David Freddoso has covered politics for six years and is a political reporter for National Review Online. He has a Masters in journalism from Columbia University and worked for the Evans and Novak Political Report as well as Human Events.
This is an excellent version of the many reasons why the American people made an amazing decision when they elected Obama to the most powerful position on earth. Since his election, anyone with even the slightest unbiased interest can see that Obama is not the man to move the United States forward in a positive manner. The author did a fine job, but the voters began the journey into the suicide of a great country. Obama will see it all end in misery - as is his obvious wish. Éamonn Gavin, Dublin, Ireland.
I borrowed a friend's copy. What a waste of his money and my time: it's so bad, it's actually funny in a grotesque manner. Even so, the more I read it the more I didn't want to carry on until, unsurprisingly, I gave up. It really is as bad as the first reviewer said. Amazon, why can't we give an item less than one star?
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310 of 364 people found the following review helpful
Sobering and Disheartening6 Aug. 2008
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Too many reviews have dismissed this book as "propaganda" or a "smear" without any clear evidence to back up those labels. Rather than debate Freddoso's carefully constructed, well-researched contentions, these "reviewers" (almost all of whom, I assume, have never even read the book) resort to baseless mudslinging.
In reality, I found this book incredibly well-documented and surprisingly objective. As Freddoso himself notes on many occasions, the book does not try to make any of the sensational claims bandied about by some. It does not attempt to "out" Obama as a closet-Muslim or claim that an Obama presidency would bring about the end of America. It merely attempts to dull the blinding sheen that the media has placed on Obama and his vapid message of "hope and change".
Those who take the time to read this book with an open mind will be in for a revealing look at Obama's meteoric rise. Freddoso carefully documents Obama's close connections with the seediest elements of Chicago politics, the myriad occasions on which he passed up opportunities to denounce "politics as usual" as a state legislator, and his Clinton/Rove win-at-all-costs mentality.
What results from this analysis is a picture of Obama that is much less sparkling than the one painted by his many admirers in the media. Beyond the lofty promises of "hope and change" lies the unremitting ambition of a "reform" candidate who has failed to reform or stand up for anything in his political career.
127 of 149 people found the following review helpful
Abraham Lincoln he is NOT22 Sept. 2008
Alyssa A. Lappen
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Before reading this book, I had no idea that Barack Obama had gone to such great lengths to challenge hundreds of signatures on the ballot petition of his Democratic Illinois State Legislative opponent---enough so that she was disqualified and did not run.
The long and the short of that effort was that Illinois voters did not have a choice. I would not think that is the kind of change one ought to be proud of. A genuine one-candidate ballot, in a nominally Democratic nation.
The same might be inferred from Barack Obama's run for the U.S. Senate, in which his Republican opponent was suddenly smeared on a grotesque personal level---with facts that were indeed available to Obama's staff---two weeks before the election. Until that point, the candidates were running neck and neck. After, however, the Republican withdrew from the race, and no one took his place. Obama ran unopposed, once again. For the U.S. Senate.
In other words, Obama's political career has been more or less unvetted by the voters. He is, as he has said himself, a clean slate onto which idealists can project anything they like. And that is a huge problem.
For Obama's slate is apparently not so clean as the general mainstream press would have Americans believe.
Politics is very dirty indeed, but in Chicago Illinois, it is possibly dirtier and more corrupt than in any other U.S. locality. The Democratic machine rules. And Barack Obama is an ingrained part of Mayor Daley's corrupt, wasteful Democratic machine. Committed Chicagoan Democrats and Republicans alike have objected.
David Freddoso's superb, calm, collected, well-documented reporting (he's an above-average Columbia Journalism school graduate) demonstrates just how up-to-his neck in Chicago machine politics Obama has been.
Obama has voted for pork barrel farm subsidies to support ethanol, despite substantive scientific and environmental documentation demonstrating that ethanol production is a wasteful process responsible for driving food prices ever higher, while providing virtually no energy advantage.
Obama campaigned aggressively in favor of public campaign finance----only until it became apparent he could raise more money privately, at which point he disavowed his previous political principal.
Obama sponsored mostly bills authored by other people, a fact that his Chicago machine connections and advisers successfully absconded for him.
Even before reading this book, I had serious doubts about Obama. Now, though, the picture of an empty suit is complete.
And please---do not shout "racist" unless you take the trouble to read the book yourself. The facts have little or nothing to do with the man's skin color.
This book is neither conservative, nor liberal. It is a simple, declarative set of facts, extremely well documented. Those who argue Freddoso created a set of base smears have obviously not taken the trouble to read it. Rather, Freddoso goes to great lengths to invalidate baseless smears, e.g. that Obama was not born in the U.S.
Alas, there are many more substantive problems with this candidate that wise voters will want to examine before pulling the lever on Nov. 4.
There are plenty of facts, however, that clarify the point: About the only thing Obama has in common with Abraham Lincoln is that he moved to Illinois from elsewhere and sought office there.
Obama's record is a vapid landscape of "present" votes, of avoiding controversy, of failing to back genuine educational, financial, political and other change, of failing to eradicate slums, and of failing the poor and working Americans whom Obama professes to support.
Obama is just another wealthy elitist.
Independent, Democratic and Republican American voters---everyone, in short---really cannot afford to cast ballots without reading this book.
494 of 597 people found the following review helpful
He's slick -- and he's dangerous5 Aug. 2008
H. B. Baker
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If you ever had any doubts about the glib deviousness and empty rhetoric of Barack Obama, elaborations on these meticulously researched and documented items in this book should convince you he's the most dangerous candidate ever to run for the presidency in the history of America:
- How Obama won his first election (to the Illinois State Senate) by having his lawyers knock all his opponents -- including the black, female incumbent -- off the ballot on technicalities, so he could run unopposed.
- How Obama voted to deny medical care to babies born alive after abortion -- a bill too extreme even for Nancy Pelosi (Freddoso has an exclusive interview with the nurse central to the case).
- A story Obama would like to stay buried in Chicago: How he used his clout as a U.S. Senator to save the corrupt Cook County Political Machine when reformers of both parties tried to challenge the entrenched political bosses.
- How Obama's wife Michele's salary nearly tripled in 2005 -- the same year he was sworn in to the U.S. Senate and began earmarking funds for her employer.
- How Obama's friendship with the hate-spewing Reverend Jeremiah Wright was no accident -- but a carefully thought out personal and political decision.
- Why Obama thought his association with '60s-era terror-bomber Bill Ayers wouldn't matter -- an exposé of the insular radical chic of Chicago's Hyde Park politics.
- How state Senator Obama was paid more than $100,000 for legal work -- then helped his client's company get $320,000 in taxpayer grants.
- How, at a time when he says he was short of work and short of cash, Obama obtained $112,000, plus campaign contributions, from someone he later made into a government grantee through his public office.
- Inside Obama's 17-year relationship and irregular land deal with developer Tony Rezko, whose livelihood depended on sapping the taxpayer for subsidies.
- "I've never done any favors for him," says Obama about Rezko. But he has -- lots of them, as Freddoso shows.
- Why Rezko's conviction for corrupting public officials might become the Whitewater scandal of Obama's campaign.
- How Obama speaks of the days when his family was making $240,000 per year as if he had been suffering poverty -- while, just last March, he voted to raise your taxes if you make over $32,500 per year.
- The Chicago Machine politician who "made a U.S. senator" out of Obama by giving him plum committee assignments and high-profile legislation in its late stages (often removing the original sponsors), and helping him spread money around through earmarks and "targeted" grants.
- How Obama avoided taking unpopular stands in the state Senate by voting "present" about 130 times -- or simply by absenting himself from tough votes altogether.
- Obama's little-known vow to Planned Parenthood in July 2007 -- and why it would mean the end of every state, federal, and local regulation of abortion, and the end of all restrictions on government abortion funding.
- A "new politics?" How, in less than four years as a U.S. senator, Obama has voted for some of the worst special-interest legislation to move through the chamber.
- How Obama opposes school choice through vouchers or tax credits -- while sending his own children to an elite private school.
- How Obama wants -- and has voted -- to abolish secret-ballot elections in the workplace when employees determine whether to unionize, allowing unions to intimidate and harass workers who don't support them.
- Why Obama's foreign policy would take its cues from Jimmy Carter's.
- "Post-partisan?" Why the respected National Journal named Obama the most liberal member of the United States Senate in 2007 -- beating out Barbara Boxer, Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton...and the previous title-holder, John Kerry.
Beg, borrow or buy this book, absorb the shameful details on those points and you'll know all you need to know about this slick, glib fraud.
And that will be that he and his bitter wife are the last people on earth you'd want occupying the White House.
751 of 947 people found the following review helpful
The Case Against Barack Obama5 Aug. 2008
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[...] Since Obama himself is so obtuse about his background, beliefs, accomplishments (are there any?), etc., it is imperative that someone actually do the research to find out about the true Obama before handing him the highest office in the land. As a person who employs other people, I would want much more information than what is on Obama's thin public resume.
This book does that research for you and comes up with the fact that Obama's resume IS thin. He decided after only 143 days in the US Senate that he was ready to step up and be President. He has the most liberal voting record in the US Senate. He attended a racist church for twenty years and then only quit the church when it became a political liability. He was a community organizer in Chicago whose main accomplishment was getting asbestos removed from a single apartment house and even then they didn't remove all of it. This is the experience you need to run the country?
America is ready for a man or woman of any skin color, ethnicity, religion to be President but they must at least meet the minimum qualification of being "experienced" in executive management. Obama has never run anything in his life other than a campaign. We don't need another Jimmy Carter no matter what skin color he is.
Buy the book and actually do some research before voting. [...]
71 of 88 people found the following review helpful
The real story of Obama's background9 Aug. 2008
Bruce R. Gilson
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This book obviously will impress many people favorably and many others unfavorably, depending on their political positions. As we've seen already, those of a conservative bent will be impressed favorably, as you can see from the five-star reviews, and liberals will equally be inclined to give it a one-star rating, which we've already seen. In the interest of fair disclosure, I have to admit my own somewhat conservative point of view; however, I'm well to the left of the author, and when he gives examples of Obama's political positions that appall him, I have to admit that on at least three issues (abortion, gun control, and gay rights) I'm closer politically to Obama than to the author's point of view. But those are really not the main criteria to rate Barack Obama on.
Still, the extreme conservative positions of the author do make it imperative to check out the facts brought out in this book, and when I saw the appalling conduct that the author claimed for Obama's first successful attempt at political office, I needed to check this out. I found that not only conservative sites, but sources like CNN, hardly a conservatives' darling, confirmed this story. It seems that one of Obama's political mentors, an African-American woman named Alice Palmer, was an Illinois state senator who decided to run for the Congress when a seat opened up because the incumbent got into a sex scandal, and endorsed Obama to succeed her in the State Senate. Palmer had not reckoned with the fact that Jesse Jackson's son wanted that same seat, and she obviously could not counter the famous name. When she tried to regain her old seat in the Illinois Senate, she found Obama unwilling to stand aside for her; and while he certainly had every right to run against her, the tactics he used to rule her (and two others!) off the ballot were strictly in line with typical Chicago machine tactics (I grew up in a machine-dominated New York, and I recognized them!) What he did to insure that he would have an uncontested race for the Illinois Senate was to make sure that nominating petitions were thrown out on the slightest technicality -- depriving Chicago voters a right to a fair choice in the election.
Episode after episode demonstrates that Freddoso's main thesis, that Obama is a cross between a '60s radical and a Chicago machine politician, is confirmed. And there are copious footnotes that can be followed out to confirm them. (Some liberal reviers' claims that the footnotes are bogus certainly imply that they never even tried to confirm the stories; I have in only a couple of cases, and those give me confidence to trust this book!)
It is amazing, in the light of my memory of 1968, where the Daley machine sent police after the radicals of the day and serious bloodshed ensued, to see a modern-day radical extremist like Barack Obama so thoroughly embracing the machine politics of the son of Richard J. Daley, the current mayor Richard M. Daley, but it is amply confirmed in this book.