Obamafiles

The American Thinker (ht Scott) has this video and column up and asks that it go viral. It’s 10 minutes and will question Obama’s birth. I haven’t bothered watching it, but am happy to help it go viral. They seem to think it’s a potential game changer.

And read this column in the NYPost by David Freddoso [name corrected]. He’s sure McCain has lost already and is happy with the emphasis on Ayers/Rezko, but would emphasize Obama’s failure of leadership as it pertains to them over just his “associations”.

As chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, an educational reform project that Ayers founded, Obama presided over a waste of $160 million in donors’ money. The project, under his leadership, failed to improve student achievement in the 210 Chicago schools where it operated, according to the Annenberg Challenge’s final report. And to this day, that project is Obama’s only significant executive experience.

Obama’s legislative leadership was similar, a case study in wasting other people’s money. In Springfield, Obama wrote letters from his public position to get Rezko $14 million for his slum-development enterprise. Obama co-sponsored several pieces of housing legislation favorable to Rezko and other slum-developers, giving them hundreds of millions in subsidies and other tax and regulatory advantages. They in turn funneled money to Obama’s campaigns and then let their buildings deteriorate, even turning off the heat on their tenants during the winter. By his own account, Obama never bothered to follow up on how the money was spent, but the record shows that he worked in every legislative session to provide more for his developer friends.

McCain’s campaign should also pick up on another story that casts doubt upon Obama’s leadership and integrity, carried in late April by the Los Angeles Times on how state Senator Obama and his aide, Dan Shomon, helped steer taxpayers’ money to one of Obama’s private law clients. The client, Robert Blackwell, had just paid Obama $112,000 in his capacity as a private attorney for one of his corporations. State Senator Obama and Shomon then helped Blackwell obtain $320,000 in state tourism grants to hold ping-pong tournaments. As he writes in “The Audacity of Hope,” this work came at a time when Obama was short of cash, and the Times reported that work for Obama at the firm had also been thin. In his state Senate financial-disclosure forms, Obama buried this obvious conflict of interest amid a long list of his firm’s clients. From simply looking at Obama’s disclosures, one could never guess that Blackwell’s company had paid him a majority of his income for 2001.