Co-Workers: Obama Inflated His Resume | Sweetness & Light — I found this commentary very disturbing since it indicates someone who may be a charming pathological liar. I first got wind of this notion when he was in Europe and said he was on the banking committee that he is not on. In fact he said it was “his” committee. The comments to this article reveal another person who backs up this post as well as someone who says Obama lied about being carried on the shoulders of his grand dad to see the Astronauts when the timing makes no sense.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m a big fan of Barack Obama, the Illinois freshman senator and hot young Democratic Party star. But after reading his autobiography, I have to say that Barack engages in some serious exaggeration when he describes a job that he held in the mid-1980s. I know because I sat down the hall from him, in the same department, and worked closely with his boss. I can’t say I was particularly close to Barack – he was reserved and distant towards all of his co-workers – but I was probably as close to him as anyone. I certainly know what he did there, and it bears only a loose resemblance to what he wrote in his book.

Here’s Barack’s account:

Eventually a consulting house to multinational corporations agreed to hire me as a research assistant. Like a spy behind enemy lines, I arrived every day at my mid-Manhattan office and sat at my computer terminal, checking the Reuters machine that blinked bright emerald messages from across the globe. As far as I could tell I was the only black man in the company, a source of shame for me but a source of considerable pride for the company’s secretarial pool.

First, it wasn’t a consulting house; it was a small company that published newsletters on international business. Like most newsletter publishers, it was a bit of a sweatshop. I’m sure we all wished that we were high-priced consultants to multinational corporations. But we also enjoyed coming in at ten, wearing jeans to work, flirting with our co-workers, partying when we stayed late, and bonding over the low salaries and heavy workload.

Barack worked on one of the company’s reference publications. Each month customers got a new set of pages on business conditions in a particular country, punched to fit into a three-ring binder. Barack’s job was to get copy from the country correspondents and edit it so that it fit into a standard outline. There was probably some research involved as well, since correspondents usually don’t send exactly what you ask for, and you can’t always decipher their copy. But essentially the job was copyediting.

If the GOP is going to “Swift Boat” Obama, it’s going to be about this sort of thing. Kerry was condemned for his perceived exaggeration. The Dems do not fully understand how the process worked to untrack Kerry. People do not trust people who make stuff up as they go along.




  1. #57 – qsabe,

    Very well said!!

    The unfortunate bit is that people in this nation founded on separation of church and state really do care how good a christian their elected officials are. I’d welcome a good god-ignoring nontheist who doesn’t follow a book that says that people should be stoned to death for working on the sabbath or wearing a mix of linen and wool, or any of the many death penalty specifications of the bible, but that’s just me.

    Oh well. I guess we need to change rather a lot as a nation before atheists gain the level of respect that the LBGT community has worked admirably to achieve.

  2. Paul says:

    I really do not understand why we analyze things along the lines of who can win politically rather than who is in principle trying to follow a constitutional sized government.

    Both choices stink. Stink really bad.

  3. Wretched Gnu says:

    MikeN — See, that’s clearly ridiculous because people both within and without Harvard Law have been complaining they don’t take on enough minorities (usually *any* minorities, until fairly recently). Does that mean every minority that has passed through there is really an inferior graduate?

  4. #57 – Qsabe

    >>OK, much clearer now.

    That’s pretty much it, qsabe. I guess we know whom Mr. Dvorak is voting for in November.

  5. Atherix says:

    One thing we all have to rememebr is that Obama is black, but not too black. Since accepting a black President is a frightening concept for most Americans, his party was sure to select a man that was “just the right shade of black”. As not to scare the ignorant public.

    The main rule of politics… Darks colours scare people.

  6. Atherix says:

    One thing we all have to remember is that Obama is black, but not too black. Since accepting a black President is a frightening concept for most Americans, his party was sure to select a man that was “just the right shade of black”. As not to scare the ignorant public.

    The main rule of politics… Darks colours scare people.

  7. True Amercian says:

    Obama is full of crap and a disgrace to humanity.. He has not answered a single question since he was nominated for president of our country.. He is a fake, lying socialist pig. He needs to crawl back under the rock in which he came from…

  8. fed up with him says:

    he is so full of shit he looks you in the eye and lies right to the public what about the 99ers???? we have NOTHING I dont care what happens in a third world country only in the uas he has done nothing for the people he makes me sick everytime he speaks LIES like the rest of washington rich old useless fats people only getting richer off of us.