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burka

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Re: Presidential Hopeful ...
« Reply #150 on: January 01, 2008, 04:21:30 PM »

Shouldn't be be focusing on our future biglaw careers?  check out www.borntobill.com when you need a good laugh


By posting here we ARE focusing on our future biglaw careers, their perks and the like ... just like Obama is, after all! :)
 

LOL Glee! ;) Awesome avatar as well! :)

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Re: Presidential Hopeful ...
« Reply #151 on: January 05, 2008, 05:02:04 PM »


 


So did he go back to Russia, or they'll still love him here? ;)

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Re: Presidential Hopeful My @ # ! * i n g Ass!
« Reply #152 on: January 06, 2008, 03:34:48 AM »

I see Obama as a strong running mate to one of the other candidates. I suspect that he has his eye on 2012 or 2016, not 2008. This is just meant to get him some national recognition as a major player and, if his running mate’s campaign is successful, a foot in the door as VP.


Are you trying to be funny or what? Everyone knows that if you don't do it right the first time you're finished! You just don't get a second chance!

Unless, of course, you're Thomas Jefferson (L 1796, W 1800, 1804), or Andrew Jackson (L 1824, W 1828, 1832,) or William Harrison (L 1836, W 1840), or Grover Cleveland (W 1884, L 1888, W 1892), or Richard Nixon (L 1960, W 1968, 1972),or Ronald Reagan (L 1976, W 1980, 1984),  or George H.W. Bush (L 1980, W 1988).  But yeah, other than those guys, "you just don't get a second chance!".

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Re: Presidential Hopeful My @ # ! * i n g Ass!
« Reply #153 on: January 08, 2008, 02:11:08 PM »

I see Obama as a strong running mate to one of the other candidates. I suspect that he has his eye on 2012 or 2016, not 2008. This is just meant to get him some national recognition as a major player and, if his running mate’s campaign is successful, a foot in the door as VP.


Are you trying to be funny or what? Everyone knows that if you don't do it right the first time you're finished! You just don't get a second chance!


Unless, of course, you're Thomas Jefferson (L 1796, W 1800, 1804), or Andrew Jackson (L 1824, W 1828, 1832,) or William Harrison (L 1836, W 1840), or Grover Cleveland (W 1884, L 1888, W 1892), or Richard Nixon (L 1960, W 1968, 1972),or Ronald Reagan (L 1976, W 1980, 1984),  or George H.W. Bush (L 1980, W 1988).  But yeah, other than those guys, "you just don't get a second chance!".


What Hadrian says is pretty much correct, der! It looks like, though, he won't need a second chance! Case in which, the guy has to find a way to spend his time there :)

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Re: Presidential Hopeful ...
« Reply #154 on: January 08, 2008, 03:01:13 PM »
hahaha, you're so funny, itsnow!

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Re: Presidential Hopeful ...
« Reply #155 on: January 24, 2008, 03:08:34 PM »

There is renewed scrutiny on the relationship between Barack Obama and Chicago government housing landlord Antoin Rezko. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that while tenants in government housing administered by Rezko endured 5 weeks of a brutal Chicago winter without heat in 1997 — Rezko was able to come up with a $1,000 contribution to Obama's state senate campaign. Obama worked at a law firm that helped Rezko's company get more than $43 million in government funding to rehab 30 apartment buildings. But Rezko has been sued at least a dozen times for failing to heat those buildings. Obama and Rezko have also been involved in two personal real estate deals — including one that Obama has apologized for and called a mistake.

Obama would be wise to explain, fully and quickly, the prelude to a real estate deal and subsequent transactions related to his acquisition of a $1.65 million home on Chicago's South Side. If Obama doesn't shine his own spotlight on his real estate relationship with indicted political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko, he'll be fielding questions about Rezko in two years and in 20.

First among those questions with staying power: Why would Obama allow himself any connection to Rezko? The developer notoriously attaches himself to political figures, often parlaying friendships into business dealings that have attracted official suspicions for several years. An article in Wednesday's Tribune explained how Obama bought his house in June 2005 for some $300,000 less than the asking price. The same day, Rezko's wife bought the adjoining lot, paying the full $625,000 asking price. The Rezko involvement invited a second question for Obama: whether Rezko's wife in effect subsidized Obama's purchase of the opulent home and also provided an abutting private preserve that adds to its ambience. The article reported that the lot isn't accessible from the public street but can be reached from Obama's property.

Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs unequivocally denies that the Rezkos subsidized Obama's purchase. He portrays the real estate dealings as ordinary and entirely aboveboard. As the Tribune article noted, there's nothing illegal or untoward about an aggressive developer buying hot property next door to a rising political star. But these are not normal times for Rezko or Obama, longtime friends whose fortunes have taken sharp turns in opposite directions. Smoke was rising from Tony Rezko long before his wife bought a lot next to Obama's. Federal prosecutors accuse him of scheming to extort money from companies seeking business with state government. Rezko pleads innocence.

Friends can be friends. But during this ethically challenged time for so many pols, why would Obama put himself in business proximity to Tony Rezko? Obama always has seemed to be above the gritty scrum of wheelers and dealers who perpetuate the Illinois culture of political sleaze. The more Obama cleaves himself from that scrum, the more genuine he appears. Remember, it was Obama who essentially invited heightened scrutiny by letting his party exploit his high profile in January. At a time when political scandals dogged Republicans, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid christened Obama the Democrats' point man on ethics proposals in Congress. That unusual elevation of a first-term senator to a pedestal proved more opportunistic for national Democrats than it has for Obama: Now the senator's real estate tie to Rezko threatens to leave Obama hoisted by his ethics petard.


In Monday night's Democratic presidential slugfest, er, debate in South Carolina, Clinton hit Obama with the charge that as a young lawyer he represented a now infamous Chicago "slumlord" named "Rezko." She was referring, of course, to one Antoin "Tony" Rezko, the indicted entrepreneur and friend of Illinois politicians, including Obama, whose fraud trial begins next month. It's interesting that of all the things Clinton went for, she chose the you-represented-a-slumlord charge. Clinton chose that allegation because she knew the word "slumlord" would resonate with a black audience in a state that has some of the poorest black communities in the nation. She was also talking to blacks beyond South Carolina as well, many of whom may be middle class now, but grew up in much poorer circumstances.


Senator Obama does not remember having conversations with Tony Rezko about properties that he owned.


For years after Rezko befriended Obama in the early 1990s, he helped bankroll the politician's campaigns. Then, after Obama's election to the U.S. Senate, Rezko engaged him in private financial deals to improve their adjoining South Side properties. Those arrangements became a source of lingering controversy after the Tribune first reported them in November 2006. Now Rezko's federal corruption trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 25. As Obama stumps for votes, coverage of the high-profile proceedings could bring fresh, unwelcome reminders for Obama of Rezko's influence in the same Illinois political world that propelled the senator to a serious run at the presidency. Both men declined to comment on their once-close friendship. Obama has been accused of no wrongdoing involving Rezko and has insisted that he never used his office to benefit Rezko.

Thus far, there is little in the public record to suggest otherwise, and the few exceptions that have come to light appear minor. On Capitol Hill, Obama once gave a summer internship to the son of a Rezko business associate on Rezko's recommendation. Earlier, as a state senator, Obama was one of several South Side political and community leaders who wrote state and city officials urging approval of public funding for a senior housing project involving Rezko. But when Rezko pushed for passage in Springfield of a major gambling measure, Obama vocally opposed it. Obama publicly apologized for his 2005 property deal with Rezko, calling it "boneheaded" because Rezko was widely reported to be under grand jury investigation at the time. And Obama has given to charities $85,000 in Rezko-linked campaign contributions, including $40,035 last weekend following a published report suggesting that Rezko funneled a $10,000 donation to Obama through a business associate. Aides to Obama say the senator had no knowledge of any such scheme...
On the other hand, you have different fingers.

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Re: Presidential Hopeful ...
« Reply #156 on: January 24, 2008, 05:04:34 PM »
Hmmm...

episio

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Re: Presidential Hopeful ...
« Reply #157 on: January 31, 2008, 03:25:12 PM »

On the other hand, you have different fingers.


You bet!

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Re: Presidential Hopeful ...
« Reply #158 on: February 08, 2008, 03:24:53 PM »



 


So did he go back to Russia, or they'll still love him here? ;)


Except for the slumlord part, he'll always be loved here, GinoJ! ;)

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Re: Presidential Hopeful ...
« Reply #159 on: February 09, 2008, 02:22:14 PM »

"No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States."

Art. II, Sec. 1, Paragraph 4, Qualifications for President.


The "age of thirty-five years" requirement is ridiculous!


The first two clauses are no joke either! :)


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