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It has been apparent for quite awhile that the Obama campaign team will not be able to wage a campaign on the President’s record, something that was non-existent in 2008, and that is now a dismal failure. So David axelrod, in an obvious attempt to move the conversation away from Hilary Rosen’s “she never worked a day in her life” comments about Ann Romney, decided to pull out an old story line about Mitt Romney: tying the dog crate, with the family dog in it, to the top of the station wagon for a trip! Really. This is where we have come to!
But just like the orchestrated Hilary Rosen comment fiasco got the Mom’s motivated, the dog story has opened up a whole new storyline….. for Obama.
Nothing is worse than your OWN words challenging you, but, right from the pages of his book, Dreams of My Father, Obama recounts some of his “life experience” with his stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, which included eating dog meat!:
“With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chill peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy). Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share.”
Now, I know some world travellers, and I know that different cultures see things differently. And since he was being raised in the Muslim home of his adopted Muslim father, this isn’t something that would be a news story, per se.
But since Mr. Axelrod wanted to highlight Romney’s National Lampoon Family Vacation story as a distraction, far be it for anyone to ignore. And so, the jokes on Twitter have grown. There is a Twitter thread for Obama dog recipes(
), and a thread of GREAT photoshopped pictures (
Even BO, the First Family’s dog, is included:
To his credit, Mitt Romney, when asked about this story line on Hannity, declined to enter that area, instead saying that his focus is on the economy and JOBS!!!
Anyone who thinks that the political machine that placed the empty suit (aka Obama) into the White House could not have fabricated the Obama “Dream” need only look as far as his “alma mater”, Harvard University:
A Delaware man who attended Harvard University for two years before getting kicked out pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges he fabricated a perfect record of academic achievement to get into the Ivy League school.
Adam Wheeler was tossed from Harvard when he tried to get the school’s endorsement for Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships, and a professor reviewing his applications found evidence he had plagiarized from another professor, prosecutors say. Wheeler’s parents gave him up to a Yale official who called to ask about their son’s transfer application.
At his arraignment Tuesday, Wheeler was ordered held on $5,000 bail on 20 counts of larceny, identity fraud and other charges. If he makes bail, he must stay away from Harvard and the other academic institutions involved in the alleged scheme, surrender his passport and remain in Massachusetts, a Middlesex Superior Court judge said.
The 23-year-old Wheeler claimed he got a perfect score on the SAT, straight A’s at prestigious prep school Phillips Academy Andover and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on his application to Harvard in 2007, prosecutors said. In reality, he had never attended either school, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said.
Prosecutor John Verner said in court Tuesday that Wheeler essentially stole $45,000 in financial aid, scholarship money and academic awards from Harvard.
The Secretary of the Treasury designate hit a road bump in his confirmation hearings yesterday, casuing a postponement until AFTER the Inauguration, some embarrassing backtracking, and some questions about the person who will oversee the Director of every taxpayer’s nemesis, the IRS.
With a story line eerily similar to several Clinton appointments in 1992, it was revealed during the hearings that Timothy Geithner had a household employee who was said to have been an illegal immigrant. As it was explained, the employee in question had immigrations expire, and it took several months for the paperwork to be corrected. (Counter that with Obama’s Aunt Zeituni who has stayed in the US illegally for more than three years, and who attended Obama’s Senate swearing-in in 2006).
Of greater concern was Mr. Geithner’s failure to pay self-employment taxes during the four year period he worked as an independent contractor with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This issue was known to the Obama transition team, and the matter had been resolved completely by the time that his appointment was announced. Geithner, stating his embarrassment, stated that it was a simple mistake. However, if confirmed as the Secretary of the Treasury, Geithner will be over the IRS, and it simply does not bode well for this type of glairng problem.
While Geithner and the Obama team feel that they have not lost any of the Democratic vote support, but the Republicans are questioning the simplistic nature of it all. However, leading Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee have said that the present economic problems may in fact work to Geithner’s benefit. Geithner has been viewed as a positive choice by the Republicans because he has been actively involved in the Treasury Department’s TARP development in his role of the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
On a different note, there seems to be a tie between the Geithner family and the Obama family that goes back more than 20 years ago. Apparently, Timothy Geithner’s father, Peter Giethner, is the Director of the Ford Foundation’s Asian program, a role he has been involved in for years. In the 1980′s, Peter Geithner oversaw Ford Foundation’s microfinance programs in the Indonesia region. These programs were being developed by Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro…… Barack Obama’s mother! It certainly is a very small world, or was Obama reaching back to make a special thank you to someone who worked with his mother.
I said in a prior post that a book in tribute to his mother, and the work she did, would have to be a better story than the “Dreams” of his alcoholic deadbeat father who had abandoned him and his mother (and his other wives and the cackle of children he fathered).