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Who Is Barack Obama?

Posted by PrestoPundit on 07/31/2009

An important new article from former Justice Dept. attorney Andrew McCarthy.  Quotable:

Before January 20 of this year, Barack Obama had a negligible public record. He burst onto the national scene what seemed like five minutes before his election to the presidency: a first-term U.S. senator who actually served less than four years in that post — after a short time as a state legislator, some shadowy years as a “community organizer,” and scholastic terms at Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard that remain shrouded in mystery. The primary qualification supporters offered for Obama’s candidacy was his compelling life story, as packaged in 850 pages’ worth of the not one but two autobiographies this seemingly unaccomplished candidate had written by the age of 45.

Yet we now know that this life story is chock full of fiction. Typical and disturbing, to take just one example, is the entirely fabricated account in Dreams from My Father of Obama’s first job after college:

Eventually a consulting house to multinational corporations agreed to hire me as a research assistant. Like a spy behind enemy lines, I arrived every day at my mid-Manhattan office and sat at my computer terminal, checking the Reuters machine that blinked bright emerald messages from across the globe. As far as I could tell I was the only black man in the company, a source of shame for me but a source of considerable pride for the company’s secretarial pool. They treated me like a son, those black ladies; they told me how they expected me to run the company one day. . . . The company promoted me to the position of financial writer. I had my own office, my own secretary, money in the bank. Sometimes, coming out of an interview with Japanese financiers or German bond traders, I would catch my reflection in the elevator doors — see myself in a suit and tie, a briefcase in my hand — and for a split second I would imagine myself as a captain of industry, barking out orders, closing the deal, before I remembered who it was that I had told myself I wanted to be and felt pangs of guilt for my lack of resolve. . . .

As the website Sweetness & Light details, this is bunk. Obama did not work at “a consulting house to multinational corporations”; it was, a then-colleague of his has related, “a small company that published newsletters on international business.” He wasn’t the only black man in the company, and he didn’t have an office, have a secretary, wear a suit and tie on the job, or conduct “interviews” with “Japanese financiers or German bond traders” he was a junior copyeditor.

What’s unnerving about this is that it is so gratuitous. It would have made no difference to anyone curious about Obama’s life that he, like most of us, took a ho-hum entry-level job to establish himself. But Obama lies about the small things, the inconsequential things, just as he does about the important ones — depending on what he is trying to accomplish at any given time.

In the above fairy tale, he sought to frame his life as a morality play: the hero giving up the cushy life of the capitalist “enemy” for the virtues of community organizing. But we’ve seen this dance a hundred times. If Obama wants to strike a connection with graduating students in Moscow, he makes up a story about meeting his “future wife . . . in class” (Barack and Michelle Obama met at work). If he wants to posture about his poverty and struggle in America, he waxes eloquent about his single mother’s surviving on “food stamps” so she could use every cent to send him “to the best schools in the country” (Obama was raised by his maternal grandparents, who had good jobs and were able to pull strings to get him into an elite Hawaiian prep school). If he wants to tie himself to the civil-rights struggle of African Americans, he tells an audience in Selma, “There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma . . . so [my parents] got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born” (Obama was born in 1961, four years before the civil-rights march in Selma — by which time his parents had divorced and his mother was planning a move to Indonesia with the second of her two non-African-American husbands). If he wants to buy a home he can’t afford, he “unwittingly” collaborates with a key fundraiser (who had been publicly reported to be under federal investigation for fraud and political corruption). If he wants to sell a phony stimulus as a job-creator, he tells the country that Caterpillar has told him the stimulus will enable the company “to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off” (Caterpillar’s CEO actually said no, “we’re going to have more layoffs before we start hiring again”).

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If Obama Isn’t Muslim, then

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/03/2009

this doesn’t make any sense.

Can someone please explain to me why the President of the United States is prostrating himself before the king of the Wahhabis?

This is the weirdest act by a sitting President I’ve ever witnessed in my life.

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Thomas Sowell on

Posted by PrestoPundit on 03/31/2009

The Rookie.

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I wonder

Posted by PrestoPundit on 03/31/2009

how many people are writing President Obama, asking them to fire their own boss.

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The Cluelessness of the Elite

Posted by PrestoPundit on 03/07/2009

This is too rich not to blog.  Robinson on Buckley, Gergen and Brooks.

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“Taking Hayek Seriously”

Posted by PrestoPundit on 02/23/2009

I continue to do most of my blogging right now at the “Taking Hayek Seriously” blog.

I’ll likely continue doing that for the next month or so, as I hammer home the significance of Friedrich Hayek’s work in macroeconomics for the “idiot savants” who dominate the ivory tower of academia.  (“Idiot savant” is the term given to the products of the top economic graduate schools by one of the members of the 1989-1991 AEA Committee on Graduate Education.)

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The Two Americas

Posted by PrestoPundit on 02/05/2009

Glenn Reynolds takes a look.

Note well that most of the incidents described took place under the Bush Administration.  Thinks have gotten worse with Obama — but George Bush set modern tone.

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Name The Crap Sandwich / “Stimulus” Contest

Posted by PrestoPundit on 02/05/2009

Russ Roberts thinks we can do better than “porkulus”.

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FBI Allowed Mortgage Fraud

Posted by PrestoPundit on 01/29/2009

The FBI knew about massive mortgage fraud, but used it’s resources on other things.

On my very short street, two houses were part of a mortgage fraud scam.  The mortgage scammers paid criminals to “buy” the houses, and then let them default, at huge multi-hundred thousand dollar markups over what the scammers had originally paid for the houses.  Prostitutes lived in one of the houses, and folks who dumbed their garbage in the backyard lived in the other house.  The FBI refused to investige, the local police refused to investigate — no one cared.  It was business as usuall in America.

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