Friday, March 14, 2008

The Audacity of Earmarks

Obama certainly talks a lot about how he's all about change but the more the press actually do their job (having left it a bit late in the day to start questioning their favourite candidate's background) the more it seems that Obama is like all the rest. You might even say he's reminiscent of a young Harry Reid.

Dan Riehl notes, via Amanda Carpenter, that in the list of earmarks he requested, $1 Million was requested for the construction of a new hospital pavilion at the University Of Chicago. The request was put in in 2006.

You know who works for the University of Chicago Hospital?

Michelle Obama. She's vice president of community affairs.

As Byron noted, "In 2006, the Chicago Tribune reported that Mrs. Obama’s compensation at the University of Chicago Hospital, where she is a vice president for community affairs, jumped from $121,910 in 2004, just before her husband was elected to the Senate, to $316,962 in 2005, just after he took office."

Tie it into this and Obama loses his squeaky clean credibility. So what else is there to him- hatred of America maybe?

Just for the record, this is one of the few times where I think AP has missed the mark- Obama's attendance at the church was not only purely voluntary and long lasting- and bear in mind this is also the kind of rhetoric he thought was appropriate for his kids- but this self-same church was the one that turned on his faith. It was Wright- who preaches "God damn America"- who so impressed Obama that he joined his church.

He had sampled various faiths but adopted none until he met Mr. Wright, a dynamic pastor who preached Afrocentric theology, dabbled in radical politics and delivered music-and-profanity-spiked sermons.

Senator Obama is proud of his pastor and his church.

BTW, it puts those anti-American Michelle Obama comments in a new light too, doesn't it?

I'm not even an American citizen but I wouldn't sit through some idiot spouting nonsense like "God damn America"- so why did Obama keep going to that church for nearly 20 years?

Unless he agreed with what he was hearing that is.

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