Time Magazine. Obama cover. Seven times this year ---------- unfrickinbelievable. More unbelievable is that with the media whores so in the tank for this plant, he is slip sliding away. (hat tip Carolyn)
He's down 5 points. And the American people are not yet clued in to what this empty suited commie really is.
McCain has been on the cover of time twice.
You' think with all the media attention, someone might call Oybambi out on all his lies. Nyet.
Check out the "RESUME PADDING" (Abraham Katsman and Kory Bartash
It seems that Obama recognizes that while his résumé titles are impressive, his actual accomplishments are weak. It's as if he were jockeying to be the next company CEO with little to show for his prior high-profile management positions. So, he does what anyone else does who has spent years coasting on charisma without doing any heavy work: he pads his résumé--stretching the truth here, stealing credit there, and creating the illusion of achievement during his lackadaisical, undistinguished tenure in previous jobs.
A few examples? Take Obama's first general election ad. We are told that Obama "passed laws" that "extended healthcare for wounded troops who'd been neglected," with a citation at the bottom to only one Senate bill: The 2008 Defense Authorization Bill, which passed the Senate by a 91-3 vote. Six Senators did not vote-including Obama. Nor is there evidence that he contributed to its passage in any material way. So, his claim to have "passed laws" amounts to citing a bill that was largely unopposed, that he didn't vote for, and whose passage he didn't impact. Even his hometown Chicago Tribune caught this false claim. It's classic résumé-padding--falsely taking credit for the work of others.
Or take one of Obama's standard lines: his claim of "twenty years of public service." As pundit Michael Medved has pointed out, the numbers don't add up. Shall we count? Three years in the US Senate (two of which he's spent running for President), plus seven years in the Illinois State Senate (a part-time gig, during which time he also served as a law professor) equals, at most, ten. Even if we generously throw in his three years as a "community organizer" (whatever that means, let's count it as public service), that still adds up to just thirteen.
Obama's other activities since 1985 have included Harvard Law School, writing two autobiographies (including several months writing in Bali), prestigious summer law firm jobs, three years as an associate at a Chicago law firm, and twelve years part-time on the University of Chicago Law School faculty. As Medved notes, it takes quite the ego to consider any of those stints "public service." Which of them is Obama including?
Obama made yet another inflated boast last month during his visit to Israel. At his press conference in Hamas rocket-bombarded Sderot, Obama talked up "his" efforts to protect Israel from Iran:
"Just this past week, we passed out of the US Senate Banking Committee - which is my committee - a bill to call for divestment from Iran as way of ratcheting up the pressure to ensure that they don't obtain a nuclear weapon." (Emphasis added.)
Nice try. But as even CNN noted, Obama is not even on that committee. That is one peculiar "mistake" to simply have made by accident. Again, his claiming credit for the work of others just looks like clumsy, transparent résumé embellishment.
Would someone with Obama's stellar list of job titles resort to making stuff up? He seems to think he has to. In spite of the many impressive positions he's held, he's done almost nothing with them. If he wants to claim specific, relevant accomplishments, his only resort is to stretching the truth.
Look at his record: he's now completed over half of a Senate term; yet, is there even one signature issue he has taken hold of, other than his own presidential run? Similarly, as the New York Times recently pointed out, Obama spent twelve years on the University of Chicago Law School faculty--singularly famous for its intellectual ferment and incubator of scholarship--and produced not even a single scholarly paper. He was President of Harvard Law Review, but wrote nothing himself. Even as a state legislator for seven years-or community organizer for three years, there is little that shows his imprint. OK, to be fair, he did write two books. About himself.
For all his glowing job titles, Obama has never gotten much done. Is it any wonder that his spokesmen respond with sweeping generalities when asked what Obama has actually accomplished relevant to the presidency?
Obama has held several serious positions from which a serious man could have made a serious impact. But Obama made none. He remains a man of proven charisma, but unproven skill--and not for lack of opportunity. He's treated his offices as if they were high school student council positions-fun to run for, fun to win, affirmations of popularity, heady recognition from superiors, good resume-builders for stepping up to the next position of power, and…well, that's about it-actual accomplishments are not expected; heavy lifting is never on the agenda.
Read it all.
UPDATE: And Obama's powerful terrorist friends. Carolyn sent this as well,"Stanley Kurtz has just had the door slammed in his face by the University of Illinois at Chicago which first consented - then flatly refused - to allow Kurtz to see the records of the most important post Obama ever held before becoming US Senator - i.e., chairman of the "Chicago Annenberg Challenge" committee. Obama was its chairman - handpicked by the person who started that committee, the same person who was responsible for the committee's endowment of $49.2 million which was earmarked for the schools of Chicago.
And who was the 'person' who started that committee, got that money and chose Obama to oversee its disbursement? Why, it's none other than former Weatherman terrorist, bomb-exploding Bill Ayers. Countless people lost their lives because of the Weathemen - which was why Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn (a die-hard member of the same Weathermen) had to flee to the underground for over a decade to escape prison. But is Ayers contrite? Hell, no. To the contrary, Ayers told the New York Times that he was only sorry he hadn't been able to explode more bombs when he had the chance. And as for loyalty to America? The thought just makes Ayers 'want to puke'. It also makes him want to stomp on the flag - which is actually what he did in 2001 when he stood arrogant and smirking for the camera with his boots stomping on the American flag he'd tossed to the ground.
Yeah, it seems quite clear that this Ayers is NOT the type of person which patriotic American voters would be enthused about. Which is why Obama has consistently stressed that, well, you know, he really doesn't know the guy. As Obama puts it, Ayers is just 'a guy who lives in my neighborhood'.
Problem is, however, that Obama was 'in the neighborhood' with Ayers for a full 6 years (from 1995 to 2001) while both served on that important committee - the "Chicago Annenberg Challenge". In fact, Obama not only served, he was the chairman. And it wasn't an obscure budget he was working with, either. The committee's $49.2 million grant was the largest private donation ever given - and Ayers was the person who secured that 'largest private donation'. So - if the chairman (Obama) claims he doesn't know the most important man on that committee, despite serving for 6 years on same committee, well, then taffy is being pulled.
Of course, Obama could be telling the truth - but the only proof of that would be found in the historical documents of that committee. All of which are currently housed in the library of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Stanley Kurtz, Senior Fellow of the "Ethics and Public Policy Center" got permission to see those documents. Only to mysteriously have that permission yanked away just before he boarded the plane to fly to Chicago and peruse those same documents.
The article below is a detailed account of his frustrating attempt to find out the past of this man called Obama who, on November 4th, wants all of us to put him in the Oval Office."
Chicago Annenberg Challenge Shutdown?
A cover-up in the making?
By Stanley KurtzThe problem of Barack Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers will not go away. Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn were terrorists for the notorious Weather Underground during the turbulent 1960s, turning fugitive when a bomb — designed to kill army officers in New Jersey — accidentally exploded in a New York townhouse. Prior to that, Ayers and his cohorts succeeded in bombing the Pentagon. Ayers and Dohrn remain unrepentant for their terrorist past. Ayers was pictured in a 2001 article for Chicago magazine, stomping on an American flag, and told the New York Times just before 9/11 that the notion of the United States as a just and fair and decent place "makes me want to puke." Although Obama actually launched his political career at an event at Ayers's and Dohrn's home, Obama has dismissed Ayers as just "a guy who lives in my neighborhood," and "not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis." For his part, Ayers refuses to discuss his relationship with Obama.
Although the press has been notably lax about pursuing the matter, the full story of the Obama-Ayers relationship calls the truth of Obama's account seriously into question. When Obama made his first run for political office, articles in both the Chicago Defender and the Hyde Park Herald featured among his qualifications his position as chairman of the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a foundation where Ayers was a founder and guiding force. Obama assumed the Annenberg board chairmanship only months before his first run for office, and almost certainly received the job at the behest of Bill Ayers. During Obama's time as Annenberg board chairman, Ayers's own education projects received substantial funding. Indeed, during its first year, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge struggled with significant concerns about possible conflicts of interest. With a writ to aid Chicago's public schools, the Annenberg challenge played a deeply political role in Chicago's education wars, and as Annenberg board chairman, Obama clearly aligned himself with Ayers's radical views on education issues. With Obama heading up the board and Ayers heading up the other key operating body of the Annenberg Challenge, the two would necessarily have had a close working relationship for years (therefore "exchanging ideas on a regular basis"). So when Ayers and Dorhn hosted that kickoff for the first Obama campaign, it was not a random happenstance, but merely further evidence of a close and ongoing political partnership. Of course, all of this clearly contradicts Obama's dismissal of the significance of his relationship with Ayers.
This much we know from the public record, but a large cache of documents housed in the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), is likely to flesh out the story. That document cache contains the internal files of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. The records in question are extensive, consisting of 132 boxes, containing 947 file folders, a total of about 70 linear feet of material. Not only would these files illuminate the working relationship between Obama and Bill Ayers, they would also provide significant insight into a web of ties linking Obama to various radical organizations, including Obama-approved foundation gifts to political allies. Obama's leadership style and abilities are also sure to be illuminated by the documents in question.
Unfortunately, I don't yet have access to the documents. The Special Collections section of the Richard J. Daley Library agreed to let me read them, but just before I boarded my flight to Chicago, the top library officials mysteriously intervened to bar access. Circumstances strongly suggest the likelihood that Bill Ayers himself may have played a pivotal role in this denial. Ayers has long taught at UIC, where the Chicago Annenberg Challenge offices were housed, rent-free. Ayers likely arranged for the files of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge to be housed in the UIC library, and may well have been consulted during my unsuccessful struggle to gain access to the documents. Let me, then, explain in greater detail what the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) records are, and how I have been blocked from seeing them.
UPDATE:Fausta has the Video of Ayers interview at the Chavista Miranda Institute in Caracas, 2006 here: Small wonder the Annenberg files remain under lock an key.