*UPDATE*: Rezko part of Obama's 2004 campaign staff

UPDATE: MBNYC or whatever the poster's name is, is attempting to smear me saying I am lying in the diary's title and content. That is false, as I demonstrate by giving the definition of 'staff' below later in the comments. Please dole out mojo to him and myself accordingly, after reading his statements and my own and making your own decision on the matter. He is attempting to play semantic games, IMO, and that's fine until you start calling me a liar and hide rating my comments unfairly. Thank you. :)

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From the Chicago Tribune:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-o bama_.1mar23,0,3881615,print.story

The documents included the finance committee for his 2004 U.S. Senate bid. That list included Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a longtime friend and fundraiser now standing trial in Chicago on federal corruption charges, as well as Rezko's wife, Rita.

In 2005, Rezko and his wife were involved in the infamous purchase of the Obama's mansion and an adjacent piece of land.

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Obama's "Rezko" house: Obama's a very lucky fellow

My blog RezkoWatch appears to currently be on a roll with concidences involving tainted campaign cash, indicted political fixer Antoin "Tony" Rezko, 2008 presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), and that now-famous "Rezko" lot.

The most recent episode begins on March 14, 2008, when Obama released a new list of Rezko-related campaign contributors whose money had been donated to charity. It cites one $2,000 donation by Michael Sreenan that was contributed to Obama's campaign on June 30, 2003.

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This is for Main Street (and for the forgotten people Barack Obama doesn't know)

[PART II of my post refers to Obama's absence on February 23, 2008 from the national black conference in New Orleans, and who DID show up.]

Paul Burka, "senior executive editor of Texas Monthly, argues that the damage to Obama from Wright's words is irreparable" (via Howie Kurtz's column, Washington Post, March 18, 2008):

"A candidate for president of the United States cannot cozy up to someone with this kind of anti-American rhetoric. He has lost Main Street white America. Is anyone going to believe that he didn't know about Wright's views? Is anyone going to accept as an explanation that he wasn't in attendance when these things were said? He'll get clobbered in Pennsylvania, clobbered in Indiana, clobbered in Kentucky.

"This isn't about white racism. It's about Wright racism.

"I thought that Obama was exempt from racial reactions because he was the Tiger Woods of politics. People looked at him and saw him not as someone who is black, but as someone who transcended race because of his unique skills and accomplishments. Not any more. He just triple bogeyed the presidency. He's done."

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Barack Obama: What Could Have Been

It all started out so good, so strong, so...audacious:

Americans of every political stripe were hungry for a new kind of politics, a politics that focused not just on how to win but why we should, a politics that focused on those values and ideals that we held in common as Americans; a politics that favored common sense over ideology, straight talk over spin.

http://www.barackobama.com/2007/12/27/re marks_of_senator_barack_obam_38.php

And now it has come to this:

In addition to damning America, he told his congregation on the Sunday after Sept. 11, 2001 that the United States had brought on al Qaeda's attacks because of its own terrorism.

"We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye," Rev. Wright said in a sermon on Sept. 16, 2001.

"We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost," he told his congregation.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4 443788&page=1

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Why we must "Wright" off Obama

Sen. Barack Obama's Reverend Jeremiah Wright problem is just the beginning of his would-be November defeat.  The right-wing 527's will morph Sen. Obama into Louis Farrakhan by the time the general election rolls around.  As much as the MSM (and shameless Obama-shilling sites like Kos & HuffPo) try to play down the story, this one will linger.

Many Americans have never heard such vile things said about their country, let alone from the father-figure and spiritual adviser to a leading Presidential candidate.  Besides that, word came out today that Obama's financial ties to Tony Rezko are much closer than he previously declared.  What else will come out of Rezko's trial?  What will the 527's uncover about Obama's admittedly (sometimes) seedy youthful endeavors?  How many more times will Michelle Obama put her foot in her mouth?

Sen. Obama has already "bamboozled" us about his Rezko ties and is now trying to "hoodwink" us by saying he wasn't aware of his pastor's frequent hate-filled rhetoric.  Uhhh, didn't he sit in the Reverend's pews every Sunday on & off for the past 20 years?  Was he in the bathroom every time the Reverend spewed something detestable about our great country?  Or did he doze off during those screeching sermons about the "U-S of KKK"?  How else would he not hear those sermons?  I'm telling you it would be a huge mistake for the Democratic party to fall for Sen. Obama's "okey-doke" and nominate him.  If the super delegates give him the nomination in Denver, we are talking McGovern/Mondale style defeat in the fall here.....

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