Barack Obama is showing himself to be just another lying politician. We knew Hillary was having her…ahem…misrememberings. The Tuzla issue, which has been blown apart, with the young girl we saw Hillary kissing now coming out and shooting Hillary’s story down. The Marine issue. The Sir Edmund Hillary issue. NAFTA. Chelsea and 9/11. Darfur. SCHIP. Belfast.
Well, it seems Obama is a bit of a fabulist himself.
First, there’s his changing stories on his relationship to The Right Rev. Wright. He denies having heard any objectionable content from Wright, despite the obvious fault with that: Wright preaches anti-white, anti-America garbage on a regular basis. Despite there being an admission from Wright himself that Obama knew the matter could come out sooner or later:
Mr. Wright said that in the phone conversation in which Mr. Obama disinvited him from a role in [his presidential] announcement, Mr. Obama cited an article in Rolling Stone, “The Radical Roots of Barack Obama.”
According to the pastor, Mr. Obama then told him, “You can get kind of rough in the sermons, so what we’ve decided is that it’s best for you not to be out there in public.”
Then, Obama comes out in the next two weeks altering the story, admitting first in his Earth Shattering Speech On Race that he had in fact heard a few things, and of course he denounced them. Then, after Hillary comes out and says that she wouldn’t attend a church with these sorts of statements, he goes on The View and says this:
“Had the reverend not retired, and had he not acknowledged that what he had said had deeply offended people and were inappropriateand mischaracterized what I believe is the greatness of this country — for all its flaws — then I wouldn’t have felt comfortable staying there at the church.”
Never mind that he had in his Big Speech said that “I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother…” Never mind that Wright never has acknowledged anything of the sort. Never mind that the picture he painted of Wright, and the reason for his attitudes towards white people, and America, this way:
“legalized discrimination” is the “reality in which Rev. Wright and other African-Americans of his generation grew up.” He said that a “lack of economic opportunity among black men, and the shame and frustration that came from not being able to provide for one’s family, contributed to the erosion of black families.”
As we now find out, a classmate of Wright’s is now speaking out, telling us of the real conditions Wright grew up in, to make him so angry at white people, and America. Mort Klein tells us:
It happens that, as a Philadelphian, I attended Central High School – the same public school Jeremiah Wright attended from 1955 to 1959. He could have gone to an integrated neighborhood school, but he chose to go to Central, a virtually all-white school. Central is the second oldest public high school in the country, which attracts the most serious academic students in the city. The school then was about 80% Jewish and 95% white. The African-American students, like all the others, were there on merit. Generally speaking, we came from lower/middle class backgrounds. Many of our parents had not received a formal education and we tended to live in row houses. In short, economically, we were roughly on par. I attended Central a few years after Rev. Wright, so I did not know him personally. But I knew of him andI know where he used to live – in a tree-lined neighborhood of large stone houses in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. This is a lovely neighborhood to this day. Moreover, Rev. Wright’s father was a prominent pastor and his mother was a teacher and later vice-principal and disciplinarian of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, also a distinguished academic high school. Two of my acquaintances remember her as an intimidating and strict disciplinarian and excellent math teacher. In short, Rev. Wright had a comfortable upper-middle class upbringing. It was hardly thescene of poverty and indignity suggested by Senator Obama to explain what he calls Wright’s anger and what I describe as his hatred.
Must have been horrible, growing up middle class, and choosing to attend a mostly white school, huh? I know those conditions would make me so darned angry at people.
Obama goes on in the Big Speech to throw Grandma under the bus:
“But a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.”
As it turns out, here’s another whopper. First he throws her under the bus, in front of a national audience. Then a few days later, he tries to clarify the remark, by calling her a ‘typical white person’. Let’s set aside the obvious arrogance and offensiveness in that remark. It turns out that she wasn’t so typical after all.
First, the incident on the bus? Well, in his second book, Dreams From My Father, he gives a different account of the matter. Turns out it was a beggar at the bus stop, saying:
“Her lips pursed with irritation. ‘He was very aggressive, Barry. Very aggressive. I gave him a dollar and he kept asking. If the bus hadn’t come, I think he might have hit me over the head.”
Quite different from the picture of ‘Toot’ he gave the rest of us….who don’t have access to the internet to know the rrreessst of the story. In addition, she doesn’t appear to have been a racist person. In the bank she worked at as a supervisor, then later a Vice President, her co-workers knew her differently.
“Did people talk about race? We had local jokes … like that ‘pake’ (Chinese) guy or the ‘yobo’ (Korean) who did this or that. I certainly got my share of haole jokes. But I never heard Madelyn say anything disparaging about people of African ancestry or Asian ancestry or anybody’s ancestry.”
But several current and former Bank of Hawaii executives — some of whom were mentored by Dunham and knew her after she retired — said they were stunned by Obama’s comments about his grandmother.
“I was real surprised that he indicated that,” said Dennis Ching, who was a 23-year-old management trainee under Dunham beginning in 1966. “I never heard her say anything like that. I never heard her say anything negative about anything. And she never swore.”
Yes, according to Obama’s book, the incident with the beggar bothered her “because he was black”, but then Jessie Jackson has famously said that if he came upon a group of black young men on the street, he would cross to the other side as well.
Obama’s against the war, and always has been, right? Going all the way back to 2002, when he was at a ‘Peace Rally’. Both he and his supporters will gladly tell you he has always been against the war. Until, of course, the 2004 Democrat convention, when he wasn’t so against it.
In July of ’04, Barack Obama, “I’m not privy to Senate intelligence reports. What would I have done? I don’t know,” in terms of how you would have voted on the war. And then this: “There’s not much of a difference between my position on Iraq and George Bush’s position at this stage.” That was July of ’04. And this: “I think” there’s “some room for disagreement in that initial decision to vote for authorization of the war.” It doesn’t seem that you are firmly wedded against the war, and that you left some wiggle room that, if you had been in the Senate, you may have voted for it.
Also, the Boston Globe reports:
In July of 2004, the day after his speech at the Democratic convention catapulted him into the national spotlight, Barack Obama told a group of reporters in Boston that the United States had an “absolute obligation” to remain in Iraq long enough to make it a success.
“The failure of the Iraqi state would be a disaster,” he said at a lunch sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, according to an audiotape of the session. “It would dishonor the 900-plus men and women who have already died. . . . It would be a betrayal of the promise that we made to the Iraqi people, and it would be hugely destabilizing from a national security perspective.”
In that same interview with Russert, he claimed that he wouldn’t raise Social Security raises in retirement age, or indexing benefits, Russert called him on his previous position:
MR. RUSSERT: But, Senator, you said last year—earlier this year that everything should be on the table for Social Security, including looking at raising retirement age, indexing benefits, and then suddenly you said, “No, no. Those aren’t off—on the table; I’m taking them off the table.”
MR. RUSSERT: But in May you said they would be on the table.
MR. RUSSERT: Some involved in the anti-movement have said that in 2004, 2005, 2006 Barack Obama voted to fund the war. Every time there was a proposal to have a fixed date withdrawal you said no, it would be a slap in the face to the American troops, it may create bloodshed and more division, that American credibility was at stake, that you were not a leader in trying to stop the war until you ran for president and got to Iowa and got to New Hampshire and had a sense of the anti-war, war fervor in the Democratic base.
MR. RUSSERT: You’ve been talking a lot about lobbyists and money in politics. This is The Boston Globe in August: in eight—“Obama’s eight years in the Illinois Senate, from 1996 to 2004, almost two-thirds of the money he raised for his campaigns came from” political action committees, “corporate contributions,” “unions, according to Illinois Board of Elections records. He tapped financial service firms, real estate developers, healthcare providers, oil companies, and many other corporate interests, the records show.” You now talk about, “Well, I’m not taking any money from lobbyists.” You do take money from state lobbyists. You took $1.5 million from federal lobbying—employees who work for federal lobbying firms. There seems to be a real inconsistency between the amount of money you raise and where it’s coming from, and your rhetoric.
MR. RUSSERT: You talked about Senator Clinton having records released from the Clinton Library regarding her experience as first lady, and yet when you were asked about, “What about eight years in the state senate of Illinois,” you said, “I don’t know.” Where, where are the—where are your records?
SEN. OBAMA: Tim, we did not keep those records. I…
MR. RUSSERT: Are they gone?
SEN. OBAMA: Well, let’s be clear. In the state senate, every single piece of information, every document related to state government was kept by the state of Illinois and has been disclosed and is available and has been gone through with a fine-toothed comb by news outlets in Illinois. The, the stuff that I did not keep has to do with, for example, my schedule. I didn’t have a schedule. I was a state senator. I wasn’t intending to have the Barack Obama State Senate Library. I didn’t have 50 or 500 people to, to help me archive these issues. So…
MR. RUSSERT: But your meetings with lobbyists and so forth, there’s no record of that?
SEN. OBAMA: I did not have a scheduler, but, as I said, every document related to my interactions with government is available right now. And, as I said, news outlets have already looked at them.
MR. RUSSERT: Is your schedule available anywhere? Are—the records exist?
SEN. OBAMA: I—Tim, I kept my own schedule. I didn’t have a scheduler.
MR. RUSSERT: It appears that he raised or contributed about $168,000 for you over the course of your career…
SEN. OBAMA: Over the course of my political career. Correct.