Ronald Kessler, the chief correspondent for NewsMax.com, wrote an article yesterday which sets in stark relief the lack of experience and accomplishments of Barak Obama. Kessler went to Chicago, where Obama spent years as a “community organizer” and lawyer.
Obama is quoted as saying one of his major accomplishments was getting asbestos out of Alteld Gardens, an all-black public housing project on Chicago’s South Side.
Altgeld resident Hazel Johnson, who had been pushing for a cleanup of the cancer-producing substance years before Obama showed up, Just because someone writes it, doesn’t make it true.
After three years working as an organizer, Obama could say he …got asbestos removed from some pipes in the project. But as the Los Angeles Times has noted, the “large-scale change that was needed at the 1,998-unit project was beyond his reach. To this day, most of the asbestos remains in the apartments.
Obama wrote in one of his two auto-biographies,
“When classmates in college asked me just what it was that a community organizer did, I couldn’t answer them directly.” Instead, he said, “I’d pronounce on the need for change…” Thus, Obama admitted that he accomplished little but that he was able to cover that up with fancy talk about change.”
Then Kessler turns to Obama’s legal career.
Over the nine years that Obama’s law license was active in Illinois, he never handled a trial and mostly worked in teams of lawyers who drew up briefs and contracts in a variety of cases,” according to David Mendell’s “Obama: From Promise To Power.”
“A search of all the cases in Cook County Circuit Court in which Obama made an appearance since he graduated from Harvard in 1991 shows: zero,” the article said. Instead, his practice was “confined mainly to federal court in Chicago, where he made formal appearances in only five district court cases and another five in cases before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — a total of 10 cases in his legal career,” the paper said.”
In nine years… 10 cases. Kessler continues,
“If Obama had virtually no impact as either a community organizer or as a lawyer, he was even more invisible in the state Senate and later in the U.S. Senate. In both bodies, Obama had a reputation for voting “present,” thus avoiding controversial decisions that could be used against him later. In the U.S. Senate, he has missed more than one in five votes.
Only one of the measures Obama has sponsored as a U.S. senator was enacted: a bill to “promote relief, security, and democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo.”
Contrary to Obama’s portrayal of himself as a unifier, on every bipartisan effort in the Senate to forge compromises on tough issues, Obama has been missing in action.
In sum, it would be difficult to imagine a more mediocre record. Most candidates for dog catcher have contributed more to society. Yet with the help of adoring reporters, Obama has managed to parlay extraordinary speaking and political skills into a presidential campaign built on sand.”
So summing up, asbestos came out of some pipes, 10 legal case in 9 years, voting “present” on controversial issues in Illinois, the most liberal voting record in the U.S. Senate on the one in 5 cases when he bothered to show up and cast a vote. But he can “Pronounce on the need for change!”