How not to defend yourself

So, the Boston Globe has an article on Obama that basically says he’s a slum lord enabler. Obama has decided to “respond” with the following

RHETORIC: Antoin “Tony” Rezko, perhaps the most important fund-raiser for Obama’s early political campaigns…
REALITY: REZKO WAS NOT OBAMA’S MOST IMPORTANT FUNDRAISER
Obama Said Rezko “Wasn’t My Largest Fundraiser But He Was A Significant Fundraiser.”

Um, no. Give us numbers, and names. How much did Rezko raise for Obama? How many other fundraisers raised more, who were they, and how much did they raise?

Obama has all that information. If he’s not willing to give it to clear himself, then he doesn’t get cleared.

RHETORIC: Rezko was “a friend who helped the Obamas buy a home in 2005.”
REALITY: REZKO DID NOT HELP THE OBAMAS PURCHASE THEIR HOME
Politifact Ruled That The Claim That Obama Needed Rezko To Purchase His Home Was “False.”

Nice try, but no. Obama and his wife bought their house from someone who just happened to also be selling a large chunk of land adjacent to the lot of the house they bought. This was during the housing boom. Obama and his wife got a nice discount on the asking price of the house. The same day, Rezko bought the strip of land, for the asking price.

Can we prove that it was all part of a deal to help Obama? No.

Do I believe that it wasn’t part of such a deal? No. And I don’t believe in the tooth fairy, either.

RHETORIC: Obama translated that belief into legislative action as a state senator. In 2001, Obama and a Republican colleague, William Peterson, sponsored a successful bill that increased state subsidies for private developers. The law let developers designated by the state raise up to $26 million a year by selling tax credits to Illinois residents. For each $1 in credits purchased, the buyer was allowed to decrease his taxable income by 50 cents.
REALITY: SB 1135 WAS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT HOUSING ADVOCATES SUPPORTED

Um, so what? Yes, it was “bipartisan”. That would be the whole “Obama and a Republican colleague” part of the report. And it’s nice that “housing advocates” supported it. But so what? The question is: who did it help? The answer is: not the poor people they claimed it was going to help. They now live in crappy slums, provided to them by Obama’s supporters. If you can’t challenge that, then nothing else you say matters.

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  1. My new WordPress MU Site » Blog Archive » How not to defend yourself Says:

    […] unknown wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptRHETORIC: Rezko was “a friend who helped the Obamas buy a home in 2005.” REALITY: REZKO DID NOT HELP THE OBAMAS PURCHASE THEIR HOME Politifact Ruled That The Claim That Obama Needed Rezko To Purchase His Home Was “False.” … […]

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