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Obama a Lefty, Not a Reformer The first serious negative biography of Senator Barack Obama casts the Democratic nominee as a fake reformer and a real liberal. The Case Against Barack Obama by National Review's David Freddoso, blasts Obama for failing to take on the Chicago machine, for listening to "radical advisors," and for backing "doctrinaire liberal" causes from teache Obama a Lefty, Not a Reformer The first serious negative biography of Senator Barack Obama casts the Democratic nominee as a fake reformer and a real liberal. The Case Against Barack Obama by National Review's David Freddoso, blasts Obama for failing to take on the Chicago machine, for listening to "radical advisors," and for backing "doctrinaire liberal" causes from teachers unions to abortion rights. It does not, however, compare him to Paris Hilton, or dwell at length on his religion or race - making the substance of The Case Against Barack Obama sound a bit unfamiliar amid a campaign cacophony of hyperbolic web ads, alleged race cards, and viral smears. Freddoso says John McCain's campaign and Republicans at large are making the wrong case against the Illinois senator. "I don't think you beat Obama by saying that he's Paris Hilton," said Freddoso, a reporter for the conservative magazine National Review, referring to McCain's latest advertising campaign. "The more important thing is really to look at is he who he says he is? Is he really this great reformer?" Freddoso's book, released today by the conservative publishing house Regnery and provided exclusively to Politico by the publisher, occupies a small island in the often-shrill sea of criticism of Obama. As a range of conservatives suggest that Obama is a closet radical, and as McCain's campaign aims to disqualify him from the White House on the grounds of his international fame, Freddoso makes a case that conservatives should look at the presumptive Democratic nominee's record. His thesis: "It's not that Obama is a bad person. It's just that he's like all the rest of them. Not a reformer. Not a Messiah. Just like all the rest of them in Washington. And just like all the other liberals too." Freddoso's is one of two new books harshly attacking Obama. The other, by Jerome Corsi, reportedly covers some of the same territory as the viral emails that have plagued the Democratic candidate, making much of his slender connections to Islam and his teenage drug use. Freddoso opts largely for a fact-based critique, and writes that the viral and overt smears have allowed Obama to evade substantive criticism. "Too many of those criticizing Obama have been content merely to slander him," he writes. False rumors about Obama's religion and ancestry have produced, Freddoso writes, "an intellectual laziness among the very people who should be carefully scrutinizing Obama." His book comes with Republican popularity at a historic low, amid widespread disenchantment with Republican ideals of limited government and hawkish foreign policy. Many - including, apparently, McCain's strategists - doubt a Republican can win a policy face-off. But as the real campaign hones in on the character of the candidates, Freddoso's book attempts to build an alternate case against Obama. Freddoso's argument begins in Chicago....Though Obama's first political steps were in Hyde Park's reformist politics, Freddoso focuses on the smooth accommodation he made to the machine....


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Obama a Lefty, Not a Reformer The first serious negative biography of Senator Barack Obama casts the Democratic nominee as a fake reformer and a real liberal. The Case Against Barack Obama by National Review's David Freddoso, blasts Obama for failing to take on the Chicago machine, for listening to "radical advisors," and for backing "doctrinaire liberal" causes from teache Obama a Lefty, Not a Reformer The first serious negative biography of Senator Barack Obama casts the Democratic nominee as a fake reformer and a real liberal. The Case Against Barack Obama by National Review's David Freddoso, blasts Obama for failing to take on the Chicago machine, for listening to "radical advisors," and for backing "doctrinaire liberal" causes from teachers unions to abortion rights. It does not, however, compare him to Paris Hilton, or dwell at length on his religion or race - making the substance of The Case Against Barack Obama sound a bit unfamiliar amid a campaign cacophony of hyperbolic web ads, alleged race cards, and viral smears. Freddoso says John McCain's campaign and Republicans at large are making the wrong case against the Illinois senator. "I don't think you beat Obama by saying that he's Paris Hilton," said Freddoso, a reporter for the conservative magazine National Review, referring to McCain's latest advertising campaign. "The more important thing is really to look at is he who he says he is? Is he really this great reformer?" Freddoso's book, released today by the conservative publishing house Regnery and provided exclusively to Politico by the publisher, occupies a small island in the often-shrill sea of criticism of Obama. As a range of conservatives suggest that Obama is a closet radical, and as McCain's campaign aims to disqualify him from the White House on the grounds of his international fame, Freddoso makes a case that conservatives should look at the presumptive Democratic nominee's record. His thesis: "It's not that Obama is a bad person. It's just that he's like all the rest of them. Not a reformer. Not a Messiah. Just like all the rest of them in Washington. And just like all the other liberals too." Freddoso's is one of two new books harshly attacking Obama. The other, by Jerome Corsi, reportedly covers some of the same territory as the viral emails that have plagued the Democratic candidate, making much of his slender connections to Islam and his teenage drug use. Freddoso opts largely for a fact-based critique, and writes that the viral and overt smears have allowed Obama to evade substantive criticism. "Too many of those criticizing Obama have been content merely to slander him," he writes. False rumors about Obama's religion and ancestry have produced, Freddoso writes, "an intellectual laziness among the very people who should be carefully scrutinizing Obama." His book comes with Republican popularity at a historic low, amid widespread disenchantment with Republican ideals of limited government and hawkish foreign policy. Many - including, apparently, McCain's strategists - doubt a Republican can win a policy face-off. But as the real campaign hones in on the character of the candidates, Freddoso's book attempts to build an alternate case against Obama. Freddoso's argument begins in Chicago....Though Obama's first political steps were in Hyde Park's reformist politics, Freddoso focuses on the smooth accommodation he made to the machine....

30 review for The Case Against Barack Obama: The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media's Favorite Candidate

  1. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    I read this on my way back from Alaska in the plane. Very easy reading and extremely insightful. Please read this if you are having trouble deciding who to vote for. It will open your eyes!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Freddoso is a writer for the National Review online, and his conservative opinions are evident throughout the work. He doesn't hide his opinions, and even says his book may serve to endear liberals to Obama. I found the chapters on Obama's political connections and work as a local congressmen to be both insightful and fascinating. Freddoso puts many pieces together from local Chicago newspapers to present Obama as anything but a reformer. He gives concrete examples of Obama's refusal to stray fr Freddoso is a writer for the National Review online, and his conservative opinions are evident throughout the work. He doesn't hide his opinions, and even says his book may serve to endear liberals to Obama. I found the chapters on Obama's political connections and work as a local congressmen to be both insightful and fascinating. Freddoso puts many pieces together from local Chicago newspapers to present Obama as anything but a reformer. He gives concrete examples of Obama's refusal to stray from politics as usual. I believe that you should read Obama's books, Audacity of Hope and Dreams From My Father first and then The Obama Nation before reading this book to gain a full perspective on Obama as the possible next President of the United States.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anna Beth

    This book was not "pleasure reading." In fact, I felt sadness to realize that a person like Barack H. Obama, with such a pleasing personality and smooth oratorical and public relations skills, could have such a dark side. My impression agrees with the book jacket which states that the book is "sober, fair, and thoroughly researched. . ." Also, the introduction presents this provoking thought: "America will not end under a President Obama, but it might be a very different place from the one we kn This book was not "pleasure reading." In fact, I felt sadness to realize that a person like Barack H. Obama, with such a pleasing personality and smooth oratorical and public relations skills, could have such a dark side. My impression agrees with the book jacket which states that the book is "sober, fair, and thoroughly researched. . ." Also, the introduction presents this provoking thought: "America will not end under a President Obama, but it might be a very different place from the one we know now . . ."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Anyone planning to vote for Obama, or still unsure who to vote for, should read this book. It is long on factual statements -- that can be proven true or false -- and short on editorial opinion. The author makes a convincing case that Obama's record does not match the image he has presented in his presidential campaign. He also raises the question of why the news media seems uninterested in challenging him about this mismatch.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Janessa Taylor

    This book was great--a little over my head at times (all that political/government/economic jargon can be intimidating and difficult to understand!!)but it really shows who Barack Obama really is. The great thing is that the author didn't say "Barack Obama is just a really bad guy." NO. BUT, the notion that Obama will bring change, hope, etc. to the nation is definitely unfounded, because, unlike the media and Obama say, Obama is simply the same old politician we typically do not trust. If not, This book was great--a little over my head at times (all that political/government/economic jargon can be intimidating and difficult to understand!!)but it really shows who Barack Obama really is. The great thing is that the author didn't say "Barack Obama is just a really bad guy." NO. BUT, the notion that Obama will bring change, hope, etc. to the nation is definitely unfounded, because, unlike the media and Obama say, Obama is simply the same old politician we typically do not trust. If not, worse. The book outlines his shady friends, like unrepentant terrorist William Ayers and crook Tony Rezko. Basically what Obama was doing was supporting people, regardless of their morals, ethics, behavior, if he felt it would get him ahead in his political career--and boy did it!! They were some of his biggest suporters--in addition to the cronies of the Chicago Machine. Another interesting notion is that if you want "change" to come from Obama, it'll be difficult because he doesn't have a RECORD of change at ALL. He voted "present" 130 times in his 8 years in the senate, which is highly irregular--mainly on issues that were very controversial. He must've not wanted to appear too "opinionated" or he may alienate his supporters? All of this was a strategy to get to the White House, and he has succeeded with his empty rhetoric--considering those of his followers do not even begin to know what exactly he stands for! He also flip flops on issues to get the most popular approval, and there is a big difference between what he says and what he really feels. That means that he is a typical politician that will give us the "same old" welfare society of entitlement we have had before under Carter or Johnson. But,this time, with an even more extreme socialist agenda that may ruin us.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is indeed a sobering book. It gave me the same feeling Dick Morris' book Outrage gave me. The book is an indictment on the Chicago Machine politics, and the favors Obama owes and some that he has already paid on. I believe Chicago is the worst for corruption, but we have a real corruption problem in the United States. Here is an example of what is wrong in the US: "Michelle Obama's employer, University of Chicago Hospitals, raised her pay from $121,910 in 2004 to $316,962 in 2005, two months This is indeed a sobering book. It gave me the same feeling Dick Morris' book Outrage gave me. The book is an indictment on the Chicago Machine politics, and the favors Obama owes and some that he has already paid on. I believe Chicago is the worst for corruption, but we have a real corruption problem in the United States. Here is an example of what is wrong in the US: "Michelle Obama's employer, University of Chicago Hospitals, raised her pay from $121,910 in 2004 to $316,962 in 2005, two months after her husband became a US Senator. Barack Obama would later request a $1 million federal earmark for the hospital." I'm not suggesting that there was a deal worked out, but you scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours. There is something wrong here. Most of the examples of corruption in the book were much worse, but it all turns my stomach. We need change, but with Barack, it will be more of the good old boy system--but you will be paying higher taxes. Everyone works so hard for their paycheck just for it to end up in someone's pocket that plays the system.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kina

    Fear is a powerful motivator. The parts of the book that are not based i fear, the author is upset that Obama uses set political processes and is successful. The author is upset because Obama plays the game well; a political game that was established well over 200 years ago. This book is akin to a writer's temper tantrum - he doesn't like Obama, and cannot state any legitimate reasons why.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ver2car

    This book started out about Chicago politics and I thought what do I care about that but it documents just how Obama got where he is and it is important reading even if scary. The book is well written and very well documented.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ron 

    There's a lot about this man that calls for distrust and hardball questions about Chicago Political Machine, Daley et Al.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Randy

    David Freddoso's book is not the mud-slinging Obama-bashing diatribe that one might have expected in today's polarized political climate. I found it to be a carefully measured examination of the common claim that Barack Obama is a reformer, a bringer of "hope" and "change." Because he doesn't overstate his case, at times I found myself wondering how the picture of Obama we were getting was any different from what we have come to expect from most politicians: a charismatic, opportunistic, ambitio David Freddoso's book is not the mud-slinging Obama-bashing diatribe that one might have expected in today's polarized political climate. I found it to be a carefully measured examination of the common claim that Barack Obama is a reformer, a bringer of "hope" and "change." Because he doesn't overstate his case, at times I found myself wondering how the picture of Obama we were getting was any different from what we have come to expect from most politicians: a charismatic, opportunistic, ambitious individual associated with people of questionable reputation. He may not be different from most politicians, but that is exactly the point of concern for Freddoso. An uncritical acceptance of the image of Obama as a reformer is causing many to embrace a man they really don't know. David Freddoso is simply doing what the media has been negligent in doing, which is a bit of digging to find out just who is this man who has recently become the most powerful man in America. The author suggests that one reason people like Barack Obama even though they don't know him very well is that he can utilize his exceptional rhetorical skills to craft answers to deeply controversial questions, articulating "an opinion that often appears so universal that people of various viewpoints would consider it their own" (p. 56). His "opacity and lack of specificity" is not by accident, but reflects the deliberate decision that his campaign "should revolve more around personality than policy" (p. 57). A book such as this one becomes more important, then, as Obama is unlikely to speak freely when his ideas are likely to cost him votes, and the press does not appear to be engaging in any critical examination. The image of Obama that is presented gives the impression of a thoughtful, reflective person who actually listens to people and considers what they have to say. In fact, a friend of mine who had voted twice for Bush, this time cast his ballot for Obama, citing just this as one of his reasons. Freddoso, however, has come to the opposite conclusion. "Obama the legislator is the kind of man who looks right through you while you speak. You can tell he is not really paying attention. He thanks you when you are done, and then proceeds to ignore everything you said. He votes with his contributors, his Machine bosses, or the left-wing groups he knows he owes" (p. 76). If this sounds a little harsh, consider his position on abortion, which is clear from his voting record. When he was a state senator in Illinois, a bill was presented that would require that following failed abortions after which a baby was born alive, the child could not just be left to die, but was to be "fully recognized as a human person and accorded immediate protection under the law." The bill was clear that it did not apply to those not born and so posed no challenge to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortion. It just wanted to place abortion survivors in the same legally protected status of "persons" as other babies who were born prematurely. Nevertheless, Obama spoke against it, and he was the only senator to do so. In 2001, the United States Senate voted on the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which was essentially the same as the earlier Illinois bill in that it clearly distinguished itself from referring to the unborn and thus was not an abortion bill. Even liberal senator Barbara Boxer spoke in favour of it, and she was the most avid supporter of legal abortion in the United States Senate. But when this bill came before Barack Obama's health committee two years later, in 2003, as chairman, "he bottled it up in committee and killed it" (p. 198). He argued that we cannot legally recognize abortion survivors as "persons" because if we do, then this would be the slippery slope that might eventually threaten the right to abortion. Obama also opposed the 2003 partial-birth abortion ban which Congress passed. The late Democratic pro-choice senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said of the procedure: "It is as close to infanticide as anything I have come upon in our judiciary." Freddoso concludes that "Obama is one of the very few pro-choice advocates who accepts no restrictions on late-term abortions, or any kind of abortions" (p. 203). The point is not that since Obama is pro-abortion that therefore he will make a bad president. The point is that he has demonstrated a firm commitment to an extreme position in a highly controversial and divisive subject, and has made no attempt to reach across the divide. Then maybe we could take seriously his message of hope and change. But what I think is most revealing, considering the image that has been crafted of Obama as a reformer, is that no other reformer that I know of in the history of mankind has worked to contract, rather than expand, the number of human beings who count as members of the protectable human community. And yet this is precisely what Barack Obama is doing in pursuing the agenda for which it appears he is the most committed. David Freddoso discusses a lot more than Obama's position on bioethics. But we can learn enough here to come to some conclusions. Is Barack Obama a reformer? There is no evidence for it. Partisan politics and appealing to one's constituency may be the way things are done in Washington, but by playing the same old game, Obama is not going to bring hope and change to a country that was really counting on him to deliver the goods.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Interesting time to read... after... I would have voted for a third term.... it practically reads like a mocking spoof after this last election.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rafael Suleiman

    A very interesting argument against the administration of President Obama.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ru

    Excellent book, & not as partisan as you might think. This is not an anti-Obama book; it's not a pro-Obama book, obviously, but everything contained within is a matter of factual record. There is no speculation contained within these pages; literally, Obama's voting record & his associations in his professional life are demonstrated. And that is the point: examine the historical record of this particular politician to better understand who he is & what he represents. Even pro-Obama people would Excellent book, & not as partisan as you might think. This is not an anti-Obama book; it's not a pro-Obama book, obviously, but everything contained within is a matter of factual record. There is no speculation contained within these pages; literally, Obama's voting record & his associations in his professional life are demonstrated. And that is the point: examine the historical record of this particular politician to better understand who he is & what he represents. Even pro-Obama people would be very surprised by what they don't know. This book precedes the 2008 Presidential Election, but I was surprised at how relevant it remains as we enter the 2012 Presidential Election. Freddoso in no way attacks Obama as a man, and is actually quite sincere throughout. Again, this is simply a matter of Obama's record as a senator, as a lawyer, as a politician, and his religious and business affiliations. It is all accurate & easily researched. I found the presentation of this record to be similar to a court case, where you see the pieces of evidence unfolding in front of you. In fact, by the "closing statement" it really reminds you of everything you just digested as a whole to paint a full picture of who Barack Hussein Obama is. I doubt many Obama supporters would get past the title of this book, but of the open-minded, I truly believe they would find Freddoso's work here very well done & informative, if nothing else. Highly recommended.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

    This was a very eye opening read. The author is a strong conservative so you know where he stands on Barack Obama, but it is not just a lib slam fest. I really found this book to be revealing of the type of person that our new president is. There is a strong warning in this book about what changes could take place with Obama as president. Not only a warning that was unfortunately not heeded, but a warning that most people never even heard. It was very interesting to see all of the things that we This was a very eye opening read. The author is a strong conservative so you know where he stands on Barack Obama, but it is not just a lib slam fest. I really found this book to be revealing of the type of person that our new president is. There is a strong warning in this book about what changes could take place with Obama as president. Not only a warning that was unfortunately not heeded, but a warning that most people never even heard. It was very interesting to see all of the things that were never revealed about Obama during the campaign. I would recommend that everyone read this book regardless of your political view, because nothing in this book is said without being strongly supported by public record or eye witness testimony. If you enjoy politics you will find this to be an informative and maybe opinion changing work.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    Written well enough, the author's allegiances are made clear, and he treats Obama, generally, with a great deal of respect; almost kid gloves even as he professes to treat him as less than the darling of the media - which Obama is, let's face it. But a quick cursory glance at the argument disputing Freddoso's claims shows that this book misses even on the scant evidence it seeks to present. Hardly a damning account. The one point to be taken from the argument is a valid enough one: Obama isn't the Written well enough, the author's allegiances are made clear, and he treats Obama, generally, with a great deal of respect; almost kid gloves even as he professes to treat him as less than the darling of the media - which Obama is, let's face it. But a quick cursory glance at the argument disputing Freddoso's claims shows that this book misses even on the scant evidence it seeks to present. Hardly a damning account. The one point to be taken from the argument is a valid enough one: Obama isn't the savior, he's just another smart politician. He's not the Reformer (capital R) and he doesn't have much of a record of anything. But then that in and of itself doesn't make the case against Obama. But it seems to be the only case presented. Leaves the reader thinking: So?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    Barack Obama is intelligent. He is a truely gifted speaker. I believe he is a good husband and father. I also believe he is intricately involved in the shady Chicago political machine and, like many other politicians, he says whatever he is supposed to say to get campaign funds and votes. When it comes to abortion, he is not liberal, he is so violently radical that it scares me. He is also, in his own words from a 2004 press conference where he stated he would never consider running for Presiden Barack Obama is intelligent. He is a truely gifted speaker. I believe he is a good husband and father. I also believe he is intricately involved in the shady Chicago political machine and, like many other politicians, he says whatever he is supposed to say to get campaign funds and votes. When it comes to abortion, he is not liberal, he is so violently radical that it scares me. He is also, in his own words from a 2004 press conference where he stated he would never consider running for President of the United States in 2008 due to his lack of experience, totally inexperienced. We've survived through other horrible presidents in the past, and I trust we'll survive through this one too!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    An interesting book, especially in light of the Illinois "pay for play" investigations that are currently going on. Written by a conservative author, he nonetheless dispels many of the outrageous lies about President-Elect Obama, while delving into the serious questions that surround his quick rise to the national scene. Great discussions about the Clintons, Chicago and Springfield "pinstripe patronage," Obama's agenda with regard to taxes, abortion, judges, the Iraq War, etc., his campaign and An interesting book, especially in light of the Illinois "pay for play" investigations that are currently going on. Written by a conservative author, he nonetheless dispels many of the outrageous lies about President-Elect Obama, while delving into the serious questions that surround his quick rise to the national scene. Great discussions about the Clintons, Chicago and Springfield "pinstripe patronage," Obama's agenda with regard to taxes, abortion, judges, the Iraq War, etc., his campaign and voting records. Ultimately only three stars since I tend to take partisan writings as what they are: Partisan. I don't buy into the extremes of either party, but approach these types of books with a healthy skepticism. A good read nonetheless.

  18. 4 out of 5

    The American Conservative

    'Freddoso, a reporter who has worked for National Review Online and the Evans-Novak Political Report, avoids the pitfalls of other anti-Obama books. “Too many of those criticizing Obama,” he writes, “have been content merely to slander him—to claim falsely that he refuses to salute the U.S. flag or was sworn into office on a Koran…” Freddoso criticizes the “intellectual laziness” of conservatives who hope that some blogger will discover a birth certificate revealing that Obama was born in Kenya 'Freddoso, a reporter who has worked for National Review Online and the Evans-Novak Political Report, avoids the pitfalls of other anti-Obama books. “Too many of those criticizing Obama,” he writes, “have been content merely to slander him—to claim falsely that he refuses to salute the U.S. flag or was sworn into office on a Koran…” Freddoso criticizes the “intellectual laziness” of conservatives who hope that some blogger will discover a birth certificate revealing that Obama was born in Kenya and—poof!—the Democratic nominee will disappear. It is far more difficult to do the work of dismantling Obama’s banal liberal platform and contrived media image.' Read the full review, "None of the Above," on our website: http://www.theamericanconservative.co...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Qhlueme

    I've given this 3 stars. That's an average of one rating for subject matter and another rating for writing style and content. Chicago machine politics has been unpleasantly anti-American since before Tammany Hall. Maybe political corruption is a curse on all big cities, I don't know. When the parties of government do not cooperate, government seizes up. Calling competing parties "enemies" destroys cooperation. Too many people embrace an uncompromising Us-vs-Them attitude. Elitist ideologies exac I've given this 3 stars. That's an average of one rating for subject matter and another rating for writing style and content. Chicago machine politics has been unpleasantly anti-American since before Tammany Hall. Maybe political corruption is a curse on all big cities, I don't know. When the parties of government do not cooperate, government seizes up. Calling competing parties "enemies" destroys cooperation. Too many people embrace an uncompromising Us-vs-Them attitude. Elitist ideologies exacerbate that. This book illustrates these inherent fallacies in the agenda of extremist obamacists, through an interesting narrative and concrete evidence.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Noelle

    Very, very interesting to say the least. Actually more than interesting....frightening! Heaven forbid anyone say anything negative about Obama, especially the media....Thankfully someone did. This man layed it all out! Interesting how very little has been said, or nothing said, about certain things Obama has, and is involved with. As the now Psoon to be President of the United States, I will support him in his office, but he had made many promises that he certainly better live up to. He has a lo Very, very interesting to say the least. Actually more than interesting....frightening! Heaven forbid anyone say anything negative about Obama, especially the media....Thankfully someone did. This man layed it all out! Interesting how very little has been said, or nothing said, about certain things Obama has, and is involved with. As the now Psoon to be President of the United States, I will support him in his office, but he had made many promises that he certainly better live up to. He has a lot to prove.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    This is a very good book whether you are pro-obama or not. I dont think a person can really know this man until they read this book. It will tell you his voting record and a lot of other information about his true views on things. It dispels a lot of the smears and myths about Obama and through the author's careful research provides tons of information about who the man really is. After reading this, I am VERY glad I did NOT vote for Barack Obama but it is also good to know he is not a Muslim or This is a very good book whether you are pro-obama or not. I dont think a person can really know this man until they read this book. It will tell you his voting record and a lot of other information about his true views on things. It dispels a lot of the smears and myths about Obama and through the author's careful research provides tons of information about who the man really is. After reading this, I am VERY glad I did NOT vote for Barack Obama but it is also good to know he is not a Muslim or the Antichrist. LOL

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    I haven't read it yet, but I believe he should be impeached for the outrageously irresponsible spending. Nearly 800 BILLION spent to create 1 million jobs and pay a shedload of overpriced execs. Not a good investment. Obama says that he can unite the right & left, but it seems that his version of uniting is not stop talking until everyone agrees with him. If he was a centrist, he would have NOTHING to do with Sotomayor. Irresponsible government spending cannot cure irresponsible private investment I haven't read it yet, but I believe he should be impeached for the outrageously irresponsible spending. Nearly 800 BILLION spent to create 1 million jobs and pay a shedload of overpriced execs. Not a good investment. Obama says that he can unite the right & left, but it seems that his version of uniting is not stop talking until everyone agrees with him. If he was a centrist, he would have NOTHING to do with Sotomayor. Irresponsible government spending cannot cure irresponsible private investments. Didn't his mother tell him that two wrongs don't make a right?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Dutton

    I would give this a 1 1/2 star if I could. The book is out of date now. Didn't tell much more than I already knew; it did delve into this radical community organizer's background. It was written pre-election. The author states that if Obama is elected he doubts that he would actually take the country into communism. Now that we are sitting in 2010, it looks to me that Obama has a pretty good head start in that direction...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Zacksmom Okon

    Everyone should read this book. It is NOT an Obama bashing book - not even close. This will allow the reader to think for themselves -- quite refreshing, actually! Basically, "you be the judge" at the end of the read. These are all questions we (as citizens of the US) should be asking. At the very least, the reader will be charged with the pull of responsibility when they cast their voting ballot.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brent

    Details the events leading up to his run for Presidential office. This includes the complicated Chicago politics, his relationship with Jeremiah Wright/William Ayers, his tactical election campaigns, limited and vacillating foreign policy viewpoints, et cetera. It's a bit outdated with respect to politics and where we find ourselves now. Not a must-read, maybe not even a should-read but it's acceptable.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    I expected this to be a real hatchet job on Obama, but it wasn't. If fact, the author dispelled a lot of the myths about Obama. For example, that he's a Muslim, etc. The author did go into Obama's relationships with radicals throughout his public career and how they were an important influence in Obama's career.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Everyone who voted for Obama should have read this first...unfortunately it's too late! Still, there is some interesting background info that (surprise) was completely ignored by the media. It's too bad that some of these things were not brought to light. But, I'm going to think positively and hope for the best for him as President.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Allen

    Not the most exciting read ever but EXTREMELY informative. I liked this book because the author does not bash President Obama. In fact, many times, he defends the man from the rumors and lies that circulated about him. The author focuses on the true facts about President Obama and career in politics.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ken Roebuck

    This is a must read for anyone who is seriously considering to vote for Obama. It may just change your mind or at least get you thinking as to why you are voting for him. Obama's rise in Chicago activism and his allegience to the "Chicago Political Machine" is particularly telling for a politician who touts himself as a reformer and champion of bipartisanship.

  30. 4 out of 5

    D

    If most of America's media covered Senator Barack Obama with one tenth of the scrutiny and criticism applied to Sarah Palin...then perhaps more American's would know the case against him. David Freddoso ran against the tide and produced a book that deserved wider readership among the swing voters in 2008.

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