Obama went from obscurity to a household name on July 27, 2004 when he gave the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, giving his fledgling U.S. Senate campaign a big boost, sending his forgotten Dreams From My Father memoir into the bestseller list, and all but assuring him a victory over his Republican rival, Jack Ryan. But for Chicago-machine Obama, fighting fair ain’t part of the game plan.  David Axelrod oiled the gears of the Chicago Machine and had his minions over at the Chicago Tribune file a lawsuit to unseal Ryan’s divorce records over the objections of both Ryan and his ex-wife Jeri, both of whom didn’t want the information to reach their children’s ears. But what’s a couple of damaged adolescent psyches when it comes to politics? All’s fair in love and war, right?

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Now if only we can have Axelrod get Columbia University to unseal Obama’s records so we can find out what we already know—that Obama was enrolled as a foreign student. Maybe we can also find out whether Bill Ayers, living two blocks away from Obama in 1984 (and his girlfriend Genevieve Cook as a classmate of Ayers at Bank Street College) was just a coincidence or whether Obama was playing “pin the tail on the communist.”

Oh, and I guess the Associated Press got it wrong when they called Obama ‘Kenyan born.’ Funny how Obama didn’t dispatch the 2004 version of the ‘Truth Team/Attack Watch’ to correct the right-wing lies about him being Kenyan-born.


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