp contrast, will rally to our side and thereby usher in a new progressive era.

I think this perspective misreads the American people.

We, Senator, are the American people.

In the last six years this irks me more than anything, the DC insiderism that declairs that all those good rural Jesus folk are the real americans and we're nothing but a bunch of pesky liberals and Democrats who have lost touch with the American people.

hadn't we made a hash out of our relationship to Cuba leading up to that, and does JFK bear some blame in that?

In my book? Yes and yes.

Sure he doesn't have much experience, but neither did the current President George W Bush and he did OK.

If by OK you mean lose two wars of choice, cause the death of over 3000 servicemen and an untold number of Iraqis & Afghans, fail to protect the US on 9/11, lost a major American city and add a few trillions to the national debt, then yes he has done OK.

Sure he doesn't have much experience, but neither did the current President George W Bush and he did OK.

That's vaguely reminiscent of a habeas client a friend of mine was interviewing about his childhood. After recounting some truly ghastly experiences, the client said something about not really believing all that stuff about a bad childhood screwing up your life because he'd had a bad childhood and still turned out OK. The guy was on death row.

Obama email in support of Lamont. Better than nothing, esp. from a Lieberman protege.

The genetics bill is very interesting and extremely technical. I wonder who turned him on to this issue? Do you mean that the people who wrote the bill are the DNA policy folks?


I'm guessing, a new, informative breakfast food.


Believe it or not, but even though the President screwed up the war, he did OK because the American people said so--twice. The American people had two chances to vote him out and they chose to keep him, for whatever reason, so yes he did OK. I don't see anyone removing him from office or even merely impeaching him, unlike the former President Clinton for something clearly less serious, so yes in my estimation he is doing OK. If you really want change, then PLEASE vote on Nov 7.

Lawrence Tribe is also a constitutional law professor, and I certainly would not want him to be president. The GOP has a star in its midst, and his name is Mitt Romney. Time magazine has a habit of promoting "rock stars" on its cover, as was the case with Bruce Springsteen. The New York Times and Washington Post, like Pravda of old, don't want you to know that Romney exists. But the people of liberal Massachusetts apparently knew better. The GOP ignores him at its own peril.

"mitt romney" site:nytimes.com

"mitt romney" site:washingtonpost.com

Anyhoo. The Jesus Was A Republican crowd -- whose support you absolutely have to mobilize to win a national election on that ticket -- will never, ever vote for a Mormon for President. Ever.

James A. Beverley on the divide between Mormon and Evangelical beliefs.

Amy Sullivan details 'Mitt Romney's Evangelical Problem'.

I suggest you go to this site- "mitt romney" site:nationalreview.com. Please read the article by Kathryn Jean Lopez about Dobson and company.

Let me ask you:
exactly what are "stale droning political androids" if not human beings?

You confuse one particular type of behavior (i.e. style) with being human.
There is nothing in Obama which makes him more human than say Al Gore but sure he is a far less original mind and more sentimental and cheesy which apparently sell well among the ever childish American population.

I don't know what the hell is so attractive in a hamburger but sure Obama is one: an entity created for mass consumption. Boring.

Well done.

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Obama strikes me as a man who sticks up for the underdog. I believe that this theme should resonate throughout every aspect of his campaign, including his choice for a campaign theme song, which should involve a song from an underdog songwriter like myself. May the presidential candidate with the greatest news for the underdog in America, use a song like this one, from an underdog songwriter like me, for his/her presidential campaign:

A Future to Behold
words and music by Dr BLT (c)2007

blog n roll artist

Thanks for the really helpful and interesting post.

I was surfing the net for articles on Obama and this site popped . A very interesting read. Thank you!
Would be interested to hear what everybody thinks about Mike Gravel.



I know that I am not alone in saying this. I do not claim to be with either party. What I am for is the United States. While in the service I travel all over the world in fact even after as a federal employee. In nearly every one of these countries I visited or assigned to as some time their people voted for "change" claimed to be only available by selecting a charming talker. They had change all right and none of it for the good. One might guess that most of his votes comes from certain sectors based on his race rather than his qualifications (which are very few) Yes he wrote a book, so did Stephen King and many others big deal. Is this bias speaking, NO!! however, I would rather see my vote cast for a proven candidate than a untried johnny come lately. Someone with the name of say, Powell, would have my vote in an instant. As it stands now, I would rather vote Republican than help to let the United States trashed by someone who knows how to speak and little else. But you ostriches can go with change, chances are you will not like the changes you get. It has happened all to many times before. If the voter in Iowa, who was going to cast his vote for Obama because he liked the shape of his head, is any indication of what these voters are looking for as far as qualifications, we have certainly dropped to a sorry state.

Hilzoy...you are the one droning on and on.

Your sexist comments didn't go unnoticed.

I am well aware of the fact that people are scared of Hillary Clinton, but they can't articulate their reasons for it anymore than they can articulate the reasons they want Obama.
They are afraid that she will actually work to PROTECT women.
She represents the majority of Americans..women. Her policies are well thought out and ariculated well and posted for every American to read.
If Obama is elected it will be the sadest day in American history. He may have some vision but he has no plan, no record, no experience and supports the Republican party which makes him a fake and a traitor.
I don't care what Obama did or did not accomplish in his short time in the Senate. He doesn't represent the majority of Americans. He's just a smooth operator and that is the last thing we need

My reason for visiting this site was to learn more about Barrack Obama. The first half was crammed with interesting information and well thought out arguments and counter arguments. Isn't it a shame when a discussion like this has to degrade from intelligent discourse to simple negative generalization. Still, I learned a lot (earlier on). Thanks!

My reason for visiting this site was to learn more about Barrack Obama. The first half was crammed with interesting information and well thought out arguments and counter arguments. Isn't it a shame when a discussion like this has to degrade from intelligent discourse to simple negative generalization. Still, I learned a lot (earlier on). Thanks!

Thanks so much for this article--it does something the media does not: tell the truth and investigate Obama's legislative record! I just wish the media would move off this dual narrative of experience and change (also pushed by the candidates) and actually go to work unearthing what both candidates have accomplished. If you know of a site that details all the legislation that Hillary has passed while she's been a Senator, please let me know. Thanks again.

PLEASE make this more press-friendly by adding a bulleted list summary of his major accomplishments at the TOP of the article. Journalists are busy and often too lazy to read, make it easier for them to get the nut and move on.

Kishore: I actually made a list of the legislation Obama and Clinton have passed during the time both have been in the Senate. It's here, here, and here.

Short version: I think Obama clearly has more substantive legislation.

Agreed - make this into a bulleted list and try and spread the word!

Hi folks!

First I just gotta say - this is one of the most thoughtful and civil blogs and groups I've seen recently. Credit to hilzoy and all of you.

I have to consume this info and think about it, but will definitely be writing about it myself on my blog (consider yourselves attributed if I miss a cross-link somewhere - hate to have CNN calling me a plagiarist... ;~)



I think that someday Obama will be a great president,but not now.This country is in the worst shape it's been in in a long time and I don't think a 2 year junior senator,no matter how brilliant and accomplished he is,should even have the notion that he is ready for the presidency.For this,I see the arrogance that carries Obama through.He's going to end up giving us another Republican presidency for the next 4 to 8 years because America is not going to vote for a man of color;GREEN!

I think that someday Obama will be a great president,but not now.This country is in the worst shape it's been in in a long time and I don't think a 2 year junior senator,no matter how brilliant and accomplished he is,should even have the notion that he is ready for the presidency.For this,I see the arrogance that carries Obama through.He's going to end up giving us another Republican presidency for the next 4 to 8 years because America is not going to vote for a man of color;GREEN!

Obama’s Race Against Race
The Indypendent

A black man runs from a howling crowd. If he’s caught he’ll be torn apart. If he reaches sanctuary he’ll be loved. This ritual is the Sacred Lynching. It’s a scene from Olaf Stapledon’s science fiction book, The First and Last Men. Set in the future, humanity has mixed and few people are “white” or “black,” and the ritual is a nostalgic celebration of racism in a post-racial world. It resembles our own supposed post-racial politics, and I see Senator Barack Obama as that last black man on earth trying to outrun our media mob.

And the mob tries. At ABC’s Democratic primary debate in Philadelphia, hosts Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos tied trivia around Obama’s feet. What about your angry black pastor? Are you patriotic? Are you a friend of a Weathermen terrorist? Obama questioned their questions until they looked absurd. The audience caught his cue and afterwards, when the cameras blinked off, they heckled the hosts.

The media chase Obama because, if he wins the presidential race, he’ll break the last American color line, which is also the line between our repressed history and our collective consciousness. A nation, just like an individual, will repress images and ideas that conflict with its self-image. The violence that created who we are — enslavement of Africans, indigenous peoples marched off their land, workers hanged for unionizing — contradicts our self-image as the greatest nation on earth, so our media-represses it.

To read the full article: http://www.indypendent.org/2008/04/25/obama%e2%80%99s-race-against-race/

"I think Obama clearly has more substantive legislation."

Why? I read and skimmed through the list and that's not at all apparent.

Please forward this article to my email address.

many thanks,

stan starrett


Give me a break dude, none of that is significant legislation. Ok, some legislation was introduced. Did you actually spend any time to look up the real world results of the laws before declaring how great they were? I mean, did you even check to see if these pieces of legislation actually became laws? Typical Democrat: we must be seen to be doing something, even if it is ineffective and a waste of money. Who cares about the results as long as we are creating more government!

Face it, Obama has no experience doing much of anything useful to society--oh wait I forgot, he was a "community organizer"! He has been living off the public teat his whole adult life. Near the end of his time in the Illinois Senate, the Dem heavies padded his record by attaching his name to any and every bill, leaving many of his less eloquent seniors a little disgruntled. Go look it up.

Let's review: He is a neophyte foreign policy blunderbuss, with no military service, no experience in industry, no understanding of the creation of wealth and the means of production, and no executive experience.

You feel the need to chuff up his resume because you realize how lacking it is. This guy is no JFK, lefties.

Oh, and your dig at Lieberman is the definition of solipsism:

"According to me, bad bipartisanship is the kind practiced by Joe Lieberman."

Actually Lieberman is *not* compromising his principles.

Wow, great article. Remarkably prescient considering how everyone keeps trolling nowadays saying tell me one thing that Obama has done. Example Richard Cohen's recent column.

Even Marc Ambinder has a thread about this on his blog: http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/07/the_richard_cohen_test.php

Birds of a Feather?

The kinds of birds Obama flocks with……..
The company he keeps….
Saul Alinsky- This mans ideology and belief systems were used as
Platform form for Barack’s training as a community
Organizer. According to Alinskys code words,
Change = social revolution, Alinsky’s beliefs are
Rooted in re-distribution of wealth, he belived
Community organizers where very important to
Run beside the community, speak their language
That they could be manipulated into a false sense
Of security through the words of the community
Organizers. A community organizers job is continue
To play for power within the community to be in
A place to manipulate others ie, the little people
Of the community. They were trained to speak the
Language clearly to the community around them and
Then manipulate the community in the direction that
The organizer believes is best. Alinsky used Lucifer as
Model of rebellion because he was the first successful
Rules for Radicals opens with a quote about Lucifer, written by Saul Alinsky: “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins -- or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom -- Lucifer.

30 Bombs Ayers-hosted Barack’s political career launch in 1995
in his home with psycho convict wife (Dohrn)
served on Woods Fund board with Barack
(Obviously he knows him more than when he
was eight years old) Ayers stood on top of the
American flag for a photo shoot, just days before
9/11. (Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn)

Khalidi-Well known critic of Israel, advocate of Palestinian Rights
Felt O’Bama had convinced him about U.S. Bias and insensitivity
To Arabs. Los Angeles Times described Obama as his dinner
Companion and friend.

O’dinga-Educated in communist former East Germany, Odinga named his first-born son Fidel Castro. Representing Nairobi's Kibera slum, one of Africa's largest, Odinga projects himself as a champion of the poor. But he has a large business empire and is a member of Kenya's wealthy elite.

In a January 2008 interview, Odinga suggested that he was the first cousin of American Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama through Senator Obama's father.[27] However, Barack Obama's paternal uncle Said Obama has denied any direct relation to Odinga, stating "Odinga's mother came from this area, so it is normal for us to talk about cousins. But he is not a blood relative."[28] Obama's father belonged to the same Luo tribe as Odinga. [27]

Here is another take on O’Dinga and his connection to Barack….

The people that are burning christians alive, trapped inside churches are Odinga supporters...Odinga (and most of his fanatical followers) are a Muslims who have pushed for Sharia Law, total banning of other religions and closing of co-ed schools, night clubs and 'public dressing style considered immoral'.

Here is a 2006 report on that trip to Kenya:

Obama's Criticism Irks Kenyan Government Government Says Obama Is A Stooge For Political Opposition

by Mike Flannery

(CBS) There are signs of tension between Sen. Barack Obama and African leaders. On Monday, Obama stepped up his criticism of government corruption in Kenya.

But as CBS 2 Political Editor Mike Flannery reports, the government fired back, saying Obama is a stooge for an opposing political party.

A surprise raid that seized and burned copies of Kenya's oldest newspaper, The Standard, still prompts journalists there to call last March 2 the darkest day in the more than 100 years they've been publishing.

"For us as an institution, I think it was the lowest point in the history of this newspaper," News Editor Douglas Okwatch said.

It was because of that raid that Sen. Barack Obama went to the Standard's offices. He declared that democracy can't work without freedom of the press and freedom of information.

"It is not just a loss for the Standard. It's a loss for the people of Kenya. So my hope is that this is one episode that won't be repeated," Obama said.

At the University of Nairobi two hours later, the senator offered more pointed criticism, something he's done almost every day since arriving last week. After remaining largely silent, the government of President Mwai Kibaki is beginning to respond, suggesting that Obama may have fallen under the spell of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

A potential presidential candidate himself, Odinga's been at Obama's elbow here fairly often and is a member of the Obama family's Luo tribe.

Hmmmmm…the truth?

Graham-Felsen- recruited Marxist journalist the official blogger for Barack
Who apparently hung a commie flag in his home?

This time we find that the Obama campaign’s official blogger, Sam Graham-Felsen, has spent time in France participating in labor riots, has written for a socialist magazine, hung a communist flag in his home, and was a fan of Marx while at Harvard.


Rezko- known as O’Bama’s political “Godfather” bankrolled O’Bama in 5 elections (50-60thousand
Helped Barack get his Dream Home
Barack was involved at the legal firm the represented Rezko
O’bama’s boss at the firm left to work with Rezko
11 buildings in O’Bama’s district were Rezko’s dirty slum buildings
Rezko’s wife bought lot of land right next to The O’Bamas

More here……….

Rezko got “over $100 million in city, state, and federal grants and bank loans to develop 30 run-down properties into affordable-housing projects, earning $6.9 million for themselves. By 2007, the city had sued them numerous times for failing to heat these properties; over half of the properties had fallen into foreclosure, and six of them were boarded up.
Obama helped put one of these deals together during his time as a junior associate at Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland. Other lawyers at Davis Miner helped Rezko acquire half of the properties that fell into disrepair. And many of these properties were located in the district Obama represented as an Illinois state senator. Nonetheless, Obama told the Chicago Sun-Times that he was unaware of Rezko’s growing reputation as a slumlord until he read Sun-Times reporter Tim Novak’s two-part series on the subject. So we are to believe (yet again) that Obama was the last person to know what one of his longtime friends was up to.
Even if Obama can claim plausible deniability about the deteriorating shape of Rezko’s slums, he faces a more difficult challenge in explaining why he entered into a real-estate deal with Rezko after the Chicago papers had run over 100 stories about the clouds gathering over Rezko’s head. When the Obamas were looking for a new house in the summer of 2005, Rezko helped them buy their dream home by purchasing an adjoining lot they could not afford, then selling them a strip of the land on which they wanted to build a fence.
Obama admitted to the Sun-Times that when he bought the strip of land, he knew Rezko “was going to have some significant legal problems,” and characterized his decision to buy the property anyway as a “boneheaded move.” Obama said he proceeded with the transaction because Rezko had always acted “in an above-board manner with me and I considered him a friend.”
By Stephen Spruiell
Talk about bad timing. Barack Obama’s friend and fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko was found guilty today of mail fraud, wire fraud, soliciting bribes, and money laundering in connection to a federal investigation into political corruption in the state of Illinois. Rezko now faces sentencing on 16 of 24 counts, some of which carry punishments of up to 20 years in prison.

Barack and Michelle’s income
They reported an income of more than $991,296 in 2006, and $1,700,000 in 2005.
Jeremiah Wright- Need I say more………

The list goes on…………

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