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Will the Real Obama Please Stand Up

  • Will the Real Obama Please Stand Up

  • 19 October 2008 by 0 Comments

Will the Real Obama Please Stand Up
By Richard Larsen
Published – Idaho State Journal, 10/19/08

Listening to Senator Obama these days is like listening to any mainstream politician. Everything he’s saying now seems well thought out, not too radical, and pretty middle-of-the-road type political posturing. The problem is, that’s exactly what it is: political posturing.

There’s a reason he received a 100% Liberal Rating from the National Journal. That rating made him even more radical than Ted Kennedy. That means that what he’s built his political career on, extreme leftists causes and positions, is simply being hidden for these few months before the general election because he knows he can’t say publicly now what he really believes . Makes one wonder if there is a multiple personality disorder struggling somewhere under the surface. So we might well ask, will the real Obama please stand up?

In the debate earlier this week he said he would like to see the number of abortions reduced. I wonder if that bothered his NARAL backers who he told last year that he “absolutely defends the right for every single abortion.” That’s what he really believes, because that’s how he’s voted as a lawmaker. In Illinois he even voted 3 times against legislation that would protect the lives of infants born after botched abortions. Even NARAL doesn’t go that far.

In the debate the other night he said he wanted to win the election “based on my ideas and ability to lead.” That seems odd. His campaign has given over $300,000 to ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Could it be he’s hedging his bet? After all, ACORN is the group that is under investigation for fraudulent voter registrations in seven states, including dead people. The most interesting of these is the Las Vegas ACORN group which registered the entire roster of the Dallas Cowboys football team to vote in Nevada. Well, I guess he figures if he can’t do it based on his ideas and ability to lead, he’s just got to win, whatever it takes! That must be the group that my friend was referring to the other day when he said his parents had never voted Democratic until after they died. Now it makes sense.

Oh, and just for reference, it was this same ACORN which Obama and his friends in Congress tried to enrich at our expense with the bailout bill. They tried to get a portion of the proceeds of future sales of mortgage securities given to ACORN. Wow! Just think how many dead, felonious, and fraudulent votes they could produce for the Democrat party for generations with a portion of $700 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities! I guess if you can’t win on ideas and ideology, you have to win somehow. Right Senator? What makes this even more disconcerting, is Obama promised ACORN that they will sit with him in shaping policy in his administration. Now that’s sobering, but perhaps not surprising, since Obama has not only represented them legally but has done training for them.

Obama now makes a point of wearing a flag lapel pin and says how much he loves America, and how it’s the greatest country in the world. I wonder if that upsets all of his Chicago political machine friends when he does that? His preacher of 20 years didn’t seem to think that way. He’s the one, you’ll recall, that said, “Not God bless America, but G** D*** America.” I’m sure his buddy Bill Ayers doesn’t like it when Obama talks like that. Speaking of which, did you know that Barack Obama and Osama Bin Laden have something in common? They both have friends who bombed the Pentagon.

That’s right, Obama’s buddy Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn bombed the Pentagon, and several other buildings, killed a couple of people, and now they’re revered members of the Chicago liberal elite. Ayers is even a professor now. Aren’t you glad your kids don’t go to University of Illinois? But Ayers said he didn’t do enough. To put this in perspective, think of Ayers as a Timothy McVeigh domestic terrorist. Ayers has a very patriotic picture from the Chicago Magazine of him grinding the American flag into the ground with his boots. No, I don’t think Obama’s buddy Ayers likes it when Obama talks like that.

Speaking of Ayers, does it bother you at all that Obama could not gain security clearance by the FBI, CIA, Military, or Secret Service because of his relationship with a known terrorist? Now that’s troublesome and ironic at the same time.

Obama has been pretty clear about wanting to make those responsible for our current financial morass pay for their greed and illegalities. I wonder if that makes his close friend Tony Rezko uncomfortable at all? Rezko, you’ll recall, is the indicted criminal behind multi-million dollar real estate deals that were scams and bilked Illinois and U.S. taxpayers out of millions of dollars. No, I’m sure Rezko doesn’t feel uncomfortable when Obama talks that way, because Obama helped him get the taxpayer funds to engage in some of those illegal activities. Plus, he’s been convicted already, so the worst Obama could do is turn states’ evidence and give him a few more years.

Obama even talks about tax-cuts now. That’s downright humorous considering he’s never voted for one, in Illinois or in D.C. I think a sign in Louisiana accurately summed up Obama in this regard. The sign said, “A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.”

There is just so much conflicting evidence between what Obama has done in the past, and what he’s saying to us today. It really makes you want to say, “Will the real Obama please stand up?” But I think he already has. And it’s not the one we see today sprinting toward the middle-of-the-road.

Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, and is a graduate of Idaho State University with a BA in Political Science and History and former member of the Idaho State Journal Editorial Board. He can be reached at

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