Obama speech in Charlotte, NC September 6, 2012, Blagojevich appeal delayed like arrest in 2008, Tony Rezko behind bars, Obama Rezko pay to play politics not forgotten

Obama speech in Charlotte, NC September 6, 2012, Blagojevich appeal delayed like arrest in 2008, Tony Rezko behind bars, Obama Rezko pay to play politics not forgotten

“Regardless of how this plays out, it benefits Obama. If there is no appeal or the appeal is denied, Blagojevich will be sequestered. If the appeal proceeds, it could drag out beyond impacting the 2012 election cycle. The intent is obvious.”…Citizen Wells, July 19, 2011

“Why did the Rezkos pay asking price for the lot adjacent to the Obama mansion, a lot which was subsequently valued 20 percent less?…Citizen Wells

“Why did Mutual Bank fire whistleblower Kenneth J Connor after he challenged the appraisal on the land purchased by Rita Rezko, just prior to the land sale to Obama?”…Citizen Wells

Before presenting the facts about the Obama Rezko lot purchase, I am waiting on clarification from a participant in this transaction. But since Barack Obama is speaking in my home state tonight in Charlotte, confidant once again that Rod Blagojevich is out of the limelight with his appeal delayed, just like his arrest was delayed in 2008, and Tony Rezko is behind bars, I just want to let Obama know that his ties to Rezko and Chicago pay to play politics are not forgotten.

Here is a good article from WND dated April 20, 2011.


“In the 2008 presidential campaign, now-convicted felon Tony Rezko’s role in helping Barack and Michelle Obama purchase their dream home at 5046 S. Greenwood Ave. in Chicago’s Hyde Park area created a scandal that threatened to derail Obama’s presidential hopes.

As the elements of the scandal emerged, Obama went into overdrive, holding extensive interview meetings with the staffs of Chicago’s two major newspapers, with his supporters rebutting and attacking critics and justifying Obama’s decisions.

The deal

Here are the key points in how Obama wanted to represent the home purchase once the criticism began:

  • When a prestige house across the street from Tony Rezko’s came on the market at 5046 S. Greenwood, Rezko must have thought it was just perfect for Barack and Michelle Obama and their two daughters. Rezko found the house for Obama. Salon.com reported that Donna Schwan of MetroPro Realty, the real estate agent who listed the property, recalled that the deal started when Rezko expressed interest in the listing,according to the Chicago Tribune.
  • The house was evidently perfect, a 96-year-old, multi-story, 6,400-square-foot, brick Georgian Revival home with four fireplaces, six bedrooms, six bathrooms, glass-door bookcases fashioned from Honduran mahogany, and a wine cellar large enough to store 1,000 bottles, the Tribune reported. The house was situated on a large double corner lot, with the vacant lot adjoining the home at the street corner. With a foot-tall concrete barrier and a wrought iron fence surrounding the property, there was no access to the vacant lot, except through Obama’s driveway.The neighborhood was in Kenwood, a South Side oasis of pricey homes attractive to the University of Chicago professors who liked to live close to work. The property would be a nice step-up for the Obama family seeking to move from the small Hyde Park condo the couple bought in 1993 for $277,500, where they lived in the eight years Obama was state senator, to a prestige home suitable for the family of a U.S. senator, the Boston Globe reported.The problem was that the doctor and his wife who owned the property, Fredrick E. Wondisford and Sally R. Radovick, wanted to sell the vacant lot and the house at the same time, even though the two properties were separately listed. Also, while the sellers wanted to find a buyer as quickly as possible, they did not want to close the deal until June 2005.
  • The list price just for the home was $1.95 million, outside the reach of the Obama family, even with Obama’s re-issued 1995 autobiography, “Dreams from My Father,” hitting bestseller lists, his U.S. Senate salary of $157,082, and Michelle’s 2005 income of $317,000 at the University of Chicago Hospitals, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
  • Rezko came up with a solution. His wife Rita bought the vacant lot at the full asking price, permitting Obama and Michelle to negotiate buying the house for $1.65 million, a discount of $300,000 from the asking price.
  • Rita Rezko closed on the vacant lot the same day the Obamas closed on the house, paying $625,000 for the vacant lot.

“Both actions would be clear violations of Senate ethics rules baring the granting or asking of favors,”wrote John Fund in the Wall Street Journal.

The Boston Globe reported Obama asked Rezko’s advice in negotiating the deal – after all, Rezko was supposedly experienced with real estate, having negotiated so many low-income housing deals in Chicago – and Obama toured the house with Rezko before making an offer.

The Boston Globe also reported real estate agent Schwan’s recollection that the Obamas may not have made the highest bid, but the willingness of the Obamas and Rita Rezko to close in June was decisive.

This detail shows the importance of Rezko to the ability of the Obamas to buy their dream house. Had Rita Rezko not been willing to buy the vacant lot in June, “the deal was off.”

Obamas buy slice of vacant lot

After the Obamas moved in, the senator and his wife decided they wanted to buy a slice of the vacant lot.

The Boston Globe reported an independent appraisal of the entire vacant lot parcel was worth about $500,000, about $125,000 less than Rita had paid for it. The Obamas wanted to buy one-sixth of the vacant lot, to create a yard next to the house.

The appraisal said the strip Obama wanted to buy was worth only $40,500, because it was not suitable for building. Still, in January 2006, the Obamas paid Rita Rezko $104,500 for the one-sixth strip, a proportionate share of what Rita had paid for the entire vacant lot. Rita built a fence to separate out the rest of the vacant lot, and the deal was closed.

Obama hired an attorney and architect to design a wrought iron fence on the new property line, including the one-sixth of the vacant lot bought from Rita. Rezko agreed to pay the $14,000 cost of building the fence, and Obama agreed to pay his landscaper to mow Rita’s vacant lot for her, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Enter Michael J. Sreenan

Then, when Tony Rezko was indicted, Rita Rezko sold the vacant lot, evidently needing the funds.

The Chicago Tribune reported land records in the Cook County Recorder of Deeds database showed Rita sold the “garden lot” on Dec. 28, 2006, to a company owned by former Rezko business attorney Michael J. Sreenan that planned to develop housing on the lot.

Rita sold the remaining five-sixths of the vacant lot for $575,000, netting an estimated $54,500 from the sale. A spokesman for Obama said the senator was aware development was planned on the lot but denied he knew any of the details.

Following the sale of the lot, the blog Rezko Watch reported that following Obama’s marathon sessions with the Chicago Sun-Times and Tribune on March 14, 2008, Obama released a new list of Rezko-related campaign contributors whose money had been released to charity.

On the list was a $2,000 donation Michael Sreenan made to Obama on June 30, 2003.

Then Politico.com reported Sreenan made five other contributions totaling $3,500 to Obama on the same days other Rezko associates and employees contributed often matching sums.

Sreenan’s first contribution on record was a $1,000 check reported on the same March 2000 day that five other Rezko employees contributed a like sum. Evidently, Obama donated all these Rezko contributions to charity.

Then, in an article entitled “Obama is one lucky fellow,” Rezko Watch reported the Obamas had little to fear that Sreenan would actually construct any condos on the lot Sreenan bought from Rita Rezko.

According to Rezko Watch, Alderman Toni Preckwinkle has rejected plans from a prospective buyer who wanted to build a single-family home on the lot adjoining the Obama home, as well as a developer’s plans to put condos up there.

Preckwinkle declared that any home built on that land would have to be compatible with the neighborhood’s mansions.

Preckwinkle, Rezko Watch noted, is not only the Democratic Committeeman of the 4th Ward, but she is a known Obama supporter. The Chicago Sun-Times has reported Rezko was conveniently the long-time head of Preckwinkle’s campaign-finance committee. Six of Rezko’s problem housing projects are in Preckwinkle’s 4th Ward.

A ‘bonehead’ deal

After a year of taking heat in the local Chicago media over the Rezko scandal, Obama finally decided to face the music, coming into the offices of the Chicago Sun-Times on March 14, 2008, and the offices of the Chicago Tribune the same day, to give a lengthy opening statement and answer questions from the newspapers’ editorial staff and investigative reporters.

The Sun-Times bluntly asked Obama, “Why didn’t alarm bells go off when you agreed to buy a 10-foot-wide strip of property to buffer your home at the same time reports were coming out that [Rezko] was being investigated for alleged illegal influence-peddling?”

Obama answered, “Probably because I had known him for a long time, and he had acted in an above-board manner with me, and I considered him a friend. In retrospect it should have, so this was a mistake on my part.”

The newspaper pressed, reminding Obama that he had spoken a lot about judgment in his presidential campaign, asking if the decision to purchase the 10-foot-wide strip from Rezko was a judgment issue.

Obama repeated that the decision was a mistake, adding for emphasis, “I said it was a bonehead move. I think it is further evidence I am not perfect.” The comment “bonehead move” stuck and was repeated widely in the media after the interview.

In his prepared statement, Obama told the Sun-Times that Michelle fell in love with the house. The next day, in his prepared statement to the Tribune, Obama explained, “Michelle calls me and says, “I’m in, I love this house, but it’s more than we were talking about paying for, but I really think it’s a great house, you should go take a look at it.”

When the Tribune grilled Obama about whether he and Rezko had coordinated their bids so Obama could afford to buy the home at a discounted price, Obama admitted he and Rezko had toured the home together before making offers.

Obama denies wrongdoing

Obama told the Tribune he had a written statement from the sellers, saying “at no time did they ever consider the lot in relation to the price of the house, that they did not offer a discount on the house, that there was no contingency with respect to our house purchase relative to the lot.”

The transcript of the question-and-answer session clearly shows the Tribune staff had a hard time believing Obama. Yet, Obama persisted, denying he coordinated the purchase with Rezko.

Obama insisted he believed Rezko bought the vacant lot because Rezko thought it was a good business decision to develop it.

Obama could offer no explanation of why Rita Rezko bought the vacant lot, instead of her husband, and he complained that the sellers were private people who objected to reporters intruding into their lives with hostile questions.

The Tribune asked directly, “The issue of judgment is one of the keystones of your campaign right now. How should Americans look at this series of events that you’ve just laid out?”

Obama answered, “I think that the way they should view it is that I made a mistake in not seeing the potential conflicts of interest or appearances of impropriety.”

Still, he insisted, “They should see somebody who was not engaged in any wrongdoing, who did not in any way betray the public trust, who has maintained consistently high ethical standards and who they can trust.”

In his account of the interview, Tribune reporter David Jackson noted that the question-and-answer session was the first time Obama disclosed he and Rezko had toured the Kenwood home together.

“In his first accounts of the purchase, Obama did not divulge that tour,” Jackson wrote. “He said Friday that he simply didn’t feel the information was salient and insisted the tour didn’t mean he and Rezko coordinated their purchases.”

“Obama: I trusted Rezko,” was the way Jackson’s story was titled.”


29 responses to “Obama speech in Charlotte, NC September 6, 2012, Blagojevich appeal delayed like arrest in 2008, Tony Rezko behind bars, Obama Rezko pay to play politics not forgotten

  1. Obama needed a nice house after his 2004 convention speech and all the talk of him running for President, he couldn’t be a contender living in a condo that wasn’t “Presidential”…All that trouble and he’s moving to Hawaii after his term…Gotta wonder what Penny Pritzker is getting in return for that house, $35,000,000. will buy alotta favors.

  2. Bessie | September 6, 2012 at 6:57 pm |

    Obama needed a nice house after his 2004 convention speech and all the talk of him running for President, he couldn’t be a contender living in a condo that wasn’t “Presidential”…All that trouble and he’s moving to Hawaii after his term…Gotta wonder what Penny Pritzker is getting in return for that house, $35,000,000. will buy a lotta favors.
    With these dingbats it’s enough to just be allowed to worship at the altar of their usurper, moaning chants.

  3. Amazing that the ultimate crimefighter Patrick Fitzgerald did not have anyone in his employ that could have explained to him how this is against the law. Perhaps Robert Shapiro could explain to the little people how there was nothing to see here. Oh yeah. I forgot, Shapiro was Fitz’s #2 nevermind.

  4. Great interview Bob….Thanks.

  5. Good Romney ad.

  6. Listening to “Bite Me”

  7. I can’t stand to listen to the usurper, sorry. I can’t stand liars.

  8. Reporters Using ‘Fake Names’ to Buy Obama Campaign Merchandise at the DNC

  9. Watching the US Open. Have absolutely no interest in hearing anything Obama has to say.

  10. Cause obama is a closet muslim period.

  11. 9th Circuit Refuses to Prohibit DNC from Sending Fraudulent Notices
    Liberty Legal Foundation

    Tonight Obama will be accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination. Tonight or tomorrow the DNC will be sending notifications that they certify Obama as their candidate to the Secretaries of State for all 50 states. These notifications will either explicitly state that Obama is constitutionally eligible to serve as president, or they will imply it. Either way, the certifications will be fraudulent.

    Earlier this week, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Liberty Legal Foundation’s emergency motion to prohibit the DNC from sending those fraudulent notifications. The 9th Circuit’s order denying our motion was one sentence. It essentially said, we’re denying your motion because we can. You can see the order on our website.

    The 9th Circuit’s one-sentence denial of our motion is, in my mind, the definitive proof that America’s judicial system has completely failed. For a year Liberty Legal Foundation has been presenting courts with an opportunity to explain why Supreme Court precedent should be ignored. Rather than answer that question, the courts have avoided the question. The 9th Circuit’s denial cites a single case. That case stands for the principle that the 9th Circuit doesn’t have to grant our motion unless it wants to do so. Oh, it has the authority, but it isn’t required to grant our motion.

    more: http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2012/09/9th-circuit-refuses-to-prohibit-dnc.html

  12. One voice of sanity amid the din:

    Dolan Calls for Religious Liberty, Protection of Unborn at DNC


  13. Gianni……………
    Like you I couldn’t care less what Soetoro has to say. I am watching some Charlie Chaplain,and Laurel and Hardy films. Even Laurel and Hardy make better sense than Soetoro.

  14. Observer………….
    Now EVERYBODY knows the true extent of the damage to our country. The judicial has failed completelyand the failure includes the SCOTUS as well. Folks this is really serious. I have been saying we need to act, (not talk about) fixing this problem. It can be done .Read the Declaration of Independence. The bottom line is that the entire US Government must be legally disenfranchised, and a COMPLETELY new Constitutional government enacted. It can be done in less than 15 minutes,and a completely new government formed,with the stroke of a pen,after which over 1000 former US Government elected officials will be out of a job and facing prosecution for their part in the attempt by the Liberal Democrats to overthrow our government. You had better choose sides now because from now on it is going to get really hairy,and you will not have time to do any more THINKING ABOUT IT. SHOW AND TELL IS ALMOST UPON US.

  15. Observer,and ALL.

    I would like to pass along to you a belief that I have held for some time. It relates to what is happening to our country before our eyes. It is a pernicious,and/or implicit sort of hysteria which is sweeping our country just as it did in Nazi Germany through the 1930s. It is being perpetrated by the LIBERAL LEFT and is nearly a CARBON COPY of the NAZI propaganda which was used by Hitler, and Goebbels and is comparable to the Orwell rationale. It is designed to create question of everything rather than to KNOW the truth. In the late thirties millions of Germans thought that Hitler was the Messiah,and that he was going to turn all Germans into the Master race, who would be supermen. The people believed this because they were given examples of Nazi radicalism,and murder which they were made to believe was actually done by the JEWS. The German people were told this over and over,until they lost all ability to REASON,or THINK, and finally began to believe Hitler’s and Goebbel’s propaganda without question. Now we have a CARBON COPY being run in the US,by the Liberal Left, and just like in Germany more and more Americans are buying into the Liberal BS. It is a potentially lethal and a mental poison. CW has a good handle on it. After the war was over millions of the German population had severe mental disorders,which could be traced directly to the wartime Nazi propaganda machine. Germans believed that UP was DOWN. LOOK WHAT IT GOT THEM………. But it is exactly what the liberal left is using today. Blatant lies and half truths. It is done on such a subtle basis,most people don’t even know that they are being LIED TO. Worse yet they don’t even care.The danger lies in the fact that so many of our young people have absolutely NO ABILITY WHATSOEVER to use REASON,and/or logic when considering political propaganda. People it is LIES, and more lies to compound those already told. I will say no more………..the rest is up to you~.

  16. Good Morning. American Thinker has an interesting economic theory today. Choom Gang = C (see) Get economics. It’s not really sustainable.


  17. >>>>Observer
    9th Circuit Refuses to Prohibit DNC from Sending Fraudulent Notices
    Liberty Legal Foundation<<<<

    Citizen Wells, Observer and Oldsalt,
    I was unable to understand the inability to pursue action against the government or illegal elections until recently. I am in the process of reading a book "Bombs in the Backyard" that describes Nuclear testing and the individuals whom were personally injured by such tests. In the book, there is a section explaining Federal Government Sovereign immunity, and the congressional clauses in the past that have allowed encroachment upon that. Simply put, Such lawsuits are now handled at the District Court level of the United States, without referral to Congress. This is very, very, very complex legal issue and needless to say many Americans have been exposed to radiation and radioactive particles in nuclear tests and suffered greatly. The 'legal' issues with this can be transmitted to other actions of Federal Government, such as illegal elections and fraudulent The District Courts, in matters not directly related to inalienable Federal Government sovereign, such as combat losses, are Discretionary. They have a legal right not to 'accept, change, or give relief' in these settings. I suspect that this is the rational that they are using in regards to Obama, and the issue was placed upon courts by themselves to keep them from interferring with other branches of Government.

    The reality is that people have been damaged by the DNC, Obama, and the evil minions. Much like many were exposed by radioactive testing in the late 1940's and early 1950's. However, in order to show cause to have the government provide damages, Congress had to intervene upon this issue directly (which would be essential here with Obama). Basically, the Democrats are using the same laws that denied poor victims exposed, mostly under Truman and Roosevelt, relief.

    I see now a new danger with Socialism, a danger that many have not been wiling to discuss. When a private company does harm to an individual, they are held responsible. When the Government does harm to an individual or group of people, they are protected. The problem with socialism is that 'you run out of other peoples money' but you also 'deny innocent people and families relief from damage'. This is why the government should belong to the people, and not the other way around.

    The district court does not need to give reference to a single case to prevent this type of corruption, because this issue has to be addressed by Congress. Voting has consequences.


  18. Good morning Zach, et al.

  19. Reality Check: DNC Runs Over Delegates With Scripted Platform Vote

  20. You didn’t build that.

  21. Sheriff Joe’s Lead Investigator Just Back From Hawaii: Only “pResident” Ever To Have 3 Aliases


    Sheriff Joe’s Lead Investigator Just Back From Hawaii: No Proof Baby Obama Was In Hawaii; No Proof Obama Sr. And Stanley Ann Obama’s Biological Parents;
    DNA Is Needed; Only “pResident” Ever To Have 3 Aliases

    This is an extensive interview with Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s lead investigator Mike Zullo, who just returned from Hawaii, conducted by Rick Wiles of TruNews. It aired on 9/6/2012. Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, and Part 4 here. Full show mp3 here.

  22. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)

    Paul Ryan to have live interview at 9:40 Eastern time on CNBC (NOT MSNBC).
    Unemployment still in the 8% range at 8.1%.

  23. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)


  24. Powerful letter.

    ForgeryGate: Larry Klayman’s Historic Letter To DNC Legal Counsel


  25. Mope.
    Another euphonious appellation.

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