Obama Watch: Friends in Low Places

The Chicago Sun-Times has been instrumental in uncovering the illegal business deals of Obama fundraiser and Syrian national Tony Rezko.  They reported last week that Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden has something else in common with Barack Obama.  “No matter what help Barack Obama might get from Sen. Joseph Biden, his newly named vice presidential running mate won’t give Obama much cover on the Tony Rezko front.  Biden has described himself as a 30-year friend of a key figure in the Rezko trial who’s pleaded guilty to a federal extortion charge in Chicago and is awaiting sentencing,” wrote staff reporter Dave McKinney.

Joseph Cari, Jr. has been a supporter of several Democratic candidates, including Biden.  The Washington Times reported, “Mr. Biden has acknowledged knowing Rezko for the past 30 years, and of having a longtime association with Cari, who served as the Delaware Democrat’s Midwest field director in his 1988 run for the Democratic presidential nomination.” 

Cari recently admitted to being involved in a business deal that netted him $850,000 from a fraudulent fundraising operation run by Tony Rezko for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.  Interestingly, the Governor’s wife was a business partner of Rezko for over a decade.  This is what pundits mean by “Chicago-style politics.”

Despite the overwhelming evidence against Cari, Biden said, “All I know is Joe Cari is a friend, and he’s an honorable guy, but I don’t know anything beyond that.”

Biden may take the train home to Delaware, but he’s had a hand in the corrupt Chicago political scene for decades.

Hollywood Heavy Hitters to Raise Millions for Obama

On September 16 DreamWorks honchos Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen will co-host a high-dollar fundraiser for Barack Obama.  Longtime Democratic supporter Barbra Streisand will perform at the event.  Before the private concert, 250 ticket holders will pay a whopping $28,500 per person for a private dinner with Obama at Greystone Mansion. 

The 46,000 square foot Beverly Hills estate has been a location site for numerous movies.  Following dinner, Obama will meet 700 others at a private reception and concert at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  Tickets for the reception and Streisand concert are sold separately at $2,500 per person. 

Assuming all tickets are sold, the Obama campaign could pull in nearly $9 million at the events.  If you’re going to organize a community, Beverly Hills is certainly a fruitful place to go.

Streisand also sang at fundraisers for Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004.  Michelle Malkin noted, “When Barbra croons for you, you can kiss your chances of winning goodbye.”

Obama’s Slander Problem

The Obama campaign apparently believes that the best way to reduce Obama’s “Jewish problem” is to malign conservatives.  Obama spokesman Mark Bubriski wrote to the Miami Herald, “Palin was a supporter of Pat Buchanan, a right-winger or as many Jews call him: a Nazi sympathizer.”

NewsBusters reported that on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Buchanan, an MSNBC analyst, “proceeded to suggest that the Obama campaign had opened a can of worms.”  Buchanan said:

“If they do that, you end the moratorium on Rev. Jeremiah Wright, because Barack Obama’s pastor and spiritual advisor for 15 years did run an anti-Semitic church, does run an anti-white church and has engaged in racist rants.  And we were told that, look, this is off the table, those sort of things. And then to have them come up and, come after me, you open up somebody’s associations?  You open those up. You open up all of yours.”

Elections Propaganda

Like Rev. Jeremiah Wright, another Obama supporter also believes that he is fooling the American people in order to get elected.  The Sweetness & Light blog dug up a speech from Libyan leader Mu’ammar al-Qaddafi.  The address was broadcast in June on Al-Jazeera TV.  Some excerpts from the speech include:

“There are elections in America now.  Along came a black citizen of Kenyan African origins, a Muslim, who had studied in an Islamic school in Indonesia.  His name is Obama.  All the people in the Arab and Islamic world and in Africa applauded this man.  They welcomed him and prayed for him and for his success, and they may have even been involved in legitimate contribution campaigns to enable him to win the American presidency. 

But we were taken by surprise when our African Kenyan brother, who is an American national, made statements that shocked all his supporters in the Arab world, in Africa, and in the Islamic world… As you know, this is the farce of elections – a person lies and lies to people, just so that they will vote for him, and afterwards, when they say to him: ‘You promised this and that,’ he says: ‘No, this was just elections propaganda.’   This is the farce of democracy for you.  He says: ‘This was propaganda, and you thought I was being serious.  I was fooling you to get your votes.’”

“We still hope that this black man will take pride in his African and Islamic identity, and in his faith, and that [he will know] that he has rights in America, and that he will change America from evil to good, and that America will establish relations that will serve it well with other peoples, especially the Arabs.”


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