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Rahm Emanuel Can Bring Down Obama

March 26, 2009

The Chicago Tribune is an example of a newspaper America needs to speak truth to power.  And in this environment of failing newspapers, many people like Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel and Rod Blagojevich would like the Trib to just go away……

Rahm Emanuel has been discussed as a possible troublemaker or ringleader in many questionable White House operations — already — but we’ve noticed that Bill O’Reilly won’t say anything about this until and unless more is disclosed.

What we do know is that Emanuel has a daily phone call with ABC news host George Stephanopoulos of “This Week,” frequent CNN talking head Paul Begula and James Carville.

We suspect Emanuel has a hand in the far left liberal media manipulation effort but we don’t see a “conspiracy;” just a tendency toward very inappropriate conduct: the kind that got the Nixon White House into trouble.

That’s not much….

Emanuel is also apparently one of the first to say, “never waste a good crisis.”

When asked why the White House Chief of Staff, President Obama’s Chief of Staff, got involved with trashing Rush Limbaugh, Charles Krauthammer said, “Because he loves to make mischief, because he wants to stay in power and because it is fun.”

 There’s More Room For Rahm In AIG Bonus Abomination

Arrogance Blinds “Public Servants”

Daily Conference Call: Emanual, Carville, Stephanopoulos, Begula


Before its portfolio of bad loans helped trigger the current housing crisis, mortgage giant Freddie Mac was the focus of a major accounting scandal that led to a management shake-up, huge fines and scalding condemnation of passive directors by a top federal regulator.

The Chicago Tribune

One of those allegedly asleep-at-the-switch board members was Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel—now chief of staff to President Barack Obama—who made at least $320,000 for a 14-month stint at Freddie Mac that required little effort.

As gatekeeper to Obama, Emanuel now plays a critical role in addressing the nation’s mortgage woes and fulfilling the administration’s pledge to impose responsibility on the financial world.

Emanuel’s Freddie Mac involvement has been a prominent point on his political résumé, and his healthy payday from the firm has been no secret either. What is less known, however, is how little he apparently did for his money and how he benefited from the kind of cozy ties between Washington and Wall Street that have fueled the nation’s current economic mess.

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The Chicago Tribune is an example of a newspaper America needs to speak truth to power.  And in this environment of failing newspapers, many people like Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel and Rod Blagojevich would like the Trib to just go away……

No, he wasn't thumbing his nose at ex- White House staffers. At least no one thinks he was. As new presidential Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel made his way to his seat for the inauguration, his former congressional colleagues playfully heckled the ex- Illinois congressman from their seats on the inaugural platform. Ever combative, and equally playful, Emanuel heckled them back, spokeswoman Sarah Feinberg said.
Emanuel at Obama’s inauguration in January….


Dick Morris On Rahm Emanuel

Published in the New York Post February 17, 2009

News broke last week that Rahm Emanuel, now White House chief of staff, lived rent- free for years in the home of Rep. Rosa De Lauro (D-Conn.) – and failed to disclose the gift, as congressional ethics rules mandate. But this is only the tip of Emanuel’s previously undislosed ethics problems.

One issue is the work Emanuel tossed the way of De Lauro’s husband. But the bigger one goes back to Emanuel’s days on the board of now-bankrupt mortgage giant Freddie Mac.

Emanuel is a multimillionaire, but lived for the last five years for free in the tony Capitol Hill townhouse owned by De Lauro and her husband, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg.

During that time, he also served as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee – which gave Greenberg huge polling contracts. It paid Greenberg’s firm $239,996 in 2006 and $317,775 in 2008. (Emanuel’s own campaign committee has also paid Greenberg more than $50,000 since 2004.)

To be fair, Greenberg had polling contracts with the DCCC before – but each new election cycle brings its own set of consultants. And Emanuel was certainly generous with his roommate.

Emanuel never declared the substantial gift of free rent on any of his financial-disclosure forms. He and De Lauro claim that it was just allowable “hospitality” between colleagues. Hospitality – for five years?

Some experts suggest that it was also taxable income: Over five years, the free rent could easily add up to more than $100,000.

Nor is this all that seems to have been missed in the Obama team’s vetting process. Consider: Emanuel served on the Freddie Mac board of directors during the time that the government-backed lender lied about its earnings, a leading contributor to the current economic meltdown.

The Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight Agency later singled out the Freddie Mac board as contributing to the fraud in 2000 and 2001 for “failing in its duty to follow up on matters brought to its attention.” In other words, board members ignored the red flags waving in their faces.

The SEC later fined Freddie $50 million for its deliberate fraud in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Meanwhile, Emanuel was paid more than $260,000 for his Freddie “service.” Plus, after he resigned from the board to run for Congress in 2002, the troubled agency’s PAC gave his campaign $25,000 – its largest single gift to a House candidate.

That’s what friends are for, isn’t it?

Now Rahm Emanuel is in the White House helping President Obama dig out of the mess that Freddie Mac helped start.

The president’s chief of staff isn’t subject to Senate confirmation, but his ethics still matter. Is this the change that we can depend on?

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Obama musters campaign army for economic fight

March 10, 2009

Obama has called out the attack dogs that pilloried Rush Limbaugh to support his economic plan….


US President Barack Obama mustered his powerful campaign army on Monday, calling on his millions of supporters to lobby on behalf of his budget and economic plan.

The appeal to back the president was made in an email and video sent out by “Organizing for America,” the organization which morphed out of Obama’s campaign machinery to push his agenda when he entered the White House.

In the video, Mitch Stewart, the director of Organizing for America, urged the president’s supporters to take part in the “Organizing for America Pledge Project.”
“The pledge project is an ambitious effort to map out and identify support for President Obama’s economic blueprint across towns and communities in America,” Stewart said.

“We’re doing that by asking people to pledge your support for the broad initiatives outlined in President Obama’s economic plan.

“Once you do, we will ask you to build support in your own communities by forwarding this pledge by email, by knocking on doors and by making phone call,” he said.

“We will show in every state, in every congressional district the hunger, for leadership and long range thinking that’s in too short supply here in Washington.”

Stewart said Obama’s budget provides a “bold blueprint for our country’s future.

“It addresses three of the most pressing challenges facing our nation: health care, energy and education,” he said.

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Why Are Your Tax Dollars Paying For the White House’s ‘Limbaugh Strategy’?

March 6, 2009

So much has been written over the last few days about radio commentator Rush Limbaugh that additional commentary might be considered piling on. It is certainly true that both the Republican Party and the broader conservative movement which, it must be restated, are separate entities, are suffering a crisis of leadership. And, as is all too typical of both institutions, the debate over their vision and direction is being carried on in public.

For the White House to employ an operative whose responsibility is, fundamentally, to direct a political strategy aimed, not at shaping is response to criticism but to take down a single media figure goes well beyond of the pale of an acceptable response.

This is not, in a word, helpful. And it is not my intention to add to the unhelpfulness of what has occurred. There are enough strong personalities already involved.

It is true that Limbaugh’s daily radio show carries considerable weight with the great majority of American conservatives. He is an articulate spokesman for the center-right coalition and, given the size of his audience, he is someone whom liberals fear.

By Peter Roff
Senior Fellow, Institute for Liberty/former Senior Political Writer, United Press International

He, like few others who occupy positions of intellectual leadership on the right, can move large numbers of people to action. Hence the efforts of the Obama White House to exploit the divisions among its opponents, seizing the opportunity to divide and conquer and to distract from their agenda to tax, spend, borrow and regulate the American people into submission. Nevertheless, the whole discussion — and the actions of the White House are included in this — creates cause for concern because of a story appearing on the Politico, a Washington-based Web site.

The American people have a right to know who this person is, what their duties are and how much they are paid. And the White House press corps has the responsibility to ask the questions that will get us the answers to these questions. This is not a matter of idle curiosity; it is a question of power, and tax dollars, being abused.

“Top Democrats believe they have struck political gold by depicting Rush Limbaugh as the new face of the Republican Party,” Politico’s Jonathan Martin wrote Wednesday, “a full-scale effort first hatched by some of the most familiar names in politics and now being guided in part from inside the White House.”

According to Martin, an unidentified “senior White House aide” has been given the responsibility of “helping to guide the Limbaugh strategy,” a very scary thing indeed.

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Obama Calls Limbaugh Top Party Leader; Voters Don’t Buy It
Obama Can’t Revive Economy With Socialism

For Republicans: Bleeding Continues

 Limbaugh: Meaningless Clown, “Entertainer”

Rush Limbaugh as “moral and intellectual leader and most influential person in the Republican Party;” REALLY?

Obama Can’t Revive Economy With Socialism

March 5, 2009

What Limbaugh clearly wants is for the president to fail in his apparent goal of bringing social democracy to our shores (through his nationalization of much of the economy and his onerous tax increases). Limbaugh wants this effort to fail because it will prevent economic recovery and the prosperity that has been allowed us by free-market economics. The whole controversy is a hoax. Yet now it is reliably reported that as many as a dozen top Democrats, some on the White House staff, are continuing this hoax and expanding it by trying to make reaction to Limbaugh an issue for the Republican Party to pronounce on.

From: R. Emmett Tyrrell
American Spectaor

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 Limbaugh: Meaningless Clown, “Entertainer”

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)

Obama Needs to Run to the Center, the Transparent Ethical Center

February 3, 2009

“If this fails, I’ll be a one term deal,” President Obama said yesterday, referring to passage of the stimulus.
“Never let a good crisis go to waste,” said White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

But there are ways to correct the damage done in the last two weeks — the first two weeks of the Obama presidency.

Related on FEB 3 about 1 PM Eastern:
Daschle Out; Major Obama Setback

I mean, Scarlet didn’t lose Tara and the Civil War over night.

Here’s an idea for Rahm Emanuel: deal like the devil with Senate Republicans on the stimulus.  Get it done and make everyone happy.  But get it done now.

Or next time Rhett will vote for someone else.

Hey Obama: You going to let Mitch McConnell beat you?

Even the French are making fun of the “Obama Style” stimulus.

So for Obama and Emanuel: deal on the stimulus.  Then throw Daschle under the bus.

Or plan a home in Aruba for four years from now.

Daschle gives new meaning to the term “Limo Liberal.”

Former Senator Tom Daschle testifies before the Senate Health, ...

Daschle has also added to his bank account by giving talks to the very health corporations he’ll have to deal with at HHS.  He’s a time bomb.

Daschle adds nothing to the presidency any more and HHS isn’t as important as one might think.  Get some other vanilla white guy there that everyone will forget and move your agenda ahead.

Take credit for ethics.

Run to the center, man, and run to the ethical center.

Polls show the average American sees Barack today way more to the left than the Barack they voted for after he moved to the center to win last year.

Get Campbell Brown at CNN off your back on transparency — she’ll undo all the good Carville and Begela do.

And leave Rush Limbaugh alone. Attacking him worked as well as making friends with Iran so far.  They want an apology and only 11% of Americans can understand that.

Get your gang on the phone and make two words the mantra for a week or so: “ethics” and “jobs.”

Tell Beckel at Fox.  He’s a one man “conservatives nightmare.”

Then go back to “normal.”

Rush Limbaugh as “moral and intellectual leader and most influential person in the Republican Party;” REALLY?
 White House, ABC News, Media Talking Heads In Daily Conference Call?
 Barack Obama: Credibility Lost?

Michelle Malkin:

 Stimulus: Republicans Helping “Remake” the Bill, Obama Plans To “Remake America” Using Stimulus Excuse

Rush Limbaugh as “moral and intellectual leader and most influential person in the Republican Party;” REALLY?

February 2, 2009

James Carville believes Rush Limbaugh is the “moral and intellectual leader and most influential person in the Republican Party.”  Really?


Too bad this is the kind of intellectual leader the Democratic Party has near its helm.

Last week reporters said they knew Carville was in a daily conference call with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, ABC news host George Stephanopoulos of “This Week,” and frequent CNN talking head Paul Begula.

But I never for a second thought of them as the  “moral and intellectual leaders and most influential” people in the Democratic Party.

Mr. Carville is mistaking TV ratings for intellectual influence.

Last I heard, Rush Limbaugh was a private citizen with a radio show. 

There are many thinkers on both sides of the aisle and they are seen in the media and in lesser arena such as Foreign Affairs, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the New York Times and other areas.  They appear at public events and give lectures: many Republicans at the Heritage Foundation.

Carville seems to mistake his own viewpoint and its importance with the media that allows him to espouse it, its “importance” and ratings.

That may not be necessarily be true.

Just a thought, but Michael Steele may have more merit and influence in the Republican Party just now that Rush Limbaugh.

So one wonders, why the attacks on Rush Limbaugh from the President on down?

Congratulations to Carville, Emanel,  Stephanopoulos and Begula.  We know you think you are the moral and intellectual leaders and most influential people in the Democratic  Party.

And we know if it wasn’t for Roland Burris there would be no Barack Obama.

He said so on TV.

Michael Steele becomes RNC chairman

Without Martin Luther King and Roland Burris; No Barack Obama

President, CNN Take the Rush Limbaugh Bait (Pork Chop)

Limbaugh: Meaningless Clown, “Entertainer”

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)