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I have seen the phrase “threw under the bus” used so many times regarding Barack Obama, Jr. that I decided to Google the combination and compile a list. Such lists and timelines are standard techniques taught by the Investigative Reporters & Editor’s Association, of which I am a member.
Individual, thing, or group thrown under the bus
What Obama said
John T. Reed Comment
|1995||IL state Sen. Alice Palmer, the longtime progressive activist from the city's South Side||To my mind, we were just abiding by the rules that had been set up... I gave some thought to … should people be on the ballot even if they didn't meet the requirements. My conclusion was that if you couldn't run a successful petition drive, then that raised questions in terms of how effective a representative you were going to be.||This is reportedly the first person Obama threw under the bus of his political ambitions. Like Mafia murders, it apparently gets easier after the first one.|
|3/26/08||his 90-ish maternal grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, a bank vice president, who raised Obama in a two-bedroom apartment and who declined to defend herself against Obama’s comment about her because she said she is “in poor health”||I can no more disown (the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.) than I can disown my white grandmother, a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe. The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn't. But she is a typical white person, who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know there's a reaction that's been bred into our experiences that don't go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way and that's just the nature of race in our society.||
Actually, he later disowned (a.k.a. threw him under the bus) Reverend Jeremiah Wright
This is the woman who raised him when his biological father and mother abandoned him
|2008||Reverend Jeremiah Wright||
Yesterday we saw a very different vision of America... I am outraged by the comments that were made, and saddened over the spectacle that we saw yesterday.
The person I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago. His comments were not only divisive and destructive but I believe they ended up giving comfort to those who prey on hate.
|See my article on Jeremiah Wright|
|2008||Father Michael Pfleger||As I have traveled this country, I’ve been impressed not by what divides us, but by all that that unites us. That is why I am deeply disappointed in Father Pfleger’s divisive, backward-looking rhetoric, which doesn’t reflect the country I see or the desire of people across America to come together in common cause.||See Trinity United Church of Christ below|
|2008||Trinity United Church of Christ||It’s clear that now that I’m a candidate for president, every time something is said in the church by anyone associated with Trinity, including guest pastors, the remarks will be imputed to me, even if they totally conflict with my long-held views, statements and principles,”||Obama joined this nutty, anti-white church and remained in it because he originally assumed the top political office he attain would be Congressman from the 1st District of Illinois, an amoral, moronic ghetto better known as the South Side of Chicago|
|Tony Rezko (convicted felon politically active Chicago developer from Syria who contributed to Obama and who did suspicious real estate deal with Obama)||I’m saddened by today’s verdict. This isn’t the Tony Rezko I knew, but now he has been convicted by a jury on multiple charges that once again shine a spotlight on the need for reform. I encourage the General Assembly to take whatever steps are necessary to prevent these kinds of abuses in the future.||Obama associated with this prominent Chicago criminal because he originally assumed the top political office he attain would be Congressman from the 1st District of Illinois, an amoral, moronic ghetto better known as the South Side of Chicago|
|William Ayers (unrepetent, home-grown Weatherman terrorist) who lives in the Hyde Park neighborhood in the South Side of Chicago||[T]he notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8 years old, somehow reflects on me and my values doesn't make much sense.||Obama associated with this radical chic Hyde Park neighborhood leader because he originally assumed the top political office he attain would be Congressman from the 1st District of Illinois, an amoral, moronic ghetto better known as the South Side of Chicago|
|Bernadine Dohrn (equally unrepetent, home-grown Weatherman terrorist and wife of William Ayers)||see William Ayers||Obama associated with this radical chic Hyde Park neighborhood leader because he originally assumed the top political office he attain would be Congressman from the 1st District of Illinois, an amoral, moronic ghetto better known as the South Side of Chicago|
|Louis Farrakhan Nation of Islam leader who is based in the South Side of Chicago||I decry racism and anti-Semitism in every form and strongly condemn the anti-Semitic statements made by Minister Farrakhan... I assume that Trumpet Magazine made its own decision to honor Farrakhan based on his efforts to rehabilitate ex-offenders, but it is not a decision with which I agree.||Obama went to Farrakhan’s “Million” Man March to curry favor with the amoral morons who vote in the South Side of Chicago|
|2008||Jim Johnson (former Fannie Mae chief who was head of the committee to help Obama find a vice president)||“Jim did not want to distract in any way from the very important task of gathering information about my vice presidential nominee, so he has made a decision to step aside that I accept. We have a very good selection process underway, and I am confident that it will produce a number of highly qualified candidates for me to choose from in the weeks ahead. I remain grateful to Jim for his service and his efforts in this process.|
|Samantha Power (foreign policy advisor who was too candid for Obama when discussing his Israel policy)||Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton: Senator Obama decries such characterizations which have no place in this campaign...|
|Austan Goolsbee (economic advisor who privately told Canada that Obama was lying to Ohio voters about his intention to abandon or renegotiate NAFTA)|
|2008||Wesley Clark||For those who have fought under the flag of this nation – for the young veterans I meet when I visit Walter Reed; for those like John McCain who have endured physical torment in service to our country – no further proof of such sacrifice is necessary. And let me also add that no one should ever devalue that service, especially for the sake of a political campaign, and that goes for supporters on both sides. We must always express our profound gratitude for the service of our men and women in uniform. Period. Full stop.|
|2008||Wounded U.S. military personnel at Landstuhl Hospital in Germany|
|small town Pennsylvania voters who like guns and/or Bibles|
|2008||his pledge to rely only on federal campaign contributions and to comply with federal campaign spending limits|
|2007||his flag lapel pin|
|late-term unwanted fetuses||Whenever we define a pre-viable fetus as a person that is protected by the Equal Protection Clause or the other elements in the Constitution, what we're really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a -- a child, a 9-month old -- child that was delivered to term. That determination then, essentially, if it was accepted by a court, would forbid abortions to take place. I mean, it -- it would essentially bar abortions, because the Equal Protection Clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an anti-abortion statute.|
|2008||primary voters in Michigan and Florida|
|2008||Michelle’s and his daughters’ right to speak publicly||We wouldn't do it again, and we won't be doing it again||Obama believes the women in his family, from his grandmother to his wife and daughters, should henceforth be seen but not heard|
|2006||Obama friend and white reform candidate for Cook County, IL president Forrest Claypool running against black machine pol Todd Stroger|
|2008||Ludacris||[From the campaign, not Obama himself] As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate misogyny, materialism, and degrading images that he doesn't want his daughters or any children exposed to. This song is not only outrageously offensive to Senator Clinton, Reverend Jackson, Senator McCain, and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear. While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics.||Obama previously called him a “great businessman.”|
|2008||Mazen Asbahi, Obama’s chief Muslim advisor for one week|
|2008||IL Governor Rod Blagojevich||Obama called for his resignation. Someone—Obama would seem to have the most to gain—just started the media story that Blagojevich is mentally ill.||Obama endorsed Blagojevich the last time he ran for governor. No explanation as to why he would endorse a mentally-ill person for public office. Or how he could associate with such people for years and not recognize their character. But then that’s true of overyone on this list.|
|2009||Van Jones, Obama’s green jobs czar|
* Some readers demanded to know how I can criticize the First District of Illinois as an “amoral, moronic ghetto.” Easy question. Here you go.
The leading citizen of that district, elected by the voters of that district, is five-term Congressman Bobby Rush. In one of those elections, 2000, the voters there rejected Rush’s primary opponent, Barack Obama, Jr.
Rush went AWOL from the U.S. Army and was discharged weeks later. He is a convicted felon and ex-convict (illegal firearms possession). He is a co-founder of the Illinois Black Panther party which was originally arguably a terrorist organization. Rush recruited Fred Hampton into the Black Pather Party. Hampton was killed in a shootout with police. He is a minister and as such is a peer of other First District ministers like Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, and Father Michael Pflager. Rush’s son was gunned down in the District.
Jim Croce wrote about that district in his song “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” which starts like this:
Well the south side of chicago
Is the baddest part of town
And if you go down there
You better just beware
Of a man named leroy brown
That song is written in the language of that neighborhood including phrases like, “all the mens just call him sir.” Like I said, morons.
For evidence that the voters there are morons, watch the people behind Reverend Jeremiah Wright when he makes nutty speeches about Tuskeegee and AIDS. Note also that those people gave so much money to Wright that he was able to buy a million dollar house in a gated 98% white community which is where he now lives. Like I said, morons.
I would welcome demographic data on the SAT scores or IQs or incomes of the people of the First District of Illionois. I would not be surprised if it’s hard to find anyone who can spell SAT in that neighborhood. I expect demographics would solidly support the moronic adjective.
Wikipedia says of the district, “As of 2000, only 38% of the district's adult residents were married, approximately 30% below the national average of 54.4%.” I don’t think that means it’s a swinging singles scene. More likely, single moms on food stamps. Wikipedia also says, “The 1st District's median household income as of 2000, $37,222, trailed the national average by 11.4%, the unemployment rate (7.6%) was more than double the national rate, and nearly 20% of district residents were living in poverty.” Here’s a statment about crime there in a blog, “During the first four months of 2008, 134 murders were committed in Chicago. In comparison, according to icasualties.com, a total of 160 Americans were killed in all of Iraq during the same period.” I would add that probably only about 100 of those Iraq casualties were cased by enemy action. The rest were friendly fire and accidents.
Like I said, it’s an “amoral, moronic, ghetto.” Obama has had to throw so many people under the bus because he made the very unwise decision to try to have a political career there and had to befriend the above people to win the votes of the sort of people who think Wright, Farrakhan, Pfleger, Ayers, etc. are neat guys. When Obama thought he needed those guys, they were in his bus. As soon as he concluded he no longer needed them, they were under the bus, along with the amoral, moronic voters of that district.
If I have overlooked an under-the-bus target, please apprise me and I will add the omitted individual, thing, or group. The reason to pay attention to this list is that you may be on it in the future. Obama is about taking care of Number One. If elected, he will have the power to throw us far more of us under the bus whenever he believes it’s in his interest to do so.