Attack Watch, Mr. Obama’s campaign site, has attacked Ed Klein in an attempt to sully the book, but it is a most interesting fact that no one has contradicted the information in the book. The book describes a man who is both an amateur and a narcissist who was unprepared for the office he now holds.
“You should know better when politicians make promises”
Obama, after only a few short years as state senator, believing he was destined for great things, had the gall to challenge Bobby Rush for his House seat. He was tromped. Rush said, “Barack Obama went to Harvard and became an educated fool.”
Later Rush said, “Obama has never suffered from a lack of believing that he can accomplish whatever he decides to try. Obama believes in Obama.”
Obama’s calamitous defeat bankrupted the family. It almost led to a divorce. “Michelle actually had divorce papers drawn up,” one of her friends told me (Ed Klein).
Depressed and without prospects, he ran into the CEO of Loop Capital Markets, a political force in Chicago politics, who told him to hang with him after Obama shared his deepest concerns with him. He told Reynolds that Michelle was “kicking my butt.”
That was a turning point that gave him entree to the elite black community in Chicago.
Herman Hartman of N’DIGO magazine gave Obama a cover story which got him recognition. Hartman put him in touch with one of the wealthy black elite who fronted him money to open an office so Michelle wouldn’t kill him (Obama’s words) for opening it without having the funds.
Hartman is also past president of ABLE (Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs – a powerful black business organization) and got behind Obama’s bid for U.S. Senate. Hartman told Klein, “Barack was launched by black business people. I call them Day One People.” He held a fundraiser for him in his living room. Obama sounded too local at the meeting and Hartman told him to speak with Jesse Jackson so he could get a broader perspective.
Obama has never acknowledged his debt to Jackson or the other African-American leaders who gave him his start. Hartman said, “Barack is not necessarily known for his loyalty.”
One influential African-American, Steve Rogers, is a case in point. Rogers is a Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He donated several thousand to Obama and five Democrats who were running for election. The purpose was to show that Obama could raise funds.
He asked Obama to speak to his students after he is elected. Obama said, “I’ll bring your students to Washington.” Rogers told him to just come back and speak to the students.
Rogers said, “After he got elected, my students tried to contact him. He wouldn’t answer their calls.” Rogers called Obama and asked him to come. Obama said, “Listen, Steve, I can’t come. I’m just inundated with requests. I have governors calling me. I have Warren Buffett calling me.” Rogers said, “What about the money I gave you?” He said, “Come on, man, you should know better when politicians make promises.”
Rogers cursed him out and Obama finally showed up a year later. Rogers said he hasn’t spoken to him since.
The man who prepared Obama for the presidency
For years, Obama began his speeches with, “I bring you greetings from my pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.” Obama dropped his professorial speech and started to sound like Wright.
Wright’s Black Liberation Theology encouraged a victimization mentality among his black parishioners. Wright’s church, Trinity United Church of Christ, wants economic parity. Their website claims that God is not pleased with “America’s economic mal-distribution.” These are all code words for Karl Marx’ mass wealth distribution. Marxism is a good framework for black liberation theologians because it is predicated on a system of oppressor class versus victim class.
When Obama said, “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody,” he meant it. Wright was his mentor, substitute father, spiritual guide, inspiration. Wright was with him every step of the way. Wright encouraged him when Michelle threatened him with divorce after his failed Senatorial bid.
The story of how they met is interesting. Obama asked the well-respected Reverend Lacy Kirk Curry for help in organizing black churches. The famous black preacher thought Obama was cocksure and overconfident so he sent him to Jeremiah Wright, someone he could learn from.
Obama went to see Wright who was more of a left-wing political ranter than a religious preacher.
About this first meeting, Wright said, “What I remember is that he came to talk to me as a community organizer, not in search of Christ…” Wright told him he couldn’t organize the churches until he understood the black church.
Wright spoke to Klein at his current office in a charter school named after a late Marxist dictator of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah Academy.
Despite reservations, Klein was told to meet with Wright. Friends said, “Go listen to what Dr. Wright has to say. You’re a journalist and Wright has a story that’s a real eye opener. It’ll cast a whole new light on Obama’s clumsy, crude, and amateurish handling of the greatest political crisis in his political career, his public renunciation of the man he once referred to as ‘like my father’ – Jeremiah Wright.”
Wright said he helped Obama understand who he was and what Christianity was about. Klein asked Wright if he converted Obama from Islam to Christianity and Wright said, “That’s hard to tell. I think I convinced him that it was okay for him to make a choice in terms of who he believed Jesus is. And I told him it was really okay and not a putdown of the Muslim part of his family or his Muslim friends.”
In 2004, Obama’s stirring speech at the Democratic National Convention made him an instant celebrity and his memoir, Dreams from My Father, was dusted off and became a bestseller. He suddenly became wealthy. He continued to listen to Wright’s weekly sermons in which he raged against whites, Jews, and America.
Shelby Steele wrote about Obama’s blackness and said that his success in the mainstream was due, not to his blackness, but to his assimilation having come from a white American family.
How Obama sat in the pews of Wright’s church is a mystery.
JeremiahWright has his own idea of why. Wright said that Michelle wasn’t brought up in a church and they didn’t raise their children in the church as most families do. He said church is not their thing. Wright said, “…the church was an integral part of Barack’s politics. Because he needed that black base.”
On February 9, 2007, Rolling Stone published a devastating profile of Jeremiah Wright which included one quote, “…We (the U.S.) are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns and the training of professional KILLERS…We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God…We conducted radiation experiments on our own people…We care nothing about human life if the ends justify the means…And, And, And! Gawd! Has GOT! To be SICK! OF THIS SHIT!”
That was the beginning of the end for Wright at Obama campaign headquarters. The media ignored the story for more than a year, not wanting to stand in the way of America’s first black president. On March 3, 2008, Brian Ross of ABC News broke the agreement and broadcast Wright’s sermons. The Clintons had never gone after the tapes and were concentrating on Tony Rezko. Ross’ story wasn’t picked up by the usual outlets.
The tapes included Wright’s rants, “…Not God bless America-Goddamn America!” and his charge that al Qaeda’s assaults were the result of America’s imperialist foreign policy. Wright told Klein that the media ate him alive and he said that “After the media went ballistic on me, I received an email offering me money not to preach at all until the November presidential election.”
The email was sent from one of Barack’s closest friends. An offer of money was sent to one of the members of the church who sent it to Wright. The offer was for $150,000.
Barack wanted to meet with Wright in secret and they met in the parsonage of Trinity United Church of Christ. Barack said, “I really wish you wouldn’t do any more public speaking until after the November election…I wish you wouldn’t speak at the NACP Freedom Fund dinner and not do the National Press Club appearance. It’s gonna hurt the campaign if you do that.”
Wright reminded him he needed to support him family. Barack responded, “Well, I wish you wouldn’t speak in public. The press is gonna eat you alive.”
He told Wright that he could never be a politician because he has to tell the truth and warned him it was going to get so much worse. Wright told Klein, “And he was so right.”