Report: Obama friend who allegedly tried to bribe Rev. Wright is same crony who just got $5.9 million HHS contract

posted at 8:42 pm on May 14, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via the Daily Caller. Remember, the stories in the news yesterday about Wright being bribed in 2008 never named the person who supposedly made the offer. Wright is quoted as saying that it was “one of Barack’s closest friends” but without a name it’s hard to tell if that’s anything more than a bitter ex-mentor making something up to hurt his protege. A day later, though, here’s author Edward Klein on Hannity’s radio show providing the name after all: Allegedly it’s Eric Whitaker. That’s the same guy who runs the Urban Health Initiative at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where Michelle Obama got her big six-figure promotion coincidentally shortly after The One was elected to the Senate; the same guy who got a “glowing” reference from Obama for Tony Rezko, which led to Rod Blagojevich hiring Whitaker to be the state’s public health director; and the same guy whose UHI program just got nearly $6 million from HHS as one of 26 grantees in an applicant pool of 3,000. Given the closeness of Whitaker’s relationship with the Obamas, if in fact he tried to offer Wright a bribe, does anyone seriously doubt it was at The One’s behest? Only an idiot would try to go over a presidential candidate’s head and offer a bribe on his behalf unsolicited given the risk of scandal to the campaign and Whitaker, with postgrad degrees from Harvard and U of Chicago, is very far from an idiot. I want to hear Carney pressed about this, and I also want to know a lot more about that HHS grant. Assuming Klein is correct, just how many political favors have Whitaker and the most transparent administration evah done for each other?


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Sounds about right to me.

Bmore on May 14, 2012 at 8:45 PM

That’s the same guy who runs the Urban Health Initiative at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where Michelle Obama got her big six-figure promotion coincidentally shortly after The One was elected to the Senate; the same guy who got a “glowing” reference from Obama for Tony Rezko, which led to Rod Blagojevich hiring Whitaker to be the state’s public health director; and the same guy whose UHI program just got nearly $6 million from HHS as one of 26 grantees in an applicant pool of 3,000.

Coincidence.

(racist)

Tim_CA on May 14, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Duh!!! Come on people. Think about it. How is the guy going to be able to afford 150k bribes if he doesn’t get a few $5.9 million HHS contracts? This is a no brainer.

dirtseller on May 14, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Frekin’ Gays…

Electrongod on May 14, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Ruh roh…Valerie must be running out of thugs to repay..

d1carter on May 14, 2012 at 8:46 PM

I would have guess Bunny Mellon…..

Dr Evil on May 14, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Dots.

Corruption.

Some assembly required…

Seven Percent Solution on May 14, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Thanks for making more of the vids work on the iPad.

Bmore on May 14, 2012 at 8:48 PM

What a crook ! he charges Obama $5.9 mil for the job and gives the RumRum only just a paltry $ 150 K ?
Wonder how much taxpayer money the RumRum finally got from Obama
:)

burrata on May 14, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Sure there might be a little corruption here, but did you know Romney gave some blonde kid a swirly 45 years ago?

dirtseller on May 14, 2012 at 8:48 PM

You know….

I wouldn’t be upset if Obama just had a BJ in the Oval…

What happened to the good ol’ days?

Electrongod on May 14, 2012 at 8:50 PM

…Surprise…surprise…surprise!
…and of course the MSM will not think it is anything our of the ordinary!
The MSM is our enema…I mean enemy!

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2012 at 8:50 PM

I wonder why Whitaker never became an Obama appointee/czar.

bettycooper on May 14, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Keep digging up krap on bho/team. One of these days something is going to be so toxic, it will do bho in big time? So far that hasn’t happened, the bhopress has bho’s hind end on everything to make him be as pure as snow?

WILL someone, anyone, any human here in the US finally hold bho/team accountable for all the krap he has been doing?
L

letget on May 14, 2012 at 8:50 PM

This is the case for limited/restrained governance; as well as against the current admin. I would like to see evidence such as this, put forward for the cause, not simply to get a dude out (this should be the bonus). US Constitution FTW

Bigger = crony, ALWAYS

John Kettlewell on May 14, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Sure there might be a little corruption here, but did you know Romney gave some blonde kid a swirly 45 years ago?

dirtseller on May 14, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Stop the Presses!!

Tim_CA on May 14, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Whitaker, with postgrad degrees from Harvard and U of Chicago, is very far from an idiot.

Teeheheheheehheee…a crook yes, but an idiot ?
Noooo ;-)

burrata on May 14, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Who Runs Gov Wa Po bio
Eric Whitaker

The photo shows he hasn’t missed many meals.

Dr Evil on May 14, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Ooopsies….

TeresainFortWorth on May 14, 2012 at 8:51 PM

You know….

I wouldn’t be upset if Obama just had a BJ in the Oval

What happened to the good ol’ days?

Electrongod on May 14, 2012 at 8:50 PM

…what do we know?…could be a daily occurance!
The MSM could be present and never report it…some of them could even be wearing knee pads!

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Just when you thought the good reverand was gone under the bus, he emerges with a vengence. Pass the popcorn. Here we go…

RedSoxNation on May 14, 2012 at 8:53 PM

I want to hear Carney pressed about this, and I also want to know a lot more about that HHS grant. Assuming Klein is correct, just how many political favors have Whitaker and the most transparent administration evah done for each other?

I think, AP, you’re not likely to get a lot of cooperation from the WH Press Corps.

BKeyser on May 14, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Interesting point about Obama’s Muslim background, too.

Political racheteering with taxpayer funds. Why aren’t these people behind bars?

onlineanalyst on May 14, 2012 at 8:54 PM

In the Times profile of Obama’s First Friends, Whitaker figured prominently, along with White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett; campaign treasurer Martin Nesbitt; John W. Rogers, president of Ariel Capital Management; Rogers’ ex-wife, the former White House social secretary Desiree Rogers; and Craig Robinson, Michelle Obama’s brother. The group has vacationed together, enjoys football games at each other’s homes and plays Scrabble.

Since Obama’s been president, the Whitakers have vacationed with the First Family in Martha’s Vineyard and Hawaii.

Dr Evil on May 14, 2012 at 8:54 PM

…what do we know?…could be a daily occurance!
The MSM could be present and never report it…some of them could even be wearing knee pads!

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Whoa….
Daily???

With Moochelle around?

………….Wait a tick…..

Moochelle leave on vacation a few hours in advance…

Hmmmm.

Electrongod on May 14, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Whitaker, with postgrad degrees from Harvard and U of Chicago, is very far from an idiot.

SOMEBODY has to graduate at the bottom of the class….

TeresainFortWorth on May 14, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Is this going to become a round the clock media meme for a couple of days. If so this is… HOT!

Isn’t it illegal to bribe? Why isn’t this getting more attention?

anotherJoe on May 14, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Electrongod on May 14, 2012 at 8:50 PM

*lights up a cigar*

Want one?

BigGator5 on May 14, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Crazy old Uncle…

Electrongod on May 14, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Um, Special Prosecutor.

AshleyTKing on May 14, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Carney won’t answer and you’ll have to wait for the Romney Administration, to get an answer to that question.

Here’s another question, where is HHS getting all this grant money? The Senate can’t pass a budget, but they can surely appropriate because the Republicans gave them the out by passing the debt extension, for that they should be ashamed of themselves. What I’d like to know is if Boehner and company did it on purpose knowing the spending would be greasing wheels in their districts too?

I’m beginning to believe the Republicans are complicit in this budget deal (probably some of those cooperative Republicans helped out). I hope they replace McConnell and find out who authorized what and where this money has gone. We’ve gone $5 trillion in debt, since Obama took over, and all that without a budget being passed in the Senate. How is that possible?

bflat879 on May 14, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Damn, that’s gonna make a great ad!

I am actually pretty excited about all of the ads I know Romney’s gonna run — crony capitalism, Solyndra, Fast & Furious, etc. — because the media has straight-up ignored these stories. So when the ads hit in battleground states, they have two choices: 1) continue to ignore them, and let the ads speak for themselves; or 2) defend Obama…and wade in to the stories they never wanted to cover. I really think Romney should do a series of ads titled something like “Obama Administration corruption the media tried to cover up, installment #32.” It has the words “corruption” and “cover up,” and it will drive the Obamamedia nuts because they’re already paying a big price for being barack’s lap dogs. Such an ad campaign would neuter them even more. And, again, they either ignore it, or wade in…

Rational Thought on May 14, 2012 at 9:00 PM

*lights up a cigar*

Want one?

BigGator5 on May 14, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Ummmm…What’s that smell?

Columbian?

Electrongod on May 14, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Paging Darryl Issa, paging Darryl Issa, your services on the House Oversight Committee are needed again. Please report to your office to issue some suboenas. That is all.

Wethal on May 14, 2012 at 9:01 PM

the same guy who got a “glowing” reference from Obama for Tony Rezko, which led to Rod Blagojevich hiring Whitaker to be the state’s public health director;

Tony Rezko and
Rod Blagojevich , where are they now ?
Coincidence ?

burrata on May 14, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Pretty interesting when just a week or two into the “Romney is a Bully” meme that Yahoo finds about 6 million links to Obama /Fast and Furious has 12 million links.

CW on May 14, 2012 at 9:02 PM

If only the House had leadership with courage. Instead, we get Cantor & Co. drafting bills the democrats can’t refuse.

SouthernGent on May 14, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Oh boy.

gophergirl on May 14, 2012 at 9:04 PM

risk of scandal

What risk? We don’t have journalism anymore, just propaganda.

rbj on May 14, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Whitaker, with postgrad degrees from Harvard and U of Chicago, is very far from an idiot.

SOMEBODY has to graduate at the bottom of the class….

TeresainFortWorth on May 14, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Well, it can’t El Presidente Downgrade, Preezy of the United Steezy if they’re willing to show us his transcripts…

Chip on May 14, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Ummmm…What’s that smell?

Columbian?

Electrongod on May 14, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Electrongod on May 14, 2012 at 9:00 PM

ssshhhh….the Secret Service lurketh

burrata on May 14, 2012 at 9:06 PM

SOMEBODY has to graduate at the bottom of the class….

TeresainFortWorth on May 14, 2012 at 8:57 PM

For all we know, Whitaker is 1/32 of a Harvard and U of Chi graduate.

TulsAmerican on May 14, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Paging Darryl Issa, paging Darryl Issa, your services on the House Oversight Committee are needed again. Please report to your office to issue some suboenas. That is all.

Wethal on May 14, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Issa has his hands full.

Rational Thought on May 14, 2012 at 9:00 PM

…is on to something. Romney PAC are you listening/reading?

bettycooper on May 14, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Funny how the WaPo didn’t think this was worth investigating.

Oh, but I heard Romney gave someone a wedgie once!!!

WisCon on May 14, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Only an idiot would try to go over a presidential candidate’s head and offer a bribe on his behalf unsolicited given the risk of scandal to the campaign and Whitaker, with postgrad degrees from Harvard and U of Chicago, is very far from an idiot.

but how about his cheekbones and his heritage….?///

ted c on May 14, 2012 at 9:08 PM

More and more, it appears that Monsieur le Guillotine had the right idea after all . . . .

AZCoyote on May 14, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I’m shocked! Does the slimestream media know about this? Blago may be an idiot but there was a reason he wanted those tapes played at his trial–to connect more of the dots to Obama.

stukinIL4now on May 14, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Who Runs Gov Wa Po bio
Eric Whitaker

The photo shows he hasn’t missed many meals.

Dr Evil on May 14, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Oh, the Cook Co. hospitals that created a fake job for Michelle? I stink at connecting dots, but this is kinda easy.

hoosiermama on May 14, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Allegedly it’s Eric Whitaker.

I am shocked, SHOCKED I SAY, that all familiar names come to the forefront when it comes to how they attempted to shut up a racist pastor. Make no mistake that $6M HHS contract was nothing more than a kickback. There will be no oversight nor any real product. And no Attorney General interested in good government.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Allah there hasn’t been a Ghey related article in the headlines for awhile now, I think I am going into withdrawals….I need some glitter polls stat LOL.

At least this Whitaker fellow’s straight as in hetero, and by no means do I mean straight as in on the up and up.

Dr Evil on May 14, 2012 at 9:14 PM

And now it’s time to play America’s favorite game show:
“Guess what story will never see 10 seconds coverage in the media!!!!”

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 14, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Oh, the Cook Co. hospitals that created a fake job for Michelle? I stink at connecting dots, but this is kinda easy.

hoosiermama on May 14, 2012 at 9:13 PM

It looks like they are returning the favor.

Dr Evil on May 14, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Only an idiot would try to go over a presidential candidate’s head and offer a bribe on his behalf unsolicited given the risk of scandal to the campaign

So any idea who killed Donald Young, Nate Spencer and Lt. Quarles Harris Jr. ? And why ?

burrata on May 14, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Well of course he got a contract.I scratch your back -Now give me my money.

hawkman on May 14, 2012 at 9:23 PM

When this festering piece of crap burst up on the scene his blather included some rakcka-racka about the receding oceans and all that.

Well, the tides have receded and it is absolutely incredible that the residual flotsam and jetsam uncovered by this outflow is a monumental rotting pile of diarrhea and whale feces.

Someone wake the Good Lord and tell him we need another forty days and nights to wash this stuff away.

The War Planner on May 14, 2012 at 9:23 PM

I’m not a crook 2012

GeorgieGirl9 on May 14, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Ummmm…What’s that smell?

Columbian?

Electrongod on May 14, 2012 at 9:00 PM

lol….1978′s calling….they want their antique pot reference back.

Tim_CA on May 14, 2012 at 9:25 PM

…Surprise…surprise…surprise!
…and of course the MSM will not think it is anything our of the ordinary!
The MSM is our enema…I mean enemy!

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2012 at 8:50 PM

VERY telling reaction by Bob Beckel on The Five today; All he could do was stutter out some lame arguement about how untrustworthy Joe Klein is. Because, you know, those NYT writers are all closet Republicans just trying to score a buck. HA!

BettyRuth on May 14, 2012 at 9:26 PM

All this doesn’t matter. It will never see the light of the MSM. So the people who should hear about this never will. Sigh….

bluealice on May 14, 2012 at 9:26 PM

DISTRACTION! Let’s talk about ‘gay marriage’.

GarandFan on May 14, 2012 at 9:31 PM

HALLIBURTON!

/Left

mankai on May 14, 2012 at 9:39 PM

HALLIBURTON!

/Left

mankai on May 14, 2012 at 9:39 PM

But…but…but…

Bush!!!
Cheney!!!

GrannyDee on May 14, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Just another typical day in Chicago politics. No biggie.

NebCon on May 14, 2012 at 9:43 PM

crony capitalism as usual!

Sachiko on May 14, 2012 at 9:43 PM

maybe he really meant most brazen not most transparent administration…

prostitution whores. every one of them.

mittens on May 14, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Dog on a roof.

You wingnut morans.

Bishop on May 14, 2012 at 9:44 PM

I have no proof, but maybe this was the real payoff.

$150,000 sounds very light considering the entire election may have rested on Rev Wright. Whitaker probably had no idea what RJW knew about O and his “proclivities” which I believe are ongoing.

Just a thought.

FLconservative on May 14, 2012 at 9:46 PM

So that’s what? At least $100k to the Obama re-election campaign?

GarandFan on May 14, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Klein must be neutralized an marginalized at all costs. Someone get me a pre-school classmate with some dirt on this guy pronto.

http://www.fiscalwars.wordpress.com

stout77 on May 14, 2012 at 10:01 PM

I really think Romney should do a series of ads titled something like “Obama Administration corruption the media tried to cover up, installment #32.” It has the words “corruption” and “cover up,” and it will drive the Obamamedia nuts because they’re already paying a big price for being barack’s lap dogs. Such an ad campaign would neuter them even more. And, again, they either ignore it, or wade in…

Rational Thought on May 14, 2012 at 9:00 PM

While I love the idea of taking on the media and their cover ups, since we know that is our major enemy, it would be far better to tie the cover ups to Obama and team, leave the media out. There’s a gut instinct that most voters have, despite their own distrust of the media, that a candidate who assails the media is desperate. But your main idea is clever, and will still require the media to deal with the corruption/cover up “installments.” +1/15th of the National Debt.

TXUS on May 14, 2012 at 10:04 PM

“I know at least three Eric Whitakers..”

/Carney

tenxthinking on May 14, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Jodi Kantor, NYT, December 13, 2008:

The ride could be painful at times. Dr. Whitaker, a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, had to watch a yearlong falling-out between his best friend and his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. The doctor and Ms. Jarrett have become minor figures in two corruption scandals (Dr. Whitaker with the one involving the real-estate developer Antoin Rezko, Ms. Jarrett with the one involving the Illinois governor, Rod R. Blagojevich). There have been no suggestions of any wrongdoing by either of the friends or Mr. Obama.

Buy Danish on May 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Someone let me know when FactFreeorLie shows up to tell us that we are racist.

H.E. Pennypacker on May 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM

While I love the idea of taking on the media and their cover ups, since we know that is our major enemy, it would be far better to tie the cover ups to Obama and team, leave the media out. There’s a gut instinct that most voters have, despite their own distrust of the media, that a candidate who assails the media is desperate. But your main idea is clever, and will still require the media to deal with the corruption/cover up “installments.” +1/15th of the National Debt.

TXUS on May 14, 2012 at 10:04 PM

I disagree. As Breitbart said, bring down the MSM and you bring down the Democrats. Polls show that a large majority of Americans believe that the media helped Obama get elected. The GOP doesn’t have to whine about media bias. They just have to lay out the facts, and then twist the knife.

Run an ad about Fast & Furious that focuses on Holder’s scandalous behavior, and then at the end, mention how little coverage it got in the media. Do the same thing over and over again with different scandals. Talk about all these scandals that most people know little about, and when they wonder why they’ve heard so little about them, answer that question at the end of each ad, by mentioning the lack of media coverage.

ardenenoch on May 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM

I would have guess Bunny Mellon…..

Dr Evil on May 14, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Really; how can John Edwards be criminally prosecuted because he had Bunny pay off his whore Rielle outside the campaign apparatus, –while little Bammie has Whitaker pay off the ranting lunatic Wright outside of the campaign apparatus, and that’s not news?

slickwillie2001 on May 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Obama accused of sexual harassment while at Harvard Law Review. This story had no legs in December 2011.

Jocundus on May 14, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Now this is interesting.
It makes you wonder what Obama and Whitaker are talking about out on the golf course all the time. Is Whitaker Obama’s little consigliore who goes ant and takes care of “sticky” situations for Obama?

OxyCon on May 14, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Remember the stories a couple years ago about Wright’s ‘retirement’ and move into a $1.6 home in an exclusive mostly-white gated community in Greater Chicago? Tinley Park? Remember the $10m ‘line of credit’ that went with it?

It all starts to fit now.

slickwillie2001 on May 14, 2012 at 10:41 PM

slickwillie2001 on May 14, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Heh. See my post at 9:46. Same page.

FLconservative on May 14, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Pieces of sh*t. Nothing else to add.

bfinstock79 on May 14, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Obama accused of sexual harassment while at Harvard Law Review. This story had no legs in December 2011.

Jocundus on May 14, 2012 at 10:32 PM

WOW ! I didn’t know about this one,
it needs legs now !

burrata on May 14, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Looks to me like Obama realizes he isn’t going to be re-elected and is starting to dole out the favors now knowing it won’t make any difference how it looks and maybe believing he won’t have a chance to do it later because there won’t be a second term.

crosspatch on May 15, 2012 at 12:11 AM

5,000 word article on this story in WP in the works.

Basilsbest on May 15, 2012 at 12:21 AM

There is something wrong with that article from the Kansas Citian. I suspect it is a hoax. The links in the article point to stories on Herman Cain.

crosspatch on May 15, 2012 at 12:21 AM

How we are seeing God, our theology, is not the same. And what we both mean when we say, “I am a Christian”, is not the same thing.

- “Reverend” Jeremiah Wright

ITguy on May 15, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Donald Young was unavailable for comment.

ITguy on May 15, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Donald Young was unavailable for comment.

If you were a pastor, your choir director had just been MURDERED, and a local TV news reporter interviewed you, don’t you think that your shock and mourning would show? Instead, “Reverend” Jeremiah Wright seemed strangely comfortable with what had happened, even smiling during the interview. That struck me as very odd.

ITguy on May 15, 2012 at 7:52 AM

DISTRACTION! Let’s talk about ‘gay marriage’.

GarandFan on May 14, 2012 at 9:31 PM

I wonder what “Reverend” Jeremiah Wright thinks about “gay marriage”.

ITguy on May 15, 2012 at 7:59 AM

So the guy who was hired by Blago, became the guy who hired Mooch into her make work job, is the guy who tried to bribe (last time I looked that was a felony) Wright, is now the guy who’s received almost $6 million from the US Government.

Now why is Blago the one in prison again?

MNHawk on May 15, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Edward Klein?
Yeah…he’s credible.I suppose he’ll produce his evidence (the third party e-mailed $$ offer) shortly?
He should have thrown in a Bill Ayers/Kenyan connection to make it more believable. It’s pretty sad that suddenly Jeremiah Wright is the “credible” go-to guy for Obama dirt.
This bombshell (dare I say B.S.?) wouldn’t be fabricated to sell a few books….would it?
Where’s Orly T. when you need her?

greataunty on May 15, 2012 at 8:15 AM

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