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Obama cronies still living large

June 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Barack Obama has either accepted his fate as a one-term President of the United States, or, more likely, is completely delusional, thoroughly insulated from reality, and blinded by unrivaled hubris.

As if to reinforce his private-sector-is-doing-fine indifference to the fact that he is running for re-election amid increasingly bad economic numbers, Obama headed off to his adopted hometown of Chicago for Father’s Day weekend.

Since the mainstream media give him a free pass to do as he pleases nearly every day of the week, Obama hardly needs the pampering afforded by this contrived day to celebrate fathers (many of whom would trade the 12 hours of hall passes for a little less stress brought on by bills, spouses, kids and liberals the other 364 days).

In typical Obama fashion, the Chicago visit showcased the bizarre disconnect between the private Obama who loves hanging out with the wealthy left wing Chicago elite and the campaign stumping Obama who vilifies wealth to pander to the masses.

He scheduled the trip around the wedding of the daughter of his top White House consigliore and former Chicago slumlord Valerie Jarrett. No campaigning. Not even any fundraising, which is shocking. Just hanging out, socializing. Is this the schedule a campaign strategy team green lights for a man who has approval rating problems?

Sunday, while opponent Mitt Romney was out touring small town America by bus, Obama was whisked to a private, old money country club (where members’ golfing days are perhaps numbered due to “fair-share” tax hikes on the horizon) to play his 100th round of golf since becoming President. The imposing Marvin Nicholson, the administration’s trip logistics director, and Chicago cronies Marty Nesbitt and Eric Whitaker, rounded out his foursome.

Nesbitt, Obama’s 2008 campaign treasurer, has built a fortune in the airport parking garage business. After earning an MBA at the University of Chicago in 1989, Nesbitt “was hired by Penny Pritzker as vice president of the Pritzker Realty Group,” reported the Washington Post, “and one year later Pritzker invested $50 million in … an airport parking project that was Nesbitt’s brainchild. The company now makes more than $80 million a year in revenues.”

Pritzker, a member of Chicago’s largest family empire, was the National Finance Chair of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. So we know of at least two free-market capitalists Obama does not loathe.

Whitaker? Sound familiar. In her 2009 bestseller, Culture of Corruption, investigative blogger and author Michelle Malkin explained the Obama-Whitaker relationship, which started years before at Harvard.

“Obama enthusiastically recommended (Whitaker) for that job (as director of the Illinois Department of Pubic Health),” Malkin writes. Next, she quotes from the Chicago Sun-Times:

“Obama, then an Illinois state senator, gave a ‘glowing’ reference for Whitaker to Tony Rezko, the now-convicted political fixer who helped Gov. (Rod) Blagojevich find people to run state agencies.”

Whitaker got the job, courtesy of Obama’s pitch to Rezko. Malkin added further detail in her book:

“Rezko pulled the strings at the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board overseeing medical construction projects. Dr. Whitaker sat as the stooge-in-charge of the board’s budget.

“Rezko and his cronies controlled the board, ‘which they used to solicit kickbacks and payoffs, according to testimony at Rezko’s trial,’ the Chicago Tribune reported. Rezko is in jail. Whitaker remains the Obamas’ close confidante.”

And the President’s 2008 campaign plane tag-along, pick-up basketball teammate and go-to golfing buddy.
Whitaker also was the one called upon to un-invite Rev. Jeremiah Wright from Obama’s announcement that he was running for President in February 2007 after Wright’s anti-white, anti-America pulpit rants were exposed. Obama and Whitaker were members of Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ.

In his new bestseller, The Amateur, author Edward Klein implies that Whitaker also was the surrogate from the 2008 Obama campaign who offered Wright $150,000 to cancel public appearances and stop talking.

Obama won’t pick up a phone and call the leaders of the U.S. House or Senate, on either side of the aisle. He won’t observe D-Day on its anniversary. He won’t interact with everyday Americans, unless they are the Americans who happen to win a lottery to have dinner with him at Sarah Jessica Parker’s New York City residence. He won’t go to church unless he absolutely has to - because even the mainstream media has noticed.

But he will stay close to and socialize with people who are the poster boys and girls of Chicago Way crony politics, the enablers of his implausible rise to political power.

They still have their old friend. But the rest of us are denied the leadership of a legitimate President.

To borrow from golf terminology, that ought to have Americans good and teed off.

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