As Barack Obama is pressured by Gay Rights Groups and others to come out of the closet on the issue of gay marriage recently, Sinclair News believes 2012 will reveal much about the “Real Barack Obama.” In 2008 many in the media and the Obama campaign organized Internet warriors went to great lengths to try and claim neither Obama nor the Obama campaign engaged in using friends or associates to seek out information or prevent information from being disclosed or discussed in the media or public. That claim has recently been shot full of holes by Obama’s spiritual advisor and mentor” the Rev. Jeremiah Wright in an ‘on the record’ interview given to Author Edward Klein (Edward Klein is a seven-time New York Times bestselling non-fiction author. He is also the former foreign editor of Newsweek and former editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine. Klein frequently contributes to Vanity Fair and Parade, and currently lives in New York, New York.)
The above linked article from Ed Morrissey at HotAir.com points out that Barack Obama not only knew about Wrights past sermons in 2008, Obama went so far as to personally ask Wright to “shut up” until after the 2008 November election.
In his on-the-record interview with Klein, Wright claims that an Obama ally offered him $150,000 to keep his mouth shut and stop preaching until after the election, in excerpts published by the New York Post today:
‘Man, the media ate me alive,” Wright told me when we met in his office at Chicago’s Kwame Nkrumah Academy. “After the media went ballistic on me, I received an e-mail offering me money not to preach at all until the November presidential election.”
“Who sent the e-mail?” I asked Wright.
“It was from one of Barack’s closest friends.”
“He offered you money?”
“Not directly,” Wright said. “He sent the offer to one of the members of the church, who sent it to me.”
“How much money did he offer you?”
“One hundred and fifty thousand dollars,” Wright said.
According to Wright, Obama met personally with his then-pastor to ask him to do the same, although Obama apparently didn’t offer money for his silence. Wright’s version of the conversation makes it clear that Obama knew very well what his pastor had preached from the pulpit, and what he was likely to do once attention focused on him:
“And one of the first things Barack said was, ‘I really wish you wouldn’t do any more public speaking until after the November election.’ He knew I had some speaking engagements lined up, and he said, ‘I wish you wouldn’t speak. It’s gonna hurt the campaign if you do that.’
“And what did you say?” I asked. “I said, ‘I don’t see it that way. And anyway, how am I supposed to support my family?’ And he said, ‘Well, I wish you wouldn’t speak in public. The press is gonna eat you alive.’
“Barack said, ‘I’m sorry you don’t see it the way I do. Do you know what your problem is?’ And I said, ‘No, what’s my problem?’ And he said, ‘You have to tell the truth.’ I said, ‘That’s a good problem to have. That’s a good problem for all preachers to have. That’s why I could never be a politician.’
The revelations by Wright in Klein’s book The Amateur are interesting to Sinclair News for several reasons that have yet to be disclosed. In 2008 Barack Obama and Obama for America staff and supporters knowingly put out two false stories in an attempt keep the media from reporting allegations made against Obama. One story the Obama camp gave to the Chicago Tribune was that an Obama former High School classmate tried to extort the Obama campaign out of money.
The campaign did claim that former class-mate Keith Kakugawa (left) implied he would be more inclined not to speak with the media if is old friend would help him out financially. Since the 2008 Obama campaign told the Chicago Tribune Kakugawa attempted to ‘extort’ them out of money the question was then and remains so now; ‘why didn’t the campaign or Obama himself report this alleged extortion attempt to a single Law Enforcement agency?’
“Ray” – the pseudonym Mr Obama gave his school friend in his first book – is Keith Kakugawa, 47, divorced and recently released from prison after a third spell for cocaine possession and dealing.
Homeless and sleeping in a friend’s battered car, Mr Kakugawa contacted Mr Obama and asked him for some money.
When Mr Kakugawa, who is half black and half Japanese, was released from jail recently, his father told him that several journalists were eager to contact him. He telephoned Mr Obama’s campaign and was put through to the senator.
“He was utterly amazed,” Mr Kakugawa told the Wall Street Journal. “I told him how proud I was of him.” But Mr Obama said he had a campaign event to go to and “really acted like he didn’t have a lot of time to spend with me”.
The Obama campaign said Mr Kakugawa demanded money in return for not making up stories about the senator’s past. He denies this, insisting to ABC News that he was upset that Obama aides “said I would extort or do anything to hurt his campaign”.
Mr Kakugawa said he still viewed Mr Obama as “a little brother” who “had a lot of inter-race issues”. He admitted he had asked for financial assistance. “I’m homeless. I sleep in a car. I ask everyone for money.”
Mr Obama told the Chicago Tribune that his old friend had “serious issues” and it was “a shame” he had fallen on hard times. He then remarked ruefully: “Suddenly, everybody who’s ever touched my life is subject to a colonoscopy on the front page of a newspaper.”
Since the claim of attempted extortion worked in keeping Obama’s former High School friend from being taken seriously they made the same false claim about Sinclair, alleging that “someone claiming to represent Sinclair contacted the Campaign and said that for $100,000 the Sinclair story would go away,” according to Obama spokesman Bill Burton. Problem for the Obama claims is they never filed any such reports with any Law Enforcement agencies, but that never stopped the Obama media and Internet warriors from repeating these untrue claims in their efforts to attack.
While many believe the ‘right wing’ talk radio hosts were responsible for going after Rev. Wright during the 2008 Presidential Campaign, Sinclair News argues that the Obama for America campaign had direct input and responsibility in the way Rev. Wright was portrayed after Wright refused to accept $150,000 to go into retirement. In the 2012 campaign season people who ignored and dismissed claims in 2008 of the Obama campaign being behind personal attacks are now getting a wake-up call as they have become targets themselves in 2012. The recent reports of private individuals being targeted by likes of David Axelrod and Obama 2012 because they contributed to the Mitt Romney campaign is only a small taste of what is yet to come.
Businessman Frank VanderSloot recently told Fox News that “people have called my children. They’ve been surfing their LinkedIn sites. They’ve been asking interviews of my kids,” after he was highlighted on Obama’s campaign website as a Romney donor.
GOP Presumptive nominee Mitt Romney has been played like a fiddle in the mountains of West Virginia by Obama strategist David Axelrod in the same way Sen. John McCain was in the 2008 campaign. In 2008 McCain rather than actively talking about Barack Obama’s past and associations with the likes of Terrorists Bill Ayers (who the McCain campaign provided Politico.com’s Ben Smith-a rabid Obama mouthpiece-documented proof Obama was closer to Ayers than he cared to admit) or Obama’s former ‘spiritual advisor & mentor’ Rev. Jeremiah Wright, instead campaigning and calling Barack Obama a good man, husband and father. It was in 2008 that Axelrod also managed to cut McCain off at the knees by trying to make the Wright and Ayers issue a racist one. In fact at a 2008 Campaign event in Wilmington, NC on October 13, 2008 staff from the McCain campaign confiscated a signs from attendees that challenged McCain’s statements that Obama was a ‘decent man and good father and husband.’
Top Democratic strategists have reacted quickly to stop a proposed $10 million advertising campaign that would highlight the relationship between President Barack Obama and his old Chicago pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Plans for the potential ad campaign were revealed this morning by the New York Times.
“Stunning! Will Mitt stand up, as [Sen.] John McCain did? Or allow the purveyors of slime to operate on his behalf?” claimed a 5.42 a.m. tweet from David Axelrod, the senior strategic at Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago.
Just shy of four years later it appears that Mitt Romney has chosen to allow Obama strategist David Axelrod to dictate the Romney campaign strategy as he did the McCain strategy in 2008. Sadly it appears to many who want Obama to be a one term President, Romney is more interested in attacking his GOP primary rivals than he is the man he wants to replace in January 2013. Never mind that Obama strategist Axelrod and other pro-Obama PACs have attempted to say Romney funded the anti-gay marriage ballot initiative Proposition 8 in California.
Obama campaign manager Jim Messina attempted to blame this campaign on Romney, saying, “This morning’s story revealed the appalling lengths to which Republican operatives and SuperPacs apparently are willing to go to tear down the President and elect Mitt Romney. The blueprint for a hate-filled, divisive campaign of character assassination speaks for itself. It also reflects how far the party has drifted in four short years since John McCain rejected these very tactics. Once again, Governor Romney has fallen short of the standard that John McCain set, reacting tepidly in a moment that required moral leadership in standing up to the very extreme wing of his own party.”
Mitt Romney and the GOP who allows Obama surrogates Axelrod and campaign manager Jim Messina to dictate what is or is not valid criticism of Obama is only going to set the stage for Obama to win reelection the same way he won in 2008, based on lies and storyline of fiction rather than truth.
Mitt Romney repudiated the proposal floated by a conservative super PAC to resurrect a line of attack on the president that would remind voters of his links to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, hours after the Obama campaign blasted the likely GOP nominee’s campaign for responding “tepidly” on the matter.
Yet Romney had no problem attacking his GOP rivals in the GOP Primary race
Well this is certainly disappointing. Mitt Romney was notorious for destroying his Republican rivals in the primaries this year. Romney spent $14 million in his assault on Newt Gingrich in Florida alone.
But that was the old Mitt. Meet the new Mitt. Kinder. Gentler. Mitt Romney denounced the planned PAC attacks against Barack Obama today. Townhall reported: In an exclusive interview with Townhall, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney rebuked a conservative group that is reportedly planning to assail President Obama over his 20-year relationship with controversial Chicago pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright:
“I repudiate the effort by that PAC to promote an ad strategy of the nature they’ve described. I would like to see this campaign focus on the economy, on getting people back to work, on seeing rising incomes and growing prosperity — particularly for those in the middle class of America. And I think what we’ve seen so far from the Obama campaign is a campaign of character assassination. I hope that isn’t the course of this campaign. So in regards to that PAC, I repudiate what they’re thinking about … It’s interesting that we’re talking about some Republican PAC that wants to go after the president [on Wright]; I hope people also are looking at what he’s doing, and saying ‘why is he running an attack campaign? Why isn’t he talking about his record?’”
UPDATE: Mark Levin slammed Mitt Romney for savaging Newt yet pulling back against Obama with Rev. Wright – Levin is livid over the fact that Romney repudiated anything to do with bringing up Rev. Wright in this campaign even though in the primaries he went full throttle against Newt Gingrich, even with false attack ads.
Whether Mitt Romney approves or not, 2012 is destined to reveal far more about Barack Obama than has been reported in the 2008 campaign or since. This is not an issue that the GOP or Mitt Romney should have any say over. Disclosing who and what Barack Obama is and has done, is something that should have been done in the 2008 campaign before the Obama camp cut McCain’s balls off playing the race card. Mitt Romney in the GOP Primaries made issue of Newt Gingrich marital infidelity but now seems to say question Barack Obama’s past is off limits. If Mitt Romney chooses to allow the Obama camp to dictate what is or is not relevant in the 2012 campaign, then Barack Obama will indeed do as David Axelrod has stated, “will kill Mitt Romney,” in 2012.
At a time when Barack Obama cannot ‘repudiate’ or distance himself from HBO’s Bill Maher the GOP establishment and Mitt Romney are okay with allowing the Obama media to dictate the Romney campaign strategy. Clearly Romney will see nothing good come out of media reports like those in the Guardian with headlines blaring “Mitt Romney and the Republican establishment have been FORCED to distance….” by Obama campaign or democrats.
Mitt Romney and the Republican establishment have been forced to distance themselves from a racially charged election advertising blitz that portrayed Barack Obama as under the spell of a radical preacher who espoused “black liberation theology”.
Amid Democratic accusations of a failure of moral leadership, the Republican presidential contender spoke out against the proposed adverts, which attempt to link Obama closely to his former pastor, the Rev Jeremiah Wright, who has been criticised for incendiary sermons that often deal with race. The proposed campaign was also rejected by the billionaire who would have funded it.
With the new Edward Klein book The Amateur, and the recorded audio tapes of Klein’s interview with Rev. Wright, one would hope that Wright might agree to answer more questions openly on issues the media and the Obama campaign have gone to great lengths to avoid.
One thing is certain however, if Romney continues to give Barack Obama a free pass (Sinclair News predicted that Romney would fight to the death against his GOP Primary opponents only to do as Sen John McCain did in 2008 and curl up into the fetal position when going up against Barack Obama) Romney will lose the 2012 election even before he is officially nominated at the GOP Convention in Tampa in August. It is the media’s job to report the facts and let the voter make their own decision, and Romney nor Obama should dictate what is or is not valid criticism or news.