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The 2008 Campaign

After Al Gore’s defeat in 2000 and his failed campaign to steal the election through massive voter fraud in Florida (see Obama Crime #9), Democrats recognized the need for a new 21st century face for their party. The time was right to groom a mixed race nominee who could appeal not only to the Democratic base of African American and Hispanics, but also white suburbanites desperate to burnish their “I’m not racist” credentials. They found that person in little known Illinois state senator Barack Hussein Obama.

At first glance Obama hardly seemed like presidential material. Other than co-sponsoring some bills that handed over millions in public money to unscrupulous public housing developers and a passionate defense of the universally despised late-term abortion on the Illinois Senate floor, he had accomplished little during his time as state senator. He was best known for avoiding tough decisions by voting “present” than for anything else.

But the Democratic Party has never been about the facts. How else to explain the black community’s unquestioning support even after decades of liberal failure that have left their families torn apart, 3rd world violence on their streets and hopelessly broken schools for their children? If liberal politics were based on real life outcomes, no one would ever vote Democrat again.

Despite his short political career Obama had already proven himself irresistible to liberals. His esteemed classmates at Harvard had voted him president of the Harvard Law Review based on nothing more than his compelling personal story and ability not to scare white people, so why not the rest of America?

Obama’s big break onto that national stage occurred when he was assigned the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Sharing the stage with liberal hero Ted Kennedy, Obama gave an impassioned speech on the greatness of a nation where “a skinny kid with a funny name” could rise to prominence. “There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America – there’s the United States of America.” Impressionable Democrats everywhere ate it up.

CBS News called him the “the brightest rising star in the Democratic party” and the Las Vegas Mercury “the great non-white hope”. As Obama explained to a Chicago Tribune reporter later that day “I’m LeBron, baby. I can play at this level. I got game.” With the success of the speech Obama easily won the U.S. Senate race and took his place in Washington.

Like most things about Obama, his post-racial narrative was nothing more than a ruse. Obama spent most of his political career using racial politics to enrich himself at the expense of the very minorities he was professing to help. He was also a member of the racially charged Trinity United Church of Christ for over 20 years. Rev. Jeremiah Wright, a well known anti-Semite, distributed Hamas literature in the church lobby and would often curse the United States from the pulpit.

Oprah Winfrey, who also attended Trinity United for about 10 years, was smart enough to leave the congregation in the mid-1990s. As revealed in Newsweek, “Winfrey was never comfortable with the tone of Wright’s more incendiary sermons, which she knew had the power to damage her standing as America’s favorite daytime talk-show host.” There was no such revelation for the morally challenged Obama. For years he sat in the pews and listened to the most incendiary anti-American rhetoric possible with a smile on his face and a “amen” on his lips.

During the 2008 election word leaked out that Trinity United wasn’t the wholesome organization that most voters had assumed it to be. Video had surfaced of Rev. Wright declaring “Not God Bless America… God Damn America. That’s in the bible, for killing innocent people.” This sentiment was hardly unusual for the race baiting Rev. Wright, who often criticized America for it’s over abundance of white folk. Of course that didn’t stop the good preacher from building a $1 million home for himself in the predominantly white suburban community of Tinley Park in 2007.

The mainstream media did its best to bury the story. Members of the infamous Journolist worried obsessively about Rev. Wright harming the Obama campaign. A novel solution was put forth by Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent to intimidate conservatives from bringing up the Rev. Wright story. He proposed in a Journolist email that liberals should “start randomly picking conservatives — Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists”.

The media cover failed as the video went viral. Obama was eventually forced to explain what he was doing associating with such an unsavory character. In his widely watched March 2008 “Race Speech”, Obama deflected responsibility from himself by, ironically enough, accusing conservatives of being even bigger racists than him: “This is not to say that race has not been an issue in the campaign. At various stages in the campaign, some commentators have deemed me either ‘too black’ or ‘not black enough’. We saw racial tensions bubble to the surface during the week before the South Carolina primary.”

Translation: How dare you call me racist for attending a church that damns white people and Jews when everyone knows Republicans are the biggest racists around!

As for America’s progress as a racially blind nation? Not so much. Obama went on to say “just as black anger often proved counterproductive, so have these white resentments distracted attention from the real culprits of the middle class squeeze – a corporate culture rife with inside dealing, questionable accounting practices, and short-term greed… This is where we are right now. It’s a racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years.”

He went on to reaffirm his commitment to Rev. Wright: “I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community”. But it wasn’t enough to support Rev. Wright, he needed a white scapegoat to whom he could shift the blame and who better than his own grandmother? “I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, 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.”

Madelyn Durham, who had raised him since he was 10 years old, loved him like a son and paid for his clothes, schooling and most likely the weed he smoked and coke he blew in high school, had all of a sudden become the prime example of racist white America.

Predictably the media responded to Obama’s stunning sell out of his own grandmother by proclaiming him the greatest orator of our time. US News & World Report reported “among African-American scholars and leaders, the post-speech talk wasn’t of polls and focus groups but of witnessing history” and Daniel Finkelstein of The Times called it “a great speech, an important speech, a moment of high emotion and political significance.”

The love fest lasted for one whole week when in an appearance at the National Press Club Rev. Wright, just being himself, said “Africans have a different meter, and Africans have a different tonality. Europeans have seven tones, Africans have five. White people clap differently than black people. Africans and African-Americans are right-brained, subject-oriented in their learning style. They have a different way of learning.”

So much for equality among the races. Having no choice but to cut himself off from his pastor before the controversy took him down too, Obama promptly tossed Rev. Wright under the campaign bus: “I am outraged by the comments that were made and saddened by the spectacle that we saw yesterday… The person that I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago.”

Obama had sacrificed the good name of his own grandmother to shield a man that could barely open his mouth without something awful coming out. Talk in the media of Obama’s race speech being studied in classrooms by future generations ceased and Rev. Wright stopped making public appearances.

It was later revealed that Obama tried to buy off Rev. Wright. As reported in the NY Post:

‘Man, the media ate me alive,” Wright told me when we met in his office at Chicago’s Kwame Nkrumah Academy. “After the media went ballistic on me, I received an e-mail offering me money not to preach at all until the November presidential election.”

 “Who sent the e-mail?” I asked Wright.

“It was from one of Barack’s closest friends.”

“He offered you money?”

“Not directly,” Wright said. “He sent the offer to one of the members of the church, who sent it to me.”

“How much money did he offer you?”

“One hundred and fifty thousand dollars,” Wright said.

Obama’s assertion that Rev. Wright was “not the person that I met 20 years ago” is about as believable as his claim that Bill Ayers was “just a guy from the neighborhood”. These associations alone should’ve permanently sunk Obama’s presidential ambitions. As my mother said at the time, “Obama sat in Rev. Wright’s pews for 20 years. What else do you need to know about him to see he isn’t fit to be President?”

As a politician Obama talked the centrist talk, but walked socialist walk. He was the kind of guy who could promise to decrease the deficit while boosting federal spending by trillions. Talk about creating jobs while causing energy prices to “necessarily skyrocket”. A person who could look into the camera and say with a straight face that if you elect me “the oceans will recede and the planet will heal itself”.

Obama would tell any lie to get a vote, demonize his opponents as the spawn of Satan, and sell out his own soul to win. In other words, the ideal Democrat.

Obama also had one more thing going for him: his name wasn’t Clinton. Bill Clinton had let down the liberal elite in the 1990s with his willingness to work across party lines. When Democrats lost control of Congress in 1994, mostly because of Clinton’s misguided attempt at implementing HillaryCare, he joined with conservative leaders to pass welfare reform eventually declaring “the age of big government is over”. The move, while not popular among liberals, saved his political skin as Cliniton was reelected in 1996.

As a committed ideologue, tacking to the center just isn’t in Obama’s genes. As he told Diane Sawyer in 2010, “I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president”. While Hillary Clinton would never commit political suicide to push the liberal agenda, Obama is more than willing to sacrifice his political future in order to “get things done”.

The liberal powers that be didn’t want a Chief Executive, they wanted a pawn. A person too inexperienced to have any clue what he was doing and too much of a narcissist to care. In the understatement of 2008 George Soros explained why he liked Obama: “I prefer Obama because I think he would bring more radical change”.

So the selection was made. The empty suit from Illinois would be allowed to steal the Democratic primary from Hillary (you didn’t actually think he beat the Clinton machine in a fair fight, did you? See Obama crime #9) and be given $600 million in shady money to win the White House.

Now all Obama had to do was beat war hero John McCain, which unfortunately turned out to be a lot easier than it should have been. Rather than mercilessly attack Obama for his ties to the worst kinds of political trash, McCain actually defended him: “I have said I do not believe Sen. Obama shares Rev. Wright’s extreme views… This kind of campaigning is unacceptable. I’ve said that. It will harm the Republicans’ cause and I’ve done everything I can to repudiate and see that this kind of campaigning does not continue.”

McCain must have a different definition of the word “share” than most people, because attending Trinity United for 20 years and describing Rev. Wright as one of his closest mentors means that they absolutely “share” similar views in my book. Are we expected to believe that the topic of white people never came up in all the time they knew each other?

Just imagine what George W. Bush and Karl Rove would’ve done with Obama’s connections to the racist preacher Rev. Wright, domestic terrorist Bill Ayers and convicted felon Tony Rezko. Mainstream media support or not, Bush would’ve made them household names. There would have been tens of thousands of robocalls while fliers, commercials and legions of Republican operatives flooded the airwaves.

When Obama wasn’t getting love notes from McCain, he was busy portraying his opposition as racist. In Florida Obama told a fundraiser “We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run. They’re going to try to make you afraid. They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?” In July 2008 Obama warned again “What they’re saying is ‘Well, we know we’re not very good but you can’t risk electing Obama. You know, he’s new, he doesn’t look like the other presidents on the currency.’”

Michelle Obama jumped on the racial bandwagon with a few inspiring quotes of her own:

America is just downright mean.

For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country.

The realities are that, you know, as a black man, you know, Barack can get shot going to the gas station.

The mainstream media did its best to carry water for the Obama campaign. A couple months before the election it was revealed the LA Times had in its possession a potentially damaging videotape of a 2003 party at which Obama heaped praised on Rashid Khalidi, a Columbia University professor, former PLO advisor and rabid critic of Israel.

Khalidi made a name for himself during the first Gulf War by describing “public support for the U.S.-led defense of Kuwait as an ‘idiots’ consensus.” Never a big fan of western civilization, he demonstrated where his true loyalties lie when following 9/11 he criticized the “news media for what he termed their exaggerated ‘hysteria about suicide bombers’”. While Khalidi has made a habit of describing US foreign policy as “biased”, he reserves his greatest criticism for Israel which he describes as a “racist” state that is “basically an apartheid system in creation.”

The Obama attended event featured “a young Palestinian American (reciting) a poem accusing the Israeli government of terrorism in its treatment of Palestinians and sharply criticizing U.S. support of Israel.” Obama boozing it up with speakers calling for the destruction of Israel, with no doubt more than a few unkind words for the United States, could very well have tipped the election in McCain’s favor. Rather than live up to their responsibilities as journalists, the LA Times refused to release the recording based on “ethical” grounds. Of course their morality didn’t stop them from posting 24,000 Sarah Palin emails from her time as Governor of Alaska on its website in 2011.

Newsweek editor Evan Thomas once gushed “I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God.” Then there was MSNBC host Chris Matthews’s infamous comments following an Obama speech, “I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often.”

To say the media were in the bag for Obama is putting it mildly. If he were warm apple pie from that movie with Jason Biggs, the press would have made sweet love to him.

If McCain’s weak campaign and liberal press unwilling to do its job weren’t bad enough, it was Obama’s willingness to break every law in the book that sealed the deal. From an ineligible candidate to massive voter fraud, keep reading to learn more about how a race baiting charlatan from Chicago got elected President of the United States.


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