March 31, 2008, - 11:46 am
Obama Pawns Off Controversial Statements on Low-Level Staff: Hmmm . . .Where Have We Heard This Before?
During his first run for elected office, Barack Obama played a greater role than his aides now acknowledge in crafting liberal stands on gun control, the death penalty and abortion – positions that appear at odds with the more moderate image he has projected during his presidential campaign.
The evidence comes from an amended version of an Illinois voter group’s detailed questionnaire, filed under his name during his 1996 bid for a state Senate seat.
Late last year, in response to a Politico story about Obama’s answers to the original questionnaire, his aides said he “never saw or approved” the questionnaire.
They asserted the responses were filled out by a campaign aide who “unintentionally mischaracterize[d] his position.” . . . “Sen. Obama didn’t fill out these state Senate questionnaires – a staffer did – and there are several answers that didn’t reflect his views then or now,” Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for Obama’s campaign, said in an e-mailed statement.
But, as I reported back in January, this isn’t the first time Obama has used this lie, once he was caught making controversial statements and wanted to get out of it:
When Obama first ran for the U.S. Senate, he gave militant responses to the Chicago Jewish News about Israel. Obama denounced Israel’s fence–which he called a “wall” and “barrier to peace”–to keep out terrorists and favored working with Yasser Arafat. When members of the Chicago Jewish community circulated his responses, Obama said that the answers were not his positions, but the work of a low-level intern. He submitted new answers. But that was a lie, the insider says. In fact, they were the work of Obama’s Policy Director, Audra Wilson.
Obama then asked to fill out another questoinnaire from the Chicago Jewish News and changed his answers to please Jewish voters, even though his original answers were his real views.
And the Politico found that he is lying now, as he was with the Chicago Jewish News:
But a Politico examination determined that Obama was actually interviewed about the issues on the questionnaire by the liberal Chicago nonprofit group that issued it. And it found that Obama ‚Äî the day after sitting for the interview – filed an amended version of the questionnaire, which appears to contain Obama’s own handwritten notes added to one answer.
Barack Hussein Obama. He was a liar then. He’s a liar now. And he always pawns off his lies and misdeeds on his staff. Don’t look for any of this to change in the White House.
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