Detroit Mayor, and vocal Barack Obama supporter, Kwame Kilpatrick is being investigated for perjury: to deflect the serious charges against him, Kilpatrick has claimed the investigation is all about racism.
Among the pork-barrel spending requests Barack Obama has made since arriving in the U.S. Senate is $1 million for the hospital where his wife worked at the time and $8 million for weapons technology made by a big defense contractor with close ties to a major fundraiser.
In a sermon delivered at Howard University, Barack Obama’s longtime minister, friend and adviser blamed America for starting the AIDS virus, training professional killers, importing drugs and creating a racist society that would never elect a black candidate president.
Considering this view of America, it’s not surprising that in December Mr. Wright’s church gave an award to Louis Farrakhan for lifetime achievement. In the church magazine, Trumpet, Mr. Wright spoke glowingly of the Nation of Islam leader. “His depth on analysis [sic] when it comes to the racial ills of this nation is astounding and eye-opening,” Mr. Wright said of Mr. Farrakhan. “He brings a perspective that is helpful and honest.”
You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror.” –interview with CBS News’ Katie Couric, Sept. 6, 2006
HillBuzz loves when Bush says things this obvious. Sort of like, “murder is bad”.
March 13, 2008, 2:20 pm
A Sermon’s Echoes Threaten Obama
By Chris Suellentrop
News stories by ABC News and Fox News on the sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s pastor at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, are creating a stir in blogland. ABC News leads with Wright saying, in 2003, “God damn America” (“for killing innocent people,” “for treating our citizens as less than human,” and “for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme”). Fox leads with a more recent sermon, from January, in support of Obama’s candidacy, and a Christmas sermon in which, Fox’s Jeff Goldblatt writes, “Wright tried to compare Obama’s upbringing to Jesus at the hands of the Romans.”
Roger L. Simon, the screenwriter and mystery novelist, thinks the sermons are a big deal. “As we all know, we don’t choose our family, but Obama chose this racist demagogue as his pastor for decades. It’s not funny,” Simon writes on his personal blog. “It could do for Obama what Willie Horton did for Dukakis,” Simon later adds. “But unlike the Willie Horton ad, Obama will deserve this. Horton was a mistake by Dukakis that any of us could have made. Jeremiah Wright was Obama’s personal choice for years.”
National Review’s Jim Geraghty points to one reason why Wright’s sermons might stay in the news longer than remarks by Geraldine Ferraro or Samantha Power: “Rev. Jeremiah Wright has no official position with the Obama campaign, and it’s almost a shame, because that means he can’t resign to distance himself from the candidate.”
But Taylor Marsh, a radio talk-show host who is a strong Hillary Clinton supporter, points to a reason why Wright’s sermons shouldn’t be used against Obama. “For perspective, I certainly do not agree with everything my pastors have said on Sunday,” Marsh writes on her blog. “I also know too many ‘cafeteria’ Catholics, some in my own family, who pick and choose from the doctrines of their faith.”
These people are creepy
Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and Pitttsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, two major Western Pennsylvania politicos who had yet to endorse, will come out for Hillary Clinton tomorrow, a campaign source confirms.
* If Obama does not win Pittsburgh, he will lose Pennsylvania by a large margin. His only chance of winning the state is to win the Pittsburgh area. He will be strong in Philadelphia, but if he does not win Pittsburgh in the west of the state, he will lose the blue collar voters by a large margin.
A Military Earmark’s Ties to Obama Money Man
By Matthew MoskSen.
Barack Obama requested $8 million for a military defense contractor that has close ties to one of his most prodigious fundraisers.
Obama disclosed the 2006 request on a long list of earmark requests his campaign made public today. The $8 million was for something called a “High Explosive Air Burst Technology Program.” The request led to $1.3 million in funding for the program. According to the campaign’s earmark disclosure, the defense project was overseen by General Dynamics, one of the nation’s largest military contractors. Obama’s Illinois finance chairman, James S. Crown, serves on the company’s board of directors and his family holds a sizable stake in the company.
Crown and his wife Paula Crown are members of Obama’s National Finance Committee and have raised more than $200,000 for the Obama campaign, according to a list of fundraisiers posted on Obama’s campaign web site.
The Obama campaign had already made public his 2007 funding requests, but had for months resisted requests to share letters written earlier in his tenure to budget committees.
Obama’s release of his earmark requests today came with a challenge for Sen. Hillary Clinton to do the same.
“Bringing real change requires changing the way we do business in Washington,” said Obama for America communications director Robert Gibbs.
Talk about change you can believe in!
Details of a possible delegate plan under discussion:
–Michigan’s 156 delegates would be split 50-50 between Clinton and Obama.
–Florida’s existing delegates would be seated at the Denver convention—but with half a vote each. That would give Clinton a net gain of about 19 elected delegates.
– The two states’ superdelegates would then be able to vote in Denver, likely netting Clinton a few more delegates.
The betting: Florida and Michigan delegates, the DNC, and the Clinton campaign would all — some reluctantly– accept this deal.
Then it would be over to you, Barack Obama.
“I am here to make an announcement that this Thursday, ticket counters and airplanes will fly out of Ronald Reagan Airport.” –Washington, D.C., Oct. 3, 2001
Not sure about you, but HillBuzz would prefer flying in the airplanes, thank you very much.