Reason #44 – Obama and Rezko: A “Distraction!”

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Reason #44

Obama and Rezko – A “Distraction?”

Tony Rezko, now serving time on fraud, money laundering and Attempted Bribery charges,[i] was considered a friend of Obama for 17 years.  Rezko, his partner Daniel Mahru, their wives and businesses contributed more than $50,000 to Obama’s campaigns over the years and Rezko was responsible for bundling millions more, including $14 million in contributions raised by Obama’s U.S. Senate Campaign Finance Committee – a Committee to which Rezko had been appointed by Obama.[ii]

Rezko was also considered a good friend of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and was, according to author Elizabeth Brackett, “the key figure in the wide-ranging corruption that shattered the governor’s office.”[iii]

Although Obama knew Rezko was under criminal investigation at the time, he made sure Rezko was present when he toured his South side Chicago home for the first time, as a prospective buyer.  A few weeks earlier, Rezko had allegedly received a $3.5 million dollar loan from Nadhmi Auchi, a British-Iraqi billionaire convicted in a 2003 corruption case in France. [iv]

The property included a Georgian style home and an adjacent fenced lot that could not be accessed individually from the street.  Although the owner was apparently selling both the home and lot, Mr. Obama successfully negotiated a $300,000 reduction in the price of the home – from $1.95 million to $1.65 million – without purchasing the lot.

On that same day, Mrs. Rita Rezko – Tony Rezko’s wife – made a coincidental full price offer on the adjacent lot, paying $625,000.  Repeating – this lot could not be accessed individually from the street.  In January, 2006, the Obama’s purchased a ten foot section of the lot from Mrs. Rezko, for $104,500,[v]although an appraisal reflected the real value to be only $40,500.[vi]

Obama had first been offered a job by Rezmar – Tony Rezko’s corporation – after his selection as President of the Harvard Law Review.  He refused the offer, but later went to work for the Chicago law firm Davis, Miner Barnhill & Galland – the firm representing Rezmar – the firm that helped Rezmar obtain $43 million in government funding to rehab 15 of its 30 low income apartment buildings.[vii]  The first time Obama was asked about Rezko, he claimed they had just met.  Actually, they had known each other for 17 years.[viii]  This, as Obama likes to say, could represent a “Teachable Moment” – for American voters.

While working for Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland, Obama performed an unknown amount of legal work on Rezmar deals.  When questioned about the amount of Obama’s Rezmar work by the Sun-Times, Mr. Miner – a partner in the law firm said “We’ll put together a list of the cases he worked on involving Rezko/Rezmar in the next day or two.”[ix] That statement was  reportedly made on March 13, 2007.  According to the Sun-Time’s Tim Novak, the information had not been received as of April 23, 2007.  Obama’s state senate campaign staff, on the other hand, says he worked only about five hours on such cases over a six year period. But, rehab deals on half of Rezmar’s low income apartment buildings were made while Obama was with the firm. [x] Recall Hillary Clinton’s accusation during one of the debates of the 2008 Democratic Primary, that Obama had handled the legal work for a “Slumlord.” 

In February, 1997 Rezmar got away with a $100 fine, after tenants in one building suffered without heat for five weeks beginning in December, 1996.  On January 14, 1997, During a time when Rezko and his partner reportedly couldn’t come up with the money to turn on the building’s heat, Obama received a campaign contribution of $1,000 from Rezmar. [xi]

Eleven of Rezmar’s 30 buildings turned out to be in Obama’s State Senate District.[xii]

(Excerpt from 203 Reasons Not to Vote for Barack Obama)


[i] Tom Leonard, (June 5, 2008), Telegraph.co.uk web-site, World News, USA, Barack Obama ally Tony Rezko convicted of fraud, attempted bribery and money laundering,retrieved June 10, 2010 from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/2077135/Barack-Obama-ally-Tony-Rezko-convicted-of-corruption.html

[ii] Tim Novak, (April 23, 2008), Chicago Sun-Times website, Obama and his Rezko ties, retrieved June 10, 2010 from http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/353829,CST-NWS-rez23.article

[iii] Elizabeth Brackett, Pay to Play: How Rod Blagojevich Turned Political Corruption into a National Sideshow, (Chicago, 2009, Ivan R. Dee), 91

[iv] The Times, (March 5, 2008), Timesonline.co.uk web-site, U.S. & Americas News/U.S. Elections, Q&A: Barack Obama and Tony Rezko, retrieved June 10, 2010 from http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article3486054.ece

[v] The Times, (March 5, 2008), Timesonline.co.uk web-site, U.S. & Americas News/U.S. Elections, Q&A: Barack Obama and Tony Rezko, retrieved June 10, 2010 from http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article3486054.ece

[vi] Binyamin Appelbaum, (March 16, 2008), Boston.com web-site, Home/News/Nation – The Boston Globe, Obama haunted by friend’s help securing dream house, retrieved June 10, 2010 from http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/03/16/obama_haunted_by_friends_help_securing_dream_house/?page=1

[vii] Tim Novak, (April 23, 2008), Chicago Sun-Times website, Obama and his Rezko ties, retrieved June 10, 2010 from http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/353829,CST-NWS-rez23.article

[viii] Gather.com (Feb. 25, 2008), Gather.com web-site, Obama & Rezko & Slumlord, Oh My!, retrieved March 7, 2012 from http://politics.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474977268326

[ix] Tim Novak, (April 23, 2008), Chicago Sun-Times website, Obama and his Rezko ties, retrieved June 10, 2010 from http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/353829,CST-NWS-rez23.article

[x] Tim Novak, (April 23, 2008), Chicago Sun-Times website, Obama and his Rezko ties, retrieved June 10, 2010 from http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/353829,CST-NWS-rez23.article

[xi] Tim Novak, (April 23, 2008), Chicago Sun-Times website, Obama and his Rezko ties, retrieved June 10, 2010 from http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/353829,CST-NWS-rez23.article

[xii] Tim Novak, (April 23, 2008), Chicago Sun-Times website, Obama and his Rezko ties, retrieved June 10, 2010 from http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/353829,CST-NWS-rez23.article

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Reason #42/43 – Obama: “I’ve Now Been in 57 States!”/Obama: U.S. has “Countries”!!!

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Reason #42

Obama: “I’ve Now Been in 57 States!”

Here are his words: In a 2008 campaign stop at Beaverton, Oregon, Obama made a statement that was received very differently by liberals and conservatives.  Most liberals will say he misspoke because he was exhausted from a busy campaign schedule.  Have you, even once, heard any American make a similar error?

The question:  Was it exhaustion, or was it the error of a person whose only attachment to this nation is superficial and academic – not emotional.

“Over the past 15 months we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States.  I’ve now been in 57 states?  I think one left to go – one left to go.  Alaska and Hawaii I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit…”[i]

That makes 60!  Ask yourself how many times you’ve made the same error, or heard a friend or relative misstate the number of states in the United States of America…or perhaps just give Obama another pass.

(Excerpt from 203 Reasons Not to Vote for Barack Obama)

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Reason #43

Obama: Ever the European – Speaks of U.S. “Countries”

In October, 2011, speaking at the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) #5 Training Center in Pittsburg, PA, President Obama took the opportunity to cast Republicans as being against his Jobs Act because passing it would represent a Win for him [Obama].  He then went on to characterize the Act as something that would represent a Win for the working people of America – virtually everyone.  Having once again created a divisive strawman, Obama also used this speech to reiterate his opinion of America’s exceptionalism, stating:

“We used to have the best stuff. We used to be the envy of the world. People would come to our countries and they would say, look at — look at the Hoover Dam, look at the Golden Gate Bridge. Now people go to Beijing Airport and they say, I wish we had an airport like that. We can’t compete that way, playing for 2nd or 3rd or 4th or 8th or 15th place.”[ii] (Emphasis added)

Aside from being another example of Obama denigrating the Country he was elected to lead, his use of the word “Countries” here, leaves me wondering if he has once again confused us with his beloved Europe.  In the U.S., we have “States” – just not 57, or 60 of them.  But, even most first graders know – we don’t have “Countries.”

(Excerpt from 203 Reasons Not to Vote for Barack Obama)


[i] Uploaded by Obamagaffe, (May 9, 2008), YouTube web-site, Obama Claims he’s Visited 57 States, retrieved November 15, 2011, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGH02DtIws

[ii] President Barack Obama, (October 11, 2011), White House web-site, Speeches & Remarks, Remarks by the President on the American Jobs Act, given at IBEW #5 Training Center, Pittsburg, PA, retrieved December 16, 2011, from http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/10/11/remarks-president-american-jobs-act

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Reason #41 – Obama’s Pride in America – a Mixed Message

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Reason #41

Obama Finds Pride in America as Election Nears

During an interview with Barbara Walters, aired on ABC Nightline, on December 23, 2011, President Obama said:

“Here in the United States,  everybody’s always talking about China and how they’re rising.  When you’re in Asia, people are still looking to the United States.  They don’t look to China.  They look to the United States for Leadership, for security, on economics, on culture, on politics – not because they think we’re perfect, but because they realize that we are a unique superpower in the sense that we don’t just think about our self interest.  We also think about what’s good for the world.  And, I wouldn’t want us to trade places with anybody – and I want to communicate that more effectively to the American people.”

In October, 2010, he was not quite so happy with America, when he said of China:

“Right now, China’s building hundreds of thousands of miles of new roads. Over the next 10 years, it plans to build dozens of new airports. Over the next 20, it could build as many as 170 new mass transit systems. Everywhere else, they’re thinking big. They’re creating jobs today, but they’re also playing to win tomorrow.”[i]

In August, 2008, then Senator and Presidential Candidate Obama was quick to show the losing role of America – particularly, as compared with China:

“Think about the amount of money that China has spent on infrastructure. Their ports, their train systems, their airports are vastly the superior to us now…”[ii]

And, as for receiving the world’s admiration for not just thinking about our self interest, but also thinking about “what’s good for the world,” could Obama have been more supportive than in his 1990 statement that we were “mean-spirited” and ungenerous,[iii] or, in his January, 2009 interview on Al Arabiya TV, when he told their audience that “…all too often, the United States starts by dictating…”[iv] or, in his April 2009 speech at  the Summit of the Americas, where he confessed, “…we have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms.”

The contrast of his current statement to his consistent position on these issues is indeed something to behold.  Perhaps, it has something to do with the proximity of the 2012 Presidential elections.

In true keeping with his “No Drama Obama” persona, time and time again, the President  illustrates his rugged ability to stare his own statements in the face and deny them with impunity.  Still, for those who watch and listen, he is indeed transparent.

(Excerpt from 203 Reasons Not to Vote for Obama)


[i] President Barack Obama, (Oct. 11, 2010), White House web-site, Speeches & Remarks, Remarks by President on Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure, retrieved December 26, 2011, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4McJhMjum4

[ii] Senator Barack Obama, (August 21, 2008), quoted in article by Jim Geraghty, (Aug. 22, 2008), National Review Web-site, The Campaign Spot, Obama, Fan of Chinese Ports, Trains, and Airports, retrieved December 28, 2011, from http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/9045/obama-fan-chinese-ports-trains-and-airports

[iii] Allison J. Pugh, Associated Press, (Cambridge, MA 1990), “Law Journal’s Leader Wants to Help Poor,” appearing in National Section of Altoona Mirror, April 16, 1990, p. B7, retrieved from Newspaper Archive.com http://www.newspaperarchive.com

/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=70515705&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=5&currentPage=0&fpo=False, using search terms “Barack Obama” “between years 1987-1995”, (Retrieved June 8, 2010)

[iv] President Barack Obama, (Jan. 2009), release of President Obama’s interview with Al Arabiya TV by Consulate General of the United States, Dubai-UAE, retrieved December 28, 2011, from http://dubai.usconsulate.gov/obama_arabiya.html

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Reason #40 – Guess Who’s Not Coming to Dinner

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Reason #40

Guess Who’s not Coming to Dinner

Has Israel – with Obama as President of the U.S. – been treated as a “stalwart” ally?  It seemed precisely the opposite in March, 2010, when President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu met at the White House.  After failing to get agreement on a list of 13 demands made of the Prime Minister, President Obama reportedly left the room, telling Netanyahu:

 “I’m going to the residential wing to have dinner with Michelle and the girls.”[i]  Israel’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper quoted the President as saying: “I’m still around.  Let me know if there’s anything new.”[ii]

Another Israeli paper, Israel’s Maariv, wrote that “There is no humiliation exercise that the Americans did not try on the prime minister and his entourage.  Bibi  [Netanyahu] received in the White House the treatment reserved for the president of Equatorial Guinea.”[iii]

Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, would apparently be proud.  Wright, who famously said from the pulpit “We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians…”[iv] has also reprinted anti-Israel articles by others and included them in church newsletters circulated to parishioners.  One such article, by Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook, asked “Why should any Palestinian “recognize” the monstrous crime carried out by Israel’s founders and continued by its deformed modern Apartheid state?”[v]

Boston Globe Columnist Jeff Jacoby wrote that Obama’s “…exceptionally close ties to the man he described as his spiritual mentor, the Israel-bashing Reverend Jeremiah Wright, should have given pause to any pro-Israel voter.” [vi]  And Syndicated Columnist Mona Charen wrote “Sure, Obama mouthed a few bromides about Israel’s security during the campaign, but Jewish voters, like other Americans, were aware that this candidate’s history was uniquely hostile to Israel. They knew of Obama’s tame attendance at Jeremiah Wright’s church (which gave Louis Farrakhan a “lifetime achievement award” and offered space in its bulletin to Hamas). They were aware of his friendships with Bill Ayers and Rashid Khalidi and of his affection for Third World causes.”[vii]

New York Magazine’s Dan Amira contested the widely publicized story of Obama snubbing Netanyahu at their  March 25, 2010 White House meeting.  Amira wrote that “the White House points out to us that such scenarios are impossible, since Michelle, Sasha, and Malia Obama were in New York City that night.”[viii]  Oddly, a Chicago Sun Times article by Lynn Sweet – to which a link is provided in Amira’s own article, reports that Michelle and the two Obama girls returned to Washington, DC on Wednesday, March 24, 2010[ix]– the day before the alleged infamous meeting between Obama and Netanyahu.

But, once again, the media tries to give him a pass.

(Excerpt from 203 Reasons Not to Vote for Barack Obama)


[i] Adrian Blomfeld in Jerusalem, (March 25, 2010), The Telegraph: World: USA, Obama snubbed Netanyahu for dinner with Michelle and the girls, Israelis claim, retrieved December 10, 2010 from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/7521220/Obama-snubbed-Netanyahu-for-dinner-with-Michelle-and-the-girls-Israelis-claim.html

[ii] Ibid

[iii] Ibid

 [iv] Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr., (March 22, 2008), The Atlantic: The Daily Dish, The Wright Post 9/11 Sermon, retrieved December 12, 2010 from http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/03/the-wright-post.html

 [v] Mousa Abu Marzook as quoted in LA Times Op-Ed, (July 10, 2007) and reprinted in Pastor Pages of Trinity United Church Newsletter and presented on MSNBC’s The Place for Politics with Andrea Mitchell.  Posted to YouTube by JeffBoste, (March 27, 2008), Rev. Jeremiah Wright Anti-Israel comments, retrieved December 12, 2010 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-EBc2xaz44

 [vi]Jeff Jacoby, (June, 2010), Commentary Magazine.com, Obama, Israel & American Jews: The Challenge—A Symposium, retrieved December 12, 2010 from http://www.commentarymagazine.com/viewarticle.cfm/obama–Israel—american-jews–the-challenge-a-symposium-15449?page=all

[vii]Mona Charen, (June, 2010), Commentary Magazine.com, Obama, Israel & American Jews: The Challenge—A Symposium, retrieved December 12, 2010 from http://www.commentarymagazine.com/viewarticle.cfm/obama–Israel—american-jews–the-challenge-a-symposium-15449?page=all

[viii] Dan Amira, (March 26, 2010), New York Magazine web-site, Updated: Obama Didn’t Walk Out on Netanyahu to Go Eat With His Family, retrieved November 26, 2011, from http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2010/03/details_confirm_that_obama-net.html

[ix] Lynn Sweet, (March 25, 2010), Chicago Sun Times web-site, Michelle Obama, Malia, Sasha, New York Spring break visit: Broadway, Harlem, Brooklyn, retrieved November 26, 2011, from http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2010/03/michelle_obama_malia_sasha_new.html

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Reason 14/15 – Obama “Inherited” – 16,300 Times!/President Won’t Share Keys

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Reason #14

Obama “Inherited” – 16,300 Times

Even today, this President continues to try and distance himself from the economic problems faced by America.  Nothing is his fault.  He bears no responsibility.  He “Inherited” this mess.  In fact, if you had gone to the White House web-site at 10:45am EST, on March 21, 2012, and in the search box, entered the word “inherited.”  This would have been your result:

Results 1-10 of about 16,300 for ‘”inherited”[i]

In his remarks to a Joint Session of Congress on Feb 24, 2009, he used the word three times and those of us who have listened to him, have heard it on many other occasions.  To be fair, these were not all his own speeches, but they all came from the White House.  Since it would take far too long to search each of the 16,300 uses of the word “Inherited,” I’ll stipulate that he could have used the word in other contexts – but, even if we generously allow that this happened in 1,000 cases, that still leaves 15,300 times in which the word was used once or more to describe his plight as the 44th President of the U.S. and his absolute freedom from any responsibility for our current economic conditions.

Although he still uses “inherited,” to point the finger at others, he has also learned to mix it up – now using the equally stunning “…for the last eight years….” and then again, to “….over the last decade.”  Same message, but as he and Duval Patrick say; “Words Matter.”[ii]

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Reason #15

President Won’t Share Keys – Demands others Compromise

Sticking to the same divisive, partisan rhetoric he consistently uses on the American people, President Obama addressed members of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on May 13, 2010, telling them:

“So after they drove the car into the ditch, made it as difficult as possible for us to pull it back, now they want the keys back.  No!  You can’t drive!  We don’t want to have to go back into the ditch! We just got the car out! We just got the car out!”[iii]

And here at the wheel is the President of “hope and change,” “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”  His inspirational words no doubt enhanced the spirit of bipartisan cooperation – and this was when Democrats controlled both Houses.  Does the President who was ready to meet with Ahmadinejad sound like he was ready to work cooperatively with Republicans?

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[i] Search Results on WH web-site for the word “Inherited.”  Search made on Feb. 2, 2012 at http://search.whitehouse.gov/search?affiliate=wh&query=%22inherited%22&form_id=usasearch_box

[ii] Rachel Sklar,(February 19, 2008), The Huffington Post, Yes, You Can Borrow My Speech: Why Obama’s Lifted Words Matter, retrieved May 25, 2010 from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/02/19/yes-you-can-borrow-my-spe_n_87382.html

[iii] President Barack Obama, (May 13, 2010), White House web-site, Speeches & Remarks, Remarks by the President at DCCC Dinner, St. Regis Hotel, New York, retrieved December 18, 2011, from http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-dccc-dinner

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Reason 9/10 – Obama the Warrior/A President as Good as his Word

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Over the past year, we’ve witnessed almost everything we would never have believed.  As our soldiers put their lives on the line for Afghanistan, Afghan soldiers – the ones we’re training – the ones we’re protecting – are killing our people.  Our leader’s incredibly strong response:  apologize when possible.  When the Secretary of  Defense visited our troops, they were ordered to leave their weapons outside the tent – because Afghans – the same ones that are killing them – were reportedly unarmed and we didn’t want it to appear uneven.  Shortly after we withdrew from Iraq, there were more killings.  Since the writing of this book however, Iraq seems to have fallen silent.  But, is it?  On Sunday, a religious ruling was published in the country, in which Ayatollah Kazim al-Haeri – who lives in Iran –  forbade voting for secular politicians.  al-Haeri is the spiritual mentor of “Muqtada al-Sadr, an anti-American Shiite cleric,” who is opposing the current Prime Minister – Nouri al-Maliki – also a Shiite.   The majority of al-Maliki’s opposition reportedly comes from secular groups.[1] On a different note, are you impressed with the amount of money expended in presidential elections?  Here’s what Obama promised in 2008 – and what he actually did.

Reason #9

Obama the Warrior

On October 27, 2007, then Senator and Presidential candidate Barack Obama, promised to end the war in Iraq and bring troops home immediately after becoming President.

“I will promise you this – that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am President – it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home.  We will bring an end to this war.  You can take that to the bank.”[i]

More than four years later – and nearly three years into his Presidency – Obama made good on the promise, leaving Iraq on an announced timetable he helped finalize and in a condition that brought terrorist attacks within weeks of our withdrawal.

Reason #10

A President as Good as his Word

Recently, some have questioned President Obama’s reversal on the issue of “Super PACs.”  After openly attacking the Supreme Court ruling on PACs in his 2010 State of the Union Address and later calling Super PACs “a threat to our Democracy,” he decided to take advantage of them to assist his 2012 re-election bid.  But, for those who were surprised by this flip flop, we have only to look back to his last Presidential campaign, where he promised to join Senator McCain, in conducting his campaign under the constraints of the Public Financing System.  He proudly announced in the Fall of 2007:

“If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.” [ii]

That lasted until he got a glimpse of how much money he could collect without a public finance restriction.  By June 19, 2008, his tune had changed:

“We’ve made the decision not to participate in the public financing system for the general election.” [iii]

This was the first time since the system was created, that any “major nominee has declined public financing.”[iv] According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Obama raised approximately $745 million, while McCain, who kept his pledge to use Public Financing for the General Election, raised less than half of that.  McCain, because he kept that pledge, “faced an $84 million limit on what he could spend during the general election, putting him at a huge disadvantage compared to Obama, who raised $66 million more than that in September alone.”[v]

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1  ZeeNews.com (June 3, 2012), Zee News web-site, Religious Edict Seen as Aiding Embattled Iraq PM, retrieved June 3, 2012 from http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/religious-edict-seen-as-aiding-embattled-iraq-pm_779561.html

[i] Senator Barack Obama, (2007), YouTube web-site, video posted by “Illuminati Seer,” (November 13, 2009), Obama to End War, retrieved January 3, 2012, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn134-KLL7Y&feature=player_embedded

[ii] Senator Barack Obama, (2007), quoted in Tampa Bay Times’ PolitiFact.com web-site, On Public Financing of His Campaign, retrieved February 8, 2012 from http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2008/aug/04/barack-obama/he-said-hed-pursue-it-but-opted-out/

[iii] Senator Barack Obama, (June 19, 2008), quoted in Tampa Bay Times’ PolitiFact.com web-site, On Public Financing of His Campaign, retrieved February 8, 2012 from http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2008/aug/04/barack-obama/he-said-hed-pursue-it-but-opted-out/

[iv]Bill Adair, Angie Drobnic Holanl, (August 4, 2008), Tampa Bay Times’ PolitiFact.com web-site, On Public Financing of His Campaign, retrieved February 8, 2012 from http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2008/aug/04/barack-obama/he-said-hed-pursue-it-but-opted-out/

[v] Center for Responsive Politics, Open Secrets web-site, 2008 Election, retrieved February 8, 2012, from http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/summary.php?cycle=2008&cid=N00006424

Reason 6 – Obama: Looking Out for Number 1

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Reason #6

Obama: Looking Out for Number 1

Shortly after being elected President of the Harvard Law Review, Obama was approached by literary agent Jane Dystel, who suggested he prepare a book proposal for an autobiography. According to author Christopher Andersen, Obama agreed and Dystel took it to several publishers.  Finally, she landed him a book contract with Poseidon Press, a Simon & Schuster company.  Obama was given the almost unheard of first time author advance of $150,000, receiving half in advance.  He was to provide Poseidon with the completed manuscript by 1991.  Time passed and Obama failed to produce.  In 1993, his contract was canceled.  He reportedly went to Simon & Schuster and was able to receive their forgiveness of the $75,000 debt he now owed them.  Despite what could be easily interpreted as a major breach and a large mark against author Obama’s credibility, Dystel was undaunted.  She not only obtained a new contract for Obama with Random House’s Times Book Division , but she also managed to negotiate a new $40,000 Advance.

Following Obama’s 2004 Keynote Address at the Democratic National Convention, the book began to move and Dystel once again attempted to maximize Obama’s profits by obtaining the rights to his book and then finding still another publisher.  Before she could do this however, Random House’s Crown Book Division published it in paperback.  The book went on to sell approximately two million copies and when Obama was elected to the Senate, Crown offered him a two million dollar contract for two books.

In the true spirit of a man who believes in keeping commitments, rewarding loyalty and ensuring fairness for all, Obama reportedly dumped Dystel as his agent and hired an attorney to finalize the deal with Crown.  Why?  Reportedly, to avoid paying Dystel’s longer term commission, in favor of one time hourly legal fees connected with the completion of the new contract.[i]

As the famed Community Organizer, Saul Alinsky said:

“…one’s concern with the ethics of means and ends varies inversely with one’s personal interest in the issue.”[ii]

How Presidential…

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[i] Christopher Andersen, Barack and Michelle, (New York, 2009, Harper Collins E-Books),pp138-231

[ii] Saul D. Alinsky, Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals, (New York, 1989, Vintage Books), 26