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Obama Called SEIU Boss About Sen Seat

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Tom Balanoff: Obama called day before election about Jarrett appointment

By Sarah Ostman
June 29, 2010

Top union leader Thomas Balanoff said he was at dinner the night before the November Presidential election when he got a call that was blocked.

So he didn’t take it.

Later he listened to his messages: "I walked outside, listened to it and it was from President Obama," Balanoff said.

"Tom, this is Barack, give me a call," the soon-to-be President-Elect said on the message.

After Balanoff sent word through an Obama aide to call him back, Obama returned his call later that night.

"Tom, i [sic] want to talk to you with regard to the Senate seat," Obama told him.

Balanoff said Obama said he had two criteria: someone who was good for the citizens of Illinois and could be elected in 2010.

Obama said he wasn’t publicly coming out in support of anyone but he believed Valerie Jarrett would fit the bill.

"I would much prefer she (remain in the White House) but she does want to be Senator and she does meet those two criteria," Balanoff said Obama told him. "I said: ‘thank you, I’m going to reach out to Gov. Blagojevich."

Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

This testimony begs several questions. First, why should Mr. Obama call Mr. Balanoff in the middle of the night – the night before the elections – to apprise him of his feelings about filling his Senate seat?

And, secondly, why is there such a media blackout when it comes to identifying the union that Mr. Obama turned to as his emissary to Mr. Blagojevich? Or do the news media just assume that everyone knows it was the SEIU, which of course it was.

According to Wikipedia:

Tom Balanoff

Tom Balanoff is the president of Service Employees International Union Illinois Council and the Vice President of its International Executive Board, as well as the President of SEIU Local 1 with 40,000 janitors and security guards

And while we are asking questions about the media, why is there no interest in the obvious discrepancies in Mr. Obama’s statements about his contacts with Mr. Blagojevich and what is coming out in the trial and what has been reveal recently?

Lest we forget, this is what Mr. Obama claimed upon hearing the news of Mr. Blagojevich’s indictment, back on December 9, 2008:

(At 3:10 into the clip) “Obviously I am saddened and sobered by the news that came out of the U.S. Attorney’s office today. I had no contact with the governor or his office. So, I was not aware of what was happening. It’s a sad day for Illinois. Beyond that, I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to comment.”

And, as we noted back in April, Mr. Obama’s claims have already been exposed as an outright lie. Mr. Obama had spoken with Mr. Blagojevich just the week before.

From the New York Post:

Secret papers reveal Senate ‘talks’ between Obama and Blagojevich

By CHARLES HURT Bureau Chief

April 24, 2010

WASHINGTON — Sections of court papers filed by scandal-scarred former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich that were mistakenly made public show a deeper involvement by President Obama in picking his Senate successor and call into question the president’s public statements on the case.

According to passages in the papers filed Thursday by Blagojevich’s lawyers — which were blacked out under a judge’s order but made visible by a computer glitch — Obama, then president-elect, spoke directly to the disgraced governor on Dec. 1, 2008.

But just one week later — on the day Blagojevich was indicted — Obama told reporters flatly, "I had no contact with the governor or his office, and so we were not — I was not aware of what was happening."

The allegation is just one of a host of thorny claims about Obama that were apparently inadvertently revealed when a blogger found it was possible to read the redacted lines by simply copying and pasting them into a regular text file

The newly revealed sections also contradict Obama’s claims that he never discussed favorable legislative action in exchange for a large campaign contribution with his former neighbor, fund-raiser and key supporter Tony Rezko, who has since been convicted of fraud

Also contained in the unredacted papers is a claim that, contrary to his denials, Obama did push longtime friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett for his old Senate seat using a union official as a go-between with Blagojevich.

The filing indicates that the union official has testified to federal investigators about a phone call he had with Obama on the day before he won the presidency in which he indicated that Jarrett "would be a good senator for the people of Illinois and would be a candidate who could win re-election."

And, as we noted back in April, it was a lowly ‘blogger’ who uncovered this news. Not a member of our vaunted watchdog media. Why is that?

Every day Mr. Obama and his administration make news that puts the crimes of Watergate in the shade.

Where are today’s Woodwards and Bernsteins?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Obama Called SEIU Boss About Sen Seat”

  1. Tater Salad says:

    Maybe, just maybe there will be enough in the end to impeach this communist! Lord help us all!

  2. Right of the People says:

    “Where are today’s Woodwards and Bernsteins?”

    I seem to remember President Nixon had an (R) after his name, that might be the explanation. Woodward and Bernstein worked for the Washington Pravda, oops, I mean Post.

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