Obama Watch: The Least of Michelle's Brothers Get the Door

The Least of Her Brothers Get the Door

Barack Obama says we have “an obligation” to fix the current health care system. In his plan, “No American will be turned away.” Michelle Obama disagrees. While an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center, she developed the hospital’s Urban Health Initiative, a program to refer patients without private insurance to other health care facilities in their neighborhood. Those shown the door tend to be poor minorities, mostly blacks.

In order to sell the program to the community, the hospital hired ASK Public Strategies, co-owned by David Axelrod, a top aide to the Obama campaign. The recommendation to hire Axelrod’s firm was made by Obama’s wife and by his advisor Valerie Jarrett, who sits on the hospital’s board. Syrian national and Obama fundraiser “Tony” Rezko also had a hand in seeing the program move forward by recommending another Obama friend to take over the program in October 2007. Rezko seems to be the go-to-guy for the Obamas.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported (on page 24) that the initiative is working. Thanks to Michelle Obama’s plan and Axelrod’s PR skills, the hospital’s bottom line has improved and “fewer poor patients are showing up.”

Media Hosts for Obama

Newsbusters reported that MSNBC’s coverage of Obama during the Democratic National Convention was so obviously biased that even left-wing comedian and TV host Bill Maher took notice. He told his audience, “I think there is a problem, though, with the media gushing over [Obama] too much. I don’t think he thinks that he’s all that, but the media does. I mean, the coverage after, that I was watching, from MSNBC, I mean these guys were ready to have sex with him… It’s embarrassing.”

Media Sources for Obama

On August 30, Politico reported that several Presidential scholars question whether Governor Sarah Palin has enough experience to be Vice President. However, the McCain campaign found that four of the scholars quoted were also donors to Obama and other Democratic campaigns. Only one expert’s political affiliation was reported — Brad Blakeman, a Republican, who defended McCain’s choice. Politico later published this statement from the McCain campaign:

“The authors quote four scholars attacking Gov. Palin’s fitness for the office of vice president. Among them, David Kennedy is a maxed-out Obama donor, Joel Goldstein is also an Obama donor, and Doris Kearns Goodwin has donated exclusively to Democrats this cycle. Finally, Matthew Dallek is a former speech writer for Dick Gephardt. This is not a story about scholars questioning Gov. Palin’s credentials so much as partisan Democrats who would find a reason to disqualify or discount any nominee put forward by Sen. McCain.”

Less than Zero

Following the announcement that Senator McCain picked Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, the Obama campaign came out swinging. Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said, “Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency.”

Given that Palin serves as Governor of the largest state has been brushed aside, it’s only appropriate that Obama’s current title also be ignored. To echo his campaign’s talking points, the Democrats are running a former state legislator with zero foreign policy experience as their candidate for the presidency.

The Obama campaign’s objection to Gov. Palin is only slightly less offensive than Obama supporter, rapper and producer Sean “Diddy” Combs recent video blog on McCain’s pick. An exasperated Combs asked, “What is the reality in Alaska? There’s not even no crackheads in Alaska. There’s not even no black people. There’s not even no, like, crime.” It sounds like Combs could use some time outside his fictional thug life.

Veep States By the Numbers

The Obama campaign has been obsessing about state populations since last Friday. Here are a few numbers for “Diddy” and other Obama supporters:

Population: 864,764
Percentage of Population that’s White: 77.65%

Population: 683,478
Percentage of Population that’s White: 69.3%

The Reverend Who Won’t Go Away

The New York Post reported that Reverend Jeremiah Wright was singing Obama’s praises during a sermon he gave at a church in Houston over the weekend. Wright made a bizarre comment on race and the White House. He said, “This ordinary boy [Obama] just might be the first president in the history of the United States to have a black woman sleeping at 1600 Pennsylvania legally.”

Unsure of what Wright meant, the Post declared, “It was unclear whether Wright was making a reference to prostitution, to old miscegenation laws, or to the history of illicit interracial sex under slavery.”

Wright didn’t seem to have any hurt feelings despite Obama’s condemnation of some of his controversial statements. In fact, Wright believes that Obama wasn’t being sincere. “If Senator Obama did not say what he said, he would never get elected. Politicians say what they say and do what they do based on electability, based on sound bites, based on polls,” said Wright.

According to the New York Post, “Wright’s remarks yesterday were full of praise for Obama — although several times, he referred to Obama as a “boy” who later developed into an extraordinary person, through God’s work and, presumably, Wright’s guidance.”