"Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said through a spokesman he wasn't responsible for monitoring the work"
NO RECORD. Well perhaps that was overstating it. The little this man did (and that is a good thing) was destruction and corrupt. He voted "present" (barely) over 130 times - G-d forbid he took I stand - so it is his work as a State Senator and communitay organizer suffers mercilessly under scrutiny.
Rezko and Obama funneled taxpayer dollars into the pockets of thieves and built a score so bad the buildings now face demolition. He built housing for the poor that was so bad it killed babies, So bad the roofs collapsed, suffered fire damage, and mice scamper through the halls. Battered mailboxes hang open. Sewage backs up into kitchen sinks.And remember, Obama pushed hard to finance these projects back in the 1990's
He is so incompetent, this icon of corruption took 100k for a garden and paid off his lackeys. yech.
The man wouldn't get a garden built, are we supposed to hand him the keys to the Kingdom and all that treasure? And what, pray tell would he do with it? Apparently eh wants to create an army of lackeys, ""[W]e are going to grow our foreign service, open consulates that have been
shuttered and double the size of the Peace Corps by 2011 to renew our
diplomacy," said Obama. "We cannot to continue to rely only on our military in
order to achieve the national security objectives that we have set. We have got
to have a civilian national security force that is just as powerful, just as
strong, just as well funded."
(Staggering, read it all at IBA)
Obama's $100,000 garden grant wasted Chicago Sun-Times hat tip service
He vowed to 'work tirelessly' to build an oasis for Englewood. It never happened.
As a state senator, Barack Obama gave $100,000 in state money to a campaign volunteer who failed to deliver on a plan to create a botanic garden in one of Chicago's most blighted neighborhoods.
Obama -- who was running for Congress when he announced the project in 2000 -- said the green space in Englewood would build ''a sense of neighborhood pride."
Instead, what was supposed to be a six-block stretch of trees and paths is now a field of unfulfilled dreams, strewn with weeds, garbage and broken pavement.
Kenny B. Smith, whose nonprofit group got the money, said it was spent legitimately, mostly on underground site preparation. But he admitted Thursday that the garden is a lost cause because other government money never came through.
"We gave up," said Smith, who heads the Chicago Better Housing Association. "It was a losing battle."
Smith -- an early Obama supporter who gave $550 to his state and congressional campaigns -- said he gave his paperwork documenting the work to a state agency and no longer has it. A Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity spokeswoman said officials would look into the matter.
Smith blamed the site's current poor condition on construction material dumped there during the state's recent reconstruction of the Dan Ryan Expy.
But a reporter walked the site last week with a landscape architect from the Illinois Green Industry Association who found no evidence of the work Smith cited. The only major changes since 2000: A gazebo was added, and some trees were cut down.
Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said through a spokesman he wasn't responsible for monitoring the work; the staffs of Gov. Blagojevich and former Gov. George Ryan were.