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Obama Also Lied About His Business Career

From Byron York at the Washington Examiner:

Obama saw corporate job as working for the enemy

Byron York
June 21, 2012

… [T]here’s no doubt there is a profoundly anti-business streak in the president’s background.

New evidence comes in the just-released biography “Barack Obama: The Story,” by David Maraniss. Obama spent very little time in business, but he did have a job at a company called Business International for about a year after he graduated from Columbia University in 1983. The book contains new details about the future president’s brief stint in corporate America.

Obama was a low-level editor in Reference Services, working on reports describing economic conditions in various foreign countries. By all accounts, he disliked the work, not just because it was pedestrian and boring, but because it was in business.

“He calls it working for the enemy,” Obama’s mother, Ann, wrote after a phone conversation with her son, “because some of the reports are written for commercial firms that want to invest in [Third World] countries.”

Which you would think any sane person would encourage.

Writing to a former girlfriend, Maraniss says, Obama also “expressed a distaste for the corporate world.” And in his engaging but unreliable memoir “Dreams from My Father,” Obama described his time at Business International this way: “Like a spy behind enemy lines, I arrived every day at my mid-Manhattan office. …” Obama wrote that he took the job only after his applications to several civil rights organizations were ignored…

Yet as Obama told it in “Dreams from My Father,” he sometimes felt tempted to sell out during his time at Business International. After getting a promotion, Obama wrote, “I had my own office, my own secretary, money in the bank. Sometimes, coming out of an interview with Japanese financiers or German bond traders, I would catch my reflection in the elevator doors — see myself in a suit and tie, a briefcase in hand — and for a split second I would imagine myself as a captain of industry, barking out orders, closing the deal, before I remembered who it was that I had told myself I wanted to be and felt pangs of guilt for my lack of resolve.”

Maraniss discovered most of that wasn’t true; while Obama did have a tiny office, he didn’t have his own secretary, didn’t meet with financiers and bond traders, didn’t even wear a suit to work…

All of which the readers of this site knew almost four years ago, when we posted an article back in September 2008 about how Obama lied about his work at Business International.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 22nd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

22 Responses to “Obama Also Lied About His Business Career”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Business career?

    What business career?

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I have watched a lot of TV all my life. My parents were worried that it would skew my view of reality. However, my psyche seems to be constructed in such a way as to be able to enjoy TV and also note that it’s just storytelling and not reality; An escape from reality.

    When not watching TV, I deal with life in the very real, sometimes unpleasant ways that we all have to.

    Yet, this Obama-narrative. This tall-tale, this lie seems to have escaped a majority of fellow TV-watchers in the land. The inability to read his “life-story” (such as (Wet) Dreams From My Father) as anything other than a sales pitch and not even worthy of dime-store novel credibility has me very concerned for the masses who either never grew a cynical bone when reaching adult-hood or are happy to engage sales-people who want to sell them things they neither want nor need at the drop of a hat or both.

    When I’m approached by a stranger, I am suspicious of them as a matter of course. I was filling my car with gas and some middle aged, pony-tail sporting, unkempt “dude” pushed his scooter up to the pump next to me and tried to engage me in conversation. “What kind’a car is that?” When I told him he said, “Sure is nice…wish I had that kind of money…” and then I said, “I’m not interested in talking to you, please leave me alone.” Undaunted, he continued and quickly cut to the chase, “Say you wouldn’t happen to have any money I could borrow so I could put gas in my scooter would ya?”. I ignored him. Interestingly, the scooter that he had pushed to the pump, apparently was a tool for his ruse, to garner sympathy by pushing it around the gas station, for he started it right up, acted surprised that it did, I guess for my benefit, and he drove away.

    Obama is the guy on the scooter, grifting and has perhaps accomplished the biggest con ever to be foisted on (certain) American people. But as the movie “The Sting” illustrates, the bigger the con, the bigger the payout for all the participants. Holder is owed, Axlerod is owed, Sharpton, Jackson, Lee…are owed. And they’re getting a whiff that Obama can’t payout as the con has lost its effectiveness. In other words, “They’ve been made” as the slang goes and they cannot complete the con.

    This may cause some of his fans to re-examine their position but that comes with the ugly side-effect of having to realize they’ve been fooled. No one likes being made a fool. However, the odd thing is that to admit it is often harder to face than to stick to the lie instead. Very odd phenomenon. I have often wondered why it could even seem remotely beneficial to live a lie than to admit the truth. Is it because humans have such an aversion to saying, “I was wrong”. Hm, doesn’t seem to hold up when people are claiming they were “tricked” into getting a mortgage they couldn’t afford…I guess because that was “other people’s fault” in that context.

    But examining the sales job the Obama-ites did on people…just like anything that is marketed.

    Tell them what they want to hear.
    Repeat it.
    Tell them they are “really important” and that you want to be their friend.
    Don’t give too much info about the product; It will lead to questions about same.
    If asked about details, re-direct.

    If you go to a school on sales and marketing, this is some of what you’ll hear. I have, unfortunately, been subjected to seminars about selling vacuum cleaners and other things when I was unemployed and checked out those ads about, “make $10,000 a month (potential)” and found myself in a strip-mall with other out-of-work types getting brutalized by a sales pitch. And they NEVER, in the entire eight-hour day, tell you verbatim that they want you to sell vacuum cleaners door-to-door.

    They just keep demonstrating the “unit”.

    Over and over.

    In my case, I just stayed as a casual observer. As the hours wore on, fewer and fewer people were seated in the room. At the end of the day, I decided to have a little fun with it. I had nothing to lose and hadn’t spent a dime, other than to get to this stupid scam-fest.

    “So, you want me to sell vacuum cleaners door-to-door, right?”

    No answer, the schlocky demo guy just stared daggers at me.

    I asked again and again with the same result.

    At five o’clock I left. I don’t know what became of the other two guys still there. Perhaps they went behind a secret panel in the wall to the Electrolux mother-ship but I’ll never know.

    The Obama campaign was a poor marketing gig and what gets me is that so many people bought into it. The marketing types call this “inertia” where the mark is sucked in and becomes a believer, for however long so that the deal can be closed.

    And, it’s also odd that many people operate in their day-to-day lives like this..that is, everything is a sales pitch. They feel they cannot just be genuine, they have to sell, sell, sell. I think it’s a mental problem, actually. And people I’ve known who live that way quickly run out of friends.

    As will Obama.

  3. JohnMG says:

    Well yeah, he lied about his BUSINESS career, but jus’ axe ‘im about his bid-ness ‘sperience an’ he’ll launch into a self-indulgent monologue and wax eloquently fo’ hours ’bout whut he gon’do fo’ da po’ folk once you he’p him get re-elected.


  4. Astravogel says:

    It would be news if TCP did NOT lie about something.

  5. canary says:

    Obama wrote in his auto he worked behind enemy lines for Reuters. And another worker already disputed what Obama wrote in dreams that he was the only black person there was bull too.

    And the only other black little girl Corretta, he shoved to the ground in his private Hawaii school was quoted tongue in cheek I’m sure that she never knew he was a compassionate person as he never apologized but continued sneering at her like he was better than her.

  6. canary says:

    Well never know the fine tall handsome black politician that offered him a job, after reading Obama’s trumped up resume, because when the politician with the fancy office said it was important to try and work with the Republicans, Obama declined and went to Chicago ghettos with a felon former muslim gangbanger with big burly body guards who ran Chicago’s black mafia.

    • canary says:

      It wasn’t really in Obama’s mind that early to go into politics but find other people who hated America and wanted to destroy the white man and America. Gosh, Rev Wrights stupid speech brought tears to his
      eyes. So, it made it worth listening to him, though he had no intentions at the time of converting, and even in spite of Rev Write warning Obama it would be bad for his reputation to go to his church. And the original
      organizers who bought him a suit shoes and old car, didn’t want to be around him anymore.

  7. Enthalpy says:

    Reactions to Obama’s nothingness reminds me of reactions to someone with dimentia. You never win by faulting the person because you’re failing to address the real issue at hand. Obama’s role in all of this is, at best, catalytic. The theoretical components of this coup go way beyond and are well above this huckster’s pay grade. In fact, the components may well be above those of Cass Sunstein and his semi-lovely bride, Samantha Power. In any case, someone like Bill Ayers or Tom Hayen would be more like it.

    In any case, while we are blindly flailing at the nothing windmill, the real culprits are flanking us. We’d better identify them and move on them if we plan to stop this.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      Exactly. Every day some newly converted conservative approaches me with another “Did you hear this” or “you gotta read this” about obama, and frankly I don’t care anymore. We know. Target identified and plan in place (try our best to oust this goon). But these late blooming tea-partiers I fear may be missing the bigger picture. Electing Romney will be a miniscule step toward fixing the mess, but won’t help in rooting out the others who are much more dangerous and capable than obama. We have to keep pressing full tilt against anyone who comes along with money and power to push these types of agendas, and that includes holding Romney to every bit the same scrutiny we have obama. The fight is a long long way from over.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      This is a very interesting posit you have made. I’m very intrigued and my mind’s wheels seem to be calculating the very way this works and I come up with, “Yes, I can see this very clearly.”

      That is, the power-brokers in the DNC (national socialists) needed a guy who was a complete wimp, yet thought so highly of himself that weak platitudes and complete lack of criticism would be enough to satiate his delusions of grandeur, while the real players set about destroying our capitalist system and republic.

      If it wasn’t so scary, I’d have to admit it is brilliant. A “celebrity” president who’s also black who the national socialists KNOW the republicans would fear to criticize for being labeled, plus the Reid’s and Franks and so on who have had desires to turn this nation into a collective money laundering/organized crime family for some time have the operative they needed. He’s so steeped in hatred of the US that anything the national socialists put up as a good idea, he’ll go along with.

      I had it all wrong. I had it figured that Obama was playing us all as saps while, in reality, the national socialists are playing him and us as the dupes. It fits much more exactly than thinking he’s masterminding anything. He’s not smart enough and he’s a more-than-willing salesman for all the craptacular garbage that the national socialists are coming up with.

      They let him think it’s his idea while their agenda gets met.

  8. canary says:

    Enthalpy? Some of us are waiting on your list of the real culprits flanking us when an election is near?

    Obama was untouchable last election. His mafia threatening such as the Denver Post and other media they’d sue if they didn’t dot their “i’s” or cross their “t’s”.

    If people had read Obama’s own book they’d have seen him as the biggest incurable habitual pathological lying narcissistic megalomaniac in on the globe.

    With the media being threatened by Obama’s mafia they’d be sued if they didn’t cross their “t’s” or dot their “i’s”. In early politics he brags the media mysteriously treated him well. His own theory being he was a well spoken exotic well traveled mysterious black man. The underdog perhaps? Only one as I described would brag in writing how David Axelrod patted him on the back not to worry about the press doing an article on his voting record, which leaves, threats? money? to the press?

    Why the Republicans were so nice to him I will never know, and you are too far nice.

    The key right now is getting rid of Obama and getting new people in there.

    No one is giving second thought to someones “semi-lovely bride” . She isn’t running for President.

    • canary says:

      Enthalpy? I would say describing Obama has having dementia is a good theory. The drugs, the potions he drank in Africa, maybe the dog and snake he ate in Indonesia were rapid or poisonous. Something made
      Obama able to quote his grandparents before he was born. Something made Obama believe he has photographic memory and can even read everyone’s minds. Add the paranoia and low self-esteem he
      to all this grand illusions and delusions and we have a monster that must be stopped. The world needs to quit watching Obama only to get the latest Hollywood gossip reality show, and look at him as the most dangerous man to this country. Look at losers he chose for his cabinet and czars. Why swat at flies like Bill Ayers when we have an Obama who grew up lying he was the future King to Africa to classmates and sweating bullets when his dad came to visit the school, and everyone would find out he was a big liar and still is.

  9. Enthalpy says:

    canary, I don’t mean to minimize Barack Obama. He is a charismatic leader. However, as we sleep, those who make up the Leftist infrastructure are not resting. Much of the ground work has been completed; Howard Zinn’s text, “A People’s History of the United States” has kept American children from knowing what the United States was and is. Frances Fox Piven and her husband Richard Cloward provided us with the Cloward-Piven model which has brought about economic collapse in all of our southern states by showing the way to overload our social services. Wade Rathke, head of ACORN and organizer for George Soros’ voter drives is still at work. Of course, there are countless others including “flies like Bill Ayers” who continues to work at establishing a leftist educational philosophy for all of public education. I mean no disrespect, but do you believe for a moment that Barack Obama is up to all of this? The answer is no. Without all of the prompts, President Obama isn’t much. We do have to defeat him, but we have to take back all of our institutions as well. Our President is a Leftist tool.

  10. canary says:

    Enthalpy “canary, I don’t mean to minimize Barack Obama. He is a charismatic leader.”

    you are too kind. Try Hitler. He is in the most powerful position in the world . He has hand picked our greatest threats in history to destroy America. When he’s caught reading “Post-America” book and so are his followers.

    “However, as we sleep, those who make up the Leftist infrastructure are not resting”

    Speak for yourself. We are not asleep, and fighting to stop the Obama and his cronies agenda. We are worn, have not given up, and never will.

    ” I mean no disrespect, but do you believe for a moment that Barack Obama is up to all of this? The answer is no. Without all of the prompts, President Obama isn’t much. We do have to defeat him, but we have to take back all of our institutions as well. Our President is a Leftist tool.”

    Obama is our greatest threat at this time. Get rid of Obama and get rid of the prompts. He has gotten away with waging war without Congressional approval.

    I’ve watched the schools, health care, economy, ability to survive, our soldiers killed from his ROE, disintegrate at their fasted pace.

    Obama used a great tool the second he got in office. And that the leftist propaganda of fear. It’s not like prices went up gradually, they went up the moment he gave his propaganda fear speech. He killed the economy. People quit spending. Global Green is costing a fortune and all has been wasted. People can’t even afford to drive to work.

    So, what is your game plan? What is 1st your priority? if not to defeat Obama first and foremost, as Hitler needed to be defeated. The schools are worse because of the federal stimulus strings. Even the most
    conservative states are ruined by the unions. It’s no different than Hitler getting his people to beat a baby against a train to save their own necks and sit and eat next Hitler at his table.

  11. canary says:

    Enthalpy, on 2nd thought your defending Obama and refusing to say anything unkind about him is the number one problem in this country.

    Can’t you name one fault of his, as you tell us finding faults with him is a waste of time?

    Aren’t his lies themselves enough playing dirty.

    Kindness and tickling Obama’s ears, walking on egg shells around him not to be mistook for a racist. Candidates and the Republicans were too kind, afraid to speak of who Obama was and is. Notice he doesn’t talk like he used to. Now he talks like a rowdy preacher at the pul-pit. His back up is Joe Biden, to make sure someone dumb and stupid would help bring down this country.

    Please think of one truth about Obama’s treachery you can say about him. And again, tell us your priority
    so close to election that we should refocus on?

  12. Enthalpy says:

    Canary, What you are reading into my posts doesn’t represent a defense of Obama at all. As I’ve said, he’s the messenger. The destruction of our schools, churches, families, language, and civilization in general was on the way long before Obama arrived. You are angry at me for refusing to list the totalitarian Obama’s faults that somehow prove that he is a totalitarian. That he has most of the characteristics of famous leftist tyrants of the past is obvious to any thinking person. He is not a Pol Pot, Stalin, Hitler, or Mussolini only because he hasn’t lived long enough and has not completed his goals.

    Obama must be defeated. He must be defeated for what he is: a totalitarian. It’s his way or the highway. In the case of most totalitarians it’s their way or the cemetery. My point to you is only that Brack Obama was selected, but that the leftist march in our country has been in the works for a long time. Yes, we must defeat Obama, but we must defeat all who come after him and those who selected and supported him. The Left never quits; it’s their religion.

  13. canary says:

    Enthalpy are you going to name some faults of Obama? Are you ever going to give us your game plan, name your priority, such as throwing king Obama from his thrown? Obama isn’t a messenger, he’s been an activist his entire life for socialism and destroying America.

    Enthalpy “He is not a Pol Pot, Stalin, Hitler, or Mussolini only because he hasn’t lived long enough and has not completed his goals.”

    Those you name Hitler, Stalin, etc. were close in age to Obama when they carried out their reign of destruction.

    I am not angry at you. It’s just many of us have spent our entire life trying stop leaders and their messengers
    and the time is crucial to throw king Obama from the global throne.

    • Enthalpy says:

      canary, I believe that this article on Obama’s connection to Saul Alinsky and the consequences of Jewish Alinskyites’ undermining of Israel may serve as a fault: http://frontpagemag.com/2012/06/11/defeating-the-jewish-alinskyites/ Both Obama and Hillary Clinton were and are enamored of Saul Alinsky. A decent overview of Alinsky and his impact on our community organizer President can be seen by Goggling: Barack Obama’s Rules for Revolution: The Alinsky Model (Booklet) by David Horowitz. Economics: the recession is far from over, housing’s low demand, unemployment (no jobs), no energy policy characterized by the EPA coal killing decision last week by our lame representatives.Obama’s quote that “the private sector is doing fine” has not served him well.

      So the Jewish vote for Obama has never been an issue-it is now. African American voting made up 14% of Obama’s votes in 2008- it may be cut by a significant amount. The 19% youth vote Obama got in 2008 will be lower in 2012, as will the Hispanic vote. Added to this, those who opposed Obama in 2012 will emerge in larger numbers. Obama has underestimated the Tea Party.

      Eric Holder has just started his fight and this will damage Obama.

      NBC’s Andrea Mitchell edit of Romney’s video and the outing of her treachery may damage Obama. The Leftist MSM has never looked worse!

  14. canary says:

    I am not a new converted conservative. I’ve spent my entire life starting with going to door to door as a little girl, boycotting school, picketing, served my country.

    Let me again fault Obama. The damage he has done with his cronies seems irreversible. And I look at it like voting for the lesser of two evils anymore.

    Example, I don’t recall where I was reading some state, maybe a federal issue to teach “Christianity in the Schools” is making great headway.

    Of course the leftists running the schools are for this! Christians should not get too excited.

    One high school literature book by the same publisher that came out with the literature book of Obama’s excerpt book, and convention speech, once he won primary, (and left out McCains writings)

    is two inches thick too. And under religious writings sections (we are talking about example of every type of mostly worthless literature, type poems, speeches, etc. etc. actually has a literature lesson on
    Christian literature.

    It’s one page and only has one written line. “Money is the root of all Evil”

    When it should be “Money is the root to all kinds of evil?”

    Yes, the money the schools spent on the new version after already paying for a new version is down right evil and worse….

    And we know the one liner taking up an entire page is to teach capitalism and money is evil, while the schools bankrupt our children and intentionally brainwash our children and want them to be dumb so they will end up like a 3rd world country.

    So, game plan?

  15. canary says:

    Biden warned Obama on 2009 troop surge, according to memo

    By Dylan Stableford 6/25/2012

    According to “Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan,” by Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Biden thought that the role of the additional troops was poorly defined, and did not believe the “counterinsurgency” strategy used in Iraq would work in Afghanistan.

    “I do not see how anyone who took part in our discussions could emerge without profound questions about the viability of counterinsurgency,” Biden wrote to Obama in the November 2009 memo.

    Biden “will also lay out the clear economic choice in this election—between the President’s vision for moving our country forward, ensuring an economy built to last and economic security for the middle class, and Mitt Romney’s vision, which would take us back to the same failed economic policies that brought on the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.”


    And example of king Obama being a loose cannon and neither he nor the VP see’s anything wrong with 13 Trillion dollars debt.

  16. canary says:

    Back to the subject of the article. Most already know Obama’s radical commie friends and him giving them jobs. You can’t fault king Obama enough this election round. He is going to lie til we are sickened and the Republicans and people had better call his hand and not cuddle him as they did last.

    Most of us know this man Obama, but not the general public and I never thought he was handsome nor charismatic. He only causes headaches trying to understand him.

    He is a blatant liar and I’m glad that new book is out, The Amateur is getting noted.

    While Obama was a long in the makeing, well groomed, deliberate enemy of America,
    it doesn’t hurt for those who voted for him to think he’s just an unknown ignorant idiot.

  17. canary says:

    Yes, Enthalpy, Obama and Clinton not inviting Israel to the recent Counter-Terrorism Summit and Hillary’s lame public excuse would fall on American Jew’s ears. If his lifelong prominent Jew hating thugs would have been enough.

    There are democrats I know in other swing states that will not be voting for Obama. Two I’m sure will vote for
    Romney. Just changing one democrats mind is all it takes for a Republican to do. And Romney is definitely pro-Israel.

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