Friday, April 08, 2011

Barack Obama's missing year ~ By Jack Cashill

"Like a tourist, I watched the range of human possibility on display," writes Obama of those years, "trying to trace out my future in the lives of the people I saw, looking for some opening through which I could re-enter."

Re-enter what? This seems more the reflection of a soon to be ex-fugitive than that of a metro-sexual happily browsing the Met. Ayers, by the way, uses the phrase "human possibility" twice in his memoir, "Fugitive Days."

Not surprisingly, Boerner has chosen not to return my phone call. As I said on his voice mail, all I wanted to do was clarify whether Obama actually attended class his first year in New York.

You would think we would know this by now.
Now, it isn't like this column by Jack Cashill will prove or help to determine that Obama isn't constitutionally eligible to be President of the United States. But, be aware that you don't want to mistake a sign post for the destination. It's a case where discrepancies in Barack Obama's own testimony regarding his life in "Dreams From My Father" are coming to light, and the apparent inconsistencies, if you should really care, fuel the fires of interest.

In the video shown below in the column, it starts with a picture of Obama sitting with his grandparents in a park in New York. The author of the video contends that the picture was photoshopped (graphic editing) in order to show Obama with his grandparents, but that Obama was added in to a photo with just his grandparents. Some of the writers of comments for the youtube video, however, contend that the 2nd photo, with just the grandparents, was the not the original, and that Obama was photoshopped out of the scene. I can only say one of the photos has been photoshopped, and that is pretty obvious. But, does it really matter which is the original? When you do not know for sure if evidence is solid proof in a court of law, it does add reasonable doubt for either side of a case.

As I said, though, what Jack Cashill wrote about is only a sign post. Of course, the final destination is knowing whether or not the President should be constitutionally qualified to be President or not. And, please notice, I have not ever said that the President was born anywhere else that would disqualify him as a "natural born citizen." As a matter of fact, I've only done my best to provide the full chain of evidence to the best of my abilities, in order for YOU to be the jury, and really, the jury of We the People. I think it is important that you are aware that there is even a question, because that should not have ever happened in the first place if we want to preserve the Constitution of the United States.

It seems to be very wrong, that for whatever reason, the President continues to spend vast sums of money - in the millions - in order to BLOCK us from ever knowing incontrovertible truth. And I believe that anyone that has been trying to learn about, and then keep up with this issue, would have to wonder what the motive for withholding information that could have resolved this long ago. I think Donald Trump is saying the same thing. The real question should be, "Why?" I'm just sayin'...

Barack Obama's missing year

By Jack Cashill

April 07, 2011 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2011

In his definitive 2010 biography of Barack Obama, "The Bridge," New Yorker editor David Remnick features a photograph of a dapper young Barack Obama sitting between his grandparents on a Central Park bench.

The bench is real. The grandparents are real. The wall behind them is real. Barack Obama is not. He has been conspicuously photoshopped in. Who did this and why remains as much a mystery as Obama's extended stay in New York.

Video provided by Bigone5555J on Mar 29, 2011

In late October 2007, the New York Times ran a telling article on Barack Obama headlined, "Obama's Account of New York Years Often Differs From What Others Say."

Given that he was an announced candidate for president, and an underdog at that, the Times expected Obama to welcome the chance to reconcile his account in his memoir, "Dreams from My Father," with the accounts of those who knew him.

"Yet," lamented the newly neutered Times, "he declined repeated requests to talk about his New York years, release his Columbia transcript or identify even a single fellow student, co-worker, roommate or friend from those years."

A campaign spokesman, Ben LaBolt, offered a painfully lame explanation for Obama's reticence, "He doesn't remember the names of a lot of people in his life."

Lame or not, it worked, and it continues to work on a media that have spent more time in the dumpsters of Wasilla than they have investigating the preposterously unknown history of the world's best-known man.

When the media leave holes in a given narrative – in this case, the biography of a presidential candidate – bloggers individually, incrementally and indefatigably strive to fill them in, usually with mixed results.

One hole that remains strangely unfilled in that narrative is the academic year 1981-1982, a year Obama was reportedly a student at Columbia University.

The irrepressible researcher Orly Taitz secured a document through the National Student Clearinghouse on Obama's Columbia attendance.

The document confirms Obama's graduation from Columbia with a political science degree in 1983, but it places him there only in the 1982-1983 academic year.

"As there is no record of Obama residing anywhere else in the United States from September 1981-September 1982, or attending any other university," Taitz infers, "by way of simple deduction it becomes clear that his visit to Pakistan lasted not a month or two, as he claims, but over a year."

Obama's deceptions and studied opaqueness invite such speculation, but Taitz is likely unaware of competing evidence. How valid that evidence is remains to be seen.

Going back, Occidental friend John Drew confirms seeing Obama at a party in Los Angeles in June 1981. "At that time," says Drew, "the future president was a doctrinaire Marxist revolutionary, although perhaps – for the first time – considering conventional politics as a more practical road to socialism."

In "Dreams," Obama gives no account of the following summer. He moves from Los Angeles to New York in August and allegedly lands roughly. No one was present at his Spanish Harlem sublease when he arrives, and Obama sleeps in an alleyway.

Desperate, Obama calls "Sadik," a Pakistani and his one friend in the city, who just happens to be a coke-head and an illegal alien.

When Obama gives up his apartment because of a lack of heat, he and Sadik – in real life, Sohale Siddiqi – move in together, the date unspecified.

Given that "Dreams" proposes to tell the story of Obama's coming to grips with the world around him, his failure to mention a trip to Pakistan that summer raises eyebrows. Nor did Obama mention it in his 2006 book, "Audacity of Hope."

By contrast, Obama devotes considerable attention to an alleged trip to Europe a few years later, his flimsy account of which seems to have been pulled from a Michelin Guide.

In fact, it was not until April 2008 at a San Francisco fundraiser that Obama casually let it be known that he had traveled to Pakistan at all, an admission that took his own spokesman by surprise.


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