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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greataunty on May 15, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Chicago voter are you?

MNHawk on May 15, 2012 at 8:27 AM

It won’t be long before Whitaker is “just a guy I knew from the neighborhood” like Bill Ayers.

Maybe Obama should use some stimulus money to build a factory to build buses to throw people under. At least there would be some demand for the product unlike solyndra, Light Squared etc. etc.

KW64 on May 15, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Speaking of buses: What ever happened to those black beauties (made in Canada) that Obama pretended to travel on while he pretended that he wasn’t campaigning in the Midwest?

onlineanalyst on May 15, 2012 at 8:32 AM

It’s the Chicago Way, business as usual in Cook County, etc.

The only surprise is the bribe offer was so low considering what was at stake. Of course, there rare many ways to offer a bribe. It’s an art form in Chicago. The Mob are amateurs by comparison. Wright may have gotten a better deal, maybe some “favors”. One example, I wonder if contributions to his church spiked at any time.

farsighted on May 15, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Now why is Blago the one in prison again?

MNHawk on May 15, 2012 at 8:11 AM

It;s always the little guy who does time in these things.
The huge sharks out there meanwhile are circling.

Badger40 on May 15, 2012 at 8:37 AM

From Gateway Pundit –

Klein also said Wright(Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s Pastor) told him he “made it comfortable” for Obama to accept Christianity without having renounce his “Islamic background,” which Klein(auth of The Amateur) said he has on tape.

Amjean on May 15, 2012 at 8:40 AM

greataunty on May 15, 2012 at 8:15 AM

I was wondering where the ad hominem attacks on Klein were. Surprised it took a hundred posts to get to one.

Of course, problem is Wright is not denying anything Klein wrote or is saying about this. And Klein says it is all from an “on the record” interview with Wright. It is standard practice to record such interviews.

Shouldn’t you be directing your ad hominem at Wright instead? Klein is only the messenger. Wright is the one delivering the message.

farsighted on May 15, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Now why is Blago the one in prison again?

MNHawk on May 15, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Because Blago was stupid and had a big mouth. He was right when he said they all do it. But the smarter ones, that is everyone but Blago, do not talk about it so transparently on the phone and they do not openly brag and shoot their mouths off about it.

farsighted on May 15, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Amd Klein didn’t include the name in his book because….?

plewis on May 15, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Fast forward to near the end around the 3:40 mark for this little GEM:

Klein to Wright: Did you convert him from a Muslim to being a Christian?
Wright to Klein: “Well I don’t know if I could go that far. But I can tell you that I made it comfortable for him (Obama), to accept Christianity, without having to renounce his Islamic background

ANYONE ELSE GET THAT???

dave_ross on May 15, 2012 at 9:42 AM

That’s quite a return on your ‘investment’ when $150K gets you $6M. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m sick and tired of my money being passed around like kool aid at a kid’s birthday party.

Kissmygrits on May 15, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Manchurian President!

DixT on May 15, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Amjean on May 15, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Fast forward to near the end around the 3:40 mark for this little GEM:

Klein to Wright: Did you convert him from a Muslim to being a Christian?
Wright to Klein: “Well I don’t know if I could go that far. But I can tell you that I made it comfortable for him (Obama), to accept Christianity, without having to renounce his Islamic background”

ANYONE ELSE GET THAT???

dave_ross on May 15, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Far from renouncing his Islamic background, Obama publicly confessed the Islamic confession of faith to New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Nicholas Kristof in 2007.

As a frame of reference, I first refer you to a HotAir post about the “All American Muslim”… HotAir’s own Jazz Shaw understands enough about Islam to know that the “opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer” are the Shahada, the Muslim confession of faith, and if a person chooses to speak those words in Arabic,

POOF! You’re a Muslim!

If that’s true for Jeff on the TLC show, and for Muslims world-wide, why wouldn’t it be true for Barack Hussein Obama?

And guess what? In 2007, Barack Hussein Obama has publicly confessed the Shahada in Arabic.

He once got in trouble for making faces during Koran study classes in his elementary school, but a president is less likely to stereotype Muslims as fanatics — and more likely to be aware of their nationalism — if he once studied the Koran with them. Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it’ll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”

Whether he believes it or not, he said it, and Barack Hussein Obama knows that the Muslim world views him as a Muslim because he recited the Shahada in Arabic.

What he truly is is anyone’s guess, but Obama deliberately wants Christians to think that he is a Christian, and Muslims to think that he is a Muslim.

ITguy on May 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Klein was on the Hannity radio show yesterday and offered the full 3+ hours of interview tapes to Hannity. I think we’re soon going to hear the details in Wrights own words. It’s going to be pretty hard for lefty sympathizers to dismiss Klein’s claims as unsubstantiated after those go public.

LooseCannon on May 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM

There are so many items, going back before the election, that show HUSSEIN being a Muslim, I’m amazed anymore when I come across someone who DOESN’T think he is one.

To quote Red China Hillary, “It requires the willing suspension of disbelief” (to believe this man is a Christian), and from there,in the other direction-plenty more to say yes-Muslim.

What would Obama be doing differently? Have the Republicans been paying off countless Muslim groups to endorse, vote, or otherwise support Obama since 2008? Are the Republicans paying Obama to hire the Muslim brotherhood, not to mention NUMEROUS other Muslims? I could go on and on.

What point do the coincidences end, and REALITY take hold? Or do we just live in denialville forever?

dave_ross on May 15, 2012 at 11:47 AM

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