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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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16 Responses to “Who Is Barack Obama?”

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  2. smithevne said

    Did any of you actually know who Barack Obama was before he announced his candidacy?
    Did you know who Joe Biden, John McCain, or Sarah Palin were?
    If you did know who they were, how did you know?
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  3. dimmyholo himmy said

    If Obama wins the 2008 Democratic Primary Election, I believe that race will act as a huge barrier against Obama. Many whites might vote for Obama in the Blue States. But in the Red States, he will only get support from white Democrats and not white Republicans. Not only are Red States known to be very prejudiced towards blacks, they account for the majority of the Republican population. Because Obama is more liberal than Hilary, he does not stand a chance against McCain in winning any Red States. Also, most Red States support the war in Iraq, which means McCain is heavily favored to win nearly all of the South and Midwest over Obama.
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  4. Himminy jolly said

    I feel like I’m the only one who thinks Obama is the best bet for this country. Is it because I live in the republican state of Georgia?.
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    Hey I really need dome help my civics teacher want me to find out who obama is selecting for his cabinet member and i having a little trouble do anyone knows ??

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  6. documetnsithemes said

    Did you know who Joe Biden, John McCain, or Sarah Palin were?

    If you did know who they were, how did you know?

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  7. moffonachilli said

    Hey I really need dome help my civics teacher want me to find out who obama is selecting for his cabinet member and i having a little trouble do anyone knows ??

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  8. Dimmgol osso said

    Republican and Democratic opponents will stoop to make any claim or assertion that their market testing and focus groups show will work. It doesn’t matter whether the assertion is mostly true, is based on a believable lie, or is totally absurd.Americans, by and large, still follow the “one drop rule” and consider Obama black. The question is meant as a shorthand message, and the message is different to different groups of voters.Some blacks may believe that Obama is not really part of the black community because he is Harvard lawyer and that as a senator, he’s a member of the white establishment. Other blacks may believe that the fact that his mother was white and he was raised by white grandparents means he cannot relate to the experiences of most blacks. To whites who are racist this question highlights the fact that he is black, in case they’ve temporarily forgotten LOL.
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    Now there is this person In America everyone is talking about and his name is Barack Obama. Who is he and why is everyone talking about him?
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  11. clerins madona said

    How intelligent are the presidents, such as Bush and Obama whom went to Harvard and are very intelligent?
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    Noonan claims that Americans see Obama & they see a mystery. Is she wrong or right? What do you think?
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  13. niccyyjonny said

    Brack Obama is so good leader to united state America ..He is young leader..and better performance to his country .
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  14. dpantelis said

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  15. saumlens madona said

    Everyone seems to concern themselves when obama was dressed in Kenyan garb and he had his head bowed in prayer with some Kenyan official.
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