Authors: Jason Mattera
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Kyra: "So bottom line, every white president has had absolutely no swagga. Is that what you're saying? They're stuffy, uptight presidents." She laughs, as this is all a big game.
The resident black man, swagga guru T.J.: "Some would say that . . . and maybe it's not one of these things you're supposed to say, but you can go to Billy D. Williams to Shaft to whomever you want to talk about, there's just a bit of a swagga sometimes that people associate with black men." Swagga guru T.J.'s proof of Obama's swagga? "He sits courtside at basketball games; he goes out on the town; he goes out to nice dinners; he's not scared to be this young, hip guy."
Kyra finishes off the segment by giving T.J. a fist bump. How "down" you are, Kyra. Holla!
But Obama's connection to reporters hits much closer to home. David Axelrod, B.H.O.'s chief political strategist, was himself a
reporter before he segued into political consulting. His clients have ranged from the Clintons, to liberal U.S. senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut, to John "I may or may not be yo' baby daddy" Edwards, to Obama's current chief of staff, Rahm "Ballet Dancer" Emanuel (Rahmbo used to be a ballet dancer . . . Kid you not . . . Google it). David Plouffe, Obama's campaign manager, was also an embedded Democrat operative since his college days, having worked his way from Congressman Dick Gephardt's staff to Axelrod's Astroturf (artificial gassroots) operation, AKPD Message and Media. This gang knows politics, that's for sure. But they don't represent change. The mainstream media embarrassed themselves,
prostituting their journalism and surrendering their professionalism to cozy up to the "cool campaign."
But those who saw Obama close-up in Chicago knew that he came from a thugocracy and was no reformer.
columnist John Kass, a straight-shooting newspaper writer and an expert on Chicago's political machine, had this to say: "Why is Obama allowed to campaign as a reformer, virtually unchallenged by the media, though he's a product of Chicago politics and has never condemned the wholesale political corruption in his home town the way he condemns those darn Washington lobbyists?"
Kass pointed out that B.H.O. backed Mayor Richard Daley, Jr., and the thoroughly corrupt Chicago machine, never making "waves," so that he was in a position to move up the political ladder. That ladder was mounted by Illinois state Senate president Emil Jones. Just so you're aware, the Associated Press described Jones as Obama's political "Godfather" and as an "old-school politician" who "has relatives on the state payroll, steers state grants to favorite organizations and uses his clout to punish enemies and bury GOP legislation."
B.H.O. was anything but a reformer, even though the media carried that narrative for him to high heaven. In fact, some of B.H.O.'s colleagues in Illinois were pissed that Obama was allowed to take credit for nearly every high-profile piece of "reform" legislation even though he would have very little to do with it. In Chicago, such action was called "bill jacking."
One colleague described "bill jacking" as carrying "the ball 99 yards all the way to the one-yard line, and then give it to the halfback who gets all the credit and the stats in the record book."
Obama was the halfback.
B.H.O., you may have figured out, was allowed to bill-jack be
cause he needed a record to run on for the United States Senate. Sounds like Obama learned under quite the reformers, eh?
And in regard to his running for president, how can we forget Obama promising to accept public financing of the campaign, then reneging on that promise because he said the financing system was broken. Make that before Obama's campaign realized they could rake in historic levels of financing, he was all about aggressively pursuing "an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election." Not so much when he opted out.
The point is that Obama is not a man of integrity; he's a man of callousness and calculation; he and his advisers are ruthlessly savvy in getting what they want, and the mainstream media went right along like the prostitutes they are. Not only was and is Obama a doctrinaire liberal, but he's prone to mind-blowing lies and deception. The media gave Obama a pass. And they continue to do so.
At an online forum on health care, Obama said this: "There's something about August going into September where everyone in Washington gets all 'wee-weed' up." And he used
the same way you might say you "tinkled" the bed as a toddler. While Obama instantly became the butt of jokes within the blogosphere, Katie Couric took a different approach: a defense of the phrase
The aging CBS anchorwoman did a segment on "neology," which, as she defined it, is the invention of a word, or breathing new life into an old one. She then went on to give a history of presidents who've coined new terms, including Teddy Roosevelt's
and George W. Bush's
Barack Obama, she noted, introduced Americans to
Couric wondered if the phrase would make it into pop culture and the dictionary, as past
presidents were "proud" neologists.
You know it: Couric gets the Nina Burleigh award as well!
Or what about Obama's increasing power grab on private capital? Americans are voicing frustration and alarm as he hits us with record deficits and national debt, car company takeovers, and liberal, big-government forays into health care, the economy, and the environment. Americans want to be left alone, with Uncle Sam out of their wallets. Conservatives have accurately pointed out that the Messiah's policies toward nationalization are socialist. Heck, his key influences were committed and outspoken socialists. But did you know that, according to MSNBC, when conservatives call Obama a socialist, what they're really doing is calling him the n-word? If you didn't know that, have no fear, because MSNBC's Carlos Watson is here! He can find a racial epithet in an empty room. Here's good ol' Carlos doing the tired ol' race-baiting two-step:
Today I want to talk about a word that we're hearing more and more, and that's the word socialist. You hear it from a lot of conservatives these days, that's usually critiquing the President, or more broadly Democrats. And while that's certainly a legitimate critique, there certainly is an ideology that can and should be critiqued at certain times, it also sometimes is just a kind of a generic conservative bludgeoning tool. And that's all right, too, because you hear it on the Democratic side as well: rightwingnut, what have you. But what concerns me is when in some of those town hall meetings including the one that we saw in Missouri recently where there were jokes made about lynching, etc., you start to wonder whether in fact the word socialist is becoming a code word, whether or not socialist is becoming the new
n-word for frankly for some angry upset birthers and others.
Actually, Carlos, calling Obama the n-word would be like calling him . . . well, the n-word! Labeling someone a socialist, especially when all races and creeds are out protesting Obama's agenda, is obviously not racist. But MSNBC is in a league all its own. And the White House acknowledges that. One cabinet official actually stated publicly that "at the White House, as we always like to say, we love MSNBC." As one blogger put it, what kind of thrill would this give Chris Matthews?
I'd say a big one, of the wee-weed up variety.
It comes down to the members of the "mainstream," or as talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh calls them "drive-by" media, are nothing more than a bunch of beta male types slobbering over Obama and refraining from asking probing questions of his administration; they're more likely to ask about his adjustment to the White House than about any of the scandals and contradictions of his administration. These members of the media are the Screeches of
Saved by the Bell
, the Carlton Bankses of
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
. They were the dorks who got picked on in high school but who now relish their roles of importance. And even though they still can't land the prom queen, they've substituted their affection for Barack Hussein Obama. When they watch
they see themselves.
The media, though, have outgrown the traditional outlets. Besides the big three networks, which are becoming more and more unimportant (thank goodness), there's talk radio, the blogosphere, and cable news. Yet there's also a part of the news media that has a huge effect on liberal coffers: Google. The Internet search engine giant is a household name, quickly morphing into everyone's favorite verb . . . Who did you
today? But it was also a
high-stakes player in electing Obama. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Google contributed more than $800,000 to Obama's presidential bid.
To be clear, Google as a company did not give to Obama, but employees and family members of employees "bundled" money together. In fact, Google was the fifth-largest industry campaign contributor to Obama, out of the twenty largest. Dwarfing Google was the University of California college system, Goldman Sachs (yes, the large bankers on Wall Street that Obama decried!), Harvard, and Microsoft, another tech-savvy giant. Google also gave more than $200,000 to the Democratic National Committee.
In fact, Google affected the election with more than just cash. Its chief executive, Eric Schmidt, went out on Obama's campaign trail, stumping for the One just shortly before the election. It was a natural progression for Schmidt, since he was serving as an unpaid adviser to Obama. Besides technology (obviously), one of Schmidt's core stump issues for Obama was "clean energy." As you'll see later on in the book,
is just another one of the left's euphemisms for seizing private capital and rationing energy. Schmidt, specifically, has proposed "cutting oil use for cars by 40 percent" within the next twenty years. He thinks that the transition away from oil would cost "trillions of dollars" but would save money in the long run, with an annual cost less than "the $700 billion offered to" Wall Street.
"Clean" is the new "red." Schmidt was the perfect Zombie, paying lip service to the greatness of the free market but really pushing for more government expansion and more government control. After the election, Schmidt spoke at the left-wing New America Foundation and called for a fusion between socialism and capitalism. "The right answer is a balance between these," he said. "The objective is to win as a country."
The Google leader was one of Obama's "advisers"
helping him to sell the "stimulus" package that turned out to be an absolute disaster. Schmidt oversees the Internet giant, but he's a run-of-the-mill liberal, believing, as does Obama, that we can spend our way into prosperity. "Businesses, by law, have to serve their shareholders," he explained at the conference. "They're not going to invest in R&D. . . . It takes government policy." He, like every other left-wing special interest group out there, came begging like a pauper for your money. Schmidt acknowledged he is also "a big fan" of alternative energy subsidies and "startups with funny names" financed by . . . Uncle Sam.
Continuing his voyage into loony-liberal land, Schmidt advised Obama to pay bonuses to auto companies that go beyond the current CAFE fuel-efficiency standards--with your money, of course!
Um, earth to Schmidt: Consumer demand and not Washington bureaucrats should determine the types of vehicles that are offered. This guy is straight-up Obama Zombie.
Like the media, Google had its own revolving door to the Obama administration. Andrew McLaughlin, Google's director of global public policy (otherwise known as the "head" lobbyist), and Katie Jacobs Stanton, Google's business development executive, were both tapped to work for Obama, McLaughlin as the deputy chief technology officer and Stanton the new director of citizen participation.
The website Gawker described Obama's incestuous relationship with the Silicon Valley behemoth this way:
It's Google's presidency. We're just watching it. Six Google executives, including CEO Eric Schmidt and cofounder Larry Page, have donated $25,000 apiece to fund President Barack Obama's swearing-in party. Taken as a whole, the
Googlers' cash is one of the largest corporate donations to Obama's inaugural committee.
Now on to Google's cousin, Apple. Even though Apple and Google are competitors, that didn't stop them from teaming up to design Gmail and Google Maps for Apple's iPhone. As one tech website observed, "The iPhone drives a lot of traffic to Google, which dominates Internet search and advertising."
Google is the Internet titan, while Apple is the computer titan. And like Google, Apple is run by liberals. Steve Jobs is a big left-wing donor. His employees follow in his footsteps; Obama swept in six times more in campaign contributions from Apple workers than did McCain.
In fact, the average across the twenty largest Silicon Valley companies is five times in favor of Obama! So much about liberals being for the little guy, eh?
But the left-wing activism continues.
Both Google and Apple share a senior adviser of sorts: Al Gore. Gore is a member of the board of directors of Apple Inc. and is also a senior adviser to Google, a good indicator that Google and Apple are open to environmental alarmism and liberal policies in general. It should be no surprise that Schmidt is flacking for Obama when his own senior adviser is Al Gore.