Monthly Archives: October 2011

Donald Trump Fox Greta interview, Trump not convinced of Obama’s birth certificate, Governor Rick Perry, Greta Van Susteren believes Obama

Donald Trump Fox Greta interview, Trump not convinced of Obama’s birth certificate, Governor Rick Perry, Greta Van Susteren believes Obama

“Why has Obama, since taking the White House, used Justice Department Attorneys, at taxpayer expense,  to avoid presenting a legitimate birth certificate and college records?”…Citizen Wells and millions of concerned Americans

“The term abstract is subject to different meanings, but in a legal sense, it refers to an abbreviated history of an official record.”…USlegal.com
On October 25, 2011, Greta Van Susteren interviewed Donald Trump on his current stance on Obama’s birth certificate after Governor Rick Perry quoted Trump as still being a skeptic.

Van Susteren stated “Well, I actually — I’m convinced it’s the real deal,”
Here is some of the more compelling evidence:

1. Obama has used private attorneys and USDOJ attorneys at taxpayer expense for over 3 years to prevent presenting a legitimate birth certificate and college records.

2. When an image was placed on WhiteHouse.gov in April of 2011, no “chain of record” was authenticated.

3. Here is one a first year law student would question:

It states true copy or abstract.

4. Tim Adams, a election official in Honolulu in 2008 has signed an affidavit, a legal document, stating that there was no birth certificate for Obama in Hawaii in 2008.


5. Retired Major General Paul Vallely, a former Fox contributor, has had the image evaluated by document experts and ex CIA employees. He states emphatically the the image is a forgery.

What law school did Greta attend?

Interview transcript:

“VAN SUSTEREN: Donald, nice to talk to you.

DONALD TRUMP, TRUMP ORGANIZATION (Via Telephone): Hello, Greta.

VAN SUSTEREN: I’ve got a lot — a long list today of questions for
you, a lot of topics. Let me start with…

TRUMP: You always do, Greta. You always do.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, this time, I wrote them all down.

TRUMP: Well, that’s good.

VAN SUSTEREN: Anyway, Governor Rick Perry said that he had dinner with
you recently and that you do not believe the president’s birth
certificate is real or not. Is the governor correct that you don’t
believe it? I thought that you were satisfied.

TRUMP: No, I’m not a major believer. I mean, I don’t know how it just
miraculously appeared, and we’ll see what happens. But I’m never –
I’ve never been a major believer. All of a sudden, after years and
years, it was produced out of nowhere. Some people have serious,
serious doubts as to its validity.

And I frankly really want to get on to much more important subjects,
although that’s a very important one because if, in fact, it’s not 100
percent, he’s not supposed to be the president of this country, which
is a pretty important fact.

But nevertheless, I want to talk about jobs. I want to talk about the
economy. I want to talk about how China and OPEC and others are
ripping us off. But I’m not a fan.

VAN SUSTEREN: I thought last April that it was finally put to rest with you?

TRUMP: No, no, never to rest. I’m at a point where I say, Look, the
country is going to hell in a handbasket, and something has to be done
about it. And we shouldn’t be talking about the birth certificate. But
people love to talk about it.

For instance, it’s your first question. I guess at a luncheon or in an
interview, Governor Perry had mentioned that I said that I’m not a big
believer, and I’m not. I mean, you know, people look at the hospital.
There are no records that his mother was ever there. There are many
other things that are really suspect.

So you know, out of — after years of Hillary wanting it and McCain
wanting it and everybody wanting it, and I put the big pressure on,
all of a sudden, it appears. And people have real questions about the
validity.

Now, I don’t want to talk about that. I want to talk about jobs. I
want to talk about how to get this country great again. But I’m not a
big fan.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Well, I actually — I’m convinced it’s the
real deal, so you know, that…

TRUMP: Well, that’s good. I’m glad you are. That’s OK. And some people
are and some people aren’t. And you know, I’m just not as easily
convinced.”

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/on-the-record/2011/10/26/obama-birther-debate-not-dead-donald-trump

Obama voter fraud, October 26, 2011, 2008 Indiana fake signatures, ACORN Project Vote, Obama 2012 to repeat tactics

Obama voter fraud, October 26, 2011, 2008 Indiana fake signatures, ACORN Project Vote, Obama 2012 to repeat tactics

“However, in light of the politically oriented thrust of ACORN’s activities, it is fair to ask whether the CHD subsidies to ACORN are advisable and commensurate with the purposes of CHD.”

“This commentary does not oppose CHD funding of genuine, grassroots community organizations, run and supported by individual members of a parish or diocese. There is potential value and virtue in the collective voice. However, when the CHD funds Alinsky-style, church-based community organizations as in the best interest of the poor and supports organizations which advance other agendas, it divests the poor of their right to an authentic voice. This process tends to treat the poor as exploited units of human capital, rather than as human beings created in the dignity of God’s image.”

“To accomplish its goals, as outlined in the People’s Platform, ACORN has developed a political alliance with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Together with others, ACORN and the DSA have formed a political party, the New Party.”…Report to the  Catholic Bishops of the US, 1999

“Illinois: Three NP-members won Democratic primaries last Spring and face off against Republican opponents on election day: Danny Davis (U.S. House), Barack Obama (State Senate) and Patricia Martin (Cook County Judiciary).”…New Party website October 1996

 

From Citizenwells September 13, 2011.

“The Obama campaign has decided to call their in-house voter
registration and activation program “Project Vote.” Ironically, there
is already an organization with this same name that focuses on
registering voters in “historically underrepresented communities.”
This Project Vote worked side by side ACORN to register voters in 21
battleground states in 2008…and President Obama served as its
director in Chicago in 1992. In 2008, the Obama campaign paid more
than $800,000 to an ACORN organization to help deliver votes in the
primary election against Hillary Clinton.”

From Chicago Magazine January 1993.

“None of this, of course, was accidental. The most effective minority voter registration drive in memory was the result of careful handiwork by Project Vote!, the local chapter of a not-for-profit national organization. “It was the most efficient campaign I have seen in my 20 years in politics,” says Sam Burrell, alderman of the West Side’s 29th Ward and a veteran of many registration drives.

At the head of this effort was a little-known 31-year-old African-American lawyer, community organizer, and writer: Barack Obama. The son of a black Kenyan political activist and a white American anthropologist”

http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/project-vote-obama-2012-acorn-obama-2012-campaign-stop-at-nothing-strategy-2008-election-fraud/

From Fox News October 18, 2011.

“Shocking election fraud allegations have stained a state’s 2008
presidential primary – and it took a college student to uncover them.

“This fraud was obvious, far-reaching and appeared to be systemic,”
22-year-old Ryan Nees told Fox News, referring to evidence he
uncovered while researching electoral petitions from the 2008
Democratic Party primary in Indiana.

Nees’ investigation centered on the petitions that put then-senators
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the ballot. As many as 150 of the
names and signatures, it is alleged, were faked. So many, in fact,
that the numbers raise questions about whether Obama’s campaign had
enough legitimate signatures to qualify for a spot on the ballot.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/10/18/college-student-credited-with-uncovering-possible-election-fraud-in-indianas/

Why should we be concerned about this?

From my home state of NC.

August 16, 2011.

“Authorities have charged four Wake County residents with voter fraud in connection with the last presidential election.”

http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2011/08/16/nc-voter-fraud-2008-election-voting-twice-for-obama-four-wake-county-residents-charged-raleigh-nc/

April 5, 2011.
“Students from area universities have been working behind the scenes to protest the proposed voter ID bill that is currently in the House. They held a forum Monday morning to discuss the bill and followed it with a press conference to voice their concerns.”
“According to the FEC, Obama won NC in 2008 by 14,177 votes out of a total of 4,310,789 votes cast.

From Citizen Wells November 2, 2010.

“From the Alamance County Sheriff’s Ofice, Alamance County Health Department Investigation, 2008.
(Alamance County is just east of Greensboro)

“On Monday June 23rd, 2008 the SBI initiated an
investigation into allegations that employees of the
Alamance County Health Department specifically Dr.
Kathleen Shapley-Quinn and Nurse Karen Saxer were
knowingly and willingly falsifying patient medical
records.”
“At the request of some patients, Alamance
County Health Department provided work
notes and prescriptions in alias names.

 Providing these services would assist illegal
aliens with maintaining assumed or stolen
identities, which may be a violation of state, or
federal law. (Identity Theft, Fraud, etc.)”
“The staff was divided with some believing the practice of writing
work notes (utilizing aliases) to suspected illegal aliens was wrong
and therefore they refused to do so. Subsequently they reported
feeling pressured or feared repercussions.”

http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/obama-camp-nc-voter-fraud-initiative-enlist-college-students-in-obama-youth-hitler-youth-obama-camp-lies/

The biggest Obama voter fraud of all.

Affidavit:

Any written document in which the signer swears under oath before a Notary Public or someone authorized to take oaths (like a County Clerk), that the statements in the document are true

An affiant is strictly responsible for the truth and accuracy of the contents of the affidavit. If false statements are made, the affiant can be prosecuted for perjury.

Tim Adams , a elections official in Honolulu in 2008 signed an affifavit stating there was no birth certificate for Obama in 2008.

William Cellini trial closing statements, October 25, 2011, Prosecution closing arguments first, Where is Tony Rezko?

William Cellini trial closing statements, October 25, 2011, Prosecution closing arguments first, Where is Tony Rezko?

“Why was Obama promoting Capri Capital and other investment firms at the same time that Rezko, Levine and Cellini were shaking them down?”…Citizen Wells

“Why did Patrick Fitzgerald and the US Justice Department wait until December 2008 to arrest Rod Blagojevich?”…Citizen Wells

 “Why was Tony Rezko’s sentencing delayed?”…Citizen Wells

From the Chicago Tribune October 25, 2011.

“Courtroom adversaries this morning are poised to deliver closing arguments at the last trial related to the years of federal scrutiny of ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The prosecution will be first in addressing jurors at the shakedown trial of Springfield power broker and businessman William Cellini.”

“After the defense finishes its closing, prosecutors get the last word to the jury in a rebuttal.

Before jurors withdraw to deliberate, the judge will instruct them on how to assess the three weeks of evidence.

Each side gets three hours for its closing.”

Read more:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-closing-arguments-set-in-cellini-trial-20111025,0,4709075.story

Tony Rezko, who was convicted in June 2008 and not yet sentenced, was not called as a witness in the Cellini or Blagojevich trials. Rezko was at the center of Operation Board Games corruption and was a long time associate of Barack Obama.

Where is Tony Rezko?

Obama Rezko problem remains despite Fitzgerald, Holder, USDOJ and media, Blagojevich trial wiretaps, Court documents, Early articles

Obama Rezko problem remains despite Fitzgerald, Holder, USDOJ and media, Blagojevich trial wiretaps, Court documents, Early articles

“Why was Obama promoting Capri Capital and other investment firms at the same time that Rezko, Levine and Cellini were shaking them down?”…Citizen Wells

“I believe I’m more pristine on Rezko than him.”…Rod Blagojevich

“There is enough corruption in Illinois so that all it takes is someone who is serious about finding it to uncover it. If a U.S. attorney is not finding corruption in Illinois, they’re not seriously looking for it.”…Northwestern Law Professor James Lindgren

We are nearing the end of the William Cellini trial. Tony Rezko, Mr. Corruption in Chicago and Illinois, with connections to every player in Operation Board Games who has been indicted or prosecuted and with long time close ties to Barack Obama, has not been sentenced or called as a witness since he was convicted in June 2008. It is clear that Patrick Fitzgerald, Eric Holder and the US Justice Department, along with the mainstream media, have protected Obama.  Still Obama has a Rezko problem. We know this because of early articles written about Obama et al before he became the chosen one. We also learn much from the legal documents, wiretaps and trials of Rezko, Blagojevich and Cellini.

Patrick Fitzgerald, Eric Holder and Obama must be investigated and prosecuted. Regardless of how this plays out,

Obama has a Rezko problem.

Obama role in corrupting IL Teacher Retirement System pensions, Cellini trial, 2007 NY Times article, Where is Tony Rezko?, Where is House Judiciary Committee?

Obama role in corrupting IL Teacher Retirement System pensions, Cellini trial, 2007 NY Times article, Where is Tony Rezko?, Where is House Judiciary Committee?

“Why was Obama promoting Capri Capital and other investment firms at the same time that Rezko, Levine and Cellini were shaking them down?”…Citizen Wells

“There is enough corruption in Illinois so that all it takes is someone who is serious about finding it to uncover it. If a U.S. attorney is not finding corruption in Illinois, they’re not seriously looking for it.”…Northwestern Law Professor James Lindgren

Before I delve deeper into Obama’s connections to the corrupting of the Illinois Teacher Retirement System pensions, I present an article from the NY Times dated October 1, 2007. This article came out before the Tony Rezko trial and at the beginning of Obama’s campaign for the presidency. Apparently the NY Times staff had not done their homework and connected the dots. If they had read the Joseph Cari, Steven Loren indictment press release from August 3, 2005 they probably would not have allowed Obama’s ties to the IL Teacher Restirement System pension, investment companies and people like John Rogers to come to light.

Perhaps this is the reason that the William Cellini indictment was separated from the Blagojevich indictment and the trial delayed until late 2011.

From the NY Times, October 1, 2007, presented in entirety.

“In 2000, after losing a Congressional race, Barack Obama was looking to revive his political fortunes. And he soon found a springboard — a group of black entrepreneurs also trying to break out.

Month after month, Mr. Obama, then an Illinois state senator, showed up at the Chicago group’s meetings, listening to members’ concerns about the difficulties they faced in getting government and corporate business, and asking them what he could do to help.

And help them he did. Members of the group, the Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs, say Mr. Obama checked into their problems and helped start a drive that enabled minority investment executives to win millions of dollars in business from the state’s giant pension funds.

If Mr. Obama was able to deliver by helping the executives overcome some of the historical barriers facing minority-owned companies, he also would subsequently benefit from his ties to the group. Several of the businessmen or their wives would help clear the debts from his Congressional race, and six of the group’s members are now among the top fund-raisers for his presidential campaign, according to campaign finance records.

All told, employees at more than 30 of the 42 companies listed on the group’s Web site and their relatives donated more than $300,000 to help Mr. Obama win his seat in the United States Senate in 2004 and set fund-raising records early in the 2008 presidential race.

In his presidential campaign, Mr. Obama has been running on a platform of reducing the influence of money in politics. But with Mr. Obama, as with every politician, money has been the blood flow of his campaigns. And at a critical point in his career, he greatly expanded an early pillar of his fund-raising network while trying to help the black entrepreneurs secure work with the state.

The senator’s courtship of the Chicago group and its members is a little-known chapter in his political development that shows the inextricable link between money and politics and the different interpretations people attach to it.

Jay Stewart, executive director of an Illinois watchdog group known as the Better Government Association, said that in helping these and other executives as a state senator, Mr. Obama also benefited from the kind of special-interest-driven politics he now decries.

“Raising large chunks from special interests was common in Illinois,” Mr. Stewart said. “Obama did that too. Now he’s talking about chasing away special interests; that’s great. But that doesn’t change the past.”

Mr. Obama says his involvement with the alliance reflects his longtime passion for ensuring that minority businesses are treated fairly, and there is no indication that he helped the businessmen simply to secure their donations.

“The suggestion that these pioneering leaders would need my help or anyone’s help in order to succeed is troubling, to say the least,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “I’m proud that I’ve spent my career fighting to ensure that minority-owned businesses would have a chance to compete, and I will continue to do so as president.”

Mr. Obama also recently pointed to his work on the Illinois pension issue as a model for what he would do as president to promote minority-owned companies.

In that push, Mr. Obama met with three state pension boards and introduced a bill on the executives’ behalf. He also worked closely with the state’s top legislative leaders to encourage the pension funds to increase the share of their investment portfolios managed by minority-owned firms. That share has risen to 12 to 20 percent now from 1 to 3 percent in 2000.

Other alliance members said Mr. Obama also looked into whether they could get state business in other areas, including legal work on bond issues and the printing of official notices. As Stephen H. Pugh, a lawyer who belongs to the group, said, “He wanted to understand what our needs were and how government could help.”

Mr. Obama, Mr. Pugh said, “would be our representative — our advocate — to bring our views back to state government.”

The alliance was founded in 1992 to help Chicago’s top black executives and entrepreneurs share business tips and push for greater opportunities. According to the group’s Web site, the companies — which also include architecture, engineering, transportation and communications firms — average 65 full-time employees and annual revenues of $19 million.

The goal was always “to open up doors,” said John W. Rogers Jr., the chief executive of Ariel Capital Management, one of the investment firms that received state business. “It was, as the Rev. Jesse Jackson has eloquently put it, to force other industries to have their ‘Jackie Robinson’ moment.”

During its early years, the group’s main political patron was State Senator Emil Jones Jr., who later became the State Senate president and one of Mr. Obama’s chief mentors. In 1993, Mr. Jones took the first crack at opening up the pension business, persuading the Legislature to pass a bill encouraging the multibillion-dollar funds to use minority-owned firms “to the greatest extent feasible.”

But by the time Mr. Obama, then a junior state senator, began meeting regularly with the group in 2000, little progress had been made. As a result, said Hermene Hartman, the alliance president, the pension issues got “a lot of attention” in the discussions with Mr. Obama.

The investment firms were also among the largest and most prominent companies in the group, and some of their executives were among Mr. Obama’s closest friends.

Mr. Rogers, who also sits on the boards of the McDonald’s Corporation and other major companies, played basketball at Princeton University with Mr. Obama’s brother-in-law. James Reynolds Jr., the chief executive of Loop Capital, a brokerage firm, had been a top fund-raiser for Mr. Obama’s Congressional race.

Mr. Rogers said the investment managers also solicited support from Michael J. Madigan, the powerful Democratic speaker of the Illinois House. In 2001 and 2002, Mr. Madigan and Mr. Obama — at times joined by the investment executives — made formal pitches before three of the state pension boards.

And after Mr. Jones became the State Senate president in 2003, he assigned Mr. Obama to a committee looking into the pension questions to help raise his political profile.

During this period, campaign finance records show, executives from Ariel, Loop and two other leading Chicago investment firms, Holland Capital Management and Capri Capital, sharply increased their donations to Mr. Obama’s State Senate campaign fund. And once he began his campaign for the United States Senate, they quickly became a fund-raising core that has carried over into the presidential race.

Mr. Rogers, who is one of three people at his company who have each bundled at least $50,000 in donations for Mr. Obama’s presidential campaign, said that his financial support for the senator had “no connection” to his company’s efforts to win state contracts, but that it reflected the broader excitement over what Mr. Obama’s success meant for blacks in America.

Pointing to his parents’ struggles to break into the legal business in Chicago, Mr. Rogers said that pushing for greater opportunities was “in your blood, and when you have a peer come along like Barack, who is your own age and lives in your neighborhood, you can’t wait to help him.”

Mr. Reynolds of Loop Capital, who is also one of the bundlers in Mr. Obama’s presidential campaign, did not return calls for comment.

In the end, Mr. Obama dropped off the State Senate committee in late 2003 as his United States Senate race heated up, and just as the panel began a series of hearings that produced the most substantial changes.

Still, William Atwood, the director of the Illinois State Board of Investment, said Mr. Obama regularly asked about minority participation in the pension funds when their paths crossed. “He would ask: ‘How are we doing? Are we making progress?’” Mr. Atwood recalled.

The changes have generated several million dollars in fees for some of the investment firms, although the complete totals could not be obtained. Loop Capital, for instance, saw its brokerage fees related to one of the pension funds shoot up to $2.4 million last year from just $5,700 in 2001. All told, Loop Capital received $5 million in fees from managers for that fund over those six years.

Still, things have not worked out as well for some of the investment managers. Both Ariel and Holland were given several hundred million dollars to invest.

But one of the funds dropped Ariel and two dropped Holland last year after their investment returns lagged behind those of other firms.

Mr. Rogers, the Ariel chief executive, said his firm’s value-oriented stocks tended to lag in fast-rising markets, and other state funds say they are sticking with Ariel for now because it has produced impressive long-term returns. Officials at Holland declined to comment.

But Mr. Rogers also complained that the Illinois funds, which are free to hire minority managers from anywhere in the country, have given much of their business to out-of-state firms owned by women and Asian-Americans.

And while Mr. Obama recently told the Urban League that if he was elected president he would use the same model in helping black-owned businesses nationwide as he did on the pension issue, Mr. Rogers said, “Actually, it is a model of how hard it is to get sustained traction.””

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/01/us/politics/01obama.html?pagewanted=print

The article appears to be lauding Obama’s role in helping minority firms. However, indictments in Operation  Board Games and court testimony paint a different picture. One that strongly impacted Illinois teachers and taxpayers.

From the LA Times April 7, 2008.

In 2002, the year after Obama made the pitch, the Illinois Teacher Retirement System reported an 18% increase in assets managed by minority-owned firms. Ariel’s share grew to $442 million by 2005.

In 2006, after the federal investigation became public, the teacher pension board severed its relationship with Ariel, concluding that Ariel’s investment returns were insufficient.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/04/obamarezko.html

From Natasha Korecki of the Chicago SunTimes tweets from the William Cellini trial courtroom, October 21, 2011.

“Defense now has first witness on the stand, a TRS attorney who is talking real estate investments, like Cellini’s firm.”

“Cellini’s Commonwealth, used by TRS, had a 20 percent rate of return in 2003 vs Capri Capital (Rosenberg) at 7.35 %”

http://twitter.com/#!/natashakorecki

 Obama is doing to the nation what he did to Illinois teachers for many years.

Where is Tony Rezko?

Where is the House Judiciary Committee?

Howard Coble, et al, are you paying attention?

Steve Jobs Obama Headed For One Term Presidency, Huffington Post, Jobs Biography, Critical of administration policies, Obama not business friendly

Steve Jobs Obama Headed For One Term Presidency, Huffington Post, Jobs Biography, Critical of administration policies, Obama not business friendly

“We need an educated citizenry that values hard evidence.”…Barack Obama

From the Huffington Post October 20, 2011.

“Steve Jobs Biography Reveals He Told Obama, ‘You’re Headed For A One-Term Presidency’”

“In one of the most hotly-anticipated biographies of the year, “Steve Jobs,” author Walter Isaacson reveals that the Apple CEO offered to design political ads for President Obama’s 2012 campaign despite being highly critical of the administration’s policies and that Jobs refused potentially life-saving surgery on his pancreatic cancer because he felt it was too invasive. Nine months later, he got the operation but it was too late.

Those are just some of the tidbits about Jobs’ life revealed in the upcoming biography, a copy of which was obtained by The Huffington Post. The publication date of the official biography of the notoriously-secretive Apple co-founder was pushed up after his death in October. “I wanted my kids to know me,” Isaacson quoted Jobs as saying in their final interview. “I wasn’t always there for them and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did.”

Among other details unearthed in the book on the notoriously-secretive Apple co-founder:

Jobs’ Meeting With Obama

Jobs, who was known for his prickly, stubborn personality, almost missed meeting President Obama in the fall of 2010 because he insisted that the president personally ask him for a meeting. Though his wife told him that Obama “was really psyched to meet with you,” Jobs insisted on the personal invitation, and the standoff lasted for five days. When he finally relented and they met at the Westin San Francisco Airport, Jobs was characteristically blunt. He seemed to have transformed from a liberal into a conservative.

“You’re headed for a one-term presidency,” he told Obama at the start of their meeting, insisting that the administration needed to be more business-friendly. As an example, Jobs described the ease with which companies can build factories in China compared to the United States, where “regulations and unnecessary costs” make it difficult for them.

Jobs also criticized America’s education system, saying it was “crippled by union work rules,” noted Isaacson. “Until the teachers’ unions were broken, there was almost no hope for education reform.” Jobs proposed allowing principals to hire and fire teachers based on merit, that schools stay open until 6 p.m. and that they be open 11 months a year.

Aiding Obama’s Reelection Campaign

Jobs suggested that Obama meet six or seven other CEOs who could express the needs of innovative businesses — but when White House aides added more names to the list, Jobs insisted that it was growing too big and that “he had no intention of coming.” In preparation for the dinner, Jobs exhibited his notorious attention to detail, telling venture capitalist John Doerr that the menu of shrimp, cod and lentil salad was “far too fancy” and objecting to a chocolate truffle dessert. But he was overruled by the White House, which cited the president’s fondness for cream pie.

Though Jobs was not that impressed by Obama, later telling Isaacson that his focus on the reasons that things can’t get done “infuriates” him, they kept in touch and talked by phone a few more times. Jobs even offered to help create Obama’s political ads for the 2012 campaign. “He had made the same offer in 2008, but he’d become annoyed when Obama’s strategist David Axelrod wasn’t totally deferential,” writes Isaacson. Jobs later told the author that he wanted to do for Obama what the legendary “morning in America” ads did for Ronald Reagan.”

Read more:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/20/steve-jobs-biography-obama_n_1022786.html?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-sb-bb%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%7C106076

William Cellini may testify, Cellini attorney Dan Webb informed Judge James Zagel, Stuart Levine not reliable, Where is Tony Rezko?

William Cellini may testify, Cellini attorney Dan Webb informed Judge James Zagel, Stuart Levine not reliable, Where is Tony Rezko?

“Rezko has also stated in interviews with the government that he believed he transmitted a quid pro quo offer from a lobbyist to the public official, whereby the lobbyist would hold a fundraiser for the official in exchange for favorable official action”

“The defense has a good faith belief that this public official is Barack Obama.”…Blagojevich defense subpoena of Barack Obama

“There is enough corruption in Illinois so that all it takes is someone who is serious about finding it to uncover it. If a U.S. attorney is not finding corruption in Illinois, they’re not seriously looking for it.”…Northwestern Law Professor James Lindgren

From the Chicago Tribune October 21, 2011.

“Cellini weighing whether to testify in own defense”

“Lawyers for William Cellini told the judge presiding over his federal trial today that the Springfield power broker wants to testify on his own behalf, but no decision has been made about whether he will indeed take the witness stand.
Cellini’s attorney, Dan Webb, told U.S. District Judge James Zagel outside the presence of the jury that the defense team is waiting until the end of Friday to decide whether Cellini will take the stand.

“It’s a major issue for my client to decide,” Webb said. “Right now my client wants to see how this goes.”

In the meantime, Webb is planning to call witnesses to testify about Cellini’s business dealings with the state teacher pension board.

While testimony today has yet to start, Webb, a former U.S. attorney and veteran criminal-defense lawyer, is arguing to Zagel that some counts against Cellini should be thrown out, calling the government’s star witness the least reliable he’s ever seen.

“He is the single-most non credible witness I have seen in a courtroom,” Webb said outside the presence of the jury.

Webb’s remarks were targeted at Stuart Levine, who prosecutors say conspired with Cellini on the extortion.

Levine has a long history of financial scams and kickbacks schemes as well as three decades of heavy drug abuse.

Cellini’s relationship with that board forms the background of the charges against him.

Prosecutors have charged that Cellini agreed in 2004 to help extort a campaign contribution for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich from a Hollywood producer whose investment firm had major business with the state teacher pension board.

Cellini, 76, agreed to the plot, the government asserts, to protect his influence and access to the teacher pension board.

Cellini is accused of conspiring with Leveine, another longtime political insider, as well as two top advisers to then Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Antoin “Tony” Rezko and Christopher Kelly, to hold up an investment deal by Hollywood producer and money manager Thomas Rosenberg with the Teachers Retirement System until Rosenberg came up with a $1.5 million contribution to Blagojevich.

On Thursday, Rosenberg concluded his testimony, describing how he turned to old friend Cellini when Rosenberg’s deal suddenly stalled in Springfield seven years ago. Cellini, whom Rosenberg had known for years and who also did a lot of business at the pension board, could figure out what was happening, Rosenberg figured.

But Cellini’s answer left Rosenberg furious, he testified at Cellini’s federal trial.

Rezko and Kelly had put a brick on the pension deal, and the only way to get it moving again was to make a contribution to Blagojevich, he said he learned from Cellini.

“I screamed and cursed,” Rosenberg responded in a low, even voice when asked how he reacted to the news. “I wanted him to pass on the full level of my fury.”

Cellini is alleged to have agreed to assist in the plot to protect his influence at the Teachers Retirement System, or TRS, where his own investment company had also made millions of dollars.

Rosenberg, 64, who was born in Chicago but relocated to California to produce movies, was relaxed and confident on the witness stand Thursday. At times, he drew smiles or laughs from jurors and spectators during a cross-examination by Cellini’s attorney, Terence Gillespie.

Under questioning by prosecutors, Rosenberg said that Cellini made it clear to him in May 2004 that he needed to contribute to Blagojevich or that the TRS deal with his company, Capri Capital, would not be approved.

Cellini told Rosenberg that Rezko and Kelly were aware of how much money Capri had already managed for TRS and that they were angry that “we had done virtually nothing for Blagojevich,” Rosenberg testified.

Capri’s $220-million deal had already been stalled, Rosenberg explained to jurors.

“I didn’t look at it as a threat,” Rosenberg said of Cellini’s remarks to him. “I looked at it as a fait accompli.”

Rosenberg didn’t blink, instead telling Cellini to relay to Rezko and Kelly that he would sooner go to Blagojevich about their strong-arm tactics than make a campaign contribution, he testified.

He also warned Cellini that Rezko and Kelly were going to get them in trouble with law enforcement.

“If there is not a grand jury already investigating these two, there will be,” Rosenberg said he told Cellini. “These two were so outrageous, so crazy, so wild, so brazen it was just a matter of time.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Niewoehner then asked Rosenberg how Cellini reacted to his ire.

“He was nervous,” Rosenberg quickly responded over the objection of Cellini’s attorney but then was allowed to continue. “I interpreted his voice as nervous.”

Cellini then told him that he “had to deal with these guys” because he was a lobbyist, Rosenberg said.”

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