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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Video: Obama voted against sending money to New Orleans after Katrina

This video from CNN, circa October of 2008. This news report takes on added significance in light of the video posted at the Daily Caller of Obama on June 5, 2007. Of course, while going off-script at Hampton University, Obama chastised the Federal government for its double standard on the Stafford Act, which requires local governments to pay $1 for every $10 paid by the Feds during times of emergency.

Obama cited 9/11 and Hurricane Andrew as instances in which the Feds waived the 10% requirement of local governments. He then alleged that when it came to Hurricane Katrina, the Feds demanded that 10% be paid.

That leads to the CNN report below. Not only did then Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden vote to fund the now infamous 'Bridge to nowhere' in Alaska but they voted against re-directing that money to New Orleans where it would be used to repair a bridge damaged by Katrina.

Obama is that which he derides.

You really can't make this stuff up.

h/t Free Republic

Video: Darrell Issa on CNN about Benghazi 9/11 attack

Oversight Chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has shown real leadership over the last two years. Here he is with CNN's Erin Burnett to discuss the letter he and Rep. Jason Chaffetz sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Video: another Racially charged Obama speech

Well, that didn't take long. After the Daily Caller released the 2007 video of Barack Obama's racially charged speech in Virginia, we have another one from 2002 surface. This is Obama at an MLK memorial service inside a church.

Via Patterico:

Scrubbed: All references to Frank Marshall Davis omitted from Obama's audio book

So Barack Obama's book, "Dreams from My Father" was first published in 1995. The audio book was released in 2005. The 1995 version referenced Frank Marshall Davis 22 times. The 2005 version had none. This is a very telling find from Paul Kengor.

Via The Blaze:
“Frank” — whose influence Kengor asserts was key to the fledgling politician and that the eccentric activist appears in “each mile-marker” of Obama’s path from Hawaii to the halls of Washington, D.C. — is mentioned no less than 22 times by name in “Dreams From My Father” and is referenced via pronouns numerous other times throughout the book.

But while listening to the audio version recently, Kengor noticed “Frank” had disappeared. He re-listened to the entire audio book on Tuesday afternoon and compared it to the unabridged memoir.
So what happened between 1995 - 2005?
It is also important to note that the audio version of “Dreams” was released in 2005, shortly after Obama’s now-infamous 2004 speech at the Democratic National Convention — a speech which made it fairly clear that the aspiring politician would indeed rise to prominence on the national stage one day. Back in 1994, when the original text version of “Dreams” was released, Obama was a relative “nobody,” hence his memoir, complete with references to a seemingly obscure character named “Frank” would hardly have been on the public’s radar.
To illustrate the blatancy of the omissions, here is one example of a before and after inclusion / deletion:
Original text version (1995):
“It was the same dilemma that old Frank had posed to me the year I left Hawaii.”
Audio version (2005):
“It was the same dilemma posed to me the year I left Hawaii.”
The common refrain of the Obama defenders ever since 2008, when it became known that "Frank" referred to Frank Marshall Davis and that the CPUSA member was a mentor to Obama, has been that Davis didn't have that much of an influence on Obama.

If so, why would all references to Davis be omitted in 2005?

Carney on letter from Issa to Hillary: No Comment

White House press secretary Jay Carney was asked to respond to a four page letter sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton inquiring about claims that the State Department refused requests by the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi for more security. Carney would not comment.

Via Jake Tapper at ABC:
White House press secretary Jay Carney declined to comment on an assertion by the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that requests from diplomats in Libya for added security prior to the September 11, 2012 attack on the diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, were denied. 
“I’m not going to get into a situation under review by the State Department and the FBI,” Carney said.

Earlier today, chairman of the committee Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the chair of the subcommittee on national security, homeland defense, and foreign operations, wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, asserting that “multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the Committee that, prior to the September 11 (2012) attack, the U.S. mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi. The mission in Libya, however, was denied these requests by officials in Washington.”

The two congressmen also listed thirteen incidents leading up to the attack – ranging from I.E.D. and RPG attacks to a “posting on a pro-Gaddafi Facebook page” publicizing early morning runs taken by the late Ambassador Chris Stevens and his security detail around Tripoli.
That October 2nd letter sent to Hillary Clinton by Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa and member Jason Chaffetz is quite damning if the accounts of 13 separate incidents or threats to the consulate in Benghazi are accurate. Ditto if the consulate requested additional security and did not receive it. In fact, these claims may be so damning that an Obama administration stonewall could very well make things worse, especially after nearly two years of stonewalling on Fast and Furious which, in many ways, is similar to what happened in Libya.

Both involved the issue of waivers and whether or not the State Department made the right call relative to those waivers, both involved the issue of guns, and both involved the deaths of U.S. Government officials. The primary difference seems to be that Fast and Furious put guns into the hands of bad guys and the State Department appears to have kept guns out of the hands of good guys.

Regarding the issue of waivers... CNN reported recently that the State Department issued a security waiver that prevented the Benghazi consulate from being secure. That waiver would have made it unnecessary for the consulate to have barriers, a safe room, or multiple layers of armed security.

Contrast that with this exchange between Rep. Connie Mack and Hillary Clinton at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing in October of last year. Note the issue of a waiver that was required to be issued by the State Department in order for the Department of Justice to legally export weapons to Mexico (Fast and Furious). If Hillary said a waiver was issued, her Department would be on the hook for those weapons going to Mexico. If she said no waiver was issued, it would have implicated Holder's Justice Department.

It would appear that when it comes to the consulate in Benghazi and whether or not waivers were issued, Carney is choosing the same course of action that Hillary did last year in response to questions about Fast and Furious.

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