On my desk: The Manchurian President

posted at 10:27 am on May 1, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

My friend Aaron Klein, now a WABC radio host who has done some amazing work in probing Islamist terrorism in the Middle East, and Brenda Elliott have turned their attention to domestic politics and Barack Obama in his latest book, The Manchurian President: Barack Obama’s Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists. The book, which comes out this week, promises an explosive look at Obama’s relationship to radicals; Klein’s original reporting on Van Jones helped expose the ties the “green jobs czar” had to radical leftists and pushed Jones into eventually resigning his post. Aaron gives Hot Air readers an exclusive preview of one of the connections he reports in the new book:

In just one of the revelations in this politically radioactive release, the book uncovers for the first time where and how Obama first met Weatherman founder Bill Ayers – and it is much earlier than previously believed.

In his 1995 autobiography, Dreams From My Father, Obama writes about a speech given during his college years in connection with Students for Economic Democracy. SED was a campus group affiliated with Tom Hayden, one of the principal organizers of Students for a Democratic Society, the 1960s antiwar movement from which Ayers’ Weatherman splintered.

The book ties Obama to a number of other radicals who were associated with SED’s parent group, whose founding members included fellow antiwar protesters, a politician known to be a communist collaborator, and a founding member of the Black Panthers.

Until now, little has been revealed about Obama’s college years, with the president refusing to release his transcript or comment in depth about which specific individuals or organizations he was associated with,

The Manchurian President also reveals Obama’s associations with the Nation of Islam, Black Liberation Theology and black political extremists, with extensive new information on the subjects.

Also detailed are Obama’s deep ties to ACORN, which are much more extensive than previously documented elsewhere. The book additionally describes how a socialist-led, ACORN-affiliated union helped facilitate Obama’s political career and now exerts major influence in the White House.

The Manchurian President contains potentially explosive information not only about President Obama but also concerning other officials in the White House, including top czars and senior advisers Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod.

I just received my copy of the book and will try to complete reading it before Aaron appears on The Ed Morrissey Show this week to discuss the book. The book follows the efforts of David Freddoso’s The Case Against Barack Obama (reviewed here) and Jerome Corsi’s Obama Nation. Both of those books shed light on Obama’s past political associations and efforts, but didn’t get as much traction as they deserved, thanks to a wave of popular support for Obama.

The effort by Klein and Elliott, coming as it does after fifteen months of disillusioning reality about Obama’s hard-Left agenda, may have more success — and both of the other books may start getting more attention as well. There is another argument to be made, too, which is that the past matters less now than the present. The reality of Obama’s performance will make a more compelling argument in 2012 than the hidden realities of his previous connections. However, if this book delivers on his promise, it will provide more context for the present and help voters connect a few more dots in 2012 than they did in 2008. In any case, as with all of Aaron’s work, it will make great conversation when we chat this coming Wednesday at 4 pm ET on TEMS!

Update: I inexcusably overlooked the fact that Brenda Elliott coauthored the book with Aaron; I’ve updated the post above, and offer my apologies to Ms. Elliott.

Update II: Tom Maguire has more information on the Ayers/Obama relationship.

Update III: The interview is on Wednesday, not Tuesday. I’ve made the correction above.


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Actually it\’s the ignorance of his past that got us here.If his past was an open book he would not have been elected.

lilium on May 1, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Unfortunately,there are people who still do not want to believe he is out to destroy.I hope this book opens more eyes before these coming elections.

ohiobabe on May 1, 2010 at 10:51 AM

See, you’re right. I both before and after the election have found myself providing a clear case of Obama’s Marxist connections and anti-Americanism, not to mention anti-Israel and it always falls on def ears.

One of my friends: “Is Obama an American?”
Me: “Sure, you can be an American and still be anti-American.”

Friend: “Is he a Muslim?”
Me: “I really don’t think be believes in a god. He’s obviously made no effort to choose a new church, I do think he strongly holds to Wrights Marxist Black Liberation Theology however.”

Exchanges like that are met with silence…

Sharr on May 1, 2010 at 2:44 PM

I’m ready to buy the book. It’s our duty to support those who bring these matters to light.

I’m going to use my Obama $3 bill* as a bookmark…

*I also have a Clinton $3 bill to mark anything really juicy…

landlines on May 1, 2010 at 2:45 PM

because it’s published to cash in on irrational obama hatred, authored by a writer for wing nut daily. he just recycles all the dirt he’s been spewing about obama for years.

sesquipedalian on May 1, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Then prove them wrong. Get your head out of the sand and start using it.

redridinghood on May 1, 2010 at 2:47 PM

I’ll admit I’m very curious about Michelle. He married her for a reason, daddy being an Alderman or something connected in Chicago politics being my guess. She’s got all this anger, yet she came from a family that had connections & privilege, moreso than him.

lizzie beth on May 1, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Sorry, but your assumptions on this are waaay wrong. Michelle comes from relatively modest means, her father was a low level city worker, Streets & Santation I think. Obma on the other hand, and despite the media/campaign narrative, was from a family of priveledge. His grandparents who raised him hailed from Mercer island in Seattle, where Bill Gates of Microsoft now resides, and attended “The Little Red Church on the hill”. The church as most churches are, was painted white. It got that moniker from being a renowned bastion of Leftism.

Baracks grandparents were self avowed communists as well Stanley having been converted at Berkley going to school on the GI bill after WWII.

Just for the record.

Archimedes on May 1, 2010 at 2:54 PM

sesquipedalian on May 1, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Just in case you need to understand the subject, The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Defines socialism as:

The stage in Marxist-Leninist theory intermediate between capitalism and communism, in which collective ownership of the economy under the dictatorship of the proletariat has not yet been successfully achieved.

Obowmao is attempting to implement socialism on a national level – and we Supposedly voted for this – despite the plain fact Obama and the rest of the National Socialist Leftists weren’t honest about it (and still aren’t)during the campaign.

So what exactly are you trifling at?

Chip on May 1, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Obowmao is attempting to implement socialism on a national level – and we Supposedly voted for this – despite the plain fact Obama and the rest of the National Socialist Leftists weren’t honest about it (and still aren’t)during the campaign.

So what exactly are you trifling at?

Chip on May 1, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Hmmm… “National Socialist”. Seems I’ve heard that somewhere before. Ah, yes, “National Socialist German Workers Party”, whose initials (NSDAP) were abbreviated to the more common term, “Nazi”.

Makes perfect sense to me.

jdawg on May 1, 2010 at 3:24 PM

because it’s published to cash in on irrational obama hatred, authored by a writer for wing nut daily. he just recycles all the dirt he’s been spewing about obama for years.

sesquipedalian on May 1

Oh, I see. If everything that has been said about Obama’s relationship with Racists, Commies and Domestic Terrorists (i.e. Frank Davis, Van Jones and Bill Ayers) and attending an inherently racist Black Liberation Church (Rev. Wright) is false, then I guess you are right and we don’t have anything to worry about.

On the other hand . . .

You Libs just kill me. It’s so much easier to trash the messenger. Then, you can just ignore the message.

Losers lacking the intellect to debate the issues fall back on emotionalism.

BigAlSouth on May 1, 2010 at 3:37 PM

jdawg on May 1, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Makes you wonder why the Left always throws – or ‘Projects’ that term all the time.

Consider this statement:

“In certain basic respects – a totalitarian state structure, a single party, a leader, a secret police, a hatred of political, cultural and intellectual freedom – fascism and communism are clearly more like each other than they are like anything in between.”

Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Associate Professor of History at Harvard New York Times Magazine, Sunday, April 4, 1948

Just another voice demolishing the myth that there was a big difference between the “National Socialist German Workers Party” and other types of statism.

Chip on May 1, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Chip on May 1, 2010 at 3:38 PM

We all KNOW why the left throws that term around all the time – they can’t debate anything on merit so they resort to the only thing they have left – childish name-calling designed to derail the discussion.

Just another voice demolishing the myth that there was a big difference between the “National Socialist German Workers Party” and other types of statism.

Agreed. Totalitarianism is the same regardless of what name is given to it. These days it’s Political Correctness and the Environmental Movement, and it’s being forced upon us by the liberals in the Democrat Party – the modern-day fascists.

jdawg on May 1, 2010 at 4:07 PM

jdawg on May 1, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Yup, the story Statism is always the same – only the names have been changed to protect the Guilty.

Chip on May 1, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Always knew there was at least one puppet master pulling his strings.

Chewy the Lab on May 1, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Chewy,

Check this out, and recognize at least the possibility that the New Left (same as the Old Left) were merely recruiting agents, marking time while seeking a sponsor.

warbaby on May 1, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Goodbye, Ed. It’s been good.

unclesmrgol on May 1, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Don’t cry uncle over such standardized silliness mr gol.

A succession of such s_cessions would be a depression to the debate.

My comment is awaiting moderation?

profitsbeard on May 1, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Archimedes …..one thing is for sure Michelle is as corrupt as Obama is. Do your homework.

lilium on May 1, 2010 at 5:53 PM

unclesmrgol on May 1, 2010 at 2:36 PM

… Hmm. That’s most peculiar — especially for a word that according to dictionary.com only has 3 meanings. Two of which are familiar to any red-blooded American and the 3rd refers to a form of Germanic Art Nouveaux.

Perhaps the good Uncle is obliquely guilty of violating Godwin’s Law with the usage of the 3rd definition? /sarc

I was at Captain’s Quarter & MM long before HA burst on the scene; and can recall getting into a couple of knock-down dragouts with said dragon, but it’s disturbing to think that he’s forced to se cede himself from the HA community over the term, what all with the uproar over Arizona, amensty and illegals in general.

Nevertheless, if this is true, HA needs to post a list of such words unworthy of polite conversation.

Speaking of Godwin’s Law… First they came for the jews and I said nothing, then they came for the Smrgol.Dragon, but I said wait a minute. Need I withdraw as well?

Ed, please explain.

AH_C on May 1, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Can you give us some credible, multi-sourced cites proving that anything Klein’s written or said about O’bama is false?

Del Dolemonte on May 1, 2010 at 1:08 PM

stop beating your wife.

sesquipedalian on May 1, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Translation: “No, I can’t.”

That wasn’t so hard now, was it, Dear?

Del Dolemonte on May 1, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Sorry, but your assumptions on this are waaay wrong. Michelle comes from relatively modest means, her father was a low level city worker, Streets & Santation I think.

Archimedes on May 1, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Her father worked at the City water plant. But was also a Democrat precinct captain.

Del Dolemonte on May 1, 2010 at 6:20 PM

unclesmrgol on May 1, 2010 at 2:36 PM

… Hmm. That’s most peculiar — especially for a word that according to dictionary.com only has 3 meanings. Two of which are familiar to any red-blooded American and the 3rd refers to a form of Germanic Art Nouveaux.

Yes, the Wiener Unclesmrgol is just around the corner from the Karlsplatz U-Bahn station. A must-see tourist attraction, which you will neither find out about nor discuss, ever, on HotAir. Are we clear?

… HA needs to post a list of such words unworthy of polite conversation.

Such as the Civil or Unclesmrgolary War, for example?

Ed, please explain.

AH_C on May 1, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Or, one should just assume the site is hostile to the topics of Arts & Literature and History. Well, at least that leaves us plebes the subjects of Geography (mostly), Entertainment (partially), Science & Nature (with the exception of torque / angular momentum), and Sports & Leisure (except certain destinations, of course).

When describing objects spinning on an axle, might I propose the alias “2-pi”, as in, “this drill bit rotates at 1200 2-pis / minute”? Acceptable, Allah? Or is this also banned “for a reason”?

If so, please enlighten us what the reason is, because the so-called logic of this is baffling.

RD on May 1, 2010 at 7:30 PM

RD on May 1, 2010 at 7:30 PM

And when discussing the Etudes, it’s “Opus 10, number 12″, understand? That’s all it is. Don’t say it… don’t say it… don’t…

RD on May 1, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Actually it\’s the ignorance of his past that got us here.If his past was an open book he would not have been elected.

lilium on May 1, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Not too sure on that one. The LSM did actually cover the various Clinton scandals and the SOB still got elected, and then after some more scandals got re-elected.

Americans increasingly like candidates that have a swagger and a go-getter attitude. Our presidents are becoming more and more like some west European prime ministers, including Bush Jr.-I don’t think his party animal past hurt him one bit.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 1, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 1, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Not entirely inaccurate, but once Clinton got elected the “media” became ominously silent about his fund-raising activities, and their unquestioning support of Algore and The Serial Gigolo led inevitably to the present total enigma in the White House.

The politics of telegenics started with JFK, was given a quantum boost with the Arkansas Aristotle and his swingin’ sax, and reached its nadir with President Tingles.

warbaby on May 1, 2010 at 9:05 PM

When describing objects spinning on an axle, might I propose the alias “2-pi”, as in, “this drill bit rotates at 1200 2-pis / minute”? Acceptable, Allah? Or is this also banned “for a reason”?
RD on May 1, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Minor correction, that should be 1-pi/min. Unless it was a pun intended, as in a cream pie for each face…

AH_C on May 1, 2010 at 11:36 PM

Well, at least that leaves us plebes the subjects of Geography (mostly), Entertainment (partially), Science & Nature (with the exception of torque / angular momentum), and Sports & Leisure (except certain destinations, of course).

RD on May 1, 2010 at 7:30 PM

All that, plus beta-male-ism and Palin-sliming

AH_C on May 1, 2010 at 11:42 PM

Goodbye, Ed. It’s been good.

unclesmrgol on May 1, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Say it is not so Uncle.

There are many words which are in the “this word is verboten” category. But these words should be usable in proper context in a way that “f**k” is never usable.

Indeed.

The word that generated the email by AP has never been used by you in an inappropriate manner.

All one has to do is read your posts to know this fact.

I always enjoyed reading your words of wisdom, even when I found myself in disagreement (which was not very often).

I always wondered why Hotair had not asked you to be a Green Room contributor.

If an appropriate apology is sent by AP and Ed, would you reconsider?

If it is not to be, the quality of Hotair posters will have declined drastically.

I will miss reading your words of wisdom and will check your blog for updates regarding where one can find your call sign.

How about it Ed AP and Ed?

rukiddingme on May 1, 2010 at 11:48 PM

How about it Ed AP and Ed?

*sigh*

rukiddingme on May 2, 2010 at 12:43 AM

sounds like a start

happyfeet on May 2, 2010 at 3:30 AM

Dr. ZhivBlago…..Clinton would not have gotten elected as well as Obama if their corruption was exposed….criminal not scandalous.

lilium on May 2, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Goodbye, Ed. It’s been good.

unclesmrgol on May 1, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Not good. I’ve enjoyed many late night debates at CQ with the good unclesmrgol. I’ll find your new hangout my friend, as the conversation will continue.

Keemo on May 2, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Say it is not so Uncle.

There are many words which are in the “this word is verboten” category. But these words should be usable in proper context in a way that “f**k” is never usable.

How about it AP and Ed?

rukiddingme on May 1, 2010 at 11:48 PM

How much scripting does it take for the system to indicate back to the commenter the verboten words?

It’s already scanned and flagged the words, hence post ‘disappearing’. To be really blog friendly, all it has to do is type back the entire comment and bold/color the flagged word(s). That way one can copy/paste the entire comment, edit the troublesome section and keep on bloggin’.

AH_C on May 2, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Ed, You may also want to turn your readers on to the fact that Brenda authors and operates the blog http://www.therealbarackobama.wordpress.com – it is by far the most comprehensive well written blog on the Obama’s socialist/communist connections and the network with which they operate.

EyesOpen on May 2, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Wow, I can’t wait to read this book. It sounds like if we can get everyone to read The Manchurian President and this book, then we’ll be in a lot better shape and position to Bring America Back!

dnlchisholm on May 2, 2010 at 6:49 PM

I haven’t read the book and don’t intend to. But if ‘Manchurian President’ is anything like ‘Manchurian Candidate’ it would hypothecate mind control at a subconscious and Pavlovian level. More likely Obama is ‘Puppet President’ fully cognizant of and acquiescent to the fact that he’s being used by more brightly lit light bulbs.

MaiDee on May 2, 2010 at 11:21 PM

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