See No Evil, Hear No Evil
Bostonboomer has an interesting article about Obama the community organizer over at riverdaughter's place, The Confluence.
I just want to highlight one portion, (quoting Ryan Lizza):
"Organizing remained central to Obama long after his stint on the South Side. In the 13 years between Obama’s return to Chicago from law school and his Senate campaign, he was deeply involved with the city’s constellation of community-organizing groups. He wrote about the subject. He attended organizing seminars. He served on the boards of foundations that support community organizing. He taught Alinsky’s concepts and methods in workshops. When he first ran for office in 1996, he pledged to bring the spirit of community organizing to his job in the state Senate."
It does appear that his history of community organizing is central to Obama’s identity, seemingly even more important to him than his work as a legislator. The mystery is how with all this community activity, Obama managed to remain ignorant of the fact that his benefactor, Antoin Rezko, wasn’t paying utility bills for his tenents, many of whom lived in Obama’s IL state senate district.
How is it possible that Obama was "deeply involved with the city’s constellation of community-organizing groups" and no one brought to his attention what Rezko was doing? Or not doing, to be specific.
Some of Rezko's properties (owned by Rezmar Corp., Rezko's business) were in Obama's state senate district. These tenants were Obama's constituents. It was Obama's job to know what was happening. It was no secret, stories about Rezko's problems were reported in the Chicago papers and on television.
Even worse, from Wikipedia:
In 1990, after Obama was named head of the Harvard Law Review, Rezmar Corp. offered him a job should he decide to return to Chicago, and although Obama turned that offer down he later did take a job, which he held from 1993 to 2002, with Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, a law firm representing Rezko, Rezmar, and community groups in partnership with Rezmar, that helped Rezmar get more than $43 million in government funding. The firm's then senior partner, Allison S. Davis, has been a member of the Chicago Plan Commission since 1991, later went into business with Rezko, and in 2003 was appointed to Illinois State Board of Investment, which controls state pension funds, by Governor Blagojevich at Rezko's request. On July 31, 1995 the first ever political contributions to Obama were $300 from a lawyer, a $5,000 loan from a car dealer, and $2,000 from two food companies owned by Rezko. Starting in 2003 Rezko was on Obama's U.S. Senate campaign finance committee, which raised more than $14 million. Rezko threw an early fundraiser for Obama, and that fundraiser was instrumental in providing Obama with seed money for his U.S. Senate race.
Obama claims he knew nothing. His close relationship with Rezko continued until after Obama was elected to the US Senate. In fact, the deal with Rezko involving Obama's home took place after Obama was a Senator, as did the alleged meeting with Nadhmi Auchi.
Obama says he never heard any of Rev. Wright's controversial statements either, despite attending Trinity UCC for 20 years.
See a pattern?