[Update: 2 Videos] Irrefutable Proof Obama's Own District Was Home to 11 Rezko Foreclosed Properties

Update [2008-3-12 17:34:41 by susanhu]: (TWO VIDEOS: The second is a must-see from the NBC affiliate in Chicago.) RezkoWatch: "This video is always a valuable—and vivid—reminder of the living conditions in Obama's district:"

Eleven Rezmar buildings were in the state Senate district Obama represented between 1996 and 2004. Many of the buildings ended up in foreclosure, with tenants living in squalid conditions, the Sun-Times reported last year. In one instance, Rezko's company left tenants without heat for five weeks. Obama said he was unaware of problems with the buildings and minimized the legal work he'd done. -- From the Chicago Sun-Times via District 299 The Chicago Schools Blog.

The senator says he had no indication of any problems with Rezko when he accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from him. -- From ABC News via Truthteller's story here, "It Is "Possible" Obama Was Aware of Rezko's Financial and Legal Woes."

 Obama said in the interview Monday that he was unaware of the scope of properties owned by Rezmar or the problems surrounding them. He said none of the affected residents personally sought his help and that aides at his state Senate district office did not recall any inquiries. Still, he said it was "possible" that during his tenure in the legislature that a constituent may have written or called his office "saying, 'We're in a building, and we're unhappy with the service here.'"

Such problems, he said, would normally be brought to the attention of an alderman or the city's Housing Department. "Had I known that there were buildings that were in deteriorating or poor condition, that certainly would have given me pause. But I didn't know," Obama said.  -- From the Chicago Tribune.

"I didn't know," he says? It'd give you "pause"? Oh really?  

Explain these maps from the Chicago Sun-Times that show the "Illinois Senate district Barack Obama represented from 1997 to 2002 -- the area between the lines below -- included 11 Rezmar buildings." (To see the originals -- at full size -- go to the Sun-Times page.)

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ELEVEN buildings in your district, and you didn't know about the problems?  Or was it that, given a choice between helping your constituents or taking "fixer" money from Tony Rezko, you chose the latter?  

Here's what your constituents put up with before those buildings were foreclosed and shut down (leaving your constituents without a roof over their heads):  

From Truthteller's exceptional work in his story here, "It Is "Possible" Obama Was Aware of Rezko's Financial and Legal Woes":

[L]et us listen to constituents of Obama who resided in Rezko's tenements.  Here is Joann Larkins, a resident of a dilapidated Rezko structure just eight blocks from the palatial mansion Obama jointly purchased with Rezko:

Mrs Larkins, 51, lives just seven city blocks away, in a district where posters advertise "dirt cheap properties" and "foreclosure advice". She moved there almost a decade ago, taking a subsidised apartment with her 20-year-old daughter and one-year-old grandson in a building that had fallen into neglect when run by Mr Rezko.

The family boiled water on the stove and draped plastic sheeting across the windows in an effort to keep warm during the city's bitter winters, as the heating was not working. Rubbish piled up uncollected and repeated requests for basic repairs were ignored.

"It was a terrible place to live: there were a lot of drug dealers and people fighting and getting shot," Mrs Larkins, a widow who receives invalidity benefit, told The Sunday Telegraph.

"The owners never took any interest in the place; they just wanted the rent money. We had to call the city just to get the garbage collected."

The 44-apartment complex was one of 30 low-income housing projects run by Mr Rezko and his partners with funds from the city during the 1990s. By early this decade, many were boarded up as bills and mortgage payments went unpaid, but Mr Rezko moved into the fast-food business, while tenants like the Larkins struggled with the legacy of his management.

Janet Jenkins, a neighbor of another Rezko property in Obama's state Senate district, also witnessed squalor and crime:

Janet Jenkins witnessed the deterioration of one building that Rezmar co-developed with the Chicago Urban League a dozen years ago. Today, the 12-unit building at 62nd Street and Rhodes is boarded up. And she's glad.

"Oh, absolutely,'' said Jenkins, 57, who lives a few doors south of the building. "That building has been a problem to this block for years.

"We had numerous complaints. Drug selling. Prostitution. The whole nine yards. Filthy. Deplorable. Rats. Mice. Roaches. Urine. Feces. Name it.''

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READ ALL of Truthteller's story here:  "It Is "Possible" Obama Was Aware of Rezko's Financial and Legal Woes."

His story includes a screenshot of a letter that Barack Obama wrote on behalf of Tony Rezko, and much more.

Tags: bamboozling, Barack Obama, Chicago Politics, Tony Rezko (all tags)

Comments

204 Comments

Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

I.Did.Not.Know.That

Famous last words.

by susanhu 2008-03-12 12:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

Yes. Anyone whose ever been to Chicago knows it's a very small town and it's simply unthinkable that a State Senator could be unaware of the condition of eleven buildings in his district.

This is certainly an insightful and convincing post. Of what, I'm not sure. But very, very convincing.

by BlueinColorado 2008-03-12 12:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

Ofcourse you were working for the Slum lord and now it falls in your district

by indus 2008-03-12 12:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

Yeah, it's like a no brainer. Except to Obama that is. As long as his fixer made a profit I am sure that's all he cared about. Just keep those campaign contributions rolling in folks.

by Fleaflicker 2008-03-12 12:37PM | 0 recs
I would love to have the Thoazine
concession around here when Obama finally wraps it up.  
It will take many years to repair the damage done to the Democratic party by Hillary, Ferarro, Susan Hu, Taylor Marsh and all the win-at-any cost brigade.  You people are not fit to be called Democrats.  You are not Democrats. You are shriekers and shit flingers.
by ReillyDiefenbach 2008-03-13 08:03AM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

He DOES brag about being a community organizer.  A community organizer would be in a little more touch with, you know, the community.

by cmugirl90 2008-03-12 12:48PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District
Oooooh!
Ouch!
by johnnygunn 2008-03-12 05:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

There is an interview here
http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/12 4171,CST-NWS-obama05.article

where he claims he only got $50 or $60k for Rezko, but now he admits that it was more like $150-160k

Does anyone know the address of the house he bought? There are a few web sites where you can plug in an address and get the prices properties in that neighborhood are selling at.

It looks like it would normally cost much more than $1.6 million dollars..

One has to look at the difference between the selling price and the free market value to get the bribe value, if any...

by architek 2008-03-12 07:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

The sellers are apparently also in on this conspiracy:

The couple who sold Barack Obama his Chicago home said the Illinois senator's $1.65 million bid ``was the best offer'' and they didn't cut their asking price because a campaign donor bought their adjacent land

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=2 0601103&sid=a_9sOMpy91Js&refer=u s

by jaiwithani 2008-03-13 06:50AM | 0 recs
Q: Community organized for whom?

A: For low-income housing slumlords.

by fairleft 2008-03-12 05:49PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

WHen was Barack Obama employed by Reszko?

by BlueinColorado 2008-03-12 01:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

1998, or one year after many building did not contain heat for an entire winter.  He also wrote letters on Rezko's behalf on state Senate stationary that same year.

Obama is Rezko's state Senator, not the state Senator of African-Americans on the south side of Chicago.

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 01:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

1998, or one year after many building did not contain heat for an entire winter.

Link?

by BlueinColorado 2008-03-12 01:41PM | 0 recs
by indus 2008-03-12 03:23PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

Oy. Taylor Marsh. What is it about you Reszko floggers that you can never express yourselves succinctly. I guess when you're trying to spin that much innuendo into a scandal, it takes a lot of "what ifs...." and "it is possible that...."s and "there is no proof that Obama did this, but THERE IS ALSO NO PROOF THAT HE DIDN"T!!!...."s.

I can't imagine those things aren't as exhausting to write as they are to read. But I guess raw hatred is a great motivator. Or desperation. Like a rat in a cage. You've all convinced yourselves Obama is evil so you work very, very hard to prove it. To yourselves

Anyway, I saw no evidence in Ms Marsh's Rube Goldberg smear job that Obama collected a paycheck from Tony Reszko like you said.

Maybe, since you find those endless rants interesting, you could dig out the relevant (okay, I giggled a little when I typed that) nugget that proves your point.

by BlueinColorado 2008-03-12 03:34PM | 0 recs
Obama did work for Rezmar

You sincerely think you'll get away with denying that? Rezko's firm was a client for Obama's law firm, and Obama did work for Rezko's firm and/or Rezko. That's admitted by Obama and well-established:

But Obama's ties with Rezko go beyond those two real estate sales and the political support, the Sun-Times found. Obama was an attorney with a small Chicago law firm -- Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland -- that helped Rezmar get more than $43 million in government funding to rehab 15 of their 30 apartment buildings for the poor.

Just what legal work -- and how much -- Obama did on those deals is unknown. His campaign staff acknowledges he worked on some of them. But the Rezmar-related work amounted to just five hours over the six years it said Obama was affiliated with the law firm, the staff said in an e-mail in February.

Obama, however, was associated with the firm for more than nine years, his staff acknowledged Sunday in an e-mail response to questions submitted March 14 by the Sun-Times. They didn't say what deals he worked on -- or how much work he did.

From Barack Obama and his Slumlord Patron
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/35382 9,CST-NWS-rez23.article

by fairleft 2008-03-12 05:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama did work for Rezmar

So... he didn't work for Rezko, he worked for a law firm that worked for a company that  Rezko was a partner in, and as a lawyer did some work on f that firm's cases for that company.

A little more tenuous than "worked for a slumlord", isn't it?

I know those little details, also known as facts, make the story less juicy, the scandal less shocking, and thus less fun for you people. So sorry.

Seriously, are any of you old enough to remember the '90s? Do you not remember Rush and Novak and all the rest screeching about "Rose Law Firm billing records!!!"? Do you not see what you've become?

by BlueinColorado 2008-03-12 06:18PM | 0 recs
Rezmar and Rezko were Obama clients

in lawyer talk. He worked for them.

by fairleft 2008-03-12 06:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Rezmar and Rezko were Obama clients

So Jim MacDougall and Whitewater Development Corporation and Madison Guaranty were clients of Hillary Clinton's. '

In lawyer talk.

Hillary Clinton worked for a con artist embezzler who stole millions in tax payer money.

In lawyer talk.

In your talk.

In the kind of sleazy innuendo you blind fools are determined to traffick in.

Boy, do you need to read your own tagline a few hundred times.

by BlueinColorado 2008-03-12 06:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Rezmar and Rezko were Obama clients

You're being disingenuous. Obama worked for Rezko and Rezmar on privatized low-income housing deals, and this should've had helped him to be significantly more knowledgable and aware than the average state senator about Rezmar/Rezko housing projects, after he became a state senator.

by fairleft 2008-03-12 06:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Rezmar and Rezko were Obama clients

Ah, you're calling for a willful suspension of all benefit of the doubt?

Hillary should have known Jim MacDougall was a crook.

Hillary should have known her cattle futures deal was shady.

Hillary should have known her brother was taking $400,000 from a convicted drug dealer to lobby her husband for a pardon.

Hillary should know who the donors to her husband's library are, and make their names public so we know there is no conflict of interest.

Hillary should have known Gennifer Flowers was blackmailing her husband into giving her a state job.

Hillary should have known that her husband was using state troopers to hit on bimbos.

Hillary should have known her husband was playing hide-the-cigar in the Oval Office.

How far do you people really want to go with this? and before you start screaming: Which of those things didn't happen, and which do you think won't come up if she wins the nomination? I voted for him twice, supported him through impeachment and beyond, and donated to both her Senatorial campaigns, and will vote for her if she gets the nomination (she's lost my financial support forever) but, as you say, we can't be disingenuous.

by BlueinColorado 2008-03-12 07:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Rezmar and Rezko were Obama clients

Okay, no response, but how could there be? I'll take that as implied agreement with what I wrote.

by fairleft 2008-03-12 09:09PM | 0 recs
Re: Rezmar and Rezko were Obama clients

Fine.

As long as you're agreeing that Hillary Clinton knew about her brother selling access to the President, Bill's affairs, that she was, in fact, getting sweetheart deals from Jim McDougall and the futures broker, and that she is, in fact, hiding something by not releasing the names of the library donors.

All of which is far more likely than the the notion that, as a junior associate, Obama knew about every detail of every deal being conducted by one partner in a company that had retained his lawfirm.

And, of course, the eminently logical proposition underlying this absurd diary, that he knew in detail that among the hundreds of city block that made up his State Senate district, that eleven buildings owned by a company owned by a friend were substandard. But Hillary didn't know her brothers were taking bribes to get things from her husband.

by BlueinColorado 2008-03-12 09:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Rezmar and Rezko were Obama clients

Dude, you forgot to mention the cocain shipments through the Mena airfield. And how about those missing 'W's?

by souvarine 2008-03-13 12:07AM | 0 recs
Re: Rezmar and Rezko were Obama clients

Like I said, name one thing I did list that didn't happen.

by BlueinColorado 2008-03-13 06:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Rezmar and Rezko were Obama clients

still waiting....

by BlueinColorado 2008-03-13 11:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Rezmar and Rezko were Obama clients

Keep waiting, I don't indulge Republican trolls.

by souvarine 2008-03-13 04:49PM | 0 recs
Re: Rezmar and Rezko were Obama clients

Well, not a very gracious concession, but I'll accept.

Fortunately, the voters of New York don't seem to mind, and the Clintons will soon be finished as national political figures. So it's all academic.

by BlueinColorado 2008-03-13 06:53PM | 0 recs
The hyenas are laughing and cackling

to each other in the night.  The mighty lion hears them and is aware of them, but gives them no great heed.  The role of the hyena and the jackal in the grand scheme of the veldt is that of the scavenger, the gnawer of bones, the devourer of rotting carrion.

by ReillyDiefenbach 2008-03-13 07:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

Obama's letters for Rezko

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 03:38PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

I hope you'll accept Obama's hometown paper as proof. They know him best, they have been investigating him for years, while the national press just fawns over him.

Open your eyes and smell the corruption, cronyism, and incompetence. Haven't we had enough of these deadly sins from the current occupant of the White House? We don't need a 3rd Bush term with Obama.

There is plenty more for you over on the Sun Times site, unless you don't want to know the truth. Better to find out now than wait for the Republicans to rub our noses in it during the general.

Obama and his Rezko ties
DAY ONE OF TWO

April 23, 2007
BY TIM NOVAK Staff Reporter/tnovak@suntimes.com

For more than five weeks during the brutal winter of 1997, tenants shivered without heat in a government-subsidized apartment building on Chicago's South Side.

It was just four years after the landlords -- Antoin "Tony'' Rezko and his partner Daniel Mahru -- had rehabbed the 31-unit building in Englewood with a loan from Chicago taxpayers.

It was just four years after the landlords -- Antoin "Tony'' Rezko and his partner Daniel Mahru -- had rehabbed the 31-unit building in Englewood with a loan from Chicago taxpayers.

Rezko and Mahru couldn't find money to get the heat back on.

Rezko and Mahru couldn't find money to get the heat back on.

But their company, Rezmar Corp., did come up with $1,000 to give to the political campaign fund of Barack Obama, the newly elected state senator whose district included the unheated building.

Obama has been friends with Rezko for 17 years. Rezko has been a political patron to Obama and many others, helping to raise millions of dollars for them through his own contributions and by hosting fund-raisers in his home.

Obama, who has worked as a lawyer and a legislator to improve living conditions for the poor, took campaign donations from Rezko even as Rezko's low-income housing empire was collapsing, leaving many African-American families in buildings riddled with problems -- including squalid living conditions, vacant apartments, lack of heat, squatters and drug dealers.

The building in Englewood was one of 30 Rezmar rehabbed in a series of troubled deals largely financed by taxpayers. Every project ran into financial difficulty. More than half went into foreclosure, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation has found.

"Their buildings were falling apart,'' said a former city official. "They just didn't pay attention to the condition of these buildings.''

Eleven of Rezko's buildings were in Obama's state Senate district.

Obama, now a U.S. senator running for president, has come under fire over his friendship with Rezko, who was charged last fall with demanding kickbacks on state business deals under Gov. Blagojevich.

Much of the criticism has centered on two real estate deals involving Obama's South Side mansion. In the first, Obama paid $300,000 less than the asking price for a doctor's home, while Rezko's wife paid the doctor full price for the vacant lot next door. Then -- a few months before Rezko was indicted -- Obama bought part of that lot from Rezko's wife.

But Obama's ties with Rezko go beyond those two real estate sales and the political support, the Sun-Times found. Obama was an attorney with a small Chicago law firm -- Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland -- that helped Rezmar get more than $43 million in government funding to rehab 15 of their 30 apartment buildings for the poor.
Obama role unclear
Just what legal work -- and how much -- Obama did on those deals is unknown. His campaign staff acknowledges he worked on some of them. But the Rezmar-related work amounted to just five hours over the six years it said Obama was affiliated with the law firm, the staff said in an e-mail in February.

Obama, however, was associated with the firm for more than nine years, his staff acknowledged Sunday in an e-mail response to questions submitted March 14 by the Sun-Times. They didn't say what deals he worked on -- or how much work he did.

"The senator, relatively inexperienced in this kind of work, was assigned to tasks appropriate for a junior lawyer,'' according to an e-mail from Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs. "These tasks would have included reviewing documents, collecting corporate organizational documents, and drafting corporate resolutions.''

In fact, Gibbs wrote, "Senator Obama does not remember having conversations with Tony Rezko about properties that he owned or any specific issues related to those properties.''

Rezko and Mahru had no construction experience when they created Rezmar in 1989 to rehabilitate apartments for the poor under the Daley administration. Between 1989 and 1998, Rezmar made deals to rehab 30 buildings, a total of 1,025 apartments. The last 15 buildings involved Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland during Obama's time with the firm.

Rezko and Mahru also managed the buildings, which were supposed to provide homes for poor people for 30 years. Every one of the projects ran into trouble:

*                         Seventeen buildings -- many beset with code violations, including a lack of heat -- ended up in foreclosure.

*Six buildings are currently boarded up.

*Hundreds of the apartments are vacant, in need of major repairs.

*Taxpayers have been stuck with millions in unpaid loans.

*At least a dozen times, the city of Chicago sued Rezmar for failure to heat buildings.

For five weeks, the Sun-Times sought to interview Obama about Rezko and the housing deals. His staff wanted written questions. It responded Sunday but left many questions unanswered. Other answers didn't directly address the question.

Among these: When did Obama learn of Rezmar's financial problems? "The senator had no special knowledge of any financial problems,'' Gibbs wrote.

Did the senator ever complain to anyone -- government officials, Rezmar or Rezko -- about the conditions of Rezmar's buildings? "Senator Obama did follow up on constituency complaints about housing as [a] matter of routine,'' Gibbs wrote.

Did the senator ever discuss Rezmar's financial problems with anyone at his law firm? "The firm advises us that it [is] unaware of any such conversations,'' Gibbs wrote.

Read the rest here:
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/35382 9,CST-NWS-rez23.article

by BluestBlue 2008-03-12 07:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

11 buildings out of the 30 projects within his own district.  He should make it his job to know what's going on within his own district.  Especially when these were the projects that he endorsed.

by JoeySky18 2008-03-12 12:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

Agreed. It convinced me that this poster is very good at producing smears with lot's of pictures that look convincing from far away but once you actually start thinking about what is said... Well, I guess you are not supposed to do that!

by marcotom 2008-03-12 12:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

This is not a smear.  It's a fact.  Take a look at the map.

by JoeySky18 2008-03-12 12:37PM | 0 recs
facts about Obama

often are smearing, sometimes a smear is also a truth. At least he hasn't blamed Hillary, yet, for making him be friends with Tony.  

by anna shane 2008-03-12 01:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

Hmmm.... friends with the guy that he helped get the money to do the rehab and he doesn't know what is happening? Sounds like an awfully convenient lapse of memory to me.

Doesn't Obama always talk about how great of a community organizer he was. Isn't paying attention to one's community what community organizers do? Isn't that what State Senators are supposed to do too? Look out for the best interests of their constituency?

Or maybe just not this one?

by Fleaflicker 2008-03-12 12:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

Property complaints go to the alderman. If Obama heard any complaints, he would have acted on them. He didn't.

There is no proof that he knew about these 11 buildings. There is no there there.

How many other crimes were committed in Obama's district when he was a State Senator? Why wasn't he out there policing his streets, just like a good community organizer would? Oh yeah... he was working on some 4,000 odd bits of legislation.

by dantes 2008-03-12 12:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

he claimed it was "possible" he knew of Rezko's real estate problems when interviewed by the Chicago newspapers.

And you believe this is someone who could be trusted?  Or is it "possible" that Obama is trustworthy?

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 12:49PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

Let's talk about what we're looking at here.

1. There are problems on the South Side of Chicago. I'm a student living in Hyde Park right now, one of the nicer parts of the South Side, but it's true that we have some lousy landlords, some questionable buildings, and more than a few social issues.

But to suggest that Obama is somehow responsible for the problems of the South Side is somewhere between ridiculous and patently offensive. Problems in this area go way, way back, and no one here expects any single politician to fix every issue we face here.

2. Rezko is a pretty scummy character, and it was a mistake for Obama to ever associate with him. That said, there's no evidence, or even decent circumstantial evidence, to suggest any corruption or wrongdoing on Obama's part.

If you've ever been here - and I'm dubious that Susan Hu spends much time on the South Side of Chicago - you know that we have a lot of crappy buildings, landlords, etc. We've also got our fair share of crime, employment and economic issues, drug use... I'd be frankly shocked if a state senator was aware of the status of 11 buildings in the district. Seriously, we have thousands of buildings here, hundreds of which have moderate-to-serious problems.

So, to summarize the story, here's the charge: Eleven buildings managed by Rezko in Obama's district had moderate-to-serious problems. Among the thousands of buildings in Obama's district, and hundreds with moderate-to-serious problems, Obama may have received a constituent letter about one of these properties. If he did, then he either didn't read it or didn't give it special attention out of the thousands of other concerns, letters, and obligations he dealt with.

And this is the worst thing Obama has ever done. Failed to show superhuman capacity in being incredibly aware of each and every building in his district.

by jaiwithani 2008-03-13 07:28AM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

I also reside in Hyde Park, and I understand Obama failed to represent his constituents.  

by truthteller2007 2008-03-13 09:06AM | 0 recs
Really?

Because you're in the minority here. Look outside - most of the people here are pretty thrilled about Obama.

by jaiwithani 2008-03-13 02:51PM | 0 recs
Property complaints go to any politician you think

or hope will listen, and I bet many hoped their young and 'idealistic' state senator would listen. And state funds are all over these projects, so Obama had a responsibility to see that Illinois taxpayer money -- for something exceptionally important like poverty housing -- wasn't being thrown down a hellhole.

by fairleft 2008-03-12 06:48PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

Then why does he refuse to talk to the Chicago Sun Times? He could quickly clear it up.

Why does he refuse to release his state legislative records? He could clear this up.

Why does he refuse to release the records of what he worked on as a lawyer in a firm that did business with Rezko?

We were stonewalled 8 years ago, you can see the results today: our economy in shambles, our constitution in shambles. This is not amateur hour.  There is too much at stake.

by BluestBlue 2008-03-12 07:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

Today's Sun-Times:

Rezko, 52, of Wilmette, is accused of using his influence in Blagojevich's administration to appoint members to state boards and allegedly steer important votes. Rezko profited off various deals or directed donations to his favorite candidates, including Gov. Blagojevich and U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, prosecutors charge.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/rezko /838705,rezko031208.article

by susanhu 2008-03-12 01:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

the last phrase -- "prosecutors charge" -- is kind of important.

by susanhu 2008-03-12 01:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

Ken Starr "charged" a great many things. Dick Armey made a great many "charges". So did Orrin Hatch and Trent Lott and Al d'Amato and Henry Hyde and Lindsey Graham......

Of course to people like that, and people like you, words like "charge" "accuse" are more important than words like "prove" or "fact".

Nice company you keep while flailing away on behalf of an already failed campaign.

by BlueinColorado 2008-03-12 01:50PM | 0 recs
That Rezko influenced appointments

That Rezko influenced appointments to state boards is not exactly controversial or tenuous. That Obama assisted him in his efforts -- perhaps naively or 'see-no-evilly' -- is nearly as uncontroversial.

by fairleft 2008-03-12 06:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

Patrick Fitzgerald is no Ken Starr. If he says there is smoke, count on there being fire.

Ken Starr was a party hack, doing the republican's bidding. $70M+ and no wrong doing by the Clintons. What a waste of taxpayers money.

by BluestBlue 2008-03-12 07:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

Couldn't agree more about Fitzgerald.

If he says there is smoke, count on there being fire.

All of the "evidence" pointed to by the hysterical Rezko-floggers on this site is more than a year old. If Fitzgerald had evidence of wrong-doing, not the lazy innuendo of the MyDD Obsessive brigades, don't you think he might have done something about it by now?

by BlueinColorado 2008-03-12 10:00PM | 0 recs
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Given how long we all had to wait for Fitzmas, no I don't think Fitzgerald might have done something about it by now.

by souvarine 2008-03-13 12:12AM | 0 recs
nice strawman

we are not talking about all of Chicago.  We are talking about one state senate district.  Knowing about and fixing these sorts of problems is exactly what a state senator would be responsible for.

by TeresaINPennsylvania 2008-03-13 05:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District

BE SURE to watch the second video I added.  It is utterly shocking.  And it comes from the Chicago NBC affiliate.  

The first one is powerful but I don't know who did it.

by susanhu 2008-03-12 01:58PM | 0 recs
You are an awesome researcher Susan

Thanks for this post

by NewHampster 2008-03-12 12:08PM | 0 recs
Re: You are an awesome researcher Susan

Thanks, NH.  

See also this 2007 list of questions from the Sun-Times about the Rezko properties:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/35378 6,CST-NWS-rezquestions23.article

by susanhu 2008-03-12 12:10PM | 0 recs
Re: You are an awesome researcher Susan

I totally agree. Susan ROCKS!

by Fleaflicker 2008-03-12 12:38PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's...

Very good diary. Rec'd.

by DemAC 2008-03-12 12:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District Wa

Great diary. I'm sure it is going to be on the rec' list in ten seconds to feed the other hungry Obama haters.

Not that you have any evidence against him, really. But that never really bothered you before, so I'm not going to try to bring you to reason. Springfield , Illinois is not a suburb of Chicago and quite obviously a State Senator is not really the first person you would talk to if your heating is not okay, but who cares? Smears are fun!

by marcotom 2008-03-12 12:18PM | 0 recs
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Yep. Obama had nothing to do with getting Rezko the contract. Nope, nothing at all.

by Fleaflicker 2008-03-12 12:39PM | 0 recs
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Marcotom, I don't hate Obama as a person.  I have every respect to him as a fellow human being.  But I don't believe that he is qualified to be our president.  His records speak loud and clear.

by JoeySky18 2008-03-12 12:45PM | 0 recs
We don't hate Obama

but we do doubt his narrative and we would like the truth to come out before the nomination process comes to an end.  

by anna shane 2008-03-12 01:46PM | 0 recs
hate Obama?

how can anyone hate the Messiah?

by TeresaINPennsylvania 2008-03-13 05:51AM | 0 recs
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11 out of thousands of buildings... jeez, amazing that he wasn't right on top of this problem.

/geez

/you're floundering here

by Cycloptichorn 2008-03-12 12:21PM | 0 recs
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check the map. There are 30 buildings in total.  18 buildings are not in working condition.  Only 12 buildings are in operation.

by JoeySky18 2008-03-12 12:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District Wa

There are 30 Rezmar buildings in total.  Not 30 buildings in total.  

by Brillobreaks 2008-03-12 01:07PM | 0 recs
How Many Buildings in the District?

The census bureau should have the info.

by Brillobreaks 2008-03-12 12:28PM | 0 recs
I take him at his word

which is more disturbing.  This isn't some insanely large congressional district, but a state senate district.  How on earth could you not be aware of this sort of thing in a district like this.

by linc 2008-03-12 12:37PM | 0 recs
Re: I take him at his word

yeah, all 11 buildings in the district were affected and he didn't know about it! shameful!

by marcotom 2008-03-12 01:05PM | 0 recs
whats worse

no making it his business to know?  Taking favors from a slumlord?  or knowing and not caring? They all seem awful to me, rather cynical actually.  

by anna shane 2008-03-12 01:47PM | 0 recs
Re: I take him at his word

Of course he was aware.  If he was not then he is too much of a lazy fuck up to be our nominee.  Knowing and taking care of these sorts of problems is the job of a state rep.

There seems to be a pattern here of him always being too busy running for the next job to do the one he is being paid for.

Compare that to Clinton's amazing work ethic and you can see that Obama voters are being bamboozled.

by TeresaINPennsylvania 2008-03-13 05:54AM | 0 recs
Well Done, Susan

Great diary as usual!  Ignore those that can't look past the rhetoric, and simply don't want to be dragged out of the den of hopium.

by izarradar 2008-03-12 12:37PM | 0 recs
Re: Well Done, Susan

as an Obama supporter, I disagree with your comment, but "den of hopium" is pretty darn funny.

by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner 2008-03-12 08:35PM | 0 recs
High-larious.

sorry. i couldn't resist. Den of Hopium is too good.

by hctb 2008-03-12 10:32PM | 0 recs
ROFL

the den of hopium... I love it.  Can I use it?

by TeresaINPennsylvania 2008-03-13 05:56AM | 0 recs
Hear no evil, see no evil?

What is it with this guy?  What else doesn't he know.  I suspect what he doesn't know would fill volumes.

by Tolstoy 2008-03-12 12:39PM | 0 recs
why should he trouble his beautiful mind?

he has better things to do, like run for his next job and you know, raising money is hard work.

by TeresaINPennsylvania 2008-03-13 05:58AM | 0 recs
The wisdom of the East, and of Chicago politics

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by fairleft 2008-03-13 10:41AM | 0 recs
Proof alright!

Yikes--If this is the way he lets a neighborhood go, how could he possibly run a whole country???  The prospect is frightening.

by The Smoldering Crone 2008-03-12 12:44PM | 0 recs
An extremely apt handle

I must say.

by ReillyDiefenbach 2008-03-13 07:56AM | 0 recs
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Susanhu, why do this? Are you implying that Obama purposely ignored those buildings? Are you saying Obama's on the take? What does this kind of post do to help Hillary win the nomination?

by hnic357 2008-03-12 12:45PM | 0 recs
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It's an attempt to torpedo Obama's GE chances so Hillary can run again in 2012, since she really has no realistic chance of being the nominee this year.

by NJIndependent 2008-03-12 12:51PM | 0 recs
which explanation do you prefer

he was inattentive? He didn't do his work? He was on the take (unproven, but a definite maybe?) Ii don't see any way Obama comes out of these facts clean, he's either stupid, lazy or corrupt, which do you prefer?  

by anna shane 2008-03-12 02:01PM | 0 recs
Clinton will be the nominee

no doubt about it. Come out of the den of hopium and let the sunshine help you see the facts.

by TeresaINPennsylvania 2008-03-13 05:59AM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District Wa

He may or may not ignored those buildings intentionally.  We would have to take his words for it, he said "he didn't know".  

But it shows that he's not on top of what's going on within his own district.  Out of 30 buildings, only 12 are in working condition.  He should be alarmed.  Especially when these are the projects that he wrote the letter to support because it helped create housing for poor people.    

by JoeySky18 2008-03-12 12:52PM | 0 recs
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He wrote the letters in order to increase the profits of Rezko and of his associates at the Davis Law Firm in Chicago, Illinois.

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 12:53PM | 0 recs
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She does this because of her intense hatred for anything Obama. It doesn't matter what he says or does... he will alwasy be a lying, cheating, mob-connected, terrorist-loving, misogynist crook.

by dantes 2008-03-12 01:05PM | 0 recs
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According to CBS News Chicago, Obama has a predilection for lying.

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 01:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District Wa

That article doesn't say he had a predilection for lying. It says:

Still, a former Jesuit priest who hired Obama to work on the South Side said he has carefully read the senator's book, and believes Obama's account.

"I discussed every item of this," said Greg Golluzzo of the Gamaliel Foundation. "Barack was working his tail off. Barack was in the community. There's many young men who go to colleges who wouldn't even have the guts to walk around Altgeld Gardens. Barack was there, in the community, talking to the people, sensing their passion, their anger and he wanted to create an opportunity for them to express that anger and resolve the problem."

That article mentions a claim (not proof) that Obama didn't clean up asbestos, that it was some other environmental hazard and that he misrepresented what happened in an incident with Altgeld Gardens residents beating the car of a government official.

As for the pay bit, Obama has produced an explanation.

So, the article really doesn't say much about Obama lying. It says that "one resident who worked with Obama back then is unhappy with the senator's recollection."

Well. Obviously he's a lier and unfit to be president, then.

by shef 2008-03-12 03:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District Wa

Not so much

Still, a former Jesuit priest who hired Obama to work on the South Side said he has carefully read the senator's book, and believes Obama's account.

"I discussed every item of this," said Greg Golluzzo of the Gamaliel Foundation. "Barack was working his tail off. Barack was in the community. There's many young men who go to colleges who wouldn't even have the guts to walk around Altgeld Gardens. Barack was there, in the community, talking to the people, sensing their passion, their anger and he wanted to create an opportunity for them to express that anger and resolve the problem."

by JoeCoaster 2008-03-12 05:37PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District Wa

Obama unfortunately has a propensity for lying (and it is not like the Rethugs haven't found out about it.)

Remember Obama's old lies about his strongest foreign policy experience being him growing up in Indonesia?

Transcript from Nightline Nov 26th in 2007:

TERRY MORAN: So let's talk about experience, which you talk about a lot. You said recently that the strongest experience you have in foreign relations is that you grew up for four years as a child in Southeast Asia.

SEN. BARACK OBAMA: Well, that's not exactly what I said. What I said was I think one of the things that sets me apart is that I spent time in other countries.


Well, sorry, that is exactly what Obama said.

Remember when the Obama campaign worked for weeks on a foreign policy speech? The campaign then publicized the finished speech as a major event because they were trying to get away from a previous Obama blunder, you know the one regarding unconditional meetings with rogue world leaders. Anyway, the Obama campaign proudly and prominently placed their big foreign policy speech on the Obama campaign website.

If you remember (I sure do anyway) Obama's speech went off like an O-bomb-A. The Chicago Sun-Times not only published the speech, they also published the accompanying "Fact Sheet" distributed by the Obama campaign. The Fact Sheet and speech transcript were labeled repeatedly as "Paid for by Obama for America". Obama's remarks in that bomb of a speech (which appeared to call for an invasion or at least attack inside Pakistan, if you recall) were not off-the-cuff remarks. Obama's speech was worked on and massaged for weeks before he delivered it. The Obama campaign not only provided transcripts of the carefully crafted speech but it also distributed a "Fact Sheet" to supplement the speech. In the transcript of the speech however, the Fact Sheet about the speech and the actual delivery of the speech the ugly paragraph about Pakistan was included.

From the "Fact Sheet" the following deserves to be highlighted:

In addition, if the United States has actionable intelligence about high value terrorist targets and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will not act on it, an Obama Administration will. Obama also will increase aid to Pakistan for development and secular education to counter extremists. Paid for by Obama for America

The clear implication by the speech was
*    that Obama would attack inside Pakistan if need be and rub President Musharraf's nose in this action; and
*    an implicit threat to remove Musharraf and redesign Pakistan's government. President Musharraf clearly read the Obama speech. Musharraf saw the threat aimed at him directly, and he reacted. Obama recklessly provided Musharraf with a fig-leaf reason to impose the Pakistani State of Emergency.

Obama, now confronted by harsh reality and by most of the other Democratic candidates running for president decided to lie and defame and distort. In the August debate Obama lied directly to Chris Dodd's face. Says MSNBC:

The biggest point of contention in the debate last night came stemmed from an argument Obama made recently -- the idea that he would take action against Al-Qaeda in Pakistan, if that country's leadership won't act. Several candidates criticized Obama on that point... and the fiercest exchange was over what Obama said in his recent speech.

Dodd: "If you're making a mistake today, you ought to stand up and say so. It was a mistake in my view to suggest somehow that going in unilaterally here, into Pakistan, was somehow in our interest." Obama replied: "I did not say that we would immediately go in unilaterally. What I said was that we have to work with Musharraf."

Only that Dodd was correct about what Obama said... Obama did never say he would work with Musharraf.

So you see, it is really not strange that Obama is perceived as lying. You see, that is because he lies.

by DemAC 2008-03-12 01:47PM | 0 recs
That's one of his interview/debate problems

When confronted with a difficult fact, he just lies.  And it's really amazing that our press has been so somnolent about it.

There are two examples in your piece, one an interview, the other a debate.  I'll give you a couple more.

At the New Hampshire debate, Hillary stated, correctly, that Obama's NH campaign chair was a registered lobbyist.  Obama interrupted her, saying "That's just not so."  It was a lie.  Obama's NH campaign chair was registered with the state of NH as a lobbyist.

At the SC debate, Hillary stated that Obama had once been in favor of implementing single-payer health care.  Obama replied that he had never been in favor of single-payer.  It was a lie.  The next day, the Clinton campaign circulated a YouTube film where Obama spoke clearly and strongly in favor of implementing single-payer.

In both cases, Obama created the appearance that Clinton had lied about him to feed an attack, but in both cases, he was the one who was lying.  And it really does appear to be his reflexive response to getting caught out on something in public.

Four instances makes a pattern.  And God knows there are more than these.

by Trickster 2008-03-12 04:15PM | 0 recs
got facts?

or just personal attacks?  Can you refute anything in the diary?  Nope, didn't think so.

by TeresaINPennsylvania 2008-03-13 06:02AM | 0 recs
infer for yourself

what's the good inference, he didn't bother to find out, he didn't care, or he was cynical and pocketed money at the expense of the poor. You choose, Susan just give the facts, just the facts madam.  

by anna shane 2008-03-12 01:49PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District Wa

Similar to Michelle Obama, Barack Obama is woefully out of touch with ordinary Americans, especially the poorer African-Americans who reside in his former state Senate district.  And notice how Michelle Obama attended a fashion show coordinated by Rezko after the slumlord who failed to provide heat to Obama's poor African-American constituents was indicted.  At least Barack obtained the mansion with multiple fireplaces, and at least the upwardly mobile Michelle had a chance to feel fashionable.  But those who truly mattered were left to freeze in the cold.

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 12:48PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District Wa

Yep - all that work as a community organiser left him really out of touch with the ordinary folks.

by interestedbystander 2008-03-12 01:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District Wa

Obama exaggerated his accomplishments as a community organizer.

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 01:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District Wa

OMG that article is devastating - it was fibre glass not asbestos he helped cleared up.  He is certainly not fit to be president.  Thank god we have Hillary who has never, ever exaggerated her foreign policy experience.

by interestedbystander 2008-03-12 01:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District Wa

Obama also lied about his service to REzko during the South Carolina debate.  

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 01:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District Wa

Obama also lied about his salary and about an incident he claimed occurred in Altgeld Gardens.  In fact, one resident of Altgeld Gardens decries Obama's portrayal of that community's residents as "barbaric."  Not only did Obama inflate his resume and lie about his salary; he utilized racist language when describing he African-American residents of Altgeld Gardens.

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 01:16PM | 0 recs
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I hope people will actually read the article and not listen to your out of context bullshit.

by Brillobreaks 2008-03-12 01:17PM | 0 recs
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I invite them to read the article, for it documents at least three lies of Barack Obama, who inflates his resume, characterizes African-Americans as "barbaric," and decreases his salary in order to disguise the fact that he and his wife are beholden to powerful slumlords who buy them mansions.

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 01:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District Wa

Quite so

by interestedbystander 2008-03-12 01:19PM | 0 recs
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A lie is a lie, even if you attempt to create a context that casts those lies in a favorable light.

Obama is a liar.

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 01:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District Wa

I'd be really surprised if Clinton supporters want to go down that route.  Shall we examine Hillary's travelgate testimony under oath?

by interestedbystander 2008-03-12 01:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District Wa

I am a Hillary supporter and I want to go to that route. Instead of this nonsense of calling everybody racist, I want some real debate about accountability. If it hurts Hillary, so be it.

Since Obama, the uniter, portrays himself as totally different from 'Washington Politics', I would like to see how his Chicago politics are so different from Washington politics.

We have SIX weeks to go. Let's real vetting begin.

by praxis1 2008-03-12 01:35PM | 0 recs
about time

right on, that was something, a bunch of hacks running the travel office, and the head of the office putting travel checks in his personal account with incomplete records. She wanted them replaced with professionals and made that comment and that's travel gate in a nutshell, but it was pre- way to go Brownie and the pugs got behind the hacks. I'd like to see that one replayed, thanks for reminding me.  

by anna shane 2008-03-12 01:53PM | 0 recs
Re: about time

It was the testimony under oath that was the problem.

by interestedbystander 2008-03-13 03:33AM | 0 recs
Did you actually read that?

The 'exagerations' in question consist of three things disputed by one person in the article and confirmed by another in the same article:

-Obama said he started out making $13,000, they say he made $25,000.  Obama says that was three years later, he started out at $13k.  

-Obama says he helped get asbestos cleaned up.  It was actually fiberglass insulation.  

-Obama recounted an incident when an angry group of people beat on some city governement car.  One woman says it didn't happen.  Another person says it did.  

So yeah... horrible evil exaggerations and lies!

PS.  The woman bringing these things up is supporting him in the campaign.  

by Brillobreaks 2008-03-12 01:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Did you actually read that?

He lied three times about Altgeld Gardens, and he lied during the SC debate when questioned about Rezko.  He has also lied to the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune.

Or is it "possible" he lied?  

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 01:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Did you actually read that?

your definition of 'lied' is so only found in HillaryLand

by JoeCoaster 2008-03-12 05:42PM | 0 recs
In this article he lies about the amount of money

Rezko gave him..

The fact that he consistantly understates it instead of overstates it gives statistical weight to the theory that it was intentional to cover it up. If it was unintentional he would be inaccurate in both directions.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/12 4171,CST-NWS-obama05.article

by architek 2008-03-12 07:52PM | 0 recs
let's do a survey

lets poll state senators all over the country and ask then if dealing with slum lords and buildings without heat, particularly when they were partially responsible for tax payer funds going for those buildings, is something they would know about and do something about.

by TeresaINPennsylvania 2008-03-13 06:07AM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof of Nothing

OH MY GOD!  There are slums in a ghetto!  Stop the presses!!!!!!

by NJIndependent 2008-03-12 12:50PM | 0 recs
the poor don't vote

they're too bush clearing rats and filling holes and mopping up after leaking pipes and ceilings. So, did Obama just sell them for a big house?  Or was he just inattentive. Or what, how can you spin it?  (please try, I need a laugh)

by anna shane 2008-03-12 01:54PM | 0 recs
Re: the poor don't vote

Or maybe, when your district is the projects of the South Side of Chicago, it's just not possible to ensure that every resident is living a comfortable life.

The Clinton smear machine disgusts me.

by NJIndependent 2008-03-12 03:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District Wa

Poverty... in inner city Chicago?

I am shocked! Shocked!

by Bob Beard 2008-03-12 12:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District Wa

And by funneling public dollars to Rezko, the indicted slumlord who exploited obama's impecunious constituents, Obama exacerbated inner city poverty.  

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 12:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District Wa

Uhmm yes... sure did. After he worked on the street to fight it for 5 years, he changed his mind to support a slumlord.

by marcotom 2008-03-12 01:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District Wa

And that is exactly what he did.  But even more important is Obama's decision to exaggerate his accomplishments as a community organizer.

Obama is Rezko's representative, not the representative of the poor African-Americans who were forced to vote for him after he removed Palmer from the ballot.

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 01:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Irrefutable Proof That Obama's Own District Wa

How can you even argue with the truthteller?

by grover738 2008-03-12 01:09PM | 0 recs
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haha, true. I should go get a coffee and let the haters hate! This is insane.

by marcotom 2008-03-12 01:14PM | 0 recs
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Reminds me of playing whack-a-mole, only without the mental challenges.

by grover738 2008-03-12 01:29PM | 0 recs
so he says

but looks like, best spin, he was organizing while exploiting.  I mean he says he was organizing and I take him at his word?  

by anna shane 2008-03-12 01:56PM | 0 recs
lame deflction

by TeresaINPennsylvania 2008-03-13 06:09AM | 0 recs
This is HUGE

Eleven Buildings! I don't know of a single state representative that wouldn't know how many buildings all of his financial backers own, especially if some of the ELEVEN buildings that Rezko owned were foreclosed on in HIS district.

He is so out of touch.

This is as good of proof as I've seen that he was in the pocket of Rezko.

Eleven buildings!!!!!!!!!!! Just think about that for a second. That's a lot!

Keep up the great work, Susan!!!!!

Don't forget to recommend this diary - it's definetly good enough for the recommended diary list.

by grover738 2008-03-12 12:55PM | 0 recs
Re: This is HUGE

I believe that according to the maps, 6 of those 11 buildings are still operating and NOT foreclosed.

by Its Like Herding Cats 2008-03-12 01:48PM | 0 recs
Re: This is HUGE

and yet, the squalor and crime surrounding rezko's slums decreased the property value of the neighborhoods in which they were situated.  obama, of course, said and did nothing, as he and Michelle wanted, no needed, their sprawling and stately mansion.

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 01:56PM | 0 recs
Re: This is HUGE

How dare they purchase a nice house for their family while people in the same town are living in squalor.

by grover738 2008-03-12 01:59PM | 0 recs
FIVE! FIVE is a HUGE NUMBER!!!!!

Ok, five were foreclosed. THAT IS A LOT OF BUILDINGS!

Sorry, I should have labeled my first post as snark. It is hard to tell on here.

by grover738 2008-03-12 02:01PM | 0 recs
Re: FIVE! FIVE is a HUGE NUMBER!!!!!

That was snark?  Sorry I didn't recognize it as such.  Perhaps it was the knee jerk "mojo" you were given by a Clinton supporter..

Sorry, for not recognizing it as snark.

by Its Like Herding Cats 2008-03-12 02:05PM | 0 recs
Re: FIVE! FIVE is a HUGE NUMBER!!!!!

No problem, I don't blame you. There are so many ridiculous diaries & comments here that snark is very hard to detect.

by grover738 2008-03-12 02:08PM | 0 recs
Re: This is HUGE
You are delusional or you have never been to a poor Senate District in your life.  Hundreds probably thousands of elected democrats throughout this country are owed an apology from this diarist.
 
by daninpa 2008-03-12 02:28PM | 0 recs
Re: This is HUGE

Sorry, my post was snark. I've got to stop on this site, there is no way to distinguish snark around here.

by grover738 2008-03-12 06:22PM | 0 recs
Are you stupid? Or do you like to play stupid?

Do you know the neighborhood you're looking at? It's not at all shocking that those are areas where foreclosures took place. It's also not shocking that there were 11 in that area - considering that Chicago is one of the cities that has been hit hardest by home foreclosures. And it's even less shocking when one knows that the African-American communities have been hit hardest by foreclosures because the mortgage companies are racist.

Here's some advice for you - free of charge -

If you're going to write diaries on areas of the city you know nothing about, do some research first so you don't look like an idiot. Or you could just stop writing altogether. That would be great too.

by Elise 2008-03-12 01:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Are you stupid? Or do you like to play stupid?
 
 I very much doubt that you would think this is stupid had you been the unfortunate one to be living in these places
by gunner 2008-03-12 01:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Are you stupid? Or do you like to play stupid?

I live in Obama's state Senate district, Elise.  I know it more than you ever will.  And besides, these buildings were in foreclosure long before the crisis occurred this year.

Now espouse your vacuous propaganda elsewhere.

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 01:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Are you stupid? Or do you like to play stupid?

she thinks it's just politics, that all politicians are in it for the money?  I don't get her point, he could not have known, it's toooo big for him?  

by anna shane 2008-03-12 01:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Are you stupid? Or do you like to play stupid?

Elise is a known Obamabot.  If fact, she has no credibility.

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 01:59PM | 0 recs
"stupid" "idiot"

Got any more to say to attack the diarist? Instead of insults, why don't you help us understand the neighborhood. You haven't said anything to refute what the diarist has laid out here. Rezko was the owner of these properties, not individual AAs that have been hard hit by foreclosures. I would also say that mortgage companies are predatory and opportunistic - not "racist" - they don't discriminate, they screw everyone.

by grlpatriot 2008-03-12 01:27PM | 0 recs
Are you stupid? Or do you like to play stupid?
It was Obama's job to help his tenants who went without heat for five weeks.  It was his job to know that he helped get tax payer funds to a slumlord who took a profit and ditched his responsibilities.
Obama is the worst democratic candidate of my lifetime. He is lazy, corrupt, sexist, race baiting, divisive and dishonest.
by TeresaINPennsylvania 2008-03-13 06:15AM | 0 recs
Another boneheaded mistake

At the very least, this makes Obama look like an ass and "boneheaded". What is more problematic though is the perception of Obama, man of integrity, "looking the other way" as a close associate and friend profits off the poor. The other component, and the most troubling for Obama, the presidential candidate, is the appearance that he may have done Rezko favors in securing public monies for the properties. Any way you slice it, its more bad news for Obama.

by grlpatriot 2008-03-12 01:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Another boneheaded mistake

didn't we just put up with the king of boneheaded mistakes for the last 8 years?  Do we have to go there again?

by TeresaINPennsylvania 2008-03-13 06:16AM | 0 recs
Please

If you have anything resembling proof that Obama was in Rezko's pocket then I challenge you to show it. If not, then quit the slanderous innuendo.

Barack Obama has given his entire adult life to helping people make better lives for themselves and without hesitation or anything even remotely resembling proof, you claim he did a complete 180 and enriched himself at the expense of poor people. And you do so by quoting a woman who lived in a bad house and another who says there is a lot of crime on the South Side. Thanks for the revelation.

Have you ever been to the South Side of Chicago? Well I live in Chicago and have lived on the South Side, take it from someone who lived down there that the problems of that area are well beyond 11 run-down homes, there are literally hundreds of dilapidated buildings and yes there is violent crime. These conditions were prevelant long before Obama took over that senate district and, quite sadly, will be prevelant for many years to come. Generally, however,and as is quoted above, complaints about poor housing, no heat or violent crimes are made to more local representatives, police, city aldermen, the mayor's office, etc., those who can respond in real time. So it is not a stretch to say that his office wasn't contacted about these issues. But to insinuate that he heard from them and did nothing flys in the face of reality.

This diary is sad and is indicative of those who have lost all perspective on what we are fighting for in this election. We waste breath and cyberspace weeping over the idea that republicans will slander the Dem nominee come fall. But we need not wait for the fall, all the slander we need can be found right here. DISGRACEFUL.

by AHunch 2008-03-12 01:19PM | 0 recs
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Your admiration for Senator Obama does not change the fact that he lied about his connection with Rezko.

Inspiration needs to be backed up with actions. His actions are telling us something different from hope and inspiration.

We need to ask Senator Obama serious questions before Republicans will attack him without giving him a chance to respond. It is not for him but for our party to survive. We can not afford to another defeat for this country. Instead of attacking this diary, you need to ask serious questions to Obama first.

by praxis1 2008-03-12 01:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Please

You look so small compared to the poster you respond to. Where are the actions that you miss? What do you know of his time as a community organizer? As a civil rights lawyer? Law professor?

Just because you are inclined to believe all the dirt that is thrown in his direction doesn't make it true.

by marcotom 2008-03-12 01:52PM | 0 recs
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According to the CBS news report I cite, Obama fabricated a lot of details regarding his past as a community organizer.  Moreover, he was a Rezko attorney, not a Civil Rights attorney.  Unless, of course, civil rights attorneys keep African-Americans in the cold without heat in Chicago for five weeks.

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 01:58PM | 0 recs
I dont' get it

what do you mean? He ought to be taken at his word? Which ones?  

by anna shane 2008-03-12 01:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Please

You just can't post a comment without attacks at personal level, can you?

FYI, he was not a Law professor. He was one of many lecturers. There is a difference. You might feel it is not important but many feel that it is part of exaggerating his career.

If you are so upset about these accusations, ask your candidate to respond properly and explain why he said he did not know anything about Rezko while he was writing letters for Rezko.

by praxis1 2008-03-12 02:12PM | 0 recs
The 'civil rights attorney' lie?

I don't get the truthiness of Obama calling himself a former civil rights attorney. His legal practice career was spend exclusively working for a 12-attorney firm specializing in putting together deals for privatized low-income slums I mean housing. Where's the civil rights work there? I mean his resume indicates he spent nearly all his time doing 'civil rights litigation' but he was working for a nearly exclusively real estate deal company.

Obamanuts, got some substance for me?

by fairleft 2008-03-12 07:32PM | 0 recs
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Praxis1- I agree with the sentiment but no one is asking questions of him. This diary is insinuating that he allowed a politcal contributor get rich while poor people suffered. That's not a question, its an accusation. Further, don't think for a minute that the Chicago media hasn't been on this story for years. They are a tenacious bunch, I promise. If there had been something sinister going on it would have been reported long ago.

Also, ask yourself this, if Obama is so willing to trade his integrity for campaign contributions, why then is Rezko the only name we have ever heard?

by AHunch 2008-03-12 01:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Please

Chicago media published a phone number for Obama to contact them. They have been investigating this case but could not hear from Obama directly.

Rezko is a time bomb. Rezko is under investigation. One of charges is about money laundering possibly related to overseas investors from Syria. I am not saying that Obama is guilty just because he was a friend of Rezko for years. What bothers me most is how Obama and his camp just tried to dismiss all the accusation. Dismissing the case will not solve anything. It just opens a door for Republicans to attack him. It is time for Obama to stand up and answer serious questions about him and his relation with Rezko. He already changed his statement about his relation with Rezko several times. Avoiding tough questions ended up giving different versions of answers. It is somewhat typical of any politician in trouble.

Rezko is the only name so far we know. I will not believe any politician just because he/she talks about transparency. Also, our beloved media was not seriously vetting Obama. I do not want to wait until the media finally betrays Obama. This diary asks another question to Obama. I hope people would pressure Obama not the diarist to get more information about the relation between Obama and Rezko.

by praxis1 2008-03-12 02:26PM | 0 recs
Re: BO and Rezko's buildings

You have to look to find out. You have to want to know to really know. Oh...how much easier to turn your back on the impoverished in dilapidated buildings...what have they to offer, anyway? Much easier to take that easy escalator up the rungs of power til suddenly you are on the way to possibly being the big kahuna of the US of A... anointed by those mesmerized by your silver tongue.  So much harder to work for years actually creating and building solutions for real people...for disenfranchised people. Imagine all the paperwork...the endless hours learning the details of things...What are a "few" rundown, roach infested, barely liveable buildings to a man on his way up! Please give me Hillary. This country needs solutions!!!!

by susanclare 2008-03-12 01:39PM | 0 recs
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Excellent comment, you hit the nail on the head. Slum housing lawyer: it's about character, probably not about crime.

by fairleft 2008-03-12 07:35PM | 0 recs
This diarist has hit rock bottom

and started to dig.

You sound like a Freeper.  Try to wean yourself off rightwing talking points, both Canadian and American.  

by bosdcla14 2008-03-12 01:42PM | 0 recs
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Nobody cares..... nobody will ever care. Rezko is STILL a non-starter.

by JDF 2008-03-12 02:25PM | 0 recs
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Step back; catch your breath; then ask yourself how did he campaign for election and re-election for his State Senate District? and where was he campaigning that he couldn't notice any of these dilapidated buildings? Could it be that these constituents were throw-aways?

by patboyken 2008-03-12 02:45PM | 0 recs
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Do you live in a major city?  From my apartment to my office, there is not a block that is without filth and squalor.

by rfahey22 2008-03-12 03:09PM | 0 recs
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Just like Mr. Obama sought Mr. Rezko expertise for his house, why wouldn't seek Mr. Rezko advice as a developer to improve the living conditions of these constituents of his State District? Certainly you would agree that he could have at least inquire.

by patboyken 2008-03-12 03:11PM | 0 recs
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All of her hit pieces are like this.  Lots of innuendo, almost zero substance.  It's depressing that we have people like this in our party.

by rfahey22 2008-03-12 03:08PM | 0 recs
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I don't consider this to be a hit piece. We had a similar experience here in Miami-Dade County, FL where the Miami Herald did an award winning investigative report titled "House of Lies" where politicians, developers get tax credit dollars to rehab or built affordable housing and they end up with the poor not benefiting from these elaborate rip-off scam. The politician advance to higher prominence, the developer go to his next scam and the poor continue to suffer.

by patboyken 2008-03-12 03:23PM | 0 recs
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Right, except for the fact that this diary shows no causality, no chain of events, just more guilt-by-association from susanhu.

by amiches 2008-03-12 03:31PM | 0 recs
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Obama writes letters for Rezko's property company, although Obama knew Rezko's properties were deteriorating.  And then he accepted cash from Rezko.  I believe the corruption and venality involved in Obama's (in)actions is perspicuously presented.

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 03:35PM | 0 recs
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It is a hit piece because it relies almost entirely on innuendo.  Look at the quotes the author uses, in which Obama denies personal knowledge of these buildings - what exactly do they prove, other than that Obama says he didn't know about these buildings?  Writing something along the lines of, "Oh really?" doesn't prove that he had knowledge of the conditions (and, really, I wouldn't expect Clinton to know the conditions of all the slums in New York).  Likewise, the fact that Rezko is a bad guy does not mean that Obama is a bad guy because he received contributions from Rezko.  I thought that all the accusations that the Clintons endured in the '90's had made us smarter than that.

By all means, do an award-winning investigation into this charge, but this article ain't it.  The author uses a lot of graphics, movies, and quotes to make it look like she is relying on a lot of evidence, but this is no better than a second-rate Weekly World News article.  

by rfahey22 2008-03-12 03:35PM | 0 recs
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Quick, someone post a Google Maps mashup with all of the dilapidated buildings in New York State along with how much the owners of the buildings donated to the Clintons

Why does content like this continue to be allowed here?

by amiches 2008-03-12 03:20PM | 0 recs
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Because Rezko was Obama's "political godfather."  Why else would the upwardly mobile Michelle Obama, who claims everyone but her should receive an income cut, attend a fashion show coordinated by the indicted slumlord who helped her purchase her sprawling mansion?  Michelle Obama felt fashionable for an evening before returning to the mansion she could not afford, but her neighbors and Obama's constituents froze for five weeks during a cold Chicago winter.  

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 03:24PM | 0 recs
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So going to a fashion show means her husband was in the fashion show organizer's pocket politically.

You guys are starting to parody yourselves, I think. Citing NRO? Don't post on progressive blogs anymore.

by amiches 2008-03-12 03:29PM | 0 recs
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Rezko was one of Obama's first political donors, and Rezko donated over $180,000 to Obama's campaigns.  He also scheduled multiple fundraisers for Obama in 2003.  Moreover, Rezko was a business partner of Obama's colleagues at the Davis law firm.  And Obama wrote letters on behalf of Rezko on Illinois state Senate stationary.  Rezko also chose interns for Obama's Senate office, and Obama helped appoint Rezko's friend Levine to Illinois state Boards.  Furthermore, Rezko helped Obama purchase the mansion he could not afford.  The fashion show, in other words, is just another example of how the Obamas and the Rezkos were engaged in an elaborate quid pro quo.  Rezko buys Michelle a mansion, and Rezko introduces Michelle to fashion.  All this for Barack's legal advocacy and for Obama's exploitation of his office of state Senator in order to secure government funds for dilapidated slums that would ultimately become urban blight in the form of foreclosed properties.  

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 03:34PM | 0 recs
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You make a lot of assertions. Cite a reputable, mainstream media source for each one, please.

That does not mean susanhu diaries or Taylor Marsh posts.

by amiches 2008-03-12 03:43PM | 0 recs
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Although this will not convince you to cast an informed vote, I will present the sources for all the FACTS I type.

Rezko was one of Obama's first political donors,

Chicago Sun-Times

Rezko became Obama's political patron. Obama got his first campaign contributions on July 31, 1995: $300 from a Loop lawyer, a $5,000 loan from a car dealer, and $2,000 from two food companies owned by Rezko.

and Rezko donated over $180,000 to Obama's campaigns.  

Chicago Sun-Times

Obama has collected at least $168,308 from Rezko and his circle. Obama also has taken in an unknown amount of money from people who attended fund-raising events hosted by Rezko since the mid-1990s.

But seven months ago, Obama told the Sun-Times his "best estimate" was that Rezko raised "between $50,000 and $60,000" during Obama's political career.

He also scheduled multiple fundraisers for Obama in 2003.  

ABC News

Rezko, charged in a scheme to bribe and corrupt Illinois officials, held numerous fundraising events at his Wilmette mansion, including one for the 2004 senate campaign of Obama that raised more than $60,000.

Moreover, Rezko was a business partner of Obama's colleagues at the Davis law firm.  

Chicago Sun-Times

Obama, who has a law degree from Harvard, subsequently returned to Chicago to lead a voter-registration drive in 1992.

The next year, Obama joined Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland, a 12-lawyer firm that specialized in helping develop low-income housing. The firm's top partner, Allison S. Davis, was, and is, a member of the Chicago Plan Commission, appointed by Mayor Daley. Davis was also a friend of Rezko. Davis and Rezko would eventually go into business together, developing homes.

And Obama wrote letters on behalf of Rezko on Illinois state Senate stationary.  

Chicago Sun-Times

As a state senator, Barack Obama wrote letters to city and state officials supporting his political patron Tony Rezko's successful bid to get more than $14 million from taxpayers to build apartments for senior citizens.

Rezko also chose interns for Obama's Senate office,

Chicago Sun-Times

In addition to a land deal, Sen. Barack Obama's ties to indicted dealmaker Antoin "Tony" Rezko include an internship the senator provided the son of a contributor at the request of Rezko, an Obama spokesman confirmed Saturday.
John Aramanda served as an intern for Obama for about a month in 2005, said Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs. His father is Joseph Aramanda, a Rezko business associate who was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a federal corruption case against Rezko. Aramanda has contributed $11,500 to Obama since 2000, Gibbs said.

"Mr. Rezko did provide a recommendation for John Aramanda," Gibbs said.

and Obama helped appoint Rezko's friend Levine to Illinois state Boards.  

ABC News

As an Illinois lawmaker, Barack Obama was one of eight state officials consulted on appointments to a state board which later became involved in what prosecutors describe as a fraud scheme, the Associated Press reports today.

That information was contained in a June 2003 memo from a national Democratic official introduced this morning as evidence at the trial of Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a Chicago-area developer and political operative facing corruption charges.

Furthermore, Rezko helped Obama purchase the mansion he could not afford.  

Chicago Sun-Times

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama expressed regret late Friday for his 2005 land purchase from now-indicted political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko in a deal that enlarged the senator's yard.

"I consider this a mistake on my part and I regret it," Obama told the Chicago Sun-Times in an exclusive and revealing question-and-answer exchange about the transaction.

In June 2005, Obama and Rezko purchased adjoining parcels in Kenwood. The state's junior senator paid $1.65 million for a Georgian revival mansion, while Rezko paid $625,000 for the adjacent, undeveloped lot. Both closed on their properties on the same day.

The fashion show, in other words, is just another example of how the Obamas and the Rezkos were engaged in an elaborate quid pro quo.  

Chicago Magazine

Two days before last November's elections, benefactors held a fashion show in the Rosemont convention center to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. The invitation to the affair offered a veritable guidebook to political influence in Illinois, much of it centered on one St. Jude benefactor, Antoin "Tony" Rezko.

The chair of the event was Rezko's wife, Rita, a member of the Cook County Employee Appeals Board, which hears cases brought by fired or disciplined workers. (She was appointed to the part-time post, which pays $37,000 a year, by John Stroger, the former president of the Cook County Board, whose 2002 campaign finance committee was headed by Tony Rezko.) The fashion show's honorary cochair was Governor Rod Blagojevich's wife, Patti, who owns a real-estate firm (and has been involved in real-estate deals with Tony Rezko dating back to 1997).

The event's sponsoring committee included Governor Blagojevich's former spokeswoman, Cheryle Jackson, who now heads the Chicago Urban League; Becky Ruff Chipparoni, whose husband, Guy Chipparoni, was the press secretary for then secretary of state Jim Edgar before setting up a public-relations firm in Chicago (Chipparoni has represented some of Rezko's businesses); and Hollie Rumman, whose husband, Michael Rumman, served as one of Blagojevich's cabinet members (and is an investor with Rezko in various deals, such as a proposed power plant in Iraq).

Michelle Obama, wife of the Democratic U.S. senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama, was a special guest that day (even though the news had just broken about Rezko's participation in a funky real-estate transaction involving the Obamas' Hyde Park home).

The fashion show attracted little if any media coverage, which may have been exactly as its organizers and sponsors had hoped. Just three weeks earlier, Tony Rezko had been indicted on charges of extorting kickbacks from businesses seeking contracts from the Blagojevich administration. Rezko has pleaded not guilty. The trial is scheduled for February 25th in the U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois.

Rezko buys Michelle a mansion, and Rezko introduces Michelle to fashion.  All this for Barack's legal advocacy and for Obama's exploitation of his office of state Senator in order to secure government funds for dilapidated slums that would ultimately become urban blight in the form of foreclosed properties.  

Chicago Sun-Times Map

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 04:17PM | 0 recs
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Yet again, your mansion comment is not supported by the very article you cite.

by rfahey22 2008-03-12 04:33PM | 0 recs
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But the seller only agreed to the price as a result of Rezko's decision to purchase the yard of the house.  

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 06:21PM | 0 recs
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"Although this will not convince you to cast an informed vote, I will present the sources for all the FACTS I type."

You are terrific to post all these sources. It won't make a bit of difference to these Obama supporters, who merely ask the question to cast aspersions on the facts, and want us to waste our time on a blog, instead of working for the candidate we support. They simply denigrate the sources, it makes no difference to them how well documented the facts are.

But I thank you for the documentation and will use these articles you have posted. Excellent work!

by 07rescue 2008-03-12 06:22PM | 0 recs
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Whoa whoa whoa.  Rezko did not buy anyone a house.  Your zeal to destroy Obama is starting to show.  

Time to cauterize this infected wound:

http://mediamatters.org/items/2008012300 08

by rfahey22 2008-03-12 03:46PM | 0 recs
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Rezko's purchase of the adjoining lot enable the Obamas to purchase the sprawling mansion they could not afford.  

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 04:18PM | 0 recs
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And, the evidence of that is...where?  According to the article I just cited, Obama purchased his property below market value because of a slow housing market.

by rfahey22 2008-03-12 04:32PM | 0 recs
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the evidence is the following:

Q: How do you explain the fact your family purchased your home the same day as Rita Rezko bought the property adjacent to yours? Was this a coordinated purchase?

A: The sellers required the closing of both properties at the same time. As they were moving out of town, they wished to conclude the sale of both properties simultaneously. The lot was purchased first; with the purchase of the house on the adjacent lot, the closings could proceed and did, on the same day, pursuant to the condition set by the sellers.

The Obama campaign admitted Rezko's intervention was necessary in order for the transaction to occur.  

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 06:28PM | 0 recs
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And the wrongdoing is where?  The property owner has alleged no illicit activity.

by rfahey22 2008-03-12 07:27PM | 0 recs
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Just add the purchase as a huge $$$ donation to Obama by Rezko. Nothing illegal though.

by fairleft 2008-03-12 07:40PM | 0 recs
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Uh, ok....................

by rfahey22 2008-03-13 07:42AM | 0 recs
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Okay, let's us just suppose everything you've stated here is true.

In a world festooned with unicorns and rainbows, this unfortunate association would never have happened, but let us look at this through the lens of what happens in the real world.

I think the most illuminating part of this "accusation" is Rezko was a business partner of Obama's calleaugues at the Davis law firm.

In the real world, people often really don't KNOW all the particulars of people they associate with, even people who are fairly close to them. (Review the veracity of this statement I've just made by comparing it against the reality of your own life/relationships.) This is even more true in the world of politics - and a good politician faces the double-edged sword of building as many connections as s/he can.

It is easy (for me, at least) to see how Obama relied on the good word of his colleagues to believe that he could put his trust in Rezko. Everything else follows. He really COULD have not known just how bad things were.

There is no smoking gun here.

by keaton 2008-03-12 04:43PM | 0 recs
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"Relied on the good word of his colleagues" . . . You're painting a picture of a spectacularly naive Chicago attorney and politician. You walk around Obama's district and you see boarded up housing everywhere. In other words, you see the failure of both public and privatized poverty housing projects. This housing catastrophe is of major importance to poor people on the South Side, but Obama never considered why? Could it be the developers of such housing -- Tony Rezko for example -- that at least possible and/or partially cause its tragic failures?

And Obama's law firm was full-scale involved in such poverty housing privatization. In fact my impression is that the law firm Obama worked for was in essence a property development law firm, with a major if not predominant specialty in low-income housing privatization projects subsidized by government money and 'sponsored/sheperded' by local polically well-connected NGOs. Rezmar alone had 30 such projects handled by the firm, involving eventually many tens of millions of dollars, all of which were fiascos (at least for the taxpayers).

by fairleft 2008-03-12 06:18PM | 0 recs
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"In the real world, people often really don't KNOW all the particulars of people they associate with, even people who are fairly close to them."

I beg to differ. Politicians, especially extremely ambitions ones like Obama, have an incredible nose for knowing everyone's business. That is the art of politics, if you want to call it that. Especially in cities, where everyone has to know who is in who's back pocket, it is a matter of political survival. Obama is completely embedded in the old school politics, it is extraordinary how he has marketed himself otherwise. It's a joke to everyone who knows him.

by 07rescue 2008-03-12 06:27PM | 0 recs
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The notion that his office would have directed complaints to the proper local offices strikes me as factual. Alderman are responsible for local conditions and have the connections to solve problems. Who was the alderman and what relationship does s/he have with Obama?

And where was the charity that partneered with Rezko while all this was going on?

by DaleA 2008-03-12 03:37PM | 0 recs
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But Obama ignored those complaints, as Rezko was his largest contributor.

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 03:39PM | 0 recs
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Where does it say that he ignored complaints?  It doesn't say that in the article.

by rfahey22 2008-03-12 07:31PM | 0 recs
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Pass the buck to the alderman? Bullshit, state funds are involved in privatized housing schemes and he was the state senator for many of the Rezkoslum residents.

by fairleft 2008-03-12 06:10PM | 0 recs
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From many years living in Chicago, I have some idea of how things work. Any complaints that got to Obama's office would have gone to the staffer who handles that kind of thing. She would take out her rolodex and find the name of the person responsible for dealing with the problem at the alderman's office. She then calls that person and says that Senator would really like this taken care of. Obama would never be told about it.

What puzzles me is how the heat got turned off and left off. AIR, the fire marshall frowns on turning off heat in the winter. Why he didn't get involved mystifies me. Unheated buildings are a fire hazard. There are a number of city offices that should have been involved, as well as the title people and the insurors. A lot of dogs didn't bark.

by DaleA 2008-03-12 07:34PM | 0 recs
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State senators are responsible for monitoring how state money is spent. Most of the money for these poverty housing projects is state money, so state reps should be the ones who make sure the state's money is being properly spent for their constituents. If they're decent state representatives and are representing their districts' citizens and not their campaigns' contributors.

by fairleft 2008-03-12 07:44PM | 0 recs
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By the way, I can accept the idea that a staffer would contact an alderman's staffer on an initial complaint. But what about repeated complaints about the same property, and the alderman not doing a damn thing about it, as is very often the case in impoverished parts of Chicago, and was likely the case with these Rezko catastrophers. Then what does the state senator's staffer do? What does the state senator do, and what should he do?

by fairleft 2008-03-12 07:47PM | 0 recs
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You raise the real question. About the dog that did not bark. How did the fire marshall not take a position. How did the relevant agencies not deal with a clear present problem. Pressure from above anybody? The City of Chicago has endless ways of dealing with unheated buildings. The fact that no one charged with dealing with the situation acted is the real mystery here. Who provided the pass for Rezko to get away with all of his violations?

From the video, these buildings are heated by steam. Which is a cheap way of doing heat. I can remember living in places where the steam heat ran constantly. Twenty five below and we had the windows open. Turning the heat off is a disaster in a cold climate. The pipes freeze and break. Fires break out from running the oven with the door open. This spreads to the whole neighborhood.

My issue here is why the agencies and officers appointed to deal with possible bad overflow did not act. In this case, there were all sorts of public officials who should have done something. But they did not. This is the mystery. Who used how much muscle to keep the fire marshall ect from doing his job?

by DaleA 2008-03-12 10:31PM | 0 recs
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Susan, give it up already. Barack's won. Get with the program or find another hobby.

by pitahole 2008-03-12 04:06PM | 0 recs
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This reminds me of the weekly magazine Friday and a Wide Show. You'll have to use your investigative powers to discover what that means.

by mishima 2008-03-12 04:15PM | 0 recs
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4 scandals made of bullshit go to Eliot Spitzer. Obama's Rezko problems are entirely substantive. He should've known, it was his responsibility to find out, that Rezko was a scam artist on a massive scale, screwing over countless poor people but especially the poor of Obama's state senate district, and all the taxpayers of Chicago and Illinois. But instead Obama was writing recommendations letter for his Mr. Moneybags.

by fairleft 2008-03-12 06:08PM | 0 recs
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What, is Obama now omnipotent?  Do you think that New York has been scandal-free since the Clintons arrived?  Seriously, what super powers should he have employed here?

by rfahey22 2008-03-12 07:26PM | 0 recs
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Housing for the poor in his state senate district was one of his major responsibilities, whether he thought so or not (and I'd lean toward 'not'). So, keeping track of tens of millions of state poverty housing funds funneled into his district was a major responsibility, because that the main way the state of Illinois was attempting to solve the inexcusably bad housing problem impacting the poor in his district. It's not that big a district, you could walk 15-20 minutes south from Obama's ostentatious mansion and run into some of those 61st to 63rd Street Rezko hellholes.

by fairleft 2008-03-12 07:51PM | 0 recs
Rezko screwed over the poor & the taxpayers

And 'community organizer' and State Senator Obama didn't see a damn thing? It was his job to know aobut waste on this scale, of money and housing intended to benefit the poor who dominated his state senate district, and involving something so life-and-death essential as housing . . . So sad for the people of Chicago and especially our working poor. Read this article listing the foreclosed properties:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/35377 7,CST-NWS-rezside23.article

Another thing to consider is Obama's strong ideological bias in favor of privatized government services. Maybe his neoliberal ideology blinded him to what public officials should be very wary of: that such privatization schemes are often scams that screw over especially the poor but also the rest of us.

by fairleft 2008-03-12 06:03PM | 0 recs
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"Maybe his neoliberal ideology blinded him to what public officials should be very wary of: that such privatization schemes are often scams that screw over especially the poor but also the rest of us."

Thanks for making this point. Obama's neoliberalism goes far beyond Clinton's. I'm really blown away how many progressives have been duped by him.

by 07rescue 2008-03-12 06:29PM | 0 recs
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Is any surprised by Obama's unrestrained neoliberalism?  After all, Austin Goolsbee was his economic advisor.

by truthteller2007 2008-03-12 06:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Rezko screwed over the poor &

"Austin Goolsbee was his economic advisor."

And Jim Cooper is his health care advisor and surrogate, the person mainly responsible for destroying Hillary Clinton's health care reform effort in 1993, as "too left". He's against universal health care. Talk about neoliberal...

by 07rescue 2008-03-12 07:12PM | 0 recs
Re: policy history

My point is that a less rose-colored-glasses believer in neoliberalism might be more common-sense wary about such partnerships in part because of the ease with which they can generate bad projects that win great piles of funding through political corruption. Exactly as happened here.

by fairleft 2008-03-12 08:13PM | 0 recs
One damn Great diary, Susan!

by earthoat 2008-03-12 07:12PM | 0 recs
Yeah, he was fine w demolition of public housing

More biz for his low-income housing law firm and its clients.

by fairleft 2008-03-12 07:37PM | 0 recs
The Michelle Connection

Rezko and Mahru . . . got deal after deal -- between 1989 and 1998, more than $100 million from the city, state and federal governments and bank loans to rehabilitate 30 buildings in Chicago.

from Why Didn't City Hall Stop Him?
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/35509 9,cst-nws-rez24a.article

Connect those years to the heartwarming Michelle Obama story:

In the summer of 1991, Valerie Jarrett, then Mayor Richard Daley's deputy chief of staff, interviewed a young Sidley Austin attorney named Michelle Robinson. After the 90-minute conversation, Jarrett offered her a job, but Robinson called back a day later, not to say "yes" but "maybe." First, she said, her fiance wanted to meet Jarrett.

By that time, Obama the independent-minded community activist had privately expressed his political ambitions. This job would put his wife-to-be squarely in the offices of the man whose father had perfected the Democratic machine.

"My fiance wants to know who is going to be looking out for me and making sure that I thrive," Jarrett recalled Robinson telling her.

So the three of them -- the prospective boss, the job applicant and the man she would marry a year later -- piled into a booth at a seafood restaurant in the Loop and got to know each other over a long dinner.

At the end of the evening, Jarrett turned to Barack and asked, "Well, did I pass the test?" Obama smiled, put his head down, closed his eyes and said, "Yeah, you passed the test."

That was the start of a long relationship that has paid off politically for Barack Obama, connecting him to Daley's inner circle.

At City Hall, Michelle Obama forged close and lasting friendships with Jarrett and many other top Daley aides, including former Corporation Counsel Susan Sher and David Mosena, who was the mayor's chief of staff when Michelle Obama first joined his administration. She left in 1993.

All have long since left the city payroll as well, but are loyal to the mayor and now the Obamas. Their careers also have frequently overlapped, and together they make up a network that reaches into virtually every aspect of Chicago politics.

After leaving City Hall, Jarrett went on to lead the Chicago Transit Authority. She recruited Michelle Obama to the transit agency's citizen advisory committee. Mosena, who now is president of the Museum of Science and Industry, served with Obama on the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.

Currently, she works as the $273,618-a-year vice president for community and external affairs at The University of Chicago Medical Center. Her boss there is Sher.

City Hall records show Michelle Obama, then still named Robinson, began work as a $60,000-a-year mayoral assistant in September of 1991. She didn't stay long in the mayor's office. Within weeks, Daley promoted Jarrett to run the new Department of Planning and Development. Obama followed.

She had no background in economic development, but Obama served as a troubleshooter for Jarrett.

from Michelle Obama: Barack's rock
http://www.barackobama.com/2007/04/22/mi chelle_obama_baracks_rock.php

Good ol' Chicago, are we all getting a sense of how things work here, and how they've worked for the Obamas? And here are some of the tragic results:

Rezmar was paid at least $6.9 million to develop those apartments.

Taxpayers have lost $5.7 million in grants and loans written off by the Daley administration, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation has found. Millions more could be written off, based on court records and interviews.

And the IRS has so far demanded that corporations repay $7.8 million in tax breaks they got for investing in Rezmar apartments that failed to provide low-income housing for at least 15 years.

Rezmar was supposed to provide 1,025 apartments for the poor. But today:

* Six of its 30 buildings are boarded up.

* Seventeen went into in foreclosure, most after Rezmar abandoned them.

* An 18th building is being foreclosed on by the state. Rezmar walked away from it, leaving it to the corporate investors, who got a state loan to try to save it but failed. The building is now boarded up.

* Hundreds of apartments are vacant, most in need of major repairs.

"Every one of these properties has failed,'' said Phillip Kupritz, the architect on every Rezmar low-income rehab.

from Why Didn't City Hall Stop Him?
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/35509 9,cst-nws-rez24a.article

by fairleft 2008-03-12 09:33PM | 0 recs
Re: [Update: 2 Videos] Irrefutable Proof Obama's O

Show me evidence of a favor given linked to a contribution and then submit it to the authorities.  Not a blog. You are just a slander. Find something like Randy Duke Cunningham cocktail napkin with donations for military contracts or stop slandering!

Spitzer was sleeping with prostitutes in Hillary's state, I think it follows that she was the Madam for the prostitution ring.

I thought the Spitzer trial would remind the Resko obsessed that a politician can help being aligned with some folks who do bad things, because people do bad things.

So here is a deal: I wont say Hillary traded sex for the Spitzer endorsement until I have the semen stained pants suit with a positive DNA test. You like Bush convict folks by association.  Don't slander a fellow democrat until you have evidence that could inspire an law official to start an investigation on that candidate!  So start blogging about issues. And if you have evidence of  a senator committing a crime please I encourage you to go to the police! Not a blog!

by graham poor 2008-03-12 11:37PM | 0 recs
Re: [Update: 2 Videos] Irrefutable Proof Obama's O

You really should amend your headline to read:

*Obama's Own District Was Home to 11 Rezko Properties, 5 of which went into foreclosure.*

by Its Like Herding Cats 2008-03-13 08:47AM | 0 recs

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