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The Obama you don't know
2 years ago
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Few if any of his predecessors took the oath of office with higher public hopes for his success than President Obama on Jan. 20, 2009.

Millions of Americans hailed his election as an end to partisanship, a renewal of the spirit of compromise and a reinvigoration of the nation's highest ideals at home and abroad.

Above all, as America's first black chief executive, Obama symbolized the healing of long-festering wounds that were the terrible national legacy of slavery, the Reconstruction Era and Jim Crow. We would be, finally, one nation.

But after nearly four years in office, Obama has become a sharply polarizing figure.

His admirers believe he deserves a special place alongside Wilson, the Roosevelts and LBJ as one of the architects of benevolent government.

His critics believe he is trying to remake America in the image of Europe's social democracies, replacing America's ethos of independence and individual enterprise with a welfare state inflamed by class divisions.


In an effort to get a clearer picture of Obama -- his shaping influences, his core beliefs, his political ambitions and his accomplishments -- The Washington Examiner conducted a four-month inquiry, interviewing dozens of his supporters and detractors in Chicago and elsewhere, and studying countless court transcripts, government reports and other official documents.

Over the years and in two autobiographies, Obama has presented himself to the world as many things, including radical community organizer, idealistic civil rights lawyer, dynamic reformer in the Illinois and U.S. senates, and, finally, the cool presidential voice of postpartisan hope and change.

With his air of reasonableness and moderation, he has projected a remarkably likable persona. Even in the midst of a historically dirty campaign for re-election, his likability numbers remain impressive, as seen in a recent AP-GFK Poll that found 53 percent of adults have a favorable view of him.

But beyond the spin and the polls, a starkly different picture emerges. It is a portrait of a man quite unlike his image, not a visionary reformer but rather a classic Chicago machine pol who thrives on rewarding himself and his friends with the spoils of public office, and who uses his position to punish his enemies.

Peter Schweizer captures this other Obama with a bracing statistic in his book "Throw Them All Out," published last year. In the Obama economic stimulus program's Department of Energy loans, companies owned and run by Obama contributors and friends, like Solyndra's George Kaiser, received $16.4 billion. Those not linked to the president got only $4.1 billion. The Energy Department is far from the only federal program in which favoritism has heavily influenced federal grants.

To paraphrase Tammany Hall's George Washington Plunkitt, Obama has seen his opportunities and taken them, over and over.

 

- Mark Tapscott / Executive Editor

 

Next: Chapter I: A childhood of privelege, not hardship



This post was modified from its original form on 20 Sep, 15:26
2 years ago

Well worth the read ..... you can follow the links to get the whole story and folks ..... PLAY THIS FORWARD ......

2 years ago

I am reading bits at a time.....so interesting....Brett Baier spent time on his show yesterday about this....so, so very interesting.  As we read, let's put comments here and post parts to share....

2 years ago

Tellingly, Obama has never lived in a black neighborhood. Maraniss reported in his book that when leftist activist Jerry Kellman interviewed Obama for a community organizing job in Chicago, he asked Obama how he felt about living and working in the black community for the first time in his life.

Obama accepted the job but chose not to live among those he would be organizing. Instead, he commuted 90 minutes each way daily from his apartment in Chicago's famous Hyde Park to the Altgeld Gardens housing project where he worked.

It was an early instance of Obama presenting himself one way while acting in quite a different way.

 

Well...who knows what is true in this stories!? They all seem to have a different theory..like this one saying Obama was born in the US when his mother went to Kenya while she was pg and ended up going into labor while in Kenya so she could not come back and Obama was born there. Then this last part here really says it all about Obama and being black. He is black enough to work with the blacks but not black enough to live amongst them!? What a hypocrite!!! And from here on it's only gotten worse!



This post was modified from its original form on 21 Sep, 0:34
2 years ago

Tellingly, Obama has never lived in a black neighborhood. Maraniss reported in his book that when leftist activist Jerry Kellman interviewed Obama for a community organizing job in Chicago, he asked Obama how he felt about living and working in the black community for the first time in his life.

Obama accepted the job but chose not to live among those he would be organizing. Instead, he commuted 90 minutes each way daily from his apartment in Chicago's famous Hyde Park to the Altgeld Gardens housing project where he worked.

It was an early instance of Obama presenting himself one way while acting in quite a different way.

 

Well...who knows what is true in this stories!? They all seem to have a different theory..like this one saying Obama was born in the US when his mother went to Kenya while she was pg and ended up going into labor while in Kenya so she could not come back and Obama was born there. Then this last part here really says it all about Obama and being black. He is black enough to work with the blacks but not black enough to live amongst them!? What a hypocrite!!! And from here on it's only gotten worse!

2 years ago

One of these days, even the black population will realize Morgan Freeman was right and list Obama as the first mixed race president.  America has yet to elect its first black president.  What the people elected was a pompous, narcissistic, pathological liar.  That's certainly nothing any race should be proud of. 

2 years ago

Some former faculty colleagues today describe Obama as disengaged, doing only what was minimally required and almost never participating in faculty activities.

 

And nothing has changed since then.  He's still doing as little as possible while claiming he has done the most.  In my lifetime, there hasn't been a lazier or worse president of our country than the goldbricking Obama.  I would bet money that he dies his hair gray to give the illusion of working hard and dealing with stress as those who served before him.  Obama is absolute in one thing, he is absolutely worthless in his capacity as a govt official!

Heeey cam , what's up buddy !
2 years ago

Speaking honestly and sincerely, I would love to think Obama will be out , However, Romney seems to have shot himself on the foot recently, with that secret video.  What he stated was true, however, He had a bad choice of words.   Because all you have  to do , to find out he was telling the truth, go to any Public aid office, you'll see 20% ( the real needed ) arrive in wheel chairs , crotches , walkers, by public transportation . Then if you look at the parking lot, it looks like a luxery car show room, cadis , lexus, hummers, you name it.  He should had stated that cases will be dealt individually.  I still ain't voting for what's his name Obamo (ooops) Obama , because if I vote for him, i would be taking side with him vs. the word of God, that will never happen.  You take care buddy , You know you're always in my prayers, God bless, BlueAngel

2 years ago

I dunno Blue, I get the impression he's explained himself quite well and the middle income folks are getting the message about that meeting.  I know Ann Romney came out with a video about it and I heard they have another commercial coming out about it.  What I like is he isn't trying to deny it.  He's hitting it head on, explaining what he meant and showing the other 2 minutes of what was said.  It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Chapter Two
2 years ago

The myth of the 'rock-star professor'

 

 

In 1999, only 23 percent of the students said they would repeat Obama's racism class. He was the third-lowest-ranked lecturer at the law school that year. And in 2003, only a third of the student evaluators recommended his classes.

His classes were small. A spring 1994 class attracted 14 out of a student body of 600; a spring 1996 class drew 13. In 1997, he had the largest class of his tenure with 49 students. But by then, his student rating had fallen to 7.75. Twenty-two of 40 faculty members ranked higher than Obama.


Some former faculty colleagues today describe Obama as disengaged, doing only what was minimally required and almost never participating in faculty activities.

 

wow....did that peg him to a tee!!!

 

Obama was also a no-show for the faculty workshops, nonclassroom lectures and moot court cases judged by sitting members of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals of the U.S. Current Chicago Law School professor Lisa Bernstein said faculty lecturers are still encouraged to participate in as many such events as possible.

The pattern of minimal performance at the Chicago campus was not an exception to the rule for Obama. In the state Senate during the same years he was lecturing, Obama voted "present" nearly 130 times, the most of any legislator in the chamber.

When then-Sen. Hillary Clinton made Obama's state Senate voting record an issue in their Democratic presidential primary contest in 2007, the New York Times said it found at least 36 instances when Obama was the lone "present" vote or was one of six or fewer lawmakers casting that vote.

 

And during his lone term as a U.S. senator, according to Gov Track.us: "From Jan 2005 to Oct 2008, Obama missed 314 of 1300 recorded or roll call votes, which is 24.0%. This is worse than the median of 2.4%."

 

 

 

And he hasn't changed today....he has only attended half of the daily intelligent briefings....surely a pattern here.....he has been an "empty chair" all his life!!!



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This post was modified from its original form on 22 Sep, 8:58
2 years ago

I sincerely believe that Obama deserves a place next to Theodore Roosevelt.  Obama channeled T.R. when he spoke in Osawatomie, KS (T.R. spoke there in 1910)

 

Exactly 100 years ago, T.R. ran as the Progressive Party's presidential nominee (Bull Moose Party).  He lost.   Channel away Obama!

 

I doubt though that Obama has read T.R.'s New Nationalism speech where he said:

 

"No man is worth his salt in public life who makes on the stump a pledge which he does not keep after election; and, if he makes such a pledge and does not keep it, hunt him out of public life."

 

To cut T.R. some slack, one thing T.R. didn't realize was the effect that 100 years of progressive policies would have on this country.

2 years ago

Ya know, people got all riled up when they saw that empty chair the guy in TX had hung from a tree.  The first thing I thought was the guy wants the empty useless chair out of office.- semblance of just getting rid of a worthless president, after the Clint Eastwood thing.  - not that he was thinking of hanging a black man. 

1 year ago

I truly hope you members are reading these chapters....I can't believe none of this was brought out in 2008....obama is right up there with the worst of them.  They have taken Romney to the woodshed over Bain Capital, and yet obama's Chicago dealings are way worse....and nothing is said by the media except for FOX.....If the blacks new how poorly he cared for them in Chicago, they may think twice about voting again for this man.   obama has gotten away with so much crap....what I am reading is disgusting me.....and I'm not done yet.....

Chapter 3
1 year ago

Obama was a newly elected Illinois state senator in 1997 when he addressed an audience that included many of Chicago's most powerful political insiders and activists, nonprofit executives, business movers and shakers, and philanthropic funders.

The occasion was a meeting of the Futures Committee, an elite Chicago civic leadership group created by the Local Initiatives Support Corp., or LISC, a liberal, nonprofit, low-income-housing activist group.

No authenticated text of Obama's speech -- which was billed beforehand by LISC in a promotional flier obtained by The Washington Examiner as "a local perspective on effective communities" -- is now known to exist.

But people interviewed by the Examiner who heard him speak say Obama laid out a powerful vision for a political strategy that ultimately reshaped housing activism on the Left, first in Chicago and then nationwide, even as it paved the way for an accommodation between the corrupt political machine of Mayor Richard M. Daley and its long-standing nemesis, the city's coalition of white liberal reformers and black community organizers.

Obama described a practical strategy for building on the federal Low IncomeHousing Tax Credit, or LIHTC, contained in the 1986 Tax Reform Act, plus federal, state and local funds and programs, to create new public-private development partnerships.

The LIHTC encouraged the partnerships needed to unite government officials and progressive nonprofit activists behind the cause of building thousands of new affordable-housing units, first on Chicago's poor South Side and then, as the movement spread, to similar neighborhoods across the nation.

Obama spoke at a time of great ferment on the Left in which federal housing policies became a central focus for political activism.

He was drawing from the same well that had produced the Community Reinvestment Act, relaxed federal standards for mortgage qualifications, and creative financial packaging of subprime loans, but doing so in a manner uniquely matched to conditions on the political ground of Chicago.

Public-private partnerships for affordable-housing projects were not a new idea to some of Obama's listeners, since philanthropic groups like the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation had been promoting the concept for several years.

Not coincidentally, it was a MacArthur vice president, Rebecca Riley, who arranged for Obama to speak at the Valentine's Day gathering.

Obama's innovation was to expand the concept beyond simply building affordable apartments and high-rises. It encompassed a cradle-to-grave vision of providing for the material needs of the low-income families residing in the new housing, including their schools, child care, job training, medical coverage, clothing and food.

In turn, the residents would campaign and vote for the officials advocating the partnerships, adding significantly to their political power.

 

Doesn't this sound like Obamacare!?

1 year ago

Left unstated was the underlying reality that politically connected developers who built the housing would profit handsomely and could be expected to gratefully give millions of dollars in campaign contributions to politicians like Obama who made it all possible.

Chicago thus became the proving ground for Obama's vision, which, according to LISC spokesman Joel Bookman, "really changed the direction of community development in Chicago and ultimately nationally."

It was an irresistible combination of money, politics and idealism that also offered endless opportunities for greed and tragic abuse of the poor.

 

And Obama has followed through to this day on that very same thing!! Use the poor to further his own agenda and make them feel like he really cares about them! And the worst part is so many believe him and are not smart enough to read through him!



This post was modified from its original form on 23 Sep, 17:02
1 year ago

Just like Jim Jones, huh Carol?  Just like Jim Jones.

Chapter 4
1 year ago

Writing in his 1995 autobiography, "Dreams from My Father," Obama said he became "a civil rights lawyer" because "to lend meaning to a community's suffering and take part in its healing -- that required something more."

There was indeed "something more" to Obama's legalcareer, but it wasn't civil rights litigation at the Chicago law firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, where he was employed for a decade.

"He spent about half his time working with Bill Miceli and my former partner, Allison Davis, and that team," senior partner Judson Miner told The Washington Examiner. Most of the entries on Obama's client list for the firm from that period were in real estate, construction and finance.

 

Lies...Lies...Lies

 

In March 1994, a year before "Dreams" was published, Obama was the leaddefense attorney on an obscure case in Cook County Court that has heretofore escaped examination by the national media.

In this case, Obama defended a Chicago slumlord and powerful political ally who was charged with a long list of offenses against poor residents. The defendant was the Woodlawn Preservation & Investment Corp., controlled by Bishop Arthur Brazier, a South Side Chicago preacher and political operator.

 

Here is another example of him caring so much for the poor!!

 

Things were so bad that the city's outraged corporation counsel declared that "the levying of a fine is not an adequate remedy" and asked the court for a permanent injunction against WPIC, appointment of a receiver and imposition of a lien on WPIC to pay for repairs, attorneys' fees and court costs.

But Obama did his work so well that in the end, on March 3, 1994, the court simply fined WPIC $50. Only then did Obama tell the court of the forcible removal of tenants in the bitter cold.

An experienced Chicago housing attorney who reviewed the case at theExaminer's request said $50 fines against politically powerful slumlords were not uncommon at that time. The lawyer, who currently works for the city, asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal.

 

What a slug Obama was/is!!!

 

The South University apartments eventually became part of a real estate syndication deal that Obama helped negotiate. Brazier remained as the controlling general partner, while the syndicated investors became limited partners.

The merging of Brazier's insider contacts and influence with the limited partners' financial resources enabled them to benefit collectively from bigger, more profitable deals than they would have each been able to do individually.

 

Crooks!!! Nothing but pure crooks!!

 

The WPIC case illustrates how Obama functioned at the center of a historic accommodation then developing between the Daley machine and its traditional opponents among the city's liberal reformers.

Lubricating the deal was a flood of public and nonprofit federal and state taxcredits and funding for low-income-housing projects that would enrich developers and empower ambitious politicians like Obama, at the expense of taxpayers and, especially, the poor.

 

There is nothing good nor has there ever been anything good about this lying, coniving, cheating bastard!!!

 

 

1 year ago

Brazier was not merely an Obama legal client. A disciple of Chicago's famous radical activist Saul Alinsky, Brazier was also a close political ally of Daley's and one of the key movers and shakers among the city's progressive political elite who in the years ahead would advance Obama at every turn.

 

As Brazier clung to life in 2010 in a Chicago hospital, Obama called him from the White House for what relatives described as an extremely tearful farewell.

Shortly after Brazier died, Obama issued a statement saying of the man he had once helped put 15 poor families on the street in the dead of winter:

 

"There is no way that we can replace the gentle heart and boundless determination that Bishop Brazier brought to some of the most pressing challenges facing Chicago and our nation."

 

If only Obama could do the same thing so he can relate to how he treated these poor black people!! Nothing but lying scum he is!!



This post was modified from its original form on 23 Sep, 17:29
1 year ago

Sherry..You are so right!!!And once he has people under his thumb he is not about to let them go free!!! He is one of the biggest control freaks I have ever seen and a top narcissist!!!

1 year ago

This series was so revealing of obama...and you can see so much of obama in his background.  It still is so suspicious how a nobody could do so much in a matter of a few years and then become president....everyone and his dog should question it....(maybe that's why obama ate the dog).....I found all his crooks he was in cahoots with such as Tony Rezko is so revealing....and how they all seem to take the rap and obama comes out smelling like a rose....I think if I was sitting in prison, I would be quite irritated with obama and start to squeal.....but remember.....obama will be giving pardons out at the end of his term.....

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