The Friends Of Barack Obama

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The video on Father Michael Pfleger letting his freak flag fly last Sunday at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago reveals more than just a religious demagogue preening before a rabidly appreciative audience. It raises questions about the kind of company Barack Obama keeps & how said company jibes with Obama’s view of himself as being a leader who can transcend America’s racial & ideological divide.

“When Hillary was crying, and people said that was put on, I really don’t believe it was put on,” explained Fr. Pfleger. “I really believe that she just always thought, ‘This is mine! I’m Bill’s wife, I’m white, and this is mine!’….And then out of nowhere came, ‘Hey, I’m Barack Obama,’ and she said, ‘Oh, damn! Where did you come from? I’m white! I’m entitled! There’s a black man stealing my show!'”

Yep. More racist diatribes being thrown into an already volatile & highly charged political campaign. Of course Obama distanced himself from his old friend’s comments. Of course Fr. Pfleger offered words of apology. Of course Hillary Clinton declared she was shocked – shocked! – to hear such venom being spewed by a man of the cloth & declared Obama’s denunciations weren’t harsh enough to suit her.

But as the mainstream media continues its uncritical swoon (pace Wright) over Obama, other media outlets are coming up with even more information on the kinds of friends & allies that Obama would rather downplay – if not conceal – from public view. Stanley Kurtz has an interesting article on Obama’s “intimate and long-term association with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (Acorn), the largest radical group in America.” New Zealand Libertarian blogger Trevor Loudon explores Obama’s 1996 connections (… ) with the Democratic Socialists of America as well as one of America’s most prominent Marxists (… ).

Obama’s association with Tony Rezko has been downplayed by the mainstream media, dismissing the relationship as part of the realities of Chicago politics. In vain I searched for an association Obama might have had with people whose ideological views were 180 degrees away from Obama. In vain I sought to find some kind of bipartisan work done by Obama which would establish his “post-partisan” bona fides. In vain I groped for anything at all which would substantiate Obama’s boast that he was “the change we’ve been waiting for.” “Tell me who you’re friends are,” goes the old adage, “& I’ll tell you who you are.”

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