Do You Know the Real Barack Obama

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Do You Know the Real Barack Obama?

By Carol Platt Liebau

As the 2008 presidential campaign hurtles into its final days, John
McCain confronts a choice: He can either start telling the public about
the real Barack Obama, or he can lose.

For much of his career, McCain has been a media darling. He could
count on the press to carry his water as long as he was a “maverick”
Republican, driving more conservative members of his party crazy. But
as he surely knows by now, when it comes to Barack Obama and the press,
all bets are off. In covering Obama, the press has adopted a “don’t
ask/don’t tell” policy designed to boost the least-vetted, least-known
candidate ever to seek the presidency. It isn’t by accident that the
media has denied all less-than-glowing stories about Obama the kind of
consistent, sustained coverage that allows them to penetrate public
consciousness.

 

If McCain is going to have a chance at winning, he must make sure
that the public becomes thoroughly acquainted with the real Barack
Obama – the most radical presidential nominee ever. And because the
press evidently intends to abdicate its responsibility to acquaint
voters with the less-popular parts of Obama’s record, he’ll have to
rely on paid advertising to do it.

For starters, McCain should consider running a series of “Did You
Know” ads about Barack Obama. He should ask voters, “Did you know that:

Barack Obama has multiple ties to those responsible for the present economic crisis?:

Franklin Raines, the immediate past CEO of Fannie Mae – who has collected a $90 million golden parachute while
driving Fannie into the ground – has advised Obama on housing issues.

Jim Johnson, yet another former Fannie Mae CEO, resigned from
Obama’s vice presidential search team when it was revealed he had
received a sweetheart home mortgage deal.

Despite serving in the Senate for only four years, Obama himself
has been the second-largest recipient of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
largesse in the entire Congress, ahead even of former presidential
candidate John Kerry, who’s spent two decades in the Senate?

Obama’s long-time political ally, radical group ACORN, played a key
role in pressuring banks to offer loans to those who were unlikely to
be able to pay them back. ACORN has taken credit for pressuring banks
to accept undocumented income as a basis for offering loans, for
offering loans without using credit scores, and for making 100%
financed loans available to low-income people.

There is more, of course. Do voters know:

That, in apparent defiance of federal election law, the Obama
campaign refuses to identify individual donors who have provided almost
half the funds for his campaign, including obvious fakes like “Mr. Good
Will” and “Mr. Doodad Pro”? And that 11,500 donations to his campaign –
totaling almost $34 million – may have come from overseas? Or that two
Palestinians living in a Hamas-controlled refugee camp spent $31,300 in
Obama’s online store? Who are all these people, and why won’t the Obama
campaign obey the law and identify them?

That Jeremiah Wright wasn’t Obama’s first radical mentor? As a
young man in Hawaii, Obama had a quasi-filial relationship with radical
Frank Marshall Davis – an avowed member of the Communist Party of the
USA. In fact, in his memoirs, Obama concedes that he attended
“socialist conferences” and encountered Marxist literature. (Now
imagine the outcry if a Republican presidential candidate had such ties
to a Nazi).

That the People’s Weekly World – the official newspaper of the
Communist Party of the USA – has rhapsodized about Obama’s presidential
campaign, calling it a “transformative candidacy that would advance
progressive politics for the long term”? (Think about how the press
would react if a fascist newspaper heaped such praise on McCain.)

That Obama has routinely tried to intimidate his critics into
silence? His political organization spearheaded a massive campaign
against a Chicago radio show that invited one of his critics to appear
– even after being asked (and refusing) to send a representative to
balance the program, hosted by a non-partisan University of Chicago
psychology professor. Worse, his campaign sought to chill free speech
by establishing a “truth squad” of Missouri prosecutors and sheriffs,
which threatened a “vigorous response” to any ad presenting information
about Obama that they deemed to be “inaccurate.” And there are other
examples.

That even as America struggles to “bail out” our own struggling
economy, Obama backs a global bailout? His Global Poverty Initiative
would assess $2500 per taxpayer, according to Investor’s Business
Daily, to fund a global war on poverty administered by the UN and its
agencies.

That despite touting his academic credentials as a rationale for
initiating a campaign for president just two years after leaving the
Illinois state legislature, Obama refuses to release either his college
or his law school transcripts – just as he sought to keep records of
his working relationship with former terrorist Bill Ayers on The
Annenberg Challenge (a left-wing educational foundation) safely under
wraps? What is it that he doesn’t want voters to know?

Repeatedly, we’ve heard the media denounce the “rumors” about Barack
Obama that are, supposedly, circulated on the internet exclusively by
the bigoted and the ignorant. But Americans sense that there is more to
Barack Obama than they’ve been told. Having witnessed the media’s own
bias and favoritism, they’ve come to suspect – reasonably – that even
if any of the rumors were true, the press might choose to conceal them
until the election is safely over. What’s more, they wonder: What else
is the press not telling us?

Certainly, it would be terribly wrong for John McCain to traffic in
rumors. But he doesn’t need to. The truth is more than enough. There
are facts that the American people deserve to know – and which the
press isn’t telling them. By filling in the gaps that the media has
left unmentioned, John McCain isn’t just doing himself a service. He’s
doing journalists’ job for them, and allowing Americans to make an
informed decision when they head to the polls next month.

Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest
radio talk show host based near Los Angeles. Her blog can be found at CarolLiebau.blogspot.com.
Her book, “Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and
America, Too!)” is due out later this year from Center Street/Hachette
Book Group.

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Most thinking people are dismayed that President Obama was reelected for a second term of office. Many are worried that America as we know it will be no longer, falling into socialism and become a welfare state. Many fear worse that we will fall to communism or Marxism.

The situation doesn’t look good; from all indications that is exactly where we are headed. But be not dismayed.

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