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Barack Obama seems to have associated himself with a number of people and organizations that are, to say the least, out of step with most Americans.

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Overviews: Barack Obama is a disciple of Saul Alinsky.

The New Party.

Rashid Khalidi.

ACORN.

Michelle Obama.

Valerie Jarrett.

Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.

      What evidence lurks at the University of Illinois?

Frank Marshall Davis.

Derrick Bell.

Chicago.

The Center for American Progress.

Other questionable associates and endorsements.

Tony Rezko.

... and don't forget Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his Black Liberation Theology.



Overviews:  Barack Obama is a disciple of Saul Alinsky, Jeremiah Wright, and Frank Marshall Davis


Media In 2014: Who Is Saul Alinsky And Why Should We Care?  The right has done a lot of journalism on Saul Alinsky's influence of mainstream Democratic politicians such as President Barack Obama.  This media coverage has been largely mocked or ignored. While conservative media outlets across the spectrum covered this influence in 2007-2008 — special recognition should go to Stanley Kurtz, who spent months digging up interesting stuff in Chicago, and David Freddoso, who also chronicled it well.

Breaking decorum and procedure.  When one examines the much referred to "rules for radicals," it is revealed that these "rules" are nothing more than a rude departure from intellectual debate.  These rules do not speak of making cogent points or salient arguments.  They do not encourage fact gathering and how to apply logic with the delivery of those facts.  They do not discuss intelligent engagement.  What these "rules" do is promote the departure from civil discourse.  We have witnessed the "make it personal" and the shouting down of opposing view points in public forums.  In a nutshell, the "rules" for radicals is "do what ever it takes."

Obama channels Saul Alinsky with 'so sue me' speech.  President Obama has, except on fleeting occasions, routinely disdained the customary Oval Office language of compromise and coalition-building for the low arts of sophistry and belittlement.  That was to be expected, given his background as a Chicago community organizer and product of that city's corrupt Democrat political machine.  But Obama has far exceeded dismal expectations.  No previous American president employed the systematic distortion of fact and mendacious characterization of opponents that have typified Obama's presidency.

Obama the Betrayer.  So far, Obama has shown utter contempt for the U.S. Constitution, for our military, and for the crucial duties of the Department of Justice, the Border Patrol, and the IRS.  The hard left at the core of the Democratic Party is essentially Obamanist, as expressed by Rep. Joe Garcia.  The real problem is therefore not a single human being called Obama, but an entire political apparatus that turns out Obamas like robots.  Hillary is an Alinsky acolyte, and Alinsky was simply another revolutionary agitator — now called "community organizer" by our party-line press.  Alinsky's biggest innovation was to make common cause with organized crime in Chicago.

Why President Obama wants the economy to fail.  Mainstream Democrats worship at the altar of the New Deal.  It's an article of faith that massive government spending pulled America out of the Great Depression.  The president's view of spending, deficits and debt is not merely Keynesian theory run amok.  Its origins and objectives are far more terrifying.  Where the traditional Democratic playbook for economic downturns was provided by Keynes and first made policy by FDR, the Obama template comes straight from Saul Alinsky.  Alinsky, the father of "community organizing," hails from the president's Chicago and is revered by today's fashionably leftist university faculties.

Voter Fraud: The Left's Tool For Social Justice.  [Liberals] care about one thing and one thing only — power — because without power, they cannot bring about a fundamental transformation of America.  It is no coincidence that Obama's role model, the small-c communist Saul Alinsky, used the word power 191 times in his fairly slim magnum opus, Rules for Radicals. [...] Groups like ACORN and Sharpton's National Action Network help them get it.  Alinsky saw his mission as redeeming America by creating "mass organizations to seize power and give it to the people," as if the people did not already rule America.  And it was certainly an odd choice of words for Alinsky, a holier-than-thou, self-professed champion of democracy, to say that these organizations must "seize power."  Such groups, which he called "People's Organizations," must be dedicated "to an eternal war ... against poverty, misery, delinquency, disease, injustice, hopelessness, despair, and unhappiness."  Alinsky intoned ominously that failing to use "power for a more equitable distribution of the means of life for all people signals the end of the revolution and the start of the counterrevolution."

We Have Become the Communist States of America.  A preferred ploy of left-wing change agents is to ridicule critics when they point out the undeniable parallels between the goals of today's "progressive" movement, to include the Democratic Party in general, and the goals of the early, and very much still alive, communist movement.  If, for instance, one mentions the historical fact that nearly every adult who, at any time, was in any position of influence over a young, soon-to-be-radicalized Barry Soetoro was an avowed communist, to include his own parents, then one is immediately mocked and dismissed as a neo-McCarthyite hack pining for the bygone days of the Red Scare.  This is an evasive, ad hominem strategy employed by those who are caught, for lack of a better word, red-handed.

Bill Ayers and Obama Both Quote Alinsky.  Over the years, liberals occasionally get sloppy and let it slip that the inspiration for their vision of America comes directly from a left-wing activist/community organizer and student of Chicago mobsters, Saul Alinsky, author of a handbook for revolutionaries entitled Rules for Radicals.  Just prior to his death in 1972, while discussing life after death in a Playboy interview, Alinsky said that, if given the choice between heaven and hell, he'd choose hell.

What does the NSA Know about Obama?  [Scroll down]  While Frank Marshall Davis was under surveillance for 19 years, he may have engaged in espionage for the Soviet Union.  Obama covered up Davis's real identity when he ran for president.  Although Obama publicly claimed that he regarded Ayers and Dohrn as just neighbors and respected academics, declassified intelligence in the Weather Underground case shows that Ayers, Dohrn and their comrades had connections to the Soviet KGB, the Cuban intelligence service and the DGI, in addition to their terrorist ties.

What Will It Take?  [Scroll down]  In a recent speech, [Monica Crowley] spelled out what should have been plain for all to see:  "We have a president who ... came out of the swamps of Chicago machine politics, who learned at the knee of the communist revolutionary Frank Marshall Davis, who studied under Marxist professors ... who trained intensively in the revolutionary tactics of Saul Alinsky, who launched his political career in the living room of Marxist revolutionaries and domestic terrorists ... who for two decades sat in the pews of the radical anti-American preacher, who tried desperately to bury that past, who spoke about the fundamental transformation of the nation ... who waged war on entire news organizations, Fox News, and who spent his first term slamming into place radical wealth redistribution and socialized medicine....  What I'm describing here is the classic tin-pot dictatorship.  We never thought it could happen here, and yet, here it is. [...]"

Shutdown Reveals Obama's Warped Worldview — Again.  Obama was raised and supported by radical leftists his entire life.  It's all he knows.  His parents were leftists.  A childhood mentor of his was a well-known Marxist.  He went to very liberal colleges.  He moved to Chicago were he "community organized" for leftist groups and then started his political career in the house of an admitted domestic terrorist who, naturally, is also a far left radical.  He went to the church of an America-hating pastor who, you guessed it, is also a far left radical.  This is who he is.  He's an agitator.  A radical.  He is not a leader.  He is a glorified trouble-maker.

I Ache for a President Who Loves America.  If there's one thing that bugs me about the Obama years it is the palpable fact that Obama doesn't love America.  The last two weeks has intensified that feeling.  We know why he doesn't love America.  It's because he identifies with his Kenyan father's hatred of Western colonialism.  If that weren't enough, Obama follows the cultural cues of liberal America, from his lefty mother to his lefty teenage mentors to his lefty college instructors to his lefty radical sponsors in Chicago.  Liberals think they are too good for America.  Ditto Obama.

San Fran Chronicle's Helpful Tip: Lower Your Income to Qualify for Obamacare Cash.  [I]magine a world where everyone held hands and shared equally in the income amassed by a few.  Barack Obama is able to imagine such a world.  He articulated his vision of it in July 2011, when he expressed his loathing for being "able to keep hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income that I don't need, while a parent out there who is struggling to figure out how to send their [sic] kid to college suddenly finds that they've [sic] got a couple thousand dollars less in grants or student loans."  He never enlarged upon the novel concept of "additional income that I don't need" or who gets to make that determination for other people, but he has made it clear on several occasions that he is a firm believer in income redistribution.

When the Have Nots Become the Haves.  Saul Alinsky the political thinker who seems to have had more impact on President Obama than any other was very clear in his most important book about what his motives were and what he was aiming at, "What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be.  'The Prince' was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power.  'Rules for Radicals' is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."

Obama Following Alinsky Script In Shutdown Showdown.  Republicans seem outplayed in another showdown with the president.  Too bad they don't have his playbook, huh?  Except, they do — they're just too dumb or timid to exploit it.  The playbook is "Rules for Radicals" by Saul D. Alinsky, the late Chicago socialist and father of community organizing.  As a student of Alinsky, Obama studied his political war manual to a fare-thee-well.  And now he's putting his mentor's hyper-cynical tactics into overdrive to win the battle for bigger government versus Republicans.

Obama's Shutdown Campaign.  [Scroll down]  But the performance has reached a higher, uglier decibel level under the Obama administration.  This is hardly a surprise, given Barack Obama's upbringing, mentors, radical associates, and the crucial fact that he was a community organizer who studied and taught Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals.  That was Obama's formative experience for his job today, and it has equipped him for the task at hand.  As accomplices, add in an army of ever-increasing unionized government employees, prodded by their ringleaders, and who burn with the tenacity and partisanship of IRS employees, and watch out.

Obama says Republicans blocking his efforts to fight economic inequality.  The president has powers to fight income inequality, President Obama argued in an interview broadcast Sunday, adding that Republicans in Congress have hobbled his efforts to do it. [...] "I think the president can stop it," Obama said, when asked about the growing income gap.  "The problem is that there continues to be a major debate here in Washington, and that is, how do we respond to these underlying trends?"

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Income inequality is not something to be fought, especially by the leader of a supposedly free country.  Income inequality results from inequality of skill, talent and experience.  Income inequality is the reward for hard work and the punishment for laziness.  The elimination of income inequality is one of the primary goals of Communism.  It is also apparently one of Barack H. Obama's primary goals.  What does that tell you?

The Impostor President Gets Caught.  Obama's rise was, in no small part, a testament to the KGB's success.  From his childhood on, Obama had been learning that just about the only thing exceptional about America was Barack Hussein Obama.  In Hawaii, his communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, reinforced his mother's casual anti-Americanism.  "You're not going to college to get educated.  You're going there to get trained," Davis reportedly told Obama.  "They'll train you so good, you'll start believing what they tell you about equal opportunity and the American way and all that s***."

Dangerous Times: Are Obama's Syrian Stumbles Good for America? By now it's impossible to avoid the conclusion that Obama is fervently anti-American.  Which is what you might learn from his personal history, all the way from Mom the Stalinist, to his "mentor" Frank Davis the child pornographer, all the way to the "Reverend" Jerry Wright and the Alinsky Machine in Chicago.  They all sing the same song, and love for America is never part of it.  There's no way Obama could have been marinated in that toxic stew all his life and not come out as a feverishly anti-American ideologue.  Today we see the proof.

Obama, Alinksy and the Devil.  When people ask me, "Why would Obama want to destroy America" — at least the America that most Conservatives know and love?  It's simple.  Why wait for Hell, when you can create Hell on Earth?  We often hear of Liberals use of Alinsky's Rules for Radicals, and people discuss Alinsky's organizing abilities.  What they omit is his underlying philosophy.  Alinsky built his organizing model on a love of creating hell.

The Obama Doctrine of Control Through Dissension.  Barack Obama has managed to undermine the nation's unanimity through the deliberate fostering of racial, political, religious, and class-based conflict.  In other words, the President of the United States is actively endeavoring to community-organize America to death.  Chicago-style troublemaker Barack Obama acquired his skill set while nestled close to the pedagogical breast of Rules for Radicals author Saul Alinsky.  It was there that the president was schooled in the fine art of community organizing, and excelled as a top student.

Percy Sutton: Pro-Communist Obama Enabler, Holder Mentor.  Frank Marshall Davis is known to have taken an active role in the rearing of young Obama from the age of 10 until he turned 18 and left Hawaii for his first year at Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1979.  That was the same year al-Mansour was seeking Arab financial support for students such as Obama.  Vernon Jarrett's column details how al-Mansour told him about a proposal he made to OPEC Secretary-General Rene Ortiz regarding a program to spend "$20 million per year for 10 years to aid 10,000 minority students each year, including blacks, Arabs, Hispanics, Asians and native Americans."  These minority students would then migrate through the political system promoting Palestinian and radical Islamist causes.

Obama's Scandals and Saul Alinsky.  In recent weeks, scandal after scandal has rocked Barack Obama's administration.  His presidency might be imperiled.  Or it might not be.  Obama steadfastly remains an activist, a "community organizer."  Nor has he forgotten that which he learned from the godfather of all community organizers, Saul Alinsky.  In his Rules for Radicals, Alinsky writes that the goal "of the organizer is to maneuver and bait the establishment so that it will publicly attack him as a 'dangerous enemy.'"

Obama's plan hatched at Columbia University.  This is no accident, or the work of an economically inept liberal.  This is a purposeful plan to drown the nation in debt and hook a majority to government handouts, happening in front of our eyes. [...] Why would anyone want to purposely collapse the economy you might ask?  Saul Alinsky taught the ends justify the means.  A bankrupt America wipes out the middle class and small business.  That wipes out the majority of donors to conservatives causes — meaning Obama has no opposition.

John Lott: Obama is the Most Radical President in American History.  Author John Lott, tells AIM why he calls Obama the most radical president in American history in his new book At The Brink by talking about Obamacare, sequestration and gun control.  [Video clip]

Six Alinsky Rules That Explain Obama's Words and Deeds.  In spite of the media's conspicuous silence on the matter, it is no secret that Saul Alinsky's manual for "community organizers" — Rules for Radicals — exerted an immeasurable influence over the world's most well recognized community organizer, President Barack Obama.  Thus, to understand why Obama does what he does, we need to be familiar with the vision that Alinsky delineated in his book.

Obama's Alinsky Tactics Go into Overdrive.  One day it's voting rights; the next day, gun control and immigration reform; then health care; then student loans; then climate change; then oil drilling; then the coal industry; then gay marriage; then minimum-wage and living-wage laws; then a brain research initiative. [...] Above all, it is vital to understand that none of this "hyperactivity" is random or accidental.  Every single, solitary bit of it has been carefully planned and orchestrated by Obama and his political allies, for the purpose of advancing the transformational change the president so zealously seeks to impose on America by means of the tactics taught by the late, famed godfather of community organizing, Saul Alinsky.

Barack Obama: The Man Behind the Mask.  Barack Obama is a product of 1960's radicalism.  His parents, grandparents, mentors, professors and, by his own admission, circle of friends were all disciples of Marxist thought and the tactics of societal revolution.  Not only his formative years but virtually his entire life has been an immersion in this mindset — a mindset which includes a deep seated animosity toward capitalism and individual freedom.  Virtually all the despots of the twentieth century had the same philosophical convictions and intellectual backgrounds.

Is a Civil War Coming?  For anyone who has done even a cursory study of Barack Obama's life, they know that his radical Marxist views are not a recent phenomenon.  During his New York years, he was a frequent participant in the annual Socialist Scholars Conference held in Manhattan.  In the 1990s, he was affiliated with the Marxist New Party.  He called for an outright ban on guns in 1996.  Through the 1990s and 2000s, he funneled millions of dollars to socialist front groups like ACORN, via the Woods Fund and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.

Obama is winning his power struggle with Congress.  Many conservatives believe that President Obama is a star protégé of Saul Alinsky, the revolutionary who wrote Rules for Radicals.  Alinsky began that book, "The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power.  Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."  That certainly fits Obama's obsession with sticking it to the rich even though it will have as much of an impact on trillion-dollar annual deficits as a mosquito sucking on an elephant.  But it is not about the money; it's about power.  When Obama talked about a fundamental transformation of America, it's now clear he meant a fundamental transformation of power — from the people to the government.

A new verb.  "Mr. Speaker, what do you have to say about lobbying for Freddie Mac?"  "I have advised a number of organizations over the years.  The opposition is just trying to Alinsky me."

The Root Cause of Gun Violence.  Whenever Barack Obama talks, he tells us that whatever he believes is just common sense.  And what anyone who disagrees with him says is just politics.  That's actually the open communist Saul Alinsky talking, worshipped by every true Democrat (see, e.g., Hillary Clinton).  It is just more sophistry and deception.

The Real Barack Obama.  The mainstream media have for years largely ignored the evidence that Obama is solidly a man of the Left.  Back in 1985, the 24-year-old Obama answered a help-wanted ad for a job with a group run by Saul Alinsky's Chicago disciples.  The late Alinsky has long been the patron saint of radical "community organizers" on the left.  Obama was deeply influenced by his years as an Alinsky-style organizer in Chicago.  "Obama embraced many of Alinsky's tactics and recently said his years as an organizer gave him the best education of his life," wrote Peter Slevin of the Washington Post in 2007.  That same year, The New Republic's Ryan Lizza found Obama still "at home talking Alinskian jargon about 'agitation'" and fondly recalling workshops where he had learned Alinsky's concepts and methods for infiltrating power structures.

Military leaders who 'will fire on U.S. citizens'.  [Don't forget] that this president was suckled on the Communist teat of Frank Marshall Davis, moved on to Alinsky and Piven and the strategy meetings of Cooper Union communists looking for ways to make the Marxist message palatable to a country built on free market capitalists, befriended Palestinian terrorist enablers and apologists, and then emerged in politics as a protege of Bill Ayers, the man whose Weather Underground movement sought to overthrow the government — propelling into the ultimate seat of power the perfect Potemkin pragmatist, sold to us as a post-partisan, post-racial healer the would absolve us of our racist colonialist sins, with the actual means to do so.

Poll: Republican voters say Obama's hiding something.  More than a third of Americans — and 64 percent of Republicans — believe that President Barack Obama might be hiding something, according to a new poll Thursday [1/17/2013].  Thirty-six percent of the surveyed voters think the president is possibly "hiding important information about his background and early life," the Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind survey found.

Mark Levin: Background Check Needed For Barack Obama.  Mark Levin is calling for background checks for all politicians, including one Barack Hussein Obama.  [Video clip]

The True Disciple of Saul Alinsky.  In "Rules for Radicals," the Alinsky rulebook and Obama playbook, the first rule is, "Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent thinks you have."

Summary of Saul Alinsky's "Rules For Radicals".  Union organizers are often highly trained.  In many unions this training includes indoctrination in Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals."  Saul Alinsky was a ruthless radical organizer.  He would stop at nothing to win.  Before he passed away in 1972 he published a book called "Rules for Radicals" in which he outlined his power tactics and questionable ethics.  Anyone interested in staying, or becoming, Union Free, whether in an organizing campaign or in a decertification or deauthorization election, ought to become familiar with these rules.

Obama is Still Channeling Saul Alinsky.  The president is feigning when he says, "I'm hoping to compromise" with Republicans.  It's a trap.  His mentors counseled to never compromise with "the enemy."

Obama: The Affirmative Action President.  [How] did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world's largest economy, direct the world's most powerful military, execute the world's most consequential job? [...] And then there is the matter of his troubling associations:  the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama's "spiritual mentor"; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama's colleague and political sponsor.

Who Is Barack Hussein Obama? And What Is He Really Up To?  Obama is an ardent disciple of the communist agitator Saul Alinsky, who taught that radical change of America's socio-economic structure is necessary to achieve the ultimate goal of a socialist state.  Alinsky is the key to Obama.  Alinsky's infamous book, Rules for Radicals, gives instruction for socialist revolutionaries to cut their hair, put on a suit and tie, and infiltrate the organizations they wish to overthrow.  Nobody has been more successful at this than Barack Hussein Obama.

Would Obama Incite Civil Unrest to Win?  Barack Obama's primary occupation before electoral politics was as a community organizer in Chicago.  He was an adviser to ACORN, the election fraud racket and socialist activism organization founded by former SDS radical Wade Rathke.  His mentors in Chicago included Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, the Weather Underground leaders who staged the Days of Rage in 1969; Rashid Khalidi, apologist for and promoter of anti-Israeli violence; and Jeremiah Wright, whose most famous words are "God d--- America!"  In his youth, of course, Obama's primary male role model was Frank Marshall Davis, a communist and, naturally, a community organizer.  Would any of the people I just named stop short of using intimidation or civil unrest to achieve their political ends, if they believed it would be effective — or that it was their only hope?

Our First 'Red Diaper Baby' President?  Between Obama's mother, grandfather, Kenyan father, and Frank Marshall Davis, those are some pretty extreme political influences.  Some of them were interested in communism, sympathetic to communism, fellow travelers, or even downright Communist Party members.  For a young Obama — who I actually feel bad for — this would seem to meet the standards of a Red Diaper Baby environment.

Senator Obama Was Pretty Awful in 2007 and Hasn't Got any Better Since Becoming President.  I reported on then Senator Barack Obama's Hampton Univeristy speech of June 2007, when he had entered the race for President. [...] This is Barack Obama — community activist, autobiographer and President of the United States.  He is the same man today, as he was in 2007, 2004 and 1995.  His world-view fully formed by Planned Parenthood, Frank Marshall, Andy Stern, Derrick Bell, James Cone, Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers and prepared for public consumption by Marilyn Katz.

More about Senator Obama's 2007 speech.

Does 1979 newspaper column shed light on 2008 campaign story?  You would think that a program to spend "$20 million per year for 10 years to aid 10,000 minority students each year, including blacks, Arabs, Hispanics, Asians and native Americans" would be referred to somewhere other than one obscure 1979 column, but I haven't found any other word of it.  Maybe the funding materialized, maybe it didn't, but what's particularly noteworthy is that this black Islamic lawyer who "for several years [had] urged the rich Arab kingdoms to cultivate stronger ties to America's blacks by supporting black businesses and black colleges and giving financial help to disadvantaged students" was also the same lawyer who allegedly helped arrange for the entrance of Barack Obama into Harvard Law School in 1988.

Barack Obama — The Radical Mansourian Candidate.  A 1979 column confirms our 2008 editorial positing that the 44th president might owe his meteoric rise to an education funded by Israeli-hating adviser to a Saudi billionaire. [...] When he was known as Donald Warden, according to the Social Activism Project at the University of California at Berkeley, al-Mansour was the mentor of Black Panther Party founder Huey Newton and his associate, Bobby Seale.  What did this radical extremist see in young Obama that he would seek to sponsor and finance his education?

Khalid al-Mansour and his 'very bad' luck with dear friends and reporters.  There have been lots of interesting responses to last week's column about Dr. Khalid al-Mansour, but none more interesting than the response of al-Mansour himself. [...] Just two days after my column appeared, al-Mansour was doing damage control — telling Buzzfeed.com that he had never talked to OPEC Secretary General Rene Ortiz about setting up the $200 million fund, as Jarrett had reported — and that indeed he had never even talked to Jarrett about the topic.

The Arab-American network behind Obama.  President Obama's controversial relationships with radical figures like Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi have been well-publicized in recent years.  Prior to his academic career in the United States, Khalidi worked for Yasser Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization when it was classified by the State Department as a terrorist group.  Less well-known is a cluster of Chicago businessmen who formed an Arab-American network at the heart of Obama's political apparatus.  Ray Hanania, a Chicago-based Arab-American journalist and activist, described the network in a 2007 interview with Chicago magazine as "a small cluster of activists" in the business community who were politically involved.  Chief among them was Obama mentor Tony Rezko.

Why President Obama Hates America.  Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist Party member investigated by the FBI for un-American activities.  As a teenager, Obama sat at Davis' knee in his Waikiki bungalow, where he was brainwashed into hating America while romanticizing Soviet Russia.  Interestingly, Davis put Churchill at the center of Anglo-American "imperialism."  Rev. Jeremiah Wright, moreover, baptized Obama into "liberation theology," which emerged from the communist movement in Central America.  Wright's church "stood in solidarity" with the Sandinista dictators of Nicaragua while Obama attended there.  Not surprisingly, Obama protested U.S. support for the Contra rebels.  Wright also lionized Hamas and called for divestment in Israel, which he accused of having "illegally occupied Palestinian territories" for decades.  Derrick Bell, the late Harvard law professor, taught Obama "critical race theory" and "postcolonial theory," which argues that Western imperialism is the highest stage of capitalism.  Obama remained close to Bell until his death last year.

Cliff Kincaid remarks at July 19 "Vetting Obama" conference.  Obama is surrounded by people who couldn't pass the CARL test; many of these cases are documented in Trevor Loudon's Barack Obama and the Enemies Within. [...] It is not my purpose here to go over all of this, although I do suggest you take a look at Trevor's book, which goes back over four years and includes his seminal work on such figures as Frank Marshall Davis and Van Jones.  It was Trevor who gave Glenn Beck the information on Van Jones that forced Jones out of his job.  Unfortunately, Beck lost his job, when the Soros machine threatened News Corporation over Beck's exposure of the people behind Van Jones and Barack Obama.

Can a Candidate Lie His Way to the Presidency?  Barack Obama has developed quite a record as a liar.  He lied for more than a decade about where he was born.  He lied about many aspects of his life in his fictional "memoir."  He lied about his Chicago years and his activities and associations there.  (Has anyone ever asked the question, what did Obama do when he lived in Chicago, and whom did he know there, since it seems that all of the activities and associations of which we have a record are now, as Nixon might say, inoperative.)

Let's Apply Harry Reid's 'Dog Catcher' Standard to Barack Obama.  Let us first take the question of whether Barack Obama would have been confirmed by the Senate for any position, Cabinet or otherwise.  If his lack of experience was not a sufficient obstacle, his past history of serious drug use — which is even worse than the admissions in his memoir, Dreams from My Father — would have barred his nomination.  So, too, would his radical past, including his associations with Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, Rashid Khalidi, Derrick Bell, and a host of extremists with whom he made common cause.

Top Ten Felons, Fugitives, and Shady Characters in Obama's Life.  What?  What's that?  You don't want to talk about this?  Objection overruled, Corrupt Media!  The President opened this door, and now we're going to walk right on through it.  Starting with...  [#1] Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich:  Sentenced to 14 years in prison for political corruption. [...] [#2] Tony Rezko:  Sentenced to 10 and a half years for corruption and kickbacks. [...] [#9] Solyndra:  First company to receive taxpayer backed loans from Obama.  Solyndra's investors are Obama bundlers.

The Way of the Community Organizer.  In lieu of trying to find common solutions to shared problems in a fashion that suppresses innate differences, the community organizer seeks to find potential seams of friction and animosity, and then mine and exploit them for political gain — the ultimate aim being to forge together a near majority by piling faction upon faction to obtain compensatory damages for perceived grievances.  In 2008, Obama showed his hand with "typical white person," the clingers speech, the "gun to the knife fight" and "get in their faces'" quips, the spread-the-wealth slip, and the suppression of his past radical associations and alliances.

What The Washington Post Isn't Telling You About Obama, Clinton, And Kerry.  In April 1983, Columbia student Barack Obama attended the Socialist Scholars Conference in New York City.  His presence there is documented.  He admits as much in Dreams from My Father.  The scholars at the conference were all Marxists and the meeting was held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Marx's death.  Obama notes that he consciously sought out "radicals" among the professors and students he studied with.  "Radicals' were not radical environmentalists or radical pro-lifers or radical right wingers.  The radicals he consorted with were almost all Marxists, like Frank Marshall Davis, his mentor.

A New Declaration of Independence.  Without any in-depth research or vetting about his background, Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States.  There were voices of caution who early on exposed Obama's connections to former terrorist Bill Ayers, anti-American vilifier Reverend Wright, crook Tony Rezko, and anti-Semite Rashid Khalidi, but they were laughed at as the people allowed themselves to be demagogued on hope and change.

Why Obama's radicalism mattersAccording to his own narrative, Barack Obama was bred by communists, raised by communists, mentored by communists and was employed by communists.  By his admission, he sought out communists as preferred parties with whom to fraternize.  Obama's radical Marxism is at the very core of why he does what he does, why he will continue to do so and why America remains in dire peril with every day he occupies the White House.  Everything Obama has actualized or attempted — from his exploitation of high health-care costs to surreptitiously compromising the Constitution, to his desperation to regulate the Internet and any other means of public address into which he might conceivably insinuate government's putrid tentacles, to his proclivity for religious persecution, to his spending us into destitution — have their roots in Marxist doctrine.

Carney Asked if 'Saul Alinsky Portrait' Is Hanging in the White House.  During a White House press briefing on Monday [3/19/2012], Fox News' Ed Henry asked Press Secretary Jay Carney if the White House displays a portrait of Saul Alinsky for its staff to look up to.  Carney's answer was less than direct, and would seem to hint that there just might be something to the Alinsky portrait rumors.

Palin: Let the Vetting Begin.  Do we ever want to elect someone like Obama again?  Someone with close ties to people like Jeremiah Wright, Derrick Belle, Tony Rezko and an admiration for Saul Alinsky to name a few.  The answer is no.

We Dare Call It Treason.  Raised by Muslims and communists, on reaching young adulthood Obama-Soetoro, by his own self-aggrandizing admission, made conscious choices to closely associate himself with radical Marxists and black supremacists.  These were, and are, people who ardently believe in the violent overthrow of our government and the destruction of America as a free, sovereign, capitalist nation.  Are we now to believe that disarming America is not part of furthering this agenda?

Oscar-Winning Producer of 'Schindler's List' Slams Obama, Salutes Breitbart.  [Scroll down]  Another part of the ongoing dilemma is that the President surrounded himself with self-proclaimed Marxists, socialists, communists and progressives.  Why?  Is the answer that he embodies some or all of those ideological characteristics?  I think so.  Each of them arrived with an agenda to turn America into the vision of themselves and the despicable goal of changing America into a European style state of fear and class warfare.  Sadly, we see it happening before our very eyes, but we refuse to stand up and make our presence and our voices known.

All Hail Obama.  The willingness of the White House to exceed the Constitutional powers of the President and assert authority beyond that directed in federal statutes is starting to show up more frequently. ... This brazen man who has successfully bluffed his way to the White House despite the Communist and otherwise anti-American people who have tutored and assisted him on his way, is apparently feeling so sure of himself that he is already acting beyond his constitutional obligation to "faithfully execute the laws", even before his reelection.

Our Marxist Wizard of Oz.  His mother was an unabashed hippie from 1960s central casting.  His father was an openly avowed Communist from Kenya.  While his father wasn't around much, his devoutly progressive grandparents arranged for him to be mentored during his adolescent years by a dues paying member of the U.S. Communist Party, Frank Marshall Davis.  When he went to college, he was attracted to the Marxist professors and student activists, according to his own published memoirs.  When he graduated, he moved to Chicago and became an instructor for the left-wing extremist organization ACORN in the social manipulation methods of radical Marxist agitator Saul Alinsky.

Alinsky disciple Obama does the master proud.  Obama sold his health care reform as financial panacea for all our economic ills, telling us that the nearly trillion-dollar legislation would actually save the nation money.  This legerdemain was accomplished by a variety of dishonest budgetary gimmicks:  front-loading the taxes, back-loading the spending and shunting a huge portion of the cost to the states.  How to explain such mendacity from the man who vowed to cure our capital from its endemic corruption and vice?  Simple:  Obama is a disciple of the far-left-wing radical political strategist and teacher Saul Alinsky.  Early in his career, Obama absorbed Alinsky's approach, and even taught it in a class for aspiring community organizers hosted by a front group for the master.

The curse of Saul Alinsky.  "Rules for Radicals" is dedicated to Lucifer, who is praised by Alinsky, both for being "the first radical" and for winning himself a kingdom.  In it, Alinsky condemns the state of the modern world, blames capitalism, boasts about his past rabble-rousing successes, then explains in detail several ways to turn citizens against each other to achieve political goals.  The substance is mostly amoral, often immoral, advice on how to change public sentiment.  It is essentially an instruction guide on how to foment strife, turning neighbor against neighbor until the innately civilized desire to compromise forces a political opponent to acquiesce.

Muslim-leftist radical in the White House.  Barack Hussein Obama is the most successful enemy penetration of the US Government in American history.  During his lifetime, he was nurtured, mentored and supported by radical leftist and fundamentalist Islamic elements both of which hate the United States and seek its demise by whatever means necessary.  Obama's immediate family were close to the Communist Party or sympathetic to its aims.  His mother Stanley Ann Dunham has been described by former classmates as a "fellow traveler."  His grandfather Stanley Armour Dunham arranged Obama's mentorship by Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis, originally from Chicago and the former editor of the Chicago Communist paper, the Star.

Meeting Young Obama.  [Scroll down]  Whatever impact our encounter might have had on him, I know something about what Barack Obama believed in 1980.  At that time, the future president was a doctrinaire Marxist revolutionary, although perhaps — for the first time — considering conventional politics as a more practical road to socialism.  Knowing this, I think I have a responsibility to place on the public record my account of this incident from our president's past.

Even Republicans Rejected Info About Obama's Past.  What would you do if you knew that the top Democrat running for president was lying about his past?  That is the question I was faced with in 2008.  I had met the young Barack Obama while he was a sophomore at Occidental College, and I knew that his commitment to socialism was deep, genuine, and longstanding.

How Nixon Created Obama.  Obama's idol Malcolm X was Mr. Racial Revenge.  Jerry Wright hammered that message home for twenty years.  But then, Obama's mentor "Frank" was one enraged black guy for the CPUSA in Hawaii.  Little Barry never heard anything different in his life.  He was brainwashed by nearly every significant adult in his life path.  No wonder he looks so out of place.  He's never known a normal person in his life.

The Un-American American President.  Obama's teen years were spent living with his maternal grandparents on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.  There he met a family friend, communist, purported pedophile, and his eventual mentor, the radical poet Frank Marshall Davis.  Obama's connections to radical leftists are numerous and well-known.  He's admitted to attending socialist meetings and participated in a rally organized by the Democratic Socialists of America.  In 1996, he sought and received the endorsement of the far left group The New Party.  He has worked with, supported, and attempted to shield from investigation the group ACORN which was recently convicted of massive voter fraud.  Obama's White House is chock-full of radical leftist, anti-American advisors.  As a 20-year attendee at Jeremiah Wright's Trinity United Church of Christ, Obama was steeped in Black Liberation Theology which is rooted in the collectivist philosophy of Karl Marx.

Jeremiah Wright can sink Obama.  [Scroll down]  Furthermore, Mr. Wright says Mr. Obama possessed an "Islamic background" and despite his conversion to Christianity has never abandoned his Muslim roots.  In short, Mr. Wright appears to be confirming what I have argued for years:  Mr. Obama is a cultural Muslim whose Christianity is deeply tied to black liberation theology — the belief that America and the West have an evil, imperialist civilization bent on oppressing the Third World.

Marxism, Socialism, Communism, and Obama:  Tracing the president's behavior and opinions back to the source.

Obama Might Be a Socialist.  [Recently], Howard Dean gave a speech where he insinuated that anyone who says "Obama is a Socialist" is crazy, ignorant, racist, or extreme.  Funny, a recent national poll shows that a majority (55%) of Americans believe "Socialist" best describes Obama.  Another poll shows the Democrat Party is filled with people who identify with Socialism.  I say, it's time for them to come out of the closet.  I ought to know.  I was Obama's college classmate at Columbia University Class of '83.  Our college was dominated by Socialists and Marxists who hated capitalism and America.

Obama and Me.  [Scroll down]  I had finally amassed enough documentation to determine that he was not the centrist he affected to be but a far-left ideologue, that he was a gyrating opportunist who could reverse his proclamations on a dime to suit the occasion, that he had neither knowledge of nor competence in the complexities of foreign affairs, that he was an unabashed plagiarist in his stump speeches, that there was no chance of him becoming a "post racial" president but rather a demagogue who would sharpen racial tensions, that his grasp of real-world economics was shaky to non-existent, that he was an unnervingly ignorant man (e.g. the Austrian language) as well as a showboat (e.g., the fake classical pillars), that he was associated with some of the most dubious people in the political, academic, and religious communities, and that he would waste little time putting the screws on Israel while flattering and appeasing the Islamic world.

Obama's Radical Past.  On the afternoon of April 1, 1983, Barack Obama, then a senior at Columbia University, made his way into the Great Hall of Manhattan's Cooper Union to attend a "Socialist Scholars Conference."  There Obama discovered his vocation as a community organizer, as well as a political program to guide him throughout his life. ... In the early 1980s, America's socialists discovered what Saul Alinsky had always known:  "Community organizing" is a euphemism behind which advocates of a radical vision of America could advance their cause without the bothersome label "socialist" drawing adverse attention to their efforts.

The Manchurian President.  American journalist, author and radio host, Aaron Klein, along with historian and researcher, Brenda J. Elliott, blow the lid off the dome of silence surrounding the Obama administration as they boldly unmask the nation's 44th president in their latest chilling monograph, "The Manchurian President:  Barack Obama's Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists."  Providing close to 900 footnotes and countless pages of documentation, they reveal surreptitious ties to radical leftists of all stripes.

A Stranger in Our Midst.  [Scroll down slowly]  This disquiet was a slow realization.  Awareness began with Obama's odd pre-presidency associations, decades of being oblivious to Rev. Wright's anti-American ranting, his enduring friendship with the terrorist guy-in-the-neighborhood Bill Ayers, and the Saul Alinsky-flavored anti-capitalist community activism.  Further add a hazy personal background — an Indonesian childhood, shifting official names, and a paperless-trail climb through elite educational institutions.  None of this disqualified Obama from the presidency; rather, this background just doesn't fit with the conventional political résumé.

Does Obama Employ the Marxist Doctrine of Creative Destruction?  [Scroll down slowly]  Barack Obama has experienced an almost total lifelong immersion in socialism.  He has had a nearly complete dependence upon leftist and even communist contacts and friends during his childhood, education and rise to power.  Therefore, wouldn't it be exceedingly odd if Barack weren't at least a little bit communist at heart?

Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis.  Despite the mass media news blackout, a series of books, talk radio and the blogosphere have managed to expose Barack Obama's connections to his radical mentors — Weather Underground bombers William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis and others.  David Horowitz and his Discover the Networks.org have also contributed a wealth of information and have noted Obama's radical connections since the beginning.  Yet, no one to my knowledge has yet connected all the dots between Barack Obama and the Radical Left.

Finally!  Somebody Remembers Obama at Occidental.  Colossal efforts have been made to conceal Obama's school records along with the enigmatic birth certificate.  The president has elucidated little about his days at Occidental or Columbia other than to affirm his affection for radical, anti-American Marxists. ... There is nothing in Obama's background to suggest he is anything but a socialist in the Marxist tradition.  His father was a socialist economist, his mother unabashedly sympathetic to socialist causes.  His parents met in a Russian class when Russia was still the Soviet Union.  His most important childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, was an unapologetic communist and member of the Communist Party USA.  His friends Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn are socialists who advocate the violent overthrow of the United States government.  The "best education of his life" came from Saul Alinsky, yet another socialist.

From Red, White and Blue to Just Plain Red.  [Scroll down]  Even lunkheads who managed to sleep all the way through 2008 should be able to figure out that, as president, Obama hasn't changed his colors, but only his address.  His circle of acquaintances has certainly widened, but it hasn't improved.  All you have to do is look at the thugs in ACORN and the SEIU, at people like self-proclaimed Communist Van Jones, who serves as one of Obama's czars, and Jeff Jones, another close advisor, who joined with Bill Ayers in creating the terrorist group known as the Weathermen.

It's Not Socialism, It's Communism.  We know that he [Barack Obama] was greatly influenced by Marxists or people who viewed Communism sympathetically, not the least of which were his grandparents who introduced him to a mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, a member of the Communist Party USA.  Obama wrote that he was drawn to Marxists among his teachers in college.  He began his political career in the home of former Weatherman Bill Ayers.  These days he is praised by Communists in Cuba and Venezuela.  He sided with a Leftist former president of Honduras who tried to illegally alter its constitution.

Obama's never found guilty by association.  Suppose it was revealed that the pastor who had married George and Laura Bush, baptized their two daughters and ministered to their spiritual needs for 20 years was a raving white supremacist who, from the pulpit, preached the separation of the races, claimed that the promiscuity of African-Americans had quickened the spread of AIDS and mused about how America might be improved if black people were sent back to Africa. ... Now what if on top of all this, it was revealed that George Bush had once done work for an organization that then stuffed ballot boxes to get him elected and routinely counselled clients on how to cheat on their taxes?

The Communists Behind Obama's Health Care Goals.  Barack Obama did not conceive of socialized medicine on his own.  His acceptance of such a system was cultivated and nurtured by the same types of Marxist revolutionaries with whom he has surrounded himself throughout his entire adult life — and who are now shaping the major policy agendas of his administration.

A U.S. President, Raised on KGB Propaganda.  From his communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis to the unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, Barack Obama has always gravitated towards people holding radical leftist views akin to those of [Manuel] Zelaya.  He eagerly promoted leftist ideology as an ACORN activist and later when he taught and developed theories that opposed the American system of individual liberties in favor of unsustainable group entitlements at the expense of producers — theories that advocated placing the people under the controlling "care" of the state.

Malkin Exposes Obama's Government by Cronyism.  Merriam-Webster defines a crony as a longtime friend or companion.  But the word when used in a political context is a pejorative.  Culture of Corruption reminds readers that people should be judged by the company they keep and that "no one, not even Barack Obama, can drain a swamp by flooding it."  A must read for conservatives and all those now suffering from Obama-buyers' remorse.

Send Obama packing via the 14th Amendment.  I find myself ambivalent concerning Barack Hussein Obama's birth record and since so many columnists and bloggers have dedicated reams of text about that subject, I felt it better to look at another side of the issue of Presidential legitimacy.  With regard to what Obama has done as both a private citizen and as an elected official of this country, has he by his own actions made himself ineligible for high elected office?

Obama:  The Hollow Man.  Another downside of Obama as chameleon is that he has made poor choices of political allies and friends.  That is a weakness that his critics on the Right have hit hard.  They repeat the names Saul Alinsky, Jeremiah Wright, and William Ayers like spells.  They portray the men behind the names as dangerous villains, but the men are not.  Alinsky and Ayers are (or were — Alinsky is dead) pathetic radical poseurs driven by middle-class self-loathing.  Wright is a media whore who will say outrageous things as if on command, whenever cameras roll.  Their significance comes merely from the fact that Obama didn't have the sense to distance himself from them.  He claims that he didn't know about Ayers' criminal fugitive past when he first met him.  Well, maybe the president is really that stupid.  More likely, the other people in the room accepted Ayers, so Obama did too.  No integrity.

Saul Alinksy's American Dream.  I recently found a tattered old copy of Saul Alinsky's Reveille for Radicals in a used bookstore.  It's underlined and marked up, and it appears to have been passed among several different owners since it was printed in 1969.  (The book itself was first published in 1946).  It is, of course, the classic handbook for "community organizers," or those seeking to instruct grassroots democracy on how to get what it wants — or at least the right kinds of people.  There were tricks and secret levers and all kinds of hidden methods by which a group of protesters, united into one mind, can achieve their goals, whatever those goals might be.  "The system," "the establishment," "the oppressors" — these were, if nothing, stagnant and half-asleep; once roused, they would be more willing to respond with brute force.  But like all heavy punches, such force could be avoided and manipulated.  Such was the goal of Alinsky's book.

Chicago, Obama, and Health Care Reform:  There has been no lack of writing about the influence of Marxist Saul Alinsky on Barack Obama's political ideology.  But what appears to have escaped notice is the influence of the political culture of Chicago on Barack Obama.  These influences, of course, are not the same.  Alinsky was a formidable opponent of the Chicago Democratic Machine.  Obama was, when necessary, a consummate machine insider.

Radical Son?  Obama at Columbia.  I don't think anyone can seriously make the argument at this point that Barack Obama did not dabble in radical leftist politics in his youth.  It is also difficult to ignore the fact that throughout his adult life, the president has been attracted to left-wing radicals and, for whatever reason, kept them close as advisors and mentors.

Obama's Revenge:  While his community-organizing job paid a paltry $12,000 or so per year, Obama somehow managed to pay his way through one of the priciest graduate schools in the world, Harvard Law School.  (I say somehow managed because we have no record of his tuition payments).  Even more amazing, he became the first black president of the Harvard Law Review without ever producing a written paper — or at least a paper that the public has ever read.  There is a good deal of evidence that Obama's acceptance at Harvard Law — and his tuition — were facilitated by friends who had a vested interest in the community organizer.  Among them was Percy Sutton, a former Manhattan borough president and ardent leftist, who was also Malcolm X's lawyer.

Obama Friends Call Character Into Question.  Convicted felon Tony Rezko.  Unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers.  And the race-baiting Rev. Jeremiah Wright.  It is hard to think of any presidential candidate before Barack Obama sporting associations with three more execrable characters.

Barack Obama's Lost Years:  The pages of the Hyde Park Herald and the Chicago Defender thus offer entrée into Obama's heretofore hidden world.  What they portray is a Barack Obama sharply at variance with the image of the post-racial, post-ideological, bipartisan, culture-war-shunning politician familiar from current media coverage and purveyed by the Obama campaign.  As details of Obama's early political career emerge into the light, his associations with such radical figures as Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Father Michael Pfleger, Reverend James Meeks, Bill Ayers, and Bernardine Dohrn look less like peculiar instances of personal misjudgment and more like intentional political partnerships.  At his core, in other words, the politician chronicled here is profoundly race-conscious, exceedingly liberal, free-spending even in the face of looming state budget deficits, and partisan.

Ayers Isn't The HALF Of It!  More information about Obama's connections to Khalid al-Mansour, Rashid Khalidi, Ingrid Mattson, Frank Marshall Davis, William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Franklin Raines, Jim Johnson, Rev. Wright and Father Pfleger.

Hate Group Associations Disqualify Obama.  In 2007, about a year before Obama posted Michael Pfleger's endorsement on his website, Pfleger said of an identifiable licensed gun store owner, "We're going to find you and snuff you out."

What We Know About Obama:  Obama's troubling associations are more than isolated friendships or instances of bad judgment.  His ties to Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Rashid Khalidi, Michael Pfleger, James Meeks, ACORN, the New Party, and the Gamaliel Foundation all reflect Obama's sympathy with radical-left ideas and causes — wealth redistribution prominent among them.  At both the Woods Fund and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, for example, Obama and Ayers channeled money into ACORN's coffers.

Not Over Yet.  There are simply too many ACORNs, Ayers, Khalidis, Pflegers, Wrights, et al. not to suggest a pattern unbecoming of a future President of the United States.  Obama's past statements about his relationship with Ayers (and others) simply cannot be reconciled with the factual circumstances of their long association.  McCain must focus on Ayers between 2001-2005.  Then in the climate of national worry following 9/11, Ayers was on recent record as lamenting that he had not set off enough bombs, and yet until 2005 still in contact with Obama — about what and why, voters might wish to know.
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Who Vetted Obama?  We are living witnesses to an incredible media double standard, whereby a Republican vice-presidential candidate's personal life is being torn apart, while the Democratic presidential candidate continues to get a free ride.  Obama has a 30-year history of associating with unsavory characters, beginning with communist Frank Marshall Davis and continuing with Jeremiah Wright and communist terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, which should disqualify him from getting a security clearance in the government that he wants to run.

The Obama Fan-Dance Must End.  As someone who has written critically of John McCain on a host of issues, including the Keating Five, none of it compares to the life that Barack Obama has led and his belief system.  Obama is not merely associated with domestic terrorists, Palestinian radicals, Marxists, and black liberation ideologues — he was their favorite candidate.  They groomed him.  They befriended him.  He befriended them.  He socialized with them.  In other words, these people saw Obama as representing their views and aspirations and he saw them the same way.

The Real Obama:  Jeremiah Wright, Father Michael Pfleger, William Ayers and Antoin Rezko are not just people who happened to be at the same place at the same time as Barack Obama.  They are people with whom he chose to ally himself for years, and with some of whom some serious money changed hands.  Some gave political support, and some gave financial support, to Obama's election campaigns, and Obama in turn contributed either his own money or the taxpayers' money to some of them.  That is a familiar political alliance — but an alliance is not just an "association" from being at the same place at the same time.

Six Degrees of Barack Obama:  As a legislator, he accomplished nothing.  As an attorney, he has never tried a case to a verdict.  If we were able to identify the six persons in closest proximity to the candidate in order to better understand Obama, who would they be?  Possibly, William Ayers, Rod Blagojevich, Emil Jones, Tony Rezko, Todd Stroger and Jeremiah Wright.  If you are seeking genuine political change and desired reform, why on earth would you look to the Cook County Democratic Machine to deliver a knight in shining armor?

The real Obama: Part IV.  Barack Obama's supporters often try to sidestep questions about his character and judgment by saying that we should stick to what they arbitrarily define as "the real issues."  But Mr. Obama's record on specific issues is as bad as his record of repeatedly allying himself over the years with people who make no attempt to hide their hatred of America.

When guilt by association is fair game:  Guilt by association?  Not when the associations have such deep roots or raise such troubling questions about Obama's character and judgment.  It was only in the heat of a presidential campaign that Obama finally repudiated his alliances with Ayers, Wright, and Rezko.  It isn't irresponsible to ask what those associations tell us about a man poised to be the next president of the United States.  It would be irresponsible not to.

Dark Red Roots:  Why Ayers Matters.  If the truth becomes better known — and it will if the Ayers issue is doggedly pursued — it will be clear that Obama was not only deeply immersed the fetid swamp of Chicago's far-left political scene, but was from the very beginning of his career carefully groomed by the city's socialist left to follow the path he's on now in his quest for the presidency of the United States.

It's a question of judgment, not patriotism.  In the final analysis, it's a fact that the Illinois Senator has some sinister characters in his past and they have played a major role in his political ascendancy.  Investigating his relationship with them is not an attempt to smear him, or to call him unpatriotic; it's an effort to understand his capacity for sound decision-making.  We'd be irresponsible indeed to pretend that a candidate with questionable judgment should be spared serious scrutiny on his way to the White House.

Who Did You Know, Sen. Obama, and When Did You Know Them?  There has been much talk, both pro and con, about whether Sen. Barack Obama's "associations" matter with regard to his qualifications to hold the office of President of the United States.  This argument, this avenue of political discourse, misses the point.  Whether or not Sen. Obama has associations with criminals, terrorists and other nefarious and infamous individuals pales in comparison as to whether he has been influenced by them.

Terrorists, Terrorism and Obama:  [Scroll down]  While the Obama campaign has been very successful in defending against all of it by claiming "racism" or "right-wing" blogging rumors, the facts remain very clear.  There is a definite pattern to Obama's life.  A Pattern of long-term associations with numerous radical figures and organizations.  A pattern of being less than truthful in answering any questions concerning his past.  A pattern of changing his story repeatedly to stay one step ahead of investigators while trying to run the election clock out.  A pattern of connections to known terrorists here and abroad, as well as an apologist policy position towards terrorism itself.

Obama would never qualify to be McCain's bodyguard.
Why Doesn't McCain Fight Back?  [Scroll down]  As a candidate, Obama doesn't have to undergo a background security check.  As president, however, he will have instant access to our most closely guarded and classified state secrets.  If the truth comes out then, it will be too late.  Many current and former officials have expressed alarm about Obama avoiding a background investigation.  One said, "I used to have top secret clearance, and if I had the contacts that Obama had, I would not have gotten that clearance."

Obama Couldn't Be Cleared.  Considering Barack Obama as a candidate for a top secret security clearance status with a full array of compartmented clearances, one has to be cognizant of the fact that there is considerable evidence of associations and even assistance from individuals with past criminal records or who have expressed anti-American beliefs. ... There is no possibility that a Top Secret clearance would be awarded to a member of the Armed Forces whose background included such associations.  An intelligence service clearance for the handling of highly classified material would be totally out of the question.

Obama Would Fail Security Clearance.  Obama's multiple links to anti-Americans and subversives mean he would fail the standard security clearance process for Federal employees.  Islamic aggression represents America's strategic enemy; Obama's many insalubrious connections raise grave doubts about his fitness to serve as America's commander-in-chief.

To The Undecided Voter:  By "Obama's Friends" we mean the likes of Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, Tony Rezko and other assorted miscreants.  I could spend a lot of time here detailing the crimes of Obama's friends --- and make no mistake, they were his friends.  At this point I don't think that any votes are going to be changed one way or another by detailing the corruption of Rezko, the America-hating of Wright or the unrepentant terrorism of Ayers. Suffice it to say that Obama was close to all of these people ... and these were associations born of mutual interests and philosophies.

Closer look at Obama reveals he's wrong choice.  Obama has associated with the most radical people of our lifetime.  Can you imagine the outcry if it were discovered that Sarah Palin attended a church with a racist pastor?  There would be no end to the calls for her to stand down and return to Alaska in disgrace.  Obama's list of radical friends doesn't end with Jeremiah Wright.  He has chosen the most inflammatory people for his closest confidants so repeatedly that you have to call his judgment into question.

Obama, Con.  Money talks — and what it says is more important than a politician's rhetoric in an election year.  Jeremiah Wright and Michael Pfleger are not just people with left-wing opinions.  They are reckless demagogues preaching hatred of the lowest sort — and both are recipients of money from Obama.  Bill Ayers is not just "an education professor" who has some left-wing views.  He is a confessed and unrepentant terrorist, who more recently has put his message of resentment into the schools — an effort using money from a foundation that Obama headed.

Community Organizer In Chief.  Barack Obama claims he worked for a "small group of churches" as a community organizer.  In fact, he was hired by a radical Alinskyite group, and Saul Alinsky's own son has outed him.

Finding Friends On Far, Far Left.  The saying that a man is known by the company he keeps is true of political relationships.  In Barack Obama's case, some of the groups that support him are an indictment of his political orientation.

Video: Obama's Radical Circle of Friends.

The second tier of influence goes under the bus at midnight.  [Scroll down]  The really big question the mainstream media won't ask therefore is how Van Jones could have been appointed in the first place.  For his significance lies not just in the fact that he is a 'truther' or blabbermouth.  It is that he has a long history of extreme, anti-western radicalism and membership of a network of such radicals — a history not only known to the Obama administration but of which networks Obama himself was part.  The prize for Van Jones's scalp should go not to the US talk show hosts but to the sleuth who first dug out the facts about Van Jones and his radical circles.

There is much more about Van Jones, if you're interested.

Revolution Anyone?  How many Marxists, Communists, Domestic Terrorists and raving racialists does the President get to associate with before reasonable people can assume that the president on some level shares their particular vision of America?  While perusing the manifesto of this now defunct STORM, several things struck me as particularly interesting.  There was of course the passionate commitment to Marxist ideals, radical feminism, gay lesbian and transgender liberation and the ardent support of the unrepentant murderer Mumia Abu Jamal.  And there was this rather innocuous looking paragraph...

Why Obama Could Not Stage a Coup:  Obama rose in politics through the thoroughly corrupt one-party government of Chicago.  His spiritual advisor sounds like a rabble-rousing storm trooper.  His intellectual mentor, Saul Alinksy, like the Bolsheviks and Nazis, believed in state terrorism.  If Obama wanted to follow their leads, could he?  I believe not.

Media Corruption and the Two Party System.  What drives President Barack Obama to want to seize control of the health care and energy sectors of the U.S. economy?  Obama was trained as a Marxist from his days as a young boy in Hawaii when his grandfather picked Communist Party USA member Frank Marshall Davis as his mentor.  In college, as Obama tells the story, he picked his "friends" carefully, in order to avoid being perceived as a sell-out, and those friends included the "Marxist professors."  Later, in Chicago, he would become a political associate of another Marxist professor, Bill Ayers of the University of Illinois.  Does anybody see a pattern here?

A little weekend reading: They still spell it 'Amerika'.  For those of us who grew up in the era when Weather Undergrounders Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorhn were familiar names in the news, it is always discomforting to be reminded of Barack Obama's many associations with people of the radical left — Ayers, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Van Jones, etc.  Such folks' political thought never progressed beyond the 1960s because the revolutionary New Left didn't disapear, it simply went on to graduate school and then careers, mostly in the mainstream media, academia, the non-profits, the bureaucracy of state and local social work, and Blue State politics.

It Used to Be A Wonderful Life.  People used to say they wouldn't buy a used car from Richard Nixon.  Well, I wouldn't buy a used hubcap from the likes of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Henry Waxman, Alan Grayson, Christopher Dodd, Barbara Boxer, Charles Rangel, Rahm Emanuel, Cass Sunstein or David Axelrod.  Furthermore, I've seen guys selling "genuine mink coats" out of the trunk of a '94 Buick I'd trust more than Robert Gibbs.

Obama's Hackneyed Hypocrisy.  Barack Obama has spent his whole adult life doing the bidding of powerful interests.  At Harvard, that bastion of the powerful elite, he kissed up to enough factions to become president of the law review while actually writing next to nothing.  In Chicago, he settled in tony Hyde Park with the help of a highly suspect sweetheart deal on his property, got an adjunct gig at the powerful University of Chicago, cultivated leftist elitists like Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn who sat on wealthy nonprofit boards, and chose the church of the wild and hateful Rev. Jeremiah Wright because it gave him a powerful entrée into the poor black community that he otherwise would lack if he spent all his time in Hyde Park.  He himself noted that he didn't really join a church until he appreciated "the power of the African-American religious tradition to spur social change."  This all was of a piece with his training as an acolyte of Saul Alinsky, who taught that power is its own justification.

Liberalism Is Dead.  [Scroll down]  Barack Obama is not a liberal; he is a third-world Socialist of the really angry kind.  Obama has been surrounded by enraged Leftists from childhood on, including those crucial four years of living in Indonesia right after the whole Communist Party was wiped out by the Indonesian military under General Sukarno.  That's Obama's real experience of the world outside of Hawaii.  Ever since then, Obama has chosen to be surrounded by anti-Western, anti-liberal Leftists.  Jeremiah Wright is perfectly typical of Obama's crowd.

Did someone mention Jeremiah Wright?

Obama's radical associations matter, but go ignored by press.  From Obama's participation in the socialist New Party in the mid-1990s, to his connections to communist-terrorist Bill Ayers, it's all relevant today.  How?  For example, some of the same anti-American, anti-capitalist revolutionaries from those bad old days now help craft republic-changing legislation.

Obama Battles Reagan.  Amid all the exuberance about electing a man because of his skin color was a deliberate refusal to understand that this particular man was a hard-core radical leftist.  For some, the knowledge of just what then-Senator Obama intended to do if elected president was apparently hard to discern.  For others, electing a man who had sat in the pews of Jeremiah Wright's church for twenty years and launched his first campaign from the living room of Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers was an appallingly dangerous mistake.  What else, they now ask, could America possibly have expected?

The Vetting, Part I: Barack's Love Song To Alinsky.  In 1998, a small Chicago theater company staged a play titled The Love Song of Saul Alinsky, dedicated to the life and politics of the radical community organizer whose methods Obama had practiced and taught on Chicago's South Side.  Obama was not only in the audience, but also took the stage after one performance, participating in a panel discussion that was advertised in the poster for the play.

Obama Ally Won't Release Alinsky Tape.  Sources inform Breitbart.com today that Pam Dickler, director of the 1998 production of The Love Song of Saul Alinsky in Chicago that included a panel discussion featuring then-State Sen. Barack Obama, has a video tape of the play.  And she won't release it.  "There is only one archive tape of the play and I have it," Dickler informed our source.  "It is not in Chicago."

How Saul Alinsky Taught Barack Obama Everything He Knows About Civic Upheaval.  Throughout Barack Obama's campaign for the presidency and his subsequent time in that office, two things have been said again and again:  1. He has a grudge against America.  2. He takes his marching orders from Saul Alinsky (1909-1972), particularly as encapsulated in the book "Rules for Radicals."  Anyone who listens to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, or Mark Levin regularly is going to hear point one frequently.

A radical Obama mobilizes the troops.  While the orchestration of all this by the Obama camp is covert, it's still easy to make the connections.  From George Soros' money pouring into key states, to former green-energy czar and avowed communist Van Jones advising the Occupy movement, to the symbiosis between radical Marxist and Islamic organizations, it all comes back around to Obama's gutter politics and gutter playmates — if you think that sort of thing even matters.  And yes, soon black Americans will be rallied like never before, whether via Critical Race Theory-spouting academics, or mail-order street preachers turned radio talk-show hosts.

Still the Alinsky Playbook.  You can expect that the Obama 2012 campaign and allied groups will be filled with people deeply steeped in Rules for Radicals.  That is good reason for conservatives to spend time studying Saul Alinsky.  It also explains why liberals are so anxious to sugarcoat Alinsky and soft-pedal his influence on Team Obama.

How Saul Alinsky Taught Obama to Say One Thing and Do the Opposite.  For those who have paid attention, President Obama has a knack for saying one thing and doing another altogether:  a knack for claiming one position while actually occupying another. [...] It's arguable that there isn't anything that demonstrates Saul Alinsky's impact on Obama better than these flip flops and duplicitous positions.  For it was Alinsky who spent his life teaching would-be radicals (like Obama) that you can say what you have to say to get over the hump, but once you're over the hump, you do whatever you want to do.

The President Who Hired Communists and Hung Out with Terrorists Says Romney Must Rebuke 'Extreme Voices'.  Is this really the ground Team Obama wants to fight on?  The president launched his political career in the home of a pair of unrepentant terrorists, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.  Dorhn spent a decade on the FBI's most wanted list, but she wasn't too radical for Bam.  He knowingly hired a raft of radicals to staff his administration and kept them away from congressional scrutiny by making them czars or putting them in positions where Congress had no say.  Van Jones is an open communist and 9-11 Truther, yet Obama hired him to be the "green jobs" czar.  Anita Dunn admires Mao Zedong, yet found work in Obama's communications team.

Kengor book

'Forward!' with Obama, Axelrod, Jarrett and Frank Marshall Davis.  [Scroll down]  I've just completed a book on Obama's mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, set for release in July, titled The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, the Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mentor.  In my research, I read about 500 pages of the Chicago Star, the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) newspaper for Chicago from 1946-48.  The founding editor-in-chief for the Star was Frank Marshall Davis.  These pages are unflaggingly pro-Soviet.  From line to line and page to page, they unflinchingly toe the CPUSA/Soviet line.

What About Obama's High School Years?  The [WashingtonPost piece immediately made me think of this double standard:  What about Barack Obama's high school years in Hawaii?  I know this area intimately well, given that my next book is on Obama's mentor during those precise years:  Frank Marshall Davis.  I will not here lay out the litany of Davis's astonishing career, but, in essence, he was a literal card-carrying member of Communist Party USA. [...] And yet, this was the man that Obama's grandfather, Stanley Dunham, connected to a young Obama for the purpose of mentoring — precisely during these high school years.  Frank Marshall Davis is another of those radical associations in Obama's past.  There are so many, and so unusually bad, that Obama, if he were a typical citizen, probably wouldn't get a security clearance for an entry-level government job.

Pondering the Obama Enigma.  Many books have been published about Obama and I have read quite a few.  With the exception of his two memoirs, those who delved deeply into the known facts of his life did not like what they found.

Like My 'Compressed' Ex-Girlfriend, Obama Was 'An Ardent Marxist Socialist' in College.  [Scroll down]  The collegiate Obama was an ardent Marxist socialist extremist.  I confronted young Obama's naïve faith in an inevitable Communist revolution when he visited the San Francisco area during his Christmas break from Occidental College in 1980 — at the Boss family's home in Portola Valley, CA, a small city outside of suburban Palo Alto, south of San Francisco.

Dreams from My Real Father: A Story of Reds and Deception.  At age 18, Barack Obama admittedly arrived at Occidental College a committed revolutionary Marxist.  What was the source of Obama's foundation in Marxism?  Throughout his 2008 Presidential campaign and term in office, questions have been raised regarding Barack Obama's family background, economic philosophy, and fundamental political ideology.  Dreams from My Real Father is the alternative Barack Obama "autobiography," offering a divergent theory of what may have shaped our 44th President's life and politics.

Barack Obama's Marxist Ghosts of Christmas Past.  I met the young Barack Obama while visiting Caroline Boss, my Marxist socialist girlfriend, at her parent's home in northern California over Christmas break in 1980.  Over the course of that day, I came to understand the full extent of young Obama's ideological extremism and acquired lasting memories which have been reported in at least five books including Paul Kengor's newly released The Communist — Frank Marshall Davis: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mentor.  I am writing this article, in part, because I'm surprised that David Maraniss's new book Barack Obama: The Story failed to include my account of young Obama's ideological extremism.

Maraniss Gets Testy as New Obama Bio Tanks.  [Scroll down]  [David Maraniss] passes off Obama's card-carrying communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, as a benign "civil rights activist."  He refused to interview John Drew, Obama's Occidental College pal who has described the young Obama as a "Marxist planning for a Communist style revolution."  He makes no mention of the Cooper Union Socialist Scholars Conference and other such events Obama attended in New York.  And he may well have ignored the Christian conversion scene because that is the occasion when Wright delivered his famous "Audacity" sermon, the one rich with phrases like "white folks' greed runs a world in need."

Carl Bernstein's Communist Problem & Mine.  A number of books have appeared recently, including most notably Paul Kengor's book The Communist, which are about Barack Obama's Communist mentor, and also the progressive communist milieu that our 44th president grew up in, along with his closest advisers David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett — a community to which he remains loyal today.  I thought it might be useful to those first being introduced to what I like to call the "neo-communist left" to read a piece I wrote a few years ago about Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein and his Communist father, and about my own experience in the Communist left as well.  It is particularly the disloyalty and fundamental dishonesty of these people, these Communist progressives which I think should most interest readers in the context of the political and economic crises we are facing today.

The Most Important Press Conference Ever Held at Any Time in U.S. History: Part I.  This article pertains to Obama, Radical Islam and the Soros connection.  A brief synopsis or excerpt would not paint an adequate picture of the article.

When Exactly Did Barack Obama Renounce Communism?  President Obama has never expressed remorse for the Marxist revolutionary views he defended during his sophomore year at Occidental College.

Young Obama's Dreams of a Communist Revolution in America.  The young Obama was a garden variety Marxist-Leninist.  He and Boss and his sophomore year roommate, Hasan Chandoo, believed that social forces where creating an inevitable Communist revolution in the U.S. and that it was important to have a highly trained elite of educated leaders guide this revolutionary process and oversee it once the revolution took place.  Remember, this was at the height of the Cold War in 1980.  Ronald Reagan had just been elected president and the USSR was still our mortal enemy.

In '08, we hardly knew Barack Obama; In 2012 we don't know President Obama.  [Scroll down]  I have long said that I don't care where Obama was born; how he was raised and who his influences were is far more instructive.  There are now also books about the people closest to Obama, including two recent ones about Michelle Obama.  Although we still don't know what Barack wrote about, we do know Michelle's graduate thesis.  There is more background on David Axelrod, the son of Jewish Communist parents, and on the Reverend Wright.  Obama's mentor Frank Marshall Davis is revealed in The Communist by Paul Kengor.

Obama's 'Confident Ignorance' At Root Of His Failure.  After reading Barack Obama's book "Dreams from My Father," it became painfully clear that he has not been searching for the truth, because he assumed from an early age that he had already found the truth — and now it was just a question of filling in the details and deciding how to change things.  Obama did not simply happen to encounter a lot of people on the far-left fringe during his life.  As he spells out in his book, he actively sought out such people.  There is no hint of the slightest curiosity on his part about other visions of the world that might be weighed against the vision he had seized upon. [...] What would be the point, if he already knew the truth and knew that they were wrong?

Pastor who prayed at Obama's inauguration says all white people will go to hell.  Pastor Joseph Lowery, a civil rights movement hero who delivered the benediction at President Obama's inauguration, reportedly said that he is shocked that any black Americans would stay home with Obama on the ballot and suggested that all or most white people would go to hell.

Obama's inauguration reverend: All whites are going to hell.  All white people are going to hell, longtime African-American civil rights advocate Rev. Joseph Lowery told an audience at a get-out-the-vote event held Oct. 27 in Georgia.  Lowery, who gave the benediction at the January 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama, told the audience of up to 300 African-Americans "that when he was a young militant, he used to say all white folks were going to hell.  Then he mellowed and just said most of them were.  Now, he said, he is back to where he was," according to an Oct. 31 report in the Monroe County Reporter newspaper.

Obama's inauguration reverend says anti-white slam was a joke.  Longtime African-American civil rights advocate Rev. Joseph Lowery told The Daily Caller that he was joking when he told a get-out-the-vote event that all whites will go to hell.

Obama Honors Gay Socialist, Lesbian Astronaut with Presidential Medal of Freedom.  President Barack Obama on Wednesday [11/20/2013] awarded the highest honor that can be bestowed on a civilian — the Presidential Medal of Freedom — to 16 people, including a homosexual who led the socialist party in the United States and astronaut Sally Ride, whose partner "outed" her as a lesbian in Ride's obituary last year.  On Bayard Rustin's website, his lover and the executor of his estate, Walter Naegle, wrote about the gay activist's life, including his 10-year homosexual relationship with the author and his national chairmanship of the Social Democrats USA, formerly the Socialist Party of America.


"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful."
Psalm 1:1    


The New Party

Obama's Third-Party History.  On the evening of January 11, 1996, while Mitt Romney was in the final years of his run as the head of Bain Capital, Barack Obama formally joined the New Party, which was deeply hostile to the mainstream of the Democratic party and even to American capitalism.  In 2008, candidate Obama deceived the American public about his potentially damaging tie to this third party.  The issue remains as fresh as today's headlines, as Romney argues that Obama is trying to move the United States toward European-style social democracy, which was precisely the New Party's goal.

Obama Belonged to Radical Socialist "New Party" in 1996.  Stanley Kurtz, in his June 7 article "Obama's Third-Party History" for National Review Online, reports that Barack Obama's connection to far-left radicals is much more recent that had been previously thought.  On January 11, 1996, Kurtz notes, Obama joined the New Party, a radical socialist political movement deeply opposed to capitalism and of the opinion that the Democratic Party was far too moderate.  The New Party sought to transform America into the sort of socialist democracy that is common in Europe.

Obama Joined Third Party in 1990s.  President Barack Obama was a member of the far left New Party and also signed a "contract" promising to publicly support and associate himself with the New Party while in office, according to a published report.  Citing recently obtained evidence from the updated records of Illinois ACORN at the Wisconsin Historical Society, an article appearing in the National Review Online pointed to a document trail that "definitively establishes" Obama's membership in the organization.

'New Party' Literature Suggests Obama Paid Dues to Join.  In the ongoing discussion of Barack Obama's involvement with Chicago's extremist "New Party," online literature from the Party likely reveals that the young state senator not only was a member but had to commit financially to membership.

Barack Obama — still a "social democrat" after all these years.  As I discussed yesterday, Stanley Kurtz has found conclusive new evidence that, in 1996, Barack Obama joined the New Party, the political arm of the radical group ACORN.  The Obama campaign had denied this fact when Kurtz raised the matter during the last presidential campaign.  The Obama campaign lied.

So just who was 'smearing' whom?  What if Barack Obama gave a "party," and nobody came?  No, I am not talking about the noticeably small crowds when President Obama officially kicked off his re-election bid a few weeks ago, though that was certainly interesting.  I am actually talking about the fact that President Obama was a member of the socialist "New Party" in 1996, lied about it in 2008, and got caught in the lie about it just last week.  It seems like news.  But for some reason the mainstream media, then and now, doesn't care.

Obama Caught Lying Again: He Was Member of 'New Party,' Says Kurtz.  Barack Obama was, in fact, a member of the socialist New Party in the 1990s and sought its endorsement for the Illinois senate — contrary to the misrepresentations of Obama's presidential campaign in 2008, and in spite of the efforts of Politico's Ben Smith to quash the story.

Axelrod Plays Dumb on Obama and Socialist 'New Party'.  Senior Obama campaign political strategist David Axelrod played dumb this afternoon when confronted by Breitbart News about President Barack Obama's membership in the socialist New Party in the mid-1990s.  Earlier today [6/7/2012], author Stanley Kurtz released proof that Obama had been a member of, and sought the endorsement of, the radical group in 1996 — contrary to the Obama campaign's denials.

Like Obama, New Party Favored High Minimum Wage, High Corporate Tax, and Campaign Finance Reform.  Stanley Kurtz has helpfully revealed that Barack Obama was once a member of the New Party, a Social Democratic third party.  And while many on the right continue to insist that this election ought to focus exclusively on the economy to the exclusion of all else, Obama's past associations are germane to his views on economic growth and American competitiveness.

Campaign Disputes Documents, Claims Obama Never Joined New Party.  This week the Obama campaign decided to double down on a claim about the President's past involvement in a social democratic party in the mid-'90s.  In 2008 when Stanley Kurtz first raised the issue, the campaign labeled it a "crackpot smear."  Now, despite two newly discovered documents that prove Obama joined the New Party in 1996, his campaign is still maintaining Obama was not a member.

Socialism, Obama, and America's Future.  Stanley Kurtz documented something we have all known: President Barack Hussein Obama is a socialist!  Contrary to claims made in 2008 by Obama, his staff, and supporters, he was a member of the socialist New Party in Chicago.

Was Obama's socialist party racialist?  The socialist-leaning New Party required that 40 percent of its own leadership groups must consist of "people of color," according to correspondence uncovered by WND from an early New Party leader.  The New Party was a 1990s party that sought to elect members to public office with the aim of moving the Democratic Party far leftward to ultimately form a new political party with a socialist agenda.  In 2008, Barack Obama's campaign denied the president was ever a member amid reports, including from WND, citing the New Party's own literature listing Obama as a member.  Information uncovered in recent weeks, including Obama's signed contract with the New Party, further establishes the president's membership with the controversial organization.

Obama No Longer Bothers To Hide His Socialist Bent.  By any traditional measure, news in the past week or two alone should sink Barack Obama's chances for a second term.  First, Obama biographer Stanley Kurtz reported new and definitive proof that, as a 34-year-old embarking on his political career, Obama belonged to the anti-capitalist — indeed, socialist — New Party, a phase of his political development he has not only never repudiated but also has hidden from the American people.  By any traditional measure, such news would at least intensify any Obama meltdown.

Why Obama Could Be a Communist Mole:  [Scroll down]  Obama's lived an extremely charmed life, and apparently with no merit to warrant it.  This is partially a reflection of affirmative action practices, but certainly there is enough to suggest more.  How did he pay for Harvard?  Clues suggest that he was sponsored by Rashid Khalidi, a Saudi agent, using oil money.  How did he become editor of the Harvard Law Review?  He certainly left no paper trail to justify it.  Obama's political life becomes even weirder and grayer once coming to Chicago.  He was a radical community organizer, often working side-by-side with known communists in the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).  There is documented evidence of his membership in the DSA-offshoot New Party, which was also communistic and would use fusion tactics in conjunction with Democrat Party affiliation to win elections in Illinois, until the practice was banned by the courts.

Obama's Welfare Free Lunch: 1996.  In 1996, the year President Bill Clinton signed the welfare reform bill, Obama became a member of a leftist third party called the New Party.  The Obama campaign denied this in 2008, and continues to deny it today, although contemporaneous documents now definitively prove it.  The core purpose of the New Party was to pull the country to the left of the Clinton Democrats.  Opposition to the welfare reform act virtually defined the New Party's position.  The most important plank in the New Party's platform was a guaranteed minimum income for all adults, regardless of whether they worked.  In 1996, when Obama joined the party and gained its endorsement, candidates had to speak up in favor of the party platform to seal the deal.




Rashid Khalidi

Site offers $50K for clip of Obama honoring radical.  The US Internet news portal Breitbart News is offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who can provide a videotape of a 2003 dinner honoring a radical Palestinian American academic attended by then- Illinois state senator Barack Obama.  During the 2008 presidential campaign, the Los Angeles Times reported that Obama attended a farewell dinner in Chicago for his longtime friend Rashid Khalidi. [...] The event was videotaped and the Times reported that it had a copy of the video.

Reward: $50,000 for 'Khalidi Tape' of Obama at Anti-Israel Party.  Breitbart News hereby announces a $50,000 reward to whomever can provide the complete video recording of the 2003 farewell party for radical Palestinian academic and activist Rashid Khalidi, at which then-state senator Barack Obama spoke — and which the Los Angeles Times has refused to release since reporting the event in April 2008.

Are Obama's Friends Fair Game?  It's not every presidential election that American voters are introduced to characters like former domestic terrorist Bill Ayers or Middle East historian Rashid Khalidi — both of whom, we have learned, Barack Obama worked and socialized with in Chicago.

Obama's Three Strikes.  With the news that he belonged to the far-left New Party during the 90s, public revelations of his involvement with fringe left-wing politics have hit three, the other two being William Ayers and ACORN.  (What about Jeremiah Wright and the shadowy figure of Rashid Khalidi, you ask?  The problem with these is that neither is fully political.  Both are deeply intertwined with religion and race.  Obama has shown a distinct talent for manipulating both.)

Who Will Protect America?  [Scroll down]  More disturbing is that Obama has not been honest about the radical figures he has associated with. ... Obama's association with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Father Michael Pfleger put him in company with angry anti-American fringe figures, who, were they on the far right, would have ended Obama's political career long ago. ... I actually know a good bit about people such as Ayers, Pfleger, Wright, and now Khalidi.  They are the kind of anti-Americans who thrive on the outer fringes of the left.

Obama, Ayers and the Knowledge 'Too Big' To Handle.  For mentors, Obama chose men like Ayers, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the fraudulent Palestinian wannabe Edward Said, and the radical PLO groupie Rashid Khalidi.  These are the men he turned to for wisdom.  In 2003, for instance, Obama publicly thanked Khalidi for providing "consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases."

The L.A. Times Should Release the Khalidi Tape for Passover.  [Scroll down]  So it's hard not to see Obama as, to be polite, ambivalent toward the Jewish state; to be impolite, one could call his attitude passive-aggressive, with all the semi-conscious hostile intent that diagnosis implies.  And, to continue in that vein, plenty of clinical evidence exists, several old friendships, that would lead one to think Obama might be, again consciously or unconsciously, deeply antagonistic to Israel, because these old friends had attitudes toward Zionism as adverse as the appalling Holocaust — denying professoriate at Northeastern.

Reward: $100,000 for Khalidi Tape.  Breitbart News is doubling its reward — to $100,000 — for one of the missing pieces of Barack Obama's past, which may be the key to understanding his collapsing Middle East policy:  the "Khalidi tape," a video kept under wraps by the Los Angeles Times since April 2008.  The Khalidi tape shows Obama at a 2003 farewell party for radical Palestinian academic and activist Rashid Khalidi, and reportedly features vitriolic anti-Israel rhetoric.

Khalidi Tape Cover Up: Media 'Selectively Edits' Its Ethical Standards.  [W]hen it comes to protecting Barack Obama, the corrupt media doesn't get all that wrapped up in the details of what is and isn't legal or ethical.  The Romney video is news; it's a revealing moment from The Man Who Might Be President, and as a result we're entering day four of the super-loop the media's put the video on across every news outlet in America.

The truth behind the 'Khalidi video' and why it's not for sale.  [Scroll down]  In the case of the Khalidi video, the unnamed source agreed to share the illuminating bit of video evidence with [Peter] Wallsten, but only with the understanding that the reporter could not reproduce or rebroadcast the images.  The journalist had to make a decision:  Do I agree to that condition and get to see evidence that no other reporter has seen of Obama meeting with Palestinian Americans?

Bias alert:
After smearing all MSM-bypassing conservatives as "the political fringe", the LA Times offers the anemic rationalization that it will not release this damaging video, not because it would end Barack H. Obama's political career, but because the LA Times would lose at least one source of timely tips for one of its reporters.  Obviously, the needs of the newspaper come first.

LA Times: Why We Won't Release The Khalidi Video.  This week, Breitbart News offered a $100,000 reward to anyone who produced the infamous 2003 tapes of Barack Obama at an event honoring Palestinian anti-Israel radical Rashid Khalidi.  And today, James Rainey of the Los Angeles Times took to his keyboard today to write a diatribe defending the Times' refusal to make public those tapes.  While Rainey gives several justifications for not releasing the tape itself — guarding the source of the tape being the most prevalent — he offers no justification for why the Times refuses to offer even a complete transcript of that evening's events.

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2014 by Andrew K. Dart




ACORN

Note:  More information about ACORN (and various allegations of fraud) can be found here.

Still the Alinsky Playbook.  In 1992, after Obama returned to Chicago from Harvard Law School, he ran a voter-registration drive for Project Vote, an ACORN affiliate set up by Alinsky acolytes.  The purportedly non-partisan effort registered 135,000 new voters and was integral to the election of Carol Moseley Braun to the Senate.  Obama then moonlighted as a top trainer for ACORN.  Obama even became ACORN's attorney in 1995, when he sued on its behalf to implement the "Motor Voter" law — a loose system of postcard voter registration that has proven to be a bonanza for vote fraudsters — in Illinois.  Later, while on the board of the liberal Woods Fund, Obama saw to it that the group gave substantial grants to ACORN.

Obama's 'Organizing for America' Pose as Official Registrars in Virginia to Register Students?  President Barack Obama got his start as a community organizer, working with groups like ACORN and other corrupt activist groups.  ACRON [sic] eventually collapsed under the weight of its own corruption, but their tactics live on.  Organizing for America, the DNC project to reelect Barack Obama, is working to reelect the President.  The President isn't very popular right now for any number of reasons, Obamacare, the economy, unemployment, his seeming fetish for apologizing to people who hate us or kill our troops, $5+ trillion in new debt, etc., etc.  Whatever the case, Organizing for America has a steep hill to climb in front of it.  Given the President's affinity for, and past with ACORN, it's not surprising that OfA would be caught using ACORN tactics.

The Rebranding of ACORN.  Barack Obama served as a former employee of Project Vote and has said publicly that he's "been fighting alongside" ACORN his entire career.  Despite clear evidence of corrupt and criminal behavior by ACORN and its employees, the Obama Justice Department has thus far failed to take any serious steps to hold the ACORN organizations to account.

Justice Has Never Been High on Eric Holder's Docket.  Obama considered ACORN to be an arm of his campaign.  That's why his campaign paid ACORN affiliate Citizens Services Inc. to do partisan political work.  The Obama campaign disguised its $832,598 payment to Citizens Services Inc., falsely describing it in campaign finance filings as "polling, advance work and staging major events."  In reality, CSI performed get-out-the-vote services.  After the subterfuge was uncovered, the Obama campaign claimed it had simply goofed up and filed an amended report with the Federal Election Commission.  Whoops.  This could be a violation of election laws but Attorney General Holder couldn't care less.

Obama didn't tell the truth about his relationship to ACORN.  At CPAC, Rep. Daryl Issa, R-Cal., released [a] video that shows the President didn't tell the truth about the extent of his relationship with ACORN.

ACORN cookies at White House holiday party.  At the White House Holiday Party last night, an oddly shaped cookie grabbed my attention.  Who knew that acorns were part of the traditional holiday fare?  Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, noticed these earlier, as reported by Yeas and Nays, but it seems like they've made these in bulk.

ACORN at the White House.  The newly released list of visitors to the Obama White House makes the president's claim he's clueless about his former employer ACORN — and its election fraud trials and tribulations — especially difficult to believe.  Of particular significance is the visit by ACORN spokesman Scott Levenson who met with White House political director Patrick Gaspard in March.  The purpose of the meeting with Gaspard, a former ACORN employee himself, was not disclosed.

ACORN's Big Spender.  More proof has emerged of White House political director Patrick Gaspard's ties to the radical advocacy group ACORN.  Gaspard, a longtime operative for ACORN and one of its partisan arms, New York's Working Families Party, currently holds the title of White House political affairs director, the same title Karl Rove held in President Bush's White House.  Internal ACORN documents show that Gaspard gave ACORN $40,000 over the past two years.

ACORN's Man in the White House.  Newly discovered evidence shows the radical advocacy group ACORN has a man in the Obama White House.  This power behind the throne is longtime ACORN operative Patrick Gaspard.  He holds the title of White House political affairs director, the same title Karl Rove held in President Bush's White House.  Evidence shows that years before he joined the Obama administration, Gaspard was ACORN boss Bertha Lewis's political director in New York.

Ship of Fools:  Obama's Intimates and Advisors.  [Scroll down]  The President Obama is as much a product of ACORN as it is of him.  He worked closely with the "community organizing" group for many years, represented them in court, and was a member of the board of Chicago's Woods Fund at the time it funneled $200,000 to an ACORN affiliate.  Mr. Obama praised the organization extravagantly both during and after his election, and his campaign "donated" over $800,000 to an offshoot group controlled by ACORN (Citizens Services, Inc.) — to "get out the vote."

Patrick Gaspard, ACORN, and Obama.  During the 2008 election, Obama's close links to the far-left New Party were revealed and explored (although not by the mainstream press).  Yet many seem to have forgotten that the New Party, particularly in Chicago, was dominated by ACORN (and by an ACORN-controlled SEIU union local).

Obama and ACORN:  Barack Obama gave five interviews last Sunday [9/20/2009], and only one interviewer bothered to ask him about the ACORN scandal.  ACORN is the leftist activist organization that lost its federal funds last week in a Congressional vote that was not even close.  Obama's answer to his lone ACORN question was amazing.  He brazened it out:  "Frankly," said the President, "it's not something I've followed closely.  This is not the biggest issue facing the country.  It's not something I'm paying a lot of attention to." ... This is the same Barack Obama who said, in an address to ACORN in 2007, "I have been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career."

Obama and Acorn:  In August 2008, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the Obama campaign paid more than $800,000 to an Acorn "offshoot" for "get out the vote" projects.  Obama worked for Acorn and Acorn worked for Obama.  That doesn't mean the president is implicated in any wrongdoing, but it suggests at least that the worse things get for Acorn, the more embarrassing it is for him.  If the Justice Department fails to prosecute, it invariably would raise suspicions of political favoritism.

And what of ACORN, President Obama?  [Scroll down]  Obama is proud to say his relationship with ACORN goes back decades as a "community organizer" and a legal adviser.  A month before the election he told members:  "You will have input into the agenda of the next president of the United States of America."  The input ACORN is having has shown up like a stain.  It starts with charges of voter-registration fraud in 14 states, and includes video of ACORN employees giving unethical tax advice and suggesting ways to hide 13-year-old girls smuggled into the country to become hookers.

Obama's Direct and Lucrative Ties to ACORN.  Is it any wonder that the Obama presidency is shaping up to be the most corrupt and most oppressive anti-American administration in USA history?  Thus far, any and all attempts to investigate ACORN have been blocked by ObamaThugs and the Democrat-run Congress.  The reason?  They have benefited greatly from ACORN's voter fraud and many might not have been elected or reelected without it.

Obama Campaign Gave ACORN Current Fundraising List.  Human Events reported earlier today about testimony yesterday [10/29/2008] in the lawsuit brought by the Pennsylvania GOP against Project Vote, a sister organization of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN.

More Connections Between Obama and ACORN?  A former staffer for Project Vote, a sister organization of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, testified at a hearing in Pennsylvania on Wednesday [10/29/2008] that the Obama campaign provided the group with a campaign donor list in late 2007 for their fundraising efforts.

Obama's Ties to Socialism:  ACORN, founded by a former member of the "SDS", Wade Rathke, is a leftist community organization with close ties to the Democratic Socialists of America.  In the 1990s, ACORN heavily involved itself in the housing market by using the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 as a tool to extort banks and pressure them into making risky loans.  In the 90s, ACORN's militant tactics caught national attention on several occasions when they broke into private offices, harassed bankers at their homes, and used the CRA to delay bank mergers.

The Price of Political Correctness.  [Scroll down]  What deserves greater scrutiny is Barack Obama's history with ACORN.  He was the attorney representing ACORN when they pushed the Clinton Administration to expand the CRA.  He served on the board of the Woods Fund with William Ayers when it gave ACORN funding grants.  Obama's hands are dirty with ACORN, and his involvement needs to be accounted for.  Of course, his silence on his past associations while running for president plays us all for fools.

Obama Finds An ACORN.  The man who includes being a community organizer on his short resume has a long association with a far-left group that would organize our communities into socialist gulags.

ACORN:  A Clear and Present Danger.  What I have not been able to figure out is why the leaders of the group have not been indicted under RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) for taking part in an ongoing criminal organization.  The only logical reason that the feds have backed off is because of ACORN's close ties to organized labor.  Tragically, in 2008 America, it's not only individuals who are easily intimidated, but the government itself.

Obama and "The Left":  Although Senator Barack Obama has been allied with a succession of far left individuals over the years, that is only half the story.  There are, after all, some honest and decent people on the left.  But these have not been the ones that Obama has been allied with — allied, not merely "associated" with.  ACORN is not just an organization on the left.  In addition to the voter frauds that ACORN has been involved in over the years, it is an organization with a history of thuggery, including going to bankers' homes to harass them and their families, in order to force banks to lend to people with low credit ratings.

ACORN Corruption Runs Deep.  Unfortunately for America, the media has been filtering news for years and this practice has allowed some of the main figures in the Teamstergate scandal to assume top spots in the Democrat party.  Part 1 of this series reviewed the history of the scandal and its strong ties to ACORN and President Obama.

Obama partnerships with voter fraud unit and terrorists run wide and deep.
 •  In a number of crucial cases, Obama was the Attorney for the Chicago ACORN chapter and he used them to assist him in his run for the Illinois State Senate in 1996.
 •  In 1992, prior to his working as ACORN's attorney, Obama was Executive Director of ACORN subsidiary Project Vote.
 •  Obama trained ACORN workers.
 •  While sitting on the board of the Woods Foundation, Obama and domestic terrorist William Ayers — who is also a major Obama fundraiser — arranged for grants for ACORN.
 •  While both on the board of Chicago's Annenberg Challenge — Ayers and Obama with Obama as Chairman — funds were funneled to ACORN.

Success Is Built On Work Ethic, Not Grievances.  Like everyone else, I have also been hearing a lot lately about Jeremiah Wright, former pastor of the church that Barack Obama has belonged to for 20 years.  Both men, in their different ways, have for decades been promoting the far left vision of victimization and grievances — Wright from his pulpit and Obama as a community organizer for the radical group ACORN, as a collaborator with former Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers, and as the member of the U.S. Senate with the farthest left voting record.

ACORN's Senator.  Obama, who once represented ACORN in a lawsuit against the state of Illinois, was hired by the group to train its community organizers and staff in the methods and tactics of the late Saul Alinsky.  ACORN would stage in-your-face protests in bank lobbies, drive-through lanes and even at bank managers' homes to get them to issue risky loans in the inner city or face charges of racism.  In the early 1990s, reports Stanley Kurtz, senior fellow at the Ethics and Policy Center, Obama was personally recruited by Chicago's ACORN to run training sessions in "direct action."

Barack Obama and Alinsky's Rules for Psychopaths.  A psychopath is a person without conscience; someone who constantly breaks the moral rules of the community.  Saul Alinsky was a "community organizer" who found a career that fit that personality disorder.  In the Orwellian upside-down world of the Left, community organizers disorganize communities.  That is the meaning of revolution, to overturn whatever exists today in the raw pursuit of one's own power. ... Alinsky's disciples — including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama — have a warlike political style.  They learned politics as war from the Master.  Obama is so well-trained in Alinsky tactics that he used to teach workshops on it.

Obama seeks distance from ACORN.  [ACORN] claims to have registered 1.3 million young people, minorities, and working-class voters.  But some of those registration cards have listed dead or nonexistent people and are being investigated in at least eight states.

The Nuts at ACORN Could Cause Obama Fall.  ACORN, the radical community group, is becoming an embarrassment for Obama.  It is not as if its shenanigans are likely to tip the result, with the Democrats so far ahead.  But as it is raided by the FBI in state after state (11 so far), it is becoming identified as the electoral equivalent of Greenpeace, extremists who will stop at nothing to get their way.

McCain's Prospects Depend on Telling Truth About Obama.  As the old saying goes, it's not over until the fat lady sings, and it's high time for the fat lady to sing about Obama's scary agenda and the many reasons why it is too risky to elect him president.  We need to hear more about ACORN, the special-interest group that would like to steal this election by registering people who are not eligible to vote, such as registering ghost voters in Nevada under the names of the Dallas Cowboys.  Obama's years of close association with ACORN need to be known to the public.

Obama Distances Himself From ACORN, Calls Controversy a 'Distraction'.  He [Obama] said his relationship with the group [ACORN] is "pretty straightforward," referring to legal work he and two other lawyers did for the group in 1995.  "That was my relationship and is my relationship to ACORN," he said.  Obama's campaign also paid more than $800,000 to a group called Citizens Services Inc., an ACORN subsidiary, to "augment" Obama's grassroots organizing efforts in the Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania primaries.

Obama Distorts ACORN Ties.  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's campaign has been forced to revise statements about their Obama's get-out-the vote work for the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now, a non-profit roiled in allegations of voter registration fraud.  Obama's website "Fight the Smears," designed to counteract misinformation about the candidate's record, contained false information about Obama's connections to ACORN.

Through a glass darkly.  Fortunately, some newspapers are making valiant efforts to excavate the truth about Obama and resist the intellectual intimidation being used to suppress it.  The Cleveland Leader, which as I reported here confirmed Obama's close association with ACORN in documents which it discovered had been removed from the web, has now discovered that the denials of that involvement on Obama's fightthesmears.com website have been altered in order to make it look like he has been telling the truth about his ACORN associations all along.

Obamacorn.  Obama's Web site proclaims, "Barack was never an ACORN trainer and never worked for ACORN in any other capacity."  Then how is it that Chicago ACORN leader Toni Foulkes sang Obama's praises for his work for ACORN in his article, "Case Study: Chicago -- The Barack Obama Campaign," which appeared in Social Policy magazine in 2004? ... Foulkes wrote:  "When he returned from law school, we asked him to help us with a lawsuit to challenge the state of Illinois' refusal to abide by the National Voting Rights Act ... Obama took the case, known as ACORN vs. Edgar ... and we won."

Community-Organizer-in-Chief.  Nearly all of the concern over voter fraud has focused on one group, the Association Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN), which is under investigation or facing serious allegations of fraud in 13 states over how it has conducted voter-registration drives.  ACORN insists, incredibly, that its voter-registration drives are nonpartisan activities.  However, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has endorsed the group's activities in the past and taught at their seminars.

GOP Turning Up the Heat on Obama and ACORN.  [Danny] Diaz also encourages Obama to fully disclose his relationship with ACORN, which has been distorted by his own campaign officials and his "Fight the Smears" website.  Obama has not been upfront about his promises to give ACORN influence in his admnistration, his decision to seek a political endorsement from their PAC or his payments to one of their subsidiaries for get out the vote efforts.  Obama's campaign also previously stated that Obama never worked for ACORN when in fact Obama led training sessions for them in 1992 and represted the group in court in 1995.

McCain Camp Drives Obama-ACORN Connection.  John McCain's campaign is using Barack Obama's ties to a controversial low-income advocacy group to escalate his criticism of the Democratic nominee's character and judgment.

Obama camp downplays payments to ACORN.  Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama's campaign distanced itself Thursday [10/9/2008] from its $800,000 payment linked to the liberal ACORN organization, which is under investigation in several states where it is suspected of filing fraudulent voter registrations.  Federal Election Commission reports show ACORN-affiliated Citizens Services Inc. got $832,598 from the Obama campaign for get-out-the-vote work during the primaries.  But those payments stopped in May and the Obama campaign says they should not be an election issue.

The Editor grumbles to himself...
... and the Obama campaign says Jeremiah Wright should not be an election issue.
... and the Obama campaign says Bill Ayers should not be an election issue.
... and the Obama campaign says Frank Marshall Davis should not be an election issue.
... and the Obama campaign says abortion should not be an election issue.

Obama Hired ACORN For GOTV.  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is the first national candidate ever to hire ACORN, a controversial non-profit accused of voter fraud across the country, for get out the vote activities.  Obama's campaign paid $800,000 to a subsidiary of the liberally-leaning non-profit Association of Community Organizers for Reform called Citizens Services Incorporated campaign to increase voter turnout.  This information, however, was not properly disclosed to the Federal Election Commission.

Huffington Post and ACORN Tag-Team Cover Up of Obama's ACORN Days.  Guess who's behind Social Policy magazine?  Something called The Institute for Social Justice.  The website indicates the address of the magazine is 1024 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117. … Guess who else lives in Elysian Fields?  ACORN.  Go to Sweetness & Light blog and scroll down to the Form 990s (tax returns for nonprofits) and you will see that both ACORN and Project Vote report the same address, 1024 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117.  There is also more evidence of the close relationship between Project Vote and ACORN in 1992.

Obama, Voter Fraud & Mortgage Meltdown.  Which community activist/political organization in the United States is the largest, most radical left, and most untrustworthy?  The answer is ACORN, which bills itself as the nation's largest community organization for the rights of low- and moderate-income families.  Its hidden agenda, however, is to change the form of the U.S. government from a republic to a socialist oligarchy, using class warfare and the aid of radical liberals within the Democrat Party.  This hidden agenda explains why the liberal newsmedia go mute on Obama's ACORN ties.

Why Obama's "Community Organizer" Days Are a Joke.  As I've reported previously, Obama's community organizing days involved training grievance-mongers from the far-left ACORN.  The ACORN mob is infamous for its bully tactics (which they dub "direct actions"); Obama supporters have recounted his role in organizing an ambush on a government planning meeting about a landfill project opposed by Chicago's minority lobbies.  With benefactors like Obama in office, ACORN has milked nearly four decades of government subsidies to prop up chapters that promote the welfare state and undermine the free market, as well as some that have been implicated in perpetuating illegal immigration and voter fraud.

Inside Obama's Acorn:  If Acorn is adept at creating a non-partisan, inside-game veneer for what is in fact an intensely radical, leftist, and politically partisan reality, so is Obama himself.  This is hardly a coincidence:  Obama helped train Acorn's leaders in how to play this game.  For the most part, Obama seems to have favored the political-insider strategy, yet it's clear that he knew how to play the in-your-face "direct action" game as well.  And surely during his many years of close association with Acorn, Obama had to know what the group was all about.

Obama's Alliance with Marxists:  Erik Ericson of RedState.com has a very detailed article today on Barack Obama's connection to a neo-Marxist political party called the "New Party." ... Basically, Obama sought out the group as a result of his work with another far left organization ACORN -- a "non-partisan" acvitist group whose members have been convicted in several states of vote fraud.  And not only did Obama receive their endorsement, he used many of the party's members as campaign workers on his first state senate campaign.

What Do Obama & I Have In Common?  Obama worked for ACORN as a community organizer for three-and-a-half years.  I lasted all of two weeks. … There was a considerable gap between rhetoric and reality.  There was a considerable disconnect between the black membership and the white organizers.  ACORN was all for a living wage as long as they didn't have to pay one to its employees.  ACORN was all for a better world but had no room for improvement.  Some lessons can only be learned the hard way.

Spreading socialism on the taxpayer's dime...
The ACORN Obama Knows:  If you don't know what ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) is all about, you better bone up.  This left-wing group takes in 40 percent of its revenues from American taxpayers — you and me — and has leveraged nearly four decades of government subsidies to fund affiliates that promote the welfare state and undermine capitalism and self-reliance, some of which have been implicated in perpetuating illegal immigration and encouraging voter fraud.  A new whistleblower report from the Consumer Rights League documents how Chicago-based ACORN has commingled public tax dollars with political projects.

ACORN's Hypocritical House of Cards:  The Consumers Rights League has published a collection of whistleblower documents that suggest "consumer advocacy" group ACORN has reaped substantial financial gains by misusing taxpayer dollars for political ends and attacking lending corporations for the same 'predatory' lending practices it regularly engages in.  These internal emails and policies suggest that ACORN has failed to maintain a proper distinction between its tax-exempt housing work and its aggressive political activities.  ACORN and its affiliates are then able to extract resources from financial lenders seeking abatement from its public relations assaults and force financial settlement agreements that benefit ACORN but are harmful for consumers.

Edwards Touts Obama to ACORN Group.  Former Democratic senator and perpetual presidential candidate John Edwards was the keynote speaker at the annual gathering of the radical group ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now).  Touting Obama to the crowd was hardly necessary.  Barack Obama was closely allied with ACORN during his community organizing days in Chicago and even did some legal work for them in the early 1990's.

Minimum Wage Hits $9.50 in Santa Fe.  This month, in the liberal bastion of Santa Fe, New Mexico, they are raising the minimum wage in the city to $9.50 per hour.  The measure applies to all businesses with 25 or more employees.  The driving force behind this decision was Acorn, the 'national community organization,' as Jon Gertner describes it in The New York Times Magazine for January 15, 2006.  Acorn has discovered that the way to win on the minimum wage issue is to cast it not as an economic issue but as a moral issue.

Rotten ACORN:  In what is being called the "worst case of voter registration fraud in Washington state history," seven employees of the liberal advocacy group ACORN have been charged with filling out fake voter registration forms. … The defendants allegedly faked more than 1700 voter registration forms.  They, like all ACORN employees nationwide, are paid by for every name they sign up.  This has led to widespread charges of fraud in Missouri, Ohio, and 12 other states.

Missing headlines:  leftwing voter fraud guilty plea.  Readers may recall that the state of Washington was in the news in 2004 for the closeness of the election for Governor (won by Christine Democrat Gregoire by all of 133 votes; her Republican opponent, Dino Rossi, has since announced plans to run again next year).  That race was subject to claims of voter fraud.  While the defendants who worked for ACORN did not plead guilty for acts that led to actual voting... where there is smoke there is usually fire.

Obama's Ties To ACORN More Substantial than first believed.  You've heard of Moveon.org and Code Pink — two radical leftist groups seeking to elect out and out socialists to public office and who are fierce opponents of the capitalist sysetm.  But have you heard of ACORN? … Not surprisingly it turns out that Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Father Michael Pfleger — two radical clergy closely associated with Obama — have extensive ties to ACORN.  Their views fit nicely within the ACORN anti-capitalist agenda that they have been pushing for years.

Obama to amend report on $800,000 in spending.  U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign paid more than $800,000 to an offshoot of the liberal Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now for services the Democrat's campaign says it mistakenly misrepresented in federal reports.  An Obama spokesman said Federal Election Commission reports would be amended to show Citizens Services Inc. — a subsidiary of ACORN — worked in "get-out-the-vote" projects, instead of activities such as polling, advance work and staging major events as stated in FEC finance reports filed during the primary.

Obama's Liberal Shock Troops:  Mr. Obama has extensive connections with the granddaddy of activist groups, Acorn (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), which has gotten millions in government grants for its low-income housing programs.  In 1992, Acorn hired Mr. Obama to run a voter registration effort.  He later became a trainer for the group, as well as its lawyer in election law cases.  Acorn's political arm has endorsed Mr. Obama while its "voter education" arm has pledged to spend $35 million to register people this fall — despite a history of vote fraud scandals that have led to guilty pleas by many Acorn employees.

O's Dangerous Pals:  The seeds of today's financial meltdown lie in the Commu nity Reinvestment Act — a law passed in 1977 and made riskier by unwise amendments and regulatory rulings in later decades.  CRA was meant to encourage banks to make loans to high-risk borrowers, often minorities living in unstable neighborhoods.  That has provided an opening to radical groups like ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) to abuse the law by forcing banks to make hundreds of millions of dollars in "subprime" loans to often uncreditworthy poor and minority customers.

Rotten Boroughs.  Ayers' Weather Underground grew out of "Students For A Democratic Society", as did ACORN.  Today, Ayers and his fellow "educators" are engaged with considerable success in radicalizing the next generation of Americans.  But, if that doesn't work, Acorn has a fallback strategy.  What does ACORN do?  It steals elections.

Vote-Fraud-A-Go-Go.  Let every vote count, is the Democratic Party's mantra these days.  That slogan might better be:  Let every vote count as often as we need to win.  Such, at any rate, are the tactics of ACORN, Barack Obama's favorite "community organizers," and its Project Vote — of which, the Democratic presidential candidate has boasted, "I started working as the director … here in Chicago."

The ACORN/Obama Voter Registration "Thug Thizzle".  Systemic corruption of our election process continues. … On Monday [10/6/2008], the two liberal groups announced the wrap-up of a 21-state voter registration drive targeting low-income people and minorities in battleground states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and Wisconsin.  What's wrong with that?  For starters, these two groups are militant partisan outfits purporting to engage in nonpartisan civic activity.  And their campaign comes amid an avalanche of fresh voter-fraud allegations involving ACORN in many of those same key states.

Blunt links 'sordid' ACORN to Obama.  Gov. Matt Blunt sought yesterday to link Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama with accusations of fraudulent voter registration in Missouri and other states by an organization that advocates for poor people.  Blunt, a Republican, called ACORN an organization with a "sordid history" of voter fraud in Missouri.  In a telephone conference call, Blunt recounted a series of problems ACORN had caused with voter registration in the state.

Obama and ACORN: Relationship May Be More Extensive Than Candidate Says.  Barack Obama says he only had limited ties to ACORN, and they began in 1995.  But other encounters with the group, plus a voter-registration drive he conducted called Project Vote three years earlier, calls his account into question.

ACORN: Not the Face of Change.  Barack Obama has numerous ties to ACORN, the group under investigation for voter registration fraud in states across the nation.  Obama paid one of their subsidiaries, Citizen Services, Inc., $800,000 and misrepresented that payment on his campaign finance disclosures.

Liberal group's fraud shows voter ID need.  What do Barack Obama, Cynthia Tucker and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) have in common?  I'll tell you a few facts and you decide.  I'll try not to load my words, as Cynthia Tucker did in her Sunday column blasting voter ID laws as the product of "pseudo-facts" and "overhyped allegations of voter fraud."  Readers of my column will, I hope, be outraged by their own thinking, not feelings emanating from pejorative terms.

The Rise And Fall Of The Obama Campaign:  Will Obama win, or will the whole truth about him become known in the nick of time? ... If you believe Obama's protestations of ignorance about Ayers' terrorist background, you've been brainwashed.  The Obamas are not oblivious. ... [ACORN is] the organization with which Obama has been associated throughout his adult life, as organizer, trainer, lawyer, funder and political beneficiary ... and Obama's Achilles heel.

ACORN's big scam:  Obama has in the past represented ACORN in his home state of Illinois.  And during the primary season the Obama campaign gave ACORN some $830,000 to help with a get out the vote drive.  In Ohio, where the ACORN effort was particularly intense, about a third of some 660,000 new voter registrations don't match information on file in other government databases.  Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat, didn't seem particularly concerned, so Republican Party officials took the issue into federal court.

ACORN Magazine Article on Obama Magically Reappears.  It appears ACORN has decided there is no point in continuing to hide an article that links Senator Barack Obama to it in the early 1990s because it's out there in cyberspace already.

Obama's Big Lie in the Last Debate:  One of Obama's first career jobs was with ACORN.  He was recognized early on as a talented organizer by ACORN leader Madeline Talbott, (think smooth talker) and she got him to coach ACORN leaders in community activism.  At the time, Talbott was focusing on ACORN's efforts to expand bank lending to low-income, high-risk customers — the activity that ultimately precipitated today's mortgage market failure — so it is likely Obama trained her leaders with a focus on that effort.

Stealing the Presidency: An Obama/ACORN Primer.  For the past eight years, Americans have been bombarded nearly nonstop by cries of "Bush stole the White House," without a single proven shred of evidence, without a single indictment or conviction of Republicans on vote fraud, vote rigging or anything even close.  Meanwhile the only group indicated and convicted in actual vote fraud cases in the last two elections — ACORN — is fully mobilized still, claims to have registered 1.3 million new voters this year, and is tied historically and inextricably to our front-running candidate for President, Barack Obama.

MSNBC Teams Up With ACORN, La Raza.  MSNBC has launched a news project with a variety of left-wing special interest groups to boost their Election Day coverage and help viewers experiencing problems at the polls.  One of the groups involved in MSNBC's "Election Protection" project is the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now.  ACORN has been involved in rampant voter registration fraud across the nation this election cycle and is actively supporting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama for president.

ACORN's White Horse:  ACORN, the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now, is essentially a Marxist shakedown outfit.  One of its main rackets is election fraud — but it can also be very helpful if you happen to be a Leftist activist who finds himself needing, say, to foment a riot, vandalize public property, shut down legislative hearings or opposition conferences, harass the families of elected officials, extort leave-us-alone pay-offs from banks, promote illegal immigration, or the like.  Like ACORN, Obama is a community organizer in the Saul Alinsky radical mode, and he goes way back — two decades back — with the organization.

Barack Obama's Involvement with ACORN Unearthed, Missing Article Recovered.  While Barack Obama's connection with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has not gone entirely unreported, it has not been fully explained.  Most media background pieces simply note Obama's involvement in a 1995 lawsuit on behalf of ACORN.  Obama's own website, as well as most major media, fail to reveal the full depth and extent of his relationship with the organization.

Obama Campaign Involved in More Cover-Ups in ACORN Scandal.  On Thursday we revealed the connection between Barack Obama and Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), and uncovered a 2004 article that discussed his involvement with the organization which had recently been removed from the web.  Today [10/10/2008], the cover-ups continue and language on Obama's fightthesmears.com website has been altered in order to make it look like he has been telling the truth about his ACORN associations all along.

The Case Against Barack Obama, Part 2.  Obama and [William] Ayers also served on the board of the Woods Fund, an organization that distributed grant money to ACORN, which pushes its leftist agenda — "tax justice," livable wages, anti-school choice, voter registration and affordable housing.  The nearly 400,000-person-strong organization is currently under investigation by state and federal authorities in several states for voter registration fraud.  The Obama campaign dismisses any connection to ACORN as tangential.

FBI investigating ACORN voter fraud; Obama indisputably linked to ACORN.  The FBI has opened an investigation into ACORN's alleged voter registration fraud.  The Obama camp is desperately trying to distance itself from ACORN, but there's no question that Obama is linked to the group.  Obama is also seeking to distract attention from the fraud allegations by trying to paint the ACORN investigation as "politically motivated."

Creating the illusion of unstoppability on Election Day.  Indiana's Marion County is where the Obama campaign has been sending ACORN/SEIU thug activists for the past ten months to create the illusion on Election Day that he is "unstoppable".  It's only a three hour drive from the gutters of Chicago to Indianapolis (in Marion County) and there are hundreds of ACORN/SEIU activist who have made the trip many times over the course of this election season.  Why?  Because the polls in Indiana close at 6PM Central.  There will still be polls open on the east coast when Indiana polls close, and the salivating Obama-supporting media can make their first projections.

A Brighter and Righter Future.  Watching the ACORN organization come under investigation in more than a dozen states for voter fraud and illegality, it is sobering to imagine what Obama, a former ACORN trainer and community organizer, would do to give even more of our tax money to this hard-left, corrupt organization.  It is also unlikely an Obama Justice Department would prosecute any of the donor-fraud and voter-fraud allegations that are rapidly building up.

Will ACORN Steal the Election?  [Scroll down]  Obama also gave more than $800,000 to Citizen Services Inc., an ACORN subsidiary, for "get out the vote" activities during the Democratic primary, a fact the candidate initially tried to conceal.  Obama's "Fight the Smears" website claims that "ACORN was not part of Project Vote, the successful voter registration Barack ran in 1992."  "Now ACORN says 'we only had him for two conferences, for one hour each,' but that's not what contemporary newspaper accounts at the time say," commented John Fund, author of Stealing Elections, at Heritage last Monday [10/27/2008 (?)].  He said that Project Vote and ACORN were affiliated at the time, a relationship which grew into a full partnership.

O's Dangerous Pals.  What exactly does a "community organizer" do?  Barack Obama's rise has left many Americans asking themselves that question.  Here's a big part of the answer:  Community organizers intimidate banks into making high-risk loans to customers with poor credit.  In the name of fairness to minorities, community organizers occupy private offices, chant inside bank lobbies, and confront executives at their homes — and thereby force financial institutions to direct hundreds of millions of dollars in mortgages to low-credit customers.

New White House Counsel Was Defender of ACORN.  The incoming White House counsel will carry a reputation for hardball tactics into his new job.  As President Barack Obama's election attorney, Robert Bauer staunchly defended ACORN against political attacks, sought investigations of political opponents and pressed TV and radio stations to stop running ads critical of the Democratic nominee.

White House's Acorn Cookies Surprises Republican Lawmaker.  The chocolate cookies shaped like an acorn were quite a hit with Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.  "I didn't expect to see such stark symbolism," King said in an e-mail.

Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2011.  [Scroll down]  Despite a ban on funding that Obama signed into law, his administration continues to fund the corrupt and allegedly defunct "community" organization ACORN.  In July 2011 Judicial Watch uncovered a $79,819 grant to AHCOA (Affordable Housing Centers of America), the renamed ACORN Housing which has a long history of corrupt activity.  In absolute violation of the funding ban, Judicial Watch has since confirmed that the Obama administration has funneled $730,000 to the ACORN network, a group that has a long personal history with President Obama.

Note:  More information about ACORN (and vote fraud) can be found here.




Mrs. Obama

Editor's note:
The information in this section is listed in chronological order, which is an inversion of the format to which you are probably accustomed.  If you want to see the most recent additions to this section, you should start here and work your way up.

What is Obama Talking About?  [Recently a] little girl asked him why he decided to run for president and he gave this response.  "America is …, uh, is no longer, uh … what it could be, what it once was.  And I say to myself, I don't want that future for my children." … This matches up with some of the things his wife has said.  His wife thinks that we are a "downright mean" country. … She says it's gotten worse over her lifetime and she's 44.  I'm still trying to figure out when in the past 44 years she thinks that it was better.

Ayers Isn't The HALF Of It!  Mrs. Obama seems to hold radical separatist views consistent with a 20-year attendance and tutelage under Rev. Wright.  Her college thesis was on assimilation vs. "the black culture," and she was openly dismayed that so many blacks were choosing to assimilate into the American melting-pot culture.

Michelle Obama:  Hillary 2.0?  The next Hillary in the White House won't be the second coming of the old one:  the next Hillary may be Michelle Obama.  She isn't sharing the ticket, but neither did Hillary (at least formally).  And so far, there hasn't been any of the Clinton's old "two for one" rhetoric.  But no one should underestimate the influence Michelle has on her husband.

Obama's Leftism:  [Barack Obama] called himself "progressive," a term of art favored by veterans of the hard New Left, like Tom Hayden, as well as by old-time Communists.  Early this year his wife Michelle, lacking his tact, would kindle controversy by saying that his success in the presidential primaries made her feel proud of her country for the first time.  The comment, a faux pas that she was soon at pains to explain away, flowed logically from her view, expressed in her standard stump speech, that our country is a "downright mean" place, "guided by fear," where the "life ... that most people are living has gotten progressively worse."

Hands off Michelle Obama you GOP Meanies!  I was wondering when this was going to happen.  It appears a major effort is underway to smear as "racist" or "sexist" (or perhaps both) anyone who criticizes Michaell Obama.  This is probably a prelude to innoculating the candidate himself eventually.  We are about to enter a new age in American politics, one where everything that even hints of criticism will be seen as an unfair attack.

ABC Spikes Michelle Obama's Gaffe, Then Declares It Unimportant.  ABC's World News, which on Tuesday [2/19/2008] skipped Michelle Obama's comment that "for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country," on Wednesday finally got to it, but only minimally as George Stephanopoulos praised her "good damage control" and declared:  "I don't think it's going to be a huge deal."  Hard for it to become "a huge deal" when a broadcast network's most-watched news program doesn't bother to report it.

Michelle Obama thesis was on racial divide.  Michelle Obama's senior year thesis at Princeton University, obtained exclusively from the campaign by Politico, shows a document written by a young woman grappling with a society in which a black Princeton alumnus might only be allowed to remain "on the periphery."  "My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my 'blackness' than ever before," the future Mrs. Obama wrote in her thesis introduction.

First Lady Of Gaffes.  After revealing she had never been "really proud of my country," Michelle Obama damns business as "the money-making industry."  By contrast, she says, the Obamas are in "the helping industry."  Bad omen.  Visiting a day-care center in Zanesville, Ohio, America's would-be first lady advised the assembled women not to "go into corporate America."

She's No Jackie O.  Is Barack Obama's wife as charismatic as he?  Though the mainstream media would have us believe so, anyone who's read her remarks over the past few months couldn't help be convinced that Michelle Obama may be as much of a help to her husband as Bill Clinton has been to his wife.

America's Unhappiest Millionaire:  Michelle Obama's gospel of misery.  By her husband's logic, Michelle Obama must be a heavily armed xenophobic religious zealot, because boy is she bitter.  [A] C-SPAN video of a speech delivered by Mrs. Obama in North Carolina last Friday [5/2/2008] is characteristic of her peculiar recent performances on the stump.  It is an hour-long talk to supporters who just want something to cheer about, and who get some opportunities at the outset, but then find themselves treated to a profoundly and relentlessly negative vision of American life.

The GOP's Secret Weapon:  She is the biggest loose cannon in either campaign. She's got a chip on her shoulder the size of a redwood and an overweening sense of entitlement that makes her one of the more unattractive advocates for Barack Obama — despite the fact that she's his wife.  Michelle Obama is a disaster waiting to happen.

Michelle Obama's tales of woe:  [Mrs. Obama is] irritated at those people who have suggested that she and Sen. Obama are elitists.  And she appears to be still outraged — at this late date — by the fact that she had to take out loans to attend Princeton and Harvard Law School.  It took her years to pay them back, something she has kvetched about in numerous public appearances.  Imagine that!  First she had to borrow money to go to some of the world's most selective and expensive schools — schools whose graduates usually do pretty well in the world — and then they made her pay it back.  There "they" go again.

What Does Michelle Obama Think About America?  Michelle Obama isn't running for the presidency, but she is at center stage of her husband's campaign, and her vision of America will obviously inform Barack Obama's vision of America if he becomes president.  And her vision isn't one that most Americans share.

Barack's Bitter Half:  In one of her few (unintentionally) funny moments during a recent sit-down with comedian Stephen Colbert, Mrs. Obama claimed, "Barack and I tend to look at the positives."  That's a side-splitter.  As National Review's Yuval Levin put it, Michelle Obama is "America's unhappiest millionaire."  And she has the audacity to extrapolate her misery and her husband's alleged victimization to the "vast majority of Americans."  In South Carolina, she called America "just downright mean" and bemoaned "a nation of struggling folks who are barely making it every day."

CBS Found Obama Rule:  'Whatever Michelle Says Is The Message'.  In all the fuss over Barack Obama going on ABC and telling his opponents to "lay off my wife," some might have assumed that Obama was implying that Michelle Obama wasn't a major player in the Obama campaign.  Read the transcript again, and you'll notice he never says that.

Michelle Obama is fair game.  [Scroll down]  If Republicans "think that they're going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign," he [Barack Obama] added ominously, "they should be careful."  Ooh, very fierce. … [But] as long as he keeps sending her around the country to campaign on his behalf, everything she says is — and should be — fair game.

Barack's Little Lady:  In [the liberals'] lexicon, anybody who has had a single misfortune — or who endures what liberated women see as the terrible ordeal of motherhood or housewifery — is a victim, and since Mrs. Obama must suffer the inconveniences of being a wife and a mother, she's qualified for victimhood and must be immune from criticism.  Having gained that immunity she, is free to make outrageous statements without having them reflect on her spouse.

Michelle Obama encourages political activism.  "The way this campaign has been run is the way we need to be forever," Obama said.  "Don't trust bloggers or someone else's opinion, because people lie."

The Editor responds...
Yes, Michelle, people lie.  Especially liberal politicians.  Liberal democrats lie about gun control.  Liberal democrats lie about abortion.  Liberal democrats lie about energy production.  Liberal democrats lie about unemployment numbers.  Liberal democrats lie about taxes.  Liberal democrats lie about same-sex marriage.  Liberal democrats are lying about global warming.  And liberal democrats routinely lie about all kinds of other things, too.

That's No First Lady, That's My Wife!  I must confess I got a chuckle out of Barack Obama's warning us all to lay off his wife.  Sorry, pal, but it's too late in the game for that.  If you didn't want her to be a legitimate target, you should have told her to stay home with the kids and to keep her yap shut.

Who Is The Real Michelle Obama?  [Scroll down]  Pro-life columnist Jill Stanek has revealed a chilling fundraising letter that Michelle Obama wrote for her husband when he was running for the U.S. Senate in 2004.  The letter claimed that the federal ban on partial-birth abortion was "clearly unconstitutional" and "a flawed law."

Modern Liberals, Whine Connoisseurs.  Michelle Obama whines about the burdens of paying for piano lessons and summer camp for the kids, and the paying off the student loans for her two Ivy League degrees.  "The salaries don't keep up with the cost of paying off the debt," she complained when the Obamas cleared half a million a year … Barack Obama understands the language of victimhood and uses it effectively.  And victimhood has become a central tenant of modern liberalism.

Obama's Gospel of Envy:  Anger, or envy, about trust funds seems to be a big thing with the Trinity crowd.  Michelle Obama, for instance, bellyached regularly during her stump speech in the primaries:  "You're looking at a young couple that's just a few years out of debt.  See, because we went to those good schools and we didn't have trust funds.  I'm still waiting for Barack's trust fund.  Especially after I heard that Dick Cheney was s'posed to be a relative or something.  Give us something here!"

Michelle Obama speaks to gay Democrats.  Michelle Obama won a standing ovation on Thursday [6/26/2008] when she paid a campaign visit to gay and lesbian Democratic activists to promote her husband Barack Obama's presidential quest.  Obama, appearing at a dinner meeting of the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Council of the Democratic National Committee, cited her husband's efforts to fight discrimination and promote equal rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people.

Wedding Belle.  For reasons of raw politics, Democratic presidential nominees can't say they support gay marriage, though they obviously do.  So they send their wives out to say it for them.

Remaking Michelle:  The problem with the Obama campaign's effort to remake Michelle Obama goes beyond her gaffes and attacks on America.  Another problem for the campaign is that Michelle Obama's life story runs counter to Barack Obama's effort to defuse race as an issue. … She does not see America as one nation or Americans as one people.  Race is the centerpiece of her self-identification.

Michelle Obama, a target-rich environment.  If Mrs Michelle Obama, known to her detractors as the candidate's "bitter half", had only a routine image problem, the artful cosmeticians at Obama HQ would quickly be able to tidy it up.  The difficulty is that Michelle's gaffes appear not to be gaffes at all, but one long, sincere, consistent and rarely less than gale force blast of grievance.

Michelle Obama's Inferiority Complex:  Now that Barack Obama has pretty much wrapped up the nomination, it's time to raise a question that lots of people have been talking about privately but not publicly.  Is it possible that Michelle Obama is the force behind Barack Obama's refusal to embrace traditional patriotic symbols?  Could Obama's wife be largely responsible for the candidate's damaging associations with crackpot race-baiters like the Reverend Jeremiah Wright and the Reverend Michael Pfleger?  In sum, could Obama's wife be a large part of his political problem?

Michelle Obama says $600 is the price of a pair of earrings.  Michelle Obama said in Pontiac, Mich., on Wednesday [7/9/2008] that if her husband is elected he will offer more than a "quick fix" on the economy.  "You're getting $600 — what can you do with that?  Not to be ungrateful or anything, but maybe it pays down a bill, but it doesn't pay down every bill every month," she said.  "The short-term quick fix kinda stuff sounds good, and it may even feel good that first month when you get that check, and then you go out and you buy a pair of earrings."

BO Stinks.  Now it turns out the campaign trail is a bit too much for him and his not-so-blushing bride.  Now he wants us to believe that by holding his wife accountable for her outrageous statements, we've crossed a line. ... Notice how Obama was thrilled to have his wife front and center as long as we liked what she was saying.  Now that she has shown her true colors and said some pretty offensive things, she's taken a back seat and we're supposed to "lay off".

Michelle Obama:  Is First Ladies' club ready?  [Scroll down]  Some of Michelle's faux pas have been more serious.  Most notably, she told a rally that her husband's electoral success had "for the first time in my adult life" made her feel "really proud of my country".  This phrase struck a disquieting note:  what would she not have to be proud about? … She and her husband are living proof of the extraordinary opportunities that can be available to minorities in America:  it's almost impossible to imagine their careers working out quite so well anywhere else.  That's why that comment rankled.

Call Me a Proud, Scared Conservative.  Michelle Obama did sit with her husband in Jeremiah Wright's church for many years, listening unperturbed to racist diatribes aimed at every white-skin person in America.  If I had sat listening to the rants of a David Duke for years on end and then gave my husband some form of the Nazi salute in public, I doubt seriously if it would be at all comforting to any decent American who witnessed it.  There may be only a tiny grain of truth to the black militant image of Michelle Obama on the New Yorker cover, but even a tiny grain may be too much for some.

Obama called hypocrite for wife's Wal-Mart link.  [Michelle Obama] has just been re-elected to the board of an Illinois food-processing company, a position she took up two years ago to gain experience of the private sector.  And the biggest customer for the pickles and peppers produced by Treehouse Foods is the retail giant Wal-Mart, the world's largest corporation and the bête noire of American liberals, including Sen Obama, for its employment practices, most notably its refusal to recognise trade unions.

Update:
Mrs Obama quits controversial job.  Michelle Obama, the wife of the American Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama, has resigned from the board of a food company whose biggest customer is Wal-Mart, the retail giant under fire from her husband.  The Sunday Telegraph reported two weeks ago that her position at Treehouse Foods could raise claims of hypocrisy as Senator Obama attacked Wal-Mart for its anti-union employment policies.

Try a Little Tenderness.  So many Americans right now fear they are losing their country, that the old America is slipping away and being replaced by something worse, something formless and hollowed out. … And if you feel you're losing America, you really don't want a couple in the White House whose rope of affection to the country seems lightly held, casual, provisional.

Obama's Wife Rips His Foes.  Michelle Obama has lashed out at her husband's 2008 rivals for peddling "baseless claims" against him — including charges that "he is not black enough, he is not white enough," according to a transcript of her surprising remarks to supporters.  Michelle, a Harvard-schooled lawyer, took on the role of campaign hatchet woman against Sen. Barack Obama's political opponents when she introduced her husband to 1,000 donors at a $1.5 million fund-raiser Sunday night [2/11/2007] in Chicago.

The Brangelina-fication of the Obamas:  The spread in People, which earlier this year fawned over a photo of the bare-chested Obama in his swimsuit, was supposed to be an "exclusive" first and last look at life at home with the Obamas.  Knowing what we know about the Obama we know now, it probably won't be the last.  They've hawked the kids to TV gossip show "Access Hollywood," blabbed about their romance to Us Weekly magazine, and plopped Michelle O — the purported "civilian" whom the Obamessiah declares immune from public criticism — in front of the cameras to schmooze effortlessly for "The Colbert Report" and "The View" demographics.

This is precisely why Michelle Obama is fair game for criticism:
Hillary Clinton trumped by Michelle Obama.  The wives of Democratic nominees have traditionally addressed the convention but Ms Obama is the first to be given headline and prime-time status.  Her opening night address and Senator Obama's acceptance speech will bookend addresses by Senator Hillary Clinton and former president Bill Clinton.

Michelle, Anti-American Radicals, and U of C.  The Hyde Park Herald first reported that Michelle Obama would be hired for a newly created community relations position at the University of Chicago on June 5 of 1996.  Obama was to be Associate Dean of Student Services and Director of the University of Chicago Community Service Center, effective September 1, 1996.  So Michelle Obama was appointed to a job that had never existed before, shortly after Barack Obama had won the Democratic nomination in his first race for Illinois State Senate.

Michelle Obama: Perpetual Victim.  Her husband has been lauded as the Messiah; benefited from the most fawning coverage bestowed on a presidential candidate, at least since JFK; is running in the most Democrat-favorable electoral environment, at least since Watergate; has raised more funds than any presidential candidate ever; has become a worldwide celebrity; and is spending an unprecedented amount of money running negative ads about his opponent. ... Yet in her world, they're still "underdogs."

Throw the flag against: Michelle Obama.  [Scroll down]  She omitted the fact that she later went on to a high paying job at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she worked in community and external affairs.  In March 2005, she was promoted to vice president for community and external affairs, and her salary jumped from $121,910 to $316,962, which included a one-time bonus.  In 2006, her salary was $273,618, according to the Chicago Tribune.  Her promotion came two months after her husband became a senator, but campaign aides said that she'd been offered the promotion and turned it down before that.

The Editor says...
Yeah, right.  I'd turn down a $316,962 do-nothing job, too.  Make 'em beg!

Michelle's Boot Camps For Radicals.  Barack Obama was a founding member of the board of Public Allies in 1992, resigning before his wife became executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies in 1993.  Obama plans to use the nonprofit group, which he features on his campaign Web site, as the model for a national service corps. He calls his Orwellian program, "Universal Voluntary Public Service."  Big Brother had nothing on the Obamas.  They plan to herd American youth into government-funded reeducation camps where they'll be brainwashed into thinking America is a racist, oppressive place in need of "social change."

Five reasons to vote against Obama:  [#4.]  Michelle Obama.  Another pampered semi-literate Ivy Leaguer who still considers herself a victim, even with her $360,000-a-year job as diversity coordinator at a Chicago hospital.  Can you stand four years of this harridan lecturing you on your greed?

Welcome To ACORN General Hospital.  Try to imagine health care in the world of Obama.  All of us will be enlisted in the Community Service army, where patient care is merely ancillary to your job.  Now we will leave work to go staff the after school program at the new community center.  Next weekend it's over to the mall where we will work the voter registration table.  It's all part of "enhancing the hospital service to the community."  Because in Barack and Michelle's world, there's no individual patient.  Only a vast, nebulous "community."  Welcome to ACORN General.

Michelle Obama's Patient-Dumping Scheme:  The First Lady helped create a notorious program that dumped poor patients on community hospitals, yet the national media ignore the story.  Imagine if her husband were a Republican.  The University of Chicago Medical Center has received a good deal of justly opprobrious press over its policy of "redirecting" low-income patients to community hospitals while reserving its own beds for well-heeled patients requiring highly profitable procedures.

General in a sleeveless dress.  Since July of 2008, the chattering classes of America have been uneasy about Barack Obama's proposal for a civilian national security force "as well-funded as the U.S. military".  The civilian national security force was already in place long before last July's public proposal.  Its general doesn't wear army fatigues but sleeveless dresses.

Responding to My Critics.  [Scroll down]  This woman sat in Rev. Wright's church for 20 years, soaking up his racist rants, and then had him marry her and Barack, as well as baptize their children.  Furthermore, she had gotten into an Ivy League school, thanks to Affirmative Action, and then showed her gratitude by writing a racist screed for her college thesis.  For good measure, she used that degree to get a $125,000-a-year job in Chicago, which coincidentally jumped to over $300,000 once her husband went to the Illinois state senate.  And, finally, after all that, she announced to the world that America is a mean country and that the first time she was proud of this nation was when her husband deigned to run for president.

Michelle Thinks She Was Elected Empress.  The Washington Post had an interesting article on June 25 headlined, "A First Lady Who Demands Substance."  I think it was meant to highlight that fact that Michelle Obama is more than a mere first lady but is a strong, substantive person — which is, by the way, without question.  Unfortunately, though, it ended up revealing a Michelle Obama that is an angry, arrogant, martinet that isn't aware that "first lady" is an honorary title that has no proper, Constitutional role and is not an elected position with legal, legitimate powers of its own.

Queen Michelle the First?  Michelle Obama wants a bigger role in her husband's administration, according to The Washington Post.  Unlike Laura Bush, who focused on a few peripheral issues, Obama wants a seat at the table when key policies are made.  Obama's new chief of staff, Susan Sher, is part of the crucial 8:15 a.m. White House staff meeting.  The first lady's team of more than 20 has been told to think "strategically" about how to make her a player on policies she cares about.  This could be a very bad idea.

Michelle Obama named in illegal "patient dumping" scheme.  Just minutes after President Obama's disastrous prime-time press conference touting his "health care" plan, FOX News host Sean Hannity aired a special segment about a so-called "patient-dumping" scandal in Obama's hometown, Chicago.  And the scandal may very well involve First Lady Michelle Obama herself.

A Health Care Offer We Can't Refuse.  When Michelle Obama was promoted to Vice President of the University of Chicago Medical Center she ran something called Community and External Relations.  So a Senator's wife, with no medical background or health administration experience becomes a vice-president of a major American hospital.  Why does a hospital do this?  Obviously, the hospital needed Senator Obama's help, maybe with legislation, maybe with reimbursements, maybe with the unions.  So Mrs. Obama becomes a Vice President, her salary is tripled to over $300,000, and suddenly the hospital is sponsoring ridiculous community enterprises like Principal for a Day and Real Men Cook celebrations.

Even Wide Awake, I'm Having Nightmares.  [President Obama] is appointing so many czars, you'd think his last name was Romanov.  In the meantime, Michelle has gathered a larger staff of courtiers and ladies-in-waiting than Madame Pompadour and Madonna put together.  There were, at last count, 22 people answering directing to the First Lady, costing the taxpayer roughly $1.6 million a year.

No sacrifice too great for Michelle Obama.  The First Lady has once again uttered words that reveal her self-absorbed interior life.  Speaking in Copenhagen, she referred to her trip as a "sacrifice." ... There is a victim mentality at work here.  Life is unfair.  This is a woman who sees herself put-upon by life, the victim of forces beyond her control.  And she lives in the White House!

Michelle Obama:  It's a 'sacrifice' to travel to Europe to pitch for the Olympics.  In her speech in Copenhagen today [9/30/2009], First Lady Michelle Obama said her trip to Denmark, along with the travel of her "dear friend" and "chit-chat buddy" Oprah Winfrey, as well as tomorrow's visit by President Obama, is a "sacrifice" on behalf of the children of Chicago and the United States.

The Noble "Sacrifice" of Michelle Obama.  It's hard out there for a first lady of the United States.  Take it from travel-weary Michelle Obama.  On Tuesday night [9/29/2009], she boarded a luxury 757 for Copenhagen.  Think of the stairs she had to climb.  Oh, the agony of the feet!  Upon arrival, Mrs. O, her "chit-chat buddy," Chicago-based talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey, and Chicago powerbroker/interest-conflicted real estate mogul/senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett immediately embarked on a grueling, grip-and-grin campaign to secure the Olympics for their hometown.  Our smile muscles ache in sympathy.

Michelle Obama is not immune to criticism because she does stuff like this:
Michelle Obama turns Breast Cancer Awareness Month into attack on insurance companies.  First Lady Michelle Obama took part in a White House event this afternoon [10/23/2009] to mark National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  While such events have been mostly noncontroversial in the past, Mrs. Obama used the occasion to launch an extended attack on the insurance industry, the Obama administration's current target in the ongoing battle over national health care legislation.

Michelle Obama Politicizes the Food Network.  I have a confession to make.  I hate politics.  That's why I write about it, because I enjoy making fun of it.  And one of the reasons I write for Big Hollywood is I am sick of other people's politics being jammed down my throat through alleged "entertainment."

What's wrong with this picture?  The First Lady, a woman widely acclaimed for her fashion sense in the courtier media, has no common sense at all when it comes to respecting a solemn occasion.  Apparently, nobody among her score of personal aides in the White House had the gumption to tell her she was about to make a fool of herself at the Veterans Day memorial.

Another reason Michelle Obama is fair game for criticism:
Did AmeriCorps official lie about possible First Lady link to IG firing?  Congressional investigators looking into the abrupt firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin have discovered that the head of AmeriCorps met with a top aide to First Lady Michelle Obama the day before Walpin was removed.

Walpin-gate may snag Mrs. Obama.  In the past 10 days, two major developments have occurred. ... Most explosively of all, dirty deeds may have been employed to hide extensive involvement in the affair by the office of first lady Michelle Obama, whom the White House months earlier had announced would play "a central role in the national service agenda."

SEIU Fat Cats Behind First Lady's Anti-Obesity Campaign.  Behind every seemingly good deed in the Obama White House, there's a deep-pocketed, left-wing special interest.  Take first lady Michelle Obama's crusade against childhood obesity.  Who really benefits from the ostensible push for improved nutrition in the schools?  Think purple — as in the purple-shirted army of the Service Employees International Union.

Michelle Obama, Liberal Government and Obesity:  First Lady, Michelle Obama, has decided to take a whack at solving the American obesity epidemic.  Splendid.  She should start by looking at one of the biggest roots of the problem:  liberal government and its most favorite project of the past 40 years, the welfare state.

Paranoia Strikes Deep in Obama's America.  In Obama's brain, his father's womanizing and boozing wasn't due to low moral standards; white supremacy was to blame.  His grandmother was "a typical white person," not someone who had personal failings.  Obama married Michelle, a woman who sees everything through the lens of race.  Rather than feeling honored to attend Princeton, she regarded the place as a hotbed of racism.  Some of her pre-First Lady speeches reek of loathing for America.

First Lady:  Government action on obesity unproven, but we'll do it anyway.  At what point do Americans demand limits on unnecessary government activities?  Right now, government seems to be getting more obese than anyone.

Michelle Obama Nourishes Hillary's 'Village'.  Two years after appearing on Larry King Live Michelle Obama returned as First Lady to discuss inspiring FLOTUS initiatives. ... Michelle's King interview, lacked consistent sincerity, but had one ray of candor amidst prevarications and partial truths.  The First Lady readily agreed with Larry King's evaluation of her superior intelligence perking up saying, "I'm very smart but I like to limit my intake to things I can control."

Lawfare, Voluntary Surrender, and Right-wing "Extremists".  [Scroll down slowly]  Michelle Obama "voluntarily surrendered" her license to practice law, three years after passing the bar.  Which is akin to a doctor going through years of education, and racking up huge student loans, and then, just as it all finally starts to pay off, saying "I think I'll just give up my license for no particular reason."  There's a darn good reason, we just don't know it.

Michelle Obama's True Agenda:  Make no mistake, America; Michelle Obama is every bit as interested in following in her husband's footsteps as Hillary Clinton was of hers — even more.  Michelle Obama is making her first solo trip abroad to Mexico where she plans to begin organizing world support for her future political ambitions.

Michelle Obama:  Food Profiteer Turned Food Cop.  Let me summarize first lady Michelle Obama's anti-obesity agenda:  Shed as I say, not as I gain.  While she crusades for organic foods and puts government pressure on corporations to stop marketing fast food and junk food to children, Mrs. Obama herself profited from the very same processed food industry she now demonizes.

Michelle Obama to women planning a pregnancy:  'No fatties'.  You might think you were doing a pretty good job of running your own life before you'd ever even heard of Michelle Obama, but she knows better than that.  Your kids are big fat pigs and so are you, says the First Lady of the United States.

Ready for Feds in Your Kitchen?  On the one hand, I want genuinely to commend first lady Michelle Obama for her passion to launch her campaign against childhood obesity, "Let's Move." ... My concern, however, is that the first lady's nutritional quests, like Washington's health care crusade, ultimately will lead to more big-government and union-based solutions, as well as enact more faulty legislation like the 1966 Child Nutrition Act, which the Obama administration is seeking to update, or "overhaul."  (Of course, update and overhaul in government translates into upgrade and expand; you can bet your last tax dollar on it.)

FLOTUS to Food Manufacturers:  Cut 1 Trillion Calories Annually by 2012.  With the goal to reduce 1 trillion calories in food sold annually by 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama announced a private-sector partnership for her Let's Move! Childhood obesity campaign.

More about The Invasion of the Food Police.

Michelle Obama's Global Graduates.  Rather than tossing a graduation cap into the air, Michelle Obama's commencement address at George Washington University was enough to make a graduate fall on the ground weeping in a heap of despair.  After accomplishing the goal of completing a college education, the last thing a collegian should be subjected to on graduation day is a keynote speaker who does anything but uplift, motivate, and encourage.

Commencement Address Hell.  Michelle Obama recently gave a speech to graduates at George Washington University.  The underlying message?  Do as I say, not as I do.  Also ... There's war and famine and an overcooked planet.  Become global citizens and fix the mess!  Clean the feet of lepers in Calcutta, eradicate malaria in the Sudan, and live like a monk with no personal needs.  Of course, Michelle's own personal journey has been a tad different.  After she graduated from racist-infested Princeton University, Michelle made big bucks as a corporate lawyer.  Working as a vice president of the University of Chicago Medical Center, she saved the hospital a bundle through patient-dumping — sending those unable to pay to other hospitals.

First Lady to Waste Millions 'Visiting' The Gulf Oil Spill.  When times were flush, I guess it didn't seem so outrageous for the First Lady of the White House to fly about the country "visiting" places as if she were an important part of our national government. ... And now?  Why, now Michelle-My-Bell is making plans to "visit the Gulf Coast oil spill region" as if she is some sort of potentate touring her outlying tracts of land.  Yes, the angriest First Lady of them all is going to pack her royal bags, wing off to the coast, and wave to the masses from the royal coach as she inspects her subjects woes due to her husband's continuing impotency there.

Michelle Obama Set To Appear At NAACP Convention.  First lady Michelle Obama will speak at the NAACP convention at Bartle Hall Monday as the keynote speaker of the event.

Michelle Obama Rouses NAACP Before Vote Condemning 'Racist' Elements of Tea Party.  First Lady Michelle Obama brought renewed energy to the NAACP today, delivering the keynote speech at the annual convention one day before the nation's largest civil rights group is expected to condemn what it calls racist elements in the Tea Party movement.  The nation's largest and oldest civil rights organization will vote on the resolution Tuesday [7/13/2010] during its annual convention in Kansas City, Mo.

More about the NAACP.

Liberal Ignorance, Hate, and Intolerance:  Michelle Obama Addresses the NAALCP.  Does Mrs. Obama ever have anything positive to contribute to the national discourse?  Like her husband, she's always agitating, always rabble-rousing, always bringing the worst out of people.  She may blame the other side of the aisle for stoking hate, fear, division, and racism.  But, perfectly illustrating the psychological defense mechanism of Projection, it is she and her ideological ilk who do it, and they do it as frequently and effortlessly as breathing.

The Obama family will be in Maine, but you go ahead and enjoy the Gulf.
Michelle Obama:  'There are still 1000s of miles of beaches not touched by the spill'.  First Lady Michelle Obama arrived at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport at 2:34 today [7/12/2010] to begin meeting with local officials and residents about the ongoing oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

While the Obamas Head to Maine...
First Lady Encourages Americans to Vacation on Gulf.  On her first trip to the Gulf Coast since the BP oil spill, First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged Americans to consider vacationing on the region's beaches that have not been directly impacted by oil. ... The Obama family will be taking a mini-vacation of their own this weekend, but instead of going to the Gulf Coast they are traveling to Maine's Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park.

Rumors abound as to exactly how Mrs. Obama obtains her wardrobe.  Rumors abound as to exactly how the first family obtains all the pomp and frills associated with Mrs. Obama's wardrobe.  Do the Obamas pay for it all themselves or are the first lady's outfits given to her gratis?  As with most things, it appears the answer lies somewhere in the middle.  Ikram Goldman, owner of the Chicago boutique Ikram, manages the majority of the first lady's sartorial needs.  Any designer wishing to dress Mrs. Obama must first go through Goldman, who remains exceedingly tight-lipped as to her dealings with the first lady.

Fat Black Kids Showcase America's Racism.  The most recent statement by Michelle Obama baffles me, as she compared black children's health to the age old Democrat policies of slavery and Jim Crow laws:  ... Imagine my surprise to learn that one can recognize racist policies caused fat black kids.  Here I thought racism was when black men intimidating white voters are not prosecuted for obvious voter intimidation, by a black Attorney General, simply because the perpetrators were black.  I erroneously believed that racism had occurred when a black president speaks out (without any facts) on behalf of a black professor behaving badly, and who is given preference over a white cop doing his job.

White House looks to leverage Michelle Obama's popularity.  Playing it safe can sometimes pay off, as first lady Michelle Obama is finding with some of the highest favorable ratings in official Washington.  And she could be taking those numbers out for a test drive, as the White House looks for ways to leverage her popularity without diminishing her value as an asset.

Material girl Michelle Obama is a modern-day Marie Antoinette on a glitzy Spanish vacation.  While most of the country is pinching pennies and downsizing summer sojourns — or forgoing them altogether — the Obamas don't seem to be heeding their own advice.  While many of us are struggling, the First Lady is spending the next few days in a five-star hotel on the chic Costa del Sol in southern Spain with 40 of her "closest friends."  According to CNN, the group is expected to occupy 60 to 70 rooms, more than a third of the lodgings at the 160-room resort.  Not exactly what one would call cutting back in troubled times.

Let them eat tapas.  The Obama family has been working hard to show their indifference to the plight of middle America.  Whether it's the president's golfing fetish, private air transportation for family dog Bo to a Maine vacation, or Michelle Obama's taxpayer subsidized trip to the Spanish Riviera, the gulf between the White House leisure class and the American middle class has grown to unprecedented proportions.  Everyone is entitled to some R & R, though Mrs. Obama's jaunt is her eighth holiday this summer.

Spanish police close public beach for Michelle Obama's £250,000 Spanish holiday.  Michelle Obama today faced a fresh wave of attacks over her lavish break in Spain with 40 friends, which could easily cost U.S. taxpayers a staggering £50,000 a day.  The First Lady has been lambasted for her extravagance at a time when the economy is still struggling. One blogger went so far as to brand her a modern-day Marie Antoinette.

Michelle Obama's Lavish Spain Vacation Sparking Criticism.  While First Lady Michelle Obama continues sightseeing and shopping in southern Spain with daughter Sasha and friends as "private" tourists, questions are being raised about the cost to taxpayers and whether a lavish vacation sends the right message during tough economic times in the U.S.

The Pain in Spain Falls Mainly on US Taxpayers.  While millions of Americans cut back on what they can spend on their vacation, Michelle Obama is concluding her last vacation with a new vacation trip along with 40 guests to Spain billed at a cost of 300,000 dollars a day.  If Michelle Obama wants to go for a swim, an entire beach in Spain must be closed.  Considering her busy working schedule of appearing on talk shows and then appearing on magazine covers, I think we can all agree that nine vacations is very modest.  And the real tab gets much higher when you consider how many of the other unstated expenses are being picked up by "friends", which is usually a fancy way of saying people who expect favors in return, again, at taxpayer expense.

What Was Michelle Obama Thinking?  When we're in the middle of the worst recession in living memory, it's not a good idea to take a luxury vacation that most of your countrymen could never possibly afford in the best of times, at considerable taxpayer expense for the security, in a foreign country.

First Lady claims working class roots, but her lifestyle is luxury.  When images of Jean Paul Gaultier-clad First Lady Michelle Obama on a $75,000-a-day Spanish holiday hit the wires, controversy was bound to erupt back home.  Her carefully crafted image as "everywoman" was blown.  In addition to the high cost, the evolving justifications for the trip offered by the White House's flack were just as dizzying.

Hypocrisy, Thy Name is Michelle.  Michelle Obama is a woman of her word.  In July, she made a drive-by through the Gulf coast region and urged people to "do a few things [to] help this community."  Emphasis on the word "few."  She even recorded an ad inviting Americans to "come on down" to the Gulf as she herself then headed back to Washington to collect her family to head to a holiday in a national park in Maine.  At least Maine is in America.  With her recent holiday junket to Spain, she has now officially spit in the eye of Gulf coast residents.

Public Service:  Nice Work If You Can Get It.  In 1991, Michelle Obama left the world of corporate law to serve the public in Chicago Mayor Daley's office.  She then served the public at the Chicago Department of Planning and Development and by founding the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, a non-profit organization.  In 1996, Mrs. Obama continued her public service at the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Hospitals.  By 2005, Mrs. Obama's salary had "responded" to her public service work to the tune of $317,000.  Nice work if you can get it.

Where's the Michelle Obama Who Said This?  Earlier this year, Michelle Obama ... rolled out this nationwide initiative, Let's Move, earlier in 2010.  She said she learned when she and Barack were working that her children's nutrition was suffering from not being able to cook meals for them.  She said she started making changes and wanted to bring those lessons to the White House.  Apparently, they were all lessons she forgot when trying to win over Iowa voters on the campaign trail with her husband.

Funding Michelle Obama's Priorities.  In a special session that epitomized everything people hate about Congress, a bill to help states was passed with $26 billion in money that was offset with strange accounting measures.  That is something we've come to expect from this Congress — worry about paying for it later, by our children and grandchildren.  Many Democrats were uncomfortable with the vote on August 10, but they may come back to Congress for another vote that will be billed as an $8 billion child nutrition bill.  This bill is at the center of Michelle "Marie Antoinette" Obama's "Let's Move" initiative to fight childhood obesity.

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Michelle Obama's childhood obesity crusade was harmless enough until it developed a price tag of eight billion dollars.  Now it's not so cute.  It's just another way for the Obamas to spend other people's money on their pet projects.

Out-Of-Control Michelle Obama's Spending Spree.  After blowing nearly a half-million dollars on a Spanish shopping spree, Michelle Obama has plans to spend a whopping $2 million in the coming year — while the nation struggles with its worst recession ever.

Michelle's War On Fat.  American first ladies often go to bat for good causes.  Nothing wrong with that.  But Michelle Obama's push for intrusive regulations, pressure tactics and one-size-fits-all solutions to end obesity goes too far.  The first lady had no difficulty telling members of the National Restaurant Association on Monday [9/13/2010] how to run their businesses to help reduce childhood obesity, her pet cause.

Michelle the Menu Maven.  The woman who's taste-tested every flavor of ice cream from Maine to Spain is out dictating gastronomical edicts to the National Restaurant Association. ... The same woman who ordered hot fudge sundaes while eating her way across the North and Southeast of America is now "plead[ing] with restaurants to take a little butter or cream out of their dishes, use low fat milk and provide apple slices or carrots as a default side dish on the kids' menu."  One can't help but wonder whether Sasha would have agreed to being prodded toward carrot-flavored frozen skim milk in lieu of the "melon and raspberry" ice cream concoction Mom purchased for her on the notorious Spanish "private mother-daughter" trip.

First Lady Pushes for Healthy Produce in Liquor Stores.  First Lady Michelle Obama told those gathered for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Legislative Conference on Wednesday [9/15/2010] that her "Let's Move!" campaign to end childhood obesity required grassroots efforts in communities across the nation, such as planting community gardens and making fresh produce more readily available, including in liquor stores.

Michelle Obama Keeps Her Promise.  "Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed."  Michelle Obama told us that on the campaign trail in 2008, and it is fair to say that her campaign promise has been kept.

The Two Faces of Michelle Obama.  Mrs. Obama kicked off her electioneering with an online "grassroots" appeal to individual donors coordinated by the White House political arm Organizing for America (OFA).  With humble heart, the president's wife asked followers ("the folks who voted to make change real") to scrounge up "$3 or more to help grow this movement."  The first lady announced an eyebrow-raising pledge program by anonymous donors (so much for transparency) who will "match" every contribution made before November 2.  She identified the "Michelle Match" participants as "teachers and firefighters, truckers and nurses" — which may be Obama code for Big Labor and its $88 million midterm-campaign war chest.

Michelle Obama Panhandles Poor for Rich Democrat Pols.  Apparently, Michelle Obama knows no shame.  Just coming back from a whirlwind summer of elegant soirées, a sumptuous vacation abroad, and a jet-setting Martha's Vineyard junket on a multimillion-dollar estate, first lady Michelle Obama has sent a mass mailing panhandling America's poor to stuff the campaign coffers of the rich Democrat pols, the same pols whose legislation has impoverished the people and left them jobless. ... Americans need to start asking whether Michelle Obama has ever done a single thing that's made us proud of her.

Forbes's list of 100 powerful women seems to confuse marriage with achievement.  [Scroll down]  But Michelle Obama as number one — sorry?  Apparently, she beats every chairwoman of the board, political leader and high-rolling one-woman entertainment conglomerate on the planet for her role of being "within pillow-talk range of her husband the president".

First Lady may have violated Illinois election laws.  First Lady Michelle Obama reportedly violated Illinois election laws by encouraging voters to support President Obama at a polling place in Chicago Thursday morning [10/14/2010].  Election laws in Illinois prohibit anyone from engaging in "any political discussion within any polling place," or "within 100 feet of any polling place."  The first lady was reportedly speaking with other voters in a polling place and urged them to keep President Obama's agenda going.

First Lady Michelle Obama accused of breaching law by campaining in polling station.  Michelle Obama has been accused of breaching electoral law by campaigning inside a polling station.  The First Lady cast her ballot for the mid-term elections in Chicago but then posed for photos and told voters to back her husband.

Michelle Obama and Illinois Election Law.  Did Michelle Obama violate Illinois election law?  The question arose after the first lady, who voted early at her Chicago precinct Thursday [10/14/2010], responded to voters who voiced support for her husband.  It's unlawful in the state to have a "political discussion" or engage in "electioneering" within 100 feet of a polling place.

A Soulless White House.  I think Barack and Michelle Obama are secret totalitarians — in spirit, if not yet in fact — who believe mostly in their own superior intentions.  Michelle really does think the country needs an all-powerful Food Mom who will make the kids eat right so they never get fat... even though Michelle can't control her own appetite any more than the rest of us can.

Marie Antoinette has nothing on the Obamas.  Clearly this administration learned nothing from the public outcry over Michelle Obama's turn as Marie Antoinette re-incarnate on her last little junket to Spain.  If you thought the flaunting FLOTUS dropping a cool half million on a vacation trip for 40 of her pals and 70 secret service agents was over-the-top, wait to you get a load of the Obama itinerary for the Mumbai junket.

Freedom Fries.  Of course people should eat healthier.  American adults are overweight; so are their offspring.  But Mrs. Obama's health initiatives are perturbing on more levels than the food pyramid.  Not only does this seem rather invasive, as privately owned restaurants have always possessed the right to sell raw foods, obscene amounts of alcohol, and food laden with butter as long as that's what their customers are willing to pay for.  It also ignores the personal responsibility of those who choose to partake.  None of this is of any concern to Mrs. Obama, who proceeds directly from the fact that obesity is unhealthy to the notion that government officials — and their hectoring wives — should regulate our diets accordingly.

The First Lady & the Cheeseburger.  After a recent Milwaukee campaign event for Sen. Russ Feingold, Michelle Obama tucked into a juicy cheeseburger and fries at a local favorite, Miss Katie's Diner.  While having photos taken and signing autographs on paper napkins, the first lady was unaware that her brief stop at Miss Katie's would create an Internet stir, with the blogosphere erupting in criticism of her hypocritical lunch choice.

Michelle Obama's $400 Million 'Food Desert' Scam.  First Lady Michelle Obama has called on Congress to create a $400 million-per-year program to encourage the establishment of supermarkets in places she calls "food deserts."  The situation in these "food deserts," as Mrs. Obama describes it, is quite dire indeed.  American children are growing fat because their parents cannot get to a supermarket — to buy fruits and vegetables — without undergoing the hardship of boarding a bus or riding a taxi.  As a consequence, food-desert-dwelling children are forced to eat fast food and junk procured at chain restaurants and convenience stores.

The further adventures of Michelle and Barack in India.  Michelle said, "I didn't grow up with a lot of money."  Reminding exploited youngsters that rough childhoods are not exclusive to India, Mrs. Obama exhorted those that sleep curled up on railroad platforms to follow her lead and make sure to get an education.  After presenting waifs with bags of stationery and "White House M&M sweets," the First Lady put her very expensive Cynthia Vincent ballet flats back on and headed toward New Delhi on a one-woman mission to stimulate India's economy.  Behaving like royalty in a dearth-plagued country filled with street urchins who oftentimes go without food, Mrs. Obama descended on the National Handicrafts and Handloom Museum in the Pragati Maidan complex.  While there, the well-heeled First Lady disregarded the abject poverty beyond the walls of the museum and, for two hours, furthered diplomacy by procuring frivolous curios and trinkets.

It takes a vittle: First lady engineers government takeover of children's food.  In the case of obesity, the so-called problem is very much an illusion.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, the average height of Americans has increased by an inch since the 1960s.  That's a sign of proper nourishment.  While average weight increased by 24 pounds over the same period, we're all living an average of eight years longer.  That's a sign of good health.  The bottom line is that Americans can take care of themselves just fine without help from Mrs. Obama.  It doesn't take a village to solve a public health crisis that doesn't exist.

Behind the broccoli: Liberalism's war on liberty.  What this country needs is a crop of healthy, hunger-free kids — and now, thanks to the hectoring of Michelle Obama and the terrible swift presidential pen of her husband, it has one:  the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. ... ObamaCare and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 are the things that expose modern liberalism for the iron fist in the velvet glove.  Can't feed yourself?  Dinner's on us.  Out of work?  We'll pay you to stay unemployed.  After all, you're too stupid to make your own best decisions in what used to be personal matters.  All we ask in exchange for your freedom is your vote.

Most Americans oppose Michelle Obama's Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act.  A significant percentage Americans oppose the Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act pushed by First Lady Michelle Obama and signed into law by President Barack Obama signed on Monday.  Among other things, the $4.6 billion law allows the USDA to set nutritional standards for foods made and sold in schools; increases the number of children who qualify for school meal programs, and "sets basic standards for school wellness policies including goals for nutrition promotion and education and physical activity."

FLOTUS chows at the taxpayers' trough.  First lady Michelle Obama didn't feel like waiting around cold, boring old Washington, D.C., for her husband and Congress to wrap up their work for the year.  So she simply stuck the taxpayers with the $63,000 tab to start her Hawaiian vacation a bit early — just a few short months after the Spain vacation with her gal-pals that set us all back a pretty penny.  With her husband announcing a two-year pay freeze for federal employees as a way to save taxpayers a few precious dollars, it's jaw-dropping that Michelle Obama could be so relentlessly politically tone-deaf.

The Obamas Police Food and Football.  [Scroll down]  On the food front, Michelle Obama likewise said something that, given the context, conjures up a lot of history.  Speaking at a public school to commemorate the signing of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, the First Lady said flat out that the federal government must act because we can't just leave [child nutrition] up to the parents."  She means it:  The law she was on hand to praise gives the federal government the power to regulate the food sold in public school cafeterias nationwide.  We are a very long way from 1994, when Republicans were threatening to end the Department of Education in order to turn more power over to local and state control.  The federal food police are acting in the name of fighting childhood obesity, a real problem for which there is scant evidence that school lunches play any role whatsoever.  School lunches, for the kids who eat them, constitute one meal a day, five days a week, about nine months of the year.  They are not the dominant food source for the vast majority, if any, of America's kids.

Fattening Government to Fight Obesity.  The child nutrition bill signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 13 has been touted as essential to combating the "epidemic" of childhood obesity.  It is also a welfare expansion, adding $4.5 billion to the cost of school lunches.  Despite the additional six cents per meal which will be paid to the schools, critics say it amounts to an unfunded mandate which could bankrupt schools.

Could Sarah Palin be right about Michelle Obama?  If Michelle Obama were just a Chicago-based community activist who was organizing a nation-wide propaganda campaign to urge people to eat healthily I would have no objection.  Although Ms. Obama does not hold any official office she is a spokesperson for the White House and her husband, the president.  Nothing she does or says happens without political vetting, approval, strategizing and so forth.  In this sense she is an arm of the executive branch.

Michelle Obama's Barbecue Hypocrisy.  The first rule of political pandering:  Know what you're talking about. ... In an e-mail congratulating Charlotte, N.C., on being named host city for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Obama mentioned that Charlotte has "great barbecue."  As someone who grew up an hour from Charlotte, I can tell you that few natives would say that.  Nobody travels to Charlotte for the barbecue.

The First Lady Of Junk Science.  While her husband may have paid lip service to ending the abuse of science for "politics or ideology," first lady Michelle Obama gave herself a super-sized waiver. ... Just as the White House costumed Obamacare activists in white lab coats, the fashionable Mrs. O has cloaked her meddling anti-obesity crusade in medical fakery.

Keeping Abreast of Michelle Obama's Nanny Attacks.  First lady Michelle Obama apparently has far too much time on her unspoiled hands, inevitable when one has 30 or more servants to help meet the demands of a family of four.

Mrs. Obama's blunders expose the folly of First Lady activism.  While the First Lady wields no formally-mandated power, the institutionalization of her office confers upon her a degree of influence that no unelected or unappointed citizen ought to have.  A candidate's spouse does not "run" for First Lady.  In fact, we are frequently urged to keep a presidential candidate's family off limits and collectively tut whenever anyone is so boorish as to violate this unwritten compact.  But ... if the First Lady is to play a formal role in the governing of this country — even a comparatively frivolous one — then it is more than a little disingenuous of her to cower under any kind of apolitical aegis.

Michelle's Healthy, Hunger-Free Menus.  The growing sixth grader who eats his 1.5 ounces of turkey and throws his cup and a half of broccoli, cauliflower and green beans in the compost will probably not be hunger-free.  A Devil Dog at the convenience store on the way home will easily remedy that problem.

Looks like the meal you'd get in a vegetarian prison.

Michelle Obama's school lunch.

Looks like the meal you'd get in a vegetarian prison.

Michelle Obama accused of hypocrisy (again).  Michelle Obama's campaign for better nutrition has come under fire yet again, just days after Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie defended her anti-obesity initiative.  And what is the complaint against the first lady this time?  She is now being accused of stuffing a staggering 2200 calorie meal into the mouths of state governors at a White House gala last night.

Mrs. Obama Serves Governors a 2,200 Calorie Meal.  First Lady Michelle Obama Sunday night stuffed about 2,200 calories worth of dinner into the nation's governors, hosting a White House bash that pulled few punches on the fattening front despite her profile as the leader of a national crusade to trim the waistlines of the country's youth.

President Feasts on Fast Food While First Lady Values Veggies.  While the main message coming from the White House Friday focused on the resurgent U.S. auto industry, the Obamas sent mixed messages on the food front as the first lady planted vegetables while the president dined on less healthy fare.  "Mustard, onion, chili sauce sounds just right... a little cheese on it, nothing wrong with that," the president said as he placed his order at Rudy's, one of the locals' favorite hot dog joints in Toledo, Ohio.

Michelle Obama to Hold Another 'Listen Only' Press Briefing.  First Lady Michelle Obama will hold another "listen-only" conference call with reporters this afternoon, continuing a pattern of holding events for the media where access is sharply limited. ... The First Lady appears to be establishing a new routine, where she speaks and — from beginning to end — reporters mutely listen.

Michelle Obama carries $1,000 tote.  Michelle Obama put another label name on the map this week, when she was spotted carrying a bold new handbag to her daughter's parent-teacher conference.  The teal blue leather tote by U.S. designer Reed Krakoff has already sold out around the world — despite the fact that it costs nearly $1,000.

Distraction -- Number One Strategy of Obama Act.  If there has ever been a moment for the old adage, "Don't get mad, get even", Barack and Michelle are IT.  Michelle is into childhood obesity because that's what's most likely to get parents looking to resurrect the MYOB (Mind Your Own Business) clause.  It goes without saying that it should be up to Mama what the little ones eat, not the self-centered, unelected wife of an anti-American president.

Michelle Obama's high staff turnover.  [Scroll down]  In fact, Michelle's job as a community organizer at the hospital [the University of Chicago Medical Center] appears to be one created purely as an act of political patronage.  Her starting salary of $121,910 suddenly leaped to $316,962 once her husband was elected as U.S. senator from Illinois.  One of Barack's first acts in the Senate was to provide a million-plus dollar earmark to Michelle's employer.  There is no evidence to support the idea that Mrs. Obama actually supervised any staff in this position, which was so vital to the hospital that it was eliminated once Michelle no longer needed the income.

A new Michelle emerges in Africa.  As First Lady, Obama sets herself up as a nutrition expert, an all-out effort to end Childhood Obesity her main legacy.  In Cape Town, a more playful Obama got off a laugh line in a reluctant admission how she can't pass on the French fries.  In response to a soft question Obama mentioned she included among her favourite food, Indian food and then Mexican food, and then said:  "No, if I picked one favorite, favorite food, it's French fries."  The audience began to laugh.  "Okay?  It's French fries," Obama continued.  "I can't stop eating them."

Michelle Obama Tells Tales to South Africans.  Now that most of the dupes who voted for their love-object in 2008 have been betrayed in the worst way, Michelle Obama is trying to sell the same pre-election snake oil 8,000 miles away.

Michelle Obama tucks in to fat cakes and French fries on trip to Botswana.  She has been widely outspoken about the perils of children eating too much fatty food with her campaign for better nutrition.  So perhaps Michelle Obama should have thought twice before posing enthusiastically for her latest photo opportunity in Botswana.

Michelle Obama's 'goodwill tour' of Africa cost U.S. taxpayers up to $800,000.  According to Whitehousedossier.com the First Lady's trip to South Africa and Botswana last week will certainly cost well over half a million dollars and could be as much as $800,000.  The cost of local transportation, Secret Service protection, food for her family and staff members, the cost of firing up 'Air Force 2' not to mention the pre-trip preparations would all have contributed to the final amount.

Top 10 Obama Attacks on Capitalism:  [#10]  Leave corporate America:  Michelle Obama, during the 2008 presidential race, described her and her husband's philosophy on the superiority of public service over the business world:  "We left corporate America, which is a lot of what we're asking young people to do.  Don't go into corporate America.  You know, become teachers.  Work for the community.  Be social workers.  Be a nurse."  Because, you know, community activists are so much more valuable than corporate leaders.

First Lady spotted consuming '1,700 calorie' Shake Shack meal.  Her 'Let's Move' healthy diet campaign seemingly forgotten, Michelle Obama was spotted chowing down a 1,700-calorie strong meal from Shake Shack.  Mrs Obama reportedly ordered a ShackBurger, fries, chocolate shake AND Diet Coke at the newly opened branch of the fast food chain in Washington, the Washington Post reported.

Michelle Obama orders 1,700-calorie meal at Shake Shack.  First lady Michelle Obama ordered a whopper of a meal at the newly opened Washington diner Shake Shack during lunch on Monday [7/11/2011].  A Washington Post journalist on the scene confirmed the first lady, who's made a cause out of child nutrition, ordered a ShackBurger, fries, chocolate shake and a Diet Coke while the street and sidewalk in front of the usually-packed Shake Shack were closed by security during her visit.

Michelle Obama deserved a grilling on her burger choice.  A health-conscious Michelle Obama scarfing down a "burger, fries, a chocolate shake and a Diet Coke," at a greasy hamburger joint?  The irony was as thick as mayo.  And for critics, it should have been faster to heat up than Easy Mac.

First Lady smashes another barrier.  For the first time ever, a First Lady has been photographed barefoot in the White House, as an official White House photographer captured the First Family watching the World Cup Women's Championship match.

Barack Hussein Obama is a Fraud.  Neither Barack Obama, nor his wife Michelle Obama, love this country. Michelle Obama disclosed her disrespect for America, even though she has had all of the work and educational benefits a person could ask. After she saw the success her husband was having in the presidential campaign, she said on 2-18-2008, that for the first time in her adult life she was proud of America. I suppose she hated America like many of her other associates, until then. I think she still does.

Michelle Obama spotted at We The Pizza.  The first lady and daughter Sasha swung by the Capitol Hill pizza joint owned by Spike Mendelsohn on Monday night.  No word on what FLOTUS ate, but the restaurant's menu doesn't offer too many healthy options.

Obama Vacay: In Your Facemanship.  If the Obamas insist on spending two weeks in an enclave noted for the rich and famous, especially while the nation's unemployment rate hovers at just over 9%, then the least they could do is exhibit a modicum of restraint, and try to be as modest and discreet as possible.  Instead, Michelle Obama, renowned for her impatience when it comes to reaching her desired destination, put thousands of additional dollars on the taxpayers' tab, "so she could have just a bit of extra vacation" -- all of four hours' worth.

Michelle Obama's out-of-control spending.  There does appear to be an unhealthy sense of entitlement on the part of the First Lady, which seems in poor taste at a time when 14 million Americans are out of work, the housing market is collapsing, and the United States is facing the strong possibility of a double-dip recession.

Judicial Watch sues for Michelle travel documents.  Judicial Watch is filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) against the United States Air Force to obtain records related to the June 21-27, 2011, trip taken by First Lady Michelle Obama, her family, and her staff to South Africa and Botswana.  Earlier reports suggested that the cost for air travel cost taxpayers $430,000, but Judicial Watch believes that additional Secret Service officers and White House staff security tallied further expenses.

U.S. sued over Michelle's secretive 'family outing'.  Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit over the federal government's refusal to disclose how much taxpayers spent to send Michelle Obama on a "family outing" that included a safari in Africa.

Michelle Obama Spent 42 Days on Vacation this Past Year.  First Lady Michelle Obama over the last year has spent a total of 42 days on vacation, or a little more than one out of every nine days, according to a White House Dossier analysis of her travel.  Her vacations, the cost of which are mostly borne by taxpayers, include trips to Panama City, Fla., Martha's Vineyard, Hawaii, South Africa, Latin America, Vail, Colo., and her visit this week to her brother in Corvallis, Ore.

Why so glum, Michelle?  On Aug. 9, the first lady sneaked out of Washington and flew aboard a government plane to Corvallis, Ore.  On board, dozens of staffers, Secret Service agents, Mrs. Obama's mother and one of the Obamas' daughters (we never did find out who).  No husband.  Her office never announced the trip; the news was broken by Oregon's Register-Guard newspaper. ... No, there's something going on there.  How else to explain all those vacations away from President Obama — to Florida, California, South Africa, Latin America, Colorado, Spain?

Michelle the Menu Micromanager.  Even though Michelle tends to unabashedly frequent establishments that serve high-end, calorie-rich cuisine, she has nonetheless anointed herself the maven and monitor of healthful eating. ... Thanks to Mrs. Obama, who allows her two girls to eat fried shrimp baskets and hot fudge sundaes on vacation, America's children will find that when it's treat time for them, "French fries and sugar-sweetened beverages will become the exception and not the rule."

Lost My Appetite for Olive Garden.  Looks like I won't be eating at Olive Garden anymore.  In addition I won't be eating at Red Lobster, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze or Seasons 52, all Darden Restaurants. ... On September 15, 2011 Darden Restaurants decided to collaborate with Michelle Obama's childhood anti-obesity campaign.

Michelle the Menu Micromanager.  Even though Michelle tends to unabashedly frequent establishments that serve high-end, calorie-rich cuisine, she has nonetheless anointed herself the maven and monitor of healthful eating.  Thus, the first lady's obvious double standard has delivered yet another initiative whose success is measured by the level of Obama hypocrisy it manages to expose.  When Michelle goes on vacation — which, by the way, is quite frequently — she justifies indulging in whatever she happens to crave.

Michelle Obama: "All This Just For a Flag".  The internet was buzzing Tuesday night with video of First Lady Michelle Obama apparently showing extreme disrespect to the American flag at a ceremony in honor of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.  As police and firefighters fold the flag to the sound of marching bagpipers, a skeptical looking Mrs. Obama leans to her husband and appears to say, "all this just for a flag."  She then purses her lips and shakes her head slightly as Mr. Obama nods.

What is Michelle Obama saying during the 9/11 flag ceremony?  There is a growing internet buzz over the First Lady's comment to her husband during the 9/11 commemoration Sunday, as the flag ceremony is taking place.  Watch the video clip below, and lip readers are invited to comment on what she is saying.  To my unskilled eyes, it looks as though she is saying, "All that for a flag!"

Can liberals shop at Target now?  Photos of First Lady Michelle Obama were featured on all major network newscasts yesterday [9/29/2011] as she was spotted shopping at a local Target retail store wearing a hat and sunglasses.  Target notoriously sparked the outrage of liberals and LGTB activists after donating money to Republicans in Minnesota.

Another staged moment in the lives of Barack and Michelle Obama.  Michelle Obama just had to get out to Target to do a little shopping last week.  But, before the shopping run the White House tipped off AP photographer Charles Dharapak so that he would be at the store to memorialize the moment.

Michelle Obama is right on Target.  Finally, the White House has decided to be transparent — and embarrassingly so.  The first lady officially announced her husband's kickoff of the 2012 election with a thinly veiled photo-op trip to a local Target discount store.  It's not clear if Mrs. Obama took her own taxpayer-funded private jet to the store or perhaps three jets to accommodate her entourage, as she did for her European vacation.  Sources are unclear how often she frequents the Target stores at her usual getaways to places such as Vail, Hawaii or Martha's Vineyard or whether she wears her $42,000 diamond bracelets while clipping coupons.

Michelle Says Bank Discriminated Against Barack's Grandmother.  First Lady Michelle Obama said at a fundraiser in Providence, Rhode Island, on Friday night [9/30/2011] that a bank where Barack Obama's grandmother had worked discriminated against her for nearly two decades "because she was a woman."  However, the Washington Post reported earlier this year that Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, had been the first female vice president of the Bank of Hawaii.

WaPo Now Wonders If Michelle's Target Photos Were Just Orchestrated PR with AP.  Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi is finding a lot of unusual circumstances — and unusual no-comments — around Michelle Obama's razzle-dazzle distraction outing to Target after her latest controversy over wearing $42,000 diamond bracelets.  He found "there might have been something to the notion of White House orchestration."

Nearly $500K to send Michelle, family to Africa.  How much does it cost taxpayers to fly First Lady Michelle Obama, her two daughters and her mother, a niece and a nephew, a hairstylist and makeup artists to South Africa and Botswana to give a few speeches, meet Nelson Mandela, and enjoy a safari on a private game preserve?  Nearly half a million dollars, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) concerning Obama's June 21-27 journey.

Michelle Obama's Africa Vacation Cost More Than $432,142.  First lady Michelle Obama's family trip to South Africa and Botswana in June cost taxpayers well over $424,000, according to new accounting based on Air Force manifests obtained by Judicial Watch, a taxpayer watchdog group.  The use of Air Force aircraft alone for the June 21-27 trip cost $424,142, said the group, and that doesn't include the food, lodging, and ground transportation for the 21 family and staff members.

Michelle Obama's taxpayer-funded spending is an embarrassment for the White House.  Although ignored by most of America's liberal-dominated media, several online US news sites are reporting that Michelle Obama's grand tour of southern Africa earlier this year cost American taxpayers nearly half a million dollars — and that's just for the flights.  This follows in the wake of claims this August from sources inside the White House itself that the First Lady may have spent "$10 million of taxpayers' money on vacations alone in the past year."

Michelle Obama's warning to gun owners.  Nearly three years into President Obama's first term in office, Michelle Obama finally said something with which I can agree.  At a recent fundraiser for President Obama's re-election campaign in Providence, Rhode Island, the first lady told her audience:  "We stand at a fundamental crossroads for our country.  You're here because you know that in just 13 months, we're going to make a choice that will impact our lives for decades to come ... let's not forget what it meant when my husband appointed those two brilliant Supreme Court justices ... let's not forget the impact that their decisions will have on our lives for decades to come."

Obama: Michelle 'loves french fries, pizza'.  President Obama said his wife loves pizza and french fries during his appearance Tuesday night on Jay Leno's show.  Though the first lady has used her office to campaign against obesity and to tout healthy eating habits, she's OK with fattier foods in moderation, Obama said.

Michelle Obama and 'the Few at the Top'.  When Ms. Obama charges, "Will we be a country where opportunity is limited to just the few at the top?  Who are we?" one wonders, why, then, in the past three years of hard times, did she insist on vacationing, in iconic fashion, at Vail, Martha's Vineyard, and Costa del Sol, the tony haunts of "the few at the top"?  In these rough times, surely a smaller staff, less travel, and budgetary economies would have enhanced her populist message of some at the top enjoying perks at the expense of others.

The very angry first lady.  Michelle [Obama] is going to break with a hundred years of tradition and play the role of attack dog, heaping derision on her husband's political opponents like no other first lady before her.  And it's already begun.  Mad Michelle this week popped down to Davis Island, Fla., to hobnob with the very people her husband despises — the 1 percent.  At a massive mansion on the bay, filled with the wealthiest of the wealthy, America's first lady launched into a tirade about "them" — the Republicans.

Mrs. Obama Preaches Against Childhood Obesity, Then Gives Kids M&Ms.  First Lady Michelle Obama brought her "Let's Move!" campaign to the 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting in Hawaii. ... Following her discussion on ending childhood obesity, the Obamafoodorama Blog reported that the young farmers were presented boxes of President M&Ms.

At Let's Move! Event, Michelle Obama Presents Gifts Of White House M&Ms.  On Saturday [11/12/2011] in Hawaii, during a visit to MA'O Organic Farms, First Lady Michelle Obama held a roundtable discussion on the importance of healthy eating and organic farming for her Let's Move! campaign to end childhood obesity.  After, Mrs. Obama presented the student interns who run the farm with a special gift:  Presidential M&Ms.

Mrs. Obama: Let Them Eat Steak — And Arugula.  Visiting an organic farm in Hawaii on Saturday [11/12/2011], First Lady Michelle Obama said that "arugula and steak" was her "favorite" meal and expressed her view that American children need to "get their palates adjusted" so they will begin eating properly.  Mrs. Obama also said that children in "underserved communities" become obese because they "aren't growing up with vegetables because there are no grocery stores."

The very angry first lady Michelle Obama.  Michelle's back, and she's madder than ever.  She was already pretty angry, seemingly unhappy with just about everything. ... She even seems to be mad at her silver-tongued husband.  When the two were to set off on a luxurious 10-day vacation to Martha's Vineyard, she left early — four hours early — and flew up alone.  And those private vacations.  She's traveled to some of the world's most plush resorts, taking 42 days off in the past year — that'd be eight weeks of vacay time if she held down a normal job.  Now, she is ready to spew her bilious disgust with America on the campaign trail. ... So, America's first lady will travel the country this election season to tell her fellow Americans just how bad it is out there (between lavish vacations, of course).

FLOTUS dines at Co Co. Sala.  First lady Michelle Obama enjoyed a lovely evening at Co Co. Sala on F Street on Monday night [11/28/2011]. ... We're told Obama's favorite savory was Chef Tiptur's Moroccan Swordfish Sliders with chermoula marinade, fennel salad, aged pecorino and hazelnut coffee dressing.

Michelle Antoinette's Hawaii hat trick.  Obviously unwilling to submit to hubby Barack's executive order for "federal agencies to curtail travel expenses and save," this year First Lady Michelle Obama decided to leave early again for Christmas vacation, and commence with the holiday festivities in Oahu.  Last year Michelle went on ahead of her husband, who was delayed by Congress, which is the excuse that has become a Christmas tradition every year since Obama took office.

Is Michelle Obama a vacation junkie?  In a story published late last week in The Daily Mail which followed another by the National Enquirer, First Lady Michelle Obama's vacation habbits including expensive massages, top shelf vodka and five-star hotels are under attack.  Critics have discovered over $10 million tax dollars has been spent on her personal recreation — in the last year.

What Is More Racist?  Michelle Obama has received intense criticism for the flagrant way in which she spends taxpayer money and the tone-deafness she demonstrates.  Two-thousand dollar dresses, wearing sneakers that cost the equivalent of three months mortgage payments while at a homeless shelter, insisting on million-dollar Hawaiian vacations while your husband simultaneously lectures Americans about scaling back, yes, the comparison to [Marie] Antoinette is apropos.  Those who call it racist demonstrate the failings of public education.

Mystery: Angry Black Woman Angry at Her Angry Black Woman Image.  Michelle Obama is in the news loyally defending her husband's dubious record of political accomplishments while denying her own record as an angry, difficult first lady who has disrupted White House operations.  In an interview with CBS the feisty first lady, formally trained in the fine legal art of denial of blatant, obvious truths, rather defiantly and sarcastically stated she is not the angry black woman being depicted in the media.

A Portrait of the First Lady as an Angry Young Woman.  One does not have to take a leap of faith to believe Mrs. Obama to be an "angry black woman."  It is nothing more than a logical conclusion given the evidence she has provided.  "For the first time in my adult life, I'm proud of my country."  These are the words of Michelle Obama in 2008, said in response America's energetic reception of Barack Obama.  And clearly, they are the words of an angry person.

School Kids Boo Michelle Obama During Healthy Lunches Speech.  School kids in Virginia booed Michelle Obama on Friday [1/13/2012].  The local ABC 7 Channel skipped the booing part in their report.

Michelle Obama and Stokely Carmichael on Collective White Guilt:  [Scroll down]  The First Lady's 1985 thesis on being black at Princeton gave the tormented, race-obsessed young woman the chance to articulate long-repressed feelings of abjection, separateness, and anger.  When she purposely chose the Black Supremacist, radical, separationist, and anti-Semitic ideas of Stokely Carmichael to shore up a study of "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community," the writing was on the wall.  From there, she would go on to Harvard Law school and eventually end up at Reverend Jeremiah Wright's Afrocentric Trinity United Church of Christ with her husband and children.  Coincidently, Wright also happened to be a fan of the rabidly anti-white Carmichael.

Michelle Obama unveils tougher nutrition standards for school meals.  The new regulations, according to the Department of Agriculture, will:
  •   Ensure that students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week;
  •   Substantially increase offerings of whole grain-rich foods;
  •   Offer only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties;
  •   Limit calories based on the age of children being served to ensure proper portion size; and
  •   Increase the focus on reducing the amounts of saturated fat, trans fats and sodium.

The Editor offers this reminder:
Michelle Obama is neither an elected official nor an authority of any kind, and is in no position to tell you to do anything.  Nor can she enforce any "regulations" to change your pesonal dietary selections.  Any time you see Michelle Obama in the media spotlight (intentionally), what you see is merely a façade for big intrusive government.

Let Mrs. Obama Eat Red Velvet Cake.  [Scroll down]  Earlier in the interview, when the First Lady said that her mother and daughters had baked a red velvet cake for her birthday, Leno asked, "What is the calorie count?"  To which Mrs. Obama replied rather defensively, "It's fine."  Well, at 513 calories per serving, I'm sure it's quite fine.  Whatever the caloric content, the red velvet cake was apparently special ordered rather than homemade.

Coming out of the shadows: Four more years of Obama.  Michelle Obama's multi-million dollar solo flights to lavish vacation locales and eye-blinding bling notwithstanding, President Obama told mainstream media that one of the toughest parts about being president is that his wife has been dragged into the "political realm".  No one would know better than her husband that Michelle Obama is not "dragged" into anything.

Michelle Obama Now Trying to Control What the Military Eats.  First Lady Michelle Obama is still on her food crusade and this time, she's going after the military, saying poor nutrition in our armed forces is a "national security" issue.

The Editor says...
The military does not answer to Michelle Obama.  Poor nutrition in the military could be, potentially, a matter of national security, but from what I've heard, the food isn't that bad.

Michelle Obama Reveals She Would Eat 'Burgers, Fries, Pie, Cake And Ice Cream Every Single Day' If She Could.  Over the weekend, First Lady Michelle Obama answered several questions from CNN iReporters, who peppered her with queries on various subjects, including her 'Let's Move' initiative fighting obesity in America.  CNN iReporter Shari Atukorala, from Sri Lanka, asked the First Lady whether she would allow her daughters to eat fast food, specifically "a huge burger... french fries (and) fried chicken" or if they were only allowed to have healthy food.

Any Mother Knows Better Than Michelle.  Children are governed not by agents of the USDA but in the trusting knowledge of their mothers' abiding love in words that show up unexpressed in a mother's lovingly packed school lunch.  Until the debut of Mrs. Barack Obama trying to make her mark in the world, the love of mothers for their children, school lunches packed with things they know their children will eat, were things assumed not government legislated.

Can Michelle Obama's Media Blitz Erase Her 'Angry Black Woman' Image?  While she is hoping that a series of television appearances will cement the unmarried mom and single women's vote for her husband, she is also obviously trying to re-sculpt her image into that of a pro-America, pro-military and patriotic mom who is fun-loving and pleasant to be around.  This last week, she has consistently been smiling and showing a positively treacly can-do spirit, appearing everywhere on daytime television and late night television talk shows.

Michelle Obama's pitch: Share the wealth.  First lady Michelle Obama has joined her husband's bandwagon to hit the rich and spread the wealth, questioning how well-off families can feel good if others are struggling.  To about 300 supporters wealthy enough to pay $300-$10,000 to attend the mid-day event, the first lady said, "If a family in this country is struggling, we cannot be satisfied with our own families' good fortune."

Fresh from her Aspen ski trip, Michelle Obama reminds you to feel guilty for earning a living.  It's about time somebody took on all these rich fatcats, with their private jets and fancy vacations.

Michelle Obama's bracelet

Illustration found at Sad Hill News.

Michelle Obama wears $2400 outfit, asks rich people to share their wealth.  The punchlines are all written for you when you meet someone who claims to believe so deeply in something, yet they can't even be bothered to fake interest in it in public.  Because Michelle Obama clearly enjoys the spoils of wealth.  I mean, why else would you walk out of that speech just to change into a $2,500+ outfit for an evening event?

Michelle Lets Governors Gorge on 2,000 Calorie Dinner.  The White House Sunday [2/26/2012] epically failed to practice what its first lady preaches, serving the nation's governors a more than 2,000 calorie dinner even as Michelle Obama traverses the country promoting health eating.

Michelle Obama's Well-Marbled Manipulation.  If you listen to what she says, the woman certainly sounds committed.  But commitment involves more than words, and when Michelle Obama's food directives are compared to the food choices and menu selections she makes for herself and her dinner guests, there's oftentimes a super-sized portion of deceit.  A perfect example of that is the Obama-hosted White House Governor's Dinner, where healthy eating submitted to caloric obscenity.

Barack Obama is a henpecked ninny.
Obama: The "One Thing" That Michelle Allows Me To Do Is Watch ESPN.  In an interview with ESPN's Bill Simmons, President Obama talks about how he is able to sneak in watching sports during the day.  "Well, first of all, I don't watch network news or cable news.  So in the morning, when I'm working out with Michelle, it's on SportsCenter.  This is the one thing that she allows me," Obama told Simmons.  Obama says he is also able to "sneak in" a game while he is reading his briefings.

Was it a joke, or a desperate cry for help?
Obama on hot mike: I quit smoking 'because I'm scared of my wife'.  President Obama said on an open microphone at the U.N. General Assembly Monday [9/23/2013] that he quit smoking six years ago "because I'm afraid of my wife."

Obama spends shutdown day making sandwiches with processed meat, white bread and peanut butter and jelly.  Somebody might be in a little trouble on the home-front.  President Barack Obama took a break from sorting out the shutdown of the federal government on Monday to make sandwiches for low-income and homeless families.  Nobody would argue that feeding the homeless is a noble cause.  However, the president's wife might not be too thrilled with what was on the menu.

Obama lauds White House 'powerhouse': Wife Michelle.  "My job is very simple," President Obama said in welcoming his guests.  "It is to introduce the powerhouse of the White House — the one truly in charge, as Malia, Sasha and Bo all know — the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.

Barry can't eat what he wants while the old ball-and-chain is nearby.
Away from Michelle in Boston, Barack gobbles burger, fries.  [Scroll down]  The pool report noted:  "Before leaving the restaurant, the president purchased a cheeseburger and fries for lunch.  He emerged holding lunch in a white paper bag."  Obama has a history of breaking from his healthy White House diet when he campaigns.

Obama on marriage: 'Do whatever she tells you'.  The president stopped at the Kozy Corners diner in Oak Harbor, Ohio, on Thursday [7/5/2012] for what political campaigns dub an "OTR" — an "off the record" event that isn't on the formal schedule — and doled out a bit of marriage advice.  "Just do whatever she tells you to," Obama told a man sitting with his wife at a table during a brief chat about what makes a good marriage.  The president's words were collected by The New York Times reporter Mark Landler, the print "pool reporter."

Book bombshell: Obama canceled Bin Laden 'kill' raid three times at Jarrett's urging.  At the urging of Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden on three separate occasions before finally approving the May 2, 2011 Navy SEAL mission, according to an explosive new book scheduled for release August 21.  The Daily Caller has seen a portion of the chapter in which the stunning revelation appears.

'Gutsiest call ever' was postponed three times.  It turns out that "one of the... gutsiest calls of any President in recent memory" — the decision to eliminate Osama Bin Laden — was postponed three times at the urging of... Valerie Jarrett?

Valerie Jarrett reportedly dating a Muslim.  President Obama has time for his 150+ rounds of golf, his extensive television watching, and his expertise on March Madness bracketology because ValJar, by most accounts, is a tireless and fiercely loyal sycophantic gatekeeper, policy adviser, and in essence acting president. [...] In other words, in many respects she is running the country while Obama handles the public face.

Michelle's orders: No fried Twinkies.  [T]his week in Iowa, when he goes to the state fair, the president told attendees at a campaign rally in Council Bluffs that the first lady has given him strict instructions.  "Michelle has told me that I cannot have a fried Twinkie," he said.

Without Michelle, Obama gorges like Clinton.  He hasn't made an appearance at McDonald's yet, but President Obama is doing his best Bill Clinton impression on the campaign trail — at least when it comes to gorging on every plate of chops and Solo Cups of beer put in front of him.  Campaigning without his wife through Iowa this week, Obama diverted his bus several times to restaurants, diners and snack stores in an uncharacteristic manner for the calorie-conscious president whose diet back home is governed by his low-fat demanding wife and organic focused personal chef Sam Kass.

Group sues for Michelle Obama vacation records.  Judicial Watch filed suit Tuesday [3/6/2012] in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia for access to all records pertaining to an August 2010 vacation taken by the first lady and her daughters — including cost estimates and passenger manifests.

More Obama Tapes: Michelle Obama a Race Agitating Occupier?  A treasure trove of information is coming out regarding Barack Obama's time in college.  Over at the Breitbart sites, we are learning how Obama inserted himself into a fight to implement hiring on the basis of race at Harvard Law School.  The Obama tapes also seem to show the other Obama — Michelle — occupying the Harvard Law School dean's office.  The occupiers were agitating for the race-based hiring of Harvard law professors.

Michelle: 'Let's Move;' Sebelius: No, Let's Not.  Challenged by Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) regarding the administration's definition of a "food desert" (being a mile away from a grocery store), HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a House hearing last week:  "Well, I think it's very difficult for a family buying groceries ... if they have to walk a mile with bags of groceries, it may be too far to get healthier food."  "You really think that?" Rep. Kingston asked.  "I do," Sebelius replied.  But, according to First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign, both kids and adults are supposed to walk several times that far — every day.

Does newly surfaced video show Michelle Obama staging sit-in at Harvard Law?  Newly surfaced footage shows a young woman who appears to be Michelle Obama, and several other students, staging a sit-in in the Harvard Law School dean's office in 1988.  According to J. Christian Adams of Pajamas Media, the video depicts the students — including the woman who appears to be Mrs. Obama — conducting a protest to "solve the minority faculty problem," as one student puts it, by implementing race-based hiring practices.

More Obama Tapes: Michelle Obama a Race Agitating Occupier?  A treasure trove of information is coming out regarding Barack Obama's time in college.  Over at the Breitbart sites, we are learning how Obama inserted himself into a fight to implement hiring on the basis of race at Harvard Law School.  The Obama tapes also seem to show the other Obama — Michelle — occupying the Harvard Law School dean's office.  The occupiers were agitating for the race-based hiring of Harvard law professors.  The racialist fight at Harvard Law from 1988 to 1991 swirls around Professor Derrick Bell.

Michelle Obama: Hey Troops, How About Campaigning for My Husband?  First she tried to tell them what to eat and now, she is encouraging our troops to campaign for her husband's relection campaign.

Michelle Obama [Upset] Over Birth Certificate Findings.  When Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Cold Case Posse released its findings and announced that there is "probable cause" to believe that the "birth certificate" released by Team Obama in April is a "computer generated forgery," the liberal media yawned, but allegations are now surfacing that at least one person in the White House, namely First Lady Michelle Obama, is frantic and in a beserk frenzy over the Cold Case Posse's findings.  According to a report released by the supermarket tabloid, The Globe, Michele Obama "went beserk when she learned the results of the investigation."

Michelle Obama Touts Sotomayor, Kagan as Votes for the Right to 'Love Whomever You Choose'.  First Lady Michelle Obama told Democratic Party donors at two New York City fundraisers Monday [3/19/2012] that the two Supreme Court justices her husband appointed would be important in cases involving "privacy," and the right to "love whomever you choose."  The "right to privacy," as espoused by the Suprmee Court in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, was used to establish abortion on demand in the United States.

Michelle Obama headlines S.F. fundraiser.  Today's [3/30/2012] fundraiser, which is expected to draw 350 people, will raise at least $175,000 for the Obama Victory Fund.  Since May, Michelle Obama has attended as many fundraisers as Vice President Joe Biden.

Lavish spending double standard.  The several hundred thousand dollars wasted by the GSA is a small fraction of the bill Michelle Obama has slapped on the American taxpayer for her endless vacations and regal lifestyle.  It seems as if every other week, Mrs. Obama is firing up Air Force One, Two or Three, loading up the kids and heading off to Spain, Africa, New England, Hawaii or, yes, Las Vegas, for yet another party (er, sorry, I mean "educational exchange," "fact-finding trip," "goodwill tour" or other lame cover story).  Mrs. Obama's publicly funded personal travel would appear to be running into the tens of millions of dollars...

Michelle Obama's "Food Deserts," Aren't Actually Food Deserts.  As part of her big-brother-knows-best "Let's Move!" campaign to combat childhood obesity, Michelle Obama has been arguing that certain inner-city urban neighborhoods and rural communities are "food deserts," where it's difficult for residents to find access to fresh, healthy, and nutritious food.  Mrs. Obama's solution is for the federal government to funnel public money (or, as her esteemed husband might faultily term it, "make an investment") into bringing healthy food retailers into these neighborhoods. [...] If there really isn't any fresh, healthy food to be had in these communities, it's for one reason and one reason only:  there's no market for them.

Cost of Michelle Obama's Nashville visit may never be fully known.  Metro taxpayers spent more than $7,000 on first lady Michelle Obama's campaign fundraising trip to Nashville this week.  What federal taxpayers spent might never be publicly known.  A White House spokesman said President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee will pay their share of the cost of the first lady's visit Tuesday [4/17/2012] for a $500-a-head fundraiser that was expected to raise at least $225,000.  A full accounting of the trip isn't likely to be made available, however, even though Obama himself pledged on his first full day in office to establish "an unprecedented level of openness in government."

President Obama objects to any criticism of his wife, while using her to build name recognition on television.
The Barack and Michelle Obama Monopoly On Your Privacy.  [Scroll down]  While her husband dominates the Internet, and with only the flimsiest of qualifications, Michelle Obama has invaded the boob tube to become entertainment television's 'Cameo Queen'. [...] If name and face recognition is what wins elections, the overbearing Michelle's already got it in the bag for her husband.  Since President Obama took office in 2009, Michelle Obama has appeared on television about 44 times, and that number continues to grow.

First Lady Hails Free-Contraception Mandate.  First Lady Michelle Obama boasted at a campaign event in Omaha, Neb. on Tuesday [4/24/2012] that "we made history" when the president's health care proposal was enacted and the administration issued a regulation mandating that insurance companies provide women with free contraceptives.

In stump speech, Michelle Obama evicts mother from White House.  The eviction notice came April 30 when the first lady told fellow Democrats at a fundraiser that she shared their values.  "My family, we lived in a little bitty apartment on the South Side of Chicago over my aunt's house [and] my mom still lives in that house to this day."  However, the first lady's mother, Marian Robinson, has lived in the White House since March 2009, when Essence Magazine announced her move from Chicago to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Michelle O wears $2700 sweater.  In March, the first lady visited her British counterpart Samantha Cameron wearing a L'Wren Scott sweater in a trendy bright yellow hue.  The embellished cardigan costs $2,720.  Obama, widely regarded as a fashion icon, likes the brand so much that she wore a peach cardigan from the same line last week during the Take Your Child to Work Day festivities.  The next day, she wore another sweater from L'Wren Scott, this one white with red trim from the Spring 2011 ready to wear collection, for a visit to Fort Stewart with the president.

Hey, Big Spender.  Even as Ann Romney's wardrobe becomes an issue in the 2012 presidential election, critics of her sartorial choices have turned a blind eye on first lady Michelle Obama's frequent appearances in pricey designer outfits.  When the wife of the presumptive Republican nominee appeared on television last week wearing a nearly $1,000 blouse, pundits were quick to point out the price tag.  MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell called the blouse "a really ugly T-shirt" that is "yet another example of how out of touch the Romney family can be with how 99 percent of Americans live."  The first lady's expensive designer clothes, however, rarely warrant mention.

How Real Is Barack Obama's 'Real World'?  It would probably be rude of me to think about Michelle Obama's work, where her salary jumped from $121,910 to $316,962 per year after her husband became a U.S. senator, a job that was strangely left unfilled after she stepped down to focus on her husband's campaign.  Such positions are quite challenging to find in the ... real world.

Michelle Obama is a partisan political activist and she is therefore fair game for criticism.
Michelle Obama sponsors Navy's first submarine with all-female crew.  The USS Illinois, the first Navy submarine to be staffed by an all-female crew, received the support of the White House on Memorial Day.  On Monday [5/28/2012], First Lady Michelle Obama officially sponsored the Virginia-class submarine, which will be one of the newest nuclear-powered boats scheduled to enter the fleet by 2015, according to a White House statement.

10 Reasons Obama Must Disclose His College Records.  [#5]  Appearing this week on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show," Michelle Obama maintained that the president decided to transfer to Columbia "when he lost his father."  "He really buckled down," she said, "and thought about how to use his life to the fullest."  But he transferred in 1981 — a year before his dad died. So here we have another story that doesn't add up.

Michelle Obama's Food Desert Myth.  It may be a peculiar manifestation of American exceptionalism, but the United States has the distinction of being a nation that actually has fat poor people.  This doesn't sit well with those who want to grow government faster than waistlines, and thus do we have Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign, designed to fight obesity by eliminating "food deserts."  No, that isn't supposed to be "desserts'; although the health Nazis aim to eliminate those, too.  It is "food desert," which, we hear, is a poor area "underserved" by food suppliers, creating a situation wherein its denizens are relegated to a hell of fatty fast food offerings.  And, you guessed it, Michelle wants to use our tax money to remedy this problem.  Only, it appears it's a cure in search of a disease.

Michelle Campaign E-Mail: Barack's Your Husband, Too.  The Obama campaign has sunk to a new low.  Today, Michelle Obama sent an email to the entire campaign list, titled "Being married to Barack."  It is precisely what you'd expect:  maudlin and ridiculous.

The White House Fast Food Soap Opera.  An odd tale of marital tension may be playing itself out before the nation's eyes, as Michelle Obama devotes herself to cajoling Americans into eating healthier food and exercising more while her husband eagerly stuffs his face out on the hustings with the junkiest of junk food.  He does it so often that Michelle's allies, The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, have publicly called for President Obama to stop "eating unhealthy foods like hot dogs or pepperoni pizza that contain processed meat, or cheeseburgers or hamburgers that can contribute to obesity," in publicity photos.

Powered by Hate: Racist Content from Dreams from My Father.  The appalling content of Dreams from My Father becomes even worse in the context of the complete picture.  This picture includes Mr. Obama's 20-year membership in Jeremiah Wright's racist church, the same church that gave Michael Pfleger a standing ovation when he exulted that Hillary Clinton's defeat left "a whole lot of white people crying."  This, along with its social achievement award to Louis Farrakhan, is apparently what Mr. Obama's church calls "Christianity." [...] This ugly portrait of Barack Obama's racial policies would not be complete, though, without the equally repulsive content of Michelle Obama's senior thesis.

Imagine the media uproar if Laura Bush had said this -- in an all-white church.
Michelle Obama: There's 'No Place Better' Than Church to Talk About Political Issues.  Rev. Jeremiah Wright claims that church wasn't Barack and Michelle Obama's "thing," but in a speech the First Lady delivered to African Methodist Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday, she sang a very different tune.  From the pulpit, Mrs. Obama told parishioners that there's "no place better" to talk about political issues than the church.

Michelle Obama: no better place for politics than church.  First lady Michelle Obama made an impassioned pitch for black churchgoers to embrace political action on Thursday [7/5/2012] in a speech to the country's oldest black religious denomination.  "To anyone who says that church is no place to talk about these issues, you tell them there is no place better," Obama said at a conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

"The trip was the 16th vacation taken by the Obamas."
Michelle's Aspen ski trip cost $83,182.  The spring break Aspen, Colorado ski trip first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters took over President's Day February weekend cost $83,182.99, more than half of which was for Secret Service protection, according to documents from Judicial Watch.  The public interest group told Secrets that they just received documents obtained in a Freedom of Information suit that details the costs and others included on the trip such as the first lady's assistant and scheduler.

Michelle Obama's Family Ski Trip to Aspen Cost Taxpayers at Least $83,000.  Judicial Watch obtained the records pursuant to a May 31, 2012, lawsuit against both government agencies.  Among the highlights from the records are:
  •   The total cost for the Aspen ski vacation was at least $83,182.99.
  •   The bill for the U.S. Secret Service, including accommodations at the Fasching Haus deluxe condominium and the Inn at Aspen, was $48,950.38.
  •   The cost for the flight, per official DOD published hourly rates, was $22,583.70.  Food and miscellaneous on-flight items cost $235.44.  The cost for rental cars totaled $6,442.23.

Michelle Obama's 'luxury' weekend ski trip cost taxpayers at least $83,000.  A February 2012 ski trip enjoyed by first lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters cost taxpayers at least $83,000, according to records obtained by Judicial Watch.  The total cost of the President's Day weekend getaway was at least $83,182.99.  The largest expense was $48,950.38 for Secret Service protection, which included accommodations at the Fasching Haus deluxe condominium and the Inn at Aspen.  The cost of transportation was also hefty.

Michelle Obama Sports $6,800 Jacket to London Soiree.  The jacket cost more than the average American family makes in a month ($4,284).  And, she does this as Americans continue to suffer through a deep recession and record unemployment.

Michelle Obama sparks fury after splashing out on $6,800 designer jacket.  Political commentators have expressed their fury over the fact that Michelle Obama wore a jacket worth $6,800 to the pre-Olympics Opening Ceremony reception at Buckingham Palace on Friday [7/27/2012].  Though the dazzling J Mendel jacket and skirt won critical acclaim from the style set, some pundits are furious that she elected to spend so much money on a garment while so many in the U.S. are suffering financially.

Obama: Pay my wife, please.  President Obama thinks his wife should be paid for the privilege of serving as first lady.  Speaking at a campaign event in Denver on Wednesday [8/8/2012], Mr. Obama invoked Mrs. Obama's plight to make a point about equal pay for equal work.  "I want to make sure that when she's working, she is getting paid the same as men," he said.  "I've got to say, first ladies right now don't, even though that's a tough job."  Poor Michelle, we feel her pain.

Michelle Obama Lectures Gold Medal Gymnast About Eating One Egg McMuffin.  Gymnast Gabby Douglas, as Jay Leno mentions in the following clip, worked her entire life to become an Olympic gold medalist, but did that stop Michelle Obama from scolding Douglas on national television for eating an Egg McMuffin to celebrate?  (hint: no)

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Liberals hate McDonald's almost as much as they despise Chick-fil-A, because McDonald's represents successful American capitalism.

McDonald's Fights Back Against Food Police First Lady.  Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last week, where she told Leno that after winning her medal, she "splurged on an Egg McMuffin at McDonald's."  Unfortunately for Douglas, she was sitting on the same set as Food Police Commissar Michelle Obama, who quickly chided her for not eating healthy. [...] President Obama and his wife have already made clear their distaste for the business community.

FLOTUS: Obamacare keeps women from dying of cancer, but GOP would repeal it.  Who knew that cancer would emerge as a leitmotif of the Obama campaign?  First Lady Michelle Obama is the latest to invoke cancer on the campaign trail, but she did so to tout Obamacare rather than attack Mitt Romney directly.

FLOTUS Demeans Office: Guest Edits Site Featuring Sex Advice From Hookers.  This is the First Lady of the United States of America and she's editing a site that not only offers sleazy sex advice, but sleazy sex advice from hookers.  I'm not sure which surprises me most:  The fact that it happened in the first place or that the media is letting her get away with it.

Liberals think you're stupid.
Michelle Obama: If You Disagree with Barack, You're Probably Confused.  Michelle Obama spoke with the Tom Joyner Morning Show about the things people can do to get out the vote for her husband, and actually offered a rather insulting portrait of those who are undecided — as well as inaccurately portraying the race as between grassroots Democrats and a handful of rich Republicans.

Michelle Obama Continues to Increase the Government's Role in Parenting.  Sasha and Malia apparently aren't enough for Michelle Obama.  She wants to mother our children, too.  That's the only conclusion that can be reached when observing the First Lady's campaign to decrease parents' role in raising their children.  Obama's latest method of gaining more control is through school food nutrition standards.  Noting that home-packed lunches aren't up to the First Lady's standards, the government is making school meals free for all, regardless of income, as part of a four-state pilot program that begins this fall.

The Differences between Michelle Obama's Husband and America's President.  Despite Michelle's strong and eloquent delivery on how she and President Obama empathize and desire to work harder for the American people, it is hard to see where they have found the time betwixt their extravagant vacations and frequent tee times.  It is difficult to picture them reading letters from struggling Americans who are having trouble paying their bills in one hand and confirming a reservation for the Obamas to take two separate planes to Hawaii for vacation (where they will arrive within hours of each other) in the other.  But Michelle insists that America has a president who says to her, "You won't believe what these folks are going through... it's not right.  We've got to keep working to fix this.  We've got so much more to do."  Many of us would certainly argue that President Obama has done enough already.  Moreover, he is the cause and catalyst to the misery in the letters he is reading.

Michelle's Lie Number Six:  ["]Barack's grandmother started out as a secretary at a community bank ... and she moved quickly up the ranks ... but like so many women, she hit a glass ceiling.[" ...]  His grandmother was vice president of a bank, the second largest in the state.  She came from a middle-class family.  She sent him to Hawaii's most prestigious prep school.  Barack didn't grow up in a disadvantaged family.  His mother was a professional woman with an advanced degree.  His stepfather worked for an American oil company in Indonesia.

Fact Check: First Lady's False Fairy Tale of Struggle.  First Lady Michelle Obama's pitch to voters last night relied on the premise that she and her husband understand what it is to struggle to make ends meet.  She spoke movingly about their early years — about how a young Barack Obama drove a car that was "rusted out" and found his furniture "in a dumpster," how they both came from families that had to "scrape by."  Her fairy tale — however well-delivered — was one great, big, colorful lie.

Michelle Obama's guidelines for feeding your child.  More than two years ago Mrs. Obama began her effort to drive Americans to eat foods she thinks are better for them.  In her thinking, the federal government is a force for good in broadly changing the eating habits of less sophisticated Americans, much as her husband's ObamaCare health plan forces Americans to make healthier insurance choices.  You may recall Mrs. Obama's seminal, if tepidly-received speech to American restaurant operators, urging them to get rid of some of their tasty, best-selling items in favor of healthier choices, even if they are less popular and less profitable.

FLOTUS: Obesity 'Absolutely' Greatest Threat To National Security.  [Video clip.]

Michelle Obama: 'No One Gets Where They Are on Their Own'.  In a campaign speech on Thursday [9/13/2012] in Fredricksburg, Va., first lady Michelle Obama said that "no one gets where they are on their own" because there is a village of people "lifting us up," including teachers and janitors.

Michelle Obama: 'I don't consider us famous'.  First lady Michelle Obama told television host Rachael Ray on Monday that she doesn't think life in the White House, or the fame of becoming the first family, has changed the Obamas.  "I don't consider us famous," Obama said.

A childhood of privilege, not hardship.  First lady Michelle Obama told the Democratic National Convention that "Barack and I were both raised by families who didn't have much in the way of money or material possessions."  It is a claim the president has repeated in his books, on the speech-making circuit and in countless media interviews.  By his account, he grew up in a broken home with a single mom, struggled for years as a child in an impoverished Third World country and then was raised by his grandparents in difficult circumstances.  The facts aren't nearly so clear-cut.

Nation's children push back against Michelle Obama-backed school lunch regs.  Children and parents across the country are fed up with the restrictive new school meal regulations implemented by the Department of Agriculture under the "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010," which has long been touted by first lady Michelle Obama.  The standards — which cap meal calories at 650 for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, at 700 calories for middle school students and 850 for high school students — also dictate the number of breads, proteins, vegetables and fruits children are allowed per meal.

Complaints Mount Against Michelle Obama's New Lunch Menu.  In Wisconsin, high school athletes are complaining about not getting enough to eat each day, due to the skimpy new school lunch menu mandated by the United States Department of Agriculture and First Lady Michelle Obama.  The story we published earlier this week on that subject is unfortunately not unique.  Students across the country are complaining about the new school lunch regulations.  Perhaps the real motive is to starve students into slimming down.

Obama Starts Ball Rolling for Michelle to Run.  President Barack Obama is sounding more like Bill Clinton every day.  Now he's testing the waters for a possible run for the presidency by his wife by disingenuously saying she'll never run.

Mr. and Mrs. Obama Keep Up Pretense of Growing Up Poor.  Let's get this straight.  Barack Obama never knew a life of financial hardship.  Ditto for Michelle.  But the First Couple keeps bringing up their impoverished childhoods and student loan debts in stump speeches. [...] Obama went to a fancy private school in Hawaii, his grandmother was Vice-President of a bank, and his stepfather worked for Exxon in Jakarta.  From fifth grade through high school he attended the elite college-prep Punahou School.  Michelle's story of economic misfortune is no more believable than her husband's.  If she went to Princeton and Harvard Law on student loans, she should show us the [...] proof.  Or stop perpetrating this deprived childhood hoax on young people who really are low-income and bogged down in debt.  You know, the ones who aren't hiding their college transcripts?

Levin: 'Michelle Obama Is The New Eva Peron With Her Lunch Standards'.  Last night [9/24/2012], radio host Mark Levin described the Department of Agriculture and Michelle Obama's new school lunch regulations as "tyranny." [...] "First of all, where does the Constitution empower her or that department to reach all the way down to every school — public school — in this country and set the menu?  "Are people in the local communities — are you incapable of overseeing this yourself?  Is your school board incapable of doing this?  Are your local administrators and principals — are they incapable of doing this?  "We need the Department of Agriculture and Michelle Obama to mandate who eats what, where, how, and when in our public school systems?  That's tyranny right there — it's absurd.

Obama's Struggle.  On the campaign trail, Michelle Obama often employs the word "struggle."  It was actually Mrs. Obama's peculiar pronunciation — "shtruggle" — that first drew my attention to the frequency of her usage.  At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, her speech referred to some form of "struggle" nine times.

Revolt Over School Lunches?  Criticism is mounting over First Lady Michelle Obama's lunch plan, as kids are complaining they aren't getting enough to feel full after eating.  "Some Kansas students and at least one political leader say new school lunch guidelines aimed at limiting calories and encouraging good nutrition are having an unintended consequence:  Hungry kids," McClatchy reports.

Michelle Obama: 'Competitive Foods' in School Should Be Limited.  The website promoting First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative to combat childhood obesity advises parents to limit "opportunities for children to purchase competitive foods."  The website warns parents about "competitive food"  — food available to children on campus that falls outside of the federally regulated cafeteria food. [...] Many schools sell foods outside of the USDA school meals — in the cafeterias, snack bars and vending machines — that are not subject to federal rules.  "These foods are called 'competitive foods' because they compete with healthier school meals.

Snacks: The USDA's Solution To Student's Healthy Lunch Complaints.  School lunch trays are a bit lighter this year after Congress-approved calorie limits on school lunches went into effect in August.  The new regulations, which were championed by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her "Let's Move" campaign to fight childhood obesity, have inspired protests and even a video parody from students who claim the reduced lunches are making them go hungry.

The Problem Is Federally Subsidized School Lunches, Not Michelle Obama's Healthy Food Initiative.  Here's a radical idea for the First Lady.  Parents should be responsible for their own kids.  But I think this criticism misses the point.  The problem is not overweight kids, as one side argues, or politically correct micro-managing, as the other side claims.  Instead, we should be asking the fundamental question about whether subsidizing school lunches is an appropriate function of the federal government.

More about school lunches.

Left Turns Voting Rights Into a Farce.  Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama sounded a battle cry at a Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner when she said protecting the right to vote is the nation's most important civil rights issue.  If that were true, that would mean there no credible civil rights concerns in the country.  What Obama was talking about was the effort by Democrats to prevent the implementation of laws requiring voters to present a photo ID when casting their ballots.  The common sense measure has the support of the overwhelming majority of Americans.

First Lady: Cost-Free Contraception Is 'Basic Preventive Care'.  First lady Michelle Obama called contraception "basic preventative care" and invoked her daughters before talking about women's "decisions about our bodies" during a campaign fundraising event Tuesday [10/2/2012].

Mrs. Obama: 'Indian Country' Fights Obesity by Adding 'Buffalo Meat into School Lunches'.  In marking the one year anniversary of Let's Move! in Indian Country, First Lady Michelle Obama praised the work done by Native American and Alaskan American communities in fighting childhood obestiy by, among other things, adding "traditional foods like buffalo meat into school lunches."  A year ago, Mrs. Obama joined Native American children in the White House garden to launch Let's Move in Indian Country by planting the "three sisters" — corn, beans and squash.

ABC's McFadden Gushes to Michelle Obama: Do You Face 'Extra Pressures and Responsibilities?'Nightline co-anchor Cynthia McFadden continued her fawning, multi-part profile of Michelle Obama on Monday night [10/8/2012], worrying about the "extra responsibilities" that Mrs. Obama faces as an African American First Lady.

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Oh, yeah.  Michelle has a really tough life because she's so black.  Give me a break.

Michelle Hints at Political Future Beyond Barack.  This is Michelle Obama's first hint at a life in politics beyond her husband's presidency.  It will certainly not be the last.

Michelle Obama: 'We Are in the Midst of a Huge Recovery'.  First Lady Michelle Obama said in a radio interview on Friday [10/12/2012] that the United States is in the "midst of a huge recovery" because of what "this president has done." [...] According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the real gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 1.3 percent in the second quarter of 2012, down from 2.0 percent from first quarter 2012.  The BEA data also show GDP growth of (negative) - 3.1 percent in 2009; 2.4 percent in 2010; and 1.8 percent in 2011.

FLOTUS: 'Barack doesn't have a big ego'.  "You see this in, you know, how he leads the country," the first lady said, staying on message in an interview taped weeks ago to air before debate coverage.  "I mean, he is very open to other people's opinions.  And he's always willing to compromise and he's always, always listening. [...]"

Really?  Plenty of evidence to the contrary can be found here.

Michelle O: Barack Never Blamed Anyone for His Problems.  Such an assertion might have some credibility except for the fact he's been whining about Bush for four years.  Other than that, he's always accepted responsibility.  Oh, and he also blamed war, tsunamis, the weather, ATMs and various other factors.  Outside of that, he's always accepted blame for things.

Clapping seal Michelle disgraces 'Presidential' Debate.  In the surrealistic world the Obamas have made out of American politics, Michelle's clapping underlines how hideous the race to the American presidency has become.  Along with burned out and bummed out czars waiting it out for Revolution and assorted out-of-work Hollywood stars, this is a regime ruled by Marxist misfits, malcontents and miscreants.  You'd have to be a misfit, Michelle, to hate the country that empowered you and your hubby.

Michelle Obama Broke Agreed Upon Rules, Clapped At Debate.  Nearly all of the audible applause came from those sitting away from the actual debate, but when FOX News' camera shot moved to a bird's-eye view it became apparent that the only applause from the participating debate audience came from first lady Michelle Obama.

Clapgate Scandal Deepens.  First Lady Michelle Obama said Friday that following the rules at the presidential debates was an "important part of the process."  "They really caution you to be quiet, and I try to follow the rules so I don't get in trouble," she said on "Live with Kelly and Michael."  She did not, however, adhere to the rules of Tuesday's townhall debate where applause from audience members was prohibited.

Memo To Michelle: What A 'Huge Recovery' Looks Like.  A Washington, D.C., hip-hop station host asked Michelle to "in your words, tell us what you think the state of the union is in right now?"  Her answer:  "I mean, we are seeing right now that we are in the midst of a huge recovery.  Right?  Because of what this president has done."  We wholeheartedly agree with the first lady that the current state of the economy is the result of "what this president has done."

US Weekly Ignores Michelle Obama's Expensive Tastes.  In a piece published Wednesday [10/17/2012], Us Weekly ran the headline "Ann Romney Wears $1,690 Oscar de la Renta Dress to Presidential Debate."  Fox News points out the magazine chose this headline despite the fact that First Lady Michelle Obama's outfit cost double that price.

Us Mag Headlines Cost of Ann Romney's Dress, Buries Higher Cost of Michelle'sUs Magazine had a little tidbit of gossip when it discovered who made Ann Romney's and Michelle Obama's hot pink dresses worn to the recent presidential debate.  In its headline Us blares that Ann Romney's dress cost "$1,690."  But Michelle Obama's ensemble was priced at $3,290 despite the silence of the headline.

Obama, daughters head to church.  President Obama attended church Sunday morning [10/28/2012] with his two daughters, with a visit to a federal disaster relief agency scheduled for later in the day.  According to pool reports, Obama was joined at St. John's Episcopal Church, a short walk from the White House, by his daughters, Malia and Sasha, and their godmother, Kaye Wilson.  The first lady, Michelle Obama, was unable to join her family at church because she was preparing for campaign travel, according to a White House official.

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I guess that shows what's really important to Mrs. Obama.

A Detailed Look at Obama's Radical College Past... And We're Not Talking About Barack.  Princeton, 1984.  Michelle Obama attends and promotes a "Black Solidarity" event for guest lecturer Manning Marable, who was, according to Cornel West, probably "the best known black Marxist in the country."  The event is the work of the Third World Center (TWC), a campus group whose board membership is exclusively reserved for minorities. [...] Michelle herself stated, "My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my 'Blackness' than ever before."

Michelle Obama Wants to Create 'Let's Move! Towns and Cities'.  First Lady Michelle Obama is encouraging local governments across America to become "Let's Move!" cities and towns because local leaders are "uniquely positioned to champion healthy communities."  First launched in 2010 but expanded this July, the initiative allows elected officials to sign up their locality as a "Let's Move! City," a "Let's Move! Town" or a "Let's Move! County" and thus commit to various healthy eating goals.

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How does a local government "commit" to dietary restrictions except by restricting liberty?

Michelle Obama: Living in a Tax Loophole?  [Scroll down]  In the real world, business leaders who use their company's jets are obliged to pay for them.  Otherwise, the IRS can disallow the deductions the company takes for their crews, maintenance, repair, etc.  Not only that, but the executive who doesn't reimburse must declare the value of those flights as compensation, and pay tax on them.  What makes any First Lady exempt from the law?  Now, remember:  Even if she's campaigning (and she's always campaigning), the taxpayers aren't in any way obligated to pay for her trips.

The captain of the Food Police has a 300-pound gingerbread house in her home.
54 Christmas trees a part of the White House's "Joy to All" holiday theme.  First lady Michelle Obama debuted the White House Christmas decorations, which this year honor members of the military.  The "Joy to All" holiday theme also includes 54 Christmas trees and an elaborate, 300-pound gingerbread house resembling the White House.

Secretaries of State Criticize Michelle Obama for Voter Suppression Claims.  Seven Secretaries of State have released a statement criticizing First Lady Michelle Obama for her false claim that Republicans engaged in voter suppression in the November election:  "Unfortunately the First Lady's comments continue the baseless attacks that have been made upon those leaders who are simply taking reasonable steps to protect the security and integrity of elections.  This past election speaks for itself.  In Arizona, a state that has a photo ID requirement, Hispanic voter turnout was the highest in the state's history. [... "]

Michelle reveals she's throwing out 'Let's Move' campaign to give her family a good stuffing on Christmas Day.  Michelle Obama put her campaign to end childhood obesity on hold as she helped cook up some turkey, stuffing and mac and cheese.  The First Lady dubbed herself 'hostess in chief' as she welcomed the country into her family's home for the holidays.

Michelle Obama is a left-wing political activist.
First lady re-launches 'Obama for America' as 'Organizing for Action'.  The newly restructured group is expected to launch as a 501(c)4 activist organization, which is prohibited by federal law from having politics as its primary purpose.

Michelle Obama Drops "Let's Move" Campaign.  First Lady Michelle Obama has quietly dropped her "Let's Move" campaign, the healthy eating push she took on for schools all over the country during her husband's first term.

Let's Stop! Michelle Abandons "Let's Move" Campaign.  First Lady Michelle Obama appears to have abandoned, at least for now, her oft-criticized "Let's Move" initiative to promote exercise and healthy eating among the nation's youth, halting public appearances and statements related to the program.

Michelle Obama tweets pictures of freshly picked cabbage.  Michelle Obama promptly tweeted pictures of freshly picked vegetables today [1/29/2013], after it was suggested that she had dropped her anti-obesity campaign Let's Move.  The White House Dossier — an unauthorized blog about the U.S. President and his family — posted an article this morning which highlighted that the First Lady had done little to personally publicize the initiative since last September.

Obamas Hijack the Oscars.  The First Lady appeared via satellite to not only announce the night's biggest prize but gave a speech extolling the virtues of the films in play.  It was an unprecedented cultural power grab by the Obamas, almost daring conservative viewers to adore her as much as progressives already do.

Why the Obamas Really lost their law licenses.  According to people I know who worked with Michelle Obama when she was employed by the City of Chicago, Michelle hated being a lawyer.  The work was too hard and she was not very good at it.  The reason Michelle went to work for the City is because she was hired via a recommendation from Jesse Jackson which then qualified her as a "Jesse Hire"; this is slang here in Chicago for an "untouchable hire", meaning this is someone on the City payroll who can never be fired or even disciplined in any way because their employment was a political favor to someone.

Best Actor in a Drama: Barack Obama.  It was quite appropriate that the first lady joined the festivities for Sunday's Academy Awards.  It's not just because Michelle Obama owes her continued residency in the White House in large part to the contributions and celebrity backers from the entertainment industry, but also because her husband's administration is producing more dramas these days than Harvey Weinstein.

Why was Michelle Obama at the Oscars?  It is not enough that President Obama pops up at every sporting event in the nation.  Now the first lady feels entitled, with military personnel as props, to intrude on other forms of entertaining (this time for the benefit of the Hollywood glitterati who so lavishly paid for her husband's election). [...] It makes both the president and the first lady seem small and grasping.  In this case, it was just downright weird.

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The Obamas simply can't stand to let a day go by without one or both of them being on television.  Mrs. Obama is obviously being groomed to run for President in 2016, much like George Wallace's wife, Lurleen, the proxy governor of Alabama in the 1960s.  Mrs. Obama is no less qualified than her husband to be the president, but that's not saying much.

The Oscars, the Obamas and Camelot.  The Obamas are the beneficiaries of a media whose liberal bias is beyond doubt.  They also have a skillful staff that is ruthlessly manipulative and takes full advantage of social media and creative tactics.  But mere bias and smart tactics don't fully explain it.  No president or presidential family has been treated by the mainstream media with the sort of deference if not reverential awe the Obamas get since John F. Kennedy and his beautiful wife were in the White House.

Heroes, Not Props: FLOTUS Ignores Military Members During Oscar Appearance.  Folks on both sides of the ideological aisle will be debating First Lady Michelle Obama's appearance on the Oscars for some time, but one matter is instantly clear.  The First Lady was flanked by several members of the U.S. military during her satellite appearance from The White House to announce the Best Picture winner, and she failed to acknowledge their presence or their heroism.

'Statist propaganda:' Michelle Obama slammed for using military as 'props' during Oscars appearance.  First lady Michelle Obama is under fire after she appeared as a long-distance award presenter on the Oscars Sunday evening [2/24/2013], flanked by active-duty American service members.  The well-dressed members of the military stood attentively behind the first lady inside the White House as she presented the award for best picture to the movie "Argo."  But the use of those service members has left some of her critics fuming.

$50,000 for Michelle's Let's Move! trip .  First lady Michelle Obama's three-day, four-city hop scotch to promote the third anniversary of her "Let's Move!" initiative that cheers healthy eating and exercise will likely cost an estimated $50,000 or more, enough to fund a few programs for kids that the White House fears the sequester will kill.

Michelle Obama at the Oscars: Deconstructing America.  Having Michelle Obama, first lady of the United States, present an Academy Award was such a brilliant strategy for advancing the post-structuralist deconstruction of America, even the Obamas themselves probably didn't realize how genius it was.

Obama and the Media: Old Policy Resurfacing.  When Amory Gutierrez from the Pleasanton Weekly wanted to do a puff piece on the Obamas' helicopter, "Marine One," the White House put out the welcome mat. [...] Gutierrez, however, did not keep to the anticipated script.  Her piece gushed over the helicopter flown by a Marine crew, but then went on to repeat what the Marines had told her.  In nearly four years of flying the Obamas, Michelle Obama had never so much as verbally acknowledged the crew's existence.  Intentional or not, the one line in the otherwise celebratory piece made the first lady look aloof and disdainful of the military — or as some people put it, just plain snooty.  The White House moved decisively into damage-control mode.

Anti-Obesity Programs Fatten Government.  On Feb. 26, first lady Michelle Obama walked into the produce section of a Wal-Mart in Springfield, Mo., to announce the three-year anniversary of her Healthy Food Financing Initiative, a program to bring stores selling fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods deemed "food deserts."  Making it easier to buy produce will reduce obesity, Mrs. Obama claimed.  Had you been there, you would have come away thinking that there was a scientific basis for this initiative and that it wasn't costing taxpayers a dime.

Let's starve! Kids forced to go hungry for hours during Michelle Obama media event.  A very courageous fifth [grade] teacher in the Chicago Public Schools has written a scathing critique of the almost comical misery she and her students endured when they participated in a massive February 28 event kicking off Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Active Schools campaign.  The First Lady's campaign is an effort to improve (and in some cases, bring back) physical education in American schools. White House officials called the event "a groundbreaking, earth-shattering, awesomely-inspiring day."

Michelle Obama's public school disaster.  First Lady Michelle Obama is running a campaign against childhood obesity called "Let's Move!"  In a bit of grim irony, the implementation of this program has been a teachable moment in Big Government stasis and ruling-class arrogance.  A fifth-grade teacher named Leah Putnam wrote an account of the "Let's Move!" ordeal at a forum for Chicago public school teachers — posted, I gather, by a different blog author, who professes themselves an admirer of Mrs. Obama but nevertheless agrees that "the treatment of school children by people who should know better is really appalling."

Michelle Obama's Dream: 'Imagine Our Kids Begging and Pleading, Throwing Tantrums' for Health Food.  In a speech today [3/8/2013] at George Washington University, First Lady Michelle Obama laid out her dream for a healthier-eating America.  The vision, she said, requires greater "product placement."  "[J]ust think for a minute what this country could look like," said Obama, according to the official White House transcript.  "Imagine walking into any grocery store in America and finding the healthiest options clearly marked and centrally placed so that you know within seconds what's good for your family when you walk in that store.

Celebrities-in-Chief.  The Obamas are giving celebrity-worshiping America exactly what it wants:  a glittering facade of "coolness."  What's underneath it doesn't matter in the least. [...] There's a term for persons who are overly interested in appearing on television and other media but it's too impolite to use here.  But Mrs. Obama seems to be one of those persons.  And the sad truth is that America loves it.

Michelle Antoinette's Big B-Day Bash.  This week the Obama administration announced that due to the awful, terrible, nasty, horrible sequestration, they would have to shut down the White House tours for the public.  The same week, a White House source told the Daily Mail that Michelle Obama was planning a birthday blowout for her 50th.  In attendance:  Adele and Beyonce.  The White House did say that the Obamas would pay for the party.  But that's highly unlikely — it's supposed to take place at the White House, which requires Secret Service protection, high-class dining, and all the fringe benefits.

First Lady Turns Easter Egg Roll Into White House 'Fat Camp'.  This year's White House Easter Egg Roll has been turned into a "fat camp" to inflict exercise and the First Lady's "Let's Move!" healthy meal plans on kids who want just want to celebrate the season on the South Lawn.  An e-mail from the "Let's Move!" campaign says the Easter Egg Roll has been turned into a "Let's Move! Social".

Michelle Obama Compares Herself to Murdered Teenager.  In a speech that addressed youth violence in Chicago, First Lady Michelle Obama compared herself to Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl murdered soon after attending President Obama's Second Inauguration.  "Hadiya Pendleton was me, and I was her," said the first lady.

The Height Of Craven Narcissism.  Neither of the Obamas have any shame.  The ghoulishness of using dead children as political props is bad enough, but it also always has to be about them.  Always.  After ignoring Chicago for years and the river of blood it has become, they now show up, I'm guessing because MObama wants something from them and they have to appear concerned.

The use of textbooks as propaganda tools:
Michelle O Wants Textbooks to 'Swap Cupcakes for Apples' in Math Problems.  First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative is praising textbook publishers for "swapping out cupcakes for apples in math problems," in a campaign to incorporate health information into the learning resources for kids.  "Today at the White House, we celebrated a group of educational publishers on their development of voluntary guidance to incorporate health information into textbooks and other learning materials," Let's Move! said in a blog post entitled, "Cookies 2 Carrots," on Wednesday.

Michelle Obama in heated confrontation with heckler, incident left out of transcript.  First lady Michelle Obama got into a heated confrontation with a heckler at a fundraiser on Tuesday night [6/4/2013], though the standoff never made its way into the official transcript put out by the White House.  The pool report, which is produced by and for members of the media, detailed the incident.

After 4 years of Michelle's anti-obesity campaign, America is still getting fatter.  Despite first lady Michelle Obama's four-year campaign to wean the nation off Big Macs and Big Gulps, obesity in America rose last year, continuing an unbroken 15-year streak, according to new figures from the Centers for Disease Control.  In an early release of some data in its 2012 National Health Interview Survey, the CDC said that 28.9 percent of adults are obese, a small but significant jump from 28.7 percent in 2011.  Officials were hoping that 2012 would snap the trend.

San Fernando Valley School Named After Michelle Obama.  School board members have approved a plan to rename a San Fernando Valley elementary school after First Lady Michelle Obama.  Los Angeles Unified board members voted unanimously Tuesday [6/18/2013] to name Valley Region Elementary School No. 13 after Mrs. Obama.

While enjoying a $100 million African vacation...
Michelle Obama Likens Her Upbringing to Senegalese Children's.  In Dakar, Senegal, speaking at the Martin Luther King Middle School, First Lady Michelle Obama likened her upbringing to the upbringing of the Senegalese children at the school.  Obama told the children of her "experience," and how it was similar to theirs.

Michelle Obama: 'Prison-Like Elements' to Being First Lady, 'But It's a Really Nice Prison'.  In Tanzania, Michelle Obama joked about the "prison-like elements" of being first lady.  "[B]ut it's a really nice prison," she said.  "You can't complain."

The Editor has a comment:
You can't complain, says the ingrate, as she complains about how tough her life is.

Michelle Obama: Being First Lady is like living in a 'really nice prison'.  Obama's comment came during her discussion with former First Lady Laura Bush at the African First Ladies Summit in Tanzania during an interview moderated by journalist Cokie Roberts.  Roberts noted that Martha Washington, the first First Lady, also described living in the role as akin to being a state prisoner.

Michelle Obama Tired of Living in a 'Prison'.  This is a favorite technique of the Obamas:  to denounce, demean, and disdain — preening, by praising with faint damnation — while enjoying privilege and opulence others can only dream of.  Mrs. Obama, I'll let you in on a little secret:  your husband has a get-out-of-jail-free card for you.  He can resign any time he likes.  He can liberate you from the claustrophobe's nightmare of a life you're living in that close, confining White House, with its endless dinners, parties, receptions, concerts, parades of dignitaries, command performances, rock stars, and galas.  Help you say no for good to the opulent trips, ethereal resorts, and regal dining constantly foisted upon you.

Michelle Obama in $1,295 dress
Michelle Obama Arrived in Senegal Wearing a $1,295 Designer Dress.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.)

Top 5 Things Michelle Obama Has Complained About (So Far).  [#5]  The White House is like a "really nice prison."  That would mean that the First Lady failed to make parole in November 2012.  Ms. Obama made that complaint at the African First Ladies Summit in Tanzania, among fellow inmates, some from countries where the opposition occupies really nasty prisons.

First lady-backed school lunch regs cost school district $100,000.  A New York school district is giving the boot to the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) [sic] and its new restrictive regulations mandating the number of calories and nutrients in each meal.  The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district announced this month that after a school year struggling with the new guidelines under the Michelle Obama-backed Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act, the school will not be participating in the program this coming school year.

New York school drops Michelle Obama lunch standards: Kids too hungry.  New York's Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district has become the latest casualty in first lady Michelle Obama's preferred lunch plan, dropping the menu after too many students complained of hunger.  "[Food service manager Nicky] Boehm and her staff worked hard to implement the new regulations, but there were just too many problems and too many foods that students did not like and would not purchase," said Assistant Superintendent Chris Abdoo about the National School Lunch Program in a statement reported by EAGNews.org.  "Students complained of being hungry with these lunches and the district lost money."

Michelle Obama Gives a Nod to 'Walking School Buses'.  First Lady Michelle Obama is promoting walking to school as part of her anti-obesity campaign.  In remarks to mayors gathered at the White House last week, the first lady singled out Knox County, Tenn., which — inspired by Mrs. Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign — has created a bike-share program and something called a "walking school bus." [...] A "walking school bus" is a group of children who walk to school with adult chaperones.

First lady Michelle Obama shines new light on gun control debate.  Michelle Obama is speaking out about the toll that gun violence is taking on young people, in a shift that shows the first lady's willingness to tackle new and polarizing issues as she shapes her second term.

The Editor says...
The position of First Lady is not an elected office.  Therefore she does not have a first or second term.  This is another example of a left-wing political position Michelle Obama has undertaken, which is why criticism of her is perfectly fair.  She is not just a bystander and observer of the Obama administration, she is an active participant in it.

First Lady: Barack's Working to Free Americans from 'Any Form of Public Assistance'.  In an e-mail to supporters, First Lady Michelle Obama says she grew up in a family that didn't need help from the government, and that her husband is working to make Americans free from dependence on government once again. [... But] The Obama Administration's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has arranged to pay a public relations firm $8 million to promote dependence on government-run health care — enrollment in ObamaCare's health insurance exchanges.  In Pennsylvania alone, HHS is spending $4 million to promote Obamacare at state health clinics.

Does anyone believe this?
Michelle Obama: 'No,' I Will Never Run for President.  In an interview with Parade magazine, First Lady Michelle Obama says "No" when asked whether she'll "ever run" for president of the United States.  But the first lady is confident she'll see a female president in her lifetime.

Kentucky students to first lady Michelle Obama: Your food 'tastes like vomit'.  Students in a rural Kentucky county — and their parents — are the latest to join a growing national chorus of scorn for the healthy school lunches touted by first lady Michelle Obama.  "They say it tastes like vomit," said Harlan County Public Schools board member Myra Mosley at a contentious board meeting last week, reports The Harlan Daily Enterprise.

Michelle Obama to splash media with new issue: Drink more water.  After 4½ years of reminding Americans to eat their vegetables, Michelle Obama is turning her attention to what's in their glasses.  On Thursday [9/12/2013], she and her staff will begin to ask Americans to drink more water.

Michelle Obama turns her 'Let's Move!' health drive to 'Let's Drink!' (water).  Numerous companies like Brita, Dasani, Arrowhead, Deer Park, Ice Mountain, Zephyrhills, Ozarka and Poland Spring are joining in with logos and promotions to help out the water-drinking campaign for some reason.  Trying to figure out what they have in common.

Michelle Obama's water torture.  Just when you thought the Nanny State couldn't get anymore drunk with patronizing power over people, along comes Michelle Obama with a most urgent plea: Make sure you drink water!  Who knew?!  Apparently we now need the government to tell us to do the most basic of things. [...] It would not surprise me to see the First Lady begin to offer advice on how to dress ourselves.

Is Michelle Obama over-hyping hydration?  While water is inarguably essential to our long-term health (people do tend to die after a few days without it), the first lady may be going too far in touting the energy-giving properties of H20.  "The idea [that] drinking water increases energy, the word I've used to describe it is:  quixotic," kidney specialist Dr Stanley Goldfarb of the University of Pennsylvania told Politico.  Beyond hydration, he said, there's little evidence that water does anything for us at all.

Michelle Obama Launches Courageous New Program Urging People To Drink Water.  If there's one thing a country facing trillions of dollars in debt needs, it's a taxpayer funded campaign reminding people to drink water.

Let's Drink to Phasing Out the First Lady.  The country's leading health-and-nutrition buttinsky has not just one but two Ivy League diplomas and earned over a quarter-of-a-million dollars back in 2006, before the Great Recession destroyed the hopes and dreams of entire generations, including those not yet born.  Now she makes no salary at all and provides diet-and-exercise information that doesn't even require a GED.

Michelle Obama and Other Hydration-Related Issues.  It used to be when a person felt hungry, they ate, and when their God-given internal water gauge indicated they were running low, they drank.  That's the old way.  Now we have Michelle Obama spending her time "nudging" us away from the soda aisle toward the water fountain.

Michelle Obama to urge companies to stop marketing unhealthy foods to kids.  Michelle Obama on Wednesday will urge companies to stop marketing unhealthy food choices to children.  The first lady will ask food and media executives to promote healthy choices while decreasing the marketing of unhealthy products to kids, according to a White House notice about the event.  The move could prove politically controversial, as Obama has come under fire from conservatives who charge the first lady is trying to dictate what people eat and drink.

The Editor says...
Michelle Obama couldn't care less about nutrition.  Her goal is to decrease "the marketing of unhealthy products to kids."  Marketing and advertising.  Her apparent goal, and certainly her husband's goal, is the destruction of capitalism.

Michelle Obama targets cartoon characters in junk food ads.  Michelle Obama on Wednesday urged businesses not to allow their cartoon characters to be used to market unhealthy food to kids, saying firms can make money encouraging kids to eat well.  "The fact is that marketing nutritious foods to our kids isn't just good for our kids' health, it can be good for a company's bottom line," she said Wednesday [9/18/2013] at a White House conference on marketing.

The Editor says...
See?  It was "a White House conference on marketing."  Not a conference on nutrition.  Marketing.  Capitalism appears to be Michelle Obama's enemy.

The irony of Michelle Obama's water campaign.  If you're not dehydrated, drinking more water won't give you more energy or cure your headaches, as her office vaguely claims.  But it might take up belly space that otherwise would have gone to grape soda, Red Bull or some other sugary concoction.  Team Michelle won't admit this is the real agenda, insisting this is just a healthy, helpful reminder from the first lady.

First lady dines at Bibiana.  Spotted:  Michelle Obama sitting down for a meal at a downtown Washington Italian restaurant on Wednesday [10/16/2013], just hours before Congress passed legislation to fund the government and avert a default.  The first lady was seen dining with two companions at Bibiana, arriving at 7 p.m. and staying for nearly three hours.

PBS helps to peddle White House propaganda:
First lady enlists Sesame Street to promote healthy eating.  Sesame Street's Elmo and Rosita joined Michelle Obama at the White House on Wednesday [10/30/2013] to announce that the [M]uppets would start promoting fruit and vegetable consumption for kids.  And companies will be able to use the beloved characters for free.  "Just imagine what will happen when we take our kids to the grocery store, and they see Elmo and Rosita and the other Sesame Street Muppets they love up and down the produce aisle," [Mrs.] Obama said.  "Imagine what it will be like to have our kids begging us to buy them fruits and vegetables instead of cookies, candy and chips."

The Editor says...
Popeye used to squeeze open a can of spinach and practically inhale the contents, just before the violent conclusion of each of his cartoons.  So when I was six years old, I really wanted to eat raw spinach and hope for the same results.  But after tasting it only once, I went back to ice cream and candy.  The so-called first lady apparently wants us to believe that young people choose snacks based on the packaging rather than the taste.  She fails to understand that we are not idiots.

First Crony Michelle Obama's Big Business Bonanza.  On Wednesday, Mrs. Obama announced an agreement by the Sesame Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) to join her nonprofit Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) in a two-year agreement to help promote fresh fruit and vegetable consumption to kids. [...] Joining her for the rollout of that initiative:  Hollywood actress Eva Longoria, who gets paid to promote sugary soda pop Pepsi when she's not standing by Michelle Obama telling the rest of us to drink more healthy water.  Mrs. Obama's nonprofit reportedly has assets of $4.5 million.  It doesn't have to disclose its donors.  So much for the "most transparent administration ever."

Obama-linked firm received 'unauthorized' $100,000 contract for Michelle Obama's anti-obesity effort.  The marketing firm that created first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" anti-obesity campaign's logo, slogan and web design has close ties to the Obama administration and was paid $100,000 in an "unauthorized" no-bid contract, according to internal documents.  The 44 pages of documents — obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FIOA) request by the conservative government accountability group Judicial Watch — reveal that federal officials are looking into the Let's Move contract with Shepardson, Stern & Kaminsky (SS+K) as an "unauthorized commitment."  According to Judicial Watch, the contract violated federal contracting laws.

Michelle Obama: 'We Want to Honor and Embrace All... Faith Traditions'.  At a White House Diwali celebration on Tuesday afternoon [11/5/2013], First Lady Michelle Obama said that she and her husband wanted to celebrate all the faith and culture traditions 'that make us who we are as Americans."  Even as she was saying this, there were 200 plaintiffs pursuing 77 lawsuits asking federal courts to protect their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion from a regulation issued by the administration under Obamacare that requires health insurance plans to cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion inducing drugs and devices.

Obama using food-stamp cash to fund Michelle's 'Let's Move'.  On Nov. 1, sizable cuts were gouged into the federal food-stamp program (or, as it's now called, SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), which feeds 47.6 million people, or nearly one in six Americans.  In the city, 1.9 million folks get the bulk of their Jell-O and Campbell's Soup from stamps.  But news has spread among the poor, like leafy green vegetables, that it wasn't heartless Republicans who triggered the cuts.  Rather, some of the food-stamp cash was snatched to pay for Michelle Obama's pet project, Let's Move.

Obama's American Dream.  At some point before the 2008 election, an angry sounding Michelle Obama snarled, "there are kids who still believe in the American dream.  They think it exists!"  For the past five years, her husband has been doing everything in his power to make sure it doesn't.  Under Obama, the American Dream — the idea that anyone can achieve prosperity through hard work — is becoming a thing of the past.

Michelle Obama's 14 Obamacare talking points for Thanksgiving dinner.  First lady Michelle Obama not only wants Americans to consider signing up for Obamacare during their Thanksgiving get-togethers, she's also offering tips on how to talk about it and wants feedback.  In a fundraising note to supporters that also cheered her husband's economic and global warming efforts, the first lady urged supporters of the president's grassroots group Organizing for Action to share their Obamacare experiences.

Michelle's New Holiday Tradition — Fundraising on Thanksgiving!.  Michelle Obama today sent out an email making clear that nothing's sacred anymore, using the Thanksgiving holiday to raise money for President Obama's political arm, Organizing for Action.

Michelle Obama's idea of Thanksgiving table talk: Push the Obamacare.  So this is how first lady Michelle Obama imagines Americans should spend their Thanksgiving dinner:  Talking about Obamacare.  That's her call to supporters, via an email invitation to Democratic Party backers, The New York Post reported.  "As you spend time with loved ones this holiday season, be sure to talk with them about what health care reform can mean to them," she said, in the email that contained 14 talking points that could be raised. [...] Mrs. Obama's tips are posted on an Internet site operated by Organizing for Action, called "Health Care for the Holidays."

New survey: Despite Michelle Obama, Americans are eating less healthy.  According to the Obama White House, the first family consumed a Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, honey-baked ham, cornbread stuffing, oyster stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, greens, green bean casserole, dinner rolls and macaroni and cheese.  Then, the family washed all that down with nine kinds of pies:  huckleberry, pecan, sweet potato, peach, apple, pumpkin, banana cream, coconut cream and chocolate cream.

President Obama has nine different types of pie for White House Thanksgiving dinner.  President Barack Obama is celebrating Thanksgiving with a quiet family dinner at the White House — where he will be feasting on a choice of nine pies.

Michelle Obama on Barack: 'He Keeps His Promises'.  ABC's Barbara Walters did another in a series of sycophantic gushing and fawning interviews with the Obamas Friday [11/29/2013].  In the wake of the President's fallacious claim that people could keep their health insurance plans if they liked them, the most preposterous part of the interview was when Michelle Obama said her husband "keeps his promises" without any pushback from Walters.

Michelle Obama wears controversial J Mendel jacket again despite backlash over its $6,800 price tag.  Michelle Obama has once again stepped out in her $6,800 J Mendel jacket, despite fielding a backlash last time she wore the pricey garment.  The First Lady looked suitably festive as she joined her family yesterday for the taping of TNT's Christmas in Washington at the National Building Museum.  But the last time she wore the embellished garment, in July 2012 at a Buckingham Palace reception in London, political commentators took issue with the fact that she had spent so much on fashion while so many in the U.S. are suffering financially.

First lady to go on radio blitz for ObamaCare.  Michelle Obama will sit for a trio of interviews with urban radio stations as part of a coordinated White House blitz intended to promote ObamaCare coverage among mothers and minorities.  The first lady will be interviewed Wednesday evening by Yolanda Adams, Al Sharpton, and Joe Madison, three of the nation's most popular African American talk radio hosts.

Michelle Keeps it Real with Reverend Al.  After heading up a 'poor me' sob-story session with mothers in the Oval Office, packing for the nine-hour flight to Oahu, and wrapping up a 16-day Obamacare public relations blitz, 'Mom-to-Mom' Michelle found time to take to the airwaves and dial in to the "Keeping it Real with Reverend Al Sharpton" radio show.

The Editor says...
Mrs. Obama only speaks to black radio hosts.  But if you criticize that trait, or even notice it, you're a racist.

Michelle Obama steps into health care spotlight.  The first lady has done little to promote the Affordable Care Act in recent months, marking a shift from her usual role as the president's middle class messenger — a move that allowed her to sidestep the political battles over the law, and questions about the administration's trustworthiness.

First lady: Signing up for Obamacare should be New Year's resolution.  The administration is scrambling to sign up consumers in insurance exchanges after the glitch-ridden launch of the healthcare.gov website in October led to lower than expected sign-ups and undercut public support for Obama's signature domestic achievement.

Oprah's neighbors inconvenienced by Michelle Obama's visit, report says.  Michelle Obama may be enjoying a relaxing vacation in Hawaii at Oprah Winfrey's Maui mansion, but the talk show host's neighbors are reportedly much less Zen ever since the first lady came to town.  TMZ reports that the increased security around Oprah's home has become a nuisance for her neighbors, as road closures and security checkpoints have been created to protect the first lady.

Michelle Obama's extended Hawaii stay annoys locals: report.  Michelle Obama's birthday visit at Oprah Winfrey's Maui estate has neighbors a little miffed at the additional security and its impact on business.  The owner of nearby Goble's Flower Farm told TMZ that security checkpoints have been dissuading customers from shopping there.  Other business owners complained of dwindling inventories due to road closures blocking their deliveries.

Michelle Obama Chooses Jane Fonda As Role Model.  In the January 27 issue of People Magazine, First Lady Michelle Obama cites Jane Fonda as a role model.  "[And] there's Jane Fonda, a beautiful, engaged, politically savvy, sharp woman," Michelle Obama responded after being asked by People who she would someday want to look and live like.

Michelle Obama wants $10 donations to 'help protect Obamacare'.  Just one day before he gives the annual State of the Union address, the first lady sent out a fundraising email to supporters hoping to use the speech to prompt donations to help Democrats in the midterm elections this fall.

Here's what Michael Tusk served Michelle Obama at Cotogna.  But in middle of the day, Ms. Michelle Obama and a number of her guests dined at Cotogna.  It looks like the Obamas are fans of Lindsay and Michael Tusk's Pacific Avenue restaurants; back in 2012, Michael Tusk cooked for President Obama (in a private home), serving him dishes like cheese-filled tortelloni and poularde in various preparations.  On Thursday [1/30/2014], this was the menu presented to the First Lady and company: [...]

First Lady, Barbra Streisand Raise Cash for Dems, Warn of GOP Resurgence.  Barbra Streisand, Tim Robbins and other progressive stars helped First Lady Michelle Obama fill Democrat coffers yesterday [1/29/2014] to keep both the House and Senate out of the GOP's mitts.  The L.A. fundraiser, held at the home of Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal, also included James Brolin, Paul Reiser, Dolores Roberts and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.  The event netted $700,000 for the liberal cause.

Mrs. Obama Takes a Jab at Us "Wilderness" Folks.  First Lady Michelle Obama took a jab at rural Americans during a speech she delivered to Democrats at the posh Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, according to a White House transcript of her remarks. [...] Mrs. Obama's insulting slap at us "country folk" echos similar comments her husband made in 2008 — ironically in San Francisco.  Then-Senator Obama was bemoaning the church-going, working class voters of Pennsylvania.

Michelle Obama urges students to seek taxpayer money.  "Don't leave money on the table," Michelle Obama told students at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia this week, seeking to put as many people as possible on the receiving end of a government check.  Nothing builds the Democrats' voter base faster than the widespread ability to raid other taxpayers for support.  How widespread?  "Almost everyone is eligible for some form of financial aid, and all you have to do to access that aid is fill out this one little form.  It's so simple."  Simple, as in one-stop shopping, all the better to build that constituency for OPM (other people's money).

Obama's Loafer Nation.  Michelle Obama recently urged high school students to grab as much taxpayer money as they can by applying for federal aid when they go to college.  At T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia she told students that applying for federal student aid is easier than they think: [...] Yet student loan defaults continue to skyrocket.  One day the bubble will burst and Republicans will be handed the blame.

First lady: Gay football player is an 'inspiration'.  Michelle Obama says a gay University of Missouri football player is "an inspiration to all of us."

The Unheralded Return of Michelle, The Activist.  The unmasking of Michelle Obama the 'returned activist' went down in history at a Virginia high school on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.  Five years into the Obama regime, Michelle came out of the White House as the activist she's always been to instruct high school students that they are entitled to "free" government handouts.  "Don't leave money on the table," she said.  In a personal trajectory that went from telling kids what to eat to teaching them how to game the system, it's no longer encouraging students to be the best they can be but how to get the most they can get out of government largesse.

Michelle's dogs apparently dine on china and crystal.  Poverty and unemployment are at near-record levels, the economy is stalled, and a record 47 million Americans are on food stamps, yet aides for first lady Michelle Obama's tweeted out a picture of her two dogs apparently dining at a table laid with crystal and china.

Stunning insensitivity from Michelle Obama.  Michelle Obama's lust for luxury has always been a bit of a problem for her husband and Democrats in general.  Jetting off to five star resorts with a large entourage has too much dissonance with the rhetoric denouncing inequality currently in favor with the left.  But the First Lady has now outdone herself, and because a picture is worth a thousand words, the damage may be a bit more serious than the occasional grumble over designer shoes and livin' large.

CNN: Michelle Obama's 'Dress Probably Cost Around $12,000'.  The dress first lady Michelle Obama wore at last night's state dinner was the topic of discussion last night on CNN. [...] Another guest on CNN last night thought the cost was about $12,000.  "Well, by the way, I think that dress probably cost around $12,000.  But that's just my guess," said Sally Quinn.

Michelle Obama chooses Carolina Herrera for state dinner dress.  The first lady chose a dramatic Carolina Herrera ball gown with a voluminous skirt and lace-overlay top.  The blue and black gown is the first dress with sleeves Obama has worn to a state dinner.  Previously she donned one-shouldered pieces from Peter Soronen and Doo-Ri Chung, and a strapless gown by Naeem Khan for the administration's first official state dinner in 2009 for India.

Michelle Obama [wears] $12,000' Carolina Herrera gown at the White House state dinner.  Michelle Obama chose Venezuelan-American designer Carolina Herrera for the gown she wore Tuesday [2/11/2014] to the state dinner honoring French President Francois Hollande.

Media Sidestep Five-Figure Price Estimate on Mrs. Obama's State Dinner Dress.  Michael W. Chapman of our sister site CNSNews.com reports on cost estimates for the hand-sewn gown Michelle Obama wore at Tuesday's state dinner for the prime minister of France.  Think five figures.  If Ann Romney were First Lady now, would that escape the media's politicized scrutiny?

Michelle Obama's Childhood-Obesity Myth.  A decade-long drumbeat of bad news about childhood obesity is now officially wrong.  Michelle Obama is wrong, too.  America is not in the grip of a childhood-obesity epidemic and, consequently, the first lady's much-ballyhooed anti-obesity strategy is redundant, at best.

Supermarket alert: Michelle Obama on the nutrition label.  Michelle Obama's feigned concern that nutrition labels on food packages make grocery shopping a difficult and trying experience for the moms of America, is no different than her televised dancing gig with giant anthropomorphic vegetables that kicked off the fourth anniversary of her 'Let's Move' campaign on Jimmy Fallon's all too accommodating The Tonight Show.

First lady Michelle Obama thinks you're too dumb to read a nutrition label.  First lady Michelle Obama unveiled a proposed new nutrition label Thursday, claiming the labels would make it easier for families to tell whether food is healthy.  Because math is hard, or something.  If your "nanny-state" radar is going off, it should.

Michelle Obama: America's Moms Are 'Confused and Bewildered,' 'Defeated' by Grocery Shopping.  Apparently it's not the price of the groceries, but the nutrition labels on food packages that make grocery shopping such a difficult and trying experience for the moms of America.  In pitching new, improved nutrition labels at the White House on Thursday, first lady Michelle Obama tried to identify with women who do the grocery shopping for their families.

FLOTUS to Appear on 'Parks and Recreation,' Show Wants Hillary Clinton, Too.  Not content with their news division selectively editing video after video to favor President Barack Obama, NBC is now shilling for the administration in the dramatic department.  First Lady Michelle Obama will guest-star on NBC's season finale of Parks and Recreation, airing at 8 p.m. April 24.

Michelle Obama plans pricey trip to China.  Michelle Obama, her daughters and her mother plan a week-long solo visit to China this month that includes meetings with China's first lady and high school and university students­ — and that will likely cost U.S. taxpayers millions of dollars.

Spring Break: Mrs. Obama Visiting China With Daughters and Mother.  Michelle Obama plans a weeklong solo visit to China this month that includes meetings with China's first lady and high school and university students.

Michelle Obama Throwing Food onto Global Warming List.  With most public focus on her husband's stridently anti-American policies, unelected Michelle Obama, has found her way into peoples' homes by surreptitiously adding the everyday food the masses eat to the Global Warming list.  It should go without saying that who ever controls the food and water supply controls the entire population.  Making the food supply subject to Global Warming through new dietary guidelines to be mandated by Congress is the latest move for control by the Obama regime.

Has Charles Rangel Forgotten the Real 9/11?  [Scroll down]  We should have been aware of where this nation was headed when Barack Hussein Obama was elected president in 2008.  As soon as we heard Michelle Obama say after her husband's selection as candidate, "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country...," we knew how little respect both of them had for America. [...] I hope and pray that in the upcoming elections we band together and elect those who love our country and have always been proud of it.

A plunge in US preschool obesity? Not so fast, experts say.  If the news last month that the prevalence of obesity among American preschoolers had plunged 43 percent in a decade sounded too good to be true, that's because it probably was, researchers say.

WH: 'Real Treat' for Michelle Obama to Take Her Mom and Daughters to China.  First lady Michelle Obama "has been looking for an opportunity to go to China," a White House official said on Monday.  And she considers it a "real treat" to take her daughters and her mother with her — a trip she's making at considerable expense to taxpayers, although the White House refused to give a dollar figure. [...] Asked how much the trip will cost, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes replied, "As a general matter, we don't disclose the details associated with the security of either the president or the first lady.  This question comes up on many trips. [...]"

The Editor says...
When questions arose about the cost of the trip, the White House immediately changed the subject to security, about which nobody asked.

Michelle Obama and family take another taxpayer-funded trip.  The first lady, her mother, her two kids, plus numerous White House aides and security personnel are going to tour China this month, but White House officials are refusing to say how much the taxpayers will pay for the trip.

Keywords:  Junket, shopping trip, splurge, squander, carbon footprint, luxury, tone deaf
First lady Michelle Obama faces scrutiny for China trip with daughters, mom.  First lady Michelle Obama is getting ready for her third overseas trip without her husband since arriving in the White House, but her journey to China may be watched more closely.  Mrs. Obama will be traveling with three generations.  She'll be joined by Sasha, Malia and her mother, Marian Shields Robinson, a subtle gesture to traditional Chinese values.  White House officials are calling this visit a "people to people" trip.

Michelle Obama's China trip looks more like vacation than official business as she shuts out reporters.  First lady Michelle Obama will not take questions from reporters or give interviews during her tour of China that begins today [3/19/2014], and members of the press corps who usually follows the first family everywhere can't travel with her entourage.  And although she will make a few speeches with reporters in the room, the picture is largely one of an expensive, taxpayer-funded tourism exercise for Mrs. Obama, her two daughters, and her mother — not the official trip the White House has projected.

No Reporters on Michelle Obama's Trip to China.  First Lady Michelle Obama will be accompanied by her children and her mother on her trip to China, which begins today.  But she won't be accompanied by the press.  "Michelle Obama's trip to China starting on Wednesday will be nonpolitical, the White House says, a 'people-to-people exchange' emphasizing the importance that both nations place on education.  As if to underscore the point, no reporters are traveling with the first lady, and she does not plan to give interviews while there," reports the New York Times.

Obama ladies touch down in China amid taxpayer uproar.  First lady Michelle Obama, her two daughters, Malia and Sasha, and her mother touched down Thursday in China for what's being touted as a weeklong feel-good tourist event, amid increasing murmurs back home about U.S. taxpayers having to foot the bill. [...] No reporters accompanied the family on the trip.

Michelle lands in China for week-long trip with her daughters and mother.  Michelle Obama arrived in China on Thursday for a weeklong visit that will steer clear of politics and instead focusing on education and community.  The First Lady arrived in Beijing today, accompanied by daughters Sasha and Malia as well as her mother Marian Robinson.

Michelle Obama: It's very rare that I have the chance to travel outside of the United States.  During her visit to China, first lady Michelle Obama pointed out that the ability to travel outside of the United States was "rare" but that she chose China for a reason.  "It's very rare that I have the opportunity to travel outside of the United States, and it's even more rare to have the opportunity to travel with three generations — with my daughters, and with my mother," she said.  "And it is no accident that one of our first trips as a family is here to China."

The Editor says...
Does Mrs. Obama expect anyone to believe that this is one of her first trips, or that a junket that excludes her husband is undertaken "as a family?"

Beijing hotel workers already 'fed up' with Obama entourage in 3400-square-foot, $8,350-per-night suite.  Michelle Obama and three of her family members are staying in a $8,350-per-night Beijing presidential suite, but despite a 24-hour butler and other perks that come with the lodging, her entourage has inconvenienced 'pretty much everyone' and made the hotel staff 'fed up,' a well-placed hotel staffer has told MailOnline.  The sumptuous pad at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang hotel — its website calls the room 'an oasis of comfort — is a 3,400-square-foot masterpiece including a private steam room, 'corner sofas with silk pillows,' and in-room dining for six.  But the Obamas' stay has already affected staff and guests at the hotel, with the Westin front-desk veteran alleging that Mrs. Obama's mother Marian Robinson has been 'barking at the staff since she arrived.'

Dealing with Michelle Obama's press office is no cake walk.  Earlier this week, Dylan Byers, the media writer for Politico, detailed his dealings that day with Michelle Obama's press office and just how difficult it was to get his question answered.  "It's absolutely terrible," he wrote me by email.  The information Byers sought involved a NYT report that no reporters would be accompanying the first lady on her trip to China.  NYT's Nick Kristoff said the call was a bad one.  Byers wanted to know why the decision was made in the first place.  "A spokesperson for the First Lady responded to my inquiry but declared the response 'off the record,' meaning I wasn't allowed to use the information therein," he wrote in a post.

Why Does Michelle Obama's Mother Live at the White House?  Here's a question I'll bet nobody ever asked Jay Carney at a White House press briefing:  Why does Michelle Obama's mother live at the White House at taxpayer expense? [...] Now that Michelle Obama's mother has caused a disruption on the latest exotic vacation for the first lady, perhaps it is time for some answers about why Marian Robinson is even on the trip to China.  Worse, why is she appearing in official photographs with Chinese officials?

Michelle Obama: My Husband and I Welcome 'Criticism' from 'Media' and 'Our Fellow Americans'.  First Lady Michelle Obama addressed students and faculty at Peking University in Bejing, China on Saturday[,] addressing free speech issues.

A Rebuttal To First Lady's Claim That They Welcome Criticism.  They sure have a strange way of showing their "welcome."  What was the IRS scandal but a project to "shut up conservative voices" that criticize the president?  The IRS is now in the process of codifying the rules they used to illegally target conservative 501(C)(4) groups.  This president has been at war with Fox News since the early days of his administration, and has called out Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity by name.  This is the president of "Fight the Smears," "Attack Watch," "Truth Team," and Linda Douglass's ghastly "snitch network" which was set up to squelch "misinformation" (aka "the truth") about ObamaCare.  And just last month the FCC had to shelve their plans to have "news police" monitoring newsrooms, only because of the huge public outcry.

Michelle Obama says internet access should be 'universal right'.  Michelle Obama has declared that access to the internet should be a universal right, in a rare and controversial foray into the world of international politics during a cultural visit to China.  The US first lady, who is on a week-long trip to the communist state with her daughters and mother, risked upsetting her hosts in Beijing by declaring access to information as a birthright.  During a speech at Peking University's Stanford Centre, she called for greater freedoms while refraining from a direct attack on the controls over information in China.

Press banned as first lady touts free speech.  First lady Michelle Obama told students that freedom of speech should be a universal right during her extravagant, no-press-allowed tour of China — a hypocritical move that will surely draw the ire of critics, according to an expert.  "That is troublesome.  That goes beyond hypocritical, and I think the American media and the international media has every right to call her and the Obama administration on that — that they permitted that to happen," said Tom Whalen, a political history professor at Boston University. [...] The first lady stopped at Peking University in Beijing yesterday [3/22/2014] during a weeklong trip that was billed as cultural rather than political.

Michelle Obama: Barack And I Welcome Criticism From The Media.  [Quoting Michelle Obama:]  That's why it's so important for information and ideas to flow freely over the internet and through the media, because that's how we discover the truth.  That's how we learn what's really happening in our communities in our country and our world.  And that's how we decide which values and ideas we think are best — by questioning and debating them vigorously — by listening to all sides of an argument and by judging for ourselves.

Cost of First Lady's Beijing Hotel Was Deemed 'Prohibitive' for Biden.  The White House has been tight-lipped about the cost of First Lady Michelle Obama's trip to China, but based on the choice for lodging, it could be considerable.  Mrs. Obama and her entourage, which numbers seventy according to the Washington Times (including her two daughters and her mother), booked the Westin Chaoyang Hotel close to the U.S. embassy in Beijing for their first stop.  According to USA Today, the presidential suite at the hotel is listed as $8,400 per night.

The lies, lies and more lies in Michelle Obama's Coming Out Party in China.  The Coming out Party of Michelle Robinson Obama in China proves she's as big a hypocrite as her husband the president.  "When it comes to expressing yourself freely, and worshipping as you choose, and having open access to information — we believe those are universal rights that are the birthright of every person on this planet," Mrs Obama told an audience of around 200 students. [...] In fact were it not for an enterprising newspaper of another country, The Telegraph, the Free World may never have known about Michelle Obama's Coming Out Party in the Orient because American reporters were banned from the multi-million dollar trip.

Inside Michelle Obama's hotel's luxurious $8,400-a-night presidential suite in China.  It’s billed as an ‘oasis of comfort’, with a Jacuzzi, rainforest shower, and silk pillows — step inside the $8,400-a-night (£5,000) suite Michelle Obama currently calls home.  The first lady is staying at the five-star Westin Hotel in Chaoyang, just outside Beijing, during her week-long trip to China with her two daughters Malia and Sasha, and her mother Marian Robinson.  During her trip, described as a 'person-to-person' soft diplomatic tour, the family will be staying in the Jinmao Presidential Suite at the hotel, near the US Embassy.

Former W.H. press aide: Michelle Obama's office is 'the Worst Wing' of W.H..  Reid Cherlin, a former White House press aide, has written a critical look at the first lady's office in the current issue of the New Republic.  Entitled, "The Worst Wing: How the East Wing Shrunk Michelle Obama," the piece consists primarily of unnamed former aides complaining about her "leadership style" and their inability to cultivate a good relationship with her.

Michelle Obama, Control Freak.  Writing in the New Republic, former White House West Wing press aide Reid Cherlin goes pretty far out on a limb for a former in-guy with the Obama towel-whipping society, describing First Lady Michelle Obama as a controlling yet sometimes fickle East Wing boss who has created an unhappy work environment.  Apparently, all that spontanaiety you see from Michelle takes a lot of planning.

Michelle's Hard-Knock Life Story Comes to China.  Recycling her tried-and-true American dream story, Michelle Obama gave Chinese schoolchildren the same stump speech she delivers everywhere she goes, from Ireland to Chicago.  The FLOTUS has used her hard-knock life tale to justify more vacations for herself than her husband has golf balls.  The problem is that the story is exaggerated, and even if it weren't, to complain about struggling as a child in a free country as opposed to a struggling as a child in a country where the annual average family income is $10,220 today, which is similar to what it was in 1972 in the U.S. when six-year-old Michelle Obama was supposedly struggling, proves the woman is oblivious.

Michelle Obama's Food Program Is Non-Nutritious Waste Of Money.  The $12 billion federal student lunch program, which serves 30.7 million kids, is losing participants fast — more than a million just last year, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.  The reason:  the first lady's Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act, an act that has accomplished exactly the opposite of what it claimed it would — leaving hungry, angry, disgusted kids and dumpsters full of wasted food.  Kids have taken to Twitter to post photographs of the wretched results of the new federal guidelines that any school participating in the National School Lunch Program must follow to comply with the government-knows-best program for nutrition.

Kansas Speech by Michelle Obama Draws Complaints.  A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for [Michelle] Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena.

Protests force Holder, Michelle Obama to cancel speeches; What's going on?  Politicians like to associate themselves with happy family times like graduations.  They make for smiley photo-ops while the pols deliver their prescribed talking points to the more important audiences beyond the cameras.  But it seems a group of students and their parents figured out they were about to become breathing props for another day-trip appearance by Mrs. Obama.

Michelle Obama scraps graduation speech.  First lady Michelle Obama is scrapping her plans to deliver a graduation speech for high school seniors in Topeka, Kan., after hundreds signed a petition in protest.  Instead of delivering a graduation speech, Obama will speak before the school district the day before graduation, and will deliver remarks at a "Senior Recognition Day."  More than 1,750 people had signed a petition protesting the first lady's appearance at the graduation ceremony, angered that security concerns would limit the number of friends and family who could attend.

Michelle Obama's Favorite Food: Pizza and Fries.  First lady Michelle Obama told children at the White House's Annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Thursday [4/24/2014] that her favorite healthy food was pizza and her favorite junk food was French fries.  "So I'm gonna give you my favorite healthy thing to eat, which actually is my favorite thing to eat — pizza.  Yes, but usually when I have pizza — alright don't get mad at me — I do veggie pizzas," she said in response to a question about her favorite food.

Michelle Obama spotted at the Salamander Resort in Middleburg.  First lady Michelle Obama spending a quiet weekend in Middleburg with daughters Malia and Sasha in tow at the tony Salamander Resort.  While the president was being trailed by flashing cameras and notebook-wielding reporters on a four-country tour through Asia, Michelle Obama's itinerary was a tad bit more low-key.  On Friday she was spotted in the lobby of the luxury resort owned by multimillionaire Sheila Johnson.

Michelle Obama 2-Day Hotel Stay in China Costs $222K.  Michelle Obama wrapped up her March visit to China with a stop in Chengdu, arriving on March 25 and departing for the United States on the following day. But that one leg of the trip alone required about 900 room nights, ranging from 21 rooms beginning on March 13 for the advance team to a peak of 144 rooms when the first lady herself was at the hotel.

Michelle's Motto: 'Sometimes the best time is to do nothing at all'.  Much to my astonishment, after chronicling all the travels and the affluent way of life enjoyed by the spoilt first lady, it turns out that while her husband was in Asia screwing up and eating $300 endangered blue fin tuna sushi, Michelle actually indulged in a secret spa weekend in Middleburg, Virginia.  If the second leg of her Hawaii vacation is counted as a separate trip, there would be Hawaii I and Hawaii II, Aspen, Key Largo, and China, with the Middleburg spa weekend being Michelle's sixth getaway since the first of the year.

First Lady's China Trip Latest Proof Michelle Lives Like Millionaire, Except at Taxpayers' Expense.  A one-night stay for Michelle Obama and her absurdly gigantic entourage support staff in Chengdu, China cost $222,000 according to just-released documents.  Although she spent only the night of March 25th at the Shangri-La hotel, some rooms were booked for 12 days earlier.  Starting with 21 rooms on the 13th, the stay ballooned to 144 rooms (the top two floors) on the night of her visit, representing a total of 900 room nights over the period.

Michelle O: Water Made Albert Einstein Smart.  First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign is claiming water made Albert Einstein smart, Muhammad Ali a Heavyweight champion, and Audrey Hepburn stylish.  Mrs. Obama is again using hashtags, this time to promote her drink water campaign, and is encouraging individuals to post photos of themselves drinking water on social media.

Michelle Obama tells students 'by some measures our schools are as segregated' as they were back then.  Segregation by force of law is no longer legally acceptable in America, but de facto segregation still plagues our schools and neighborhoods, First Lady Michelle Obama told a group of graduating students Friday night [5/16/2014].  The First Lady was expected to use the speech to celebrate about diversity in America.  Instead, she took racism head on, telling the Topeka, Kansas, seniors, 'by some measures, our schools are as segregated as they were back when Dr. King gave his final speech.'

Woman Who Sends Her Kids to Elite Private Schools Whines About Segregation in Schools.  Is it just me or is this obnoxious witch just a tad hypocritical?

Michelle Obama warns of resurgent school segregation.  In her prepared remarks, the first lady praised the legacy of that decision, Brown v. Board of Education, noting the diversity of the crowd before her.  But she also warned that the specter of school segregation is returning as people of different races cluster in separate communities, urging the graduates to continue striving for inclusion and mutual understanding.

The Editor says...
People of different races congregate together (for example, on Sunday morning) because they choose to, not because the government tells them to.  Voluntary segregation is also known as "freedom of association," and only leftist troublemakers like Mr. and Mrs. Obama think it is something to be eliminated.

Michelle Obama To High-School Grads: Monitor Your Parents For Thoughtcrime.  There can be no aspect of your daily life that's removed from politics.  Now you will be monitored by your own children for expressing unapproved opinions.  You'd better watch what you say at the dinner table, Mom and Dad.

Michelle Obama Says Kids Should Monitor Parents for Racism.  Taking a page out of the political handbook of every fascist society and dystopian Sci Fi novel, Michelle Obama is telling kids to monitor their parents for crimes against the state.  The woman who was never proud of her country until she and her husband were deposited in the White House spoke to a class in Topeka, Kansas last Friday where she told students to monitor their parents for racist speech because she and her hubby can only do so much without good little informants like them back home.

For Michelle Obama, world is black and white — but skin deep.  For "Decider in Chief" George W. Bush, the world was black and white.  Good and bad, right and wrong, with us or against us.  For Michelle Obama, the world is also black and white.  But her black and white is all about skin color.  She talks about it often, incessantly, even, injecting race and racism into speeches and events in which they have no business.  And she did so again on Friday [5/16/2014], when she traveled to Topeka, Kansas, to deliver a speech to graduating high school seniors.

The First Lady's food-fight debacle.  Progressives blame kid-hating Republicans and greedy businesses for the revolt against Mrs. Obama's failed policies.  But the truth is right around the corner in your students' cafeterias.  Districts are losing money.  Discarded food is piling high.  Kids are going off-campus to fill their tummies or just going hungry.  According to the School Nutrition Association, almost half of school-meal programs reported declines in revenue in the 2012-13 school year, and 90 percent said food costs were up.

Michelle Obama Stepping Up Her Solo Political Engagement.  White House officials are warning that First Lady Michelle Obama is launching into a new "sustained level" of political engagement this year, signaling a shift from her less public profile during the beginning of her husband's first term in the White House.  As Barack's second term has gotten fairly underway, the White House claims that the President will be using his wife in more ways than ever and we should expect to see her acting as a solo political act far more than we have in the past.

FLOTUS 'Joins Forces' with Dead Veterans.  For years now, our very own First Lady has appeared on shows like Oprah and Nightline and broadcast her undying dedication to getting military families the multifaceted support they need — none of which she's done, but that's beside the point.  One would think that after all the effort she's invested, at some point the FLOTUS would have caught wind that military veterans were languishing for months on waiting lists at VA hospitals without proper care.  But she didn't.

First Lady Set to Respond to School Meal Critics.  The School Nutrition Association, which represents school nutrition directors and companies that sell food to schools, has lobbied for changes to the standards, saying some are too restrictive.

Michelle Obama Proves She's Just as Political as Her Husband.  The First Lady is jumping into the political arena following the recent announcement that congressional Republicans are taking another look at her school lunch program. Michelle Obama is taking issue with a GOP bill which would allow schools to opt out of the program if their food services were operating at a net loss.  Though Obama's lunch program offers food with higher nutritional value, the mandates have proven too costly for schools across the country, and what's more, students aren't happy with the options.

Public School Kids Protest 'Let's Move' Lunches As First Daughters Get Meatball Subs, Ice Cream.  With public school students using #ThanksMichelle to tweet photos of their skimpy, stomach-turning school lunches, I decided to look at what Michelle Obama's daughters are served at Sidwell Friends school, and it turns out the girls dine on lunches from menus designed by chefs.  While the Obama daughters have enjoyed dishes like chicken coconut soup, local butternut squash soup, crusted tilapia, they also get their fill of what Mrs. Obama might consider junk food.

While Public School Kids Eat 'Healthy Lunches,'Obama Girls Dine On Meatball Subs And Ice Cream.  Not only have disgruntled kids across America voiced their displeasure over First Lady Michelle Obama's school lunch program from the beginning, many have used #ThanksMichelle to tweet photos of their daily choices. [...] By contrast, the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., where the Obamas send their children to school, serves school lunches designed by chefs.  This week, for example, they might enjoy meatball subs, BBQ wings and ice cream, in addition to chicken curry, deviled egg salad and the "Chef's Choice."

More about school lunches.

School lunches are now a 'right,' according to Mrs. Obama.
Michelle O: 'Parents Have Right to Expect Their Kids Will Get Decent Food in Our Schools'.  First lady Michelle Obama says parents "are looking for help" in making sure their children get balanced meals — and they "don't want their efforts undermined when they send their kids off to school."  "Parents have a right to expect that their kids will get decent food in our schools," Mrs. Obama said at the White House on Tuesday [5/27/2014].  "And we all have a right to expect that our hard-earned taxpayer dollars won't be spent on junk food for our kids."  The first lady said congressional efforts to ease the new school lunch rules are "unacceptable."

By now you know the value of Obama's promises.
President Obama Promises That His Wife Will Never Run for Office.  In an interview for Live with Michael and Kelly [sic], President Barack Obama indicated that his wife Michelle never intends to run for public office.

The Editor says...
The correct name of the show is Live with Kelly and Michael.

Michelle Gone Wild: First Lady Targets White Potatoes and Republicans.  Michelle Obama won't rest until we are all scrounging for berries and chomping leafy vegetation in the forest.  Or until she and her fellow progressives regulate the entire food industry Soviet-style.  Four years and $12 billion later, her campaign to replace French fries and pizza with green pepper strips and Mexican turnip roots in school cafeterias has tanked.  Kids in Kentucky said the food tasted like "vomit."  Students in California were selling chips and candy bars on the black market.  Lunch ladies and food service workers report that the K-12 crowd would rather skip meals than eat kale.  Kids dumped mystery meat into trash cans faster than Michelle dumped patients at the University of Chicago Medical Center.  More than 500 schools have already opted out to get away from federal regulations and Michelle's constant nitpicking.  So why are the little ones trashing the government-sanctioned slop?

Who pays for first lady's fabulous fashions?  The financing of the first lady's wardrobe is something that the Obama White House is loath to discuss.

Was Michelle Obama elected president, too? First lady corrects misstep.  First lady Michelle Obama got a little carried away with her title Monday [6/2/2014], correcting herself after suggesting to supporters that she, too, got elected in 2008.  At a Democratic fundraiser in Boston, Mrs. Obama asked the audience to remember "when we took office."  Then she said, "Well, when Barack took office and I was there."

The Editor says...
This sounds a lot like co-president Hillary Clinton, who was quoted as saying, "I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers.  We are the president."*

Michelle Obama Lectures Dems About Separation Of Powers.  A day before the White House apologized to the Senate Intelligence Committee for not alerting Congress before trading five high-level terrorists for a captured American soldier, first lady Michelle Obama lectured donors about the separation of powers.  "Too often, we forget what we learned in civics class back in middle school, about how we have a separation of powers between three branches of government," she said on Monday at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser in Boston.

Is Michelle running for the Senate?  She's wading uncharacteristically deep into the Washington political mud pit to defend her school lunch program against Republicans, assailing them last Tuesday for opting to "play politics with our kids' health." She struck a similar tone in a New York Times op-ed two days later, accusing Republicans of trying to "override science" and suggesting they join parents and "put our children's interests first." So what's with the bolder profile?

Another New York carpetbagger?
Senator Michelle Obama is a sequel we don't need.  Moochelle Obama for the Senate?  I think I've seen this movie before.  Let me guess, she's the smartest woman in America.  And she's one of the 100 best lawyers in America — oh, that's right, she doesn't have a license to practice anymore.  So that's one thing the pajama boys of the state-controlled media won't be able to gush about as the tingles run up their legs. [...] And now Mrs. Mooch is being "urged" to run for a Senate seat.

Michelle Obama: I Couldn't Feed My Kids Right — Even with a Harvard Degree.  "I thought to myself, if a Princeton and Harvard-educated professional woman doesn't know how to adequately feed her kids, then what are other parents going through who don't have access to the information I have?" she recalled.  Her personal struggle helped her launch her mission to address childhood obesity, she explains, especially passing a law requiring schools to provide healthier meals for kids.  The First Lady recommended that schools make decisions for children because their parents struggle to feed their children well.

Rebuttal:
Michelle Obama Neatly Summarizes the Entire Progressive Agenda During a Nutrition Interview.  Is it really that hard?  As a parent of five, it didn't take a pediatrician consult for me to figure out what to put in my kiddo's pie holes.  In fact, many parents have successfully fed their offspring without Princeton and Harvard degrees, in addition to not needing "access to information."  Lastly, as most "working" moms don't earn $316,912 a year, in addition to a husband who was earning $162,100 as a Senator, perhaps the First Lady protesteth a tad too much.

Mocking derision:
Hunger in America: Kids of Ivy League Parents Starving without Michelle Obama's Intervention.  Unfortunately, this highly affluent woman, who was pulling down in excess of $300,000 for a job in hospital administration before moving into the White House, yet apparently couldn't devise simple, nutritious menus for her own children without an intervention from the family pediatrician ("Have you considered arugula, Mrs. Obama?") is now trying to tell an entire nation what to feed the children.  Perhaps based on her experience of not having the foggiest what to feed Malia and Sasha, Mrs. Obama has reformed the school lunch program in public schools.

Michelle Obama Tells the Congress 'It's Unacceptable' To End My School Lunch Program.  House Republicans are trying to end Michelle Obama's school lunch initative and the First Lady's not happy about it.  She used a White House event on Tuesday to rally opposition to a bill passed by a House subcommittee that would allow districts to suspend the program.

When Barry Met Shelly: Authoritarian and Totalitarian Psychology of the Obamas.  [Scroll down]  Mrs. Obama's "cause" is to tell everybody what to eat for lunch.  Sameness and oneness.  The American people are too stupid to feed their own kids.  Exhibiting the sine qua non of the authoritarian, Michelle Obama is famous for becoming outraged if she is publicly challenged or even questioned.  It is no coincidence that SDO [social dominance orientation] chart-topper Michelle chose to have those special family times in communist China.  For an authoritarian personality, communist China would be the favoritest place in the whole wide world.  Much more comfortable than a speech-dysregulated democracy.  Finally, someplace got it right!  All those billions of underlings know how to behave.  What a place!

The First Parent Of The United States.  Michelle Obama thinks she knows what your children should eat.  She's adamant about promoting her nutrition policies for kids, even the new and disastrous school meal standards implementing the "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act." [...] Make no mistake; the underlying assumption is that federal technocrats and educated individuals such as her need to act on your behalf to meet the best interests of your children.  This arrogance is on display in the current controversy over the new and restrictive federal school meal standards.

Michelle Obama Fights GOP On School Lunch Rules.  She's fighting a House Republican effort to soften a central part of her prized anti-childhood obesity campaign and says she's ready "to fight until the bitter end."

Michelle Obama Employs Only 2 Men; Pays Men 46% More Than Women On Staff.  At the same time the Obama administration once again renewed its Equal Pay push, the White House released salary figures for White House staff.  Upon analysis, the Washington Post, among others, concluded that the gender pay gap (as defined by the White House) that has existed since President Obama was elected is as wide as it was in 2009, a thirteen percent difference.

School Lunches Weren't Enough: Michelle Targets School Bake Sales.  In order to comply with federal regulations, the State Board of Education in Tennessee has announced that schools are only allowed to host club bake sales, cook-offs, or any other food-based fundraiser on each campus 30 days per school-year.  The board chose this specific number because if a maximum number of days are not set, schools are not allowed to host any food-related fundraisers at all, according to The Tennessean.  Administrators across the state are lamenting the effect this will have on school club funds.

Michelle Obama to Latinos: 'We cannot afford to wait on Congress' for immigration.  First lady Michelle Obama grabbed the political reins during a speech to the League of United Latin American Citizens in New York City, telling the crowd of admirers not to worry — that her husband wouldn't wait on Congress to take action on immigration reform.  "So make no mistake about it — we have to keep on fighting as hard as we can on immigration," Mrs. Obama said, to a cheering crowd, Breitbart reported.  "And as my husband has said, he's going to do whatever administrative action it takes to fix this broken system."  Mrs. Obama then vowed that Congress wouldn't get in the way of her presidential husband's hopes for immigration change.

Michelle Obama talks veterans' jobs and homes — but not VA healthcare.  This is what it means to be first lady:  you enjoy a 66% popularity rating, almost 20 points higher than your husband's.  And you can give an entire speech about the needs of veterans — for homes and good jobs — without ever having to refer to the conflagration over their medical care that has enveloped his White House.

Mrs. Obama's Operation VA Scandal Distraction.  Barack and Michelle Obama are quite the diversionary tag-team.  He blames everyone else for his problems.  She takes credit for progress on his behalf that he doesn't deserve and distracts public attention from his avalanche of failures with endless feel-good photo-ops.

Now Michelle Obama Wants to Control How You Shop for Groceries.  Michelle Obama has been on a quest to change the way Americans eat, like it or not.  Her nutritional guidelines for schools has resulted in kids throwing away massive amounts of food, a reduction in school lunch program participation, students, especially athletes, complaining that the food isn't enough to sustain them during the day, and Special Education programs losing their main fundraising program.

Michelle Obama Tells Kids 'Certain Money Interests' Are Trying to Kill Her School Lunch Program.  Friday [7/18/2014] First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the first "Kids State Dinner" in the East Room of the White House, which treated the 54 children who won a nationwide healthy meal recipe contest sponsored by the food magazine Epicurious and the Education and Agriculture departments to a state dinner.

Welcome to a government we'll-tell-you-what-to-eat world.  The supermarket 'talking' shopping cart Michelle Obama will use to push her over-the-top approved food list is a power push over unsuspecting masses, but would serve as the perfect replacement for her husband's omnipresent rising sun logo. [...] Michelle Obama's specialized supermarket carts that will notify shoppers when they've selected the right amount of healthy foods, described in a new 80-page report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Now that they've lured almost 50 percent of Americans onto food stamps, they feel they have the right to tell them what they can eat.

Joining fundraising spree, first lady asks for 'biggest, fattest' checks.  First lady Michelle Obama jumped into the White House fundraising spree on Thursday [7/24/2014], prodding supporters in Chicago to hand over the maximum campaign contribution in an attempt to shore up Democrats' chances in upcoming midterm elections.

Michelle Obama says money in politics is bad, asks donors for 'big, fat check'.  First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday night [7/24/2014] urged Democrats to "dig deep" into their pockets and "write a big fat check" before the midterm elections, but minutes later complained of too much money in politics.

Michelle Obama expands push to get Americans to drink more water.  First lady Michelle Obama took to the White House lawn on Tuesday [7/22/2014] along with children from a local YMCA and summer camp to expand the country's "Drink Up" campaign aimed at getting Americans to drink more water.

Cafeteria workers offended by Michelle Obama's claim they serve 'junk food'.  School cafeteria workers, already frustrated that kids don't like menus ordered by Michelle Obama and the Agriculture Department, slapped as "offensive" the first lady's latest criticism that some school districts have given up and are just lazily serving junk food.

First lady asks leaders to change gender attitudes.  Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and beliefs that harm girls and women, adding that educating and making women financially literate is not enough.  "No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens," Mrs. Obama said.  The first lady spoke Wednesday [7/30/2014] to the inaugural class of young African fellows who are getting six weeks of leadership training in the United States as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

The Editor says...
Michelle Obama is a radical left-wing political activist.  If she were to promote innocuous causes like literacy, sobriety, freedom, or self-reliance, she would be the typical harmless First Lady, largely immune from criticism.  Instead she advocates issues that advance the nanny state (school lunches), race-based black-only events and organizations (like the "young African fellows" above) and the leftist destruction of traditional American civil society through same-sex marriage, affirmative action, and feminism.

Cincinnati Enquirer Keeps Michelle Obama's Name Out of Story on District Ending Federal School Lunches.  Fort Thomas Independent Schools in Northern Kentucky have decided to get out of the federal school lunch program, specifically because of the requirements imposed in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act championed by First Lady Michelle Obama.  Simply put, the district is tired of being forced to give kids food they won't eat.  Until it ran into problems, HHFA was seen as Mrs. Obama's signature achievement, and the press fawned over its alleged awesomeness.  Now that the program has encountered fierce real-world resistance, her association with it seems to have vanished from many press reports.

Now Michelle Obama Has Caused America's 'Best Cafeteria Cookie' To Be Outlawed.  An eruption of aggravation about what American schoolchildren can no longer eat in school cafeterias is never far away in the Obama era.  Now, thanks to federal intervention that first lady Michelle has made her signature issue, students in all 11 taxpayer-funded public schools in Elyria, Ohio cannot enjoy the famous Elyria pink cookie anymore.  This cookie is no ordinary cookie, according to The Chronicle-Telegram, the Cleveland suburb's local newspaper.  It's a velvety, cake-like, scrumptious delicacy glazed with a huge dollop of sugary pink icing.  Cleveland magazine dubbed the Elyria pink cookie the "Best Cafeteria Cookie" in 2009.  Locals will even call up asking for special bulk orders of the tasty treat.

Michelle Obama's World — We Control Any Space We Occupy And We Occupy Any Space We Choose.  While we were shooting on Beach Road, one of the busiest thoroughfares on the Vineyard, the Secret Service approached and asked us to switch off our camera for 15 minutes.  A moment later, first lady Michelle Obama power walked by our crew. [...] Our producer and cameraman were surrounded by Secret Service agents and very strongly advised to stop filming.  At one point, Mrs. Obama looked in their direction and said, "Don't do that."  It's unclear if she was telling the agents to leave us alone, or scolding us for filming on public property.

Michelle Obama: Americans 'Take for Granted' How Much Barack Has Improved US.  First Lady Michelle Obama proudly defended her husband's record at a Washington, D.C. fundraiser, reminding the attendants how far the country had come since the Obamas entered the White House.  "Just think about how different our country looks to children growing up today," she said.  "Think about how our kids take for granted that a black person or a woman can be President of the United States."

The Editor says...
Excuse me for noticing:  Black liberals are quick to inject race into every conversation.

Michelle Kvetches to Children with Cancer.  After admitting that she dislikes "selfies" but agreeing to be part of an "ussie," and after discussing flying her dogs around on Air Force One, the first lady became painfully honest.  So much so that she even complained to youngsters battling childhood cancers about the misery of living in the White House and being married to a guy who, besides being the president of the United States, spends an inordinate amount of time on the golf course.

What's Michelle Obama really campaigning for?  All first ladies do some political work, even if just introducing their spouse or decorating the stage.  During her husband's terms, for instance, Laura Bush did scattered fundraisers for select political friends.  But Mrs. Obama has been politically involved since being hired into the Chicago mayor's office by — wait for it — the same Valerie Jarrett who now accompanies Barack Obama everywhere but the men's room.

Michelle Obama warns Senate control, impeachment, rests on 'few hundred votes'.  First lady Michelle Obama, going to bat for Senate Democrats amid reports she is abandoning them on the campaign trail, is warning that control of the chamber and the potential Republican impeachment of her husband rests on just a few votes.

Michelle Blames 'This Country' For Female Vet's Unemployment.  Michelle Obama says that America is responsible for a female veteran's unemployment.  She's been given the cover in the Oct. 14 issue of Redbook to tout the administration's claimed support for women veterans, just three weeks before the Nov. 4 election.  She returned the favor by blaming Americans for their shared economic difficulties.

Michelle Obama is sincerely supporting what's-his-name.  Michelle Obama is inevitably thrilled to be wherever she is.  Of course, she's only the celebrity face brought in to attract media coverage, mainly television with its larger superficial reach.  She's not preaching to anyone in the crowd.  They're mere choir props.  She wants to reach the "folks" at home and ensure they remember the candidate's name.  And like crows to roadkill, local broadcast media fall for it every time everywhere.  The event is often their lead-off story with a live-shot from the scene, including interviews of breathless attendees helpfully steered to the cameras by campaign staff.  Regardless of party, these schticks are as phony as your deadbeat uncle suddenly calling with warm wishes after you win the lottery.

Michelle Obama Stumps For Candidate, Calls Him Wrong Name SEVEN Times.  First Lady Michelle Obama attended a campaign event in Iowa today for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley.  Only problem was, Michelle accidentally called the man she was stumping for the wrong name... seven times.

Desperate Media Meme: Michelle MEANT To Flub Candidate's Name!.  Yes, seriously. Not one, not two, but three prominent media figures are floating the idea that Michelle Obama (and Bill Clinton, apparently) intentionally butchered Iowa Senate candidate Bruce Braley's name seven times last Friday [10/10/2014].

Teenage Obesity Increased During First Two Years of First Lady's 'Let's Move' Program.  In the first two years since First Lady Michelle Obama launched her 'Let's Move' campaign to fight childhood obesity in 2010, teenage obesity rates increased, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  From 2009-2010, 18.4 percent of children ages 12-19 were classified as obese, according to the CDC.  Since then, from 2011-2012, one in five children ages 12-19 or 20.5 percent, were classified as obese, an increase of 11.4 percent.  The CDC has been tracking these data since 1966-1970, and at that time only 4.6 percent of teens were classified as obese.

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Michelle Obama: Just Eat One or Two Pieces of Candy on Halloween.  First Lady Michelle Obama shared some advice for trick-or-treaters this Halloween advising them to only eat one or two pieces of candy per night.  "Trick-or-treating can be a lot of fun, but just remember, don't try to eat all your candy at once, just have one or two pieces every night for a little while," she explained to a little girl during an online Q-and-A.

Michelle Obama insults Democrat voters.  You can tell that Democrats are starting to panic.  They are saying stupid things.  Add to the list that includes Wendy Davis, Alison Grimes, and Mark Udall the name of First Lady Michelle Obama.  She resorted to mocking Democrats as lazy and ungrammatical in hopes of motivating her dispirited base to the polls.

DIY! How To Glare Like Michelle Obama.  The first lady is known for her unwavering death stare, and its icy intensity will surely go down in history.  The look could make Tex Watson shudder, and at times, makes us wonder if the president needs Secret Service from his own wife.

She's already immersed in politics, if you haven't noticed.
Will Michelle Obama go into politics next?  Michelle Obama is being urged by her husband's true believers to move to California when she leaves the White House and to pursue the US Senate seat expected to be vacated by Dianne Feinstein in 2018. [...] The first couple haven't said where they'll go when Barack Obama leaves office in 26 months, but Los Angeles is the leading contender.



"We are going to have to change our conversation; we're going to have to change our traditions, our history; we're going to have to move into a different place as a nation."
Michelle Obama,        
May 14, 2008.        


Michelle Obama biography.

Related story:  Michelle Obama's apocryphal lingerie shopping binge.


Valerie Jarrett

Fast and Furious: Enter Valerie Jarrett.  The index does not contain the actual text of the documents themselves, so many Fast and Furious secrets remain safely buried, but there is a brief description of what the document supposedly contains, and why it was deemed valid for the President to conceal it with executive privilege.  Right out of the gate, Judicial Watch noticed a few oddities, such as "nearly 20 email communications between Holder and his spouse Sharon Malone."  Dr. Sharon Malone is a gynecologist, so it's not clear what contribution she would make to a massive gun-running scandal that would warrant secrecy through executive privilege.

New Evidence in Fast and Furious Scandal Reveals Why Eric Holder and Valerie Jarrett Should Both be in Jail.  New evidence obtained by government watchdog group, Judicial Watch, reveal that Obama's most trusted and loyal adviser, Valerie Jarrett, was managing Eric Holder's lies told to Congress in the Obama-Holder illegal Fast and Furious gun-running scandal, in which the regime was funneling American-made weapons into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

Valerie Jarrett Key Player in Fast and Furious Cover-up after Holder Lied to Congress.  President Obama's trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, was a key player in the effort to cover up that Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about the Fast and Furious scandal, according to public records obtained by Judicial Watch. [...] Practically lost in the 1,000-plus pages of records is an index that shows Jarrett was brought in to manage the fact that Holder lied to Congress after the story about the disastrous gun-running operation broke in the media.

Senator Pat Roberts: Valerie Jarrett Was Involved In IRS Scandal.  Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts said Friday that he thinks the IRS targeting scandal was driven by Valerie Jarrett's office in the White House, according to information that he saw that Democrats tried to "whitewash."  Roberts told talk radio host Hugh Hewitt that he participated in a Senate Finance Committee investigation into the IRS scandal but "the effort was made by the majority, by the Democrats in the Congress, to simply end that investigation," which he called a "whitewash."  "I'm convinced that even Valerie Jarrett was involved," Roberts said.

The Obama-Jarrett Tirade That Had Staff Running For Cover.  No fewer than three different sources with similar stories now circulating the halls and offices of the Capitol Building.  There was a recent altercation between the president and Valerie Jarrett that actually lasted several days and ended up with Jarrett "shredding" the president from behind closed doors for what I'm told was up to ten minutes of uninterrupted "rage."  Staff were scrambling to stay out of the way of both of them.

Obama's Éminence Grise.  Everyone expects a presidential spouse to weigh in on issues, but the reference to Valerie Jarrett, the White House senior adviser who mentored both the president and the first lady at the start of their careers in Chicago, is telling.  Her outsize role in many presidential decisions is known to insiders, but she remains resolutely behind the scenes.  So when Jarrett does enter the news, it's significant, because it may provide a window into how the Obama White House really works.

Jane Austen in the White House.  Some people seem to be just discovering the odd position Valerie Jarrett has held in this administration.  They also seem to be struggling to find a metaphor for her role.  I have seen her compared to Rasputin, but that doesn't fit the dynamics of the relationship.  Barack Obama may be as detached from the threats of his day as Tsar Nicholas II was 100 years ago, but Rasputin was very much his and the Tsarina's social inferior.  I suspect Jarrett considers herself at least the Obamas' equal if not their superior.

What's the secret to Valerie Jarrett's security detail?  [Michael] Sneed is told Jarrett, who was assigned round-the-clock personal bodyguards presumably through executive order by Obama in 2009, "practically uses her detail as a valet service," said a Sneed source.  Is Jarrett, who once employed first lady Michelle Obama before Michelle married Obama, on some sort of excellent adventure at the government's expense?  Is Jarrett's excellent adventure costing the country millions to protect the president's best friend?  Is this expense justifiable or is it an abuse of power?

Obama Heads Home — Without Family — for Night.  President Obama has arrived in Chicago, where he'll spend the night before two public events in his hometown.  The president did not travel with his family.  He's now dining out with top adviser Valerie Jarrett and various friends, according to the White House pool report.  They're at the steak house RPM Steak, where a nice cut can cost up tp $155, according to the restaurant's website.

What's Michelle Obama really campaigning for?  All first ladies do some political work, even if just introducing their spouse or decorating the stage.  During her husband's terms, for instance, Laura Bush did scattered fundraisers for select political friends.  But Mrs. Obama has been politically involved since being hired into the Chicago mayor's office by — wait for it — the same Valerie Jarrett who now accompanies Barack Obama everywhere but the men's room.

Jarrett makes cameo on CBS hit.  Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett hates politics — or at least she does in the fictional universe of the CBS drama "The Good Wife."  In a cameo appearance on Sunday evening's [9/28/2014] episode, Jarrett is seen encouraging the series' protagonist — Alicia Florrick, the wife of an adulterous Illinois governor — to run for public office herself.

Obama's Creepy 3-Way Date Night.  You've heard of "attachment parenting" from moms like Mayim Bialik who breastfeed until the kid is out of high school.  Now, thanks to Valerie Jarrett, we know what "attachment advising" truly means, via the headline: ["]Obama takes Michelle, Valerie Jarrett for downtown Manhattan date night[."]

Obama and Michelle's Obama romantic date night in trendy Manhattan tapas restaurant bring traffic to a standstill.  President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama enjoyed a romantic date night in a small tapas restaurant in New York on Wednesday [9/24/2014]. [...] The president's senior adviser Valerie Jarrett also joined them for the night out.

The Editor asks...
How "romantic" could it be with the third wheel in attendance the whole time?

Obama's Strange Dependence on Valerie Jarrett.  President Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden three times before saying yes, because he got cold feet about the possible political harm to himself if the mission failed.  Instead of listening to advisors from the U.S. military, Defense, or even State, Obama was acting on the advice of White House politico and close friend Valerie Jarrett. [...] According to Edward Klein, a reporter once asked Obama if he ran every decision by Jarrett.  Obama answered, "Yep.  Absolutely."

Al Sharpton: Obama's Racial Pyromaniac.  Politico's Glenn Thrush reports in this week's edition of the magazine that Al Sharpton has become President Barack Obama's "go-to man on race" in Ferguson and elsewhere. [...] Yet he leaves out a few crucial details that are important to the Sharpton story.  For one, Thrush makes no mention of Sharpton's role in the Trayvon Martin fiasco. [...] There is a reason Thrush leaves out Martin:  it interferes with his attempt to portray Sharpton as a moderating influence, someone to whom the president and his arch-henchman Valerie Jarrett could turn to "talk down" the violent demonstrators, someone who represented "hardheaded pragmatism" rather than extremism.  In reality, Sharpton's role is to stoke divisions, acting as Obama's agent, as well as his eyes and ears on the ground.

Obama Insider Raises Concern About His Isolation Behind Jarrett and Michelle.  The complaints about Nixon's "isolation" revolved around how no one could supposedly get past "Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell and Dean," whose power was memorialized as they were on their way down in a 1970s song.  As reprehensible as some of these men's actions were, they were at least people who came in with solid backgrounds and credentials.  Imagine how much further the press would have turned up the heat on Nixon in the 1970s if his gatekeeping inner circle had consisted only of wife Pat and just one of those four gentlemen.  With Obama, it's arguably worse than that theoretical situation would have been, because Valerie Jarrett has nothing resembling the resume with real-world military, business or legal experience any of those four men had.

ABC's Jon Karl Wonders: Who's In Charge of Obama's White House?  So just who is in charge in Barack Obama's White House?  ABC's Jonathan Karl on Tuesday [7/8/2014] asked White House press secretary why the letter from the White House to Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) inviting him to a meeting with President Obama regarding the Texas border crisis was from Valerie Jarrett.  While it's routine for staff to draft such letters for elected officials, matters of such magnitude and to other elected officials of stature are almost always in the name of the principle.  The president's spokesman, when asked why the letter was from Jarrett rather than the President, said "Valerie spends a lot of time maintaining relationships with governors around the country" on behalf of the President.

Obama's Obeisance to Cult of Vain Valerie.  You don't need to see an image of black-suited male figurines bowing to Valerie Jarrett's White House picture to know that Valerie Jarrett is a cult in her own mind.  The real life cult is that Jarrett, the power behind the current White House president, cultishly bows down to Barack Hussein Obama — and that Obama cultishly bows down to Valerie Jarrett. [...] The Jarrett NBC segment reminded all that 36 White House staffers work for Jarrett, who receives full-time Secret Service protection, and has 24-7 access to Obama White House living quarters.

Valerie Jarrett Won't Rule Out Run for Office.  President Obama's closest advisor, Valerie Jarrett says there's no way, no how Michelle Obama runs for political office.  But will Jarrett? The aide is leaving that possibility open.

The Editor says...
President Valerie Jarrett has already served two terms, thanks to her incompetent sock puppet Barry Soetoro, a/k/a Barack H. Obama.

White House: Staff salaries total $38M.  The White House pays out $37.8 million a year in salaries to 456 staffers, according to a new report to Congress released by the Obama administration.  That averages to an annual salary of $82,844 per year, although staff salaries are top-heavy:  the median salary is $70,700 per year. [...] Some 22 senior administration officials, including chief of staff Denis McDonough and senior advisers Valerie Jarrett and John Podesta bring home the maximum $172,200 salary.

Valerie Jarrett Interview Shows How Low 'Meet the Press' Has Sunk.  Believe me, I didn't go looking in my Sunday morning TV viewing for more evidence of what a journalistically bankrupt operation NBC News had become.  It's fish in a barrel these days.  Turn to NBC News for almost any given broadcast, and you'll find more proof than you can use of how politicized and lost it has become.

Valerie Jarrett Dodges Questions After Closed-Door Meetings With Liberal Donors.  One of President Obama's closest advisers doesn't want to talk about her secret meetings with wealthy liberal donors this week.  White House aide Valerie Jarrett attended this week's meeting in Chicago of the Democracy Alliance of super rich, liberal donors.  But when a reporter for Politico approached Jarrett at the conference and asked her if Democrats were being hypocritical by raising money from wealthy liberals while slamming conservative donors as part of their 2014 election strategy, the aide refused to talk.

The Editor says...
It is disingenuous to refer to Valerie Jarrett as "One of President Obama's closest advisers," because she is by far and without question his closest advisor, and nobody else comes close.  Nobody else has access to the President's living quarters 24 hours a day, and nobody else has Secret Service protection.

Valerie Jarrett: Wage 'Transparency' Will Help Employers 'Avoid Lawsuits'.  Under new rules issued by President Obama on Tuesday, federal contractors may not retaliate against employees who tell co-workers how much money they make; and those federal contractors must now send the Labor Department wage information broken down by their employees' race and gender.  "And so all the president wants to do is make sure we have transparency," Senior White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday.

Obamacare Propaganda in TV Scripts?  Top Obama aide Valerie Jarrett recently granted an interview to a celebrity-gossip website called Popsugar and revealed why she had come to Hollywood.  "I'm meeting with writers of various TV shows and movies to try to get it into the scripts."  The "it" is Obamacare.  Conservatives are no match for liberals in this arena.  The White House people know the immense cultural power the Left has in the popular culture.  Liberals rightly credit TV and movies and pop songs for America's growing support for gay "marriage."  So why not use that power for Obamacare?

All in the family: Valerie Jarrett and the Chicago communists.  Valerie Jarrett is the most powerful figure in the White House, rivalling President Obama in the scope of her influence over the fate of the Republic.  Her personal Secret Service detail attests to the importance of her role in our government — in a position that is unelected and unconfirmed by the Senate.  She has served as the godmother of Barack Obama's political and personal life, from introducing him to his future wife Michelle Robinson to integrating him into Chicago's political machine and power structure.

Valerie Jarrett's Influence on Obama.  [Scroll down]  When I first researched her, trying to pin down her politics was very difficult.  The liberal media's job is to first and foremost protect Barack Obama.  They are reporters second and partisan Democrats first.  And so, reporters portrayed Valerie Jarrett in soaring, gushing, hagiographic tones, exalting her as Solomon-like in her almost-unearthly wisdom.  Her reasoning skills and mind were the world's finest ever assembled in a woman (other than, perhaps, in the person of Hillary Clinton).  When she and Obama sit together in the Oval Office, it's like having all the accumulated knowledge in human history right there at once.  Naturally, too, of course, the same media portrayed her as a centrist, a moderate.

Valerie Jarrett to Hollywood to Get Obamacare in Movie, TV Scripts.  A top of advisor to President Barack Obama is in Los Angeles to try to get Obamacare written into scripts of TV shows and movies. [...] "You name it," said Jarrett.  "That's part of why I'm in L.A.  I'm meeting with writers of various TV shows and movies to try to get it into the scripts."  When Jarrett says "it into the scripts," she's referring to getting references to Obamacare, the president's signature legislation, into the scripts of TV shows and movies.

Valerie Jarrett, the CEO of Obama Inc.  Obama is the star of Obama Inc., the grinning figure who goes out on stage and cracks jokes while selling overpriced health insurance to the country.  Valerie Jarrett is his manager, confidante and gatekeeper.  Officially Jarrett is a senior adviser with a defined title and function, but Obama Inc. does few things officially and unofficially, Jarrett has the last word on everything.  Jarrett merges the personal and the political.  Obama may chat with numerous advisers, but it's Valerie who goes back to eat with Michelle and the family.  A cabinet member is lucky to catch Obama's attention once.  Valerie Jarrett has it full time, day or night, leading to her nickname of "Night Stalker."  If Obama skips security briefings, it's because they, like so much of the formal infrastructure of government, are there just for show.  The real briefing will come from or through Jarrett and it will be massaged into the talking points that communicate only what she wants them to.

In 2014 Acknowledge the Matriarchs Who Really Run America.  The President's senior adviser Valerie Jarrett in 2009 describing their relationship to The New York Times:  "We have kind of a mind meld," Jarrett told me about Obama.  "And chances are, what he wants to do is what I'd want to do."

The Editor says...
That sounds to me like a careful way of saying Obama takes orders from Ms. Jarrett.

Valerie Jarrett: 'I'm not the shadow chief of staff'.  For the first time, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett on Wednesday [12/18/2013] publicly discussed whether she uses her unique relationship with President Barack Obama to do an end-run around other key staffers to influence decisions because of her extraordinary access.  For the past five years, that has been a narrative about Jarrett finding its way into the articles and books written about the Obama White House.

Jarrett: I'm not the shadow chief of staff.  Valerie Jarrett denied being a "shadow chief of staff" to President Obama on Wednesday, insisting she never talks about work during her private time with the president and first lady. [...] Jarrett said that "people sometimes presume because I am a friend of the president and first lady" that she's able to exert influence when the Obamas retire from the office to their residence.

Valerie Jarrett Confirms Obama Going Rogue.  Jarrett not only speaks as one with Obama, but she drives his agenda as many in the press have stated.  In June of 2012, the New York Times reported that Jarrett was at the helm when it came to Obama's "boldest moves" in the areas of immigration, gay rights, the contraception mandate, Supreme Court appointments, and the war on women.  Jarrett wields a lot of power.  She has been called "Mr. Obama's spine," "the gatekeeper," "the night stalker," and "the other power in the White House" by liberals and the de facto president by the right.

The Truth About Valerie Jarrett, Mystery Woman of the White House.  In a recent book on the 2012 campaign, Jonathan Alter writes that Rahm Emanuel, on agreeing to become Obama's chief of staff, recognized that Jarrett would wield such outsized power that he tried unsuccessfully to finesse her into Obama's senate seat. [...] Others in media and Washington circles portray Jarrett, who held top positions in Chicago government and business, as a brilliant strategist and thinker who practically runs both wings of the White House and who did as much or more than anyone to put the Obamas there.

Jarrett: America Hungry For Dictatorship.  "People around our country are hungry for action," White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday.  "And what you'll hear from the president tonight is going to be all about action — creating opportunity — and it's going to be a very optimistic speech."  Jarrett said the president, in his sixth State of the Union Address, will "set forth very specific, concrete proposals that he things will move our country forward — create opportunity for hard-working Americans who want to succeed."

Valerie Jarrett reportedly dating a Muslim.  President Obama has time for his 150+ rounds of golf, his extensive television watching, and his expertise on March Madness bracketology because ValJar, by most accounts, is a tireless and fiercely loyal sycophantic gatekeeper, policy adviser, and in essence acting president. [...] In other words, in many respects she is running the country while Obama handles the public face.

Obamas Shut Down R Street for Valerie Jarrett's Birthday.  The Obamas shut down R Street at Florida Avenue NW in D.C. last night [11/15/2013] for a four-and-a-half-hour celebration of senior adviser Valerie Jarrett's birthday.

Report: Valerie Jarrett Led Secret Negotiations with Iran for Past Year.  The Times Of Israel is reporting that a team of negotiators led by White House adviser Valerie Jarrett has been conducting secret talks with Iran about it's nuclear weapons program for the past year.

America's real president wears a skirt.  Barack Obama is not the Emperor Without Clothes; he's a president in a skirt.  Nor is Obama, in effect the real President of the U.S.  Without even a single vote cast her way, Valerie Jarrett is.  From a well-hidden lair somewhere in the White House, Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett builds the figurative bombs that Obama later throws at America.  Tied to a Teleprompter and instructed what to say, Obama only ventures out to speak mainly to captive audiences of high school and university students, easily impressed from having been spoon-fed the indoctrination of anti-American Marxism in their classrooms.  Only those who cheer him on in canned applause for later media sound bites are allowed wherever Obama speaks.

GOP Lawmaker: Valerie Jarrett Has 'Tentacles' in Everything WH Does.  On October 25, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett "seems to have her tentacles into every issue and every topic" at the White House.  According to The Hill, Chaffetz was talking with radio host Laura Ingraham when he said that no matter what the topic, Jarrett's "name ultimately always comes up."  Jarrett is a former Chicago lawyer and businesswoman who has been an adviser to President Obama since his 2008 election.  And her role in Obama's inner circle has been a very influential one.

The President has a 'Valerie' problem.  [President Obama] needs one who lets "bad news" walk into the Oval Office.  For example, was Valerie Jarrett aware of that the website was not properly tested?  Or that the problems were a lot deeper than a "glitch" here or there?  Even today, does Valerie Jarrett know the full extent of the mess, as Ezra Klein reported.  Why is President Obama always the last one to know?  My good guess is Valerie.

The Editor says...
I get the impression that President Obama can't fire Valerie Jarrett because he works for her.

Obama's Valerie Jarrett: Often Whispered about, But Never Challenged.  President Obama's aides went to extraordinary lengths to uncover the identity of a senior official who was using Twitter to make snarky comments about White House staffers. [...] What apparently intensified the campaign to identify the "snarker" was a comment about Valerie Jarrett, the senior Obama adviser who has her own Secret Service detail and appears to exercise an inordinate amount of power behind the scenes.  Joseph tweeted "I'm a fan of Obama, but his continuing reliance and dependence upon a vacuous cipher like Valerie Jarrett concerns me."  Jarrett, an old Chicago friend of both Barack and Michelle Obama, appears to exercise such extraordinary influence she is sometimes quietly referred to as "Rasputin" on Capitol Hill, [...]

Valerie Jarrett is 'architect' of Obama's shutdown strategy: author Ed Klein.  A new theory from author Ed Klein — who previously penned "The Amateur," about President Obama's White House leadership — suggests that senior adviser Valerie B. Jarrett orchestrated the chief executive's strategies in the government shutdown.  The New York Post reported that Ms. Jarrett held several late-night sessions with Mr. Obama at his residence and from there came the strategy of "no negotiation," Mr. Klein believes.

He's Just Not That Clever.  Obama's staggering incompetence on the international stage, careening from one unintended foreign policy consequence to another, is unmistakable because foreign affairs are almost exclusively the province of the president.  He has no congressional human shields overseas. [...] One potential caveat:  While Obama is not clever enough for his apparent imcompetence to be anything but real, some of his advisers/puppet-masters, like David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, are.  For those enemies of America, Obama is just their front man, their very own Billy Mays, hawking a radical leftist vision in a pleasant container.

Why does Valerie Jarrett have Secret Service protection?  Why does President Barack Obama's senior adviser Valerie Jarrett have Secret Service protection?  It turns out that some of her colleagues inside the White House are skeptical that actual, specific threats resulted in Jarrett's protection.

Why Barack Obama Chooses To Vacation In Martha's Vineyard — Its Name Is Valerie Jarrett.  Given all of the work investigating the murky life and influence that is de-facto President Valerie Jarrett, I must admit to a bit of surprise at mention that Jarrett is a longtime summer resident of Martha's Vineyard, and it was that very location that some believe was the true birthplace of Barack Obama's bid to become President of the United States.  Lends more than a bit of troubled waters to that otherwise beautiful playground of the rich and famous.

Valerie Jarrett's Father-in-Law Linked to OPEC Funded Islamic Plot to Fund Obama.  One can look to how President Obama has cozied up to the Islamic nations, while shunning the Christian and Jewish faiths. [...] One can look at how President Obama has worked over time to hamper America's ability to explore our own natural resources, like oil, while actively working with the Saudis to up their production, and our imports from the Kingdom, significantly.  One can step back and look at how President Obama has conducted himself in general, as well as his lifelong associations with radicals, and the following story won't be hard to believe at all.

Who is Valerie Jarrett?  Trying to figure out Valerie Jarrett's mysterious hold on Barack and Michelle Obama is a favorite guessing game in the parlors and dining rooms of Washington.  No other White House official in history has enjoyed such a unique relationship with both a president and a first lady, and yet the mainstream media have ignored Jarrett's enormous influence over the shape and direction of the Obama administration.

Jeremiah Wright behind a White House desk.  The key point about the Van Jones affair is what it tells us about Barack Obama.  Jones isn't someone who slipped through the cracks of the vetting process.  We know this because, as Scott pointed out earlier today, top Obama aide Valerie Jarrett has said, "So, Van Jones, we were so delighted to be able to recruit him into the White House; we were watching him ... for as long as he's been active out in Oakland."

The "True Identity" Of Van Jones.  Some people are wondering who is next after Van Jones.  But the Van Jones story is not over.  And we still don't know who hired this "obscure" official, as some on the left are now trying to refer to him.  Some of these controversies are currently being investigated by the new media.  Blogger Trevor Loudon, who broke the story about Jones' communist background, thinks White House official Valerie Jarrett needs to be seriously scrutinized.  She appears to have had a family connection to Barack Obama's childhood mentor, Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis.

Fox & Friends Guest On Valerie Jarrett's Influence Over Obama: She's The 'De Facto President'.  "We haven't seen anything like this in modern presidential history," said [Edward] Klein.  "One person who is the best friend of the First Lady and the soulmate of the President, who is the last person to leave the Oval Office after a meeting, goes upstairs to the family quarters, has dinner with the President.  Goes on vacation with them.  Has his ear.  Is de facto president of the United States."

Driving Ms. Jarrett.  A bombshell front-page story in Sunday's New York Times investigates Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama and chair of the "White House council on women and girls," according to her official biography.  Among the revelations included in the Times exposé:  Jarrett is protected by a full-time Secret Service detail. [...] The article describes Jarrett, heir to a Chicago real-estate fortune and a longtime fixer for former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley as well as for President Obama, as "the other power in the West Wing."  For example, when billionaire investor and Obama supporter Warren Buffett visited the White House for lunch last July, "the table was set for three":  Buffett, the president of the United States, and Valerie Jarrett.

Obama Senior Aide Valerie Jarrett's Million Dollar Security Detail.  Valerie Jarrett, long known in some circles as the "other half of Barack's brain," and in other circles as a Chicago slumlord, has her own security detail.  Jarrett's official title is "Senior Advisor to the President."

Valerie Jarrett - Obama's Rasputin.  She receives more protection than our Libyan ambassador, calls the president by his first name, dines and vacations with the First Family and had the power to call off three strikes against Osama bin Laden.  Ambassador Chris Stevens did not have a Marine detail in Benghazi, Libya.  But White House senior adviser and Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett reportedly had a full Secret Service detail on vacation in Martha's Vineyard.

Netanyahu speaks, Obama hides, Swedish Jews firebombed.  Barack Obama is hiding under the covers unable to function until Valerie Jarrett pats him on the head and reminds him how special he is.  That gives him the courage to spend time with Joy Behar and the rest of "The View" while Benjamin Netanyahu tried to prevent a global armageddon.  Mr. Obama will not use the words "Radical Islam."  This is moral abdication.  Bibi is now the leader of the free world.

Time to Out Sinister Valerie Jarrett.  Valerie Jarrett gave the order for the bin Laden kill.  Was it Jarrett who advised Obama to refuse help to Americans under sustained terrorist attack in Benghazi?  The 'Happy Gang' membership of the Two-Obamas-Plus-Valerie is one of the most peculiar relationships to ever make a home of the White House.  Jarrett never lets either Obama out of her sight and reportedly even follows them home to the White House at the end of each day.

Obama's woman in Tehran.  A close friend of Michelle Obama, Valerie Jarrett is assisting the US government communicate behind the scenes with the representatives of Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei.  Jarret, who was born in the Iranian city of Shiraz, is a senior advisor to US President Barack Obama.

Israeli Paper: Obama Adviser Valerie Jarrett Holding Secret Talks With Iran.  In the final presidential debate, President Obama dismissed reports about an agreement to hold one-on-one talks with Iranian officials after the election, but now, two weeks later, fresh claims have emerged on the eve of Tuesday's election, this time tying senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to alleged secret talks with representatives of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Strange Goings-On at the White House.  No one doubts that President Obama has the White House management structure he wants; he has populated it with trusted aides such as [Valerie] Jarrett whose loyalty he can count on.  But it's increasingly clear that this structure — supported by functionaries who are often highly partisan and careless — hasn't served the country well and hasn't received sufficient scrutiny from the media.  That's why many liberals are openly expressing concern over the "mini-Politburo" at the White House — the small number of people who have centralized White House decision-making.

Is Obama's puppet master to blame for all the scandals?  In every single statement she made, Lois Lerner, the IRS official who every so casually broke the story, lied.  Just some examples are the fact that the IRS didn't target, maybe, 75 groups.  It targeted at least 470 groups.  And it wasn't just wacky Tea Party groups that got caught it the cross hairs, it was any group that appeared even vaguely to oppose Obama's policies.  The targeting wasn't just confined to a rogue Ohio office, it went to the top.

Obama Biographer Slams Valerie Jarrett.  Obama biographer Jonathan Alter ripped senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett on MSNBC's Hardball Monday [6/3/2013], saying despite her heavy influence on the president, she would make a poor Chief of Staff and was not a well-liked figure by other White House staffers.

The 'Magic' of Valerie.  Valerie Jarrett, the White House senior adviser who mentored both the president and first lady at the start of their careers in Chicago, usually stays out of the news.  In Washington, that is taken as a sign she is far more influential than she or the White House lets on.  So when Jarrett does briefly become the news it's significant, because it may provide a window into how the Obama White House really works.




Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn

Good News: You May Be Spared Execution.  Back in those quaint days when KGB-supported communist subversives planning to overthrow a republic had to meet in secret to discuss their operations, William Ayers and his chums reportedly opined that during the post-revolutionary period of normalization, approximately twenty-five million Americans (ten percent) would have to be executed.

When questioned about his association with Bill Ayers, Obama's defense is that he was only eight years old when Ayers was actively engaged in domestic terrorism.  That is a ruse -- nobody is saying that Obama went along for the ride and lit the fuses on Bill Ayers' bombs -- but Obama had years of close association with Ayers when the two men were both adults, and Mr. Obama -- unless he is hopelessly gullible and utterly clueless -- must have known about Mr. Ayers' criminal history.

This one issue alone would have been enough to derail any other candidate's campaign.  The radical left is hoping that the voters will forgive and forget the actions of the Weather Underground back in the 1960s.

First of all...
What was the Weather Underground?  If you believe the mainstream media or the spin coming from the former leaders of the Weather Underground, you would think that the Weather Underground were just a group of young anti Viet Nam war activists who pulled some pranks where no one was hurt or killed.  You would be wrong.  The Weather Underground were a group of Communists who wanted the Vietnamese Communists to defeat the United States.  They also engaged in terrorist acts including severe injury and sometimes death.

Obama and Dohrn and Ayers.  In all likelihood Barack Obama first learned of Ayers and Dohrn in his college years.  His claim to not know their terrorist background is ludicrous. ... After high school in Hawaii, Obama went to Occidental College (1979-1981), a liberal arts college in Los Angeles.  Obama's first public speech was at an Occidental event sponsored by the Students for Economic Democracy, a group affiliated with far left radical Tom Hayden and Hayden's militant group SDS (Students for a Democratic Society.)  David Peck, an organizer of the Occidental rally, is now coordinating Americans in Spain for Obama.

Did Ayers Help Obama Get Into Harvard?  The National Review's Steve Diamond has documented that both Ayers and Obama worked on a significant 1988 educational reform project in Chicago.  Although CEO of a major power company, Commonwealth Edison, Bill Ayers's father, Tom, also worked on this same project.  Tom Ayers was a prominent client of Sidley Austin, and it stands to reason that he got Dohrn her job.  Given her contempt conviction for refusing to cooperate in a terrorist investigation, a conviction that prevented her from actually practicing law, Dohrn would have needed major league pull to get hired by a high end law firm like Sidley.  A few years later, of all the law firms in Chicago, it was Sidley Austin that hired Obama on as a summer intern.

Obama Associate Implicated In Murder Plot.  The sub-headline over the article says it all:  "The investigation into a cop killing in the '70s leads to a law professor who helped launch Barack Obama's political career."  The law professor is former Communist terrorist Bernardine Dohrn, a leader of the Weather Underground known for praising mass murderer Charles Manson.  Writer Peter Jamison, who is based in San Francisco, where the cop killing occurred, spent months working on the story and developed many different sources of information.

Radical Loon When Obama Was Only 47.  In the past week, TV anchors have taken to claiming that Obama "refuted" John McCain's statement that Obama launched his political career at the home of former Weather Underground leader Ayers.  No, Obama "denied" it; he didn't "refute" it.  If "denying" something is the same as "refuting" it, then maybe the establishment media can quit harping on Palin's supposed lack of qualifications to be president, since she too "refuted" that by denying it.

The Apologists for William Ayers.  William Ayers is a Marxist by his own admissions.  Barack Obama "assumes he has been rehabilitated" after he says he doesn't know the guy and then saying that he was "just a guy in the same neighborhood" even though they shared duties on two boards and shared office space for three years.  Barack Obama then says to "buy his book", the book written by William Ayers, the guy Barack doesn't know.

Obama's Ties to Socialism:  Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn were the national leaders of a radical leftist movement called the "Weatherman Underground Organization."  An offshoot of the radical Left "Students for a Democratic Society" (SDS), the Weathermen sought to enlighten the American consciousness to the evils of the Vietnam War.  Unlike their parent organization SDS, the Weathermen pursued or more radical modus operandi.

When Barry met Billy.  When you have as many areas of your life deliberately obscured as Obama does, there is always the chance of being caught in a major lie.

Obama all but accuses critics of stoking anti-government violence.  [Scroll down]  And by tut-tutting about violence on the heels of earlier comments trying to delegitimize critics of big government, the suggestion that people who criticize his government are stoking violence is pretty clearly telegraphed.  Which is one heck of a charge coming from a guy who spent years working side-by-side with an actual, unrepentant anti-government terrorist, and has lied his head off about it ever since.

Obama's Desperate Equivalency Gambit.  One of the oldest tricks in politics — at least on the left — is to accuse your enemy of that which you are most guilty.  Barack Obama has been taking a beating based on his personal and political associations, particularly with the terrorist William Ayers, formerly of the Weather Underground, and his campaign has decided not to take it anymore.

Bill Ayers worked with Cuba says FBI report.  Unrepentant terrorist former leading Weather Underground Organization (WUO) member William Ayers was aided by Fidel Castro's Cuba in the 1970s, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report.

Candidate of the Left.  For his entire adult life, Obama's closest political allies have been pro-Soviet progressives like state senator Alice Palmer who chose Obama as the politically appropriate figure whom she chose to inherit her state senate seat; or anti-American radicals like Bill Ayers, who organized a terrorist army in the 1970s with the intention of launching a race war in America, and bringing down the "empire."  Others may be under the illusion that the Weather Underground was organized to protest the Vietnam War.  But you know better.

Obama now haunted by his ex-political mentor.  Alice Palmer, the avowed communist who helped launch Barack Obama's career, continues to haunt Obama even today.  In 2008, Palmer showed up at the Democratic National Convention in Denver as a Hillary Clinton supporter, still resentful toward Obama for knocking her and three other candidates off the ballot for an Illinois state Senate seat some 13 years earlier by challenging voter signatures.

Getting the 'Ayers Issue' Straight.  [Scroll down]  This is the "Ayers issue."  [1] First, it is an issue that goes to Obama's honesty and forthrightness with the American people.  Why is he secretive about what he initially called a "flimsy" relationship?  Why has he been gradually changing his story as the facts emerge?  [2] Second, this goes to Obama's judgment.  Obama did not work against a radical domestic terrorist who continues to have radical views, he worked along side him.  [3] Third, it follows, this goes squarely to Obama's ideology itself.  What in Obama drew the radical Ayers into alliance with him?  And why was Obama so comfortable moving within his sphere and advancing his agenda?  The "Ayers issue" is not 1960s terrorism.

Why should McCain be angry? Top 10 reasons.  [#3] Obama continues to lie about his relationship to Bill Ayers.  Obama did launch his political career at Ayer's home but continues to deny it.  This relationship to a terrorist goes much deeper than Obama wants anyone to know and McCain gets no help from the media who give Obama a pass.

Barack Obama's Cop-Killer Supporters:  While Barack Obama's friends and supporters in the news media downplay his friendship and business relationship with former terrorist and Marxist university professor Willam Ayers, one aspect of the Ayers terrorism saga that's totally ignored is his reputation as a cop-killer.  For instance, in Nyack, New York, Ayers' terrorist group the Weather Underground launched an armored-car robbery that left two Nyack, NY police officers — Officer Waverly Brown and Sergeant Ed O'Grady — mortally wounded.  In addition, the Brinks armored-car driver, Peter Paige was also shot to death by the Weathermen.

Was a Communist Obama's Sex Teacher?  Ayers and Dohrn, you see, are husband and wife and can't be compelled to testify against one another.  The evidence of their involvement came from an FBI informant in the Weather Underground.  His testimony, given before Congress, would be dismissed by clever Marxist lawyers as "hearsay."  Murder charges would have to be based on other, possibly forensic, evidence.  It is never too late to bring murder charges in this case.

It is what it is: Obama allied with scoundrels.  In the best tradition of Bill Clinton's declaration that the answer to the question of whether he was having an affair depended on "what the definition of is is," Sen. Barack Obama was clearly concealing the truth when he said that William Ayers was "just a guy who lives in my neighborhood."  The Ayers-Obama connection was, in fact, an intimate collaboration that it led to the only executive or administrative experience in Obama's life.

Weathermen:  Home-grown US radicals.  Embroiled in an unpopular war in Vietnam, with many of the grievances of the civil-rights movement still unanswered, the US government was facing widespread protests in the late 1960s.  Often those who rebelled were rich in idealism but unable or unwilling to take concrete action.  On 8 October 1969, all that changed.  A newly-formed group of left-wing extremists, dubbed the Weathermen, went on the rampage in a well-planned protest in Chicago — the so-called Days of Rage riots.

Eliminating 25 million Americans:  That was the plan of the Weather Underground after taking power. ... I asked, "well what is going to happen to those people we can't reeducate, that are diehard capitalists?" and the reply was that they'd have to be eliminated.  And when I pursued this further, they estimated they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers. ... And they were dead serious.

Obama's words and deeds:  Obama dismissed inquiries about his relationship with Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground, by saying that he was just "a guy who lives in my neighborhood."  In fact, Obama served from 1995 to 1999 as chairman of the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), the brainchild of Ayers, an organization that funneled some $100 million into the hands of community organizers and activists, including ACORN, in order to radicalize Chicago's public schools.  Between 1969 and 1974, the Weather Underground claimed responsibility for some 20 bombings in the United States — at police stations, banks, jails, courthouses, the Capitol and the Pentagon.

Sowing ACORNs to reap the biggest oak tree in Washington, DC.  The bombs set in the Sixties by the Weatherman Underground were just a means to an end:  Ayers and Dohrn wanted to become famous and earn their Leftist street cred.  They didn't care if people died to make it happen.  You gotta break some eggs to make that omelet.

The Stealth Candidate:  I disagree with those who've said the most important issue concerning the Obama-Ayers connection is Obama's "judgment."  The very word implies that Obama doesn't share and never shared Ayers' views.  The crucial question is whether Obama is of like mind with such radicals. … Does anyone doubt that if any Republican presidential candidate had a small fraction of the questionable alliances Obama has, he already would have been hounded into withdrawing from the race?

Blood On the Hands of Obama's Terror Associate.  Barack Obama was asked, during one of the Democratic presidential debates, about his relationship with communist terrorist Bill Ayers.  But the more controversial relationship was with his wife, communist terrorist Bernardine Dohrn.  Both were present and hosted Obama when he launched a run for the Illinois State Senate.  In effect, Ayers and Dohrn sponsored Obama's political career.  But it has now come to light that Dohrn repeatedly refused to deny credible reports that she planted a bomb at a police station that killed a law enforcement officer.

The Ayers Question:  "Who is Barack Obama?" is not an irrelevant question given the job Obama is seeking, and it's a question he has sought mightily to avoid answering.  The veil of secrecy he has thrown over his past (journalists have been denied access to his state legislative office records, documents about state earmarks he distributed in Illinois, a list of his legal clients, his state bar application, billing records related to Tony Rezko, medical records, academic records — all of which are the sort of documents candidates routinely make public) forces the question all the more.

Obama's Hot Ayers.  Ayers' distant past isn't the only reason to distrust him.  He has a present, as well — and Obama is a part of it.  The two of them have worked hard to radicalize Chicago's public schools.  Ayers' work funding radical "education" groups in Chicago came just in the last 12 years.  And he teamed up directly with Obama on that.

William Ayers, "Former" Radical.  Stories at Politico and ABC refer to William Ayers as a "former radical," but wouldn't Ayers need to disavow his Sixties extremism to be a "former" radical?  He infamously told the New York Times in a story published on September 11, 2001, that he regretted not setting more bombs.

The Bomber as School Reformer.  Back in the early eighties, in an interview with David Horowitz and Peter Collier, Bill Ayers remembered his reaction upon learning that he would not be prosecuted by the government for his bombing spree as a member of the Weather Underground.  "Guilty as hell, free as a bird — America is a great country," he exulted.  Ayers is now a university professor, but he must have been exulting all over again after reading Saturday's front-page story in the New York Times.

NYT Reporter Implies Obama-Ayers 'Not Close' Contrary to Own Reporting.  On the same day that the Associated Press noted that "few people watch TV or read newspapers Friday evening and Saturday," the New York Times ran an article questioning Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama's questionable relationship with admitted, unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers.  If the AP is correct and Friday is one of the least read days of the week, then it's interesting that the NYT chose to publish one of the most controversial campaign issues when the fewest readers would see it.

CNN Ignores Bernardine Dohrn's Terrorist Past While Defending Obama.  Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Bernardine Dohrn also worked at the same law firm according to sources. … There is much more about the Dohrn story that goes relatively unnoticed.  According to the Canada Free Press she has made frequent guest appearances at events sponsored by George Soros.  She stated in 1982 that "Those of us who participated in the [Vietnam] anti-war movement were not drastic enough" even though Americans died as a result of their bombings.

Terrorists For Obama.  "If you're in public life, you ought to say, 'I don't want to be associated with this guy,'" observes columnist Steve Chapman.  "If John McCain had a long association with a guy who'd bombed abortion clinics, I don't think people would say, 'That's ancient history.'"  That Ayers' totalitarian revolutionary agenda isn't history is shown by Ayers today sitting on the directorate of the Miranda International Center, a think tank funded by the Venezuelan government of Hugo Chavez….  Ayers is both a hero and adviser to Hugo Chavez and a colleague of Obama's.

Ignorance of Ayers?  Top Obama advisors tell CNN that, when they first met in the mid-1990s, Obama didn't know of Bill Ayers' radical past.  It's the first time they've said that, as far as I know. … On the other hand, Obama's not that young. … And Ayers' past was hardly a secret in Chicago, where he was regularly quoted as an ex-radical and ex-fugitive.

Does Obama Read His Hometown Paper?  As discussed quite a bit around here, David Axelrod says Obama didn't know about Ayers' past when Obama first started allying himself with the former terrorist.  Ayers was "just a guy in the neighborhood" — which, if true, says something just plain awful about that neighborhood if you ask me.  But anyway, just out of curiosity, I decided to see if the Chicago Tribune had written anything about Ayers and his terrorist past during the period of Obama's plasible deniability.

Guilt by Agreement.  An unapologetic aging domestic terrorist writes a book about "justice" and Barack Obama praises it.  This isn't guilt by association but guilt by agreement.  Had Ayers written a book about ping-pong and Obama praised it, perhaps that wouldn't be revealing.  But Ayers, the ultimate juvenile delinquent, wrote a book about the juvenile justice system and won a "rave review" from Obama, according to the New York Times.

Obama's Weathermen pals should worry voters.  Obama might not have heard of Ayers and Dohrn's brutality from the '60s through the '80s had they merely tossed a rock or two in anger.  But these two went much, much farther.  In 1970, Ayers encapsulated the Weathermen's worldview:  "Kill all the rich people.  Break up their cars and apartments.  Bring the revolution home.  Kill your parents."  In his 2001 memoir, "Fugitive Days," Ayers brags that he helped blast NYPD headquarters in 1970, the U.S. Capitol in 1971, and the Pentagon in 1972.  Dohrn was an equally stalwart subversive.

Why Ayers Still Matters:  Nearly forty years after the crimes for which he and his associates became notorious, "Ayers sees his education work as carrying on his radicalism in a new guise," writes Stanley Kurtz.  That Obama knew none of this as a rising politician fails even the smell test at Democrat-friendly CNN.  Long past his eighth birthday, Obama publicly endorsed Ayers' book on juvenile justice.

Time to Level with the American People about Domestic Terrorist Bill Ayers.  Pam Meister interviews John Murtagh, whose family had a terrifying brush with the Weather Underground during the terror group's heyday in the early 1970s.

Ayers Has Not Left Radicalism Behind.  Bill Ayers isn't out bombing anymore, but he has never stopped being a radical.  His ties to hostile Marxist regimes remain, raising more questions about Barack Obama's refusal to fully repudiate him.

Obama's Weatherman shows which way the wind blows.  The seemingly inevitable ascent of Barack Obama to become US president has hit a hurdle, as he is forced to confront accusations, supported by a hard-hitting television ad campaign, that he had a long-time association with two of America's leading terrorists from the 1960s, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, one-time leaders of the Weathermen (also known as the Weather Underground).

Why Obama Can't Be President:  William Ayers and others from the Weather Underground are responsible for being a part of a terrorist wave in this country that murdered police officers.  To downplay this or dismiss it as "guilt by association" is to be shortsighted and make a mistake.  I don't believe most Democrats or independents find this kind of thing acceptable behavior.  What kind of man sits in the pews of a church where his preacher spews hate about his own country — hate for Jews, hate for whites, hate for blacks who don't agree with him — and then says he had no idea his preacher was saying any of these things?  Again, I ask you to look deep inside yourselves, ask yourselves if you see such a man representing your country as president of the United States.

You Need a Weatherman To Tell Which Way Obama Will Go.  Barry Obama had many such academic mentors and one namely is Bill Ayers, a white guy from a wealthy family who in his leisure time (of which he had much, not having to mow lawns or deliver newspapers) liked to throw bombs in order to bring about "social justice" as a member of the Weather Underground.  Well, rich kids don't know much about munitions, so occasionally "bad choices" are made in the design, building, and detonation of bombs, like your girlfriend and buddies getting killed, which happened in Ayers's case.

Obama's radical relationship:  Sen. Barack Obama is hiding his relationship with a 1960s radical. ... For months, conservatives have been trying to direct attention to the relationship between Mr. Obama and William Ayers.  Mr. Ayers was a leader of the Weather Underground, which planted bombs in the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon during the Vietnam War.  He went on the lam after a nail bomb his group was building to kill soldiers and their wives at a dance at Fort Dix went off prematurely, killing three of the conspirators.

Obama:  The Company He Kept.  [William Ayers] and his wife, fellow Weatherperson Bernardine Dohrn, were indicted in 1970 for inciting to riot and conspiracy to bomb government buildings, but charges were dropped in 1974 because of technicalities involving illegal surveillance.  Dohrn had been on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List and both remained in hiding. When they surfaced in 1980 Dohrn received three years probation and a fine of $1,500.

Obama's Foul Weather Friends:  Weatherman was a revolutionary communist sect that split from Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in 1969.  Weatherman's founding document called for a "white fighting force" that would be "akin to the Red Guard in China" to work with the Black Liberation Movement and other "anti-colonial" movements to bring about a communist revolution and destroy "US imperialism."  Weatherman committed at least 40 bombings between 1969 and 1975.  Targets included the Pentagon, the State Department and the US Capitol, other government buildings, military bases, police offices and corporations.  Two of the group's primary leaders were Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.

Resume of a Terrorist:  Obama's Buddy Ayers.  [Scroll down]  I find it difficult to understand how a man who is running for president of the United States would even know someone as anti-American and destructive as William Ayers.  Plus, Ayers, his wife and their comrades at the Weather Underground are cop-killers.  And Obama doesn't just know him personally — he's a close friend with Ayers.

Obama's Leftism:  For the next four to five years, the two [Obama and Ayers] worked together to raise the matching funds and disburse small grants to local organizations pushing the reform program.  It could only have been an intimate partnership.  When Obama decided to run for the state senate, his first fund-raising event was held in the home of Ayers and Dohrn.  In 1997, Ayers published a book about juvenile justice, A Kind and Just Parent, which Obama blurbed as "a searing and timely account."  The two also served together on the board of the leftist Woods Fund from 1998 until 2001.  This is what is now public about the relations between Obama and the unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers.  There may be much more, so far successfully hidden by all concerned; but even these facts suggest that Ayers was among Obama's closest collaborators.

Obama Begins the Ayers Walk Back and Heads Into the Reparations Trap.  Steve Diamond notes that Barack Obama is beginning a walk back on his preposterously untrue former claims that Ayers was just a guy in his neighborhood.  Using Linda Lenz, a close ally of both men to do so, the Chicago Sun Times quotes her as admitting that Ayers and Obama closely collaborated on the failed Chicago Annenberg Challenge fiasco.

Profile of the Massive Waste of Money Known as the Annenberg Challenge:  We were covering the massive waste of money known as the Annenberg Challenge long before anyone had heard of its Chicago chairman, Barack Obama, or its Chicago co-founder, real life terrorist-turned-educational terrorist William Ayers.  The article appeared in the March 1998 issue of Foundation Watch.

William Ayers, Model Citizen?  The Obama campaign's response to Jerome Corsi's book about Senator Barack Obama makes clear that they are determined to delegitimize even legitimate criticisms of the senator by mixing them up with smears.  Even mainstream journalists have noted that their rebuttal document at times employs risible arguments and overreaches in attempting to defend certain aspects of Senator Obama's career.  One example is the defense of Obama's relationship to William Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn — two unrepentant former members of the domestic left-wing terror movement known as the Weathermen.

Blood On the Hands of Obama's Terror Associate.  Barack Obama was asked, during one of the Democratic presidential debates, about his relationship with communist terrorist Bill Ayers.  But the more controversial relationship was with his wife, communist terrorist Bernardine Dohrn.  Both were present and hosted Obama when he launched a run for the Illinois State Senate.  In effect, Ayers and Dohrn sponsored Obama's political career.  But it has now come to light that Dohrn repeatedly refused to deny credible reports that she planted a bomb at a police station that killed a law enforcement officer.  Shouldn't Obama be asked about the reported involvement of his political associate in cold-blooded murder?

Obama's Other Radical Friends:  Apparently, back when he was running for state senate, Barack Obama had fund-raising events at the home of Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, and there's been some press about the senator's friendship with this controversial Weathercouple.  Many reporters are well aware, even though Mr. Obama has described his connection to Ayers and Dohrn as "flimsy," that the senator's relationship with his radical Hyde Park neighbors is actually quite warm, even close. … But mostly, the press doesn't want to touch this story — and no one else does either, as if it actually were TNT.

Obama's Ties to Left Come Under Scrutiny.  Senator Obama's ties to a former leader of the violent left-wing activist group the Weather Underground are drawing new scrutiny as he battles Senator Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Change that Sees No Evil:  The Candidate of Hope seamlessly mixed pathetic understatement with bald lying and, naturally, righteous indignation.  Ayers, whom Obama carefully cultivated as a young "community organizer" in sharp-elbowed Chicago politics, was not someone he had "received some official endorsement from."  No, of course not.  Ayers and his wife (and fellow terrorist) Bernadine Dohrn merely launched his political career by hosting his coming out fundraiser in 1995 — an imprimatur that credentialed the up-and-coming Obama in the hard Left circle where he remains most comfortable.

Communists, "Progressives," Obama and the Media:  Tom Hayden, who cheered for a communist military victory in Vietnam, is calling attention to Senator Hillary Clinton's old ties to communists.  But Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, formerly of the Washington Post, wonders if Hillary's comments on Senator Barack Obama's ties to communist terrorist Bill Ayers constitute McCarthyism.

Obama's Real Bill Ayers Problem:  Barack Obama complains that he's been unfairly attacked for a casual political and social relationship with his neighbor, former Weatherman Bill Ayers.  Obama has a point.  In the ultraliberal Hyde Park community where the presidential candidate first earned his political spurs, Ayers is widely regarded as a member in good standing of the city's civic establishment, not an unrepentant domestic terrorist.

Bill Ayers and the Subversion of Education:  Barack Obama's longstanding ties to Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn have elicited a great deal of controversy and have weakened his campaign.  Senator Obama attempted to distance himself from this dynamite duo … by stating that their actions as leaders in the Weather Underground bombings happened when he was 8 years old.  Of course, he elided [sic] the fact that they have no remorse for their actions and Ayers publicly wished there had been more of them.  Ayers escaped prosecution on procedural grounds.  In the words of Ayers, "Guilty as hell, free as a bird — America is a great country".

Debunking Obama's Ayers "Fact Sheet".  Let's examine Obama's claim that his connection to [William] Ayers and [Bernadine] Dohrn is "tenuous" and "phony."  Is it phony that Obama's political coming-out party in the mid-1990s was hosted by Ayers and Dohrn?  What about the panel discussions in which Ayers and Obama both took part — that were organized by Michelle Obama?  Tenuous?  I suppose the goodbye party for prominent Israel basher and Arafat apologist Rashid Khalidi, attended by Obama, Ayers and Dohrn, is also unworthy of discussion.

Taking His Sweet Time.  For at least six months, we've known that Robert Malley's associates and his record of anti-Israel revisionism have no place in an American presidential campaign.  But Obama, being Obama, could no sooner denounce his Arafat-embracing Middle East advisor than, say, not sell out his grandmother.  Instead, the campaign shrugged the issue off by claiming Malley was not a "day-to-day" advisor.  Just as in the case of Jeremiah Wright, Obama tried to wish the whole thing away until the very source of the problem addressed him directly.

Obama's 'mainstream' friends:  Obama's ties to Ayers and Dohrn aren't nearly as trifling as he suggests, and their views — today, not 40 years ago — are about as "respectable" and "mainstream" as those of, say, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Obama's incendiary minister.  The key facts, reported by Ben Smith in Politico.com, are these:  Barack Obama's political career was launched in Ayers's and Dohrn's home, when a group of "influential liberals" gathered in 1995 to meet the young organizer who was Illinois lawmaker Alice Palmer's chosen successor.

Barack's Bomber Bud:  The Rev. Jeremiah Wright's racist and anti-American diatribes will haunt Obama.  But Obama's relationship to William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, members of the '60s domestic terrorist group the Weather Underground, may prove more vexing.  The Weather Underground bombed the Capitol, the Pentagon and New York City police headquarters in the '70s; Ayers claimed to have personally participated in the bombings.

Obama's Marxist Axis Of Friends:  Barack Obama wishes questions about his associations with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers and other radicals would end.  But maybe the reason they won't is that there's a pattern:  Marxism. … When one looks at Obama, it's shocking how radical and anti-American his closest associates are.

Barack Obama pal is an enemy, too.  Obama was indeed only 8 in early 1970.  I was only 9 then, the year Ayers' Weathermen tried to murder me.

Photo:  Bill Ayers Stomping the American Flag.

Take a look  at the door and wall outside "Distinguished Professor" Bill Ayers' University of Illinois Office.

Smells from the shadows:  Nobody has accused little 8-year-old Barack of anything, not even of tiny misdemeanors in the nursery, of wetting his bed or not eating all his carrots and broccoli. … [But] The senator has never explained why, at the age of 33, or 38, or however old he was when he did, in fact, "pal around" with Bill Ayers, he inevitably preferred to walk in the shadows on the shady side of the street.  He even served with Bill Ayers on the board of a charity that dispensed millions of dollars to left-wing Chicago enterprises.  The unanswered questions are not about crimes, but about his judgment.

Weather Underground Victim Says Obama Should Have Known of Ayers' Past.  "Barack Obama constantly says, 'I was only 8 years old when this happened.'  That's kind of his throwaway line," John Murtagh told FOX News Thursday morning.  "I'm not questioning what Barack Obama was doing when he was 8 years old.  I'm questioning his behavior as an adult to choose his friends, mentor and longtime personal and longtime personal and professional colleague."

Obama, the Closer.  Obama's followers make high-tech videos, mindlessly chanting, "Yes, we can" instead of making bombs to blow up government buildings, or holding up armored trucks and killing police officers. … Evidenced by his list of supporters, from Ayers Dohrn, Hayden and Fonda, to the New Black Panthers, the New SDS, the New Winter Soldiers, et al., the radical Left has anointed Obama as the One.  Every aging, anti-war, anti-capitalist group and their new offshoots are flocking around Obama like moths to a flame.

Obama and his friends:  [Cliff] Kincaid's group wants a major news organization to follow up on the investigative work it has done that documents that an elderly black man who mentored Sen. Obama in Hawaii was a lifelong member of the Communist Party USA.  Kincaid also would like to see a serious journalistic vetting of Sen. Obama's relationship with the left-wing radicals in Chicago — Bill Ayers and others — who helped Obama launch his political career.

Mr. Obama's Neighborhood:  "I never had roots growing up," Obama has often said. … From Hawaii to Indonesia and back to Hawaii, then to Los Angeles and Manhattan and Cambridge, Mass., and finally to Hyde Park:  He's never lived in a part of the country that's like 90 percent of the rest of the country. … Hyde Park's the neighborhood he returned to, the place he'd chosen to live, and its roots were torn out 50 years ago.

It's the Communism, Stupid.  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama tried to deflect a question about his relationship with terrorist Bill Ayers by saying that he "engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago when I was 8 years old" and that he was now a professor and a neighbor.  The real issue is whether Obama shares Ayers' communist views.  Obama admitted to exchanging ideas with Ayers on an irregular basis but did not say what those ideas were.  But we know that Ayers, rather than just being a 1960s "radical," was a member of a Marxist-Leninist communist group.

Beginnings of a Radical:  Where do you suppose Barack Obama's first public speech was given?  1. Chamber of Commerce?  2. Woman's Club?  3. Jaycees?  4. Toastmasters?  Sorry.  None of the above.  According to Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit, Barack Obama gave his first speech before an offshoot of the Students for Democratic Society (SDS) which had morphed into the Weather Underground.

The Obama-Ayers Connection:  In the best tradition of Bill Clinton's famous declaration that the answer to the question of whether or not he was having an affair with Monica depended on "what the definition of 'is' is," Barack Obama was clearly splitting hairs and concealing the truth when he said that William Ayers was "just a guy who lives in my neighborhood."

An absence of candour to believe in.  Obama is twisting and turning over his relationship with unreprentant Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers, trying to pretend it didn't amount to anything other than a chance acquaintance.  But his story becomes ever more preposterous. … The idea that Obama didn't know about Ayers's past is absurd.  He would have to have been living on Mars not to know.  The Weather Undergound was notorious and received huge publicity in the media.

Bernardine Dohrn:  Professor Dohrn has said of her Weatherman past, "We rejected terrorism.  We were careful not to hurt anybody."  Both assertions are false, however.  Weatherman's twofold agenda was terrorism (which is why Charles Manson was Dohrn's hero) and war (the organization's very existence was launched with a formal "declaration of war"), and Dohrn periodically issued "war communiqués" to the public at large.

Michelle Obama, Bernardine Dohrn, and Sidley & Austin.  According to Wikipedia, Bernardine Dohrn worked for Sidley & Austin from 1984 to 1988, while she unsuccessfully sought admission to the New York and Illinois bars.  (According to Sidley's managing partner, Dohrn didn't get admitted to the bar because "She wouldn't say she's sorry" for her acts of domestic terrorism.)

Ayers / Dohrn -- The Biggest Albatross Around Barack Obama's Neck.  Barack Obama has some 'splainin' to do.  When he was questioned at the last debate about his association with Bill Ayers, he tried to spin it away.  "I was eight," replied Obama.  As far as he was concerned, that was all that was necessary in terms of an explanation.  Unfortunately, that won't fly with voters.

Obama Needs to Explain His Ties to William Ayers.  You might wonder what Obama was doing working with a character like this.  And you might wonder how an unrepentant terrorist got a huge grant and cooperation from the Chicago public school system.  You might wonder — if you don't know Chicago.

Ayers Unrepentant for Radical Group's Violence in 1960s, 1970s.  William Ayers, who was a founder of the 1960s and 1970s radical group the Weather Underground, told FOX News correspondent James Rosen in a candid 2004 interview that he still believed he was "on the side of justice" years after the group's wave of attacks.  In the interview, conducted three years after the September 11 attacks, Ayers argued the U.S. government had carried out "many other acts of terror … even recently, that are comparable," and claimed he and his bomb-planting comrades were "restrained" in their actions.

Talk Turns To Jive About Ayers.  "Ultimately, I ended up learning about the fact that (Ayers) had engaged in this reprehensible act 40 years ago, but I was 8 years old at the time and I assumed that he had been rehabilitated," Obama said.  You'd think a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School would have known that the actions of America's premier terrorist bomber did not, due to tainted evidence, result in a single day of prison time.  So just when and where did he think Bill Ayers was rehabilitated?

Ayers Is No Education 'Reformer'.  One of the most misleading statements during the presidential debates was when Barack Obama claimed that William Ayers was just "a guy in the neighborhood."  But that piece of spin is nothing compared to the false story now being peddled by Mr. Obama's media supporters that Mr. Ayers — who worked with the Democratic nominee for years to disperse education grants through a group called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge — has redeemed his terrorist past.

Taking A Peek Behind Bill Ayers' Office Door.  An op-ed writer thinks Bill Ayers is now a model citizen.  If that's the case, why would an unrepentant terrorist have an unrepentant cop killer's picture on his office door?

University cancels speech by Ayers.  The University of Nebraska-Lincoln rescinded its speaking invitation tonight for 1960s radical-turned-educator William Ayers.  University officials cited "safety reasons" for canceling Ayers' Nov. 15 appearance.  Spokeswoman Kelly Bartling declined to elaborate on what safety concerns would keep Ayers from addressing a College of Education and Human Sciences event.  Earlier today, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman strongly condemned the invitation and called on the NU Board of Regents and President J.B. Milliken to block it.

Ayers Brothers Led Annenberg Grantees and Contributed to Obama.  William Ayers is a one-time leader of the Weather Underground domestic terrorist group that in the 1970s took credit for bombing the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol.  "I don't regret setting bombs," Ayers told the New York Times in 2001 about his experience with the Weathermen.  "I feel we didn't do enough."  In 1995, Obama, then a Chicago lawyer, received an early boost in his initial bid for the Illinois State Senate, when he went to a political meeting at Ayers' home.

Just a guy in the neighborhood?  I think not.
Obama Praised 'Searing and Timely' Book by Ayers.  Barack Obama, who has consistently downplayed his relationship with William Ayers during his presidential campaign, once gave a glowing endorsement of a book by the former domestic terrorist and was mentioned by name in the book itself.  A blogger unearthed the Dec. 21, 1997, endorsement in the Chicago Tribune and posted photographs of the praise for Ayers' book on Zombietime.com Saturday.

The Editor says...
It's always a shame when amateurs do a job better than professionals.  Why don't "mainstream" journalists do some digging and discover information like this?  The answer is obvious:  Newspaper and television journalists don't want to find out anything negative about Obama.  But that's a topic for another page.

Obama's Pal William Ayers:  The 'Peaceful' Terrorist.  In the re-release of William Ayers' book, Fugitive Days, the unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist revealed that he and President-elect Barack Obama are "family friends."  Last Friday [11/14/2008] Ayers appeared on ABC's Good Morning America reinventing himself as a peaceful anti-war activist.  "We tried to end [the Vietnam] war," Ayers said, "but we never committed terror.  It's not terrorism because it doesn't target people," referring to his 1970's bombing sprees.

Ayers Targets Media.  Domestic terrorist William Ayers spoke about his ?brush with celebrity" and bashed the media's discussion of his relationship with President-elect Barack Obama in speech to Georgetown Law School Students Monday afternoon. ... He said most of his opposition was comprised "mostly of middle-aged men who are ventilating on their computer in their mother's basements who are sweating profusely" and told students, "if you ingest way too much Fox News you are going to be confused by a lot of things."

The Editor says...
In my opinion, if Mr. Ayers dislikes Fox News so much, that's reason enough to stay tuned to Fox News!

Now he tells us.
Bill Ayers:  Barack Obama a 'family friend'.  In a new afterword to his memoir, 1960s radical William Ayers describes himself as a "family friend" of President-elect Barack Obama and writes that the campaign controversy over their relationship was an effort by Obama's political enemies to "deepen a dishonest narrative" about the candidate.

Ivory Tower Hero.  William Ayers hasn't given up railing against authority figures in the four decades following his time with the Weather Underground.  The current target of the perennial anti-conformist:  standardized testing and "authoritarian" school structures.  And yes, Fox News, which he compared to George Orwell's "two minutes of hate."

Bill Ayers Whitewashes History, Again.  Like his memoir, Fugitive Days, "The Real Bill Ayers" is a sentimentalized, self-justifying whitewash of his role in the weirdo violent fringe of the 1960s-70s antiwar left.

The Unreal Bill Ayers.  In his Times column, Ayers's chronology focuses on 1970, the year he co-founded the Weather Underground "after an accidental explosion that claimed the lives of three of our comrades in Greenwich Village."  But this wasn't some especially radicalizing furnace mishap.  On March 6, 1970, three members of a Weatherman cell died when a bomb they were making blew up in their faces.  Packed with nails for maximum lethality, it had been intended for a noncommissioned officers' dance at Fort Dix, N.J.

Judge sets sentencing date for Tony Rezko.  A federal judge has set a Jan. 6 sentencing date for political fund-raiser Tony Rezko.  The rushed sentencing date is an about-face from what lawyers in the case requested in October — to put off sentencing as Rezko and prosecutors engaged in ongoing discussions.

Obama Was Mute on Illinois Corruption.  [Last spring], Mr. Obama was being grilled over news that he bought his house through a land deal involving Tony Rezko, a political fixer who was later convicted on 16 corruption counts.  Rezko is mentioned dozens of times in the 76-page criminal complaint against Mr. Blagojevich.  Mr. Obama has an ambiguous reputation among those trying to clean up Illinois politics.  "We have a sick political culture, and that's the environment Barack Obama came from," Jay Stewart, executive director of the Chicago Better Government Association, told ABC News months ago.

Is Obama Following The Leninist Line?  Blogger Trevor Loudon, a respected anti-communist researcher and analyst in New Zealand ... points out that former Weather Underground members Rudd, Jones, Ayers and Dohrn are all now working through an organization called Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS), which is operating as "a parent body for Progressives for Obama."

The response to Bill Ayers the New York Times wouldn't run.  Freedom of the press, open to diverse opinion?  Not at the rapidly sinking NY Times.

The Op-Ed the New York Times Wouldn't Run:  Bill Ayers would like to use the fog of time to plead his case that he was just another protester against the Vietnam war, a point that the Times is perhaps willing to let him make considering his longtime association with the president-elect they so nakedly support.  No amount of inspired fantasy, however, can omit the simple truth that there is only one significant difference between Bill Ayers and Timothy McVeigh.  Competence.

The legacy of William Ayers:  So we should forgive William Ayers his past because he is now a prolific writer, community activist and received a misguided "Citizen of the Year" award?  And if we don't we are "promoting a trajectory of hate?"  Ayers, a son of great privilege, may be highly educated and eloquent.  That, however, does not give him a free pass in life.

The Fort Dix Five.  What is the difference between the five Muslim immigrants convicted in a Federal court in Camden, New Jersey on Monday, and Bill Ayers and his comrades in the Weather Underground?  The answer:  not much, except for the outcome.

Ayers and Free Speech:  Who said crime doesn't pay?  Certainly not Bill Ayers, the 1960s terrorist who emerged from the "underground" proudly admitting he was "guilty as hell and free as a bird" metamorphosing as a "father of three, esteemed professor at UIC — and unabashed patron of the great bourgeois coffee chain, Starbucks," according to an adoring portrait of him in the August, 2001 of Chicago Magazine.

William Ayers turned back at Canadian border.  An American education professor, one of the founders of a radical 1960s group known as the Weather Underground, which was responsible for a number of bombings in the United States in the early 1970s, was turned back at the Canadian border last night [1/18/2009].

Teachers:  They're All Bill Ayers Now.  Students at Georgia Southern University did not get to hear Bill Ayers speak last week for the now oft-given reason of expensive security.  Like students at other campuses, some students there objected to the use of their student fees to bring in the co-founder of the Weather Underground.  Ayers' past also led Illinois State Senator Larry Bomke to call for his firing through his proposal to forbid a public university from employing someone who has "committed a violent act against the United States."

Campaign for Justice for Victims of Weather Underground Terrorism.

Remarks of Cliff Kincaid.  [Scroll down]  Other Weather Underground members have also been walking around free.  In fact, two of them, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, associate with prominent politicians and posture as educational experts.  In truth, Ayers and Dohrn are vicious criminal terrorists who waged a campaign of violence and murder and are now trying to spread their filth and poison to young people.

Washington Post Censors Truth About Bill Ayers.  I am Larry Grathwohl and have been acknowledged as the only person to infiltrate the Weather Underground as an informant for the FBI.  I offer the following comments and observations regarding the article "The Unreal Bill Ayers" recently written by Charles Lane for the Washington Post.

S.F. police union accuses Ayers in 1970 bombing.  Leaders of San Francisco's police officers union have accused Weather Underground co-founder Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, of taking part in the 1970 bombing of a city police station that killed a sergeant.  The union leveled the charge in a letter to a conservative organization lobbying for arrests in the case, but said it had not been in contact with investigators and had no new evidence related to the bombing, which killed Sgt. Brian McDonnell.

Ayers Under Fire.  Ayers claimed last November that he was thrust "unwittingly" and "unwillingly" into the national spotlight during the campaign and the victim of a "thoroughly dishonest narrative... and the big lie that gets perpetrated... that somehow I killed people, somehow I've been a violent person, all of it false and I couldn't find a way to interrupt the demonization."  However, two knowledgeable WU-affiliated persons contradict this story.
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Justice for Victims of the Weather Underground.  Ayers and Dohrn, now university professors, were members of a communist terrorist gang called the Weather Underground during the 1960s and 1970s whose aim was to support communist regimes and anti-American movements around the world and destroy the United States.  The group received terrorist training in Communist Cuba and was advised by Soviet and Cuban intelligence agents.

A Murder Revisited.  Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn are currently hailed by the Left as "respected" university professors  — Ayers in the University of Illinois' education department, and Dohrn at Northwestern University's School of Law.  In the mid-1990s, both were instrumental in helping to launch 34-year-old Barack Obama's political career in Chicago. ... On Thursday, March 12, the National Press Club hosted an event where several key speakers urged federal authorities to reopen an investigation into the role that Ayers and Dohrn — both of whom are former leaders of the notorious terror group Weather Underground — may have played in the February 16, 1970 murder of Sergeant Brian McDonnell at Park Station police headquarters in San Francisco.

Justice Department to San Francisco Police:  Shut Up!  Allegations that presidential pal Bill Ayers was involved in the murder of a San Francisco policeman appear to be running into something of a gag order from at the Department of Justice.  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Justice Department and the San Francisco Police Department have contacted the San Francisco Police Officers Association and told them not to talk about the Ayers case.

Guilty as Hell, Free as a Bird (for now).  Bill Ayers' famous quip may come back to haunt him.  There is no statute of limitations on murder charges.

BC nixes invite to former radical.  Boston College yesterday abruptly withdrew two student groups' invitation to former radical William Ayers to speak on campus Monday.  A BC spokesman said he was unaware of the plan for the controversial figure to speak on campus until contacted by the Herald yesterday afternoon.  But students last night were scrambling to hold the speech off-campus.

Freeman Affair Reveals Problems For Obama and the Media.  The recent appointment and ultimate withdrawal of Chas Freeman to head the National Intelligence Council has exposed much that is wrong with President Barack Obama's first months in office, both in terms of policy and vetting, as well as the media coverage surrounding both.  Many of Obama's supporters said it was unfair to criticize Obama's associations with people like the unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers and the anti-Semitic preacher of hate, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and called it guilt by association.  It is now becoming clearer why those sorts of associations matter.

Ayers Has Not Left Radicalism Behind.  Bill Ayers isn't out bombing anymore, but he's never stopped being a radical.  His ties to hostile Marxist regimes remain, raising more questions about Barack Obama's refusal to fully repudiate him.

Seminar in Shamelessness.  Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn gave a seminar in shamelessness last week.  On the road to promote their new book Race Course Against White Supremacy, the radical couple sat in armchairs on a small stage at Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library, conducting a "dialogue" instead of the usual book-tour speech.

Bill Ayers is back.  Bill Ayers has kept a low profile since President Obama took office, so we thought he might have gone underground again.  That was until we ran into him in Baltimore on Wednesday [5/13/2009] and he lobbed a bomb at one of our editorial writers.

Ayers, Dohrn say racism not dead.  So how do a couple of ex-radical anti-war activists spend Memorial Day? Former "Weather Underground" activists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn held a discussion about whether President Obama's election moved America past racism — far from it they say — at the Hyde Park Arts Center.

Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn Appear on C-SPAN.  Ayers, 65, and Dohrn, 67, are the radical 1960s antiwar activists and, for eleven years until they turned themselves into authorities in 1981, former underground fugitives from justice who were among the founders of the violent domestic terrorist group, the Weather Underground.  In recent years, Ayers has gained some notoriety for comments he made that appear to defend his bomb making past (gaining for him in some circles the moniker "unrepentant domestic terrorist") and for his murky but apparently influential association during the 1990s with the then new-on-the-scene, up-and-coming Chicago politician, Barack H. Obama.

Obama Associate Implicated in Murder.  The sub-headline over the September 16 article says it all:  "The investigation into a cop killing in the '70s leads to a law professor who helped launch Barack Obama's political career."  The law professor is former Communist terrorist Bernardine Dohrn, a leader of the Weather Underground known for praising mass murderer Charles Manson.  Writer Peter Jamison, who is based in San Francisco, where the cop killing occurred, spent months working on the story and developed many different sources of information.

The Obama-Ayers meeting:  What you haven't been told.  A new book released today uncovers for the first time where and how President Obama first met Weather Underground terrorist-group founder William Ayers — and it is much earlier than previously believed.  The book reveals the two were brought together by a student of radical community organizer Saul Alinsky, whose name, it has emerged, was obscured in Obama's autobiography "Dreams from My Father."

Ayers, Dohrn helped organize flotilla group.  Former Weather Underground leaders William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, as well as Code Pink founder Jodie Evans, helped organize the Free Gaza Movement, which launched the six-ship flotilla from Turkey to Israel that ended in a violent clash with Israeli Defense Forces, BigGovernment.com reported.

Ayers, Dorhn helped organize 'peace' flotilla.  We should have known.  The techniques used by violent radicals in the 1960's are perfectly suited to this kind of war that Hamas is fighting against Israel.  No doubt Ayers and Dorhn were able to school their less experienced colleagues in the art of violent propaganda.

The Left-Fascist Axis Again.  We are seeing another Left-fascist axis in our time, recapitulating Stalin's (and worldwide communism's) embrace of Hitler's Germany.  The Gaza flotilla crisis was set up by the radical Left (Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Jodie Evans and other Obama buds), in collusion with Hamas, which is about as fascist as they get.

Turning Down The Terrorist Emeritus.  In an era when our universities have become liberal re-education camps, '60s radical William Ayers has been denied professor emeritus status.  For one brief instance, academia shows a spine.

Will the Truth Catch Up to Bill Ayers and his Comrades?  Christopher G. Kennedy, chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, led the effort to deny Bill Ayers the title of professor emeritus because Ayers had written a book dedicated in part to the killer of his father, Robert F. Kennedy.  But this "book," titled, Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism, had been written back in 1974.  Let's hope that Christopher Kennedy's expression of disgust can not only lead to a review of what Ayers said but what he did — in the form of eyewitness testimony that Ayers had knowledge of a bombing plot that took the life of San Francisco Police Officer Brian V. McDonnell back in 1970.  The case is still open and will be the subject of an October 21 conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Obama's Prairie Fire Companion.  Every now and then, our monolithic, woefully over-priced universities do something right.  A case in point is the news that University of Illinois trustees have denied emeritus status to a tenured faculty member:  Bill Ayers.

Controversy Trails Ayers in Retirement.  Bill Ayers, the former Weather Underground radical, retired from the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago this summer, but he is still stirring up controversy at the school.

A Horrid Crime, a Dishonest Debate.  On June 5, 1968, a deranged 25-year-old Jordanian named Sirhan Sirhan slithered through a crowd toward Sen. Robert Kennedy as the Democratic presidential candidate basked in the glow of his California presidential primary triumph.  Sirhan shot and killed Kennedy, wounding several others. ... Two people profoundly impressed by the assassination were the terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.  In 1974, they dedicated their own communist manifesto, Prairie Fire, to Sirhan, hailing him — among a cast of violent radicals — as a courageous political prisoner.

Bill Ayers Admits For Second Time He Wrote Obama's 'Dreams From My Father'.  For the second time in less than eighteen months, domestic terrorist Bill Ayers admitted he wrote Barack Obama's book "Dreams From My Father."  This time, it was recorded on videotape as he was speaking last Thursday [3/24/2011] at Montclair State University.

Ayers affirms he wrote Dreams from my Father.  Last Thursday evening [3/24/2011] at Montclair State University, with a video camera rolling, Bill Ayers volunteered that yes indeed he had written the acclaimed Barack Obama memoir, Dreams from My Father.

Still duped after all these years.  [Scroll down]  Consider probably the best-known communist radical on the public's radar:  Bill Ayers.  Ayers achieved infamy in the 1970s when he and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, formed the Weather Underground.  Committed to the violent overthrow of the U.S. government, Ayers and comrades were wanted for terrorist activities.  Ultimately, they managed to evade prison time.  Where did Ayers end up?  Columbia University accepted him into John Dewey's Teachers College, where he earned a Ph.D.  He became a tenured professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago, training public-school teachers to be "change agents."

Former American radical Bill Ayers again denied access to Canada.  Former American radical Bill Ayers has once again been barred from entering Canada.  Mr. Ayers was scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the Worldview Conference on Media and Higher Education this Thursday [6/16/2011] in Toronto.

The Editor says...
Who says he's a former radical?  And why won't Canada let him in?  There must be a good reason.

Obama Pal Dohrn Linked to Mexican Killer Case.  Crime reporter and blogger Tina Trent says that President Obama's intervention on behalf of an illegal alien killer can be traced back to a 2003 conference that featured Bernardine Dohrn, Van Jones, and representatives of the Soros-funded Open Society Institute.

Destroying the system from within.  You may remember [Bill] Ayers from his tangential role in the 2008 presidential election.  It turns out that he was an early supporter of Barack Obama and had helped the future president get jobs on two boards that divvied up millions of dollars in education and anti-poverty grants.  That wouldn't have been a problem except for the fact that Ayers is best known for blowing things up.  As a founding member of the Weather Underground, he turned to violence in the late 1960s as an approved tactic for bringing about social change.  That may have been the most dangerous thing Bill Ayers did in the turbulent Sixties, but it is certainly not the most effective technique he found for changing America from a capitalist nation to a communistic one.

Barack Hussein Obama is a Fraud.  Two terrorists for the notorious Weather Underground led in launching Obama on his political career.  They were William "Bill" Ayres, and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn.  Although the terrorist activities of these two were some years ago, Ayres was reported by the New York Times, on 9/11/2001, as saying about their own terrorist acts:  "I don't regret setting bombs.  I feel we didn't do enough."

Why care about Ayers?  If Ayers is irrelevant, then so is Barack Obama.  If Ayers is irrelevant, then so is Hillary Clinton.  If Ayers is irrelevant, then so are dozens of top-level players and consultants in and out of the Obama administration such as Cass Sunstein, Anita Dunn, Valerie Jarrett, Carol Browner and Ron Bloom.  All of those people — Obama, Clinton and the rest — have ties to radical organizations either dating to the 1960s such as SDS or Saul Alinsky's Industrial Areas Foundation or to later socialist organizations that shared the goal of dismantling American society and rebuilding it as a socialist state.  You merely need to read their own words to see that none of this is secret.

What price Ayers?  The Illinois Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; frequent subject Jim Leach presides as chairman of the NEH.  The NEH provides almost all the funding for the IHC, but the IHC is looking for more.  It has posted the Public Square's tenth anniversary online fundraising auction with 12 items up for bid.  The bidding opened yesterday and runs through December 19.  Item 2 is dinner for six with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, the unrepentant terrorists and former friends of Barack Obama.

Dinner with terror ringleaders: $2,500.  For the low, low price of $2,500, one lucky bidder and five friends are set to have dinner cooked for them by Weather Underground leaders Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.  The auction was hosted by the Illinois Humanities Council (IHC), a non-profit founded — and still funded — by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Bidders were invited to "[e]njoy an unforgettable and scintillating dinner for a party of six cooked by veteran activists and educators Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.

$2,500 to Sup with Ayers and Dohrn — How Much for Dinner with Manson?  In the sixties, Bill Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn were members of the Weather Underground, a communist terrorist group that planted bombs at the Pentagon, the Capitol building, and other government buildings.  Ayers himself planted a bomb at a statue commemorating police casualties during the 1886 Haymarket riots in Chicago.  When a bomb he was hoping would kill American soldiers in New Jersey exploded prematurely in a house, Ayers became for ten years a fugitive from justice, but all charges against him were dropped in 1980 when an FBI program that was investigating the Weathermen was accused of improprieties.  Ayers, however, remains unrepentant, saying in 2001:  "I don't regret setting bombs...  I feel we didn't do enough."

Tucker Carlson Wins Dinner with Bill Ayers.  Conservative correspondent Tucker Carlson has bid on and won a dinner with controversial Vietnam-era radical Bill Ayers in a fundraiser for the Illinois Humanities Council, the group confirmed today [12/16/2011].  As part of the auction item, Carlson, of Fox News and The Daily Caller, will have dinner with the former college professor who has written about helping with bombings at the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon and other government sites.

Dinner With Terrorists.  If you were running the Illinois Humanities Council and a famous terrorist offered to help in your fundraising drive, what would you do?  If you said, "slam down the phone" or something to that effect, it just shows how remote you are from the sensibilities of the Obama age.  Because, in fact, when Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers offered to auction "dinner for six" at their house, the IHC cheerfully accepted.

Daily Caller's Tucker Carlson, Breitbart, dine with Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn in Chicago.  Chicago's Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn — vilified during Barack Obama's 2008 election and beyond as former Weather underground leaders — served dinner to Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson and his guests Sunday, after the founder of the conservative website bought time with the couple at an Illinois Humanities Council auction.

Andrew Breitbart On Dinner With Bill Ayers: He's 'A Sociopath' But A Great Chef.  Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson "mischievously" bid on a dinner with none other than the "Bonnie and Clyde of the radical left," Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.  And, of course, he invited pal Andrew Breitbart to come along.  "It was Look Who's Coming to Dinner, Part II," Breitbart joked.

Bill Ayers: That Breitbart Fellow Sure Was a "Bomb-thrower," Wasn't He?  Unrepentant domestic terrorist and long-time Barack Obama associate Bill Ayers exhibits his trademark generosity of spirit and self-awareness by smearing recently deceased conservative provocateur Andrew Breitbart as — of all things — a "bomb-thrower of the radical Right."

What the Mailman Knows about Ayers and Obama.  [Scroll down]  Obama would have needed help to get into Harvard.  Friendly biographer David Remnick tells us that Obama was an "unspectacular" student in his two years at Columbia and at every stop before that going back to grade school.  A Northwestern University professor, John L. McKnight, although a friend of Obama's and a fellow Alinskyite, reinforces the point, telling Remnick, "I don't think [Obama] did too well in college."  As to Obama's LSAT scores, Jimmy Hoffa's body will be unearthed before those are.

Barack's People:  A founding member of the Weather Underground and unrepentant terrorist, he and his wife planted explosives in federal buildings in 1970s.  He hosted one of the first fundraisers for our transformational messiah.  He was just a guy in the neighborhood, the president has claimed.  A neighborhood in which a convicted felon, Antoin Rezko, helped our future president buy the mansion he could not afford for less than it was worth.  Yet Ayers' style of writing bears remarkable similarities to the president's first autobiography Dreams from My Father, but not to anything else the president has ever penned before or after, thin though the selection may be, limited by a decided lack of production from the smartest man to ever hold the office.

Revisiting the Guy in Obama's Neighborhood.  The relationship between William Ayers and President Obama is back in the news again.  American conservatives are toying with the idea of renewing their quixotic mission of shattering the dream world of the sixty percent of the population that reflexively blocks its ears and sings every time Obama's past is questioned.

Postman: Ayers family put 'foreigner' Obama through school.  Did the parents of former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers help finance Barack Obama's Harvard education?  Did Ayers' mother believe Obama was a foreign student?  And was the young Obama convinced at the time — long before he even entered politics — that he was going to become president of the United States?  A retired U.S. Postal Service carrier who delivered mail to Tom and Mary Ayers in a Chicago suburb in the late 1980s and early 1990s and claims to have met Obama in front of the Ayers home emphatically says yes to all three questions.

Why the Ayers family helped Obama.  As Jerome Corsi reported Tuesday in WND, there is excellent reason to believe that Bill Ayers' parents, Tom and Mary Ayers, helped put Barack Obama through Harvard Law School.  This assertion has generated substantial media interest not only because of the credibility of the story's source, retired mailman Allen Hulton, but also because the story fits all the known facts and resolves at least one major mystery.

Bill Ayers' Semi-Fictional Black Surrogates.  In this much ballyhooed season of "vetting," please allow me to zero in anew on Barack Obama's Achilles heel — namely, his willingness to take credit for a book that he did not write in any meaningful way.  This would be the book on which his genius myth is founded:  his 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father.  From early on, I have argued that terrorist emeritus Bill Ayers, a skilled writer and editor, is the primary craftsman behind Dreams.  Thanks to the video interview of mailman Allen Hulton by WND's Jerome Corsi, we have a clearer picture of why Ayers would have invested so much time in this project and how he might have been reimbursed.

William Ayers: 'I get up every morning thinking [...] today I'm gonna end capitalism'.  William Ayers, in a pep talk to an Occupy Wall Street gaggle, said he wakes up every morning thinking about how he's going to end capitalism — though he acknowledged he goes to bed "every night disappointed."

Obama Lived Less Than One Mile From Bill Ayers During The Mysterious New York Years.  It all makes sense now.  Putting the openly communist Van Jones in charge of vast power over the economy, who after being outed to this day is seeking rioting and revolution.  Gorging the government with far-Left radicals from the EPA to the NLRB.  Dividing the country with class envy and racial hatred.  Spending the country into oblivion.

Senator Barack Obama Attended Bill Ayers Barbecue, July 4, 2005.  As a presidential candidate in 2008, Barack Obama disavowed any connection with former domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, the Weather Underground radical who was one of Obama's early backers and his colleague on the board of the Woods Fund in Chicago.  We now have proof that Obama's association with Ayers continued even after Obama had been elected to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate — in the form of a now-scrubbed blog post placing Obama at the home of Ayers and his wife, fellow radical Bernardine Dohrn, on July 4, 2005.

Ayers and Obama: What the Media Hid.  According to Bill Ayers' next door neighbor, Senator Barack Obama was a guest at a 4th of July party Ayers hosted in 2005.  The date is significant because it effectively undercuts the claim, made by the Obama campaign during the 2008 election cycle, that Obama and Ayers were merely acquaintances who had only crossed paths a few times since 2000.  Obama's attendance at the party suggests they were friends.

William Ayers a keynote speaker next month at the Association of Teacher Educators conference.  The Association of Teacher Educators has recruited Chicago professor — and former domestic terrorist — William Ayers to speak at their the 2013 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia which will be held next month.  William Ayers, a co-founder of the radical Weather Underground domestic terror group, was a key figure during the 2008 presidential campaign due to his Chicago ties to then-Senator Obama.

Bill Ayers to Keynote National Teacher Conference in February.  Left-wing '60s radical and onetime domestic terrorist Bill Ayers will be a keynote speaker at the Association of Teacher Educators annual conference in Atlanta next month.  Ayers gained notoriety alongside his wife Bernardine Dohrn as a member of the Weather Underground during the Vietnam War.  He was involved in Chicago's "Days of Rage" riot in 1969 and went underground as a fugitive from justice after an accidental Greenwich Village townhouse explosion in 1970 killed three Weather Underground members who were preparing a bomb that prematurely detonated.

Total Destruction of the U.S.: An Interview with Larry Grathwohl.  Larry Grathwohl is the military veteran who volunteered to infiltrate the Weather Underground as an FBI operative in 1969.  He is probably best-known for his firsthand account of a Weatherman meeting at which the organization's leadership, including the future Professor Ayers, discussed the logistics of how, after the communist revolution they were trying to spearhead, they would murder the ten percent of the American population that would likely remain resistant to the communists' re-education program.

The Endgame for the Destruction of the United States.  The connections between Barack and Bill include having shared an office for at least three years in Chicago, being co-members on two boards in which Barack was the chairman, and one of which was called the Annenberg Challenge[, which] was charged with the dissemination of approximately $100 million to educational institutions in the Chicago area.  Bill Ayers has been associated with the writing of Barack's book, Dreams from My Father, through content analysis, and on three occasions Bill has admitted that he wrote this book and then later retracted his comments.

Feted or fetid?
Bill Ayers is now a feted visiting scholar at Minnesota State University Moorhead.  School officials at Minnesota State University Moorhead have selected left-wing radical and admitted terrorist Bill Ayers as the 2013 College of Education and Human Services "visiting scholar," according to Campus Reform.

Obama and Ayers: It's Too Late.  Now we have yet another confirmation of what we have known:  Obama is, indeed, a liar who keeps company with terrorists!  But "It's Too Late" now to do anything about the situation.  Where was the MSM when it wasn't too late?

American Hero Larry Grathwohl Dead.  It was Grathwohl who awakened America to the inherent dangers of Barack Obama in the run up to the 2008 presidential election when he described a meeting he attended where Bill Ayers and Weather Underground members talked openly about how they would have to murder an estimated 25 million people following the revolution they were then attempting to foment.

The Midnight Ride of Larry Grathwohl.  Larry Grathwohl, the man who informed the world of the coldest truths about Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dorhn, and the Weather Underground, has died.  When I say "informed the world," I mean that he made the truth available, although most people blithely ignored it.

Bill Ayers, reincarnated ACORN ask United Nations to intervene in Chicago school closings.  Noted American terrorist and left-wing radical Bill Ayers is among the signatories of a letter calling on the United Nations to probe the closing of 49 Chicago elementary schools based on claims that it is causing massive human rights violations.  The "letter of allegation" is 24 pages long and contains 17 footnotes. [...] In addition to Ayers, others signers of the letter include four people associated with Action Now, an Illinois community-organizing group that split off from ACORN just before it dissolved because of financial problems and scandals.

Former terrorist Bill Ayers speaks about palling around with Obama.  Unrepentant former terrorist Bill Ayers was an invited dignitary at the University of Chicago's International House last week, plugging his latest ode to himself in book form, reports The College Fix. [...] At the University of Chicago event, Ayers said he was "amazed" to be "cast as some kind of public enemy" just because he had been a co-founder of the Weather Underground and a violent communist radical in the 1960s and 1970s.

Deconstructing Bill Ayers.  As was true in his 2001 memoir Fugitive Days, Ayers deceives in ways big and small.  This book would not have been published were it not for Ayers's relationship with Barack Obama, but he refuses to come clean about that relationship.

Unrepentant Terrorist Ayers' Book Bombs, Despite MSNBC Support.  Sadly, Public Enemy bombed, according to Bookscan numbers, which track book sales through traditional bookstores and Amazon.com.  From October 6 through October 20, Ayers sold a grand total of 467 copies of his book.

Bill Ayers: Left Wing Somehow Duped into Believing Obama Was a Leftist.  According to radical activist and Weather Underground co-founder Bill Ayers, American leftists were duped by prevailing conservative narratives into believing that President Obama himself was a tried-and-true leftist, and not the "middle-of-the-road" politician he declares himself to be.  Speaking at a Washington, D.C., book store last Friday [11/22/2013], Ayers explained that despite living near Obama in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood and crossing paths many times during their activism, he never viewed the future president as a dedicated "leftist" like himself.

Terrorist Ayers Confesses Sharing Obama's 'Dreams'.  We know ObamaCare was sold on a lie, but what about the Obama presidency itself?  Rumors that Obama's violent leftist pal Bill Ayers ghostwrote the memoir that launched his political career may actually be true.  Obama has always claimed authorship of his bestselling "Dreams From My Father."  But Ayers is telling a different story.

Bill Ayers' Role in Obama Book Questioned Again.  Questions are being raised again about the role Bill Ayers, a former radical activist turned elementary-education theorist, played in the writing of President Barack Obama's bestselling memoir, "Dreams From My Father."  Ayers, a 1969 co-founder of the self-described communist revolutionary group Weather Underground, is now promoting his new book, "Public Enemy," and his publisher is using suggestions that Ayers wrote the president's book in its publicity material, Investor's Business Daily reports.

Common Core Roots Lie in Ties Between Barack Obama, Bill Ayers.  Just prior to the presidential election of 2008, Dr. Stanley Kurtz, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, wrote an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal in which he observed that then-Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama's "most important executive experience" was heading up the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), an education foundation that was the invention of Bill Ayers, founder of the Weather Underground in the 1960s.  Obama led the CAC from 1995 to 1999 and remained on the board until 2001.  The foundation funneled more than $100 million into community organizations and radical education activists.

Bill Ayers Fizzles at Dartmouth Debate with Dinesh D'Souza.  When you look at Ayers with his little loop earrings and scruffy beard, and hear his sarcastic comebacks to D'Souza, you can't imagine him being any more interested in "social justice" for humanity than that outside his million dollar apartment.  Ayers threw out numbers and pretend facts, as most progressives do for emotional effect, but D'Souza caught him on a couple of them.  For instance, Ayers said 90% of indigenous Native Americans were killed off by the Europeans who slaughtered them to gain the land; but D'Souza corrected him and said most of the indigenous people died from diseases brought in from foreigners.  Genocide or disease, a big difference.

Common Core: How The Left Will Grow Its Power in America's Schools.  In 2012, terrorist and activist Chicago professor Bill Ayers told his followers that the left had "absolute access to the community, the school... the classroom," and that is where it should do its "movement-building."  In October of 2009, when speculation had arisen that Ayers had been the real author of Barack Obama's autobiography, Dreams From My Father, the activist was in Washington D.C. to present a keynote address at a conference sponsored by the Renaissance Group.

Bernardine Dohrn's Nomination For The First Circuit Court of Appeals.  What are the chances that Bernardine Dohrn, the wife of Bill Ayres, and a principal signatory on the Weather Underground's "Declaration of a State of War" in May 1970 could be appointed as a judge in a Federal Court? [...] Until August 2013, she was a clinical Associate Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law. Bernardine Dohrn's resume is almost as appealing as the President's resume when he was elected to the presidency.  Bernardine's husband was a tenured professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and close friend of the President of the United States.

Megyn Kelly Goes Toe-to-Toe with Bill Ayers.  Megyn Kelly faced off with former Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers in an explosive interview tonight [6/30/2014] in which Kelly repeatedly confronted Ayers about bombings and killings that the radical group was reportedly involved in.  Kelly asked Ayers how many bombings he was personally responsible for.  Ayers declined to answer, but did acknowledge the "terrible risk" they took with some of their more out-there tactics.  Kelly grilled him on how the Weather Underground "declared a state of war against the U.S. government" and encouraged violence.

Revisiting the Obama-Ayers Connection.  Many of you probably watched portions, if not all of, Megyn Kelly's interviews with Bill Ayers, the unrepentant domestic terrorist of yesteryear.  Kelly did her usual excellent job of pressing Ayers on his violent past.  But Stanley Kurtz wishes she had pressed Ayers more about his relationship with Barack Obama.  For, as Kurtz points out, Ayers and Obama had a much tighter political alliance than Ayers admitted to on Kelly's show.


What evidence lurks at the University of Illinois?

University won't open Obama-related records now.  The University of Illinois on Tuesday refused to release records relating to Barack Obama's service to a nonprofit group linked to former 1960s radical activist William Ayers.  The university's Chicago campus said the donor of the records that document the work of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge has not yet turned over ownership rights to the material.

School seals records on Obama's service with radical Ayers.  These annoying journalists are at it again, trying to poke around into papers in the background of candidates' lives.  This time it involves freshman Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, his friend and former radical activist William Ayers and the University of Illinois.

Bill & Barack's Excellent Adventure.  We soon will know much more about the period of collaboration between Obama and Ayers following the start of the CAC [Chicago Annenberg Challenge].  Even if the archives continue to be withheld from public scrutiny, the cat is out of the bag with the documents available to all. The formidable analytical engine of bloggers trading insights and new data is warming up.  But the period prior to 1995, the time when Bill and Barack, the terrorist and the presidential aspirant, got to know one another and build the relationship of trust, is one excellent adventure likely to remain obscure.

Founding Brothers:  New evidence strongly suggests that Barack Obama has been less than forthcoming about the role that unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers may have played in choosing him to lead the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC).  Through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, I have obtained an e-mail message from former CAC executive director, Ken Rolling, to Warren Chapman and Anne Hallett, two of CAC's three co-founders. Bill Ayers was the third founder. ... [I]n the immediate wake of my attempt to gain access to the CAC records, Rolling appears to have been maneuvering, both to block my access, and to make sure that the full story of who chose Obama as CAC head would not come out.

Barack Obama records sealed at Illinois.  The University of Illinois has refused to release records related to Sen. Barack Obama's service for a nonprofit educational project that put him in contact with activist William Ayers, a 1960s-era radical and now education professor.  The university's Chicago campus maintains that the donor of the records that document the work of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge has not handed over ownership rights.

Conservative Scholar Takes On U. of Illinois in Fight Over Papers Linked to Obama.  Stanley Kurtz suspects that the Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is playing down his ties to the radical left.  The conservative scholar just can't prove it.  That's because the University of Illinois at Chicago, which houses the papers of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge — a defunct education foundation with ties to both Mr. Obama and the former Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers — won't let him see the papers.

When Daley says shhh, library is quiet on Obama.  [Stanley] Kurtz believes the documents may show Obama and Ayers were close -- far closer than Obama has acknowledged -- over oodles of foundation gifts on education projects the two worked on together.  First the librarians told Kurtz yes, come look.  But by the time Kurtz landed in Chicago, the librarians changed their minds.  The donor of the documents hadn't cleared his research.  Perhaps they'll let him look at the documents on Nov. 5.

Obama's Lost Annenberg Years Coming to Light.  [Scroll down]  Add in the fact that former Weatherman and admitted terrorist William Ayers (whom Obama described in the Philadelphia debate as merely a "neighbor") was head of the operating arm of the CAC, working with Obama on distributing scores of millions of dollars to grantees in the wards of the city, and you have a topic that the Obama campaign wishes to avoid at all costs.  A compliant media has averted its eyes so far.

University to release Obama records.  In the 1990s, Ayers was instrumental in starting the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which was awarded nearly $50 million by a foundation to help reform Chicago schools.  Ayers is now a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Obama and Ayers have other ties.  Ayers held a meet-the-candidate event at his home for Obama when Obama first ran for office in the mid-1990s.  Ayers and Obama live in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.

Can Obama Survive the Annenberg Cover-up?  The last thing Obama should want made public are his dubious associates.  The public has had some exposure to his long time spiritual adviser, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, many have heard of the convicted Chicago fixer Tony Rezko, and some have just a bit of knowledge about William Ayers.

U of I at Chicago opens Ayers records.  The Chicago Annenberg Challenge was set up to support school reform, promote literacy, teacher training and community involvement in Chicago Public Schools.  The $49 million grant from Annenberg was — at the time — the largest private gift ever to the Chicago school district.  Barack Obama was the board chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge board for its first three years.

Files linking Obama to '60s radical a hot commodity.  The UIC records showed that Ayers was instrumental in securing the $50 million education grant to reform Chicago Public Schools, part of a national initiative funded by the late Ambassador Walter Annenberg.  After Chicago was awarded the money, Obama served as president of the Challenge's board of directors, the fiscal arm that disbursed the grants to schools and raised private matching funds.

Annenberg Papers:  Putting On Ayers?  The Obama camp tries to suppress a campaign ad and university archives linking the candidate to a '60s terrorist who hosted his first campaign fundraiser.  Is he being "swiftboated," or is this a cover-up?

Obama tipped off about search of Annenberg Records.  If there is an innocent explanation, the University should give it.  But it is very hard to see how this is anything except partisans at both the U of I and the Obama campaign working together to scrub records that may have had extremely damaging information about the relationship between Obama and William Ayers.

Obama's Plumbers:  Since the spring, [Professor Steve] Diamond has led the investigation into the intimate working relationship between Obama and Ayers that dates back at least to the beginning of 1995 and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge Grants.  Diamond believes this group is not harmless.  "It's a 'Plumbers' unit.  You know, we are old enough to recall the Plumbers in Richard Nixon's White House.  This is like that.  The job is to stop anyone trying to use the (Chicago) Annenberg (Challenge) papers to figure out how Ayers and Obama worked together on education."

Obama and Ayers Pushed Radicalism On Schools.  Despite having authored two autobiographies, Barack Obama has never written about his most important executive experience.  From 1995 to 1999, he led an education foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), and remained on the board until 2001.  The group poured more than $100 million into the hands of community organizers and radical education activists.  The CAC was the brainchild of Bill Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground in the 1960s.

Cowardly Bill Ayers Seeks Police Protection.  It's been quite a turnaround for Bill Ayers.  The Communist terrorist who planned bombings of police stations, in order to inflict maximum injury and death on police officers, is now depending on the police at the University of Illinois, where he is a "distinguished" professor, to protect him from the tough questions of students' parents.


McCain campaign ad shines a light on the Ayers connection

... and Obama's reaction shows that McCain hit a sore spot.

Obama dogged by links to 1960s radical.  Conservatives are stepping up efforts to turn 1960s radical Bill Ayers into a political liability for Barack Obama.  This spring, Obama's links to Ayers briefly became a campaign controversy.  Now American Issues Project is spending $2.8 million to air a TV ad highlighting links between Obama and Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground Organization, which opposed the Vietnam War and was responsible for several bombings.

The Biggest Goof Yet.  In the next 24 hours thousands if not millions of voters who never heard of or didn't understand the extent of the Obama-Ayers relationship are going to get a full education.  That Justice Department complaint is a stunt reeking of abject panic.  Really, isn't this just unlimited free publicity for the McCain accusations?

Does Obama support free speech or not?  The latest example of this growing anti-First Amendment mentality is Obama's heavy-handed response to a television ad by an independent nonprofit that raises some very basic questions about the Illinois senator's relationship with William Ayers, the unrepentant 1960s terrorist bomber.  Obama's campaign has encouraged supporters to flood television stations with protests whenever they see the ad.  Nothing wrong with that, but the other thrust of the Obama response was to ask the Justice Department to intervene to stop further airing of the ad.

Obama's Worst Fear:  A private group is running an ad questioning [Obama's] ties to unrepentant '60s Chicago terrorist, William Ayers, and the Obama camp is doing everything in its power to suppress it.  The extreme reaction shows how nervous Obama and [David] Axelrod are about negative ads ripping off the mask of moderation they've worked so hard to craft for him.

Ayers Head:  Barack Obama's supporters insist that an ad from a conservative group attacking his ties to unrepentant 1970s radical William Ayers is irrelevant to the campaign. … You wouldn't know that from the reaction of the Obama campaign.

Obama's Friend, America's Enemy.  Have you ever been a friend or business associate of a terrorist?  Not someone who, to your shock and horror, turned out secretly to have bombed government buildings.  No, the question is whether you've ever befriended an unreconstructed radical whose past was well known to you when you entered his orbit and walked through doors he opened for you.  Have you been chummy with an unapologetic terrorist who, years after you'd known and worked closely with him, was still telling the New York Times he regretted only failing to carry out more attacks — and that America still "makes me want to puke"?




Frank Marshall Davis

Who was Frank Marshall Davis?  The FBI file on Davis, consisting of 601 pages and covering the years 1944-1963 means that Davis was under investigation or surveillance for at least 19 years.

'Good Thing President Nobody Is Running Things'.  Perhaps, the behavior in office of the fictional character known as 'Barack Hussein Obama' can be explained by his extreme devotion to the Marxism people like his  probable real father , er, mentor Frank Marshall Davis instilled in him [ie: no one should own anything].

Exposing Un-American Activities.  [Communist Party USA member Frank Marshall] Davis had denounced Richard Wright for "treason" for leaving and exposing the party.  This is why Obama covered up Frank's identity.  He knew that acknowledging the truth could destroy his political career.  And it could still do so if the truth is examined.  Obama decided not to say who Frank was.  He could have named him, saying he was an old acquaintance picked as a mentor by his grandfather who had no effect on him.  Instead, he acknowledged Frank's influence but covered-up his full name, hoping nobody would notice and follow through.  We did.  Some conservatives have belatedly discovered that Obama has socialist and anti-colonial views.  But that is not even half the story.

Barack Obama's Surrogate Father.  New Zealand blogger Trevor Loudon broke the story of "Frank" being Frank Marshall Davis and we followed up, not only confirming the identity but disclosing the FBI's 600-page file on Davis.  All of this occurred during the 2008 presidential campaign but very few people wanted to talk about it.  David Maraniss of the Washington Post wrote a 10,000-word article about Obama's growing-up years in Hawaii without even mentioning Davis.  Former Post reporter David Remnick's 2010 biography of Obama, The Bridge, takes a different tack.  "When Obama was running for president, Remnick writes, "the right-wing blogosphere attacked Frank Marshall Davis.  He was, by turns, a card-carrying Communist, a pornographer, a pernicious influence.  The attacks were loud and unrelenting."  The "attacks" were actually statements of fact and they came from those who took the time to document Obama's relationship with Davis.  This is a function that should have been performed by U.S. media.

Barack Obama and the Communist Party:  Barack Obama's first known connection with a Communist Party USA supporter was his boyhood relationship with communist poet Frank Marshall Davis in Hawaii.  Barack Obama's relationship to Frank Marshall Davis, first came to light through a March 2007 speech at New York University's Tamiment Library by Communist Party USA supporter and historian Gerald Horne.

Decrypting Obama's 'Pop':  [Scroll down slowly]  In Dreams, [Frank Marshall] Davis is strategically referred to by his real name, "Frank."  Other than public figures like Jeremiah Wright and members of the Obama family, no one else is.  Ayers and Obama wanted black Chicago to know Obama's pedigree, but they were savvy enough to omit Davis's last name, as well as any reference to his communism.  Had they written this book with the presidency in mind, they would likely have eliminated all references to Davis — and Wright too, for that matter.  Obama has had to depend on the media and the literary establishment to keep "Frank" out of the public debate, and they have largely obliged him.

Obama's Father Figure:  Frank Marshall Davis.  [Scroll down]  Another one of Barry's splendid adult role models was communist, poet, alcoholic, sexual deviant and fomenter of racial hatred, Frank Marshall Davis.  Cleverly disguised as "Frank" in Dreams [from my Father], we learn that young Barry was treated to Davis' counsel on numerous occasions.  Dear Grandpa Stanley, blessed with an inordinate amount of free time thanks to his wife's hard work, enjoyed whiling away the hours with Davis, drinking and smoking pot.  Davis was an open supporter of the Soviet Union and his influence on Obama is hard to overlook.  The poet also admitted to writing a pornographic novel under the pseudonym of Bob Greene in which the protagonist seduces a 13 year old girl.

Obama's Communist Mentor:  In his biography of Barack Obama, David Mendell writes about Obama's life as a "secret smoker" and how he "went to great lengths to conceal the habit."  But what about Obama's secret political life?  It turns out that Obama's childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, was a communist.

Media's O-Colored Glasses Blank Out Leftist Truth.  [Scroll down]  At the beginning of Obama's life, for example, there was "Frank," Obama's boyhood mentor who appears in his 1995 memoir "Dreams from My Father."  Accuracy In Media's Cliff Kincaid has identified "Frank" as Frank Marshall Davis, a known Stalinist in a Soviet-sponsored communist network in Hawaii.  But Obama obscures Frank's identity in his book, even, as Sean Hannity has reported, going so far as to drop passages about "Frank" from the more recent, recorded version of the book.  Why?  The media never asked.

Barack Obama: Red Diaper Baby.  Barack Obama is a "red diaper baby" who has spent his formative years — literally from the moment of his birth — interacting with members and sympathizers of the Communist Party, USA.  His mother Stanley Ann Dunham has been described by former classmates as a "fellow traveler."  His grandfather Stanley Armour Dunham arranged Obama's mentorship by Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis.

Same title, different author:
Obama:  A Red Diaper Baby.  From everything I have read about Barack Hussein Obama I have concluded he is a classic example of what used to be called "a red diaper baby"; a person brought up from birth to be dedicated to at best socialism and at worse communism.  His mother and grandparents were extremely liberal and, in Hawaii, young Obama's mentor was Frank Marshall Davis, widely known to be a communist.  I believe Obama has been personally driven from an early age to acquire power and, if possible, to seize power.

Misunderstanding Obama's Momma.  As if to make my case, [Roger] Cohen praises [Stanley Ann] Dunham as "an unrivaled authority on Javanese blacksmithing."  She was unrivaled because no one else thought it worth doing, not even the scholars in Java, and they would not have had to forsake their children to pursue their studies.  In the encyclopedia of unintended consequences, Dunham's picture could grace the definition of what David Mamet calls "the social tinkerer," the classic do-gooder who paves the road to someone else's hell with her good intentions.

Dreams from Frank Marshall Davis.  While much attention has been paid to Obama's relationship with communist-terrorist Bill Ayers — and rightly so — much less attention has been devoted to Davis.  That's a mistake, since Obama was influenced more by Davis than Ayers.

The Frank Marshall Davis Cover-Up Is Over.  [Scroll down]  [Frank Marshall] Davis was identified as a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), controlled and subsidized by the Soviet Communist Party and the KGB.  As late as 1956, when he was called before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, Davis was still refusing to deny that he was a communist.  Wouldn't it be helpful if [Jon] Meacham, the editor of Newsweek, would make an elementary effort to get the facts right?  But that is too much to ask when the presidency is at stake and the media-backed candidate is trying to cover up his controversial background.

Why Obama's Red Mentor is News.  Barack Obama is still an enigma because a lot of his life has been carefully hidden, as National Review's David Freddoso points out in The Case Against Barack Obama.  His campaign is hypersensitive because his life is filled with awkward facts and dubious associations.  Obama has declared his personal history out of bounds and scrubbed it clean.  The media are obediently censoring things we need to know.  The most obvious example is Obama's adolescent mentor and father figure, Frank Marshall Davis.

Obama's Radical Revolution: Its Alinsky Root and Global Vision.  Obama was raised on the mother's milk of socialism.  Both his parents were fellow travelers, who met at the height of the Cold War in a Russian language class at the University of Hawaii.  Obama's grandfather was a close friend of Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis, sending young Barry (as he was then known) to him for mentoring, despite (or in ignorance of) Davis being a pedophile.  From the time he returned from 4 years in Indonesia and rejoined his grandparents in Hawaii at the age of 10, he was taken often to be with Frank Marshall Davis.

Was a Communist Obama's Sex Teacher?  [Frank Marshall] Davis led "a secret double life," the online version of the Enquirer story notes.  True.  But the story also notes that "Obama has been extremely secretive about the true nature of his experience with the self-admitted deviant."  This is also true.  And this is why this terribly troubling story just won't go away.  There are too many questions that deserve answers.

Why Doesn't McCain Fight Back?  [Scroll down]  One of the most glaring taboo topics, even for the McCain campaign, has been Frank Marshall Davis, the black communist "poet" and "journalist" who mentored Obama in Hawaii for about eight years.  Davis was under investigation by the FBI for 19 years.  His 600-page FBI file notes that he was even considered by his fellow communist comrades as anti-white.  The Davis relationship helps explain why Obama would later attend and belong to Wright's church, where he would get married and have his children baptized.

Red Faces Over Obama's Red Mentor.  [Scroll down slowly]  When will the media ask Obama about the Obama/Davis relationship?  And why did he conceal the complete identity of "Frank" in his 1995 book, Dreams From My Father?  I think we are beginning to understand the reasons for this cover-up.  Not only would the identification of "Frank" as Frank Marshall Davis expose communist influence on a young Obama, it might also expose those who collaborated with him and tried to whitewash his communist activities.

The Frank Marshall Davis Network in Hawaii:  [Scroll down]  A 1949 letter sent to NAACP acting National Secretary Roy Wilkins by a Honolulu attorney and NAACP leader named Edward Berman:  "I was at one of the election meetings at which one Frank Marshall Davis, formerly of Chicago (and formerly editor of the Chicago Communist paper, the Star) suddenly appeared on the scene to propagandize the membership about our 'racial problems' in Hawaii.  He had jut sneaked in here on a boat, and presto, was an 'expert' on racial problems in Hawaii.  Comrade Davis was supported by others who had recently 'sneaked' into the organization with the avowed intent and purpose of converting it into a front for the Stalinist line….

Obama Plays Reagan in Berlin.  The depth of the deception that is now underway can be understood by analyzing the significance of Obama's "I love America" foreign policy speech in Berlin, Germany, in view of the fact that the candidate and his media acolytes continue to conceal the central role that a Stalinist Communist by the name of Frank Marshall Davis played in his upbringing.

AP Lies About Obama's Red Mentor.  Under the innocuous headline, "Writer offered a young Barack Obama advice on life," the story calls Davis, a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) when it faithfully echoed the Stalinist line, merely a "leftleaning black journalist and poet" known for "leftist politics" and someone who might be accused by some of having "allegedly anti-American views."  Davis was not a "journalist" in any real sense of the term.  He was a propagandist and racial agitator for the CPUSA.  He was also a recruiter for the communist cause.

Obama Confirms Relationship with CPUSA Member.  the Obama campaign's [40-page] attack on [Jerome] Corsi's book and Corsi personally acknowledges on pages 9 and 10 of its report that the mysterious "Frank" in Obama's 1995 book, Dreams From My Father, is in fact the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) member Frank Marshall Davis.  This identification by AIM and others hasn't been disputed by the media, which has desperately tried to ignore the Obama-Davis relationship, but the Obama campaign has not responded to it until now.

Return of the Dupes and the Anti-Anti-Communists.  A couple of weeks ago in Washington, Herb Romerstein and Cliff Kincaid, two veteran investigators of American communism, held a press conference on Capitol Hill to announce the release of two new reports on Barack Obama's radical past, or, more specifically, his association with extremist elements from the American left — yet more evidence of a frightening pattern of associations by Obama throughout his distant and recent life, from Bill Ayers to Reverend Jeremiah Wright, all of which at the least shows bad judgment.  At the press conference, they discussed Romerstein's report on Frank Marshall Davis, an influential figure in Obama's early life, whom Obama refers to only as "Frank" (albeit affectionately) in his autobiography Dreams From My Father.

Obama's Red Mentor Praised Red Army.  Barack Obama's childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, a member of the Moscow-controlled Communist Party USA, wrote a poem dedicated to the Soviet Red Army.  "Smash on, victory-eating Red Army," he declared.  He also wrote poems attacking traditional Christianity and the work of Christian missionaries.

Young Obama's Red Mentor:  The mainstream media have finally gotten around to revealing Barack Obama's early mentor.  But they've downplayed the mystery man's communist background.

Communists, the Media, and the Democratic Party.  Why the outrage over Senator Clinton drawing attention to a well-documented personal connection between Obama and a communist terrorist?  Is there something else more damaging that has to be hidden from public view?  Does new information have to be discredited in advance as "McCarthyism?"  The information may have to do with Obama's upbringing.  Obama says that he was raised by his mother and grandparents.  But those aren't the only people who had influence over him during his formative years.

Is Barack Obama A Marxist Mole?  In his biography of Barack Obama, David Mendell writes about Obama's life as a "secret smoker" and how he "went to great lengths to conceal the habit."  But what about Obama's secret political life?  It turns out that Obama's childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, was a communist.  In his books, Obama admits attending "socialist conferences" and coming into contact with Marxist literature.  But he ridicules the charge of being a "hard-core academic Marxist," which was made by his colorful and outspoken 2004 U.S. Senate opponent, Republican Alan Keyes.

Obama's Red Roots:  The word is that Barack Obama is a mainstream politician who sometimes attracts fringe leftists.  The record tells a different story — that he has sought out radicals.  What does that say of his agenda?

Obama:  Guilty By Association.  The Obamans insist that mentioning any of the man's disreputable friends and religious mentors is a no-no that smacks of McCarthyism.  This is an odd complaint because, one, McCarthy was right when he pointed out that the folks who associated with other people at Communist cell meetings were in fact Communists, and, two, every child is told that he's going to be judged by the company he keeps.  So, let's face facts — John Dillinger ran with a nicer crowd than this guy.

Frank Marshall Davis:  (1905-1987) was a black poet and writer (he wrote for the Honolulu Record, a Communist newspaper), and a known member of the Soviet-controlled Communist Party USA (CPUSA).  In 1950 Edward Berman, a member of the NAACP's Honolulu branch, testified to the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) that Davis had "sneaked" into local NAACP meetings to "propagandize" the organization's members about America's "racial problems," with "the avowed intent and purpose of converting it into a front for the Stalinist line."

Communism in Hawaii and the Obama Connection:  Of Barack Obama's contacts and associations with anti-American political figures, none is more controversial than Frank Marshall Davis, a writer an poet identified as a member of the Communist Party USA by several sources, including some sources sympatheitic to him.  Obama and Davis met in Hawaii, at a time when a young Obama was in need of a black role model and mentor.  Obama's relationship with Davis, including subsequent associations with radical, communist and socialist figures in Chicago, should be investigated for the benefit of promoting the public interest and the public's right to know.

Communism in Chicago and the Obama Connection:  Obama is relatively new on the national scene and the media, in our view, have failed to serve the public interest by adequately investigating his background and associations.

Could Barack Obama Get a Security Clearance?  Two veterans of investigations into Communist influence on the U.S. political process [have released] two new explosive reports that allege that Barack Obama had ties with extreme anti-American elements, including agents of the Moscow-controlled Communist Party USA.  The reports will shed important new light on Barack Obama's mysterious past and rise to power. ... The major points in the reports allege [that] Obama has been in the middle of two international communist networks -- one in Hawaii and one in Chicago.

Report:  Obama mentored by Communist Party figure.  Investigative journalist Cliff Kincaid and Herbert Romerstein, a former investigator with the U.S. House Committee on Un-American Activities, presented evidence Obama was mentored, while attending high school in Hawaii, by Frank Marshall Davis, an African-American poet and journalist who was also a CPUSA member.

Socialist Scholars Conference:  In his 1995 autobiography Dreams From My Father, Obama reveals that during his student years at New York's Columbia University he "went to socialist conferences at Cooper Union and African cultural fairs in Brooklyn."  The socialist conferences he cites were those of the SSC.

Conservatives for Obama?  Here is a man who has consistently aided and abetted people who have openly expressed their contempt for this country, both in words and in such deeds as planting bombs to advance their left-wing agenda.  Despite the spin that judging Obama by what was said or done by such people would be "guilt by association," he has not just associated with such people.  He has in some cases donated some serious money of his own and even more of the taxpayers' money, as both a state senator in Illinois and a member of the Senate of the United States.

What Barack Obama learned from the Communist Party:  As he grew and changed, Barack Obama seems to have learned to discard and look down upon the actions and attitudes of the family members he has grown up with, searching for something superior in which to believe.  Only his long-absent father seems to have inspired the dreams of his adulthood.  That his father has left behind a published record of an embrace of communist policies may or may not have played a role in Obama's embrace of his father's African identity and his literary embrace of his father's dreams.

Obama's teenage mentor liked sex with kids.  Closer scrutiny of the important people (that is, the poeple Obama himself identified as important) in Barack Obama's life is proving to yield what can only be called a "ick factor."  Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, Tony Rezko and Frank Marshall Davis head the list.

Obama's Scandal is Bigger than Edwards'.  Obama's communist connection, which he failed to disclose in his 1995 book, Dreams From My Father, by referring to Davis only as "Frank" and ignoring his communist affiliation, is a far more serious scandal than an Edwards "love child."  As I commented to Michael Savage on the Savage Nation radio program last week, this is the key to understanding Obama because Davis's influence over him during his high-school years in Hawaii helps explain why he would later associate with terrorists, communists and socialists.

Frank Marshall Davis, alleged Communist, was early influence on Barack Obama.  Although identified only as Frank in Mr Obama's memoir Dreams from My Father, it has now been established that he was Frank Marshall Davis, a radical activist and journalist who had been suspected of being a member of the Communist Party in the 1950s.

Barry Soetoro:  Profiles in Chaos.  [Scroll down]  Another one of Barry's splendid adult role models was communist, poet, alcoholic, sexual deviant and fomenter of racial hatred, Frank Marshall Davis.  Cleverly disguised as "Frank" in Dreams, we learn that young Barry was treated to Davis' counsel on numerous occasions. ... Davis was an important mentor to Obama and shared his special version of how to improve race relations:  "never trust white people".  Davis died in 1987 but was eventually replaced by Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

Young Obama's Red Mentor.  The mainstream media have finally gotten around to revealing Barack Obama's early mentor.  But they've downplayed the mystery man's communist background.

Obama the Racist?  Obama's racism against whites is upfront, in-your-face racism, which he discussed in his book Dreams from My Father. ... Obama learned this racist ideology during his formative years from his mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, a self-admitted communist and sexual deviant, and most certainly a racist — the kind that blacks say cannot exist.

What I Learned from Obama's Pop:  In the final analysis, [Frank Marshall] Davis, a pornographer with a stated fondness for young white women, makes as likely a suspect to be Obama's blood father as Barack Sr.  Team Obama's evasiveness about the birth certificate and other questions of origins may have something to do with paternity issues.

Proof That Obama's Hawaii and Chicago Communist Networks Were Linked?  It is now well established that Barack Obama was linked to the Hawaiian Communist Party network through his boyhood/teenage mentor Frank Marshall Davis.  It is also well known that after moving to Chicago, Obama linked up with the local communist networks.

Stanley Dunham's FBI file reportedly destroyed.  Stanley Dunham, the man President Obama called "Gramps", was monitored by the FBI, but like President Obama, his paper trail has been obscured. News comes from Cliff Kincaid, via the Christian News Service and Canadian Fee Press. ... The reasons the FBI thought he was worth watching will probably never be known, along with so much about Obama's background that might conflict with the carefully manufactured image that the MSM cooperated in selling to the American public, while ridiculing those who sought more information on the odd lacunae in Obama's paper trail.

FBI Destroyed File on Obama's Grandfather, Journalist Discloses.  The FBI destroyed a file on Barack Obama's grandfather, the man who selected Communist Frank Marshall Davis to be the future president's mentor during his growing-up years in Hawaii. ... While the exact nature of the Dunham file will be a topic for speculation, Kincaid said that is likely that some of the information was related to Dunham's relationship with [Frank Marshall] Davis.

A Shrink Asks:  What's Wrong with Obama?  While I can't prove it, the degree of Obama's disconnect reminds me of my sexually abused clients.  With serious sexual abuse, the brain chemistry may change.  The child dissociates — that is, disconnects from his being — in order to cope.  Many adult survivors still dissociate, from occasional trances to the most extreme cases of multiple personality disorder.  Apparently, young Barry was left in the care of Communist Frank Marshall Davis, who admitted to molesting a 13-year-old girl.  As a teenager, Obama wrote a disturbing poem, "Pop," that evoked images of sexual abuse — for instance, describing dual amber stains on both his and "Pop's" shorts.

The Unhealthy Motivations of Liberals.  Obama's childhood included an early abandonment by his father; abandonment by his stepfather; abandonment by his mother; frequent moves so he could not develop long-term childhood friendships; being teased by peers for being neither black nor white, for having big ears, and for being skinny; and he had an elderly childhood mentor (Frank Marshall Davis) who was a communist and pedophile.  (A poem written by 19-year-old Barack Obama suggests he may have been violated by Davis.)  Obama predictably turned to illegal drugs (marijuana and cocaine) in his youth and remains addicted to nicotine.  With this background, he could not escape being seriously psychologically damaged.

Are the Sins of the Fatherless the Root of Obama's Tyranny?  Does Obama's anti-democratic ideology result from his dysfunctional childhood?  An intriguing book, Faith of the Fatherless:  The Psychology of Atheism, by Paul Vitz, argues this type background is a common precursor to the classic tyrant's personality.  This suggests Barack's beef with America might result from his own deficient past.

Obama's Communist Mentor.  Allegations regarding [Frank Marshall] Davis's Communism are sure to infuriate the Left because of the influence Davis once had over our president.  He was a drinking buddy of Barack Obama's maternal grandfather, Stanley Dunham, and spent time with young Obama.  He turns up in the president's memoir, Dreams from My Father, shrewdly identified only as "Frank":  "I was intrigued by old Frank, with his books and whiskey breath and the hint of hard-earned knowledge behind the hooded eyes."  Recently, a U.S. Communist-party official confirmed the relationship, bragging in a speech of the Communist Davis's formative influence over Obama.  And yet when the allegations surfaced during the 2008 campaign, they went virtually unreported in the mainstream media.

Dupes — and Traitors.  Did you know that Frank Marshall Davis, whom President Obama describes in his autobiography as his beloved mentor, was not merely a good-ole-boy who liked to bar-hop in Honolulu with Obama's grandfather, but a card-carrying member — No. 47544, to be precise — of the Communist Party of the United States?  (And did the president know it back when he sat at Davis's knee out in Hawaii, learning about the world?  Does the president know it now?)

A Soulless White House.  Where Michelle is essentially a normal control freak, Barack is special because he's always been raised by nostalgic Stalinists, beginning with his adolescent mother and his surrogate father, Frank Marshall Davis — angry poet, porn artist, and Stalin's CPUSA rep in Hawaii.  You have to feel sorry for the child Barry Soetoro, raised by enraged adults.  His real father fled his wife and baby, then his mother dragged him to Jakarta to live in the bloody aftermath of a civil war that killed 200,000 people.  Then she abandoned him — sent him back to Hawaii to be cared for by the likes of Frank Davis.

Stanley Ann Dunham and the Left's Exploitation of Women.  As the official story goes, Stanley Ann met Obama Sr. at college, and their relationship produced Barack.  However, American Thinker's Jack Cashill has highlighted doubts about Obama's paternity, including the possibility that Frank Marshall Davis may be [Obama's] father.  If Obama Sr. were Obama's father, this is a troubling scenario since Senior was a married man, seven years older, with an apparent alcohol problem.  But even more disturbing is the prospect of Frank Marshall Davis being Obama's father.  Davis was decades older than Stanley Ann, and a purported pedophile.

What's Behind The Donald Trump For President Campaign?  [Scroll down]  Given Barack Obama's less than enthusiastic support of this nation's history is it any wonder that there are questions arising about his past?  What we know for a fact is that Marxists were present there and thus must have had some influence on his political positions.  His longtime mentor and father figure was Frank Marshal Davis who was an active member of the Communist Party. ... If Obama isn't a Marxist, he's nevertheless done an excellent job completing their goal which is the demise of our capitalist system.

Our "Gay Pride" President.  [Scroll down]  One has to wonder why the President of the United States is so intent on promoting gay pride.  It could be that he was introduced to such perversion by his teenage mentor, Franklin Marshall Davis, a known Communist who was certainly aware of the lifestyle of his fellow Communist Henry Hay, founder of the homosexual Mattachine Society -- an early organization launched to homosexualize the United States.

Shrink: Obama Suffers 'Father Hunger'.  The abandonment by his father when he was an infant and by his stepfather at age 10 has left President Obama with a "father hunger" that influences everything from why he distances himself from pushy supporters, to his strong desire to compromise and bring people together, to his aggressive campaign to kill Osama bin Laden, says a psychoanalytic book out next week.  In Obama on the Couch, George Washington University professor Justin Frank also reveals that Obama has spent much of his life seeking out father figures, but most, like Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Vice President Biden, have disappointed him.  "Obama searched for a father, for someone to relate to who could help him -- a strong man who knew what to do," Frank writes.

Communism's African-American Soviet Republic.  Perhaps the most stunning element of the Revolutionary Communist Party's manifesto is the call for black Americans to unite into a separate, autonomous republic in the American South. ... When a genuine civil-rights tragedy, the case of the Scottsboro boys, hit in 1931, CPUSA was on site and ready for action.  The comrades wasted no time converting the Scottsboro case into a major communist campaign.  And how fruitful was that effort?  It was that particular recruitment tool — CPUSA's cynical Scottsboro campaign — that caught the attention and began drawing into the Communist Party a young journalist and editor in Atlanta named Frank Marshall Davis, who decades later would advise a Hawaiian adolescent named Barack Obama.

Now about Obama's Teenage Years!  Now that it has been established that a candidate's teenage years help define the man to come, it might be time to take a new look at the adolescent Obama and his then-mentor, the late Frank Marshall Davis. [...] Like Boo Radley, Davis remains in the shadows for one reason:  the media fear what the light would do to him.  For all of Davis's gifts, and they are many, his lifelong flirtation with darkness makes him a little too creepy for his own display case in the Barack Obama presidential library.

How Our "Gay President" Learned About Sex.  [Paul] Kengor calls the [David] Maraniss rationale for ignoring [Frank Marshall] Davis "strange," adding, "Apparently, even Obama's own words (many of them) on Davis's influence can be dismissed by reporters who do not want to touch this subject."  It is apparent that they do not want to touch the subject because, now that "Frank" has been identified as a communist and sex pervert, the information will be perceived as hurtful to Obama.  Davis's influence over Obama is a taboo subject and remains so to this day.

Maraniss Bio Deepens Obama Birth Mystery.  Birthers have known for years that there was no Obama family, that the couple never lived together, that Obama campaigned on a lie, and that the major media covered for him every step of the way. [...] The casual reader of the Maraniss book is left with the impression that Ann and Obama had a one-night stand that they both regretted, but that they consented to marriage because that is what people did back in 1961.  The more informed reader wonders whether Barack Obama, Sr. was fronting for the real father, the best candidate being Obama's future mentor, Frank Marshall Davis.  Maraniss opens the door on both possibilities but fails to even peek through.

Was communist mentor intimate with Obama's mother?  Did Barack Obama's mother pose nude for communist poet and journalist Frank Marshall Davis?  Did Obama build his political career on a fairy tale that his father was a Kenyan who grew up herding goats?  Was Obama's goal in writing his autobiography, "Dreams from My Father," to misdirect Americans away from a deeply disturbing family background and a Marxist political foundation?  These are questions filmmaker Joel Gilbert poses in the full-length documentary "Dreams from My Real Father," which argues Frank Marshall Davis is the president's biological father, not the Kenyan Barack Obama.

Why Obama Could Be a Communist Mole:  Revelations regarding the fact that the current president Barack Obama was a member of the socialist New Party, which has affiliations with the Democratic Socialists of America, have raised the possibility that he was specifically groomed to be a subversive by his mentors and associates throughout his life and political career. [...] The central causal link between Barack Obama and the USSR's intelligence agencies would most likely be Frank Marshall Davis.  FMD had the verifiable communist party pedigree to be a KGB contact — this is the smoking gun all American patriots should seek out, first and foremost.

Time and Again, Maraniss Conceals Obama's Socialist Roots.  Given the depth of his research, Maraniss had to know what he was hiding.  "Here are the facts and they are indisputable," writes historian Paul Kengor in his soon-to-be released book, The Communist — Frank Marshall Davis: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mentor:  "Frank Marshall Davis was a pro-Soviet, pro-Red China, card-carrying member of Communist Party (CPUSA).  His Communist Party card number was 47544."  The reason the Davis story has remained "untold" until now is because Maraniss and his peers consciously chose not to tell it.  As Kengor points out, Maraniss wrote a 10,000-word piece for the Washington Post on Obama's early years in August 2008, and yet "there was not a single mention of Davis."

Supreme Court Helps Obama Fulfill Dreams from His Communist Mentor.  Frank Marshall Davis, who lived from 1905 to 1987, mentored Barack Obama in Hawaii in the 1970s.  Davis was a devoted communist — pro-Soviet, pro-Stalin, and pro-Mao.  His Communist Party number was 47544.  Davis did terrible, blatant propaganda work for the international communist movement. [...] Among those columns, Frank Marshall Davis wrote a piece on July 21, 1955 calling for taxpayer funding of universal health care.  That column was published in the Honolulu Record, which was the Communist Party publication for Hawaii.  As Davis put it, he wanted to "see my tax dollars go to insure health care for everybody."

David Maraniss and Obama's Communist Mentor.  For the record, Frank Marshall Davis was introduced to Obama by Obama's grandfather, Stanley Dunham.  Dunham introduced his grandson to Davis in the 1970s — by one (authoritative) account as early as 1970.  He did so for the purpose of mentoring.  And what a mentor he chose:  Davis had been a literal card-carrying member of Communist Party USA (CPUSA).  I have the FBI pages that list Davis's CPUSA number, which was 47544.  I reprint the FBI pages in the appendix of my book.  Davis did outrageous pro-Soviet propaganda work for CPUSA organs like the Chicago Star and the Honolulu Record.  His writings unerringly parroted the Soviet line.  Like other CPUSA members, he was a loyal Soviet patriot.  The liberal Obama biographers who bother to acknowledge Davis frame him as an innocent victim of McCarthyism.  That's nonsense.

As A Teen, Obama was Deeply Influenced By Communist Mentor.  [Scroll down]  I believe that Davis is reflective, and helps explain, how and why America's current president is further to the left than any president of our generation.  He sheds light on how our president developed into a man of the left, ultimately ranked the most left-leaning member of the Senate by National Journal in the final year before he ran for president.  And yet, this radical influence on our president has been thoroughly ignored by the media.  No Republican president with a mentor this extreme to the right would escape such scrutiny.

Book: Obama's Communist mentor influenced his political beliefs.  A new book due out Tuesday makes the case that Frank Marshall Davis, a card-carrying member of the Communist Party, mentored Barack Obama when he lived in Hawaii.  In researching "The Communist," [Dr. Paul] Kengor combed over Davis' recently released FBI profile and his voluminous writings to show something many other authors and journalists have either ignored or failed to grasp:  Davis was a communist who had an early hand in shaping the future president's political beliefs.  Davis' influence was apparent when Obama was in his late teens.  John Drew, who knew him at Occidental College, told Kengor that "Obama was already an ardent Marxist when I met him in the fall of 1980."

The Communist Mentor: Frank Marshall Davis.  Were it not for the collective willful amnesia on the part of academia and the media regarding communist subversion in the United States, would Barack Obama be in the White House today?

Was Obama's Communist Mentor His Father?  Arizona's Joe Arpaio, known as "America's Toughest Sheriff" for his treatment of criminals, has been sued by the Obama Administration but is running for re-election this year.  He may already have had the last laugh, as his investigators probing President Obama's birth certificate have come up with sure-fire proof that the document has been tampered with.  The evidence shows that the identification of Obama's father as "African" was not on the original document. [...] The reason for the cover-up in Obama's case, contends filmmaker Joel Gilbert, is that his real father was Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist under FBI surveillance who was Obama's mentor while he was growing up in Hawaii. [...] The reason for the fraud is what takes the scandal to another more dangerous level.  The evidence suggests that Obama's birth document was altered not just to conceal a family scandal but to conceal Obama's relationship with a Communist who was considered by the FBI to be a top Soviet operative in the state of Hawaii and eligible for arrest in the case of a national emergency.

Sanitizing Obama's Radical Past.  As an eyewitness to young Obama's Marxist-Leninist ideology, I count myself among those who think it is our duty to report the truth about young Obama, especially if it helps us understand the persistent, contemporary influence of Frank Marshall Davis, the Communist who became young Barack Obama's mentor.  I do not think it is any exaggeration to suggest that in the long run, the mainstream media's failure to confront the reality of young Obama's ideological extremism is almost as important than the reality of Obama's tenure in office.

What the Media Won't Say about Frank Marshall Davis.  [Scroll down]  The reason I mention the poetry at all is to shed light on the young Obama's relationship with Davis, his Hawaiian mentor.  In my early writing on Obama's literary talents, I took him at his word that he wrote some "very bad poetry" and largely ignored the two radically different poems he submitted as an Occidental College undergraduate, the cringe-worthy "Underground" and the more complex "Pop."  It was my co-conspirator Don Wilkie who prompted me to take another look at the latter poem.  "I have read 'Pop' now maybe 20 or 30 times," Wilkie wrote me a few years back, "and I think it is about Obama telling us that 'Pop' really is, his pop."  At the time, all serious critics were insisting that the subject of "Pop" was Obama's grandfather Stan Dunham, a man whom Obama called "Gramps."  On the name alone, this interpretation made no sense.

The Commie's Commie.  [Scroll down]  [Paul] Kengor isn't an investigative reporter, so he steers clear of those radioactive issues about whether Frank is really Obama's father, or about where the president was actually born and what citizenship he holds, or may have held, throughout his chaotic childhood.  But — happily for the reader — Kengor devotes a few pages to utterly destroying the reputations of those liberal journalists and fawning Obama biographers who do claim to be investigative journalists, and who twisted themselves into pretzels to avoid noticing that Obama's mentor was a Communist.

Another doctored image deepens Obama mystery.  Does a family photograph of a young Barack Obama posted on the president's Facebook campaign page offer a clue to the identity of his real father?  A professional graphic artist who examined the 1973 photo believes the image of Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, was airbrushed into the scene to cover up an African-American man who was standing next to Obama at the Honolulu airport.  Filmmaker Joel Gilbert, who commissioned the analysis, told WND there's substantial evidence that the man in the original photograph was Frank Marshall Davis, the Communist Party member, pro-Soviet propagandist and pornographer who played a fatherly role in Obama's teen years.

Frank Marshall Davis Biography.  [Scroll down]  Davis also helped organize the Communist controlled ILWU (union) in a failed effort to take over the Hawaiian government in 1949.  The Hawaii NAACP chapter complained to its national office, "Comrade Frank Marshall Davis suddenly appeared on the scene to propagandize the membership with the purpose of converting it into a front for the Stalinist line."  In 1956, Davis was subpoenaed by the Senate Subcommittee on Un-American Activities and pleaded the fifth.  Dreams from My Real Father makes the case that on August 4, 1961, Frank Marshall Davis became the father of the future 44th President of the United States and indoctrinated him with a Marxist ideology during his formative years.

Obama's Ultimate Cover-up.  It's true that communism is not perceived as being as much of a threat as it used to be, but can you imagine what the reaction might be among the American people, even now, if they were told by the major papers and network news programs that a top Communist Party operative molded their President's views on economic, foreign policy and cultural issues?  This is the story that has to be suppressed at any cost, four years later during a critical election year.

Do You Know Frank Marshall Davis?  For the past four years, the media have chosen to keep the public in the dark about Barack Obama's Hawaii mentor, Frank Marshall Davis.  The fact that Davis was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA, a published pornographer, and the subject of two-thirds of the poems the young Obama ever wrote (or had written for him) might have something to do with that.

Author: 'Obama would have trouble getting a security clearance for an entry-level government job'.  Author Paul Kengor wants you to know just how radical Frank Marshal Davis — a man many consider to have been a mentor to President Barack Obama during his teenage years — was.  "Obama's mentor was considered so radical, and such a potential pro-Soviet threat, that the federal government placed him on the Security Index," Kengor told The Daily Caller in an interview about his new book on Davis, simply titled "The Communist."

Dreams from My Real Father: A Story of Reds and Deception.  Barack Obama the man is more of a mystery to Americans than any president in modern history, thanks to suppressed documents and unexplained gaps in his personal and intellectual life.  Now a new documentary seeks to answer the question, "Was the multicultural tale of Obama's goat-herding Kenyan father only a fairy tale to obscure a Marxist agenda irreconcilable with American values?" [...] As director/writer/producer Joel Gilbert puts it, the conclusion is that "the 'Birthers' have been on a fool's errand.  To understand Obama's plans for America, the question is not 'Where's the birth certificate,' but 'Who's the real father?'"  The film makes the case that Davis is Obama's real father, both biologically and ideologically, and that he indoctrinated Obama during the latter's formative years with a political grounding in Marxism and an anti-white world view.

Letters Point to 'Obama's Real Father'.  New research by Joel Gilbert into Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis' seedy history in Hawaii has bolstered the filmmaker's theory that Davis was the biological father of Barack Obama.  Gilbert has uncovered handwritten letters by Davis that strongly suggest the acknowledged Obama mentor's pornographic sex novel "Sex Rebel: Black" was based on Davis' personal life.

Obama, Frank Marshall Davis and the Earl Durham Connection.  Vernon Jarrett and Frank Marshall Davis worked together in a communist front, the Citizen's Committee to Aid Packinghouse Workers in 1948 Chicago — the same year Davis moved to Hawaii.  More than forty years later Vernon Jarrett followed Obama's career in Chicago and used his newspaper column to promote Obama's successful Senate campaign in 2004.  The question is — did some of Frank Marshall Davis' old Chicago comrades aid Barack Obama's career in Chicago more than four decades on?

Frank Marshall Davis and the Subversion of the Democratic Party.  A curious specter will be hovering over the Democratic convention this week.  It is the ghost of Frank Marshall Davis, Communist Party USA member 47544 and mentor to a young Barack Obama.  Readers of this site are well aware of Davis, from my writings and those of others who have posted articles here.  Davis joined the Communist Party during World War II and was unflinchingly pro-Soviet and pro-Red China.

Book: 'The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mentor'.  In the 1940s, Obama's Hawaiian mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, was extremely active in Chicago Communist Party fronts, campaigns, and newspapers.  He worked alongside the political ancestors of David Axelrod, Obama's chief strategist, and Valerie Jarrett, Obama's closest adviser.  For Axelrod, the political ancestors were the Canter family, Harry and David Canter — so far to the left that they actually lived in Moscow and worked for Stalin's government just before relocating to Chicago.  The Canter family mentored David Axelrod in Chicago in the 1970s.

Barack Obama, the Socialist.  [Scroll down]  The early groundwork for Obama's socialist worldview was laid during his teen years, when he was mentored by the writer/poet Frank Marshall Davis, a longtime member of the Communist Party and the subject of a 601-page FBI file.  The co-founder of a Communist-controlled newspaper that consistently echoed the Soviet party line, Davis had previously been involved with the American Peace Mobilization, described by Congress as not only "one of the most notorious and blatantly communist fronts ever organized in this country," but also "one of the most seditious organizations which ever operated in the United States."

Frank Marshall Davis, Jr.?  [Scroll down]  The truth will eventually come out, perhaps in 2013, but maybe not for many more years.  When it does, historians will ask why the media was complicit in deceiving the American public about the career of the man who was called Barack Hussein Obama II.

Obama's Redistribution: What Did Frank Marshall Davis Say?  Given my book on Barack Obama's communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, I'm regularly asked whether the latest Obama statement — on economics, on wealth, on business, on the middle class, etc. — rings of Davis.  Invariably, yes, it does.  Not surprisingly, I'm being asked just that in regard to the new Obama statement on "redistribution," which has just emerged in a tape recording from 1998.  Does that statement likewise smack of Frank Marshall Davis?  Yes, no question.

Why Was Obama's Audio Book Version of 'Dreams From My Father' Purged of All References to Communist Mentor?  "Frank" — whose influence [Dr. Paul] Kengor asserts was key to the fledgling politician and that the eccentric activist appears in "each mile-marker" of Obama's path from Hawaii to the halls of Washington, D.C. — is mentioned no less than 22 times by name in "Dreams From My Father" and is referenced via pronouns numerous other times throughout the book.  But while listening to the audio version recently, Kengor noticed "Frank" had disappeared.  He re-listened to the entire audio book on Tuesday afternoon [10/2/2012] and compared it to the unabridged memoir.

Obama, Who's Your Daddy?  In spite of all the posturing, courtroom drama, political maneuvers, endless obfuscation, and the frenzied production of yet another highly questionable birth certificate, fully half of the American people have doubts about President Obama's birth certificate and his eligibility to hold office.  This is astonishing.  But even more astonishing is a new theory about Obama's origins that, if true, could rattle the world almost as much as a Supreme Court finding that Obama is not a natural born citizen.

Why does Obama's mom have a black man's hand in this photo?  Obama's entire life is a lie.  The lies begin with where he was born and who his real biological father was.

'Trust Me, I'm from the Past'.  If I had access to time travel, I would use it now to leverage my role as the only person on Earth willing to testify that young Obama was a genuine Marxist socialist in 1980. [...] I believe that public knowledge of my face-to-face confrontation with young Obama's ideological extremism in 1980 would have helped prevent Obama's election in 2008.  My account of Obama's anticipation of a Communist revolution would have alerted voters to the reality that Obama is not a bipartisan politician, but rather a longstanding advocate of class warfare and other hateful ideas promoted earlier by the likes of Frank Marshall Davis.

Dreams From Frank Marshall Davis.  Let's cut to the chase:  Frank Marshall Davis was a literal, card-carrying member of Communist Party USA (CPUSA). [...] These thoughts and words of Frank Marshall Davis bear an uncanny resemblance to Obama's thoughts and words and actions.  My general conclusion is that Frank Marshall Davis' far-left extremism may help explain how and why America's current president is further to the left than any president of our generation.  I think Davis is factor in understanding Obama's political, ideological, and intellectual development.

Did Obama Write Anti-Semitic Poetry?  As a 19-year-old sophomore, Barack Obama had two poems — "Underground" and "Pop" — published under his name in the spring 1981 edition of Occidental College's literary magazine, Feast.  If Obama wrote any other poems after that, they have not emerged.  "Pop," the more sophisticated of the two poems, has attracted the most attention.  As I argued in my book, Deconstructing Obama, "Pop" dissects Obama's relationship with his communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, and was most likely written by Davis himself, a skilled poet.

Dreams from my surrogate father.  Whether or not Frank Marshall Davis is Barack Obama's real father is not the point of this article.  What is the point is there is no doubt that Frank Marshall Davis was the only father figure that Barack Obama truly had. [...] Even if Barack Obama Sr. was Barack Obama's biological father he was not an influence on his life.  He did not shape his ideological world view.  He did not fill young Barack Obama's impressionable mind with anti-American rhetoric and Communist sympathizing thoughts.  That job was given to Frank Marshall Davis.




Derrick Bell

CNN Already Freaking Out About New Media Vetting President Obama.  Predictably, the mainstream media is circling the wagons around the president and trying to distract away from the real issue:  Barack Obama is a radical and his political philosophy was built by people like Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright and Derrick Bell.

Obama Assigned Reading: Bell Says Whites Might Enslave Blacks.  Back when Barack Obama was a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, he assigned Derrick Bell's readings in class.  In particular, he assigned the introduction to Bell's book, Faces at the Bottom of the Well.  Bell's book was highly controversial, and for good reason: it contains some of the most inflammatory racial material in the critical race theory canon.

The Racist Ravings of Derrick Bell.  By now, you may already have seen the 1991 video footage of Barack Obama, who was then a 30-year-old student at Harvard Law School, speaking in glowing terms about Harvard professor Derrick Bell, whom Obama described as a man known for "speaking the truth" and for an "excellence of ... scholarship" that had not only "opened up new vistas and new horizons," but had "changed the standards [of what] legal writing is about."  "Open up your hearts and your minds to the words of Professor Derrick Bell," Obama urged the sizable crowd which had gathered to show their support for Professor Bell that day.

Derrick Bell in 1994: 'Jewish Neoconservative Racists'.  The controversy over the videotape of Harvard Law School student Barack Obama speaking in support of his professor Derrick Bell during Bell's one-man 1990 uprising against the law school's failure or refusal to hire a black woman as a professor has caused a predictable back-and-forth about what it might mean for Obama to have a favorable view of Bell.

Barack Obama to Khalid Muhammad: Two Degrees of Separation.  John Podhoretz and Patterico highlight a close connection between Barack Obama and Khalid Muhammad.  Obama, as we know, was a disciple of Derrick Bell; in the video that Breitbart.com released a few days ago, he urged his listeners to open their hearts and minds to Bell's teachings.  So, what were Bell's teachings?  Bell was a fervent admirer of Louis Farrakhan and Khalid Muhammad of the Nation of Islam.  Podhoretz quotes a 1994 interview in which Bell said, "We should really appreciate the Louis Farrakhans and the Khalid Muhammads while we've got them."

The Book of Obama: The Ganza Megillah.  [Scroll down]  The tapes of Obama supporting and embracing Derrick Bell at Harvard released by Breitbart's staff after his untimely death, which were covered up by Obama's friend Harvard Professor Charles Ogletree, the media and undoubtedly others, establish that the pre-election image of Obama as a post racial uniter was as accurate a description of the true Obama as the notion of the Grand Vizier as an enforcer of a Persian multi-cult paradise might be.  In fact Derrick Bell was a barely disguised racist, an anti-Semite and an inspiration for Obama's racist and anti-Semitic pastor of 20 years, Jeremiah Wright.  He was the creator of a school of thought known in academic speak as "critical race theory," a pernicious flimsy cover for anti-Semitic, anti-white, anti-Asian thought which contends that there is no real "merit."

Obama Assigned Bell at University of Chicago Law School.  Barack Obama made his own students at the University of Chicago Law School read some of Derrick Bell's most radical and racially inflammatory writings.

Bell: USA Must Admit We're Permanently Racist.  Obama:  "Open your hearts and open your minds to the words of Prof. Derrick Bell."  Derrick Bell:  "Racism is permanent".

Obama's Beloved Law Professor: Derrick Bell.  Breitbart.com has revealed that while at Harvard Law School, Barack Obama embraced the racially charged cause of professor Derrick Bell.  Both Obama and Bell demanded that Harvard hire professors on the basis of race.  Obama and other students rallied to Bell's side after Bell quit teaching in an attempt to force Harvard to implement race-based hiring policies.

CNN Implodes Over Breitbart's Obama/Bell Video.  [Video clip.]

Thomas Sowell Hammers 'Despicable' Derrick Bell.  Was Derrick Bell a radical when Barack Obama told us all to open our hearts and minds?  Thomas Sowell was asked about Bell at the time.  Here's what he said.

Jeremiah Wright on Derrick Bell, Jesus, and the Jews.  Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama's incendiary Chicago pastor, admired radical Harvard Law School professor Derrick Bell, inviting him to speak at Trinity United Church of Christ and referring to him from the pulpit.  In one sermon, which Wright published in 1995 in a collection entitled Africans Who Shaped Our Faith: A Study of 10 Biblical Personalities, Wright referred specifically to Bell's protest against Harvard — the same protest that Obama supported in a video released by Breitbart.com last week.

Critical Race Theory Explained.  CRT was an intellectual development in the late 1970s and early 1980s in which some scholars, perturbed by what they perceived as a loss of momentum in the movement for racial equality, began to doubt that the constitutional and legal system itself had the capacity for change.  This criticism mirrored a Marxist attack long voiced in academia:  that the Constitution had been a capitalist document incapable of allowing for the redistributionist change necessary to create a more equal world.  To create a more equal world, the Constitution and the legal system would have to be endlessly criticized — hence critical theory — and torn down from within.  The Marxist criticism of the system was called critical theory; the racial criticism of the system was therefore called Critical Race Theory.

How Derrick Bell Beat Martin Luther King Jr.:  "History proves that the white man is a devil," said Malcolm X.  "Whites are liars," said Jeremiah Wright.  "I love to harass white folks," said Derrick Bell.  "This is what you deserve.  You get what you deserve, white boy," a black teenager said to Allen Coon, a white student on the porch of his own home, as he set him on fire.  "Don't tell me words don't matter," Obama once said.  And he was right.  Words do matter.  The words of his mentors that have rooted hate so deep in the black community that it has become a cancer, a sore that bleeds violence, a stain on the soul.

Why the Bell-Obama Connection Matters:  Bell thought that Louis Farrakhan was a "hero for the people," since he stood up to the white establishment — a position so extreme that even fellow Harvard professors such as Randall Kennedy thought it was over the edge.  Bell excused a certain amount of anti-Semitism by blaming it on "Jewish neoconservative racists who are undermining blacks in every way they can."

Obama's Legal Mentor Shows Affirmative Action Limits.  [Derrick] Bell was for years a civil rights lawyer, but not an academic legal scholar of the sort who gets appointed as a full professor at one of the leading law schools.  Yet he became a visiting professor at the Stanford law school and was a full professor at the Harvard law school.  It was transparently obvious in both cases that his appointment was because he was black, not because he had the qualifications that got other people appointed to these faculties.  At Stanford, his students complained that his course on constitutional law was not up to the standards of the other courses they were taking.  Stanford at that time had one of the leading scholars in constitutional law, Professor Gerald Gunther — and Derrick Bell was no Gerald Gunther.

Barack's People:  Derrick Bell, a racial radical, whom Investor's Business Daily called the Jeremiah Wright of Harvard, has called Louis Farrakhan a "hero."  He was also Barack Obama's favorite professor — introduced by our post-racial president as a man Americans needed to open their "hearts and minds to."  He was deeply involved in Critical Race Theory and the supposition that all minority ills are due to white supremacy and that the only solution is the destruction of the foundations of the nation.  He was also an anti-Semite, railing against "Jewish neoconservative racists" forever "undermining blacks in every way they can."

Critical Race Theory: A Cult of Anti-White Resentment.  When asked by CNN's Soledad O'Brien about the definition of critical race theory (CRT), Emory Law Professor Dorothy Brown offered the following:  "Critical race theory seeks to explain judicial decisions by asking the question, [']What does race have to do with it?[']"  CRT simply "looks at race in America," professor Brown stated.  That's a bit like saying that a religious zealot just "looks at" theology.  Critical race theorists do not merely look at racial questions.  Like zealots, they give answers; they preach a doctrine, seek converts, and condemn nonbelievers.  Indeed, CRT is the primary source of Orwellian "hate speech" proposals.

Why Obama's radicalism matters:  Derrick Bell was a radical Marxist and racist with whom Barack Obama maintained a close relationship until the former's death just last year.  Concerning other questionable associates, from the racist Rev. Jeremiah Wright to domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, Obama has minimized these relationships, as well as their depth and length.  With the release of the Breitbart video, we have Obama personally advancing a radical and his teachings, and a verifiable, long-term connection.

Discover the Networks: The late Derrick Albert Bell, Jr..  [Scroll down]  In 1994 Bell was quoted as having predicted that eventually America would witness the rise of charismatic new black leaders who, in the interests of retributive racial justice, would "urge that instead of [African Americans] killing each other, they should go out in gangs and kill a whole lot of white people." ... Bell endorsed a journal called Race Traitor, whose stated aim is "to abolish the white race, which means no more and no less than abolishing the privileges of the white skin."  Moreover, the publication's guiding principle is:  "Treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity."

Critical Race Theory: Of the Racists, By the Racists, and For the Racists.  Buried in Derrick Bell's resume is an instructive episode showing how the racial intimidation of the "Critical Studies" race baiters helped move the Leftist's agenda.  Bell — who died last year — objected to neutrality and color-blindness in the Constitution.  Bell wanted race to become a permanent weapon of the left — in short, he was a race warrior and wanted constant racial strife.  To justify his race war, he argued that the existence of slavery at the time of the U.S. Constitution rendered that agreement unenforceable against blacks.

Exclusive: Kagan's Handwritten Notes to Bell on Critical Race Theory.  Breitbart News has discovered previously unknown handwritten notes from Elena Kagan to radical professor Derrick Bell, sent to Bell as Kagan worked on his seminal 1985 article on Critical Race Theory in the Harvard Law Review.

Obama Letter to Bell to Blurb 'Dreams from My Father'.  Barack Obama's association with radical Critical Race Theory professor Derrick Bell did not end after Harvard Law School — and certainly not at the April 24, 1990 rally at which Obama embraced Bell, literally and figuratively.  Breitbart News has discovered a letter sent by Obama to Bell in February 1995 in which Obama asks Bell to review — and to blurb — an early version of Obama's autobiography, then entitled Dreams of My Father.




Chicago

"Community Organizer" is another way to say "troublemaker."  Back in the '60s they were called "outside agitators."

Chicago, the Shame of a Nation.  It should come as a surprise to just about nobody that Chicago is the most corrupt big city in America, and long has been. [...] Chicago has flaunted its outlaw status in the country's face for nearly a century.  And continues to do so, now that one of its own occupies the White House.

The Abuser in Chief.  Obama's political career was made in the Democratic stronghold of Cook County.  He never had to cut deals across the aisle.  Any success he had when he served in Springfield was due to bill-jacking; the hard work across the aisle was done by others, but Obama's political mentor, State Senate President Emil Jones, schemed to have Obama's name attached to the bills so he could make a United States senator out of his protégé.

Deep Cover at Organizing for America.  [Scroll down slowly]  Notice, too, the use of the phrase "take ownership of the community."  Evanston borders Chicago on the north, and they speak the same political language.  In Democrat-ese, "owning the community" means that if you got a problem with trash pickup, talk to the Democratic precinct captain.  If you have a kid who needs a job, talk to the Democratic precinct captain.  If you have trouble with delivery trucks getting ticketed for double-parking in front of your shop, talk to the Democratic precinct captain.  If you need a block party permit, a one-day liquor license, or a building code violation overlooked, talk to the Democratic precinct captain.  Democrats own the community.

Welcome To Camp Obama.  [Mike] Kruglik happens to be the Alinsky disciple who first taught Obama hardball organizing tactics on the South Side.  He was Obama's boss in the '80s.  Kruglik now works for the Chicago-based Gamaliel Foundation, which trains and deploys radicals across the country.  Kruglik once declared Obama "the undisputed master of agitation," according to David Freddoso, author of the best-seller "The Case Against Barack Obama."

Obama's International Socialist Connections:  Obama's socialist backing goes back at least to 1996, when he received the endorsement of the Chicago branch of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) for an Illinois state senate seat.  Later, the Chicago DSA newsletter reported that Obama, as a state senator, showed up to eulogize Saul Mendelson, one of the "champions" of "Chicago's democratic left" and a long-time socialist activist.  Obama's stint as a "community organizer" in Chicago has gotten some attention, but his relationship with the DSA socialists, who groomed and backed him, has been generally ignored.

Obama's Days with Daley.  It was one more story of dirty Chicago politics that went unnoticed in the national media.  This story of Patrick Daley feeding from the trough — or more properly, from the sewer — exemplifies the sweetheart deals that are typical of the political environment in which Senator Barack Obama rose.  It rounds out the story of how each member of the family of Obama's Illinois Senate mentor, Emil Jones, somehow manages to make big money from government salaries and contracts.

Obama's International Socialist Connections:  Obama's socialist backing goes back at least to 1996, when he received the endorsement of the Chicago branch of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) for an Illinois state senate seat.  Later, the Chicago DSA newsletter reported that Obama, as a state senator, showed up to eulogize Saul Mendelson, one of the "champions" of "Chicago's democratic left" and a long-time socialist activist.  Obama's stint as a "community organizer" in Chicago has gotten some attention, but his relationship with the DSA socialists, who groomed and backed him, has been generally ignored.

Carl Davidson:  In the mid-1990s Davidson was a major player in the Chicago branch of the New Party, a Marxist political coalition whose objective was to endorse and elect leftist public officials. ... Davidson first met Barack Obama through the New Party, which endorsed the latter in his run for the Illinois state senate in 1996.  Obama had actively sought this endorsement, and he used a number of New Party volunteers as campaign workers.  Davidson quickly became one of Obama's most ardent supporters.  He helped organize a large 2002 rally where Obama first established himself as an eloquent anti-war spokesman.

When is Obama Not Lying?  Obama is just another shifty-eyed, moondancin' pol from the Chicago Machine, playing the race card like Jesse Jackson, even according to The New Yorker.  He makes outright deals with corruptocrat Tony Rezko to get his home cheap, and with the Teamsters to buy their election troops in exchange for Federal oversight leniency.  He's been lolling in bed with the wild-eyed zealots of ACORN for ten years or more.

Obama's Aim:  In 2007, Senator Barack Obama stood up for a gun owner.  He endorsed Chicago Alderman Dorothy Tillman in her Democratic primary.  Not only was she a gun owner, but she had even pulled a gun on her colleagues during a contentious 1991 ward redistricting hearing, according to eyewitnesses.  Tillman, best known for demanding to be served by black (not white) waiters, and for advocating reparations for slavery, narrowly lost her race despite Obama's support.

Obama and South Chicago Slum Developers:  Barack Obama's political career rose from the south side of Chicago with a lot of help from his friends involved in the housing industry.  They have profited and thrived, unlike the Senator's south side constituents.  The Tony Rezko scandal focused the nation's attention on just one piece of a much larger story:  Obama's close association with several South Chicago slum landlords, plus one property manager who is now his senior advisor.

NBC's Chuck Todd Ascribes to Chicago Mayor Daley Tremendous Power Over White House Olympic Push.  This is a BIZARRE assessment.  But Todd's explanation — in defense of his bizarreness — had him venturing further into the realm of the absurd.  He insisted that Mayor Daley basically ordered the White House — and the President specifically — to get involved on behalf of his Olympic effort.  If this is true, Todd is breaking some serious news here — that the titular head of the vaunted, notorious Chicago Political Machine can bend the White House to his will whenever he wishes.  Which would be more than a little disturbing.

Chicagoland.  Instead of lobbying Olympics officials to bring the games to his hometown of Chicago, President Obama should be huddling with local officials to figure out how to control violence there.  Some say Chicago is too broke to host the Olympics.  Others say it's too corrupt.  Above all, it's too dangerous.  Crime is out of control, and the president shares some blame for the trend.

America, You've Been Punk'd.  It's okay to admit it: you thought you were voting for a more benevolent and wiser version of Tiger Woods when all you got was a smoother version of Chicago-style, brass knuckle politics.  It isn't so much that you voted for the wrong guy; you were lied to by the media.  But you should have known better.  Chicago has a long and storied run of thoroughly corrupt political bosses giving envy to any third-world dictator.

Obama hits opponents with Chicago brass knuckles.  [Scroll down]  Daley's father of course was Richard M. Daley, mayor of Chicago from 1955 until his death in 1976.  Ayers' father was head of Commonwealth Edison, the Chicago-based utility, from 1964 to 1980.  You bet they were great friends.  That's governance, Chicago style.  The head of government is friends with the heads of every big business, lobby and union, and together they make decisions on how everyone else will live.  Those on the inside get what they want.  Those on the outside — well, they get what the big guys want them to have.  That's life in the big city.

Barack Obama's Rules for Revolution:  The Alinsky Model.  The guru of Sixties radicals, [Saul] Alinsky urged his followers to be flexible and opportunistic and say anything to get power, which they can then use to destroy the existing society and its economic system.  Alinsky died in 1972, but left behind an organization in Chicago dedicated to his malicious ideas.  This team hired Barack Obama in 1986 when he was 23 and taught him how to organize for radical transformation.

Armed pols:  An unfortunate Chicago tradition.  You want to be able to pack a weapon in public for your safety?  Fine.  All you have to do is 1) run for the [Chicago] City Council and 2) win.  Why the state assumes that aldermen are fit for this prerogative is a mystery.  "Law-abiding" is not the very first word that comes to mind when you think of the City Council.  Since 1972, 27 of its members have been convicted on charges involving malfeasance, misfeasance, nonfeasance, disfeasance and anti-feasance with mopery aforethought.  It would be hard to come up with a group of people that has proven itself less deserving of blanket trust.

It's the Totalitarianism, Stupid.  It is no comfort to know that Barack Obama rose to power in the hustler world of Chicago politics and that Mayor Daley, Michelle Obama, and Valerie Jarrett, all faithful creatures of the machine, decided on all the appointments in this administration.

You're known by the friends you keep.  Since the advent of his socialist circle of czar advisers, we now have a better measure of Obama.  He seems to be a progressive in a European socialist way, but his czars appear to be authoritarian — not democratic — socialists.  As manufacturing czar Ron Bloom put it, "We believe in the persuasion of power."  Let's look further back to the "friends he keeps."  Obama's consigliore is his senior adviser, progressive liberal Valerie Jarrett, a virtual cerebral body part to both him and the first lady.  Know her and you know the Obamas.

Obama and the White House Chicago Boys.  Barack Obama has a problem.  His polls numbers are dropping and his policies are fueling an angry backlash across America.  The Democratic party is held in disrepute, and congressional Democrats are dropping like flies.  This imperils Obama's radical agenda and his own 2012 prospects.  What to do?  Game the system and rig the future elections.  That is how things are done in the streets of Chicago.

Obama and the Government Employees:  Barack Obama may not have learned much at Harvard regarding the Constitution, but he did learn in Chicago how politics works:  the Chicago way.  Reward supporters, and keep the bribery as opaque as possible.  Chicago mores have been brought to Washington.

MSM Ignores 'The Chicago Way,' Corrupt Machine That Spawned Obama, Three Suicides.  While [John] Kass calls Obama "a Chicago political guy," he knows the Machine is multi-layered.  While the hub is Chicago, spokes extend throughout Cook County, and reach deep inside the state capital at Springfield.  Because the MSM ignored the Machine from which Obama emerged, the electorate didn't realize that voting for Obama meant endorsing politics the Chicago way.

Study examines decades of Cook County corruption.  Nearly 150 elected leaders, high-ranking officials and people doing business with the county have been convicted in corruption cases ranging from bribery to ghost-payrolling dating back to 1957, a study released Thursday [2/19/2010] by the University of Illinois at Chicago and Better Government Association found.

Obama, the Chicago Boys, and their 30 Billion Dollar Slush Fund:  [Scroll down slowly]  Recall, Barack Obama's statement, "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun."  That is the modus operandi of a criminal.  Evidently that is also the governing philosophy of our President.

The "Chicago Way" Of Barack Hussein Obama.  The Better Government Association, a busy Chicago-based watchdog group that has its work cut out for it, recently released its "Hall of Shame" report that details the nearly 150 county officials who have gone to jail for corruption in Barack Obama's Cook County.  And that doesn't even include the more than one hundred Chicago officials who have also gone to jail over the last few decades.

The bullies in the White House.  Recall, Obama is at his most truthful when he speaks extemporaneously, when the Teleprompter and his handlers cannot control him.  He said back during the campaign that when adversaries "bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun."  Those are mob rules.  It is also the modus operandi of Presidential "governance" in the Age of Obama.  These are the Chicago Boys, after all.  Chicago:  home of Al Capone, one party-and one-family rule for decades.  Alderman politics, city of corruption, and whose political mores have now been writ large.

Arne Duncan's list and the Chicago Way.  When U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan ran the Chicago Public Schools for the boss of Chicago, he kept a secret list of those who hoped to clout children into the city's top-tier public schools.  "We didn't want to advertise what we were doing because we didn't want a bunch of people calling," CPS official David Pickens admitted to Tribune reporters Azam Ahmed and Stephanie Banchero, who broke the story.  So the schools kept a clout list.  But they didn't want nobody nobody sent hassling them with calls.

The Pfleger-ization of the Catholic Church.  So much that you need to know about the Catholic Church's social policy problems can be summed up in one word:  Chicago.  On race, abortion, guns, immigration and "community organizing," Catholic Church officials in the Windy City have forged unholy alliances with radical left-wingers and enablers who undermine the faith — and the faithful.

Updated 3/22/2011:
Chicago's Most Notorious Priest Finally On Way Out??  Father Michael Pfleger is as far from the image of a parish priest as can be imagined without crossing the line into absurdity.  He is a loud-mouthed activist that has spent a 30-year career calling people he doesn't like names, spewing race tinged "sermons," liberally tossing out the race card, and engaging in extremist political causes.  Not the model priest, for sure.

First, He Was a Community Organizer.  When Barack Obama entered the 2008 Presidential Election scene, ...we were told that his most endearing credential was that he had navigated the "mean streets of Chicago" as a community organizer disseminating "hope"; that he had been successful in making the poverty-stricken neighborhoods of Chicago a better place to live, a safer place to live.  As of April 25, 2010, the residents of Chicago have stood witness to 113 homicides. ... Gang crime is so bad in some parts of the city that parents, when there are two existing in the household, routinely remind their children not to play in front of the windows in their houses for fear of being struck by a stray bullet fired from the gun of a gangbanger.

Shoring Up Chicago's Community Bank.  Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee want to find out if anyone in the Obama White House attempted to influence the financial bailout of a well-known Chicago-based "community bank," which faced FDIC closure last week, and which, going back to the Clinton Administration, has had close ties to ACORN and the leftist community-organizing world of Chicago.

Tony Rezko, Barack Obama, the FBI Mole, and the Somnolent Chicago MSM.  The Chicago media covers Illinois political corruption like crime reporters.  They show up at the scene, gather for the perp walk, snap a photo, and cover the trial.  In short, they wait for the story to happen and then accept official explanations with minimum scrutiny.  Consequently, when the Machine gets caught, it's generally not the media that breaks the story.  And it's been that way in Chicago for a very long time.

The Candidates That Nobody Sent.  The ethos of the clubhouse era was captured in the story of Illinois Democrat Abner Mikva, who — decades before becoming a House member and then a federal judge — walked into his Chicago Democratic ward office in 1948 as an earnest law student hoping to volunteer.  As Mikva later recounted, a glaring ward committee member brusquely asked him, "'Who sent you?'  I said, 'Nobody sent me.'  He put [his] cigar back in his mouth and he said, 'We don't want nobody that nobody sent.'"  This week's elections were the triumph of the candidates that nobody sent.

Obama's Chicago homecoming is not so sweet.  It's been 15 months since President Obama went home sweet home to Chicago. ... [But] it should be obvious why Obama hasn't been home much.  Obama moved to Chicago to establish his political base, but now the city is a political liability.

Tony Demasi and the Chicago Way.  [Scroll down]  Owning a club introduces the proprietor to the seedy world of Chicago politics unlike any other business.  In order to own a club one would need as many as six different licenses:  a liquor license, a tobacco license (smoking was still legal in bars at the time), a valet license, sidewalk license, and the Public Place of Amusement license, which allows a venue the ability to charge a cover for live music or a DJ.  In order to get these licenses successfully, building inspectors, plumbing inspectors and electrical inspectors from various city zoning and buildings departments, along with the local Alderman and Police commander would all have to approve parts of any and all of these licenses.  With his connection to [Marty] Gutilla's circle of friends, [Anthony A.] Demasi had just the right influence to navigate this process.

How Illinois is that?  What could be tastier than two Democrats — President Barack Obama and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich — hanging out with the treasurer of the Republican National Committee at a Wilmette fundraiser hosted by a political fixer who would soon be in federal prison?  According to testimony by businessman Joseph Aramanda (who later wrote a $10,000 campaign check to Obama), it happened in 2003 as Obama was mounting a campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Controversy Surrounding Bank with Obama Ties Grows.  Controversy continues to swirl around the Obama administration's bailout of the politically connected community lender ShoreBank, with new calls for an investigation into how the bank was able to secure tens of millions of dollars in Wall Street cash to stay alive, FOX Business has learned.

Obama's Other Chicago Problem.  [Scroll down]  Mr. Obama continued to swing for Mr. Giannoulias right through the news that the Giannoulias's Broadway Bank had loaned millions to Michael "Jaws" Giorango, a convicted bookmaker, as well as other crime figures.  He stuck with him through the news that some of this money had been disbursed when Mr. Giannoulias was the bank's senior loan officer.  And Mr. Obama stuck with him when even the Democratic speaker of the Illinois House, Mike Madigan, refused to endorse Mr. Giannoulias.  "My history in politics, if you were alleged to be connected to the mob, you were done," said Mr. Madigan in the run-up to the 2006 treasurer's election.

Obama "All In" for Sen. Candidate/Mob Banker Who Loaned $20M to a Guy Named "Jaws".  President Obama has thrown his political weight behind Chicago mob banker and basketball buddy, Alexi Giannoulias, in a brazen attempt to help elect one of the sleaziest Democrat politicians around to his old Illinois Senate seat.

Obama Cozies Up to Giannoulias.  President Obama was believed to be avoiding Alexi Giannoulias.  Why?  Well, Giannoulias, who is vying for Obama's old Illinois Senate seat and is a former basketball buddy of the president, has become something of a political toxin.  It became public that the former banker serviced loans to mobsters and crooks, and Giannoulias's own family bank collapsed, creating yet another political embarrassment for the candidate who is currently Illinois's state treasurer.  But Obama seems to have had a change of heart, and later this week he will host a political fundraiser for Giannoulias in Chicago.

Obama raises nearly $1 million for Giannoulias.  The nearly $1 million fundraising event at the Palmer House Hilton highlighted a quick visit by Obama back home to Chicago that also included a tour of a Southeast Side Ford plant and a 49th birthday dinner Wednesday night [8/4/2010] with friends including Oprah Winfrey.

No Shady Banking Buddy Left Behind.  First Lady Michelle Obama's latest overseas jaunt is getting all the headlines.  But President Obama's money-grubbing junket to Chicago may cost taxpayers far more in the long run.  With his Gaultier-clad wife sashaying around the Spanish seaside, the lonely fundraiser-in-chief returned to Illinois to take care of some birthday-week business.  Job One:  Filling the Senate campaign coffers of his corruption-tainted political protege Alexi Giannoulias.

Only in Chicago Would Street Gangs Be So Bold.  Chicago street thugs held a press conference where they complained they were not getting their fair share of the goodies that make Chi-Town the "City that Works."

City:  Daley's friend got $31K in free water by mistake.  Two decades ago, the city's Streets and Sanitation Department began leasing a block-long garage in Chinatown, in Chicago's notorious 1st Ward.  The landlord:  Fred Bruno Barbara, a nephew of the late 1st Ward Ald. Fred Roti.  Streets and San moved out by early 2005, when Barbara — a friend of Mayor Daley — got caught up in the Hired Truck scandal.  But Barbara's garage and two adjoining buildings that he owns kept getting free water from City Hall — until three months ago, when a Chicago Sun-Times reporter asked the Daley administration why it was treating Barbara's garage as a "charitable account."

Obama and Company trying to pull a fast one?  The MOVE Act was passed in 2009 in reaction to ongoing problems with having overseas military votes counted.  States have had time to prepare and abide by the law.  Is it a bolt out of the blue that Illinois — a very blue state, home to Barack Obama and his cast of West Wing characters — somehow just let this slip off their to-do list?  All levels of state government are in the hands of Democrats, and Cook County — where the Democratic machine has been in operation for decades and where corruption is king — exercises a tremendous grip on what happens throughout the state.

Voter Fraud in America.  The Chicago machine that nurtured Barack Obama's political career is legendary for its ability to manipulate an election.  Indeed, cheating and fraud are such staples of Illinois politics that residents hardly notice any more.  It is, of course, always interesting to hear a Chicago news-anchor provide the latest tally of calls to the "Election Fraud Hotline" and no doubt some wagers are won and lost among citizens once the final count is announced.  But, for the most part, pay-offs, unregistered voters, dead voters, and all the rest are an accepted part of life in the Prairie State.

Exposing Un-American Activities.  [Scroll down]  The big news today is that some of the people who have been supporting Obama from the start in Chicago are now under investigation by the FBI, suspected of providing support to foreign terrorist organizations in Latin America and the Middle East.  This is a trail that could lead all the way to the White House.  Joe Iosbaker and Stephanie Weiner, who are husband and wife, had their homes and offices raided because of suspicions that they were providing support to foreign terrorist organizations.  Both of them have been associated with the Marxist-Leninist Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) and the Chicago New Party that included Barack Obama.

Chief of staff pick just another cog in the Daley machine.  As President Barack Obama knighted Chicago's William Daley as his new chief of staff — and kept the Daley machine in control of the executive branch of our federal government — I couldn't help thinking of the good old days.

Obama mouthpiece Robert Gibbs was forced out by new henchman William Daley.  I wondered yesterday [1/6/2011] whether Robert Gibbs jumped or was pushed and noted that President Barack Obama's words indicated that it was "not an entirely voluntary departure".  It's being reported by John King on CNN right now that Gibbs wanted to be a presidential counsellor — something he's been putting about for quite a while — but William Daley, the new chief of staff, nixed this because he believed that too many cooks would spoil the presidential broth.  So that's why Gibbs is out.

The Chicago Machine Pumps Out A New Chief of Staff.  President Obama chose William Daley as his new chief of staff yesterday [1/6/2011], replacing Rahm Emanuel, who is leaving to run for mayor of Chicago... a job currently held by Daley's brother Richard.  It's comforting to know there will be no net loss of Chicago politics in the White House.

Obama's Chicago.  Think Barack Obama left Chicago when he headed to the White House?  Think again.  The commander in chief still commands a considerable presence here in the Midwest.  Take, for instance, the rumors swirling around police headquarters today that officer Mike Shields could be the top pick to permanently replace outgoing police superintendent Jody Weis.  Sources tell NBCChicago that he'll earn the top cop job sometime after May.  Shields is a cousin of First Lady Michelle Obama.

Chicago City Hall hired 139 ex-cons in two years.  One of them smuggled cocaine from Jamaica about a decade ago.  Another was a carjacker.  A third was convicted in the shooting of two Chicago cops in the 1970s, hitting one of them in the face.  They are among 139 people who got hired by the City of Chicago over the past two years despite having been convicted of crimes.  That's according to a list of all of the city's hires of ex-cons in 2009 and 2010 obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.

Who gets nearly free internet and computers?  [Scroll down]  Many of the key people in Obama's White House also hail from the Windy City including the man who replaced Emanuel as the Chief of Staff, Bill Daley (brother of Chicago's former mayor) and Valerie Jarrett, one of Obama's oldest friends and advisers.  This sort of bullying is not uncommon in Cook County, one of the last Democrat-run city machines in the nation (wags call it Crook County for a reason).  One hand washes the other there and rules are bent to favor political allies — the seeming modus operandi of Barack Obama on a national scale over the last few years.

Valerie Jarrett - Obama's Rasputin.  She receives more protection than our Libyan ambassador, calls the president by his first name, dines and vacations with the First Family and had the power to call off three strikes against Osama bin Laden.  Ambassador Chris Stevens did not have a Marine detail in Benghazi, Libya.  But White House senior adviser and Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett reportedly had a full Secret Service detail on vacation in Martha's Vineyard.

Chicago's Violent Flash Mobs.  The Chicago Democrats have controlled the city for more than fifty years.  The mayors Daley instituted policies that not only segregated the city and the schools, but also insured the survival of the Democratic Party at the expense of many neighborhoods.  The Chicago Defender newspaper documented how Democrat politicians in Chicago set up physical barriers to integration.  The Chicago Defender claims, "The Dan Ryan Expressway was conceived in clout and racism and born into a pattern of racial segregation that's earned it the reputation as world-famous symbol of how Chicago's politicians used to create ghettos." Which state has the worst balance of assets and liabilities?  The management of the public purse in Illinois is criminally sloppy, negligent, and without parallel in the United States.  Hard to imagine that it can get any worse, but it will.  The burden they are placing on future generations means that the state will continue to empty itself of people and businesses as taxes soar.  Eventually, the bills will come due.

Feds: Two Chicago cops took orders from Latin Kings.  A bistate crackdown on the Latin Kings street gang on Friday [11/18/2011] snared two Chicago Police officers accused of using their badges to rob people in Northwest Indiana and Illinois.  Their arrests were part of a broader crackdown against gang members and associates accused of taking part in 19 murders, attempted murder, drug trafficking, kidnapping and weapons violations, mostly in Chicago and Indiana but stretching down to Texas, said U.S. Attorney David Capp of the Northern District of Indiana.

Suburban school official, board member indicted in kickback scheme.  A former North Chicago school board member and her district's transportation director were accused Thursday of taking kickbacks totaling at least $800,000 over 10 years from contractors who had been awarded lucrative school bus contracts.  Gloria Harper, 59, of North Chicago, was a member of the board of North Chicago Community Unit School District 187, and Alice Sherrod, 59, of Gurnee, was in charge of transportation for the 4,000 students, prosecutors said in announcing a 26-count indictment against them and three contractors.

Moseley Braun says 'no more drilling down' on her finances despite questions.  Chicago mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun today [1/7/2011] said there will be "no more drilling down" about her tax returns despite unanswered questions about where she gets her money and the troubled state of her finances.

Obama's Gerrymander:  We've been following the ways that politicians and special interests try to influence the redistricting process for their own gain, often at the expense of voters.  An article this week in The New Yorker suggests that President Barack Obama's own political rise in Chicago was partially the result of gerrymandering.  As The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza reported, Obama worked with a Democratic redistricting consultant to draw a state senate district tailored for him.

It's official: Chicago is nation's corruption capital.  A University of Illinois study has found what many probably already suspected:  Chicago is the corruption capital of the nation.  The study — published Wednesday [2/15/2012] as the details of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's Colorado prison assignment emerged — showed that the federal court district that includes Chicago has had 1,531 public corruption convictions since 1976, more than any other district in the nation.

Chicago Called Most Corrupt City in the Nation.  A former Chicago alderman turned political science professor/corruption fighter has found that Chicago is the most corrupt city in the country.  He cites data from the U.S. Department of Justice to prove his case.  And, he says, Illinois is third-most corrupt state in the country.

Beavers says feds indicted him on tax charges when he wouldn't wear wire.  Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was indicted Thursday [2/23/2012] on charges he failed to pay taxes on tens of thousands of dollars in campaign funds that he used to pay off personal expenses.  But the storied, tough-talking 77-year-old Democrat denied the charges and said he was indicted after he refused to wear a wire on fellow Cook County Commissioner John Daley.  "I'm too old to be a stool pigeon," Beavers said.

Some 'Splainin' to do in Chicago.  Why did it take an obscure website to break this story when the Sun-Times has those three-musketeer journalists they call the WATCHDOGS?  And when the Trib has equally dogged sleuths like John Kass and John Chase?  Did either paper have knowledge concerning what Illinois Pay To Play reported and decide to sit on the information?  Thanks to the legendary Bob Cooley, yet again, some current and former Chicagoans got some 'splainin' to do.  But, what we'll most likely hear instead is the sound of crickets.

Weekend of violence claims 10 shooting victims across Chicago.  At least 10 people were killed, including a 6-year-old girl, in shootings over the weekend in Chicago.  The slain were among at least 49 people wounded in shootings from 5 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday, according to information compiled by the Chicago Tribune.

Obama's early Chicago rise brought African-Americans foreclosures, bankruptcies.  President Barack Obama wants his 2012 re-election campaign to focus on Gov. Mitt Romney's private-sector record, but his own private-sector history shows that he promoted and profited from the nation's disastrous real-estate bubble.  One striking example comes from the president's 1995 housing-discrimination class action lawsuit:  It provided him with legal fees, greased his political donations and boosted his role in Chicago politics.

Obama the Reactionary.  [Scroll down]  You have to remember that Obama was given nearly 100 million dollars of play money by the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, courtesy of Bill Ayers, supposedly to fix the inner city school system.  When the money was all spent Obama's campaign was launched, but nothing had changed in Chicago's schools.

The Word "Chicago" is Now Racist When in Conjunction with "Obama".  So says Chris Matthews and the MSNBC crew.  Well....  Barack Obama worked in Chicago after college.  Obama went back to Chicago after law school.  Obama was an adjunct instructor at the University of Chicago.  Barack Obama represented an area of Chicago in the Illinois state Senate.  Obama owns a house in Chicago.  Obama's wife worked in Chicago.  Obama went to church in Chicago.

Obama brings Chicago politics to Washington.  Chicago has been called the home of "gangster government."  How bad is it?  Consider the following facts about the city from which President Obama rose through the ranks of American public life, from community organizer and local lawyer to the Illinois state legislature to the U.S. Senate and finally the Oval Office:
  •   Chicago's 2.7 million residents make up only about 21 percent of the state of Illinois' population of nearly 13 million.  Yet the city and its suburbs have accounted for 84 percent of the state's public corruption convictions in federal courts since 1976, according to a study released earlier this year by the University of Illinois at Chicago.
  •   Four of the state's previous seven governors went to jail on public corruption charges, as did a third of Chicago aldermen who served during the period.
  •   New York and California have higher totals for public corruption convictions, but Illinois leads the nation on a per capita basis.

Getting The Truth Out About Obama Is A Winning Strategy.  Republicans are properly squeamish about calling their opponents liars.  (Democrats are not so shy.)  But sometimes a lie can be demonstrated.  Republicans need to factually report Obama's falsehoods so the electorate will conclude on its own that he intentionally deceives. [...] Americans can no longer believe anything Barack Obama says — just like any Chicago politician.

A sordid tale of Chicago politics that reveals how Obama got his start.  There's no other American city quite like it.  Fortunately.  It's a beautiful city from the outside.  And a political cesspool inside, a seeping source of conniving and corruption that spawned Barack Obama and his top aide Valerie Jarrett and is now ruled by the president's ex-chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.

How Chicago and Obama Globalized Voter Fraud .  Chicago has a long tradition of padding its vote totals by placing homeless and deceased persons on its voter registration list.  Jim Laski, who once served as the City Clerk of Chicago, second in power only to the mayor, noted in his book My Fall From Grace that fraudulent voters were registered to addresses that included cemeteries, municipal buildings, and taverns.

Chicago Area Bank Robberies Nearly Double Over 2011.  Bank robbers had a busy year in 2012.  The FBI said robbers have hit 218 banks in the Chicago area as of Dec. 31, compared to 115 in 2011.  "Close to double what we had in the prior year," said FBI Special Agent Joan Hyde.

New State Legislature Includes Three Facing Criminal Charges.  It's a dubious distinction for the new class of Illinois lawmakers being sworn in Wednesday in Springfield.  It's the first time in years that three sitting lawmakers simultaneously face criminal charges.  Representatives Derrick Smith and LaShawn Ford and state Sen. Donne Trotter, all Chicago Democrats, face varying charges.

Rahm Emanuel Out of Excuses for Chicago's Murder Rate.  In 2012, Chicago recorded 505 murders.  That may not sound all that bad, since in some years in the past two decades the city had over 900 murders (1991, 1992, and 1994).  But it looks like a terribly high number when compared to New York (which recorded 414 murders in 2012) or any of the other ten largest cities in America, because Chicago is not only the murder capital of America in terms of experiencing the most murders.  It also has, by far, the highest murder rate among America's ten largest cities.

Can Rahm Emanuel's Illegal Thug Tactics Be Stopped?  Last week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sent a letter from his office to two banks, Bank of America and TD Bank, asking each to suspend doing business with gun manufacturers in the hope that this will pressure these companies into helping gun legislation pass.

On CNN, Cause of Chicago Violence Is — You Guessed It — The GOP.  Chicago hasn't had a Republican mayor in over 80 years.  Democrats have controlled the Illinois governor's mansion and both houses of the legislature for more than a decade, with Democrats ruling the Illinois House for 28 of the last 30 years.  No matter, Chicago violence is the fault of Republicans.  We learned that this morning [2/22/2013] on CNN Newsroom [...]

Crossed Paths: Chicago's Jacksons and Obamas.  When Barack and Michelle Obama were married in Chicago two decades ago, Santita Jackson, a daughter of the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, sang at their wedding.  When Mr. Obama ran for his first national office, he made sure he was not stepping on the ambitions of her brother, Jesse L. Jackson Jr., who later became a co-chairman of his 2008 presidential campaign.

The Chicago Roots of President Obama's Leadership Style.  Congress's authority to write a budget is determined not by a Home Rule Commission, but by the Constitution.  But President Obama was able to cleverly subvert Congress's power of the purse this way:  the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate has not passed a budget in four years.  One can reasonably ask if President Obama enlisted, in the early months of his first term, the cooperation of Senate Leader Reid in suspending the constitutionally mandated responsibility of the Senate to pass a budget.  Since Harry Senate Majority Leader Reid has the power to refuse to consider a budget bill, this is not a far-fetched idea.

Obama's 'Chicago Way'.  The scandals swirling around the Obama administration have many journalists scratching their heads as to how "hope and change" seem to have been supplanted by "arrogance and fear."  Perhaps it's time they revisit one of their original premises about Barack Obama:  that he wasn't influenced by the Chicago Daley machine.  You know:  the machine that boosted his career and whose protégés — including Valerie Jarrett, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, and his wife, Michelle — he brought to Washington with him.

Four Chicago Neighborhoods Named on List of 25 Most Dangerous.  NeighborhoodScout, a real estate blog, has compiled FBI data from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies to rank America's 25 most dangerous neighborhoods.  Chicago has four neighborhoods on the list, tied with Detroit for the city with the most neighborhoods listed.

New Boss, Same as the Old 'Boss'.  For those looking for insight on the scandals engulfing the Obama administration, read Boss, Mike Royko's classic 1971 biography of former Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley.  The IRS targeting of conservative groups and the Department of Justice (DOJ) criminalizing reporting will make more sense after understanding how the infamous Chicago Machine, the one that birthed President Barack Obama, worked.

Chicago Cop Arrested Four Times in Seven Years Still Working, Makes $80K.  Chicago Police Officer Richard A. Rizzo has been arrested four times in the past seven years, but that's not enough to get him fired from the department.  Rizzo has been arrested for domestic battery, child endangerment and aggravated assault with a gun.

'Hot dog seasoning emergencies' and other stupid Illinois political tricks.  Now that Illinois has given us Barack Obama as president, crony capitalism is alive well beyond the dreams of Gilded Age robber barons.  The inherent dynamism of the American economy, which ought to be booming based on shale oil, information technology, and other products of innovation, is instead being strangled by corruption and bureaucratic obstructionism.

Gun Control? Obama's Chicago New U.S. Murder Capital.  President Obama doesn't often mention his hometown when he talks about gun control.  Then he'd have to explain, in arguably the most gun-restricted big city in America in the last state to allow concealed carry of firearms, why Chicago is now officially the murder capital of the United States.

Jack Welch Vindicated: Obama Regime 'Faked' Pre-Election Unemployment Number.  Chicago is known as a political cesspool.  From Al Capone, to Rahm 'Dead Fish' Emanuel, to Mayor Daley, it is a town that reeks of corruption and anyone who emerges, and especially the case of Barack Obama rises quickly, as a leading force in that political arena should be met with high speculation.  After all, a rise to prominence in Chicago means one thing — you are tainted, a dirty player who will do anything and everything to obtain and remain in power.

Obama's Fate.  [Scroll down]  When he eventually turned his eyes toward politics, Obama gravitated to the single place in the United States that most resembles a third-world tyranny — Chicago.  Controlled for years by a single party, and for much of that period by a single family (the Daleys), Chicago embodies Indonesian corruption and authoritarianism (if not climate) to a point beyond the understanding of luckier Americans.  (Among other techniques of control, when a Chicago precinct captain ascertains that a voter has cast his vote the wrong way, the miscreant's garbage cans — owned by the city — are confiscated, and he's left on his own to solve the problem of family waste disposal.  Suharto never came up with anything more effective than this.)

Obama's clever campaign to constrict the flow of criticism.  Among the many costs of the Barack Obama presidency is an intentional corrosion for its own political gain of public faith in so many American institutions, among them Congress, the Supreme Court and the media.  If numerous sectors of society are feuding or distrustful of each other, then a well-controlled central authority like a chief executive can more easily rule the pieces.  It's classic Chicago politics, the way the mayor there controls the city's feuding neighborhood fiefdoms of Democrat pols and workers.

Chicago lawyer gets 15 years in big tax fraud case.  A Chicago-area lawyer and accountant labeled by the government as history's most prolific and unrepentant tax cheat was sentenced Wednesday [6/25/2014] to 15 years in prison, and the judge bemoaned the "incredible greed" of some of America's wealthiest people for taking advantage of the tax shelters he peddled.





The Center for American Progress

The Center for American Progress' War on Veterans.  Time Magazine has described the Center for American Progress as "Obama's Idea Factory" and it is clearly the source of the idea that responsible spending involves cutting health care benefits for veterans while pumping another 1.3 billion dollars into a Muslim Brotherhood run Egypt.  The Tricare cuts are supposed to save 1.8 billion dollars, which we could just as easily save by eliminating aid to Egypt and Pakistan.

We Need Green Money, Not Green Jobs.  Van Jones is back, reconstructed and rehabilitated. ... The Center for American Progress announcement says he'll be a senior fellow and leader with its Green Opportunity Initiative.  CAP was founded by rich liberals who thought the left needed a think tank like conservatives have (as they concluded they needed talk radio, and hence founded the now defunct Air America).  One of the major sources of funding of CAP was Marion and Herbert Sandler who got rich building Golden West Financial selling Adjustable Rate Mortgages with teaser rates to unsophisticated buyers.  Yes, the very greedy kind of businesspeople that the Obama administration would have us believe caused our current economic crisis.

Did someone mention Van Jones?

Obama Admin. Caught Red-Handed Working with Big Wind Energy Lobbyists.  Despite calls for increased transparency and openness, recent U.S. Energy Department documents obtained through FOIA requests and reported by The Chicago Tribune show significant collusion among Energy Department officials and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), as well as other third party special-interest groups, including the left-of-center Center for American Progress.

Released Emails Show Wind Lobby, Soros Group Helped with White House PR.  Emails recently obtained under the Freedom of Information Act — seen here for the first time — show how political influence and lobbyists are shaping Obama administration policy and public relations.  The emails show that the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) coordinated their response to a damning Spanish report on "green jobs" with wind industry lobbyists and the Center for American Progress (the progressive think tank founded by John Podesta and funded by George Soros).

Did someone mention wind energy?

CBS Slams Exxon for Not Drilling More.  After all the media hand-wringing the past few months over imploding financial institutions, they might praise ExxonMobil for taking care of it shareholders first and keeping ample reserve funds, rather than running on risky investments and toxic assets.  "Consumer advocate" Dan Weiss closed the story saying, "Big oil is swimming in profits with money drained from the pockets of American families."  CBS mentioned he was a senior fellow at the "Center For American Progress" yet neglected to mention that it is an avowedly liberal think tank.  The founder of CFAP is former Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta.

ACORN Allies Scheme to Distract from Corruption Allegations.  John Podesta's left-wing Center for American Progress Action Fund has invited many liberal and radical groups to a meeting Thursday morning [5/28/2009] to discuss how to use rhetorical misdirection to take the focus off ACORN's increasingly well publicized corruption.

News media barred from ACORN meeting at Center for American Progress.  Freedom of the press stopped at the door of the Center for American Progress earlier today [5/28/2009] when this reporter and a camera crew from Fox News were barred from covering a "briefing and discussion" meeting of left-wing advocacy groups worried about recent coverage of the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN).  Brian Kettenring, an ACORN spokesman, refused to allow journalists to cover the meeting, which was slated to include representatives from 10 organizations.

The Truth About ObamACORN.  At a closed-door powwow hosted Thursday [5/28/2009] at the left-leaning Center for American Progress, activists discussed how to combat a relentless stream of corruption charges from ACORN/Project Vote whistleblowers.  But it's too late for a reputation bailout.  Former Project Vote official and whistleblower Anita MonCrief has harnessed the Internet to crowd-source a massive cache of documents showing ties between Obama staff members and the supposedly "nonpartisan" ACORN operations.

Democrats Kill Provision in AmeriCorps Bill that Would Keep Funds from ACORN.  Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana) tried to stand up for civil society and taxpayers last week but his effort was shot down by liberal Democratic senators.  Vitter tried to prevent the radical direct-action group, ACORN, and its affiliates from benefitting under the odious national service legislation known as the (proposed) GIVE Act.  The bill itself, which received a glowing review from John Podesta's pro-Obama propaganda factory, the Center for American Progress, would give government money to volunteer programs and would dramatically expand the feel-good liberal program, AmeriCorps, which ACORN and other groups have used to promote their own political objectives.

Did someone mention ACORN?

'Diversity czar' takes heat over remarks.  President Obama's diversity czar at the Federal Communications Commission has spoken publicly of getting white media executives to "step down" in favor of minorities, prescribed policies to make liberal talk radio more successful, and described Hugo Chavez's rise to power in Venezuela "an incredible revolution."  Mark Lloyd's provocative comments — most made during a tenure at the liberal Center for American Progress think tank — are giving fodder to critics who say Mr. Obama has appointed too many "czars" to government positions that don't require congressional approval.

Ex-Clinton Official Ties Minneapolis Bridge Collapse to Global Warming.  A former member of the Clinton administration, and current Senior Fellow at the virtual Clinton think tank the Center for American Progress, claimed Monday that global warming might have played a factor in the collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis.

The article above was also posted under Global warming is blamed for everything.

Obama Stimulates Unions, Inflation and Debt.  The George Soros-funded Center for American Progress, which was run by Obama's Transition Project co-chair, John Podesta, said Obama would launch a "Green, Unionized Economic Recovery."  The key word was "unionized," a tip-off that public money would subsidize expansion of the labor unions that backed Obama.  One of those powerful unions, the AFL-CIO, is headed by John Sweeney, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

Aide Responsible For AF1 Flight Over NYC Lands Safely.  Louis Caldera, the head of the White House military office forced out over the controversial Air Force One photo-op over the Statue of Liberty, has become a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, The Mouth learned Wednesday [6/10/2009].  CAP, a center-left think thank founded by the well-connected John Podesta, is a repository of well-known Democratic operatives and policy wonks.

Did someone mention the Air Force One flyover?




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Barack Obama and Tony Rezko

The Audacity of Silence About Tony Rezko:  Jury selection began today in Chicago in the trial of Syrian-born businessman Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a major supporter of Barack Obama.  Two days before the 2006 elections in which Democrats won by running against a "culture of corruption," Chicago newspapers revealed that Obama purchased a home that summer for $1.6 million, but only because Rezko's wife bought an adjoining parcel for $625,000 to complete the deal.  Rezko was already under federal investigation for kickback schemes.

Barack's Favors for Corrupt Crony.  Barack Obama has admitted it was "boneheaded" to get involved in a land deal with Tony Rezko, his friend and fund-raiser.  But the media's focus on that deal has distracted from the bigger question:  Why would Obama become involved in any deal with a man like Rezko, who made his living sponging off taxpayers and corrupting public officials?  Because, by the time of the deal, the two already had a long relationship of mutual benefit.

An Obama-Rezko Primer:  Antoin "Tony" Rezko is a millionaire Chicago businessman who has long helped young politicians raise money and make connections.  Raised in Syria, he moved to Chicago to study engineering but wound up making money in real estate and fast food.  He is now on trial in federal court on mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and attempted extortion charges.

First Wright, Now Rezko.  Now that the governor of Illinois has been implicated in the schemes of Obama's friend Tony Rezko, it might be time for Obama to explain his relationship with Rezko in a major speech on the endemic political corruption that afflicts his home state of Illinois.

Obama and Rezko, the early years.  The trial of Antoin "Tony" Rezko, one-time patron to Sen. Barack Obama and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has turned lurid.  Under cross-examination by Rezko attorney Joseph Duffy, star prosecution witness Stuart Levine, a Chicago-area lawyer, is admitting to conspiracy, extortion, bribery, fraud and other bad acts while he "served" at the Illinois public school teachers pension fund board.

A Culture of Corruption:  The News Media.  What's Obama's relationship with former Weather Underground bomber William Ayers?  Over the years, Ayers has raised enormous sums of money for the Illinois senator.  What was Obama's relationship with indicted moneyman Tony Rezko?  Over the years, it's been reported that Rezko raised over $14 million for Obama's campaigns.  When Rezko was indicted, Obama returned $85,000.00 to him.  What happened to the other $13,015,000?  What's Obama's relationship with terrorist sympathizer Professor Rashid Khalidi of Columbia University?  Did Obama funnel money to his pal Rashid — money that eventually ended up in the hands of Hamas or Hezbollah terrorists?  There are other questions that these intellectual giants in the news media could at least ask, but don't hold your breath for them to actually do their jobs.

Note:
Articles below were published after Rezko's conviction on June 4, 2008.

Rezko found guilty on 16 charges, not guilty on 8.  Tony Rezko — the high-flying developer and fast-food magnate who was once a major campaign fund-raiser for Gov. Blagojevich and Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama and one of the governor's closest advisers — is now a convicted felon.

A large crowd under the bus.  Barack Obama learns a lot of things from the newspapers. … He famously learned that his pastor — the man who he says led him to the Lord, presided at his wedding and baptized his two daughters — was a hateful old bigot who had been preaching racist nonsense only when he read about it in the newspapers. … He learned that Tony Rezko, his one-time fundraiser and accommodating pal who was convicted by a Chicago jury this week of 16 counts of fraud and money laundering, was a crook and a slumlord only by reading about it in the newspapers.

Man Of Conviction.  Tony Rezko was the classic influence-peddler and the patron saint of the old politics that Barack Obama claims he wants to change.  The 16 of 24 counts of which Rezko was convicted Wednesday [6/4/2008] accused him of corrupting two state boards and using his influence in the administration of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to squeeze cash from firms seeking state business.  Yet Obama chose to do business with him.  Sen. Obama has described Rezko as just a "guy in the neighborhood." But like so many of Obama's associations, they run long and deep and indicate a disturbing lack of judgment.

Obama and his Rezko ties:  For more than five weeks during the brutal winter of 1997, tenants shivered without heat in a government-subsidized apartment building on Chicago's South Side.  It was just four years after the landlords — Antoin "Tony" Rezko and his partner Daniel Mahru — had rehabbed the 31-unit building in Englewood with a loan from Chicago taxpayers.  Rezko and Mahru couldn't find money to get the heat back on.

Obama certainly has a lot of questionable associates.  It should be stated at the outset that Obama was not involved in any of the illegal acts a Chicago jury has found Rezko guilty of committing.  But Obama is guilty of maintaining a close relationship with Rezko long after it had become clear that Rezko's primary business was buying and selling political influence for personal gain.

Why Did Obama Pay Rezko an Extra $64,000 For That Strip of Land?  Gabe Malor, over at Ace of Spades, notices Obama is using the same "he's not the man I once knew" line that he used with Jeremiah Wright.  Obama has returned $157,835 in campaign funds that Tony Rezko and his associates donated in his career.  But will he return the land that he bought from Rezko?

Sweet Home Obama:  After Rezko's 2006 conviction on 16 counts of wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering and soliciting bribes, Obama said, "This isn't the Tony Rezko I knew."  Uh-huh.  Just as he said the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, after his anti-American rants became public, was "not the person I met 20 years ago."  Obama also said of Rezko:  "I've never done any favors for him."  Oh, yes he has, as David Freddoso points out in "The Case Against Barack Obama."  And Rezko has returned the favors.

So Tell Us, Sen. Obama, 'Who Else Sent You?'.  It was, of course, inevitable.  How could any politician rise so quickly on the legendarily corrupt Chicago political scene and be as pure as Obama's devoted followers were purporting him to be?  The question in the minds of skeptics was, "Who sent you?"  Well now we're beginning to find out and it ain't pretty.

The Obamas and their Mortgage:  Beyond the question of the mortgage payments, odd coincidences and connections surround the house purchase, beyond questions already raised by the handling of the mansion's side yard, which was legally divided by the previous owner into a separate lot, and sold to Tony Rezko's wife Rita Rezko at the same time the Obamas purchased the house adjoining the yard.  If nothing else, these connections illustrate how deeply the Obamas' personal and financial lives are enmeshed in the world of Tony Rezko and the Chicago political machine.

Sen. Obama got sweet deal, too.  Another Democrat gets caught taking a sweetheart mortgage, and the Democrat, his bank and the left again insist:  Nothing to see here.  Only this time, the Democrat is presidential nominee Barack Obama, who scant months after his election to the Senate secured with his wife a $1.32 million mortgage, discounted by three-eighths of a point, from Northern Trust Bank of Illinois.  The cut-rate mortgage on their $1.65 million mansion in Chicago will save them at least $108,000, which is more than just chump change they can believe in.

Obama the Slumlord Senator.  Tony Rezko's housing company, Rezmar, raked in more than $100 million in loans from the city, state and federal government to fix up 30 Chicago buildings for low-income housing.  All of the buildings have failed financially:  As of 2007, 17 have gone into foreclosure, and 6 have been boarded up.  Meanwhile, the city of Chicago has sued Rezmar at least a dozen times for failing to heat its buildings.

The Obama/Wright/Kilpatrick Collision.  Two percent.  That's the percent of voters outside the "Motor City" that have a favorable impression of embattled Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.  You don't have to be a pollster to understand how strongly disliked Kilpatrick is throughout Michigan. … What does this have to do with Barack Obama?  Although Kilpatrick has distanced himself from Obama and Obama has distanced himself from Kilpatrick, they are both inextricably linked to Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Obama's letters for Rezko:  As a state senator, Barack Obama wrote letters to city and state officials supporting his political patron Tony Rezko's successful bid to get more than $14 million from taxpayers to build apartments for senior citizens. … The letters appear to contradict a statement last December from Obama, who told the Chicago Tribune that, in all the years he's known Rezko, "I've never done any favors for him."

Property deal takes the shine off Obama.  The hottest potential contender for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama, has come under scrutiny for his links to a shady businessman over the purchase of his $1.65 million family home in Chicago.  After winning extraordinary adulation, the honeymoon period of the senator for Illinois is coming to an end.

Internship also links Obama, Rezko.  In addition to a land deal, Sen. Barack Obama's ties to indicted dealmaker Antoin "Tony" Rezko include an internship the senator provided the son of a contributor at the request of Rezko, an Obama spokesman confirmed Saturday [12/23/2006].  John Aramanda served as an intern for Obama for about a month in 2005, said Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs.  His father is Joseph Aramanda, a Rezko business associate who was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a federal corruption case against Rezko.  Aramanda has contributed $11,500 to Obama since 2000, Gibbs said.

Ethics Questions Put Obama on the Spot.  In between the "fluff and style" news items, there have been reports of Obama's connections to Antoine "Tony" Rezko.  Rezko, who was indicted in October 2006 for a multimillion dollar kick-back scheme, has been a longtime supporter of Obama.  Rezko's companies have donated large sums to Obama's campaigns.  Rezko also hosted a fundraiser for Obama.  Completing the shady political trifecta — there's even a questionable real estate deal between the two men.

Rezko cash triple what Obama says.  During his 12 years in politics, Sen. Barack Obama has received nearly three times more campaign cash from indicted businessman Tony Rezko and his associates than he has publicly acknowledged, the Chicago Sun-Times has found.  Obama has collected at least $168,308 from Rezko and his circle.  Obama also has taken in an unknown amount of money from people who attended fund-raising events hosted by Rezko since the mid-1990s.

Update:
Obama bagman is sent to jail over $3.5m payment by British tycoon.  An undeclared $3.5 million payment from a corrupt Iraqi-British businessman has landed Barack Obama's former fundraiser behind bars.  The payment, disclosed in court papers, is the first time that Mr Obama's long-serving bagman Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a Syrian immigrant to the United States, has been linked to Nadhmi Auchi, the Iraqi-born billionaire who is one of Britain's richest men.

Iraqi Billionaire Threatens Reporters Investigating Rezko Affair.  Why aren't the American media investigating the role of British billionaire businessman Nadhmi Auchi in supplying loans to Barack Obama fundraiser Tony Rezko?  Some point to media bias, but there is another factor.  Working for Auchi, who was born in Iraq, attorneys from London law firm Carter-Ruck have for several months been flooding American and British newspapers and websites with letters demanding removal of material they deem "defamatory" to their client.

The Obama Platform Dive:  Senator Empty Suit DQs.  There's the lingering triple play of scandals:  Obama's vote and speech against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act that stuns and repulses even moderate pro-choicers; his ties to Bill Ayers and the ongoing cover-up of the documents surrounding that relationship by the University of Illinois; and of course now that houses are at the top of the news cycle, the Obamas' sweetheart house deal with crooked financier and Obama mentor Tony Rezko.  That's ten weeks worth of scandal floated in one day. … Then yesterday, Obama praises the "vastly superior" infrastructure of China.

Rezko Singing: Obama Sweating?  The news out of Chicago is not good for Governor Rod Blagojevich.  Convicted Chicago political operator Antoin "Tony" Rezko is talking to prosecutors about what he knows as far as corruption in Illinois and Chicago politics.  Believe me, it's plenty.

Obama fundraiser, convicted of fraud, spills beans.  Jailed political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko, the Chicago real estate developer who helped launch Barack Obama on his political career, is whispering secrets to federal prosecutors about corruption in Illinois and the political fallout could be explosive.

This article goes into great detail, if you're interested.
Clever Real Estate Strategies for Politicians:  The story about Senator Obama's house purchase is well known.  On June 15, 2005, Barack and Michelle Obama closed on a new house in the historic Kenwood district of Chicago for $1,650,000, or $300,000 below the listed asking price.  On the same day, Rita Rezko, the wife of Tony Rezko, closed on the adjacent vacant lot for $625,000, which was the full listed asking price.  The Obamas subsequently purchased a 1,500-sqft strip of land from the Rezkos on January 11, 2006 for $104,166, increasing the side lot buffer between their properties.  The media confronted Senator Obama about these transactions because Tony Rezko was under federal investigation at the time for political pay-to-play schemes.  In 2008, Rezko was convicted of fraud, money laundering, and aiding and abetting bribery for government business.

Were Obama's own mortgage documents signed by a 'robo-signer'?  A consumer advocacy Web site has obtained some mortgage paperwork for President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama's home in Chicago.  The documents, which show that the couple's mortgage of $210,000 was fully paid on May 10, 2005, are signed by a Chase Home Finance vice president Marshe Craine.  The interesting thing about the documents is that Craine's signature on court documents related to other people's homes looks radically different from the version on the Obamas' paperwork.  In other, unrelated cases, attorneys for homeowners have accused loan processing companies of allowing employees to forge other people's signatures.

While Barack Obama talks, Tony Rezko sings.  A footnote at the bottom of one page in the 76-page Blagojevich complaint confirms Rezko is cooperating with the FBI, news that could cause an increase in the pre-holiday consumption of Mylanta by other Chicago pols.  Rezko was known as the money man or cashier to see about state jobs through the governor's office.  He's known Obama since the early '90s, tried to hire him, did hire the law firm Obama worked for, became partners with the owner of that firm, advised Obama on buying his Hyde Park home and sold him a slice of the adjacent lot.

Is This the End of Rezko... or Only the Beginning?  Will the Chicago Machine corruption story break wide open in 2010?  If you think Chicago crook and long-time Obama buddy Antoin Rezko is serving out his jail sentence, think again.

Where in the world is Tony Rezko?  Why is Antoin "Tony" Rezko under lock and key at an undisclosed location, like some sort of CIA-renditioned al Qaeda operative?  And why hasn't he been sentenced yet?  As the June 3 corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich for allegedly trying to sell Obama's former Illinois Senate seat approaches, the whereabouts of the former Blago and Obama fundraiser is literally a state secret.

Rezko sentencing delayed.  Sentencing was postponed today [1/6/2011] for a tired and gaunt-looking Antoin "Tony" Rezko in case he still testifies at the retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, scheduled to begin in April.  However his attorney made it clear that he is not willing to wait beyond September.

Obama's Sordid Past Back in the News.  The press has focused heavily on [Donald Trump's] criticism of Obama on the subject of his birth certificate, an issue first raised by supporters of Hillary Clinton that continues to dog the president.  But there were other comments by Trump last week that caught my attention, specifically Obama's ties to Antoin "Tony" Rezko and William Ayers.

Where's Tony Rezko?  Thomas R. Bennett, who has been following the retrial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for the Nuclear Chicago blog, accuses U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of "sandbagging" and "running egregious political interference to both benefit and protect Team Obama" for not calling fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko to the stand as a government witness.

Tony Rezko sentenced to 10-1/2 years in kickback scheme.  A federal judge sentenced Tony Rezko to 10½ years in prison Tuesday [11/22/2011], describing his actions under Rod Blagojevich's tenure as "selfish and corrupt."  Rezko, 56, has already served about 44 months.

Ex-fundraiser Tony Rezko sentenced to 10.5 years in corruption case.  Tony Rezko, a prominent political fundraiser with ties to former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and President Barack Obama, was sentenced Tuesday to 10-and-a-half years in prison for his 2008 conviction on corruption charges, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.  Rezko, 56, will receive credit for the nearly 44 months he has served behind bars since he was convicted in 2008.

Rezko Sentenced to 10½ Years, Media Ignore It And/Or His Ties to Obama.  Depending on which news outlet you rely on for current events, you may not have heard that convicted Chicago real estate developer Tony Rezko was sentenced to 10½ years in prison Tuesday [11/22/2011].  On top of this, unless you read [a] report from Reuters, you mightn't have known just how connected he was to a junior senator from Illinois who just so happens to be the President of the United States.

Obama escaped Rezko's orbit.  Although it did not go unreported, convicted Chicago political influencer Tony Rezko's 10-year prison sentence was treated as an afterthought during the short Thanksgiving workweek.  Also an afterthought:  the amazing facility with which President Obama has completely escaped Rezko's orbit in the liberal mainstream media's standard narrative.  From the coverage he gets now, you would hardly know that Rezko dined with the current president of the United States on occasion, and even hosted him at his vacation home.  You might forget that Rezko was one of Obama's most important donors.

Chicago Sun Times Does Hit-and-Run on Obama-Rezko Payoff Lead.  Last July, two Chicago Sun-Times reporters noted an allegation of "payments made by Rezko to Obama" that surfaced in a deposition involving former Rezko business partner Daniel T. Frawley.  Since then, the only follow-up coverage from the Sun-Times has been the sound of crickets.  An article dated July 11, 2011, entitled "Ex-Rezko partner's sentencing delayed," announced that Daniel Frawley's sentencing for bank fraud had been postponed, yet again.  He came up for sentencing again this week, and — surprise! — there's been another postponement.

Book: Blagojevich said he believed $25,000 was channeled to Obama.  An upcoming book about Rod Blagojevich says undercover tape-recordings caught the former governor saying he had heard that convicted influence peddler Antoin "Tony" Rezko secretly channeled $25,000 in cash to Barack Obama, but federal authorities did not deem the claim credible.

Did Senator Obama dodge taxes on a $400,000 gift from Tony Rezko?  Last February, a website focused on Chicago corruption reported that a former business partner of Tony Rezko gave Rezko $400K that Rezko gave to then Senator Barack Obama.  The accusation relied on information provided by the star witness in a Chicago corruption case dating back to the early 1990's.

Obama Golfed in Hawaii with Former Rezko Crony.  While on vacation in Hawaii this month, President Obama played golf with Allison Davis, a former business partner of Tony Rezko who also helped give Obama his start in the legal profession.  Rezko is the former Obama associate and fundraiser who was convicted of corruption and fraud and currently sits in prison.




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