Saturday, October 11, 2008

What's In Your Left Hand, Mr. Obama?

Now You See It. Now You Don't.

There have been a few articles these last couple of days addressing Sen. Obama's uncanny ability to dazzle the audience with not one but, well, a lot of magic tricks. Look at this hand--over here--while I hide my past with the other. Look at this hand--over here--and voila, no taxes for any of you. "How is that possible you ask? I'm not sure, I'm reading the teleprompter, but quick--look over here." One article takes a lighthearted look at his bait and switch tactics and imaginary plans for the country. The other notes a serious issue: Obama is lying on the "Fight the Smears" section of his own website.

The Cleveland Leader has uncovered Obama's ACORN trail. Documents which were once publicly available on ACORN's site have now been removed. But don't worry, folks, the good old WWW has been squirreling away these juicy nuggets for prosperity, and our friendly investigative reporters got their hands on Obama's, well, ACORN nuggets. What they found was that while Obama tells visitors of his website's "Fight the Smears" section that he "was never an ACORN trainer and never worked for ACORN in any other capacity*," hidden articles--once publicly accessible--indicate otherwise.

Caption from photo (above): ACORN members meet with Illinois Senate candidate Barack Obama. Photo as printed in 2004 "Social Policy" article.

The Cleveland Leader says: "Is that really a FACT, or just another lie? Let's take a look at a quote from a 2004 article - Case Study: Chicago- The Barack Obama Campaign - written by Toni Foulkes, a Chicago ACORN Leader, which was published in the journal Social Policy. Did we mention that Social Policy recently pulled this particular article from their website, while leaving links to all other articles up?"

"Obama took the case, known as ACORN vs. Edgar (the name of the Republican governor at the time) and we won. Obama then went on to run a voter registration project with Project VOTE in 1992 that made it possible for Carol Moseley Braun to win the Senate that year. Project VOTE delivered 50,000 newly registered voters in that campaign (ACORN delivered about 5,000 of them).

Since then, we have invited Obama to our leadership training sessions to run the session on power every year, and, as a result, many of our newly developing leaders got to know him before he ever ran for office. Thus it was natural for many of us to be active volunteers in his first campaign for STate Senate and then his failed bid for U.S. Congress in 1996. By the time he ran for U.S. Senate, we were old friends."

Cleveland Leader goes on to note a March 2008 reference to the Obama-ACORN tie in the LA Times: "'At the time, Talbot worked at the social action group ACORN and initially considered Obama a competitor. But she became so impressed with his work that she invited him to help train her staff.' (LA Times, March 2, 2008)"

You read that right: Obama and ACORN and Project VOTE--they had a clear and definite tie. A tie which was documented in a case study written by an ACORN leader. Sorry to ruin the magic trick, ladies and gentlemen. If you're so inclined, do your own searching of the Way Back Machine at

Mr. Obama has instructed us to check the facts on his website. But this is nothing more than another trick meant to amuse the masses. If you enjoyed the show, drop a dime or two in the bucket and thank Mr. Obama for the entertainment. But, America, it's time to grow up.

But wait, there's more! The Cleveland Leader published a follow-up to its first article after receiving information that the Obama Fact page had changed after "Barack Obama's Involement with ACORN Unearthed, Missing Article Recovered" article was published. The Obama site's new language is just another indication that his truth changes over time, read here. But how do you know when you can finally stop digging for it?

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