MUST READS: The Obama File

In Must Reads, Notes by Mark Hillman

Obama’s flaws multiply – John Fund, Wall Street Journal
Barack Obama’s San Francisco-Democrat comment about how working class voters "cling to guns or religion" is already famous.  But his aides tell reporters that he is bewildered that anybody took offense.

Hey, Barack, it’s about freedom – Investors Business Daily
You wouldn’t know it from listening to Barach Obama disparage "people in small towns," but they "cling" to their guns and their faith because of a document called the Declaration of Independence, signed in Philadelphia, where church bells rang out on July 4, 1776.

The audacity of rhetoric – Thomas Sowell
Barach Obama’s own account of his life shows that he sought out people on the far left.  He hasn’t changed in recent years.  The irony is that he has projected an entirely different persona as a presidential candidate.  The ease with which he has accomplished this chameleon-like change is a tribute to his talent and a warning about his reliability.

Obama’s irresponsible defense policy in his own words – YouTube
If I hadn’t heard it straight from Barack Obama’s mouth, I wouldn’t have believed that even the most liberal member of the Senate could be this irresponsible:  "I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems." "I will slow our development of future combat systems."  "I will not develop new nuclear weapons."  Listen for yourself.

Who knows what Obama really believes? – Politico.com
Barack Obama’s handwritten notes appear on a questionnaire by a liberal Illinois group, but he claims that he didn’t actually provide the answers that clearly state that he supports a statewide ban on "the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns” and opposes capital punishment.

Throw grandma under the bus – Ann Coulter
We treat blacks like children, constantly talking about their temper tantrums right in front of them with airy phrases about black anger. I will not pat blacks on the head and say, "Isn’t that cute?" As a post-racial American, I do not believe "the legacy of slavery" gives black people the right to be permanently ill-mannered.

Rev. Wright and Barack – Gerald Posner, HuffingtonPost.com
Five days after 9/11, Rev. Jeremiah Wright said "America’s chickens are coming home to roost."  Don’t you think Barack Obama, a sitting state senator who attends his church, would have been one of the first to hear about that, even if he wasn’t sitting in the pew that Sunday?

Obama’s Constitution – Edward Whelan, The Weekly Standard
If you want justices who’ve got "the heart, the empathy to recognize what it’s like to be a teenage mom, to understand what it’s like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old" then Barack Obama is your guy.  If you want judges who actually respect the Constitution, he’s not.

In the Senate: star power, but minor role – New York Times
After joining the Senate, Barack Obama cautiously guarded his image and largely avoided taking any risks.  His record can thus far be summarized as pandering to the left-wing of his party and avoiding any moderate positions, betraying his profession to be a unifying, post-partisan leader.

How would Al-Qaida vote?  – Investors Business Daily
Rep. Steve King had the temerity to wonder aloud what message electing Barack Obama would send to Islamic terrorists.  Obama’s campaign said such questions "have no place in our politics."  Well, they had better find a place.

Obama’s black nationalist, socialist church should bother you – Investors Business Daily
Trinity United Church of Christ preaches from the gospel of blackness and black power. There’s little room for white Christians. It attacks the pursuit of "middleclassness" (code for whiteness), arguing that middleclassness is a conspiracy by white leaders to keep talented African-Americans "captives."

Obama and Chicago mores – John Fund, Wall Street Journal
After John McCain was attacked for allegedly cozy ties to lobbyists, he held a press conference and answered every question.  Barack Obama must do the same to explain his friendship and financial dealings with Chicago political "fixer" Tony Rezko.

Michelle Obama’s magic pay raise – Byron York, National Review
She understands how working families struggle.  After all, she and Barack spend $10,000 a year on their kids’ extracurricular activities.  She’s burdened with all of those student loans from her days at Princeton and Harvard.  And she magically got a $195,000 pay raise after her husband was elected to the U.S. Senate.  Yep, those Obama’s are just ordinary folks.

Tough questions for Barack Obama – Peter Kirsanow, National Review
It’s time to cut through the fawning media coverage and ask tough questions, starting with:  You’ve been campaigning on a theme of “change,” yet your stated positions on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, taxes, education, income redistribution, affirmative action, tort reform, and reducing poverty aren’t appreciably distinguishable from the positions Democrats have maintained over the last 40 years. What specifically would you change?

Obama opposed protections for infants ‘born alive’ – Terence P. Jeffrey, Human Events
Barack Obama is the most pro-abortion presidential candidate ever.  He even voted to deny legal protection or medical care to infants born during an unsuccessful abortion.

Cult of Obama has induced mass delusion — Robert Samuelson, Washington Post
Barack Obama seems to have
hypnotized much of the media and the public with his eloquence.  The result is a mass delusion that he is forthrightly engaging the nation’s major problems when, so far, he isn’t.

Obama’s new vulnerability — Karl Rove, Wall Street Journal
The public can now question Mr. Obama’s promise to change Washington by working across party lines.  Was he one of the 14 who tried to find common ground between the parties on judicial nominations? Was Mr. Obama part of the bipartisan leadership that tackled other thorny issues like energy, immigration or terrorist surveillance?  No.  Mr. Obama has been one of the most dependably partisan votes in the Senate.

Michelle Obama’s America … and mine — Michelle Malkin, Yahoo! News
I’m just seven years younger than Mrs. Obama. We’ve grown up and lived in the same era. And yet, her self-absorbed attitude is completely foreign to me. What planet is she living on? She has achieved enormous professional success, political influence and personal acclaim, but you wouldn’t know it from her campaign rhetoric and her griping about her and her husband’s student loans.

Obama’s economic plan — Washington Times
In an effort to add a larger dose of substance to his rhetoric, Barack Obama unveiled a detailed economic plan last week. In doing so, he provided unmistakable proof of why he’s one of the Senate’s most liberal members.

Obama as Diplomat-in-Chief — Michael O’Hanlon, Wall Street Journal
Barack Obama’s plan to change American foreign policy is his intention, upon becoming president, to meet with foreign leaders of extremist regimes — the type of rogue-state dictators that George W. Bush has generally shunned during his time as president. Applied categorically, this would be a bad idea.

The Obama Triangle — Investor’s Business Daily
A concise summary of votes that made Barack Obama the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate according to National Journal.