The Washington Examiner has an in-depth series doing the work the legacy media refuses to do, The Obama You Don’t Know.
Here is an excerpt from the Introduction:
In an effort to get a clearer picture of Obama — his shaping influences, his core beliefs, his political ambitions and his accomplishments — The Washington Examiner conducted a four-month inquiry, interviewing dozens of his supporters and detractors in Chicago and elsewhere, and studying countless court transcripts, government reports and other official documents.
Over the years and in two autobiographies, Obama has presented himself to the world as many things, including radical community organizer, idealistic civil rights lawyer, dynamic reformer in the Illinois and U.S. senates, and, finally, the cool presidential voice of postpartisan hope and change.
With his air of reasonableness and moderation, he has projected a remarkably likable persona. Even in the midst of a historically dirty campaign for re-election, his likability numbers remain impressive, as seen in a recent AP-GFK Poll that found 53 percent of adults have a favorable view of him.
But beyond the spin and the polls, a starkly different picture emerges. It is a portrait of a man quite unlike his image, not a visionary reformer but rather a classic Chicago machine pol who thrives on rewarding himself and his friends with the spoils of public office, and who uses his position to punish his enemies.
Obama is the consummate phony, a trait I addressed in my very first blog post on October 12, 2008, Obama is “Door No. 2″:
Obama may be a post-racial healer, or he may be someone who carefully uses race and false accusations of racism to advance his political career. Obama may not have known about Jeremiah Wright’s political race-baiting, or he may have known but not cared. Obama may be someone who views this country as inherently good, or he may secretly share the views of his political enabler, William Ayers, that this country is inherently bad. We may know Obama better than Jeremiah Wright and William Ayers know Obama, or we may not know Obama at all….
Just about the only thing we know about Obama is what he has told us about himself. To inquire deeper invites accusations that one is a “smear merchant” and using “racially tinged subtexts.”
And again before the election in A Harvard Trial Lawyer for McCain:
Barack Obama also is the deep thinker who ponders great things. And the thing that Barack Obama seems to ponder most is his own greatness. He doesn’t write biographies, he writes only autobiographies. He gives speeches which he declares to be historic. He recognizes his place in history long before he has created history. This nation is but a stage upon which Barack Obama creates his life story, and it’s all about him.
Nowhere was Obama’s charade more evident to me than in his use of race as a political weapon (October 15, 2008):
The suppression of legitimate political expression through false accusations of racism by the Obama campaign and its supporters is the defining theme of the 2008 campaign. This tactic, while it may be successful, is shameful and has damaged our society in ways we may not understand for years.
Read the entire Examiner article, it fills in so many of the details proving that what I sensed to be true about Obama in October 2008 was so, so much worse:
- Chapter I: A childhood of privilege, not hardship
- Chapter II: The myth of the ‘rock-star professor’
- Chapter III: The 1997 speech that launched Obama
- Chapter IV: For the slumlord’s defense, Barack Obama, Esq.
- Chapter V: Obama’s toughest critics on the Left
- Chapter VI: The poor people Obama left behind
- Chapter VII: The myth of Obama as state Senate reformer
- Chapter VIII: Obama’s state pension scheme
- Chapter IX: The Arab-American network behind Obama
- Chapter X: Obama brings Chicago politics to Washington
Obama’s personal and political narrative is fiction, and not good fiction at that.