On October 6th, in 2007, Obama accused his fellow American citizens of the indiscriminate murder of Iraqi civilians, saying, “And these private (Blackwater USA) contractors, they go out and they’re spraying bullets and hitting civilians and that makes it more dangerous for our troops.” This isn’t exactly how it goes over there. These people are tasked with protecting (usually) Iraqi elected officials, who were subject to assassination on a regular basis at the time. They had a extremely high success rate, often at the price of their own lives. Anyone who has read the real news going on over there, like from Michael Totten or Michael Yon, knows that none of our people are indiscriminately firing on civilians. These stories tend to come from ‘stringers’, or locals who do the job the dinosaur media just won’t do. As in, they won’t send real journalists to Iraq, they instead rely on local partisans with an axe to grind. Since the picture of our soldiers and Marines as baby killers tends to be the norm among the Left, they take these reports at face value, then pass them along to the American public, to help skew perceptions.
Last fall during a nationally televised presidential debate, Obama hesitantly raised his hand and joined with most of his Democratic rivals to declare that he opposed decriminalizing marijuana. (first video).
But as a candidate for the U.S. Senate four years ago, Mr. Obama told Illinois college students that he supported eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana use or possession, according to a videotape of a little noticed debate that was obtained by The Washington Times.
“I think we need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws,” Mr. Obama told an audience during a debate at Northwestern University in 2004. “But I’m not somebody who believes in legalization of marijuana.” (second video).
Asked about the two different answers, Mr. Obama’s presidential campaign said he in fact has “always” supported decriminalizing marijuana as he answered in 2004, meaning the candidate mistakenly raised his hand during the presidential debate last fall.
On the 1st of December, Obama said, “I’m not running because I’m trying to fulfill some long-held plan.”
Iis Darmawan, 63, Obama’s teacher in 1970, remembers him as an exceptionally tall and curly haired child who quickly picked up the local language and had sharp math skills. “He wrote an essay titled, ‘I Want To Become President,'” the teacher said.
In 1971, Obama’s sister Maya, has also said, “There was always a joke between my mom and Barack that he would be the first black president.”
In 1991, David B. Wilkins , the Kirkland and Ellis professor of law, said he advised Obama to become a Supreme Court Clerk. “Obama recognized the honor in pursuing that post,” Wilkins said, but quickly added that he wasn’t interested.
“He said that he wanted to write a book about his life and his father, go back to Chicago, get back into the community, and run for office there. He knew exactly what he wanted and went about getting it done,” Wilkins said.
In 1992, Obama’s brother-in-law, Craig Robinson pulled him aside and asked about his plans. “He said, ‘I think I’d like to teach at some point in time, and maybe run for public office,'” recalls Robinson, who assumed Senator Obama meant he’d like to run for city alderman. “He said no — at some point he’d like to run for the U.S. Senate. And then he said, ‘Possibly even run for President at some point.’ And I was like, ‘Okay, but don’t say that to my Aunt Gracie.’ I was protecting him from saying something that might embarrass him.”
In 1993, Obama began teaching at the University of Chicago Law School, where he declined to pursue a tenure-track post, hoping to save time for politics.
The one thread, that remains consistent, throughout Obama’s life, is his teacher’s, mentor’s and friend’s recollection of Obama’s single-minded pursuit of high political office.
Coming back to the muslim issue, I have to add this. On December 22nd 2007, in a small-town café in Pleasantville, Omaha, Obama was asked a question that typically only circulates on the Internet.
As he sat down to have a slice of pie with a small group of potential voters and an elderly woman asked him about being Muslim.
“I’ve always been a Christian,” the Illinois Democrat responded. “I have never practiced [Islam].”
In his autobiography, “Dreams From My Father,” Obama mentions studying the Quran. He was enrolled in two Jakarta schools as a Muslim. His teacher Tine Hahiyary said that she remembered that he had studied “mengaji” (recitation of the Quran).” Classmate Rony Amiris described Obama as being a very devout Muslim, saying, “Barry was previously quite religious in Islam.” Another classmate, Emirsyah Satar, now the CEO of Garuda Indonesia, was quoted as saying, “He (Obama) was often in the prayer room wearing a ‘sarong.'” (See Obama’s Education.)
Yet, on his official campaign website, Obama has posted this statement, “Barack has never been a Muslim or practiced any other faith besides Christianity.”
Obama’s grandfather was a Muslim. Obama’s father was a Muslim. Obama’s stepfather was a Muslim. His African relatives are Muslims. What was he for the 27 years before his alleged conversion if he wasn’t a Muslim?
If Obama has always been a Christian, why was he enrolled in two Jakarta schools as a Muslim, and why did he study the Quran?
And note his Clintonesque defense, “I have never practiced.”
On the subject of public funding, in February of last year, Obama petitioned the FEC to agree to public financing of the Presidential campaign, and has actually proposed a voluntary agreement between the two major party nominees that would limit their fund-raising and spending for the general election.
In response to a questionnaire in November from the Midwest Democracy Network, a group of nonpartisan government oversight groups, Obama said: “Senator John McCain has already pledged to accept this fundraising pledge. If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.” That was over a year ago. Now that Obama has turned out to be a political whiz kid, raising nearly $100 million in just two months, more than the public financing would provide, he prevaricates, a spokesman claiming that “If Senator Obama is the nominee, he will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.”
Public financing doesn’t look so good now that you can bring in potentially hundreds of millions of dollars, in toto.
In an event of duelling NAFTA-bashing during the runup to the Ohio primaries this year, Obama told us that if Canada and Mexico didn’t straighten up and fly right, he was going to pull us out of the treaty. First of all, a president doesn’t have the authority to unilaterally do that. President Bush did, in the case of the ABM treaty with the Soviet Union, on the basis that the treaty was with a nation that no longer existed.
Secondly, this appears to have been simple pandering to the Ohio voters, who have had job losses in the industrial sector. He was, however, speaking this to a national and international audience. Interests in Canada and Mexico were, understandably upset, and threatened to cut off our preferential treatment on oil purchases. Our two top oil importers could cut us off if a President Obama were to carry through on his threat.
Well, it turns out that senior campaign official had already spoken with Canadian officials. Canadian television tells us
Barack Obama has ratcheted up his attacks on NAFTA, but a senior member of his campaign team told a Canadian official not to take his criticisms seriously, CTV News has learned.Both Obama and Hillary Clinton have been critical of the long-standing North American Free Trade Agreement over the course of the Democratic primaries, saying that the deal has cost U.S. workers’ jobs.
Within the last month, a top staff member for Obama’s campaign telephoned Michael Wilson, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, and warned him that Obama would speak out against NAFTA, according to Canadian sources.
The staff member reassured Wilson that the criticisms would only be campaign rhetoric, and should not be taken at face value.
Well, this lead to another ‘misspeak’, denying that any such thing had happened. CTV, as a responsible journalistic entity, had a reputation to uphold, so they fired back, naming names. No more comment has been heard on the matter from the Obama camp.
In trying to solidify his anti-war stance, while attempting to prove to the Democrat base that Clinton wasn’t the dove she claims to be, Fox News reports this:
He said that Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a fellow Democrat from neighboring West Virginia, had read the intelligence estimate as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and after a brief pause said the then-chairman had voted against the war resolution.
However, Rockefeller was not the chair at the time and voted in favor of the war authorization. Sen. Bob Graham of Florida was the intelligence committee chair in 2002 and voted against the resolution. Obama did not mention Graham’s name in the passage.
“She didn’t read the National Intelligence Estimates. Jay Rockefeller read it. But she didn’t read it. I don’t know what all that experience got her because I have enough experience to know that if you have a National Intelligence Estimate and the chairman of the national, um, Senate Intelligence Committee says you should read this, this is why I’m voting against the war, that you should probably read it. I don’t know how much experience you need for that.”
Contrary to a recent hyperbolic campaign ad, it wasn’t “courageous” to give his 2002 anti-war speech, primarily because he delivered it at an anti-Iraq war rally.
At the last debate, America’s former co-president claimed that it was easy to give that speech, and it wasn’t a gamble for him because he wasn’t in the US Senate and therefore wasn’t in a position of responsibility. Obama’s impassioned reply was, “I was in the midst of a U.S. Senate campaign. It was a high-stakes campaign.”
Really? Is that so? Obama did not announce his intentions to run for the US Senate until January 2003.
This isn’t exactlya lie, but the contrast between Obama’s stance on the Wright issue and his take on the Don Imus matter less than one year earlier is quite stark. He told ABC News:
“I understand MSNBC has suspended Mr. Imus,” Obama told ABC News, “but I would also say that there’s nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group. And I would hope that NBC ends up having that same attitude.”
A far cry from his refusal to divorce himself from Wright. He has attempted to tell us he abhors Wright’s remarks, yet when the story first broke, says “I strongly condemn” Wright’s statements, but “I would not repudiate the man.” Then later, he comes back and has Wright leave the campaign’s National African American Religious Committee. There is no word about whether Wright will remain with the campaign in any other capacity. My guess is that in the near term, he will stay away, and the Obama campaign claimed Wright was away on a cruise. Yet, he managed to show up in Tampa to preach a few days later, on Easter Sunday.
Some people are making claims as to Obama being a closet muslim. I have read them, and won’t go into reprinting them, because I think they are tenuous at best. He was, however, in fact born a muslim, to a muslim father. Some islamic scholars will say that a child born to islam, yet converting as a child are released from the apostasy clause of islam, others say that anyone born into islam is forever a muslim, and if they leave the faith, they are to be executed. I’ll take him at his word, for now (though we have to wonder what that word is worth), but he does have a paternal grandmother in Kenya who is doing some fabricating on her own. After the Wright controversy came up, USA today interviewed her, and she claimed to be Christian. Yet, a year ago, she told the New York Times she was a devout muslim.
Why the prevaricating? One can only surmise. I do have a concern, not that I think Obama is a muslim today. I’m about to jump on the Paranoid Express here (aaallllll abooooooaaarrdddd!) and make a prediction, qualified on the condition that he gains the Presidency, and serves two terms. If those things happen, I predict that Barack Obama will have a ‘deep reevaluation’ of his faith and beliefs, and revert to islam. I have absolutely no facts to go on here, I’m just making a prediction based on a combination of gut feeling and seeing the trends in the world.
Okay, on to more of the ‘misspeakings’. By the way, every candidate seems to cover their controversial statements with the claim that they ‘misspoke’. Among the synonyms for misspeak are the terms ‘be untruthful’, concoct, and falsify. You hear that, Hillary?
Obama claimed while speaking in Selma, Alabama last year, that he traced his “very existence” to the generosity of the Kennedy family, which he said paid for his Kenyan father to travel to America on a student scholarship and thus meet his Kansan mother. He claimed that if that hadn’t happened, he never would have been born. Touching story, right? It also works out well to tie himself to the Kennedy family, as many see him as bringing Camelot back to America. Well, there are a few logical fallacies in that story.
One: The Kennedy family did not provide the funding for a September 1959 airlift of 81 Kenyan students to the United States that included Obama’s father. According to historical records and interviews with participants, the Kennedys were first approached for support for the program nearly a year later, in July 1960. The family responded with a $100,000 donation, most of which went to pay for a second airlift in September 1960. WaPo has a detailed storyon the history of the matter, showing the blatant discrepancies between the facts and Obama’s story. He also fibs in the Selma speech, crediting the Kennedy Administration with the Kenyan airlift program.
It worried folks in the White House who said, “You know, we’re battling Communism. How are we going to win hearts and minds all across the world? If right here in our own country, John, we’re not observing the ideals set fort in our Constitution, we might be accused of being hypocrites.” So the Kennedy’s decided we’re going to do an air lift.
The airlift program started in 1959, before Kennedy took office. It was initiated by a Kenyan nationalist leader named Tom Mboya, who raised awareness in America to raise funds. The only Kennedy connection was that Mboya approached the Kennedys for financial support after Obama Sr. was already studying in Hawaii.
Two: Ed Morrissey did the mathon Obama’s birth as it relates to the Selma marches.
The first march on Selma took place on March 7, 1965(there were three of them). At the time, Barack Obama was three and a half years old.Now, Obama also mentions the Birmingham march as part of this speech — but that took place in May 1963. Obama would have been 20 months old when Dr. King led that demonstration.
That’s not the only bit of fabulism here. Obama’s birthdate is August 4, 1961. It doesn’t take a doctor or a math whiz to calculate his conception as sometime in 1960 — before John Kennedy took office.In fact, it might have taken place on Election Day, when Kennedy won the presidency. That would tend to indicate that Mom and Dad met sometime before the African airlift that Obama credits for his birth.
So what does that mean? It could mean that his father and mother found hope in America even before the election of John Kennedy. It might mean that hope and change had already started because a broad class of Americans had already found racism intolerable and had started working to end it. It certainly doesn’t mean that Obama owes his existence to the marches on Selma and Birmingham, and his appropriation of those marches reeks of something other than hope, change, or “new politics”.
In 2003, Obama spoke with the AFL/CIO, telling them ““I happen to be a proponent of single-payer universal healthcare coverage.” Later, in a January 2008 Democrat debate, he shifted his claim to this:
“I never said that we should try to go ahead and get single payer. What I said was that if I were starting from scratch, if we didn’t have a system in which employers had typically provided health care, I would probably go with a single-payer system.”
Not according to the video of the union event you didn’t…
In Obama’s famous DNC Convention speech, Obama says, “My father was a foreign student, born and raised in a small village in Kenya. He grew up herding goats, went to school in a tin-roof shack. His father — my grandfather — was a cook, a domestic servant to the British.”Kezia, Obama Sr.’s first wife tells a story that puts Obama’s account to lie.
Kezia said: In 1955 Obama Sr. was 18 and working in an office in Nairobi, when he took Kezia from her family at the age of 16. Her father was furious.
“He did not like Obama. My father and brothers came to Nairobi to bring me back. They said I had to go back to school.
“When I wouldn’t, they said they would never speak to me again.
“Barack was also worried about what his father would think because I was so young, but he gave us his approval. Obama’s father (often described as poor) sent my mother and father 14 cows for my dowry.
Sounds like an awful lot of dough for a poor goatherder, cook, domestic servant family. I’m just sayin’.
He claims to have been a law professor, but in fact, he was only a ‘Senior Lecturer’. Some have come out now, claiming that it’s common for a lecturer to pass themselves off as a professor, but does that seem right, or is resume padding more plausible?
Well, as the song says, these are a few of my favorite things. Given Obama’s track record, I’m guessing I’ll be updating this in the near future… Ain’t the internet a beyotch?