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Cheney Killed Bambi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:50 PM
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Chicago Tribune Gives Obama Clean Bill of Health on Rezko
The Tribune has been Obama's harshest critic on Rezko. So on Friday, Obama sat down with their editors for 90 minutes and answered all of their questions. As a result, the Tribune has given Obama a clean bill of health:

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama waited 16 months to attempt the exorcism. But when he finally sat down with the Tribune editorial board Friday, Obama offered a lengthy and, to us, plausible explanation for the presence of now-indicted businessman Tony Rezko in his personal and political lives.

The most remarkable facet of Obama's 92-minute discussion was that, at the outset, he pledged to answer every question the three dozen Tribune journalists crammed into the room would put to him. And he did.


Great conclusion:

Barack Obama now has spoken about his ties to Tony Rezko in uncommon detail. That's a standard for candor by which other presidential candidates facing serious inquiries now can be judged.


http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-0316edit...
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99th_Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:52 PM
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1. K&R - happily so. So much for one more of Clinton's smear attempts ..*poof*
:kick:
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:54 PM
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2. You can have another thread
on this 'cause it's certainly important but here's another one,too.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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madaboutharry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:54 PM
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3. You know, one thing is starting to emerge
Edited on Sat Mar-15-08 04:23 PM by madaboutharry
in this campaign. Obama rises to the occasion. Maybe he really is the decent person so many think supporters like me have been "duped" into believing in.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:19 PM
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21. It is soooo Emerging, madaboutharry!
I would think the fence sitters would notice how differently and in control he is than the current "president" or his primary opponent whose chameleon skin is ever changing its hue.
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anamandujano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:29 PM
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28. He rises only when he sees the shit heading for the fan, then
he drips out as little as possible.
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madaboutharry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:59 PM
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36. Ugh! Is this what we have all become?
It is just getting me ill. We are all democrats. Tell me what is going to happen in November if this is the way we talk to each other?
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Texas Hill Country Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:55 PM
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4. glad his HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER cleared him... everyone should feel better now.
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anigbrowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:00 PM
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6. This is the same newspaper that....
certain posters have been quoting as 'evidence' of a dark conspiracy, saying things like 'they knew him first and best - why won't he answer questions from reporters who really know the story - isn't he just relying on the ignorance of the national press'. What a two-faced bullshit artist you are.
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:09 PM
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13. Your ignorance is on full display today.
Keep it up, Texas Hill. :thumbsup:
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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:18 PM
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19. The Chicago Trib is the GOP's answer to the New York Times,
It has been a conservative Republican newspaper since well before it was delivered to our house every day back in the 1950's. It is a nationally prestigious paper - not like your weekly Hill Country hometown advertising/farm report/church social description "newspaper". The Tribune IS a bit less conservative than the Wall Street Journal, but it is first, last and always a Republican's paper.

It is EXCEEDINGLY impressive that the Trip has cleared Obama on the Rezko issue. Now let's see Hillary & Bill EVER sit down with a Republican paper and answer every question thrown at them.
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:23 PM
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23. what diver said.
anyone who thinks the trib would go easy on him cuz he is the hometown boy needs some schoolin'.
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:27 PM
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27. As someone born & raised in Chicago, I can attest to how
Edited on Sat Mar-15-08 04:35 PM by truedelphi
Republican in nature the Tribune is.

If Obama has been cleared for take off by the Trib, I think the Rezko attacks should die down - and IMMEDIATELY!
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democrattotheend Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:53 PM
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34. They're the ones who have been badgering him about this
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anigbrowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:58 PM
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5. He still has Rezko questions to answer!!!
DID Rezko offer interior decoration tips?
HOW MANY TIMES did he and Obama 'have a go' on the swing set that ridged their properties before it was dismantled?
WHY did Obama not tell Razko that it might be a good idea to shave that unfashionable mustache?
WHAT was Rezko doing while Barack Obama was distracting the nation by taking part in political debates?
WHEN will the poeple who have been postin Rezko threads day after day admit that they don't have any substance, just innuendo?
HOW MUCH more bullshit will we have to listen to from fake 'Democrats' pretending that they know some dark secret?
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arundhatiroyfan Donating Member (174 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:03 PM
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8. Again very impressive.
He was also not evasive at all in the Fox interview. He answered the questions very clearly in my opinion.
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Cheney Killed Bambi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:07 PM
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12. LOL!
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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:02 PM
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7. the 80 min Q&A interview was only the beginning reporters work now begins it was NOT a "CBH "
they requested many many documents from Obama and now have hes revised statements to match up with his first lies
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anigbrowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:37 PM
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31. God you are such a bullshit artist
'the reporters work now begins' - what a heap of pompous nonsense. Yes, indeed they asked for some extra documentary information -and Obama told them where to find it if he didn't have it himself.

You know, I used to work as a journalist for a national publication (in the UK, that would be about equivalent to a state the size of California) and it's very unusual to get anything like that degree of candor in an interview. The fact is that you don't have shit to accuse Obama of, you're just trying to create an implication in people's minds that something will crop up. If his interview was full of evasions and referring questions to his lawyer or claiming privilege I might agree, but plainly it isn't.

This is just like you and all the other posters who think Rezko is his weak point making dark insinuations about what's going to come out during the trial. Of course, it's been going on 2 weeks now, is a third of the way through, and hasn't produced any juicy scandal whatsoever. How disappointed you must be! I guess that's why there's been a sharp drop-off in threads about the trial. But even before, it was obvious to anyone with a brain and the willingness to do a little research that 99% of the Rezko threads didn't have any information, they were just gossip-mongering shit talk.
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:05 PM
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9. K&R. Hopefully *other* candidates will be as forthcoming about their associations.
n/t
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anamandujano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:10 PM
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14. Pulling teeth is easier than getting this drip drip info from Bama.
Heaven knows there are more revisions to come.
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:14 PM
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15. As many revisions as the Clintons are doing to their tax returns?
Why haven't we seen those, anyway? Don't they believe in being open and honest with voters?
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anamandujano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:15 PM
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16. Crying "Hillary" is not going to help him with this.
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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:22 PM
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22. And your obtuse refusal to acknowledge the facts will not help Hillary with anything.
Good grief, read the link/OP. The top ranking Republican daily newspaper in the country, which also happens to be the major provider of coverage on Rezko, has cleared Obama.

The fat lady has sung - but as usual, you've got your fingers in your ears, screaming, "Nah-nah-nah - - - - I can't hear you."

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anamandujano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:25 PM
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25. You obviously did not read the article. OT: Glad I taught you a new word.
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DerekJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:35 PM
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30. let me get this straight before I respond
are you charging Obama with being secretive of his records?

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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:34 PM
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29. Perhaps not. But it appears that we will be left with no Democratic candidate...
for President, if non-ideal associations are strictly forbidden.

When their tax returns are released, and the associations with Dubai, China, etc. become public, the uproar will at least equal what we are seeing now.

So then what do we do? Scrap the convention and hand the Presidency to McCain? But, oh wait, he has horrible associations as well...

I think you see the problem here...
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tabasco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:18 PM
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18. You've got to be kidding!
Why is Hillary hiding:

- Tax returns
- First Lady records
- Senate earmark requests
- Library donor records

YOU CAN'T SERIOUSLY BE CRITICIZING OBAMA FOR KEEPING ANYTHING SECRET. HE HAS DISCLOSED ALL OF HIS RECORDS BUT WE ARE

STILL WAITING FOR HILLARY'S RECORDS!

Why don't you chime in on this thread and attempt to justify Hillary's secrecy??

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...



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anamandujano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:06 PM
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10. Correct title of story without editorial comment, "Obama's Rezko narrative."
:)
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Olney Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:06 PM
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11. It's so refreshing to see a politician sit down with reporters and be
unafraid and answer questions directly. I am very happy to hear that he satisfied the Tribune.
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anamandujano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:24 PM
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24. Like this.
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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:16 PM
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17. I wonder how long Hillary will keep harping on this phony, trumped-up smear.
Edited on Sat Mar-15-08 04:34 PM by jefferson_dem
n/t
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anamandujano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:27 PM
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26. She hasn't said a word about it in ages. She won't have to now that
the press is on the case.
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Patsy Stone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:53 PM
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35. Except... Penn did, apparently, just this afternoon.
Edited on Sat Mar-15-08 04:54 PM by Patsy Stone
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phrigndumass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:19 PM
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20. K&R
As an Illinois resident who reads a lot of local news, I knew there wasn't much of a connection there at all. Happy to see this settled.

:thumbsup:
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donkeyotay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:48 PM
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32. Actual headline is "Obama's Rezko Narrative" not clean bill of health. nt
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AZ Criminal JD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:48 PM
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33. The Chicago Tribune has endorsed Obma in every campaign.
Even when he ran against the incumbent Congressman, Bobby Rush in 2000. Of course they will vindicate him because that vindicates them. Reporters don't have the investigative tools prosecutors do. When Rezko is found guilty and Patrick Fitzgerald immunizes him and then marches him before a grand jury we will see if Obama is vindicated.
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